Issue 1020 • December 18, 2018
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You need a companion…
One thing I’ve noticed about 2,000-watt class inverter generators is that the standard 20-amp outlet is not the best type of connector for your RV’s shore power plug. The Edison Plug (as it’s known in the industry) has a tendency to vibrate out, leaving you with a less-than-ideal connection. However, nearly all of these midsize inverter generators have a way to link (parallel) two of them together so, to get the full 3,600 watts from a 30-amp outlet, you would need one standard generator and one “companion” version hooked together.
If you can get by with a single EU2000i generator (for example), for around $50 extra you can buy only the “companion” generator with a twist-lock outlet. This is a much more robust connection that’s vibration proof and should never fail (as long as you keep the contacts clean). Champion (and others) have this same sort of dual-generator setup with a companion 30-amp outlet. Now, a single 2,000-watt generator is still only going to output around 16 amperes of current, but you won’t be losing any of it in a plug that’s falling out of an outlet. Happy generating!
Keep up with water heater maintenance
Keep your water heater sound: Change out the anode rod (if so equipped). Check ’em twice a year and flush out the tank to extend the life of your tank
MORE QUICK TIPS
Pizzaz up your RV with a new decal
Is the front end-cap of your RV looking about as blank as the look on the kid’s face who hasn’t prepared for an exam? You can get new, colorful decals to stick out there (or on your stone-guard) from stickerchef. They have a variety of stock stickers, or you can even have one customized with your name. Prices start at less than $20.
Social club parking
One way you can save money as you travel in your RV is to park for a day or two at a local clubhouse of a social club such as the Elks, the Moose, the American Legion, Rotary and others. If you are a member, you will have access to the telephone numbers of each local club in the USA. Most of these clubs will have at least one or more campsites that fellow club members can use for a day or two. You’ll just need to call a few days ahead, check if a site is open, and they will reserve one of their sites for you.
These sites can have full hookups, or they may just have electric and water, for instance. But, they are a nice, cheap stopover for a fellow member and usually they allow you into their clubhouse while you’re there and you can have a nice evening of food and drinks with the local members. Usually, they will just ask that you make a donation (typically $10 a night) for your stay.
–From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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- This bar of soap, which contains real money
- This wine “glass” that fits an entire bottle
- This fanny pack for the one with the beer belly
- This “potty putter” for the golf lover
- This Golden Girls Christmas book, “Twas the night before Christmas”
- These sticky notes for the one who’s always forgetful
APP OF THE DAY
Traveling across the country means an ever-shifting landscape of grocery and drug store chains. Each chain has its own frequent shoppers card and those can sometimes be hard to keep track of. Card Star is an app (available in the Apple app store for iPhone users), that allows you to keep all your card/memberships in one place and easy to manage. Going to a CVS one day and a Walgreens the next? Open the app and scan the card. Piece of cake.
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