Issue 1040 • January 28, 2019
Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.
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More RV campsite “Lookout!” advice
Doing a “walk around” inspection before pulling your rig into an RV site is always a good idea. Joe Bulger adds a pointer as to something else to look out for: “Before backing or pulling into an RV site, I always walk around to check for low branches, obstructions, power, water pedestal, etc. However, I never looked down until after my wife saw a few pieces of metal on the ground. The picture shows what we found. I plan on buying a long magnet on a stick at a lumber box store and crawling under the rig before pulling out. From now on I will use it to check the area before backing in. It won’t pick up aluminum or glass; however, it’s better than nothing. This was at a private, very expensive campground in Key Largo.” Thanks, Joe, for the “attractive” idea!
Control board service tips – 1 of 3
Reader Dan Kooienga is a service manager with 40+ years experience. Responding to an earlier post on testing “smart boards” on refrigerators and other RV appliances, he adds a bit of advice from the field. “People tend to pull fuses for ‘checking’ far too often. Testing with a volt/ohm meter while plugged in is better for the board’s life. Fuses plug into female spade terminals on the board and these terminals can loosen if tampered with too often. Pulling fuses with your fingers can push them to the side slightly, stressing the terminals. Use a fuse puller or long nose pliers when removing them and pull straight out.
“The terminals rely on a tight connection to handle the amperage flow through them. A slightly loose terminal will heat up as amperage flows through, causing it to loosen even more and cause a voltage drop under a load condition. If the terminal heats up too much, it will cause the solder on the PC board to fail. Also, when installing the fuse back in, make sure both fuse terminals are IN the female board terminals. It is very possible to have one in and one alongside of the other. That will cause heat and voltage drops for sure. Note: When checking fuses with an ohm meter while installing on the board, disconnect all power first. Also, confirming voltage on both sides of a fuse does not necessarily mean it is fine – power can feed back through a component and come up the fused circuit.” We’ll share more of Dan’s tips in our next edition.
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Forget spending tons of money to clean your deck, driveway or RV! If you attach a hose to a broom using velcro ties, you have your own “power washer”! Thanks to DIY Home Sweet Home for this tip. You can find more great tips like this one here.
Do you know how old Siri, the voice of your iPhone, is? Chuck Woodbury’s Roadside Journal introduces us to Susan Bennett, the woman behind the voice of your “virtual assistant.” You’ll want to read the article and watch the video here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Two-sided motorhome fueling tip
Got a fuel port on each side of your motorhome? You could hit the truck stop that has “satellite” pumps or if the pumps are close enough, do what Bobby Young does: “I find that I can fuel up faster by starting one pump on one side then going to the other side and starting fueling on the second side. I can use the same credit card on each side. Cuts my time at the pump significantly.” Thanks, Bobby!
Towing capacity and axle ratios
Whenever you are determining the towing capacity of a vehicle make sure you know the rear axle ratio. It is quite possible to have the same type and size of the vehicle with the same engine and tow ratings vary by several thousand pounds. The axle ratio is a comparison of how many times the drive shaft rotates versus the rear wheels. A 4.10:1 axle ratio means the drive shaft rotates 4.10 times for each rotation of the rear wheels. The higher the numeric value the better the vehicle will tow. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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