Issue 1062 • March 6, 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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Choosing a solar charge controller
If you’re thinking about installing or upgrading your RV solar system, just what kind of charge controller will you install? MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) or the less expensive PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) style? Without going into great depths, here are some thoughts from loveyourrv.com:
“MPPT are good for larger systems (over 700 watts) and when using high voltage panels. Don’t fall for the idea you can run your panels in series (24-volts) so you can have smaller transmission wires down to the controller. All transformers (like electronic ones in an MPPT controller) have a power loss, and even the MPPT circuitry is not 100% efficient. The power gain by running in 24V down to the controller you then lose by running it through a transformer. Whatever controller you choose, put it as close as possible to your battery bank with the shortest wiring run as possible with the properly sized wire. This is where the resistance of the wiring will kill your amps coming into your batteries. The longer it takes to get the power the less you can store.” For more information on solar power planning, check this out.
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Have you ever stood on a glass floor?
Glass floors are all the rage these days. Buildings are adding them to their observation decks and tourist attractions are jumping on board to install them. Here are a few places you can experience one for yourself:
- Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eagle Point, Grand Canyon West, AZ
- Glacier Skywalk, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
- Kinzua Sky Walk, Mt. Jewett, PA
- 360 Chicago – Tilt, Chicago, IL
- The Loupe, Seattle, WA
MORE QUICK TIPS
Looking for the best 4G signal on the road?
Download and install the Open Signal app for your phone or tablet. This gives the most up to date and the most accurate coverage map for 4G LTE carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Today’s RV newbies want Internet access and phone signal, and most RV parks and campgrounds have horrible Wi-Fi. Find out more info at opensignal.com. Advice from Steve Johnson – Road Pickle – on rvingplanet.com.
Drinking water safety when traveling
You never know the condition or quality of potable water at various campgrounds. Always use a water filtration system to filter the drinking water in your RV, or take bottled water with you for drinking water. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Read this informative article about RV tax deductions. The article answers questions like: Does it matter what kind of RV I have? Do I need an engine like a Class A or Class C, or can I claim my fifth wheel or travel trailer?
[Caveat: This was written in 2018 and updated in 2019, but not completely. So, just use this for general information purposes but don’t rely 100% on what it says. —Editor]
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A German man was packing his luggage for a vacation when his wife interrupts him and says, “I hope you’re not going to bring sausages again. They exploded everywhere last time and caused a frightful scene!”
“It’ll be fine,” he says. “Stop worrying about the wurst case scenario.”
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