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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1073


March 26, 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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Breaker, breaker…

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Always remember to turn off the circuit breakers in a campground pedestal BEFORE you PLUG-IN and BEFORE you UNPLUG your shore power cord. You don’t want to have any current flowing in the plug during its brief time of getting acquainted and leaving the receptacle. Those sparks you see while unplugging under load are actually little bits of your brass contacts that are being super-heated and melted into tiny fireworks. Eventually, your shore power cord contact will become pitted and can overheat. If you hate paying money to replace your shore power cords, then remembering to turn the circuit breaker off is the best way to increase its lifespan.

Keep your TP dry and clean while you camp! Put toilet paper rolls inside old coffee tins, cut a slit in the side to pull it out, and you’re set!


Hanging out with mops and brooms

Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.

Pre-trip checks enhance engine life

Before moving the tow vehicle or RV, make the following checks concerning the engine. Check all fluid levels in the power steering reservoir, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brake fluid. Check the transmission fluid while you are at it. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper procedures to check and add fluids. Start the engine, allow it to reach operating temperature and check for proper readings on all gauges. Look under the vehicle for signs of leaks. Have any leaks checked out and repaired before using the vehicle. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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RV Electricity Seminar Series kicking off June 8
RV electricity authority Mike Sokol will kick off a national seminar series about RV electricity on June 8 just outside Hagerstown, Maryland, sponsored by He will teach a basic class in the morning followed by an advanced class in the afternoon. Read more about the seminars and let us know if you are interested in attending in person or via a live stream.



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“Guide to Free Campgrounds” directory updated
Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest edition, and much has changed and been added. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the new 832-page guide.

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He said, “For my next trick, I will disappear on the count of three. Uno, dos …” – but then he vanished without a tres.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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3 years ago

We’ve put the TP in coffee cans forever in the outhouse at hunting camp. Keeps the squirrels ? and ? from using it as nesting material.

Keith Jobe
3 years ago

Yes, I took lessons in Jr.High in the 60’s on manual typewriter’s . I never regret learning to type.

Bill Fisher
3 years ago

Yep, took it in high school with manual typewriters. One of the most useful classes I ever took!!

3 years ago

Took Typing in high school – there were NO electric typewriters back then!!

3 years ago

Typing…..then it was called keyboarding… now my grandkids type with their thumbs at a higher wpm than I was able to achieve in high school. Lol

Mike W.
3 years ago

Took typing my sophomore year in high school but really haven’t a clue as to why other than there were a lot of pretty girls in the class and that must have been the reason.

Tim Bear
3 years ago

My mother told me, as I entered high school in 1961, that I’d never regret learning to type. I enrolled on my he 1st day of school and broke both ulna & radius in my left arm two weeks later. The teacher assigned me one of those ‘new’ Selectrics, I ended up typing north of 100 words/minute and …. no, I never regretted taking the class.

Rory R
3 years ago

I never took a typing class, although I intended to, (I spent 25 yrs in IT, from computer ops to Proj. Mgr), and with all the typing I did, I became quite proficient. I probably would have been much faster, but I’m also a lefty, and most classes that are related to the use of the hands are geared toward right-handed folks. Something you don’t consider if you are right-handed. My typing is sufficiently effecient.

Mike Sokol
3 years ago

Learned to type as a sophomore in high school. Only took the class because it was full of girls. But I can type a 1,200 word article with graphics for publication in an hour and change. Diane has timed me.?

Ron H.
3 years ago

I taught myself how to type on my grandfather’s very old manual office typewriter that had only upper case letters. My grandmother had a 1908 typing book and I followed each lesson. I soon learned that my junior high school teachers loved type written reports and better grades followed.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ron H.

That type writer sounds like a ‘mill’ used by military morse code operators to type incoming messages. If decently maintained, they are still fine machines.

3 years ago

Took 1/2 year of typing in high school.

3 years ago

The article as to turning the pedestal breaker on/off is perplexing as best. Almost all advice I have gotten since the 70’s was not to use the circuit breaker as a switch, they are not designed to be used as a switch and is the biggest reason for pedestal breaker damage or complete failure. I would also guess that Mike has written articles about doing that UNLESS the breaker is one of the specially designed and marked breakers that can be used as a switch.
Also, if you use a surge protector device such as the Progressive EMS, when you plug in to the pedestal there is only a small amount of power allowed through, just enough have the device check the power for safe use then it connects the hot stuff internally. Then when you disconnect, use a plug with a handle and give it a quick strong pull so that it doesn’t arc.
How about it Mike?

Mike Sokol(@mike)
3 years ago
Reply to  mikeeusa

What you’re referring to are SWD or Switch Rated Circuit Breakers. This class of breakers has been designed to withstand the high inrush currents of things like fluorescent ballasts and tungsten lights. Plus they are rated for a much higher number of physical cycles both with and without a load. While pedestal breakers are supposed to be SWD, their higher cost may cause some manufacturers to substitute normal duty breakers instead.

But my point is this. While a failing circuit breaker only hurts itself, plugging the shore power cord in and out under load not only damages your own power plug, it also damages the contacts inside of the pedestal outlet. And I believe that this is one of the reasons that 30-amp plugs sometimes overheat and melt. Even if your own shore power plug is clean and bright with no pitting, imagine what’s going inside of that outlet on the pedestal that may have been plugged and unplugged under load THOUSANDS of times.

Also to your point about quickly unplugging to prevent arcs: Unless you can perform this in way under 1/120th of a second at the exact zero crossover point of the 60-Hz wave, then it’s going to arc. Everything about this says it’s wrong to me.

So what I’m going to do is contact one of my colleagues who works for a circuit breaker manufacturer and ask about the cycle ratings for their different classes of circuit breakers under a variety of loads. And I’ll ask another colleague who works for a company that manufactures campground pedestals if all of their products use SWD rated circuit breakers or not. That should help answer the question definitively.

3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Thank You So Much Mike for explaining this. Hopefully, this will settle the issue about plugging or unplugging the power cord under load!

3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Mike Sokol: I wrote you a private Email about adding a POLL to this weeks Newsletter to maybe get a feel for how many people don’t have surge protectors and how many people simply don’t shut off the breakers and YANK the cord out! I guess that would be 2 polls. Statistics alone would be interesting! And maybe educate some people a little more.

3 years ago

I knew what the answer would be for the survey question beforehand. None of us graduated high school in the last 20 years 🙂

Doug / ND
3 years ago

I took typing as an elective in about 1951 – 8th – manual of course. I used it all of my life! Up to 120 wpm. While computers use the same keyboard – the speed has dropped with different touch and feel pressure., i.e., the home keys aren’t depressed enough to find them. Also looking up at a monitor and further away from a piece of paper on the carriage seems to require relocating home again.

I wonder what today’s typing class would look like – just having to teach 2 thumbs where to go!? What would the speed test look like – if they had to use real words??

3 years ago

Took typing in the 8th grade in the 1960s. The manual typewriters had blank keys so you couldn’t look down to see the letters. Also, we were taught to put 2 spaces between sentences. My kids took ‘Keyboarding’ in the 1990s.

Mike Sokol
3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I like 2 spaces. Really I do.

3 years ago

I had mandatory typing class in high school and teacher kept trying to flunk me because I could type a hundred twenty words per minute, but using a QSDC-BJKP home row. A decade later the “natural keyboard” came out, effectively doing the same thing with ASDF-HJKL.

3 years ago

Typing class in summer school before 9th grade. 65 wpm on a manual typewriter. On a keyboard I’m still pretty good.

3 years ago

The old grey fox jumped through the fence and “DING” ‘carriage return’.

Scott Krugerud
3 years ago

Typinfg lessons? Yes 35years ago,

Scott Krugerud
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Krugerud