May 22, 2019
Welcome to another 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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If you will be near Hagerstown, MD, on June 8 you might want to consider taking one or both of Mike Sokol’s classes on RV electricity. The details are here.
Electrical problems? This tip may save you an RV service call
On close to a third of our service calls, we find nothing wrong with the RV. The problem is not so much the RV as it is the owner who has either forgotten how to operate something or simply forgotten to turn something on.
Here’s one simple check you can make that can save you a costly (and needless) service call: If you find your interior lights, refrigerator, water heater and the furnace aren’t working and you’re not connected to shore power, think battery. The loss of “house” battery power will generally kill all of these systems. All appliances that have computer boards require 12-volt power that comes either from your batteries or the power converter in your RV.
Look around. You’ll always find a fuse located within 18 inches of your batteries. This is an industry code, so all manufacturers do it. An RV’s power converter is fused to protect it in the event your batteries are hooked up incorrectly. Check the fuse first — if it’s blown, try replacing it. Check your RV house batteries, too. If they’re dead, you can “work around” the problem by hooking up a battery charger to them. If you need to charge your batteries and your power converter has died you can always hook a battery charger to your batteries. Batteries do not care where the power to charge them comes from. —Steve Savage, an RVDA/RVIA Master Certified RV Technician, operated Mobility RV Service in Bristol, Tennessee.
Strengthen your hands and fingers with putty!
This amazing putty comes in four distinct resistance levels so you can strengthen your hands and fingers as needed. Perfect for rehabilitation, physical or occupational therapy – strengthening hand muscles, improving fine motor skills and relieving stress. Learn more or order.
What’s better than a cozy blanket around the campfire? A personalized cozy blanket, of course! Check out this adorable custom blanket made by JamminThread on Etsy. We want one!
MORE QUICK TIPS
Reader Phil writes, “In our RV, the faucet in the bathroom was just too short to enable us to wash our hands without spilling water all over the counter. Standing there pondering a solution, including a new faucet, I recalled that a small piece of hardware was available that would fix the problem nicely. Replace the aerator with a swivel! Works great!” Here’s where you can buy Phil’s solution.
RV kitchen drains are different
Don’t treat your RV drains like the ones at home. Pouring grease, coffee grounds or anything that’s not truly a liquid down the sink (or toilet – well, except for you-know-what) is asking for trouble. Clogs, fouled up level sensors, and evil smells are just a few problems you can avoid by treating your waste system kindly.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
The coolest gas stations and rest areas around the world
Holy cow, these places are neat! Stop in Oklahoma to find a 66-foot-tall soda bottle, or use the bathroom next to baby rhinos in South Africa. And jeez, don’t forget to stop by that crazy-lookin’ gas station in L.A.!
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Lightweight, waterproof, foldable backpack perfect for RVers
Ultra-light, ultra-durable, and ultra-handy for RV trips, this backpack is perfect for small-space living. Pack folds into a tiny sandwich-sized pouch, perfect for storage or for use on airplane trips. Many pockets, including two water bottle slots, make this waterproof pack great for hiking, camping or day trips. Learn more and view all of the colors here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A young man goes out and buys a Ferrari 360 Spider. It is the best convertible sports car, costing about $250,000. He takes it out for a spin and while stopping for a red light, a man on a moped, wearing an open-face crash helmet pulls up next to him.
The older man looks over the sleek, shiny red surface of the car and asks, “What kind of car ya’ got there, sonny?” The young man replies, “A Ferrari 360 Spider. They cost about a quarter of a million dollars!”
“That’s a lot of money,” says the old man, shocked. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this car can do over 200 miles an hour!” states the cool dude proudly. The moped driver asks, “Can I take a look inside?” “Sure,” replies the owner.
So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Leaning back on his moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right!”
Just then the light changes so the guy decides to show the old man what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 220 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer!
He slows down to see what it could be and suddenly, whhhoooossshhh! Something whips by him, going much faster! “What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?!” the young man asks himself.
Then, ahead of him, he sees a dot coming toward him. Whoooooosh! It goes by again, heading the opposite direction! It almost looked like the man on the moped!
“Couldn’t be,” thinks the guy. “How could a moped outrun a Ferrari?!” Again, he sees a dot in his rear view mirror! Whooooosh Ka-BbblaMMM! The moped plows into the back of his car, demolishing the rear end. The young man jumps out. It IS the man!!!
He runs up to the man and says, “You have to tell me how you got that thing to go faster than my Ferrari!” The old man looks up and replies, “OK, but first, unhook my suspenders from your side-view mirror, will ya?”
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I only get to choose one? 🙁 That is why I have the RV I can have them all whenever I want them. 🙂
I have an Itasca Cambria 26, and my fuses are at least four feet from my batteries. But that rocker switch that turns the battery connection off and on beside the door needs to be Step 2 in any electrical troubleshooting malfunction. After years on the road I was embarassed to discover that that was my electrical “problem” this past year.
A farm house in the country is very ideal in this crazy world we live in. Off the grid and peace and quiet. No screaming children and no trespassers either. I could get lost in an old farm house.
I’m house sitting in one right now for 2 months in southern Mexico. Pure peace and quiet. Three dogs, three horses to ride. The mountain views are fabulous. I could live here for a long time.
The last choice in today’s survey should have been an RV. With it, I can chose each an every one of them.
Are you sure about there being a FUSE right next to the battery! On my class A I have a resettable circuit breaker but no fuse.
I have had that problem with nothing 12 VDC working. Yup forgot to turn on the house battery switch. Mine is located as I walk up my steps! Surprised that they didn’t mention that first or even at all.
We agree with John. Our 2015 40 foot Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DB Class A is our VACATION HOME.
Although I selected a mountain cabin, it wouldn’t be in the snowy mountains. It would be in the desert mountains. Something like the Catalina Mountains. I need to be able to look out on the desert and see the amazing sunsets.
Bonnie, interesting. Today, we are at 7300 feet in Colorado. 34* this morning when we got up…supposed to get up to 50* Whooopee!
I agree with you, today.
LMAO about the 1% who want an urban loft as a vacation home. Good lord almighty!
Some folks (thinking full-timers) may need a city fix for a change …an Rv can easily be your vacation home at all other locations.
It might be difficult to take their rig near the venues they want to visit…
Different strokes for different folks…No reason to laugh at them.
5-7 acres on a lake.
Leave here with a laugh is an old Jerry Clower joke involving one of the Ledbetter boys, instead of a Ferrari it was a limo. Still funny!
If you own an RV you already have a vacation home.
Our motto – “Find a view. Park the house.”
We’re full time RVers, and own a timeshare. A couple of years ago, we decided to not sell the timeshare week, but instead use it. We lasted 4 days before we crawled back to our motorhome. Sure was nice being back home.
Since we’ve been fulltiming for 10 years now, many of the tips in your newsletters are things we’ve already heard about or already practice or use. But I still read them every day because the “leave here with a laugh” jokes always provide us with a good laugh to start our morning with. And I still learn something new occasionally from the tips.
We like the beach we like the mountains we like the forest we like lakes. That’s why we got “the camper”. We can vacation where we want to . Even go to some cities so we can watch grand kids play ball. We love to clamp! ?⛺️?
But we like all of those possible vacation home sites (except for the urban loft). What can we do, what can we do? I know; let’s buy an RV!
Nice electrical problems quick tip article from Steve Savage. Thanks for posting.