June 6, 2019
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De-stink holding tanks with Pine Sol?
Reader John Leach suggests using Pine Sol in black water holding tanks to hold down odors. Referring to a holding tank cleaning expert’s advice, he says, “He highly recommends using Pine Sol after each dump especially when [the RV is] sitting for an extended time. One cup per 40-gallon tank. Since it is a degreaser it helps keep any unwanted buildup in the tank. Also adding sufficient water after each dump. Large tanks should take at least 5 gals. I have used this method and it really works.
RVers have been touting the virtues of Pine Sol for smelly tanks for ages. Keep in mind if you want to try it, the advice of a different holding tank service company. They too used to recommend Pine Sol, but have since stopped recommending it out of concern for potential damage to holding tank valve seals caused by its use.
Glow-in-the-dark tape is brilliant for help at night
One of our readers recommended glow-in-the-dark tape to stick on things to see at night. We love this idea! Use glow-in-the-dark tape on light switches and slide out switches so they’re easy to see in the dark. The tape also works great to help find your door and lock at night, as well as your RV steps. Learn more or order here.
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Hot weather AC tip
When the temperature gets hot, some boondockers fire up their generator to run the AC system. Make sure you get your money’s worth from that expensive generator fuel (and noise). If the fins on the outside of the air conditioner unit are bent, they’re not efficiently pumping off that hot air. Straighten the fins out with a small screwdriver, or get a fin comb from an air conditioner repair shop. Then be sure to cover the AC unit when not in use. Can’t find a cover to fit your unit? Get thee to an upholstery shop and have them custom make you one with high-quality vinyl upholstery material. We recommend you avoid the “soft” vinyl that has a backing that looks like cotton wool – use a commercial grade vinyl with a backing that resembles a woven material. Don’t use a “protectant” on your new cover for it will simply harden it up and actually reduce its useful life span. —Russ and Tina De Maris
When you are packing items in your RV it is much easier if you use various sizes of see-through plastic containers. It is more organized and will prevent items from moving and falling while you travel. You can also look and see what is in each container without removing everything from the cabinet. Do you have any packing tips? Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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Instead of buying ice packs to keep the food and drinks in your cooler cold, freeze a gallon (or two) of water and keep that in the cooler instead. Voila! You’ve got an ice pack, and a jug of water (once it melts).
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RV Propane/LP Gas Alarm may save your life
This Safe T Alert Propane/LP Gas Alarm is designed specifically for your RV. It features advanced technology with an “Alarm Mute” button that silences the alarm when the RV is ventilated and a rapid recovery sensor that resets when silenced or reactivates if dangerous levels of propane remain. An easy 12-volt installation means there will be no missing or dead batteries to replace. Learn more or order.
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