RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1120

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June 17, 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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FEATURED TIP

Is your carbon monoxide detector “past due”?

Having carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in our RVs makes us feel better. After all, if that insidious gas were to creep in, we’d be warned to take action and get out. Right? Not necessarily. These little detectors have a limited lifespan. Do you know how long they’re good for?

Ten years? Maybe. But in some cases, detectors may have a useful lifespan that’s far shorter, say five to seven years. It all depends on the manufacturer. The information on how long yours should last is buried somewhere in the manual. But if you don’t read the manual and replace as suggested, you could be buried somewhere too.

“But I hit the test button religiously, and it still beeps!” Those could be famous last words. The test button only ensures the battery and horn work. The test button DOES NOT show whether the detector is still sensitive to CO. Detectors manufactured after August 1, 2009, are required by Underwriter Laboratories to provide an “End of Life” signal. Sometimes they will beep, others will provide a clue in their digital display. But beware: Once the End of Life signal indicates the alarm should be replaced, IT NO LONGER detects carbon monoxide. Don’t delay, replace it right away! [Thanks to JS T for the reminder!]


RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

The Name Game for 100-amp campsites.


Campfire grilled nachos? Yes, please! You can find this recipe and more delicious ones here on the Let’s Camp S’more blog.



MORE QUICK TIPS

Saving money is about attitude

Another way to save money big-time is to realize that things don’t make you happy. Think about all of the stuff that you will have to get rid of if you switch to the RV lifestyle. Think about all of the items you have bought that you don’t use. When you’re considering a purchase (whether it’s an expensive item or a relatively inexpensive one), stop and think about whether you will really use it all that much and whether you will actually be happier a week or a month from now because you have it. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income.

What’s riding on your tires?

Every weight rating on an RV is based on the weakest link in the system. The tires on your RV are by far the most important and most neglected link in the system. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that the tires on their RV were defective, or my tires only had 12,000 miles on them when I had a blowout. In the majority of cases, the truth of the matter is that tire maintenance has been neglected. The only thing between your RV and the road surface is your tires and the air that is in them. Some of the leading causes of premature tire failure are: overloading the tires, under-inflated tires, ozone and UV rays, the age of the tires, rotating tires. —Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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WEBSITE OF THE DAY

The best places to watch the sunrise in the U.S.

Sunrise, sunrise… Here’s a list of the 20 best places to watch the sunrise in the U.S. Waking up early for sunrise also helps you beat the crowds in popular tourist destinations.

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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

An elderly couple is sitting together in church. The wife leans over and whispers to her husband, “I just let out a long, silent toot but it really smells! What should I do?” The husband replies, “First of all, replace the batteries in your hearing aid!”

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Rory R
1 year ago

We have 3, two inside and one outside. I don’t mind admitting that I still watch TV, I’m an avid sport fan, and I use it to keep up with the local weather. I don’t camp, but I do spend lots of time doing outdoor activities. We do watch occasional movies and we watch still binge watch (probably one episode per day) a few favorite episodic shows open Netflix. It is still important for me to remain up to date on what’s happening in our world as far as news. It’s a roll my eyes moment when I hear so many people say “I don’t watch TV”. and later see that tell tale glow coming from the cracks around their blinds. I don’t go hiking or 4 wheelin’ after dark. I shower and climb onto the bed and relax, and sometimes I watch TV….

jillie
1 year ago

I got the television installed in case we get stuck in it for rain or need to get caught up on the news. As for sunrises? Wow. 3 places we already are visiting in 3 weeks. Thanks for the heads up. And as for the rest? Yeah, a few of those we have already been there. Can’t wait to see the ones in Colorado, Utah and AZ.

Diane M
1 year ago

We have one TV but have never watched it while camping!

Eric
1 year ago

We have one TV and only watch local stations with the antenna (plus DVDs on occasion). The mounting space in the bedroom we used for a fan that plugs into the ceiling outlet.

Chuck Dunn
1 year ago

I have 4 inside and one outside. Funny thing is, we don’t watch the things.

Sharon Stoops
1 year ago

One TV…and we have maybe watched 10 dvds and 2-3 hrs of actual tv with it since we got the trailer new in 2012. It’s really quite useless.

Pat G
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon Stoops

Several Years ago we did a cross country trip. 2nd day out the TV died, we went everywhere for 4+ months trying to recycle our old TV so we would have space for a new one. Everyone told us just to junk it. Being California people, we recycle. So we never replace it until we got home, and never missed it. Even now with the new RV, the TV is seldom on, unless there is a football game or the News.

Rich Wielechowski
1 year ago

Had one TV in our camper till last winter when someone needed it worse than we did.

JBC
1 year ago

TV – really? What has happened to us? This constant need to be entertained (by devices) and engaged (by devices).

Gen Pop
1 year ago
Reply to  JBC

It’s been that way since at least the 1950s.

Diane Mc
1 year ago

We have 3. One is in the box in a bay under the motorhome. For outside viewing. And yes, we make sure we keep the sound down so we don’t bother others. We have taken 2 trips since January, for a total of 12, 000 miles. Hasn’t come out of the box. We only use it if there is an auto race or major golf tournament & we don’t want to be inside. We never watch live TV (unless a major news event). We DVR everything. That way we can go where we like, when we want, then watch at our leisure. We only watch racing, golf & some news. This is true even at home.

Bill Bateman
1 year ago

Does the expiration date notification apply to those devices that came with the rig wired t directly to the house battery? Mine has no date on it nor any advice in the manual.

Gen Pop
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Bateman

Unscrew it and pull it out. The date is “likely” on the back.

Bill King
1 year ago

Although we have two TV’s in the RV we only watch one of them. A better question question would have been how many tv’s do you have and how many do you actually watch or use.

Alvin
1 year ago

Thanks to Mark Polk for his advice on tires. Excellent.

My experience in an automotive dealership of 40 plus years told me that a tires worse enemy is the owner of the vehicle tires are installed on.

When Mark proclaims “tire maintenance has be neglected” he hits the nail squarely on the head.

If asked what the leading cause of tire failure is I give a tie to speeds run and physical neglect (mostly underinflated) Followed closely by crap some manufacturers put on new RV’s. Base tires – beware. Educate yourselves – not that hard – ask questions – insist on the crap be taken off and the best tires installed – it’s the dealers responsibility to you and it is your responsibility to everyone coming down the road at you. You should want to meet in passing not crashing.
And we have two TV’s neither have been used. We don’t hit the road to watch TV, we hit the road to see stuff we can’t see at home in our living rooms. And manufactures of CO detectors should be taken to task for making crap that lasts a few years, then needs to be thrown away. Did any one think of the pile this plastic waste represents in the plastic waste stream and it is completely unnecessary????

Tom
1 year ago

When replacing the LP GAS or Smoke Detectors put the expiration date in you Smart Phone calendar. That way you’ll have an additional reminder to replace.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

OK, I replaced the reminder with another reminder… my detector still doesn’t work. 🙂

Dan
1 year ago

My motorhome came with 3 TVs. Otherwise, we’d only have 2.

Jeff
1 year ago

As a follow-up to my TIP for LP GAS Detectors. Most Detectors have the Date of manufacture stamped on the unit, or there is a Sticker printed on the back of the unit. 5 years is the usual time frame to replace these units, unless the “CHIRP” sounds sooner.

Thanks Russ for posting!

Jeff
1 year ago

In response to Mark Polks article on Tires and Tire Safety: I just read, YET ANOTHER article on how many RVers let Air out of their tires to get a smoother ride! I find this laughable. While there are manufacturer tables that indicate the load factors of your tires, letting air out to obtain a smoother ride is ridiculous! Letting Air out of the tires for that smoother ride, only wears those tires out that much faster.

Using the Manufacturers Recommended Cold Tire pressure is your best bet. Plus, doing regular visual inspections. AND GET A TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor) for your RIG.

As I always say, “Safety should NEVER be Compromised”!

Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

I maintain the pressure in my tires according to the weight they support. Get your RV weighed, 4 corners preferably. Then, use the tire manufacturer’s inflation chart for the pressure required. I also have TPMS on the toad and the motorhome.

PennyPA
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

And where, pray tell, can we get all 4 corners of either the truck or the trailer weighed? Those places are few and far between.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Most RV rallies have someone who can weigh your RV on all four corners, you could also go to a commercial scale or agricultural facility and weigh one side at a time by driving one side onto the scale at a time. CAT scales at truck stops only charge $1 for a second weigh. I don’t know what they charge for the first weigh, probably $12.

Bill Bateman
1 year ago
Reply to  PennyPA

In Oregon and Alberta, Canada the highway weigh stations are plentiful and free, but only when closed or unmanned! Check states DOT website.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

I’ve never used a TPMS system, but my new truck has the ability to show tire pressures in my Banks iDash unit. So, I’ve always checked the tire pressure in all my tires (truck and trailer) before heading out on a trip, setting them to the pressure indicated on the tires. In my case, that’s 80 psi. I know tire pressure goes up while driving, or even parked with the sun shining on one side of the truck, but I was surprised to see that the pressure in my truck tires would increase by as much as 7-8 pounds while driving. Now I’m wondering if I should take that into account and maybe start with only 76-77 psi and let ‘nature’ do its thing. That sounds like underinflating to me.

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

And how does checking your tires before heading out on a trip help you when you pick up a nail or screw and develop a slow leak. The pressure will eventually get so low that the tire will heat up and will probably explode. However, had a TPMS, it would have alerted you in plenty of time to take action long before the tire is destroyed along with wiring, plumbing, fiberglass…etc. That one event will cost way more than the total cost of a new TPMS.
In addition, the pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tires is for “maximum pressure for maximum weight”. Hardly what you want to use for daily driving. As others have mentioned above, get your vehicles weighed (preferably 4-corner, but at least per axle and then go to the tire manufacture’s web site and look up the pressure (for tire type/size/weight) recommended by them and use that as you cold pressure setting. That pressure takes into consideration the temperature build up as you travel during the day.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

All pressures are “cold inflation” pressures. It is *usually* best to go by what is recommended by the trailer, not the max pressure stamped on the tire. The trailer should NEVER specify a higher pressure than the tire or you have the wrong tires! In MOST cases, they will match AND be the maximum pressure stamped on the tire. If you really want to make sure, draw a chalk line across the tread of your tire and roll a couple revolutions on pavement. The chalk should be evenly half removed — if only gone in the middle you’re too hard, and only gone on the edges you’re too soft. Tread should be equally weighted for best traction and loading.

Yes, about 5-8% rise in pressure when running seems normal. My BIG caveat is never fill your tires in the winter and forget to soften them when you drive south or Spring comes — my 60psi tires were approaching 80 when I forgot to check in 700 miles.

Finally, you DON’T have to spend hundreds (thousands?) on a TPMS. I’ll be recording a video shortly demonstrating a $17 (!!!) TPMS that works at 200′ from the tires. For $17 to buy, and massive damage after two blowouts, I’ve CHANGED my opinion about ALWAYS having one running on my trailer.

Gen Pop
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

No. Inflate to cold pressure BEFORE driving. The warm increase in pressure is already taken into account in the tire pressure tables.

Peter R Boissonneault
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

I think your off the mark. Everything you said goes against what tire professionals have been telling us, ie Roger Marbel

Jeff
1 year ago

Who’s Comment is off the Mark? And please explain?