June 17, 2019
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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!]
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
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.
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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