June 19, 2019
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Trailer tires: Inflate how much?
An RVer who’d blown two tires on his travel trailer wanted to know what he’d done wrong. Here’s a response from an internet forum:
“I typically run my tires 10% under max inflation pressure on the sidewalls and replace them every five years. Never had a trailer blow out and I’ve been towing travel trailers all over the country for work for the last decade. Running them at max sidewall pressure is okay if you only drive on pristine roads. I bet you don’t. 10% under gives the tires a little more give to cushion the blow of road heaves and potholes. Yes, your tires will run a little warmer, but not to the point of it becoming dangerous. I also try to stay at 70 mph or lower when towing. Flying down the road at 80 mph or more burns a ton of fuel and doesn’t really save you much time. Just slow down a bit and take it easy.”
Only if you drive on pristine roads? Give your tires more cushion? Run a little warmer, but not to the point of being dangerous? Whew! Such heady advice! Here’s a simple answer, straight from – not the horse’s mouth – but a trailer tire manufacturer: “Unless trying to resolve poor ride quality problems with an RV trailer, it is recommended that trailer tires be inflated to the pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tire. Trailer tires experience significant lateral (side-to-side) loads due to vehicle sway from uneven roads or passing vehicles. Using the inflation pressure engraved on the sidewall will provide optimum load-carrying capacity and minimize heat buildup.” That’s from Goodyear.
Tracing back the cause of many trailer tire failures leads to this finding: Underinflation or overloading. And we might add, driving faster than the recommended speed printed on the sidewall (typically 65 mph for an “ST” or trailer tire) will also build up heat, a leading cause of tire failure. Mister “I also try to stay at 70 mph or lower,” if truthful, must have really beat the odds. Pump up your tires, slow it down, and get rid of excess weight! —Russ and Tiña De Maris
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Is your fire extinguisher rechargeable?
There are two types of fire extinguishers common in RVs: rechargeable and those that are classed as “disposable.” What kind do you have? It makes a difference, as both need to be cared for properly in order to be relied on in times of emergency.
Rechargeable: The head of the extinguisher is metal and has a gauge that reads “Charge/Recharge”. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires these devices be serviced every six years, or sooner, of course, if the gauge reads “recharge.”
Disposable: Equipped with a plastic head, the gauge of a disposable extinguisher reads “Full/Empty”. While these don’t require service, they should (according to the NFPA) be REPLACED every 12 years. Again, if the gauge reads anything but FULL, the device should be replaced immediately. (Thanks to JS T for the timely reminder.)
Restore Corian countertops
After a while, the Corian countertops outfitting many RVs appear dull. The good news is that restoring Corian to shiny and new is easy. Using very fine sandpaper, called Micro-Mesh, restore countertops in a series. For example, sand counters for 15 minutes at 1,500 grit, then go down to 2,400 grit for another 15 minutes, then go down to 3,600 grit another 15 minutes and so on. Resurfacing them in a series is key because if you don’t, the counters will become even duller. From rvinspiration.com. Here’s a set of Micro-Mesh sanding pads on Amazon.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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Grip to it!
This heavy-duty grip tape sticks to any surface and gives you traction on things like your RV steps, ladder, or roof, and at home on your deck, in your basement, or even on your boat. It’s good stuff to keep around. You can find it for a good price (and in multiple size rolls) here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week, so the magician always did the same tricks. However, there was a problem: The captain’s parrot saw the show each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood, he started shouting out the secrets in the middle of the show, “Look, it’s not the same hat!” “Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table!” “Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?” The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything. One day, the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself with the parrot, adrift on a piece of wood, in the middle of the ocean. They stared at each other with hatred but did not utter a word. This went on for a day, then another, and another. Finally, after a week, the parrot said, “Okay, that was a good one. I give up. Where the heck is the boat?”
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