RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122

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June 19, 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

Trailer tires: Inflate how much?

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122An 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.

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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.”

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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

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122After 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.

Do you have a tip? Send it to Russ (at) rvtravel.com



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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1122Grip 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

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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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Dan

Never saw any RV park “water” that we wanted to make ice from. Took the ice maker out of our class A rig. Wife buys ice at some McDonalds and Steak & Shake restaurants for a dollar a bag, other wise Wally or a convenient store. It’s extra stop, but she’s happy.

Tommy Molnar

Boy, can there be ANY topic with more differing opinions than tire pressure discussions.

bisonwings

We have a great portable ice maker that we used in our TT, but the new fifth wheel has a residential fridge with an ice maker. The jury is still out on whether we keep using the portable which will give us more freezer space.

Michele Beckler

We have a portable ice maker that we use in the rv and love it!!!!

Richard Hubert

RE: Refinishing Corian Countertops –

The sandpaper grits suggested are FAR finer than necessary. Remember that a good part of cleaning up counter tops is to remove scratches and restore a more lustrous finish. When manufacturing solid surface tops the entire surface is usually sanded with 150, then 220, and finally 320 grits. Some go to 400 but not really necessary. Then professionals will use a Scotch Brite pad to give the surface a final low luster finish. Using grits as fine as suggested will not easily remove minor scratches – a courser, yet still fine grade should be used 1st – such as 220. Solid surfaces were not really designed to have a high gloss finish because it then more easily show scratches & imperfections.

But the basic premise of the article is correct – that solid surface counter tops are easily restored through light sanding. This material does sand very easily, so recommend light sanding pressure be applied through a sanding block. Just keep vacuuming up or wiping away the fine dust produced to keep from clogging the sandpaper grit. Wet sanding can also be done as a dust free method – Just be careful not to overdo it because it can be very effective very quickly.

Finally – a rubdown with a Scotch Brite pad can be easily and quickly done at any time to help provide some quick surface finish restoration.

Kevin

I was advice by the fire extinguishers guy that come to our work to inspect the fire extinguisher at least once a year you should shake the extinguisher to keep it loose in the inside to be efficient as we travel, it can pack down

Bob p

I have no proof to my statement so take it with a grain of salt. In our travels at 62 mph we are consistently passed by fellow RVers traveling an estimated 70+ mph, the largest percentage of theses are diesel pushers, but there are many TTS and 5th wheels also. As a former OTR (over the road) truck driver no truck tire manufacturers rate their tires faster than 65 mph, no manufacturers of trailer tires rate their tires faster than 65 mph. So all those who drive faster you’re risking not only your vehicles but also your families. We had a saying on the road when someone was driving fast, “You should’ve left sooner”. Just say’n

R Ellis

I have pulled the same 2 axle trailer since 1992 and for over 200,000 miles , but do not inflate my tires to the max pressure listed on sidewall but try to keep it 2 to 5 psi under the max , in the summertime especially the higher temp outside will cause a higher tire pressure , will agree on keeping a lower speed , tires will sometimes blow no matter what you do to try and prevent it, I have had several blowouts over the years from tires just failing from dry rot and losing pressure from a nail or pc of metal, a lot of times with a double axle trailer you won’t know a tire has leaked down until it’s too late . Always keep a good spare a jack and tools with you and a couple blocks of wood.

Karin S.

I respectfully disagree about inflating ones tires to the psi listed on the tire sidewall. That is the max psi. Using the Tire Inflation/Load Chart for the tire purchased is what should be done. Each manufacturer should have such a Tire Load Chart. I have purchased Saliun tires and the max on the tire lists 110 psi, but the chart (based upon my trailer weight/load) indicates my psi should be 70psi. I am on a Northwood Trailer forum and one of the members personally contacted a Saliun rep and was provided the chart. The chart was shared to the forum. The initial inquiry to the Saliun rep was due to the uneven wear of his tires. Based upon that conversation, it was learned his tires were over inflated and wearing improperly. Supporting documentation was provided to the forum member.

Tony King

Great advice on Tires. I keep mine aired up to Sidewall max pressure, drive slower and try to keep lightening our load. Yeah it’s a bit rougher ride but I do all the things to make my money drive us further as we are nearing 100,000 miles traveled.

Bd2

YES, Check out your fire extinguishers in the RV, home, and in my case the barn. All of my Kiddi extinguishers as old as they where are all recalled. Go to the web site Jeff suggested and take the time to execute it. Might save your life and property.

HT Morgan

Wonder does the tire advice also apply to motor homes? My max on the tires says 110. I run 105 in the rear wheels and 95 in the front. Still a hard ride.

jillie

On our way home from Montana we had a tire blow out but didn’t know it until we pulled into a gas station and realized no cell service and no service station for miles. It got fixed and replaced. Again same thing 4 years later and now? Heading to Colorado and expecting it to happen again. Hopefully this time we are near civilization. 2 blow outs on our RV and no idea why when we had it checked. Progressive says they will send Flo and Jamie out to change our tire if it happens a third time. The last two insurance companies said on your own. Otherwise tires have been checked and we will keep the speed to 65. Lets see if we avoid the whammy. Love Progressive and now I am loving Verizon. Wish us luck.

Jeff

Concerning Fire Extinguishers:

There is a RECALL going on since 2017 and it affected the entire RV Industry and those manufacturers that used KIDDE Fire Extinguishers.

Fire Extinguishers that had Plastic Handles or the PLUNGER Type Buttons. Many of these Extinguishers could Fail or just fail to function in an Emergency.

The KIDDE Website has all the information on this RECALL and you should visit it to see if the Fire Extinguishers in your RV or Home may be affected! KIDDE will replace the affected Extinguishers Free of Charge.

Here is the Link: https://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/recall-kidde-fire-extinguisher/

Safe Travels!