June 25, 2019
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Cheap engine oil filler funnels
By veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Many of you accuse me of wanting you to spend money on gadgets, and I admit to being a bit of a gadget hound at times. I mean, after all – who can resist a terribly cool tool that “might” save you 30 seconds of time on some future repair? But seriously, I’m just as cheap as the next guy when it comes to quick tools I’ll probably throw away (or more likely lose) right after I use them. So here’s my quickie engine oil filler that won’t cost you a dime, as long as you have an empty soda bottle or windshield washer fluid jug laying around.
I have found that it’s nearly impossible to hit the oil filler on my car or truck engine with a quart of oil without getting at least a few drips in places they shouldn’t be, and that causes a lot of burnt oil fumes nobody wants. Yes, I went and bought a fancy oil filler funnel, but it never seems to be where I left it. So what to do? Well, if you have an empty soda (or pop) bottle laying around, simple cut off the bottom half, invert it, and use the bottle like a high-priced funnel.
I even make bigger versions for my Sprinter or big pickup truck using an empty windshield washer jug. I clean them out and stash them on my workbench. The next time my “custom” funnel is missing, I just grab another bottle or jug out of the recycling bin and modify it a bit. Make sure you clean out any food or soda bits left behind first, since you don’t want those in your engine.
THIS JUST IN (Tuesday a.m.):
I’ll be interviewing the lead install/training guy for the Proteng/THIA fire protection system this Friday, which I’ll publish on Sunday in my RV Electricity Newsletter. Please post any questions you want me to ask in the comments below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll pick the top 10 questions for the interview, which I’ll post on YouTube as well as a transcribed article. —Mike
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Air temperature and tire pressure
There’s a direct relationship between ambient air temperature and the pressure inside your tires. Here’s the rule of thumb: For every increase or decrease of air temperature by 10 degrees, there will be a corresponding increase or decrease of tire pressure by about 1 pound. If there’s a drastic change of temperature, check your tires when “cold” [not run in several hours, preferably in the morning] and adjust them to the recommended pressure. DON’T try to adjust tire pressure when they are hot.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Our resident tire expert, Roger Marble, points out that the preceding information is good to a point. His “Rule of Thumb” for an RV is that for every 10° F increase or decrease in temperature, the pressure in your tires will increase or decrease by 2%. Why the difference? Says Roger, “Now we need to be careful and remember that some may be discussing passenger tires where 2% of 36 psi is rounded to mean 1 psi change for 10° F change, but I am discussing tire pressures that may range from 45 psi to 130 psi so percentage is more accurate.” For a deeper dive into the mind-and-volume expanding world of physics as it applies to tires, check out a couple of his posts on the matter.
Grease your step?
“Two or three times a year, put a few drops of oil on the friction points on both sides of your RV’s step to keep it operating smoothly. Be careful not to get oil on the non-skid material on the step(s).” —Bill’s Hints
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
As the name suggests, this is a great beginner’s guide to motorhomes. All the basics you need to know are right here, so it’s a good page to get you started.
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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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