July 1, 2019
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Take care with your RV generator
Got a “built-in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed by the genset.
However, there are a couple of caveats you need to be aware of. An ATS is not a “perfect” device and problems can occur. Here’s a good rule when firing up the generator when using an ATS. In fact, this is a good rule when firing up any RV generator, ATS or not: Reduce power consumption before firing up the generator. That means, make sure the air conditioner, the microwave oven, the portable electric space heater — any of those “big draw” devices are turned off.
A big surge in electrical current can actually damage an ATS and, in some cases, the genset itself. There have been cases, too, when the ATS somehow wasn’t fast enough to isolate the generator from the shore power system — with very nasty and sometimes expensive results. Take the extra moment to reduce your power consumption before you hit the start switch. —Russ and Tiña De Maris
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We’ve seen some pretty unique RV-themed household items and clothing, but we’ve never seen RV-themed leggings before! These adorable leggings are available from the Etsy shop GypseyRVTravels and come in two styles (these and these). Wear them and you’ll win best-dressed at the campground for sure!
MORE QUICK TIPS
Icky-sticky bugs and tar
Tired of thick accumulations of road tar by wheel wells, and stuck on bugs which seem to favor cab-overs and front running surfaces? Apply commercial bug and tar fluid, allow it to soak in and then wash off. Another alternative is applying “waterless hand cleaner,” letting it sit for a few minutes and wiping off with a soft cloth. You’ll save money, and to save time we’ve seen RVers working over their rigs while waiting in lines.
Trailer towing on icy roads
If you are towing a trailer on icy roads, go slowly, especially downhill. Use the lower gears. You may be able to gain additional traction for the tow vehicle by moderately releasing the tension of the load equalizing hitch. Always readjust the hitch after the icy road condition has passed because vehicle stability may be affected during normal driving conditions. —From California DMV.
**We’d like to add: When towing on ice or wet roads, loosen or remove friction-style sway controls.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
We try and post recalls often, especially ones that may affect your RV, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on all vehicle recalls yourself too. Check this site often and make sure your car and/or RV are good to go.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
“Every time a bug hit the windshield my dad would say, ‘He’ll never have the guts to do that again!’ Every time.” —Kelly Stoike
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