RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1130


July 3, 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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Battery drain culprits

Ever come back to your RV after it’s been sitting in storage, only to find your battery dead? Small, parasitic loads can add up: alarms that depend on house battery voltage, clocks in some appliances, the TV antenna amplifier (if left on). That, and you may find you accidentally forgot to turn off a light or two. How can you prevent this problem? Install a battery disconnect switch on your house battery. When you put the rig in storage, “open” the circuit with the disconnect switch. Here’s a good one from Amazon.


Keeping your RV cool


Speaking of air conditioner vents, the folks at alwaysonliberty.com remind us, “These are a huge culprit in air conditioner malfunctions. You should clean your AC output and intake vents AT LEAST MONTHLY! Make sure nothing is blocking the air flow in each.”

Be sure your freezer food is safe to eat

Using a conventional ice cube tray, place a coin on top of an ice cube. If you ever find it at the bottom of the ice cube, you will know the power has been off for some time. Thanks to Paul Kelly!

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NASA’s Worldview

Keep this website on hand during wildfire season (or any other natural-disaster “season”). NASA takes a satellite image of each area around the world every day so you can see exactly what’s going on. You can easily find wildfires, storms and other major weather issues. You can add and subtract layers (days), and even create videos to watch the progress of a storm or fire.

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Last night I had some friends over and we spent a few hours playing board games and drinking. After quite a few drinks, we ended the night with Scrabble where I was dared to swallow a few of the game pieces. I’m really not looking forward to my next vowel movement.

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1 year ago

Re: disconnects, I just keep a 47-way meter on my batteries to watch charge/discharge/ capacity, charger performance, etc etc. At a glance, I can see if anything is left on in trailer. I seldom disconnect in-season.

Howard Purdy
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

How do I know what size resetable circuit breaker is on my travel trlr..came apart but no markings.

Mike Sokol (@mike)
1 year ago
Reply to  Howard Purdy

The size of the wire is a hint. Is this on a 120-volt AC circuit or a 12-volt DC circuit?

Edward I Owens
1 year ago

The house battery cutoff switch is a great idea but newer golf card batteries don’t have the big round connector, only a screw post. I’ve looked for cutoffs for this type of battery and can’t find them. Seems like a product idea for someone

Edward I Owens
1 year ago
Reply to  Edward I Owens

Of course golf card batteries are only used to power your score card. I meant gold cart.

1 year ago
Reply to  Edward I Owens

Go back to the Amazon link and under the price of the unit, is “Side Post”, click on that. It should work.

Stay cool

1 year ago
Reply to  Edward I Owens

As an additional note, this is an awful idea to use an item that could cause a spark (and it will if there is any load when the disconnect is operated) so near the gassing area of the battery. Better to use a properly sized rotary switch that is enclosed and locate it away from the battery compartment. At the very least close yer eyes and turn your head when operating this type of disconnect. :-/

Stay cool

Billy Bob Thorton
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Exactly right. Gassing off of the battery is extremely volitale. You need the red type switch.

Rory R
1 year ago

Re: the poll, Yes I use FB, my friend list has only relatives and people I know, and it is a quick way to keep in touch.

1 year ago

I heard my neighbor did the same thing. His next bowel movement could spell disaster.

Bill J
1 year ago

Re the ice cube trick. An even easier way is simply to put an ice cube in a small dish. No need for a coin or an ice cube tray. When you check back later, if the ice cube is still a cube, all is well. If the ice cube has puddled and refrozen, there has been a thaw.

Tony King
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill J

Even easier is put a Ice Cube in a Zip Lock Sandwich Bag

Bob p
1 year ago

Y’all dug deep for today’s leave her with a laugh!

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Scrabble: It’s all fun and games until someone loses an “I.”

1 year ago

Like when you post all those different web sites – thank you and your research staff – have a happy and safe 4th.

Kermit Burns
1 year ago

RE: Leave Here with a Laugh

Hope you don’t get consonantpated!

1 year ago
Reply to  Kermit Burns

Or have a “run on” sentence

Jim Schrankel
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

Or a dangling participle!

1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

Triple word score if it gives you ‘diarrhea’

1 year ago
Reply to  Kermit Burns

P-ing should be easier