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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1140

Monday, July 29, 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, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you.

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Today’s Thought

“You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chicken Wing Day!

Tip of the day

The following is courtesy of Onan generators
Do diesel generators need exercising like gasoline generators?

Yes, regular exercise helps lubricate the seals and engine components and keeps carbon from building up. Regular exercise also heats up the generator windings and removes or expels excess moisture. In sets equipped with brushes, exercising helps prevent corrosion buildup on the slip rings.
It may seem strange that not using a machine could cause performance problems, but with RV generators that’s exactly the case. Regular “exercise” is an important part of keeping your generator healthy. Lack of use can cause moisture buildup and fuel system damage that makes it run poorly. In fact, in as little as 30 days, the fuel in gasoline-powered generators can begin to break down into gums and varnishes that clog the fuel system. Fuel varnishing results in hard starting and surging. (A surging generator never settles at a stable operating speed.)

To prevent such problems, we recommend running gasoline generators at a minimum of 50 percent capacity (for example, 2000 watts, or one air conditioner for a 4000-watt set) for two hours at least once every four weeks. A long two-hour exercise period is preferable to several short periods.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Battery disconnect switch options.

REMINDER: Mike will teach three classes on RV Electricity (one per day) at the Enumclaw RV Show August 1-3, near Seattle and Mt. Rainier. See his topics and the schedule here.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter. (Here’s a link in case you missed his most recent issue on July 28.)
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his new Facebook group, RV Electricity.

RV club of the day

RVing Women
This is the biggest club for women RVers. Its website is the cyber meeting place for members, but they get together in real life, too, for support, companionship and fun. Any RVing woman, whether single, widowed or who travels alone for another reason, should join.

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Free travel information

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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Website of the day

Six tips to know when calling AAA for road service
If you are a member of AAA, there are some tips you should know when calling for AAA road service. These tips will help you get assistance quicker, and help avoid any problems when you call AAA.

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The Tater Tot was invented in Oregon by two brothers, Nephi and Golden Grigg, the founders of Ore-Ida. Oregon is also home to the world’s first riding mechanical corn dog.

Leave here with a laugh

A grandmother visiting her daughter in her fifth wheel was preparing pancakes for her young grandsons, Kevin and Ryan. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their grandmother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.'” Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”

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vernon webb (@guest_51624)
4 years ago

when did aaa go from towing 15 miles to 5 miles

squeakytiki (@guest_49949)
4 years ago

I colored my hair for 32 years straight, but decided to stop when I hit 50. I’m still getting used to being grey though, and I get a little unpleasant shock when I see my hair in the mirror some times. I suppose I’ll get used to it. (@guest_49929)
4 years ago

And men don’t color their hair?

RV Staff
4 years ago

Maybe that will be another question (then we can compare the two sets of responses). We certainly don’t want to have the guys feel neglected on these polls. 😉 —Diane at

Marmot (@guest_49928)
4 years ago

My long experience with gas motors has taught me to add StaBil to a complete fresh fill of gas, run it for 10 minutes, then leave the engine (generator or auto) alone. This has worked perfectly for me on engines stored for 6 to 7 months, for many years. I have no experience with Diesels.

RollinStone (@guest_49922)
4 years ago

I have read you should exercise your genny for 1/2hr each month, I have read 1hr each month and now this article by Onan states 2hrs every 4 weeks. Hard to know which is correct. Or maybe it doesn’t matter as long as you run it at least every month. Does anyone have more insight?

Ron Hough (@guest_49923)
4 years ago
Reply to  RollinStone

We don’t boondock very much, so we use our (gas) motorhome’s generator very little. I try to run it 30 to 60 minutes once a month year-round. I’ve been doing that for the past 12 years with no gen problems at all.

Zeet (@guest_49915)
4 years ago

Is it just me? I expected the article to be about diesel generators but other than the first paragraph, the rest was about gas generators.

Ray Kaforey (@guest_50149)
4 years ago
Reply to  Zeet

Not just you! Actually, beyond the first word, which is an assumption that they are addressing the actual question, there is nothing specific to Diesel generators. Onan needs to rewrite this!

Dan Kooienga (@guest_49913)
4 years ago

My friend had thousands of dollars damage done to his RV by red squirrels. His insurance did not cover it. AAA tells me I’m covered! Good deal.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_49912)
4 years ago

“Oregon is also home to the world’s first riding mechanical corn dog.”

I’m betting it’s the ONLY riding mechanical corn dog too.

Ron Hough (@guest_49924)
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’m trying to visualize a corn dog with wheels and a saddle. Or is it similar to the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile? This is something I will add to my bucket list.

Alvin (@guest_49907)
4 years ago

The joke of the day is just like kids isn’t it. Wonderful.

The item on AAA roadside assistance is a good & worthy reminder
.My experienced with CAA (Canadian) and more specifically AMA (Alberta Motor association) in my home province is that when you need a tow truck, its quicker calling a towing company directly asking if they are an AMA (CAA/AAA) affiliate, and go direct. You will in some instances to be asked to pay out of pocket, but will be reimbursed by the provider.
I say this after having waited lengthy periods of time to connect with an AMA operator, while watching the meter go south on my cell phone.
My experience with my beloved AMA, is that they sell a wonderful product, but sometimes lack badly on the set-up and delivery end, which in some instances could put you and you rig at risk.

I have discussed this with AMA here and there is nothing they can or will do about it. They just have so much budgeted for operators to take your call. A good towing company affiliated with AMA/CAA/AAA I’ve found is generally on call 24/7.

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