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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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.
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
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.
Free travel information
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• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
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• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
• LATEST RV RECALLS.
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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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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