Friday, October 11, 2019
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“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”—Elizabeth Lawrence
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fossil Day.
Tip of the Day
Winter RV battery maintenance
RVing in winter can be a great deal of fun. Whether you use your RV during the winter or store it, your batteries need some attention to assure they’ll continue to be there for you next season.
Safety Warning: Batteries can be hazardous! Batteries produce hydrogen gas which is explosive. Keep all sparks and flame away from batteries. Additionally, batteries contain sulfuric acid, which can cause severe burns, so make sure you wear proper protection when working on or around batteries. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
It is essential to keep your batteries charged in cold weather. If you are storing the RV for the entire season, it is advised to remove your batteries from the RV and store them inside a climate-controlled space, up off the floor. Make sure they’re charged before you store them. If you’re removing them, make sure you diagram or photograph the batteries before removal, especially if you have a large battery bank, to assure that you know exactly how they go back in the spring.
If you think you’ll be using the RV during the winter season, or you’ll be keeping it plugged in, then leaving your batteries in the coach is okay, but you must keep them maintained. Flooded cell batteries, especially, need to be checked regularly for electrolyte and water level. Make sure the batteries stay full of distilled water, and check each cell with a hydrometer. Don’t worry if you don’t have one. They’re available at most auto parts stores, and they’re pretty inexpensive.
Look at the batteries, and take note of any broken hardware, such as brackets and clamps, and replace them. Make sure the batteries are clean. If the terminals are severely corroded, they need to be cleaned, using a battery terminal cleaner, and then sprayed with a battery terminal spray.
Just remember, batteries are expensive, and just a bit of thought and care will keep yours in service for the maximum amount of time.
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Roadside assistance programs: Which is best?
A reader posted a comment on an article asking for help choosing a roadside assistance program. It got us thinking: With so many programs available, which is the best? Choosing one is not a simple decision. Read this article by editor Chuck Woodbury about some options, and then please add your comments. Read more.
Staying organized is important in a small space like an RV. Click here for the best small-space organizers.
You may have missed these stories last week…
- The world’s largest chicken clucks in Marietta, GA
- Hothead RVers are running wild among us!
- RV Electricity – Torque those ATS screws properly
Jayco is recalling certain 2019-2020 Redhawk SE motorhomes. The seatbelt-unfastened warning light will not illuminate for approximately five seconds after the ignition is moved to the “on” or “start” position. Read more.
Where to camp for free or less than $20. Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.
Random RV Thought
If you prefer quiet RV parks, when calling ahead for reservations ask if there are any railroad tracks close by. Same with busy streets. Many RV parks are on inexpensive land, and sometimes the reason is that they are near a busy street or railroad track. If trains run often, it can be difficult to sleep. Checking the aerial view on Google Maps is probably just as effective as making a phone call.
- Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one, loves it! More.
- This 12-volt electric blanket will keep you cozy. Click.
- Camco’s insulated skylight cover keeps the heat in your RV from escaping. More.
Website of the day
Accessibility enhanced RVs
Winnebago’s Accessibility Enhanced motorhomes give wheelchair travelers comfort and privacy, with thoughtfully designed living spaces and features that make mobile travel more enjoyable, and day-to-day living more effortless.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• No park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.
Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here…
The costume of Barney the purple dinosaur of PBS fame could reach over 120 degrees inside. “It’s a T-Rex, so you’re basically just up to your elbows in being able to move,” said David Joyner, who was inside that Barney costume for 10 years. To cool down during breaks, Joyner would put a fan in the costume’s mouth and sit down on an apple box. “The head doesn’t come off, it doesn’t swivel,” he once said. “I can only see a certain amount, because of the peripheral of Barney’s mouth. And when Barney’s mouth is closed, I can’t see anything at all.”
Leave here with a laugh
“OLD” is when a sexy woman catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage door.
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