Monday, November 25, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and 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. Please tell your friends about us.
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Tip of the Day
Water pressure regulator tips
From John and Kathy Huggins
Water pressure varies from campground to campground. Some have in excess of 150 pounds per square inch pressure. Modern rigs are designed for less than 50. If you do not use a water pressure regulator, you could rupture an interior water hose. Believe me; you do not want to clean up after that, not to mention the expense of a very difficult repair.
Most folks don’t know the difference between pressure and flow, but you should. “Flow” is a measure of volume of water delivered in a period of time, usually measured in gallons per minute or gpm. The poor shower is caused by low flow, as are most other RV water supply problems. “Pressure” is a measure of the force of the water, and it is measured when no water is flowing (“static” pressure). It is measured in pounds of pressure per square inch or psi.
RV plumbing systems in an RV fresh water system are generally tested to a pressure of 100 to125 pounds per square inch (psi), but to prevent warranty problems, RV manufacturers may recommend only 40–50 psi. Unfortunately, this may not provide the shower you’re looking for. Most house plumbing operates at about 60 psi, and this can be adequate for RVs, too.
The cheaper (under $10) pressure regulators are really water flow restrictors, and you will notice the restriction when you have to dance around under the shower to get wet. The best way to go is with an adjustable water pressure regulator with a pressure gauge so you know what water pressure is entering your rig. There will be an adjusting screw to raise or lower the pressure. I set ours between 45 and 50 pounds per square inch (psi). Get one of these at an RV parts store or online. You’ll be glad you did.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Blown fuse indicator. Mike loves this “cool gadget,” which tells you which 12-volt DC fuse is blown. (Fascinating how it works!)
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What can be done about uneven heating in a fifth wheel?
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a question from one of our readers while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor regarding uneven heating in a fifth wheel. The furnace kept the bedroom and bathroom toasty, but the living area was cold. Read Chris’ response.
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PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
Handheld sewing machine is a must-have for RVers
This portable sewing machine is perfect for your RV. The machine is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, allowing great control and easy operation. Great for silks, denim, wool, leather, and to hem pants, jeans, hanging curtains and crafts, etc. It can repair drapes without taking them down, repair clothing without taking it off, and repair bedding without stripping the bed. It’s so neat you’ll want to buy one here.
Earn a few bucks on the road
If you’re a skilled laborer, sell your skills on the road. You can offer your services on Craigslist for the area you’re visiting.
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Motion-sensor light ideal for drawers, closets and bedside tables
These small, motion-sensored portable LED lights are perfect to stick in your RV’s drawers, cabinets, bedside tables or closets. The rechargeable light automatically turns on when a drawer, cabinet or door is opened, lighting up the space you need to get into. They’re incredibly handy in an RV, where small places can be dim. Learn more or order this 2-pack.
Random RV Thought
When you do something really stupid with your RV, like banging it into a tree branch and making a dent or even a hole, don’t fret. Such misfortunes happen to all RVers sooner or later. Just get the damage repaired and get on with your life. Stuff happens.
Website of the day
Watch out for these tourist traps in all 50 states
This is a list of tourist traps across the U.S. that, to many, have become overrun or overrated. But since the qualification as a “tourist trap” is in the eye of the beholder, we’ll just give you the heads up and let you decide for yourself if you feel swindled after shelling out money at these spots.
Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one, loves it! More.
Can a tire pressure monitoring system save you money?
Daryl Lawrence of TireTraker Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems answers the question: “Will a tire pressure monitoring system save you money?” Plus, he tells you more reasons why a TPMS is a good investment. Watch the video.
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