Monday, February 10, 2020
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Tip of the Day
How to tell if your black tank is almost full
Factory-installed tank sensors are wholly inaccurate. Previous polls on this site also substantiate this information. Deposits of paper and “other” things get stuck on the sensors. A perfectly empty tank can still read full as a result. Some folks have tried other methods such as dishwashing soap, ice, hot water, and other methods that may work with mixed results. Continue reading.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Can I hook up two surge protectors? Mike explains all about basic and advanced/EMS surge protectors, and whether you can use more than one at a time.
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Guide to state firearm laws hot off the press for 2020
The 2020 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has recently been published. The annual guide contains information about the firearm laws of all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico, and how to prepare, carry and transport your weapons during local, intrastate and interstate travel. Learn more here.
Is your RV furnace burning your money?
“How much money will you spend to heat an RV?” is a frequently heard question in the RV world. Russ and Tiña De Maris discuss the many variables involved in calculating the cost, and how to most efficiently and inexpensively heat your RV. Learn more.
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From Chuck Woodbury’s Roadside Journal: At what age is a person elderly?
Be like Mike! Use theatrical tie line at the campsite
Mike Sokol says: if you’ve never used theatrical tie line, then let me tell you how great this stuff is for hanging all sorts of things around camp. We use this if we need to lash a tent down to ground stakes, hang lights from an awning or secure a surge protector to a pedestal. I would say you should get at least the 300 ft. spool for RVing, and I like the 500 and 1,000 ft. spools for my own gigs. But I assure you, once you use real theatrical tie line, you won’t want to use anything else. Get some here.
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Clean your Plexiglas shower door without scratching it
If your RV shower door is Plexiglas, it’ll scratch real easy. Here’s a recipe/directions for cleaning without scratching: To an empty spray bottle add 1 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar. Mix contents GENTLY. Now spray the Plexiglas with a light, thin mist. Let sit a few seconds and wipe clean with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe in large circles. Repeat as necessary.
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Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
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Random RV Thought
Make sure you exercise your RV generator at least once a month. Let it run for 30 minutes with many power accessories turned on. Have you exercised your generator lately? If not, it’s time!
Website of the day
Camping hacks (from the dollar store) that you need to know
We see a lot of articles similar to this, but we’re shocked at how many times we said, “Oooooh! That’s a good idea!” while reading this one. There’s some good stuff in here, folks. Check it out.
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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 Empire State Building in New York City has its own ZIP code. Even though the building sits inside the 10001 ZIP code, if you want to send mail to the building you’ll have to address it to 10118.
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I’m not comfortable using cruise control. I’ve never used it.
Interested to see thoughts on using T-9 which is advertised in this article. I’m considering using this for my slide gears and for the hydraulic cylinders on the levelers. Any thoughts or concerns?
We were told by several friends (OTR drivers) to never use CC in the rain driving our Class A. They’ve driven a lot of miles safely. We listened. Not too long afterwards a good friend was driving in the rain, in a car, using CC. His car hydroplaned, left the road and hit a utility pole, killing his wife and seriously injuring him. He was ticketed and told the cruise contributed to the loss of control. I can’t speak to the validity of that statement but I do know that we no longer use CC in any vehicle once it starts to rain.
I seldom use cruise control. Just like I avoid my towing button if the conditions are right. I would rather manually change speed and gearing according to the road ahead. Get off the gas pedal when going down hill and slowly accelerate before heading uphill. Learn to use inertia. Since my truck only shows average MPG I bought a plug-in that shows my actual MPG. Once you learn to use all the info and actually drive your vehicle you’ll be amazed at how better your mileage. I figure I save at least 2.5mpg plus I pay more attention to conditions around me.
Propane fills – get what you are really paying for – buyer beware! There’s a reason exchange places are ‘cheaper” than a real gas supplier, and many refill places are more costly than your propane dealer. My wife works in the propane/grill/fireplace business and has educated many on this. A 20 pound cylinder gets filled to hold 20 pounds of gas; about 4.23 gallons. Many exchange places short fill with as little as 15 pounds, sometimes 17 pounds, in a 20 pound cylinder. The market place will refer to a “BBQ fill” and recently stating they are 15 pound fills. Buy your gas from a reputable source that weighs and checks your tank (cylinder) for leaks and inspection due dates.
LP tanks have a date stamped into the collar and that tank will be good for ten years, then need re certified every five years after that. Her work charges nothing for this. The latest standards now have a check of the O-ring in the throat of the valve and if it is cracked or damaged the valve assembly will need to be replaced. You may want to check your own for damage.
I guess the cruise control debate is depending on what you’re driving and towing. if you’re at the limit, then most people don’t like to use CC. We have a 250 diesel with a 28′ TT – the truck generally doesn’t know the camper is there – CC all day anywhere.
I use cruise control when in an area of fairly flat terrain (a lot of the East, South and Midwest). I turn it off when traveling in traffic or mountainous areas. I also turn it off when going downhills. The tow/haul mode will downshift when I use the brakes. CC wants (going down to pick up the speed then downshift) I don’t want the two controls fighting.
On current 89 Toyota don’t use cruise at all. Even slight uphill make it kick down. More trouble than it’s worth.
My truck does not have cruise control
That statement really adds to the conversation, thanks.
I use my cruse control all the time but it largely depends on the situation around me as to if and when to turn it off. I use it when traveling on the highway, but if I get into an area with a lot of hills I will turn it off and use my foot to regulate my speed to keep the transmission form shifting back and forth and also from keeping the engine from reaching excessive rpm’s.
Random RV Thought exercise your RV generator at least once a month. Let it run for 30 minutes. That doesn’t even sound right. This is our second class “A” motor home & the manual say’s 2 hours with at least 1/2 of the load!
Using cruise control – use common sense. There is rain and then there is RAIN. If the weather is that bad should you be on the road?
Here’s a travel stop for rv’ers that’s no frills:
Yeah…I use Cruise in good & bad weather but that goes hand in hand with common sense. I’ve drove Motorhomes over 40 years so I pretty much know When,Where & How and never had 1 incident.
Wow, did I enjoy the Website of the Day. I kept scrolling down and was amazed at all the information from around the world and right here at home. I definitely bookmarked this as we loved the articles on beach camping with an RV. Thank you!
Once I accelerate to speed, I set the cruise control. Don’t use it in high winds, down pours, mountains or snowy conditions and too much traffic. Very easy to turn on/off. Cruise control is turned off while accelerating and slowing down.
Makes for a more relaxing drive and better fuel economy. I am using a Class B RV.
If one is a leadfoot, CC can save gas… I’ve found that my gentle foot actually saved considerably more gas – I accelerate slower, ALLOW slowing down moderately for hills, and engage the MDS which CC seems to defeat.
I only use cruise control when traveling on open, flat and dry roads, especially when driving the motorhome and towing!
I keep seeing ads for paper guides to the firearm laws. Those guides can be out of date on the day of publication – no matter how careful the author, editor and publisher may be. That’s a fact.
I use the application, “Legal Heat”. Always up to date and always at hand.
Suggestion: one of your reporters should take a look at it.
That is a very good point. The guides are like road maps, they may not be up to date. That being said, the guide they show above is one of the better ones I’ve found, and it gives you a good base to start from, but definitely its up to the gun owner to follow up and make sure nothing has changed since publication.
So, I answered yes but not towing. I use no CC when towing regardless. CC is OK in very light rain or drizzle and I may use it then on flat roads. I live in the Ozarks and there are not a lot of areas for its use anyway around home. Our roads are so crooked we check at intersections to make sure it is not the same road we were just on before the last curve around the hill.
CC is a tool, works great, keeps your speed consistent which translates to better mpg and others on the road very much appreciate it, however like any tool it’s how and when you use it that matters.