RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Issue 1340
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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Today’s thought

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dance Like A Chicken Day!



New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

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Tip of the Day

Before disconnecting cables or wires, make a diagram and take pictures!

Steve Savage submitted this article to RVtravel.com when he was a Master Certified RV Technician with Mobility RV Service.

Our first service call today was to connect the cables in a set of four 6-volt house batteries in a large diesel motorhome. The first attempt (not done by us) resulted in six hours on-site and ended in frustration with nothing working. Simply put, too much disconnecting and not enough forethought before the task was started.

Working slowly, we got everything hooked back up correctly and working. This is the kind of thing that should never happen. Read more.

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Full-time RVing: Compatible with partner?

At some point in many RVers’ lifetime, there comes a time when they consider going full-time. And when they do, it can be a long process as there’s much to think about: finances, communications, bill paying, getting rid of “stuff” — the list goes on. One little “item” that’s often forgotten, however, is whether they will find happiness together on the road. Here from Russ and Tiña De Maris are some things to consider on a personal level.

Yesterday’s featured article: Bear charging you? Spray it!



Reader poll

How often do you talk on the phone?
Please tell us here.


Quick Tip

Safely plugging into shore power

Just a reminder: When plugging your RV into the power pedestal at an RV park (or anywhere), make sure the breaker switch is in the “off” position. Switch it on after you have plugged in.


Random RV Thought

If you’re renovating your RV, think about if you plan to sell it soon or a few years down the road. The bright purple fabric you like may not be someone else’s cup of tea. Try and keep your renovations as modern and basic as possible in case you decide to sell.


It’s tornado season: Be prepared!
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Website of the day

What fun! And how simple! Also drop biscuits, pancakes, fresh ricotta, peanut butter banana “ice cream” and more — all with just two ingredients!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 22 percent would choose iced tea as their drink of choice on a hot day.
• 39 percent say their favorite spectator sport is football, followed by auto racing and baseball.
• 48 percent would pay $15/night for an electric hookup at a truck stop.

Recent poll: Much of the USA has resumed business as usual. How do you think this will affect the spread of the coronavirus? Please tell us here.


Trivia

Yesterday we told you the effects that whispering has on your vocal cords, but today let’s talk about how humming affects our body. Humming, according to a 2002 study published in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, is a great way to fight off sinus infections and improve sinus health! The study found that humming resulted in a 15-fold increase in nasal nitric oxide in the airflow and, since humming is a great way to keep airflow steady between your nasal cavities and sinuses, it’s a great way to prevent infection.


Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.


Leave here with a laugh

In the foyer of a church, a young boy was looking at a plaque with the names of men and women who had died in various wars. He asked the pastor, “Who are these people?” The pastor said, “Those are members from our church who died in service.” The boy asked, “The early service or the late service?”

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Bryan B
4 months ago

Point to ponder.
If you take a walk on pavement, you are taking a walk. If you take a walk in the woods, you’re taking a hike. Hmmmm

Ron L
4 months ago

Breaker location at rv parks are one of my pet peeves. Typically the breaker box is low to the ground with a cover that hinges on the top. This requires you to get down on your knees (sometimes in wet grass (or ground) where the previous occupant drained his water hose, hold up the hinged lid with one hand and then bending over to look under the lid to see if the breaker is on or off. Most times, you can’t see the ON/OFF letters and you don’t know if the breaker is tripped or not. I usually carry a small pocket flashlight that I use to best determine the position of the breaker. I will usually flip the breaker anyway, just to make sure (breaker is more difficult to flip on that it is to flip it off).

Mark B
4 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Turn your frown upside down!

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Example of knee pad for pedestal kneeling or lots of other tasks around RV. I just leave mine on the 1st inside step, all the time. I have a little pocket velcro’d next to door with:

1) NCVT (non-contact voltage tester) and 3 wire plug-in circuit tester
2) Small flashlight
3) A few pair of disposable (unused!) gloves
4) Small spray sanitizer (I use Lysol because it doesn’t stain my shirt)
5) A tic-tac box filled with Good & Plenty:
a) in case I ever meet Chuck,
b) a treat to myself for being prepared,
c) being diabetic, I might have to treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

That way I am ready for electrical and waste work (and Covid!!!)

cee
4 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Yes to everything you said!

I used to get the flashlight & contort myself to see if the breaker was on or off.

Not anymore. Now I plug my Progressive into the pedestal. If I get lights the breaker is on. I let it check the safety of the power for a few minutes while I go do something else. I probably don’t need to wait but a few seconds but I error on the side of caution. When the Progressive readout looks good, I plug my shoreline into the surge protector.

Wolfe
4 months ago
Reply to  cee

Cee: actually, that would be a bad procedure. By waiting out the Progressive’s disconnection timeout, you’re re-energizing it’s outgoing plug, making it “hot” when you plug in the RV. You actually should plug in your EMS and RV together, and let the EMS do it’s job by either safely connecting the RV later or never connecting. If something significant was left on in the RV, the EMS relay can withstand the arc which your plug should not.

cee
4 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Thanks Wolfe. That’s the way I used to connect until I read on the iRV2 forum not to because I could damage the motorhome wiring if the pedestal had low voltage. Thanks for the info, always learning.

Mark B
4 months ago

Random RV Thought – Says who?

– If you’re renovating your RV, ….years down the road. The bright purple fabric.. keep your renovations… basic as possible in case you decide to sell.
*****

If anybody bought an RV thinking of resale value, they obviously having NOT been following RVT for long. From new to used, the resale value is like driving off a cliff; it’s a long way down and you crash at the bottom.

From used to used, it’s just a smaller cliff.

In my home, the orange, turquoise and “sea grape” walls my children chose for their bedrooms and the dark blues in the bathrooms will be painted “linen white” or “sand” or “dove”, before the house is put up for sale. The peacocks hanging on just about every wall will all come down. There will be 5 shirts and 5 pants (or similar) in each closet. Most of the big, old museum furniture that I love will get moved out. Cupboards and frig will have enough food for a few days, at most. (Probably more realistic if there’s just a box of leftover pizza, a small Asian takeout and a yogurt.) Cleaning supplies will be a bottle or two. There will be cut flowers inside and flowering baskets outside. And a fresh loaf of bread every few hours. The house has been enjoyed for decades, and “resale value” was never a thought, nor should it be until execution of “clean sweep” a few months before listing (a year for exterior maintenance).

PS I never understood people who have formal dining rooms and formal living rooms that their children only are allowed in once or twice per year. Fortunately, much of that design and mentality is going the way of the greatest generation or some of their ?not-the-greatest? generation offspring.

The RV is just a home on wheels. Enjoy yours while you’re in it.

Rory R
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark B

My feelings exactly. I did not buy my RV for resale. I bought my RV to enjoy it. Those are the types of hints you get from the sticks and bricks RE folks and interior designers. It seems wrong in either case, stationary or mobile home, it is there to enjoy…..

Dr4Film
4 months ago

If you have a Progressive Industries EMS-HW-50C device wired inline directly after the shore power cord, having the breaker OFF prior to plugging in is not really required because no power is being transferred into the RV until the device determines that ALL aspects of the power are good & OK. Only then will it close the contacts of the relay and send power to your ATS (auto transfer switch) and on into your RV. This delay while checking power can be set to either 15 seconds or 2 minutes & 16 seconds.

Glenn
4 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Breaker should always be off when plugging in to prevent even the slight amount of arcing that happens with or without an EMS.

Dr4Film
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

There is no power being transmitted through the power cord and it is absolutely dead until the EMS says it’s OK to let the power through. No power = No spark.

Mark B
4 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

The power is being transferred to the cord prongs you are plugging in. Those prongs take abuse and fail miserably. (Try plugging your cord into a pedestal at night without turning off breaker; you might see a spark (feel it too, if you misplace your finger).)

https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-electricity-just-ask-mike-jam-why-did-plug-burn-up/

Clearly the EMS does not cover ALL aspects of your power supply chain.

However, it is perfectly safe to put your tongue between the posts of a 9 volt smoke detector battery. My older brother always insisted. If you don’t believe me, just try it.

Gary Johnson
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark B

It is NEVER a good idea to plug into a pedestal without making sure the breaker is in the off position. Just Google ‘Arc Flash’ for the visuals. You should first use a Non-Contact Voltage Tester ($5-10 at Home Depot) to determine whether or not there is stray voltage on the surface of the pedestal. Once you determine that it is safe, check the breaker. Verify that it is in the ‘Off’ position and plug in your power cord. Flip the breaker ‘On’ and wait for your Surge Suppressor to kick in. (Sometimes this will take a few minutes.) When disconnecting for any reason, flip the breaker ‘Off’ first, then unplug.
Or, if you’re comfortable with your life insurance paying off your RV and leaving your spouse well taken care of, just ignore what the professionals say.

Dr4Film
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary Johnson

You can’t get an Arc Flash if there is NO power being consumed.

Dr4Film
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark B

Sorry, but the EMS does cover all aspects of my power chain AND that;s why it is FIRST inline after the shore power cord. Obviously you don’t have a Progressive Industries EMS device on your RV. Maybe you should look into having one before you end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on repairs from errant power conditions.

Mark B
4 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

BTW. Progressive does recommend the hardwired EMS install prior to ATS, as you indicated.
Their reasoning is the generator has built-in voltage and frequency regulation. Their reasoning is theoretically correct.

RV generators can allow voltage and frequency to wander to what I (my electronics) find as unacceptable levels. We won’t talk about fancy diesel generators with built in inverters. Many older RV generators (and new) need “adjusting”, too often.

I am willing to sacrifice my inexpensive, easy-to-replace ATS*. This compromise allows me to have the EMS monitoring power whether it is from pedestal or generator.

I am going to be rethinking the whole approach when I add solar, because I will have 3 alternating current sources, and some solar controllers and/or inverters also have transfer switch built in.

*I have a spare $52 ATS stowed in the cabinet in case it ever fails. To prevent arcing in the ATS I do these 3 things:
1) Power off A/C before plugging into pedestal or starting generator
2) Turn off electric heaters (water, furnace, portable) before plugging into pedestal or starting generator
3) Turn off pedestal circuit breaker before plugging my cord in

Deborah Font
4 months ago

I rarely talk on the phone that’s because it’s always in my husband’s hand. He’s a talker.

alcomechanic
4 months ago
Reply to  Deborah Font

In a way, I can relate. After my company supplied me with a cell phone, most everyone I knew started calling me on it instead of the house house phone. At that point we had 3 boys and my wife in the house. It seemed that anytime I answered the phone, I had to take a message! (Usually got it wrong!)

I decided that I just wouldn’t answer the house phone unless the caller waited for the message prompt and said the call was for me. Worked so good I still do it, even with the boys gone!