RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 863

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Issue 863 • March 12, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day

Ask the RV tech: Smart to buy a damaged RV and fix it up yourself? 
 
by Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service 
For the majority of folks, buying a damaged RV and fixing it up is an absolutely terrible idea. Why do I say that? Several reasons come to mind.
 
First, many units sold, by insurance companies for example, come with a salvage title. State laws vary as to what is needed to get that title changed to a standard title. I advise folks buying salvage to pay no more than 50 percent of what you would expect to pay for the same unit with a clear title. This is if you never intend to resell the unit, maybe. Everyone else has been warned!
 
Secondly, many shoppers, especially first-time buyers, do not have the remotest idea what goes into deconstructing and rebuilding an RV. The route they most often take is to cover up soft floors with laminate flooring, while attempting to panel over walls that have delaminated due to moisture penetration. There is a saying about putting lipstick on a pig that applies in these situations.
 
Finally, doing a proper rebuild does not come cheaply, and the parts to do it do not come from Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s sad to see someone come onto the lot hoping to sell something into which they sunk thousands of dollars, and find that at most it will sell for half of what they have spent on parts, not to mention the time invested.
 
Cutting to the chase: Just as with anything in life, if you don’t have the skills and knowledge to take on a task, you’ll likely come out better just buying a unit needing no more than a good cleaning. Most RVs that sell very cheaply do so because they need repair and are still priced too high!
 

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fridge-fan651Keep your food cool
with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this!  Learn more or order from Amazon.com.


QUICK TIPS

“Whitening” discolored exterior plastic
Exterior plastic on your RV discolored? Some RVers say if it’s white plastic, try spraying it with water with a little bit of Rit brand blue dye. Be sure to mask off any unaffected areas with shop towels taped into place to keep the solution from drooling down where it shouldn’t.

“Exercise” your generator – Part 2
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol 
Part 1: Don’t just exercise the pooch, exercise the generator, too. Fire it up and run it at half-load (or more) for two hours each month. Part 2The best way to exercise your generator is with a high-load device like an electric heater. A standard 1,500-watt ceramic heater that you can buy for about $30 (the last we checked) is a great load. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to drain and run out the last of the gasoline at the end of the season, or add the proper amount of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer.

Cut down on interior condensation
Winter condensation issues driving you out of your RV? You can’t stop breathing, so cut it off somewhere else. One way is to avoid using a non-vented space heater (Blue flame or catalytic) – each gallon of LP burned releases three quarts of water into your interior atmosphere!

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gauge4Endorsed by RV tire safety authority Roger Marble
tire-guage660An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn off the gauge, don’t worry, it will automatically shut off. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. And all this for about $11! Learn more or order.


WEBSITES OF THE DAY

National Park Service
You’re probably already familiar with the NPS website, but have you ever really explored all that it has to offer? There’s lots of good information, not just about our beautiful parks, but about future events, trip ideas/advice, and informative articles.
 
Cairn
Cairn is a monthly subscription box. Each month you’ll receive a box full of great outdoor gear. Everything from snacks, to clothing or accessories to sunscreens and chapsticks to survival gear. We’ve been subscribers for a while and look forward to our box every month. (Yep, they’ll send it to your campsite!) 

Adventure Parents
Join these parents as they show their kids what the great outdoors is all about. Great website for informative articles, finding new gear, and kid-friendly recipes. 

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slideout-seal656Protect your RV’s slideout
with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order


VIDEO OF THE DAY

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Counteract the campground slobs
Alan Warren, the host of the syndicated radio show The RV Show USA, offers a one-minute tip about  something you can do to clean up after those slobs who think a campground (and probably everywhere else) is their personal wastebasket.

CLICK THE VIDEO TO SEE THE TIP.
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MORE QUICK TIPS

Important “rest stop” safety checks
Do a safety walk-around at every “rest stop”: Thump your tires – they should all “sound” the same. Feel the wheel hubs – excessive heat is a warning. Check lighting, hitch, safety chains, breakaway cable. Look for “loose stuff,” like a bumper-stored dump hose. Save time, save money, maybe save someone’s life.

Easy fix for sticky sliding windows
Ever had a sliding window “stick” when trying to open or close it? Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. Reader Fred Campbell says his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” says Fred – the “smoother operator.” Thanks, Fred!
 Do you have a tip? Send it to diane (at) rvtravel.com .

Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at Amazon.com.


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Kevin Dean
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Kevin Dean

CONCERNING TODAYS TIP, REPAIRING AN RV: I didn’t buy an RV in need of repair but the one I own developed a roof leak on the slide out. By the time I caught it the roof, walls and floor suffered severe water damage. I have extensive experience in construction so I have begin repairs myself. You are correct in that this is a difficult job. Compared to building a house, this is very different. The lumber sizes are not standard. You can get some of the material at Lowes or Home Depot but they have to be further cut to… Read more »

Jim I
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Jim I

Several years ago, I opened up our fifth wheel to get ready for another summer of fun. When I pulled out my water hoses, I found that large black ants had infested the storage area and made nests inside the hoses looking for water over winter. I had to clean and bleach them to be able to use them again, but now I screw the ends together before putting them in winter storage.

Tommy Molnar
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Tommy Molnar

I screw ALL my hoses together any time they’re not in use. That way there’s no water leaking out of them.

DAVE TELENKO
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DAVE TELENKO

For sure I screw the ends of all water hoses together, but only after I drain them!
Dave

CJ Stiles
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CJ Stiles

thanks much! I’m a newbie & hadn’t heard this one yet :0(

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Dr4Film ----- Richard

Instead of “thumping” tires your better off investing in on of the excellent Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. I prefer Tire SafeGuard but Pressure Pro and TST are also very good ones.

Bill Hall
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Bill Hall

Everytime I click on the link to see the daily zip codes I get a an ‘Oops, that page cannot be found.’ What’s up with that?

Dr4Film ----- Richard
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Dr4Film ----- Richard

Read what it states in the LARGE red line next to the link.

Pat
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Pat

??????????? It is WELL past the time for this to have begun and the oops message still comes up. Any other comment now??????????

Pat
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Pat

Still getting the same oops message at 12:30am est. So it’s not the time of day, there’s a problem obviously. Guess no one wins today.

Chuck Woodbury
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Pat, the contest is not live then. Read the instructions on the page, right next to the link. I don’t know how we could be clearer.

Pat
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Pat

Oops, I meant 12noon. Now, it’s 6pm est.. still getting the error message. Not sure how I could be clearer.

Chuck Woodbury
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Pat, read the instructions. The daily contest begins at 5:30 p.m., Pacific Time and ends at 2 p.m. Pacific time, which is 5 p.m. in the east. If it’s six pm where you are, the contest for the day has ended.

Margo
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Margo

I have bookmarked the site from the Saturday newsletter and check that, not the daily tip newsletter. I got to the site OK.