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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 875

Issue 875 • April 2, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day

Use your roof to beat the heat

Courtesy Dicor Corporation and staff
You may have noticed the logo for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program attached to various appliances, electronics, office equipment, heating and cooling products, and the list goes on and on. But what exactly is Energy Star? Energy Star is a program to identify and promote energy-efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security and reduce pollution. An Energy Star rating means the product has been tested and found to meet high standards for energy efficiency.

However, did you know that one such requirement for roofing products can apply to RV roofing membranes? A key feature in energy efficiency in roofing products is a factor called reflectivity. What is reflectivity? It’s the measurement of a material’s ability to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere. It is like the expression: “Right back at you.” Light hits a surface and, instead of being absorbed, it is “reflected” back into the atmosphere. Reflectivity is measured as a percentage on a scale from 0 (hotter interior) to 100 (cooler interior). The higher the number the better, since it is reflecting more light. It’s what makes for a “cool” roof.

There are many roofing choices available nowadays for RVers, whether you are buying a new RV or replacing a roof on a current RV. There are different colors, different types (EPDM, TPO, etc.) and different textures. But for greater reflectivity, flexibility and long life, look to products like DiFlex II Polar White and its Energy Star testing performance. In order to be eligible for the EPA’s Energy Star program, our DiFlex II Polar White roofing had to have a reflectivity greater than or equal to 65%. Polar White’s reflectivity is a whopping 86%, putting it well ahead of the requirement, and designating Polar White as the kind of roofing material that can make a difference in your energy costs. It helps extend the life of your air conditioner because it runs less. And because it runs less, it also saves energy while reducing noise in the campground, something your neighbors will appreciate as well.

[Editor’s note: This information is largely provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers.]

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90-degree-hosePrevent hose crimping and strain
. . . and extend RV hose life
This 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates unnecessary stress and strain on all RV water intake hose fittings. The elbow, with an easy-grip connector, is made of brass and is lead-free. Learn more or order for a great price!


Keep small bathroom items in place
Storing bathroom cabinet items in “modules” like small storage bins will help keep items from shifting around while on the road. And if something breaks loose that shouldn’t (e.g., lid on liquid soap pops open due to altitude change) it may keep a nasty spill contained.

Voltage readings – Know what they mean! (Part 1)
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
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Here’s a quick reference chart on voltages you should measure at pedestal outlets. If anything seems a little strange, or you don’t understand the readings you get, DO NOT plug your RV into that outlet. It only takes a few seconds to fry your entire RV’s electrical system from over-voltage, so better to be safe than sorry. I’ve updated this graphic to include acceptable high and low voltage readings since campgrounds are now allowed to use 2-phases of a 3-phase service for a 50-amp pedestal. That’s why it can read a nominal 208 volts leg-to-leg and still be within code. Also, measuring up to 3 volts between the ground and neutral wires is acceptable. That’s because the ground isn’t changing at 3 volts. It’s the neutral that can change by as much as 3 volts due to normal voltage drops from the load. That’s within limits according to both the NEC (National Electrical Code) and me, where we expect to see at least 1/2 volt Ground to Neutral if the branch circuit has any appreciable current draw. (More on this tomorrow.)

Why you might want to have a CB radio
If you’re RVing and a major disaster strikes, how will you communicate? Cell phone systems can go down and land lines become useless. Consider getting a newer portable CB radio that plugs into your 12-volt socket and uses a short whip antenna. CB will continue to work even when other services go down.

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Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100 micron fiber filter. Its durable in-line, exterior mount filter has a wider body to increase flow. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and to improve the taste and smell of your drinking water for a whole season. Many RVers consider this essential equipment.  Learn more or order at a big discount.


RV Park Reviews
All the information you didn’t know you needed! Search thousands of RV parks and see what others are saying about them. This will definitely come in handy. 

Boatload Puzzles
Love puzzles? We do too. Boatload Puzzles offers 40,000 free crossword puzzles online (yep, that’s 40,000!).

50 Slow Cooker Recipes
Spring is fast approaching, and we’re ready for summer fruits and, well, no more root vegetables (at least not for a while). However, while we’ve got these dreary spring days, we might as well enjoy what they mean for cooking: slow cooking and comfort food. 

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mice-653Keep rodents out of your RV!
The positive reviews on this make it a best bet for keeping your RV rodent-free. This is the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 100 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets so no safety warning is required. 98% biodegradable. Used effectively by the RV Travel staff. Learn more or order.


Why you should always have some water in your RV’s tank editor Chuck Woodbury explains why you should always carry at least some water in your RV’s fresh water tank even when you will be fully hooked up at a campground.

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Here are two of the funniest RV movies ever! “Lost in America” is about a middle-aged couple who sell everything and hit the road in a motorhome. What happens next is hilarious. “RV,” with Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels, is equally funny — an RV movie classic! Order, rent or watch the trailer of “RV.” • Order, rent or watch the trailer of “Lost in America.


This may save the toad car battery from dying while being towed
Toad car battery go dead from leaving the switch on to keep the steering wheel unlocked? For SOME tow cars this may work: Turn the ignition switch all the way ON, then all the way OFF, but leave the key in the switch. For some vehicles this will still leave the wheel “free” but eliminate the power drain. Check to make sure your steering wheel remains UNLOCKED before towing!

Easily keep track of your toad car steering wheel movement
While we’re on the topic: If your toad car steering wheel gets stuck and isn’t freely turning, it can really cause damage. Wrap a lint roller sheet around the top of the steering wheel, then occasionally take a peek with your rear-mounted camera. If you can see the steering wheel moving, you’re not locked up.

Summer is coming! Protect your tires
Tires are expensive. So get as much life as you can from them. One guaranteed way to shorten their life is to keep them exposed to the sun. So here’s the no-brainer advice of the day: Cover them. The price you pay for the covers will save you far more in the long run. Learn more or order.

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john stahl
4 years ago

FYI… COLTER BAY RV PARK in Grand Teton National Park is a very nice place to stay. Very wooded but very close to the mountains too. All needs close by. Love this place.

john stahl
4 years ago

FYI… The KOA on the west side of GLACIER NATIONL PARK is very nice but Very Expensive. $100 plus

john stahl
4 years ago

FYI… Most State Parks in TEXAS are very nice. And the cost is between $18 and $25 per night. We stay at TEXAS STATE PARKS every chance we get.

john stahl
4 years ago

FYI… RED RIVER New Mexico ROADRUNNER RV PARK is wonderful. The one on the other end of town is expensive and is a gravel parking lot and you are packed in tight. Stayed there one night. It was terrible. GO to ROADRUNNER RV at the other end of RED RIVER New Mexico. You will love ROADRUNNER.

Dave Jeffries
4 years ago

I note the comment about CB radio. One would also find that Ham (Amateur) radio may be a far better way to go as the legal range of ham radio can be as far as world wide on some bands. The new licensing requirements (tests) are so easy that we find 3rd and 4th grade students passing the test with relative ease and code is no longer required. Dave J AF0DJ

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

Not sure how you would determine when or if you need a ‘resealing’ though. We had our 1997 Nash for 16 years and did nothing to our roof except patch a spot that rubbed through from an adjustable solar panel misbehaving.

Dr4Film ----- Richard
4 years ago

I could never understand what manufacturers were thinking when I see RV’s with BLACK or even BROWN components on top of the roof’s of RV’s. Even the darkness of some of the paint schemes used on RV’s would turn me off versus choosing a lighter full-body paint scheme. My entire roof and components are bright white and I like it that way. I used White Rubber Tuff-Coat paint for the one piece white raw fiberglass section of the roof and the peeling clear-coat brown sections of the roof.

Patricia Van Horn
4 years ago

Do you have to reseal a rubber roof?

Robert Pulliam
4 years ago

You have to reseal every roof. The sun’s up rays deteriorates every one.

4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Pulliam

What about the down rays?

4 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Don’t forget that the rays hitting at exactly 37.2 degrees actually seal your roof FOR you… 🙂