Issue 895 • May 7, 2018
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Keep annoying–and potentially deadly–generator fumes away from your patio and avoid annoying your neighbors as well at dry-camping rallies or when boondocking. The patented air-cooled Gen-turi generator exhaust system redirects noxious fumes above your RV roof line. It fits almost any generator exhaust pipe, using included 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ (1″ and 1-5/8″ adapters available by special order) adapters. It attaches to the side of RV with eye bolts and shock cords and disconnects and disassembles for storage. It’s for use only while RV is stationary. The polycarbonate resin pipe won’t rust.
Don’t neglect your RV battery
The RV coach battery(s) is one of the most important yet neglected components in the RV. The converter in an RV also has a battery charger. Whenever you are plugged in to electricity or the generator is running, the coach battery(s) is being charged. It is also being charged by the automotive alternator when you are driving the RV or in the case of a towable RV if you have a charge line wired into the light plug. This constant charging depletes the electrolyte level in the battery(s) cells. If the battery(s) is not maintained properly it will fail prematurely. Depending on how often the battery(s) is being charged will determine how often it needs to be checked. You should check the battery(s) at least monthly and if you use the RV on a regular basis and/or you leave it plugged in when you’re not using it you may need to check more often. If you are not familiar with batteries and battery maintenance then consult with an authorized service center. — Mark Polk
Save your awnings with plastic gallon jugs
Winds often come up unexpectedly and can blow with strong gusts, then fade away. You may not always receive adequate warning signs and get caught with your awning extended when you’re snoozing or away for a short walk. An easy and quick safeguard is to fill plastic gallon jugs with water and hang from the outward ends of your awning. The weight of the water will minimize the awning from lifting and flapping–possibly damaging the fabric or arms–if a sudden wind rushes through your campsite. Filled jugs placed on the bottom edge of screen rooms or sun screens will also do the job.
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I have a question for Tim about the Teflon strips he used under the rollers of his slide out. Where did you get them?
We rented a Rialta in 1997. The best thing we ever did.
Could we share the space?
Was it comfortable to sleep in and quiet?
Use of on-board generator?
We ended up buying a Trailmanor folding travel trailer. We now have a 24ft travel trailer with two slide outs. We love it. We’re boondockers and don’t use a generator. Solar energy works great fo us. We took a four-month trip through the U.S. and Canada from Mexico, 16,000 km without a generator. What a wonderful planet we live on.
I hate people who bring generators. I like to camp to be in the outdoors and listen to the wildlife and the sound of water lapping on a beach. Get a bloody solar panel. If you need your electrical toys that bad,then stay in a place with electricity…or go rent a cabin. I don’t want to listen to your noise!
Our first trip with our new travel trailer [1983 Jayco Bunkhouse] was to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. We stayed at Cherry Hill Park right off I-90. A Class A pulled next to us [a hookup site]. Our son, who was 4 years old, went to bed at 8 PM. We didn’t have an air conditioner so the windows were open. The Class A started up its generator with the exhaust blowing right into our bunk house bedroom! I knocked on his door and told him his exhaust was blowing right into our bedroom and our 4-year-old couldn’t go to bed because of the carbon monoxide fumes in the bedroom. I asked him to please turn it off and he said that when his wife was done cooking dinner he would shut the generator off. I said he didn’t need the generator as the site has electricity. He said he was DRY CAMPING and didn’t hook up. An hour later, after sitting outside in a nice breeze, the generator was shut down. The office at the campground was no help, either, but did apologize, saying they didn’t know he would run his generator right next to us at a ‘shared hookup’ site.
We bought our first camper in 1975, a Winnebago Chieftain and at that time I have no idea if rental was even available