Issue 898 • May 10, 2018
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Helpful advice in case of emergency while away from rig
Reader Pat Mitchell suggests if you’re concerned about being involved in an emergency situation while away from your rig, you could do what he does. “I usually just pick up a park brochure from the campground office to leave in our truck. It’s always handy and if we are in an accident, the location of our camper and other details are right there with us.” Thanks, Pat!
Easy cast iron pan cleanup
“We were dry camping with friends and it was my turn to make breakfast. Remembering all the water it took to clean my cast iron pan the last meal like this, I took extra heavy aluminum foil and covered the inside of the pan pressing the foil tight against the pan. A quick spray of Pam, a little melted butter, and gentle stirring with the plastic spatula of the scrambled eggs turned them into a wonderful meal topped with cheese. Foil was crumbled up, pan clean.” Our thanks to Debbie Peterson Jenson!
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Possible cause of trailer sway
Reader Jim S. read a story we carried awhile ago about reducing trailer sway. Jim rightly points out that oftentimes, sway can be attributed to too-little weight on the hitch. Industry recommendations range anywhere from 10 to 12 percent of your trailer’s weight should be on the hitch, but Jim likes his at 15 percent. Thanks, Jim!
Drive over speed bumps head on
Cross speed bumps straight on (both wheels over at the same time) and very slowly. If you drive over them at an angle (one wheel over slightly ahead of the other), your coach will rock back and forth, from side to side, especially in the back. Even going dead slow (creeping), driving over speed bumps at an angle may cause the coach to rock enough to actually cause things to fly out of the upper cabinets! This is true with the small speed bumps, too. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
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If you will season your cast iron skillet it will perform like Teflon. No need to cover it with foil. Check the manufacturers website for instructions.
I have a question regarding Class A gas coaches. We have been looking at various gas coaches. Many times I have been told that the new Ford V10 (circa 2016 and newer) gas engine and transmissions are comparable to diesel, and way better than the “older” 2015 and earlier gas engines and transmissions. Has anyone seen any studies between the new vs old gas engines? And, or has anyone driven an older gas engine and now drives a “new” Ford V10 gas engine and can offer a comparison? Looking for a used coach and I am wondering if it is worth the extra money to look at a newer coach with the New Ford V10 rather than a older Ford V10 as it concerns performance
hope you get a good reply. I have 2007 V10 and love it more than enough power, 24 foot MH, just under 14 mpg
Thanks for responding. You were the only reply. Haven’t found anyone who has driven a pre-2016 Ford V10 RV and newer Post-2016 Ford V10 RV to see if there is any difference between the two re: millage and performance. Sure would help to know
Did you really advocate the use of “tin foil” over a cast iron skillet to cook?? Tin foil causes brain chemistry adjustments that are not easily healed, leading to Alzheimer’s and many, many other health issues. Use the cast iron by itself, use a dedicated scrubby for cleaning, and save your Noggin!
No proof regarding a causal effect of aluminum used for cooking, and there has been no research that I have found that paints aluminum as the culprit.
I think if we ever got into an accident the police would have to retrace our steps with the stuff we accumulate while touring the areas we visit. I mean they would go O wow. Dig and then find the pass. Although there is something else that that they will find in addition to the brochure. A park pass with your camp site number on it. That is mandatory to keep in the car. Either way they will find your location after reading my notes. Good luck and happy camping this summer.
We use to haul bikes with us everywhere. I love them, my husband doesn’t.
You need a newer joke book. Think the one you are using has been out of print for a very long time.
When we decided to lighten the load in our travel trailer, the iron skillet was the FIRST thing to go. Love to cook in them but MAN, they are heavy!
I understand completely Tommy, but I keep it on board for those morning campfires cooking up corned beef hash and fried eggs.
Mailbox Locator is such a handy resource. I will add this to my resorce list for our travels. I write postcards to a few friends as we travel. This will be quite useful.