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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 899

Issue 899 • May 14, 2018
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How not to run your generator
Don’t run your generator for brief periods of time. Suppose you are boondocking and want to heat up your coffee in the microwave. If you run the microwave on battery power, it will rapidly run down your batteries – not good. While some RVers fire up the generator for a few minutes to do tasks like this – run a hairdryer, coffee pot, electric heaters, etc. – running the generator for those short bursts of time will definitely reduce its life. Thanks to Ron Jones,

Easy windshield cleaning
Keep a can or bottle of good-quality window cleaner within easy reach when you stop to fuel up. Before starting to pump fuel, spray your windshield liberally with the window cleaner. Let it sit while fueling and then use the “usually” available squeegee to easily remove the bug guts. The cleaner virtually dissolves and also releases the bug guts from the glass and it saves a whole lot of scrubbing. Our thanks to George Bliss!

Keep your battery terminal clean
It doesn’t take much crud on your battery terminal to shut things down. Make it part of your regular maintenance to keep them clean – and your electrical system operating at optimum. Wire brush ’em, and shoot them with terminal spray from the auto parts house.

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Save time crossing the border
Planning on an RV adventure into Mexico, Canada, or Alaska, but on a tight schedule? Call ahead to the border crossing (or check online at U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and check for crossing times. If there’s a long wait, check and see if another nearby crossing has a better offering.

Fan away mosquitoes
Daniel Pankiewicz adds new ammunition to the war on mosquitoes. Daniel says he spotted information in the New York Times that suggests you ditch the DEET and just turn on a fan. Not only does the breeze make it hard for the mosquito to land and start a drilling operation, it also minimizes the concentration of carbon dioxide in your area – a “calling card” for the nasty little insects. Thanks, Daniel!

Be sure to check your RV batteries frequently in hot weather
Traveling in hot country? It’s hard on people  – and on RV batteries. Check the electrolyte level in your RV batteries often and keep them filled with distilled water.
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Imagine three stinky outlaw bikers. They pull into a nearly empty roadside cafe – just a waitress and an RVer. They decide to have some fun with the RVer. They approach his table. The first one dips his finger into the man’s coffee, stirs it and puts the finger in his mouth. “This is lousy coffee,” he says. The next one sniffs the RVer’s soup bowl, spits into it and says, “This is lousy soup.” The last one squeezes the RVer’s hamburger and announces, “This is a lousy hamburger.” The RVer quietly gets up, politely pays his bill and walks out. One of the bikers turns to the waitress and says, “That guy ain’t much of a man, is he?” The waitress pauses and deadpans, “He ain’t much of a driver either. He just backed over three motorcycles on his way out of here.”

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Tommy B
4 years ago

Jerry Rice did the motorcycle thing in Smokey and the Bandit but he got a lot more than 3
I loved that part best in the whole show

Neil Schmidt
4 years ago

Regarding bugs on front ends and windshields: I use a few sheets of “Bounce,” the anti-static/softening sheets we use in our clothes dryer. Soaked in water, the sheets can be used by themselves or before using a bug sponge.

The liquid from the sheets virtually melts off bugs and makes the job far easier and quicker than using Windex or one of the expensive so-called bug-remover sprays. Paint surfaces are not affected in a negative way.

4 years ago

I still need an answer from Ron Jones about getting the coffee ready with out running the gen

4 years ago
Reply to  Leonard

Simply make fresh coffee by the cup. Use an old Mr. Coffee filter holder, put in filter and coffee, heat water on stove, put filter on top of cup and pour. Been doing it for 30+ years when tent camping.

Neil Schmidt
4 years ago

I also use Steve’s method. Takes only a few minutes of heating the water in a microwave where electric hookups are available, or by using a burner on the stove when boondocking. The main advantage is that it is a space-saver. We purchase #4 filters from Costco and use a plastic cone, into which the hot water is poured.

Patti Lounsbury
4 years ago

Coffee shops call it a pour over and if you have a French press you may not go back to your electric pot.

4 years ago

Thanks for the generator tip. My understanding is that if you are hooked up to shore power for an extended time (1 month +) you should run your generator on a periodic basis for maintenance reasons. Given that you advise against running the generator for short periods, how long would you suggest it run for in such a scenario as this?

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

So if you want to “heat up your coffee” you should plan to run the generator for a couple hours? Not happening . . .

My guess is, if you have a generator with you, you’re going to use it for a longer period later in the day – maybe for some TV or movie watching. In that case, don’t worry about the short time it takes to heat coffee or dry wifey’s hair.

I get the point about short spurts but let’s not go overboard here.

Dale R Krenz
4 years ago

Re: what not to do with your Gen. How does a short run time shorten the life of the unit? I must be missing something.

4 years ago
Reply to  Dale R Krenz

If the generator doesn’t run long enough to get up to operating temperature to “burn off” condensation that forms in the oil and other engine parts it will become acidic which will attack internal parts. The same thing happens to a car engine only driven in town, sludge will form in the oil destroying the ability to lubricate parts which shortens the life of the engine.