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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 905


Issue 905 • May 23, 2018
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Heavy-duty stove top cleaning in your shower
Trouble getting the grime off your range-top burner grates, gas control knobs, even the cook top itself? Stop up your shower drain, lay down a towel, and put those grimy parts on it. Now add a couple of inches of hot water and sprinkle a half-cup of dishwasher detergent granules on the scene of the crime. Soak for an hour and rinse away the grime.

Watch for overheating of outlets and power cords
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Visually inspect all outlets every season for any signs of overheating. That’s why white outlets are the best since it’s easy to see any browning of the plastic. If there is any sign of overheating, get the outlets replaced immediately and inspect all power cords for signs of overheating as well. If plug contacts look oxidized or brown, then cleaning them with fine sandpaper might work to bring back their shine. But if there’s any sign of melting around the plastic or rubber, then replace it immediately.

Unhooking a “stuck” toad
Jim Riley passed along this hint: When it’s time to unhook your towed vehicle and it won’t break free because it’s not level, restart the toad and turn the wheel sharply to the right and/or left and it should release the tension and enable you to pull the pins easily. Thanks, Jim!

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Safety tips for your children/grandchildren in the RV
Show your children or grandchildren where the water heater and furnace vents are located on your RV and explain to them how hot they can get. Keep children away from these vents as they can cause serious burns and injuries. Do not allow children to turn on any hot water faucets. Water temperatures can be extremely high if not set properly. From Mark Polk, RV Education 101®

Electric can opener – have a manual backup
Electric kitchen gadgets are convenient and easy to use. Lots of RVers use an electric can opener due to arthritic limitations. However, if you regularly use an electric can opener, be sure to store a manual one in your RV as a backup in case you find yourself without power. Thanks to Ron Jones,
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Jay French
4 years ago

Thanks for the tips guys. I already have used Steve’s advice concerning oven cleaner at home with my electric smoker & it worked beautifully. Will be trying Wolfe’s method using white vinegar next for my hard to clean barbecue tools.
Ron’s advice concerning tank sensors on the next “voyage” starting in a few days makes a lot of sense & will utilize this dirt cheap method which will hopefully improve my sensor accuracy since I had pretty much adopted a portable dump every 2 days routine.

4 years ago

Cleaning the stove: Um, TERRIBLE advice to recommend cleaning stove parts in the (often plastic) shower/tub!!! Metal scratches plastic (even through a modest towel layer!), and the black scum from carbon is often hard to remove from that plastic.

Steven P. has the right advice for nasty stovetops — oven cleaning in a trashbag fumigator works well. I’ll one-up that for folks who don’t like harsh chemicals, and for cleaning the COOKING grates (food-contact BBQ) — put a good amount of simple white vinegar in a trashbag and place your skanky, nasty, black-encrusted, even badly *rusted* BBQ grates in the bag, and let marinate overnight. In the morning, all that ick, including moderate-to-heavy rust damage will be gone. No dangerous metal bristles, little scrubbing, and totally safe to eat off of without worrying about toxic chemistry.

For dealing with clogged tank probes: There used to be a company selling teflon-covered replacement probes (“Horst Miracle Probes”), but you can make your own reasonably easily. Nothing sticks to them very well or very long. I didn’t transfer my set from my old trailer to my new one, so now I’ve come up with a smarter meter for the wall end of the original probes. Ultimately, the best system is still those that utilize external capacitive tape rather than tank penetrations.

4 years ago

You’ll, I’m sure, get lots of advice on this subject, so I might as well provide mine. I have found that prior to traveling, I’ll empty both tanks and put about 5 gallons of water back into each. I then add one cup of liquid detergent (I use Oxy-Clean) and a cap full of liquid Calgon water softener. I then drive to my my destination, and once again drain and rinse out both tanks with fresh water. I do this every time I travel and my sensors have always worked perfectly. This also keeps both tanks from accumulating “stuff” that causes odors. Try it, hopefully it will work for you too.

Steve Prendergast
4 years ago

I manage a 175 unit apartment complex and have cleaned more stove parts than you can imagine. Here’s a tip that I use all the time. Simply put all your stove parts incuding the oven grills in a large garbage bag. Then spray the contents with oven cleaner or sudsy ammonia (avoid the fumes of course) close up the bag and let them sit overnight. A quick scrub with an SOS pad or steel wool and everything will look like brand new.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

An ad popped up in my newsletter for “Caravan Sensor Cleaner”. Boy, we’ve tried all kinds of different products and none of them seems to be able to ‘clean’ the sensors. None work – to any satisfactory degree. We even tried some stuff a guy was hawking at an RV rally two years ago where he claimed that his “struvites” would gobble up all the nasties in our black tank and bring our sensors back to life. There IS no “back to life” because they never HAVE worked. We have just learned to estimate (with great precision I might add) when we need to find a dump site.