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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 917


Issue 917 • June 13, 2018
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Take care of awnings when it rains
RVer Christy has an electrically operated RV awning. She cautiously loosens the handle on one end of the awning to lower an arm to tilt the awning when rain threatens. After that, she sticks a piece of painter’s masking tape over the switch as a reminder not to roll in the awning until she’s readjusted the awning arm. Thanks, Christy

Keep your [tire] balance
“Balance your tires. Uneven wear, once it is severe, can’t be stopped by balancing. Replace worn tires before starting a long trip. You don’t need the aggravation of replacing one on the road.”—From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

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A not-so-fishy outdoor grilling tip
From reader Herb Brumbach: “When cooking fish on your outdoor grill, try putting it on a layer of onion slices along with seasoning on the fish. There is very little onion flavor but it adds moisture and the fish turn out great. I have done this with fresh salmon and halibut.” Thanks, Herb!

Got the right-sized tools?
“Make sure that you have a lug wrench and jack that will work with YOUR trailer. The jack must fit under the axle when the tire is deflated.” —From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

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Eric Meslin
4 years ago

While we’re on the subject of changing tires, I have always used the tighten method: lug nuts across from each other in order to center and tighten the wheel evenly in the air and then the final tighten back on the ground (same pattern). My trailer documentation makes a really big deal of proper torqueing. Then I need to check before each trip. I’m not equipped to do this very accurately, and am certainly not dropping my trailer for servicing on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. It used to be “put your back into it” with a lug wrench. Why do it so loosely that it requires regular checking. Last time I checked the lug nuts, and also the WD hitch, as recommended I couldn’t loosen them without help of a small sledge hammer or an impact wrench. I don’t think they’re coming off, although the manufacturer or service facility may have over tightened a tad?

Neil Schmidt
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric Meslin

Service shops are known for tightening lug nuts with an air wrench (bad practice), which risks over-tightening. Air wrenches should be used ONLY to loosen the nuts, or to lightly tighten them, after which the final tightening can/should be done with a torque wrench in a cross-pattern.

Eric Meslin
4 years ago

I am interested in how to jack a travel trailer on the axle, also reading somewhere this shouldn’t be done. I have a crescent leveling and tire changing device from Andersen for tandem axles. I would ride up on it with the good tire. At full height it’s supposed to be enough to get the flat tire high enough to change. I’ve never tried to get that high on the crescent (only used it for leveling).

Perhaps if you position the jack under the spring it won’t alter the curvature of the axle?

J hamm
4 years ago

How about getting rid of the leave us with a laugh superfluous feature or at least change your laugh sources/choices. I rarely laugh at this. More often I am mildly annoyed at the stupidity of the joke to offended because so many jokes are sexist. Almost always when it is a husband wife joke the woman ridiculed as the target of the questionable humour. I see this way too often in the jokes hete and finally had time to write. You all put out a great newsletter but the jokes over years do not measure up and way too frequently insult women. Please consider and please don’t fall back on it is just good natured joke. In the sexist world women live in it is never just a joke.

4 years ago
Reply to  J hamm

I generally get a chuckle out of the jokes. Please leave them in.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Don

Thanks, Don. We think most of our readers enjoy them. One interesting thing about the jokes is that they are almost entirely chosen by women (and one is a blonde!), so I don’t think they can be too offensive. 😀 —Diane at

Tom Fitch
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I like the joke section, but do agree with JHamm…women need not be the butt of the jokes. These may have been popular in the ’50’s but now, not so much. But please keep trying!

4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

The truth hurts

4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I like the jokes and look forward to reading them.
Basically, I enjoy reading, laugh and move on. I love jokes that poke fun at human nature.

4 years ago
Reply to  Don

I agree, Don. I usually at the very least chuckle and if not I appreciate the effort. If someone doesn’t enjoy them…why not simply pass over and do not read that section. The rest of us are happy they are there! I am a woman and I am about sick of everyone’s “sensitivities” stepping on my rights.

4 years ago
Reply to  Teresa

Amen, Teresa! I, too, am a woman who enjoys the jokes. I think some people (I can’t believe they’re actually campers!) need to loosen up a bit.

4 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Leave the jokes in. I’ve never heard any about men that won’t stop for directions, or that rip the a/c off the roof, or back into the tree. I guess those jokes just stay in the cab of our RV????

John Crawford
4 years ago
Reply to  J hamm

I don’t know but I’m sick and tired of hearing “happy wife happy life”.

4 years ago

In addition, if you raise the axel, you also compress the springs so that with todays oversized tires and cars that may have lower fender well opening
, you may not have sufficient clearance to get the tire out of the wheel well. If you raise from a body panel (where there is usually a special reinforced area made just for the jack) the spring will decompress and allow a lot more room between the brake assembly and the fender well.

Sharon B
4 years ago

Anyone have input on how to check out a diesel 5 cylinder engine from 2006? What do you check for possible expensive repairs?

Mike Sokol(@mike)
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Been there, done that. There’s a problem with that era Sprinter engine where the injectors get loose in the head and allow exhaust gases to pass by and into the valve cover area. This creates something called “black death” which looks like black lava caked up around the injector(s). Due to the damage it causes to the head, the official factory fix is a new head and injectors, which cost me over $7,000. Yikes. There’s a guy who’s developed an aftermarket fix which reams out the injector hole and retaps the threads, and that’s a fix that doesn’t require replacing the entire head. I’m guessing his fix is less than $1,000, but you would need to get your Sprinter to North Carolina for the cure. But you can get any mechanic to inspect for “black death” by pulling off the valve cover and looking around the injector seals for any signs of a black crusty buildup. If you see that I would walk away from the deal unless it’s super cheap and you can afford to throw thousands at the fix.

Eldon Rhodes
4 years ago

I think that this is the first time I have ever seen advise to have a jack that will fit under the axle. I have always heard to never put a jack under the axle, as you take a chance on bending the axle.

Tom Fitch
4 years ago
Reply to  Eldon Rhodes

I have never heard that. The springs attach to the axle. The axle takes the full weight of the vehicle and the forces from the road to the vehicle and more. If you are just jacking from the frame, I doubt a lot of jacks would have enough travel to get the tire off the ground.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

You right, the jack should be placed under the spring/axle mounting plate. That is a flat surface and is designed to carry the weight.

4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

That’s what I’ve heard, too, Eldon. That’s why, when a Good Sam guy comes to fix a tire, I make sure I’m nearby to advise them of the “under the spring/axle mounting plate” procedure. Of course, some of the guys look at me askance since “what would a woman know about this” but I’ve gotten used to it by now.

Would like to know if those “drive the good wheel up to fix the flat” are any good.

4 years ago

Our motto for vehicles and campers is “never buy new” and always pay in full.

4 years ago
Reply to  Peggy

Best advice ever. That’s what we’ve done. Our current rv was a 2008. We bought it online, advertised as a dealer bankruptcy. We found that the manufacturer took back the units and sold them for cost. Best deal ever. 10 years later it is still worth more than what we paid for it.