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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 936

Issue 936 • July 17, 2018

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Monitor that charge!
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
Hey, I’m not just an AC voltage guy. I also do a lot with DC battery systems. If you don’t have a dedicated house battery monitor, or maybe you need a second one in a more visible place, then consider a plug-in battery voltage monitor. It can tell you if your converter or charger is working, the basic state of charge of the batteries, and even if there’s a sudden load that you weren’t aware of. Here’s a nice one!

Know how your RV “measures up”
The importance of knowing how “tall” your RV is can’t be understated. But how to do it? Here’s a suggestion from Bob. He suggests getting a 2 x 4 or a thick piece of Styrofoam, even firm cardboard. Put your choice up on top of your air conditioning unit so it extends over the side of the RV, then use a tape measure to measure from the ground up to the bottom of the object. That way, you’ll have (hopefully) the figure for the tallest point of your RV.

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Enjoy full control of your 12V awning from as far away as 50 feet with the Carefree Connects™ Awning App. This 
Bluetooth® enabled system operates via mobile app or remote fob. Functionality includes extension, retraction, LED power and motion sensitivity. Pair with CarefreeMotion™ for maximum peace of mind. Click here for information.

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“Pirate” light stealing your precious gas?
“Unless you are using your oven a lot, leave the pilot light turned off when you are not cooking. It uses a surprising amount of propane.” From Motorhomes Made Easy

No-bonk awning arms
Pity those of us who aren’t always aware of our surroundings, or walk about in the dark. Smack into a deployed awning arm, it can really bruise you. Make “bumpers” for your awning arms by slitting a large “swim noodle” lengthwise and fitting it over the arm. Or try large foam pipe insulation – it’s already slit.

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Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle-free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here.


National Park Maps
This website from the National Park Service offers all the park maps for free. It’s an app too, so you can have them on your phone when you need them!

35 delicious dutch-oven camping recipes
We’re drooling just looking at these! Anyone feel up to cooking? We can be there in 10! 

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4 years ago

I got laughed at by the neighbors when I bought a jeep cheroke trail hawk to go with my 20 foot trailer. They laughed and said that tows that? It does and did a great job. I laughed last. I also have a vehicle that goes off road. So for the tow and off road? More fun then a pack of coyotes.

4 years ago

My first 5ver was small enough to be towed by a Chevy 1500 which is what I was looking for when I stumbled upon a nice used Ford F250 diesel which I bought. A little overkill at the time but within a few years I upgraded to a much larger 5ver which fit the F250 nicely.

David C
4 years ago

I love reading your newsletter but maybe you should only publish Mon, Wed, Fri and Saturday?!?!

That would maybe free up some time and or costs!?!?

4 years ago

with a 5er` measure when hooked to ur tow vehicle may make a difference

Gene Cheatham
4 years ago

RV height check – it may make a small difference but inflate your tires properly before that precise measurement.

4 years ago
Reply to  Gene Cheatham

And add 6″ or more to allow for bumps in that road under the bridge, uneven paving, or a layer of paving added since the height sign was updated! Then I stay at least 6″ under that measurement. I do not want to lose my air conditioner. . .

4 years ago

Re: the $14 voltage meter…these are also available for $2 elsewhere. However, voltage alone tells you very little – yes, it detects dead battery, huge loads, dying batteries, poor water level, alternator function, solar function, and charger function. All these conditions will be indicated similarly.

Re: bonking arms – also know that many awning arms are detachable. Once they are vertical, you’re less likely to crease your forehead.

Re: tow vehicle. I had a truck already for trucky needs, which lead to 23′ trailer… Then got a much bigger truck when i got a much bigger 35′ and dual slide trailer.

4 years ago

On knowing your height, the board you set on top of A/C, make sure it and your trailer are LEVEL (side to side). If they are not level your height will either show lower than it actually is (ouch) or higher than it actually is.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Also, the board of your choice must also be level. Put a 4′ level on top of the board as you extend it over the side of the motorhome.

Bob Godfrey
4 years ago

For the survey—I purchased a vehicle to tow behind the RV.

4 years ago

I went to the National Park Map website. It’s a cool site, but I didn’t see any apps

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