Issue 938 • July 19, 2018
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Low temperature: Propane versus butane
If you and your RV travel south of the U.S. border, when you fill up your “LP” containers, beware – you probably aren’t getting propane. In many countries south of the U.S., butane is the standard for refilling LP containers. That’s not typically a problem, unless you try to use butane in cold weather. The boiling point of these two commodities is quite different: Propane boils, that is, gives off vapor, at -43.6 F, while butane’s boiling point is +30.2 F. Bring your motorhome tank home full of butane and try using it in cold weather and it just won’t vaporize – leaving you with a real problem.
Older motorhome entrance steps
“If you leave the master switch OFF when you drive away, the step should retract when you turn the ignition key ON. But when you park and turn the ignition OFF, guess what? The step is UP and the master switch is still OFF. The step may NOT extend until the master control switch is turned back ON. Watch that first step: It’s a big one! Newer RVs “remember” to extend the step, even if the master switch is OFF, after driving.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Overzealous LP detector?
Sometimes RVers complain that their LP detectors alarm for no obvious reason. While these electronic sniffers are designed to alert when they sense LP gas, there are other things that can cause them to launch into that ear-irritating behavior. Hair spray, cooking odors, even dog farts can create “false alarms.” Try opening a window when you blast the hair spray, and be sure to run the range fan when cooking. As to Bowser? We’ll leave that one to our readers to make a suggestion.
Better RV reefer organization
Confounded RV refrigerators are soooo small! That dozen eggs not wanting to fit? Cut the egg carton in half and stack one on top of the other!
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Since money seems to be an issue to do more and better things with this newsletter… maybe just publish it 3 times a week instead of 6 or 7?!?!?!
Wouldn’t that help save money?
Yes, I’m a paid “member”.
Saw a road side sign in Maine yesterday… “Nobody Relishes a Pickled Driver”
We make a modest profit on each of those Monday-Thursday RV Daily Tips newsletters, and, frankly, the money they bring in helps us pay a couple of writers, who are then available to contribute to the Saturday RV Travel Newsletter. So we would actually suffer a bit if we cut back. Good road sign, David! And thank you very much for being a member. We appreciate it very much — Chuck
Last week after returning from a trip, I found 9 tiny holes (1/16″ diameter) scattered across my roof. Close to a perfect circle except for the missing material on one side of the hole.
My guess is bird pecks since there were tiny 1/8″ long ants on the roof.
Every year or so I kick in $10 or $20 to support RV Travel newsletters. Just now, I almost skipped the contribution because whoever is running that webpage is asking for too much information. You don’t need my mailing address, phone number, etc. to send an email newsletter to me. My suspicion is that whoever runs that webpage is collecting the information to sell to spammers who fill my email inbox, keep my phone ringing with calls I don’t want to answer, etc. I didn’t use to worry about providing what I consider to be private information, but these days….
Aside from that, keep the excellent epublications coming.
I totally agree with Steve..back off suits me..I just had to give all my info just to get a List Price sheet & option costs to do my research on our next RV before I get the dealer and then pushed into hasty decisions..Back off on the info not needed as what are you hiding I told the manufacture..User name & passwords..REALLY !!!
Steve, you’re wrong. We don’t collect any information, just your name and email address which is actually held by Constant Contact which handles the mailing of our newsletters. We retain no personal information ourselves. In 17 years of business we have never shared any information with the public nor has any personal information been stolen (there is none on our website, actually). And we never will. You were asked to provide your address, etc., to process your credit card or to pay through Pay Pal. They have their own privacy rules and I have never heard of them sharing any personal information with anyone who has done business with us. If I thought they did, I wouldn’t do business with them. –Chuck/editor
So butane lighters really should not work that well below freezing?
I have to say, the only time an “RV Tech” even gets CLOSE to our rig is if something is wrong and WE can’t fix it ourselves. In over 25 years of RV’ing I’ve never had one check my roof. Maybe I should re-think that?
I agree..allowing an “RV tech” anywhere close to your rig is asking for a bill for something not needed. Most “RV techs” I have run into are not properly trained and are after a fast buck. While there a few out there who are kosher…knowing which ones that won’t rip you off is a crap shoot. One is better off doing one’s own inspection and work,if capable. Especially with much of the modern junk the RV manufacturers are shoving out the door anymore.