Issue 939 • July 23, 2018
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High-priced motorhome oil changes?
Not every motorhome owner wants to be his own mechanic – not even for oil changes. But we had a report from one RVer who said his local Camping World asks $165 to change the oil in a “gasser,” and pumps up the price to $300 for a diesel unit. He promptly got the appropriate oil filter and took his “gasser” to the local Walmart. In and out the door for $50. Not everyone trusts Wally, but just sayin’ …
Did we strike out with slideout advice?
Back in Issue 923 we offered a tip that suggested when retracting your slideouts, it would be best to stop retracting before the slide is all the way in, then bumping it in the rest of the way. We got plenty of feedback, essentially reminding us that not all slideouts are created equal. Paul Rider says his hydraulic slideout manufacturer instructs that their slides should be pulled in, and the switch held for a few seconds to allow air to purge from the system. Similarly, Randy Coleman advises his system could be damaged by the “stop-and-bump” method, a fact he learned through painful financial means. We’ve gone back and updated our original post. ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS if they should differ from the advice you get here. Thanks to all of you for the helpful feedback!
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Free jack pads – just follow Randy
Randy C. tells us, “When we are ‘breaking-camp’ one of the last things I do is raise the jacks while seated in the driver’s seat. Once they are stowed, I’m ready to drive. At times in the past I have left the jack pads behind, because I don’t have a “reminder.” So, I took a clothes pin, painted it yellow to match the pads and clip it on the ignition key. If the clothes pin is still there I know the pads are under the coach, not in it. Just a simple reminder.” Thanks Randy! Guess it’s pointless to follow you around now!
“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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Take Your Turns Seriously
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
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