Issue 940 • July 24, 2018
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Campground pedestal: Turn off, plug in, turn on!
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
Remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF on the campground pedestal BEFORE you plug in your shore power cordset. Then turn it ON to power up your RV. Then, remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF before you unplug your shore power cordset. This stops those sparks that happen when you plug and unplug under load. Those pretty sparks aren’t electrons flying around, they’re bits of super-heated brass that’s flying off your expensive shore power plug. Making sure you plug and unplug into shore power without an electrical load ensures the longest life of your connectors.
Reefer madness resolved
Boondockers use LP gas to run their refrigerator, and sometimes this creates a problem. If your RV refrigerator “acts up” and doesn’t seem to be cooling, don’t immediately condemn parts. Check the cooling system “burner” first. Scale can develop in the refrigerator chimney, that can come loose and drop down onto the burner, causing it to operate less efficiently or go out altogether. Our next door neighbor pulled in and immediately had refrigerator problems. We checked the burner, and sure enough, scale had dropped onto it, which we immediately blew off. Problem resolved – for a few days – when the same thing happened all over again. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts.
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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.
Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: A sponge
MORE QUICK TIPS
Good sense on the RV roof
Safety first! Be extremely careful whenever you are working on your RV roof. You can be seriously injured from a fall. You have to get on the roof of your RV to properly clean and inspect it for any damage or potential water leaks. The first step is the ladder you use to get up on the roof. If your RV does not have a ladder on the back to access the roof, it probably is not designed to be walked on. In this situation it may be necessary to use a couple pieces of plywood or particle board to help distribute your weight on the roof. Even if the RV is equipped with a ladder to access the roof, you need to walk lightly when you’re on the roof and be careful. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
If your rig is parked and leveled, but condensation or light rains oozes over the top of the gutters and down the side of your rig, don’t immediately condemn the manufacturer. Time to get out the ladder and check the gutters – they may have debris in them that prevents the water from running where it needs to. Or you may find a gap between two pieces of gutter that needs to be filled in. Now, go ahead and condemn the manufacturer.
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
American Fun Facts
Reader’s Digest has a great list of American fun facts you may not know! Plus, each fun fact links to another interesting article, so click here when you’re feeling curious and have some time to kill.
We’re sure you know about YouTube (and you’d better know about our RVtravel YouTube channel) but have you heard of Vimeo? Vimeo is for the true film lover. Watch beautifully filmed shorts, documentaries, and even some feature-length movies all filmed and edited by, well, maybe the guy in the RV across from you!
Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A man asks a farmer, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.” The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. If my bull sees you, you’ll catch the 4:11 one.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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