Issue 943 • July 30, 2018
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Why do dump valves have openings at the top and bottom of the slide?
“We get asked this a lot by RVers changing out a sticky or damaged RV holding tank gate valve, and the associated, ‘Won’t it leak?’ The answer is that the valve would have to be larger in that area and, as you know, space is always at a premium in an RV.
Regarding leaks, the valve actually seals on the surface of the gate with the two lip seals placed on each side of the valve in the flanges. The area outside the seal area is really not necessary for sealing, but gate valve positioning in the plumbing is important. Many leak issues in a manual pull or cable pull valve is when the valve is installed at the 3 or 9 o’clock position in the piping. By sliding the gate open and closed in this position, debris, toilet paper, etc., can accumulate in the side of the body where the leading edge of the gate resides when it is closed. In this case, the gate actually pushes TP into the end of the body instead of cutting it. Over time the gate can’t go all the way past the seals and a leak results.
Another problem with cable-operated valves is cables tend to bend. When an ‘open’ gate starts to move toward closed, it runs into the two lip seals, pressing against them. The pressure increases as the gate moves to fully closed. If the pressure is too much, the cable flexes and the gate stops short of being fully closed.” —Doug with drainmaster.com.
Shoe holder does new tricks!
From reader Mary Clizbe: “I hang a plastic shoe bag with 24 compartments designed for 12 pairs of shoes on the inside of my motorhome bathroom door to contain miscellaneous necessities like batteries, cosmetics, grooming items, medical supplies, etc. Everything is in clear view and immediately accessible.” Thanks Mary!
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Electrical roadblocks? Not anymore!
Connect your electronics no matter where you park with an easy-to-use adapter. These adapters, built for secure outdoor use, are weather resistant and work best with a similar extension cord. They are also designed with pull-out handles for easy removal when charging is complete. Available in 15-to-30 Amp and 30-to-15 Amp. Shop all adapters here.
Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: The letter M.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Beware the universal lug wrench
Got one of those neat four-way lug wrenches, set to fit anything on the road? Before you need to use it on your RV, make sure it really fits. Some RVers have found that the wall thickness of these wrenches is too thick to clear the lug-nut-to-rim distance.
Use less hot water when taking a shower
From reader David Bushouse: “When taking a shower, use your water pump and the fresh water tank when your tank water is lukewarm but the well water for the RV park is icy cold. That way less hot water is needed to mix with the cold.” Thanks David!
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Restore them overnight with Caravan Sensor Cleaner
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Ever wanted to be an archeologist for a day? This website shows all the current “digs” and allows you to be a part of them by volunteering. We’re intrigued!
The prettiest town in every state
How many have you been to? Is one along the route of your next destination? This would even be a good list to plan a road trip around.
You loved the spray; DEET-free mosquito repellent wipes really work!
Back by popular demand, these DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent wipes really work! We had previously recommended the spray, but for those of you who don’t need it that often, or like the convenience of throwing a wipe or two in your day pack, these are perfect. Like we said before, as RVers, we’re going to need this stuff! Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s 7 years in a row now!
RV Daily Tips Staff
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