Issue 946 • August 2, 2018
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Do you really need to defrost your RV refrigerator?
For many of us “old timers,” a buildup of frost on the fins in the back of the refrigerator compartment signaled time for a “manual defrost.” We wrote about it in an earlier tip. Reader Rob J. points out his refrigerator automatically handles this chore for him. After first being turned on, the control board counts off 60 hours, then turns off the cooling unit to melt off the frost. Cooling unit turns back on, then repeats every 48 hours.
To that end, the manufacturer recommends initializing this process by turning on the unit somewhere between 4 and 10 p.m. What if something happens, and you had to shut off the fridge? Rob says, “Be aware of this and if for some reason you had to restart the cycle in the morning, just cut power for a brief period in the 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. range and you should be back in the cycle you want.” Do you need to defrost your refrigerator? Look at your manual. Don’t have a manual? If you don’t build up frost on the fins, well, sounds like your fridge is looking out for you. Thanks, Rob!
More thrills on RV battery fills
And another take on keeping the cells of your batteries filled, this one from Phil Atterbery: “I’ve modified a spray bottle pump to squirt the distilled water into the cell. The intake tube was lengthened to draw the water from a gallon jug. I added about 18″ of tube to the discharge nozzle which I hold over the cell opening. After pumping about 10 squirts I check the level with a flashlight and mirror. Thanks, Phil, for the “Phil” tip!
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Camco vent insulator keeps you warm…and cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.
Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: A mirror
MORE QUICK TIPS
Towing? Watch brake laws!
Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces have their own laws on the requirement for brakes on a towed trailer. The word “trailer” also applies to a vehicle being towed behind a motorhome. These laws are normally based on the amount of weight being towed. One problem with this is that it might be legal to tow a 2,000-pound trailer with no brakes in the state where you live, but as soon as you cross the state line of a bordering state it is illegal to tow the same trailer without brakes. Add to this your insurance company may not cover you in the event of an accident involving a trailer with no braking system. Again, the most important reason is for your safety and the safety of others. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Waste bag laundry hampers?
A tip from reader Wendy Wolter: Check out the local home improvement big box store for “pop up yard waste bags.” These fold down when not in use, but the best use I’ve found is for laundry hampers, and to hold trash bags up outside. Thanks Wendy! Order one online here.
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Make an omelette in seconds!
Tired of making omelettes and dealing with the timely preparation, mess and cleanup? This microwaveable omelette maker saves the day! This handy gadget makes omelettes in just three easy steps: beat eggs and milk, add ingredients, microwave and eat! It promotes healthy eating by cutting out butter, oil and grease. Buy this breakfast-saver here.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Top pet-friendly campgrounds
Fido wants to come too! This site, BringFido.com is a great resource for all things dog-related and this list of the best dog-friendly campgrounds is very detailed and informative.
Best smartphone apps for RV living
Before clicking this link, make sure you have some free time because you’re going to want to download all these to your phone right away. They’ll make your life a lot easier.
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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I adopted a cute dog and named him Threemiles. It sounds great to say I walk Threemiles twice a day.
RV Daily Tips Staff
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