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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 947

Issue 947 • August 6, 2018

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Ups and downs on RV ladder safety
Many RVs have a built-on roof access ladder. Here’s Tony King’s take on the situation: “I don’t trust those flimsy RV ladders anymore. I bought a collapsible ladder rated for my weight and I put it along the side of the flimsy ladder and use it to hang onto as I climb up. When I get head high to the roof I stop and twist a piece of Romex copper wiring around both ladders before I proceed up on the roof. Knowing ladder can’t shift sideways going up or down makes all the difference in the world. I spent a whole career building freeway bridges working on ladders, but at my age now I feel I can’t afford to have an accident as it would surely interrupt my RV fun/travels!” Glad you rung–er–rang in on the subject, Tony.

Another way to keep rolls from rolling away
For paper towels or toilet paper, just squish the roll slightly eccentric. Voila – It doesn’t unroll until pulled. Thanks to Wolfe!

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Reefer level enough? There’s an app for that
We’ve preached ourselves “blue in the face” about how critical it is to have your rig level to keep from damaging a running RV refrigerator. Here’s Roger M’s two bits: “LP refrigerators need to be within three degrees of level to work properly and to avoid problems with the coolant. But what is three degrees? Few bubble levels give you a number. I found this FREE one for Android phones. Easy to use and you can even recalibrate it yourself to a known level surface.” Thanks Roger!

Storing your toaster
From readers Bill and Irma Smith: “Here’s another suggestion on storing your toaster: Pop it in a small metal baking pan. Not only does the pan catch runaway crumbs, it’s just the right size to fit across many RV sinks. It’ll save both countertop and cabinet space, and be handy to boot!”  Thanks for the timeless toaster tip!

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Hydration Calculator
Camelbak has put together this easy-to-use calculator to tell you how much water you should be drinking while active. The calculator uses your height, weight, age and gender to determine how much water you’ll need.  

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Billie Kucharo
4 years ago

The Iphone has a compass app that when you swipe right has a level that reads in degrees on two axis’.

John Crawford
4 years ago

My 2014 Thor palazzo has a really strong, sturdy ladder. I use it quite a lot.

Catherine Hayes-Sheen
4 years ago

Thanks for the Bubble Level app recommendation. Great idea.

4 years ago

Regarding leveling: I have heard many experts say if you’re comfortable, the fridge is OK. 3 degrees is a pretty significant tilt, and you’ll feel like you’re climbing a hill going to the shower. If my mental math is right (?), that’s 6.5″ rise across a 10′ beam, or 19″ rise in 30′ length — both of which are highly noticable.

4 years ago

Regarding ladders: I don’t know what built-in ladders claim to hold, but I’m SURE they are not the Class-1A (Industrial) *I* require for naked trips to the roof, or Class-1AA (Contruction) I need to carry a bucket or other tools up there. I usually carry a 16′ 4-segment C1A folding ladder. Seldom used it outside my driveway.

Of course, this past trip, I had removed the ladder for a home project, and then one of my skylights exploded in transit (the remains suggested *major* UV damage – yellowed plastic crumbling like bad plaster?). Faced with an emergency repair and no one with a portable ladder anywhere at the campground, I borrowed the next 6 campsites’ picnic tables, and interlocked them 1-2-3 high into a 9′ tower up to my roof. Worked like a champ, and I got the hole monster-taped just in time for a storm, and the vent replaced the next day. My staircase got lots of interesting looks, although not sure if admiring my ingenuity or questioning my sanity.

4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

“…but I’m SURE they are not the Class-1A (Industrial) *I* require for naked trips to the roof”

That must be quite the sight for other campers.

Mchael Galvin
4 years ago

Children will have much worse lives because of the exponentially increasing population. Water and food shortages are already a big problem and will never improve.

Michael Galvin
4 years ago

I should have said so before, but there are MANY free apps for leveling. I use Toolbox.

4 years ago

Love that bubble app for android. IT WORKS!

Mike Denson
4 years ago

To add a bit to the conversation, particularly if you have a motor home with hydraulic leveling jacks, consider putting the jacks down before climbing on the roof. one of the biggest issues on the roof is the rocking motion that is created and that can be minimized or eliminated by having the jacks down.

4 years ago

I have a class “A” & for some reason, they are making them TWO pieces. Not only are they not safe, nine really doesn’t fit together & it makes it really wobbly! Also what a pain to have to store them. Anyone know why they are 2 piece?

4 years ago

After I had a few screws break on one of those flimsy ladders,I replaced all the screws with better,stronger screws to hold the steps better.But I still use a secondary ladder…falling once is enough.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

Not sure I understand what Tony is talking about with “flimsy” RV ladders. The ladder mounted on the back of our trailer is rock solid, as was the one on our old trailer. I carry an aluminum ladder in the bed of our tow vehicle for emergencies but THAT is the one that scares me . . .