Issue 968 • September 11, 2018
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Don’t get stung!
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
I learned a long time ago that a trailer parked for any length of time is the perfect spot for a wasp nest in the trailer tongue/coupler. Wasps don’t take kindly to disturbing them and will reward you with a bunch of stings. So I always sent my road crew out with a can of wasp spray for a little spritz inside the hole before lowering the coupler down on the ball. Any wasp spray should work, but my wife likes the ones with a long distance stream since she can get the wasp nests out of the eves from far away.
If your trailer rocks, even with your stabilizers engaged, check your leaf springs. Worn leaf springs can create quite a seismic disturbance!
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Today’s brain teaser (answer below): This belongs to you, but everyone else uses it. What is it?
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Spray lube can storage
Finding it hard to find a place to put those cans of WD-40 and similar spray lube cans? The irksome things just get up and roll around, or in a worst-case scenario, run up against something and squirt. Here’s a suggestion from Lew Wilkinson on Facebook. He stores his in a “magazine” storage bin. You can find them on Amazon.
The realities of motorhome fuel mileage
With uncertainty about long-term fuel prices, motorhome buyers are often concerned with how many miles per gallon a motorhome might get. It is a very reasonable concern – as some motorhomes will only get 6 to 8 miles per gallon. The reality is, if you only drive your motorhome three thousand miles per year (which is the average), miles per gallon won’t make a huge difference in the long run. But if you plan to put a lot of miles on your coach each year, the fuel costs can be significant.
When it comes to fuel mileage, here’s what you can expect: Most gas Class A coaches powered by the Ford Triton V10 motor will get 7 to 10 miles per gallon, depending on how they are driven. Fuel mileage goes down at higher speed and in mountainous terrain or driving with a headwind. Most gas Class C coaches powered by either big block Ford or Chevy motors will get 8 to 11 miles per gallon. … If your goal is to get the absolute best fuel mileage in any motorhome, simply keep the speed under 62 miles per hour. At higher speeds, the wind resistance puts a higher demand on the engine which requires more fuel. Driving 65 mph will drop fuel mileage by 20%. Driving 70 mph will drop fuel mileage by 40% (except in large diesel pushers).
—From “Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned“
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I too tow my trailer at 55 to 60. Load range C trailer tires have a max speed of 65. I’m always surprised how many pass going about 70. With the wind I’ll go 60 on the highway. Against the wind more like 50 to 55. I drove across South Dakota last week with a 30 to 40 mph cross or head wind. I probably should have stopped, but I could only manage about 40 to 45. I also stay off interstates as much as possible and try to maintain the posted speed limit, or use pullovers in mountainous areas to let others pass. Love my rear camera. Be safe and enjoy the ride.
Wondered if this question has ever been posted on reader poll;
If camping alone, would you answer a knock on your camper door after dark? This seems to be a good topic on a women’s RV site, but, I think it’s a good question based on if your camping alone…no matter if you are Male, female, packing or not. Is it something you would do.
We pull a CR-V behind our Class “A” and usually 55-60 mph. It’s the most comfortable speed for us so we can relax and enjoy the ride with minimum traffic stress. No concerns about gas mileage or being the slowest on the road.
It really is amazing how many people towing travel trailers pass me when I’m going 60 mph. Many times they’re weaving all over their lane. I give these people a wide berth because I don’t want to be anywhere near them when things go sideways.
I’ve found that it doesn’t matter what speed I drive, someone will pass me. So I drive at a speed that is both safe and good for mpg and let the fast guys go.
I always drive 55-60 in my V-10 gas coach
Get the most from my 70 gallon tank
I cannot explain it but I get better mileage towing my trailer at 65 than I do at 60. I assume it has something to do with the gear that I can run in when going just a bit faster.
It’s amazing to me how many times I’ve been passed on the road by speed racer motor homes, all shapes and sizes, even towing, ( and we’ve all seen it or maybe it’s YOU) running in excess of 70 mph. Most MH tires are only rated for 75mph max and realize you’re driving something as aero dynamic as a BRICK !!!
My six speed Allison motorhome (4060 series, with Cummins ISM) shifts into 6th at 63 mph. I can then slow to 61 if roads are flat. In rolling hills 65 keeps me in 6th most of the time.
55-60 keeps us in 5th with worse fuel consumption.
My Allison has a economy mode that keeps it in 6th more. I can average 11 mpg diesel at just about any speed.
I agree with you, Ray . . .
RV fuel mileage? I always say “it’s not bad for a house”
I thought the brain teasers answer was my toilet.
😀 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
Belongs to me but everyone else uses it?