Issue 992 • October 23, 2018
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A few hints for winter layup
Storing your trailer for severe cold requires draining the fresh water AND the water heater. Install a water heater by-pass kit and then drain the water heater. The entire water distribution system should be drained through a low point drain or by blowing the pipes clean, using compressed air. Don’t forget the water supply to the toilet. Kitchen, shower and washbasin traps should be filled with nontoxic antifreeze. Batteries should be removed or kept fully charged. —From Bill’s Hints
Help me, Oh-Bee-Dee Two
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
This is one of the best Christmas presents my kids ever got me: a ScanGauge II for my Sprinter van. It plugs into any vehicle with an OBDII scan port and gives you real-time info on up to four parameters you want to set on the screen. If you have a turbo-diesel it will show you MAP boost, or you can choose to watch the battery charging voltage, engine temp, RPM, percentage of load, and lots of other information that will alert you in advance that something might be going wrong with your vehicle’s engine. If you REALLY want to know your miles per gallon, there’s a simple calibration feature you can use to get real-time info on how much fuel you’re sucking by going that extra 5 mph or whatever. I’ve used mine for more than 300,000 miles and it has helped me diagnose numerous problems while out on the road. Get one here.
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AND MAKE MORE ROOM UNDER YOUR SINKS
Today’s brain teaser (answer below): I’m sweet, but dangerous. The dentist hates me, but the children love me. I have no beginning, middle or end. What am I?
MORE QUICK TIPS
Segregation at work in the hose compartment
We’ve urged readers to use separate hoses for dirty tasks, like flushing sewage, and saving your fresh water hose for that single purpose. Here’s Phil’s response: “I cap all of my hoses, regardless of purpose. And, yes, I keep the caps separated by color flagging so I don’t put ‘flush’ on ‘fresh’!” Thanks, Phil!
Shopping online for a motorhome? Helpful websites
from Bill Myers
eBay.com – I check the ‘motorhomes for sale’ section of eBay almost every day to see what people are bidding on different motor homes – especially the models I’m interested in. I usually don’t buy motorhomes on eBay, as the auction bidding process can drive prices higher than I want to pay. For me, eBay is a good place to see what people are paying for motorhomes and a good place to sell motorhomes. But not always the place to get the best deal when buying.
craigslist.org – I’ve found a number of good deals using Craigslist. But I also find lots of fraudulent offers for non-existent motorhomes from scammers. My experience has been if a Craigslist ad for a motorhome doesn’t include a phone number, it very likely is a scam. If the seller isn’t willing to talk to you on the phone, or won’t tell you where you can see the motorhome, or tells you he is deployed overseas or needs to sell the motorhome to raise money for a wedding, it’s probably a scam. If you learn to recognize and avoid the scam listings, you can sometimes find a great deal on a motorhome being offered by a perfect seller on Craigslist.
searchtempest.com –I use this free website to search all Craigslist locations nationwide or by region or state for specific keywords.
rvs.oodle.com – A site that compiles motorhome for sale listings from a large number of classified ad and dealer websites. You can search by model as well as by distance from your home, and you can set it to notify you when a new ad is posted matching your search criteria. Often, Oodle will have motorhomes that don’t show up on eBay or Craigslist.
rvtrader.com – Filled with mostly dealer listings, but does include listings by individuals. Asking prices are typically higher here, usually full retail and more, but deals can be found.
–From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Gr8 Lakes Camper
This site is all about camping in the Great Lakes region … and so much more. Find everything from gear and product reviews, to RV show information, to news about the industry.
Play to your heart’s content! Here’s AARP’s page with all your favorite online games. Care to beat your partner at Bridge?
PRODUCT OF THE DAY: You need this for your dashboard.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: A doughnut
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
ALERT! Please note the following public service announcement: In Alaska, tourists are warned to wear tiny bells on their clothing when hiking in bear country. The bells warn away MOST bears. Tourists are also cautioned to watch the ground on the trail, paying particular attention to bear droppings to be alert for the presence of grizzly bears. One can tell a grizzly dropping because it has tiny bells in it.
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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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