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Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth – December 2014

December 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth – December 2014

Hi, all! This month’s column covers a number of different RV problems. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to answering your questions throughout the New Year!  mmw@escapees.com —————————– Mark: We have a 2001 Sunnybrook 27FKS.  Being stored inside, it is in new like condition.  Last summer when arriving at camping sites, the temperature being above 80 degrees, we would turn the thermostat down to 73 degree and turn on the AC.  The fan will come on immediately, but the compressor takes between five and 15 minutes before turning on.  After perhaps running for five minutes, the compressor turns off.  It then takes five to 15 minutes before the compressor come on again.  It takes hours sometimes to cool down the trailer.  The air is cool coming out when the compressor is working. Where do I start looking for the problem? Norman Hi, Norman, There are a number of things that can cause the problem... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Squirrel Screen

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Lifestyle Tech Tips – Squirrel Screen

A squirrel chewed a hole in the air-conditioner cover on the top of our RV and built a nest inside. After removing the cover and cleaning out the nest, I wrapped wire mesh on all the vent openings and fastened the mesh to the cover with wire-ties. No squirrels since then. Donald Vita, San Antonio, Texas

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Lean On Me

November 17, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Lean On Me

If a trailer’s tire goes flat while the unit is in storage, it can be a while before the unsuspecting owner discovers it. By that time, the weight of the trailer on the wheel may have already caused permanent damage. To help prevent this potentially disastrous situation, I simply place a wood block beneath the axles, close to each wheel, with no more than 1⁄2-inch clearance to the axles. When it’s time to roll again, if I notice one of the blocks has weight resting on it, I know that tire has lost air and needs attention. Bruce Trudgeon, Williamsburg, Michigan

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth – November 2014

November 17, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth – November 2014

  Hi, all: In this month’s column, we’ll cover some general questions on RVing and problem solving. I hope you are enjoying the final glorious fall RVing days before winter truly sets in! Please keep those questions coming! MMW@escapees.com Mark   I have an on board generator to run the electricity in my Winnebago Vista 21b so I can keep the refrigerator going with a small penalty of gasoline. Question:  You stress that it’s important to keep the refrigerator level.  Will it stay level enough while driving to maintain the refrigerator in good working order? Is there a way to level a poorly installed refrigerator? Thank you. Mike Hi Mike While you are driving, there is enough random motion to keep the fridge happy, with one possible exception: if you are on a really long, steep grade. However, for the most part you’ll be fine running the fridge on AC while you drive. Just be sure to turn it off if you stop and the RV is off level, like at a rest stop or roadside pullout.... [Read more...]

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth October 2014

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Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth October 2014

      Hi, all! Many folks successfully use their RVs in cold weather, but it takes a bit of preparation to stay toasty when it’s freezing outside. This month’s column will address some issues surrounding winter camping. Hi, Mark: I am spending four months this winter skiing at Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe and Breckenridge, Colorado.  Two of the RV resorts include electric in the monthly rental.  The RV resort in Colorado charges a monthly rate plus electricity.  My question: Is it cheaper to heat my RV (29-foot Winnebago Minnie) using propane or electricity?  Thank you. Tom Hi, Tom: Manufacturers of electric resistant heaters generally claim that the input of one kilowatt/hour produces about 3,400 BTUs, assuming 100 percent efficiency. Most electric heaters come fairly close to that. Each gallon of propane contains about 91,700 BTUs of heat energy. A typical RV forced-air furnace is probably only about 75 percent efficient, so a gallon of propane burned in the furnace... [Read more...]

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

October 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

GIVE ME A SIGN After seeing the safety benefits of turn signals mounted under side-view mirrors, I decided to install a pair on my motorhome. I purchased two sealed amber LED lamps complete with pigtail wires. I removed the sideview mirror assemblies and drilled the necessary holes in the bottom of the arm, then mounted the lamps. I added crimp-on terminals to the pig tails and fished a set of wires through the firewall. I spliced onto the existing turn-signal wires, connected the crimp-on terminals at the mirrors and re-installed the mirror assemblies. John Theobald, Des Plaines, Illinois

Mark, My Words – with Mark Nemeth, September 2014

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Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about bearings, generators, long term parking, water heaters and tire problems. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! ————————————— Mark: How often should you repack your wheel bearings on a travel trailer? I am hearing once a year. Is this correct? I can do myself but was wondering is there a video or something that can walk a person through this, as taking it to an RV dealer is rather expensive yearly. Thanks, Nolan Hi, Nolan: If your trailer is only used a few weekends a year and is never submerged in water (like a boat trailer), you can probably go quite a bit longer than one year before you need to worry too much about repacking the bearings. If you travel extensively, the one-year interval is actually a good idea. Even if the bearings are fine, pulling the hub and drum allows you to inspect the brake components for wear. Repacking... [Read more...]

Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park: Lakeside Fun Near Orlando

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Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park: Lakeside Fun Near Orlando

Take a spin on an airboat or pay a visit to America’s favorite mouse during your stay at Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park, located on the tranquil shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida. Situated amid oaks with Spanish moss and palm trees, the resort provides access to great boating and fishing on one of Florida’s most spectacular bodies of water. The RV park also is a relatively short drive from Orlando, home to world-class amusement parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios and Disney World. But Boggy Creek has more than just a great location. Once you enter the attractive property, you’ll discover beautiful landscaping, paved interior roads and paved full-hookup sites for every RVer. Pull-through sites are available for larger RVs, along with big VIP Class A Motor Coach sites. Didn’t bring an RV? Stay at one of the large cabins or VIP cabins. Guests can make themselves at home in the eight bathhouses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, laundry... [Read more...]

Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – April 2014: Mildew, Water Pressure, Screeching Inverters, Nitrogen, and Toilet Tanks

April 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – April 2014: Mildew, Water Pressure, Screeching Inverters, Nitrogen, and Toilet Tanks

Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about mildew, water pressure, screeching inverters, nitrogen, and toilet tanks. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! —————————————————– Hi, Mark, Our 2005 Carriage Cameo 5th wheel is stored outside in an RV-storage area for the winter.  We go out to check on it about every 7 to 10 days.  We store it with all three ceiling vents open and cabinet doors open.  Yesterday when we entered it, we noticed a distinct musty smell for the first time, much like many house basements have.  We did find what appeared to be dark bacteria or mildew cultures in the RV antifreeze left in the stool during winterizing.  I cleaned that all out and rinsed the stool with Clorox.  Are there other measures we could or should take? Thanks. John Hi, John, Mildew and mold need two things to thrive: moisture and a source of... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

April 15, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

Campifre-in-a-Carton I learned a trick from a park ranger at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; he taught me how to make homemade fire-starters. You’ll need lint from a clothes dryer; a cardboard egg carton; and a taper candle. Place a little of the clothes-dryer lint into each of the egg-carton compartments. Light the candle and carefully drip the wax on top of the lint in each compartment to seal the components. Now you have fire-starters at a bargain price. To use, simply cut the individual egg sections apart and store them in your RV. When you’re ready for a campfire, place a section under the kindling and light a corner of your homemade fire-starter. Soon you’ll be talking of the day’s adventures by the warmth of a crackling fire. Debbie Hale, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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