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RV Tech-Tip: Tire Monitor

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech-Tip: Tire Monitor

One of the most critical items on your RV is what supports it: the tires.  It is very important that they are correctly sized, properly rated, aired up with the required pressure, and in good general condition.  These things usually can be observed visually, except the air pressure.  For this, you will need to use a pressure gauge to determine if they are correctly inflated. So, how often should you check the tire pressure?  Well, though most would never do it, it should be done prior to hitting the road on each and every day. The majority of tires on the road are inflated using normal compressed air.  This air contains the same concentration of oxygen as we live in.  Oxygen monticules are extremely small, so small they can pass through the rubber compounds of the tire over time.  Therefore a pressure loss is inevitable.  The temperature outside also alters the pressure from one day to the next. Tire Monitor Sensor Unlike an automobile, RVs can suffer major body damage should a... [Read more...]

Mark My Words—Q&A With Mark Nemeth, August 2014

August 15, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Mark My Words—Q&A With Mark Nemeth, August 2014

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... [Read more...]

RV Tech Tip: Awning Rod Storage

August 13, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

RV Tech Tip: Awning Rod Storage

I got tired of having to hunt for my awning rod, which had the habit of becoming buried under the other items in my largest outside storage compartment, the only compartment long enough to store it in. If you’re having a similar problem, this RV tech tip can help. I cut two short pieces (about 6 inches long) of PVC pipe, drilled two holes in each (enlarged the holes on one side for the screwdriver shaft) and attached them to the ceiling of the compartment. I measured my rod and placed the pieces of pipe so that the rod tip (bent 90 degrees) would just hang out the end. That way, there is no room for the rod to slide back and forth. Now when I need my awning rod, I know right where it is; I don’t have to hunt for it. Credit: Mike Jones, Wyoming MI

RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

August 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

Many RVs today are available with electric inverters and chargers, standard or as an option.  The inverter is a great accessory for having AC power while travelling and for dry camping.  Today’s RV tech tip will give you more knowledge about different types of inverters and what they do. These units offer a battery charger to maintain your house batteries and an inverter that converts 12 volts D.C. (direct current) to 120 volts A.C. (alternating current) when shore or generator power is not present.  Inverters can power residential refrigerators, microwave ovens, TV’s, satellite receivers, crock pots, toasters, coffee makers, and much more. There are many inverter manufacture models with a variety of power sizes.  The battery charger outputs are generally rated in ampere hours while the inverter power output is stated in watts.  However, getting the right size outputs to meet your needs is not the only decision.  Inverters are not necessarily all equal. There are two types... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Staying Cool In Your RV

June 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Staying Cool In Your RV

  Staying Cool In The Summer Staying cool in your RV during the summer is a direct result of regular air conditioner maintenance.  Though there are both roof and basement AC units used by RV manufacturers, we will address the most common, roof mounted unit. The first and most frequent item that needs attention are the filters; that screen the intake air at the AC unit, or if ducted, the ceiling intakes.  These are the most common efficiency robbers and should be cleaned every couple of weeks during the season.  Keeping these clean cannot be over stressed. Always check your incoming A/C voltage when arriving at a new site and from time to time thereafter.  This should be read while the air conditioner(s) are operating.  Voltage of less than about 104 volts can reduce efficiency and do damage to the motors.  This can be read and monitored using a simple plug-in A/C meter. Staying cool in your RV requires the AC unit(s) be thoroughly serviced, at least every two years, depending... [Read more...]

Best RV Wash Product

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Best RV Wash Product

There are so many automotive wash soaps products available today it becomes difficult to find the best one for your RV.  You want one that cleans well, takes as little an effort as possible, and hopefully eliminates the need for drying.  Well, I found just that some years ago and still use it exclusively. The product is Voom RV Cleaner and Degreaser.  The name sounds like something you would hear on a late night infomercial.  But I can assure you, it is far from a fly-by-night cleaning product.  It is truly amazing. It is generally sold by the gallon in a concentrated form.  You merely pour about an inch or so into a bucket, (more if the vehicle is extremely dirty) fill the rest with water and you are set.  Using a long handled brush, apply it to the surface.  No rubbing, just brush it across the entire coach body doing only an area of 20 to 30 square feet at a time.  Now rinse with water, washing all the soap off.  That’s it!  It will dry with what is as close to a spot free... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

DIY Project For Your RV

June 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If your RV is approaching 10 years old or more, here’s a DIY project that will provide more bonus benefits than any other. Replacing an aging CRT TV with a modern light flat panel will pay in so many ways.  In addition, doing the work yourself is quite simple.  So, let’s look at why you might want to make this your next DIY project.  What will you have when it’s complete?   A far larger screen can be installed A higher definition picture Local off-air high definition picture Lighter weight, less movement stress and related squeaks. Much lower power demand Possible Smart TV Compatible Better angle viewing Less heat generated within the cabin Extra storage not available before behind unit Makes your RV look newer and up to date Now, there are three basic types of flat panel TV’s: Plasma, L.C.D and L.E.D. Of these choices, you have two, as you must eliminate the Plasma. The problem with the Plasma is the RV application. Plasma TV’s do not deal well with changes of... [Read more...]

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