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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...]

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

May 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

Typical RV Generator Auto start generator controllers are a great feature.  But, like any other product, you have to understand it to get the most out of it.  We will look at the primary purpose of this machine and discuss setting up your auto start generator. Basically, this device constantly monitors your house batteries to determine their state of charge.  At a given charge state, it will automatically start your generator to supply charge to the batteries.  When the battery charge state has reached a measured full charge, the controller will shut down the generator. This all sounds simple enough, but to do this efficiently requires correct parameters be preset. To set up your auto start generator, this control device must be calibrated to exactly what voltage it should start the recharge sequence.  To know the correct cut-in voltage, we must know what the high and low voltages in the house bank are.  A fully charged battery in a rested state should be 12.7 volts or have a... [Read more...]

Is Synthetic Oil Worth The Money?

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One of Many Synthetic Oils Available Will that be regular motor oil or synthetic?   Whether you tow a trailer, 5th wheel, or have a motorized recreational vehicle, you have seen the synthetic oil hype.  Is synthetic oil worth the extra money or is it just snake oil? First of all, synthetic may be a little misleading.  So called “Synthetic oil” is in fact petroleum oil.  It is, however, made by incorporating a controlled molecular structure with consistent predictable properties.  Perhaps it could be described as using the best molecular components contained in the refined oil product as a base. From there, superior additive packages are added to produce a much higher quality product.   So let’s look at what properties the average full synthetic oil provides over that of regular motor oil. Better low and high temperature viscosity performance. Resistant to oxidization, oil sludge build up and temperature breakdown. Better oil film retention during long layup periods. Reduced... [Read more...]

Battery Maintenance

May 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Battery Maintenance

  Pro-Fill Double Battery Watering System The supplying of electricity to your RV is the single most important system that makes the RV lifestyle possible. Electricity, supplied by the starter battery, starts your engine, without which you wouldn’t make it to the nearest campground. When we camp without hookups, electricity from our house batteries provides the day to day features of RV living, enabling us to live for days and longer without an external power source. Batteries also provide the means for storing power produced by solar panels or a wind turbine. Without functional batteries we would not have running water for showers or washing dishes. We would have no lights, TV, or stereo. Therefore, RV battery maintenance should be right at the top of your chore list. And as chores go, the least amount of time you spend on them the less of your precious recreation time they will gobble up. One of the often neglected chores involving your electrical system is the filling and maintaining... [Read more...]

RV Cleaning Tips: Exterior

May 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Cleaning Tips: Exterior

Nothing stays clean for long including your recreational vehicle. A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm or sand storm to blow through. A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Regular RV cleaning is important for the maintenance and longevity of your RV. The following are a few RV cleaning tips to use the next time you clean and maintain your RV. Since there are myriad RV cleaning products on the market, choosing the one for your RV exterior can be a challenge. Opt for a high-quality cleaner that will help make the finish on your RV last longer. Some cleaners are created for special purposes such as cleaning awnings or rubber roofs, but others can be used for a variety of cleaning applications inside and outside your coach. The best solution is an RV cleaner with several applications to save your pocketbook. It’s best to clean the RV from the top down. First, head up on the RV roof. Inspect the sealant around the roof vents, air... [Read more...]

Lighting Your Rig

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighting Your Rig

Whether you are looking to replace your light bulbs or upgrade your fixtures to something more decorative and stylish, there is much you can do to take your RV lighting to the next level. First off, you definitely want to convert to LED replacement bulbs in your RV (if you haven’t already) since they have a much longer life span and reduce power consumption. Basically, LEDs last tens of thousands of hours whereas regular bulbs only last up to two thousand hours. This allows your lights to consume less power and also extends the life of your bulbs, just by simply switching them out with any of these great deals at Camping World’s online store.  The LED replacement bulbs provide brighter lighting which results in improved visibility throughout your RV. A simple RV lighting upgrade can be done with new lighting fixtures throughout your RV. Check out Camping World’s latest sale for gorgeous wall sconces, globes, pin-up lights and more. One of my favorites is the Satin... [Read more...]

RV Covers

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Covers

RV covers are a must-have for many reasons. Whether you want to store your RV for a season or just a few weeks, its important to keep your RV safe from weather damage, such as intense heat in the summer or the extreme cold and wet temperatures that come with winter. The extreme weather will not only fade your paint job, it could also cause some unfortunate wear and tear to the RV itself. Regardless of weather, it’s still important to keep your RV covered if it is going to be stored outside for any extended amount of time to keep it safe from wind, sun, snow, dirt, bird droppings, rain and other debris. The best way to keep the harsh elements from compromising your RV’s exterior body, is to invest in a nice all-weather RV cover. Camping World currently has an ADCO Travel Trailer Designer Tyvek RV Cover - 31’7″ – 34′ on sale for $103.43 off the normal price. The white Polypropylene cover with Tyvek blocks the damaging UV rays to prevent fading and... [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...]

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

April 2, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

With an average of 3,100 RV fires each year, there is no shortage of news stories across the U.S. and Canada about devastating losses due to recreational vehicle fires. An portable heater left unattended was the cause of a fire that burned this Winnebago. (Credit: Bill Beezley/East Jefferson Fire-Rescue) These fires caused seven deaths, 62 injuries, and approximately $41 million in damages each year. These numbers reflect how important fire safety and fire prevention are to the RV lifestyle. Keep in mind a few safety precautions whenever you leave an RV for any amount of time. Make sure that space heaters are turned off at night and when leaving the RV. Do not leave cooking unattended for even the shortest period of time. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace batteries yearly. Following are recent reports on six RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Washington: Heater Cause of RV Fire Peninsuladailynews.com reports that an old portable heater... [Read more...]

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