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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 · 5 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...]

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...]

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