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The RV Glass Dash

September 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The RV Glass Dash

RV Instrument Clusters and Glass Dash The Glass Dash has been solidly endorsed by the aviation industry for the past decade and beyond.  Here the Garmin G2000 offers everything and much more than was ever available to the modern pilot.  In addition to engine data, GPS navigation, flight information and much more, virtual visual terrain can be displayed when required. Not quite as sophisticated, but still very impressive, is the motor coach Glass Dash by SilverLeaf.  The flat panel dash is capable of displaying a host of information and can produce the general operational readouts in either analogue, digital or both.  Digital is great for precise reading down to a single unit.  Analogue can deliver a faster glance study allowing a driver to quickly view the panel taking in only the gauge angles to confirm all is good.  Each method can fill a predetermined need depending on the driving event at hand. The Glass Dash can also display video feeds from the back up camera or GPS mapping... [Read more...]

Mark, My Words – with Mark Nemeth, September 2014

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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...]

Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel, Part II

September 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel, Part II

On Thursday, the Good Sam Camping blog discussed ways to reduce rattling in the RV’s interior compartments. Today’s article focuses on tracking down rattles in other parts of the RV. There is a new saying for RVers. “There are two types of RVs, those that rattle, and those that don’t move.” If you want to avoid rattles, leave your RV in the driveway or in a long-term park. If you drive it, it will rattle. But if the rattles are driving you batty, there is hope. If you take the proper steps and follow certain precautions, you can minimize—if not completely stop—those annoying rattles as you venture down the highway. Reducing Rattles in the RV Itself It stands to reason. If you drive your RV down the road, you will over time shake your RV loose from its fittings. But rattles are your friends. They tell you something is working loose—a screw, a bracket, or a clamp. Locating these rattles takes a bit of sleuthing. The first step is to inspect in your lockers, grabbing... [Read more...]

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

The Rattles of RV travel Unlike a towable RV, a motorized unit involves travelling in the RV for the entire journey.  This also means listening to all the silverware, dishes and glasses that tend to rattle, sometimes nonstop. They still do this in a towable, you just don’t hear it. In addition to the annoying clatter, tinkling and cracking sounds that emerge from every cupboard and drawer, your pieces are slowly being destroyed.  Cracks, chips and abrasive marks on your dinnerware are going to become evident and finally be ruined, given time.  So, how can it be prevented?  How can you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  How can peace reign within the coach’s cabin? You may have tried towels, rags or napkins inserted between each, but that’s not the answer.  They still move about until they once again start the familiar clattering chorus. Non-Skid Shelf Liner Material So, how do you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  Well, here’s the answer you have been looking for, and it’s... [Read more...]

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 · 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...]

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