Category: RV Modifications
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
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Arcon “Scare Light” for your RV. RV Security lights are found on many trailers and motorhomes. Essentially, they are just a white-lensed exterior light that is mounted up high on both sides of the unit. They are also referred to as “Scare Lights”. They create very bright lighting around the outside of your camper to hopefully ward off intruders. They also provide some useful benefits apart from the “scare thing.” Their elevated light position serves as great lighting for after-dark patio activities in camp. They are also great for lighting both sides of the RV during your walk outside when your pet just has to go out. Some people even use them as a signal while in a campground. If the light is on, we are up. You are welcome to drop in. These lights are a relatively low priced option on a new unit or can be purchased as an aftermarket add-on. They are fairly easy to install on any RV. L.E.D. Lighting A great upgrade would be to replace the light... [Read more...]
TripTek Fuel Consumption Trip Computers Fuel consumption trip computers are now commonplace in many automobiles, trucks and recreational vehicles, but are they accurate? Do they really display the actual miles per gallon that you have been achieving? Well, yes and no. The auto industry’s O.E.M. standard on-board computer display is not a scientific measuring device. Some of its input data comes from the E.C.M. (engine control module) through the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic system) and calculates the requested information to be displayed. Regardless of marginal error, these onboard readouts can be very helpful. While 100% accuracy is not attainable, the calculation repeatability is quite good. Therefore, generally they are a reliable fuel consumption indicator and certainly far more accurate than your fuel gauge. There are two MPG (miles per gallon) readings that people primarily use: instant and average. Instant is exactly that, nearly real-time MPG. I used the phrase “nearly... [Read more...]
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...]
One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year. Luckily, you can protect yourself from food borne health problems (and spending half your trip visiting restrooms) with these easy-to-follow travel tips: 1) Know before you go: Understand that the food you eat at home isn’t necessarily “safer” than food abroad; it’s often simply that your body just isn’t accustomed to foreign fare. According to Independent Traveler, one important difference between home-grown and foreign foods is the use of more “natural” fertilizers abroad, which can carry bacteria that could cause intestinal distress. One of the most important measures you can take to avoid getting sick overseas is to research the quality of food in the specific region you’ll... [Read more...]
In today’s video, our friends from Trailer Life demonstrate some LP gas basics.
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...]
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...]