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Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – April 2014: Mildew, Water Pressure, Screeching Inverters, Nitrogen, and Toilet Tanks

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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...]

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

March 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

Fire safety is essential when camping in your recreational vehicle. In earlier posts I reported on space heater fires that destroyed RVs and caused the death of its occupants—both human and canine. Following are recent reports on four RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Ohio: Space Heater Cause of Camper Fire Mansfieldnewsjournal.com reports that a camper was destroyed in a fire caused by an electric space heater. A family of four was displaced after a fire consumed their Charles Mill Lake camper. Mark and Amy Snyder and their two children, Savannah, 10, and Taylor, 13, had been living in the camper for the past year. “We lost everything (in the fire),” Mark Snyder said. “But everybody made it out alive, and that’s all that matters.” The family’s two cats and a pet rabbit were killed in the fire, Mark said. The family dog survived. Ashland County’s Mifflin Township Fire Department responded to the camper fire just after midnight, chief JJ Bittinger... [Read more...]

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

Your RV is your home, your vehicle, and a valuable investment; however, it can be very costly to repair if it is not properly maintained. Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This is why preventive maintenance is so vital to the long-term health of your RV and to your overall ownership experience. There are two basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance. Often these two terms are used interchangeably. Preventive maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists and consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing your RV. Preventive maintenance is really nothing more than common sense maintenance. It could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable trip and a costly disastrous one. Scheduled Maintenance or... [Read more...]

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

December 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

Art Himsl owns the only 1937 Chris Craft motorhome ever made. Art Himsl and his one-of-a-kind 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome. (Credit: David Krumboltz/Contra Costa Times) I didn’t know Chris Craft made motorhomes, and it turns out that they didn’t. They made one-and-only one—this one—and it is owned by Art Himsl. “They started to build this vehicle in 1937 in San Francisco, probably as a prototype as it took from 1937 to 1941 to complete,” Himsl told David Krumboltz, a columnist for the Contra Costa Times. “It was built with an aluminum skeleton covered with Grade A linen aircraft fabric, like that found on old bi-wing airplanes. The fabric was stretched over the entire body except for metal around the windows. The original power plant was a Plymouth six-cylinder engine rated at 82 hp and the vehicle was registered as a Plymouth House Car.” The engine was adequate as the vehicle was very light because of the fabric body. “Of course, everyone thought the... [Read more...]

Fires Destroy 7 RVs

August 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Fires Destroy 7 RVs

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. Propane blast destroys RV in Oklahoma (Courtesy: Dylan Goforth/Muskogee Phoenix) It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in a fire or other emergency. If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore the country, ensure your family’s safety while traveling in your RV. Recent media reports detail seven separate fires involving recreational vehicles. Florida: Garbage Truck Fire Destroys RV The News-Press reports that a garbage truck fire spread to an RV and destroyed it at Red Coconut RV Park in Fort Myers Beach. The garbage truck caught fire as the result of a mechanical failure. According to Dale Reisen, Chairman for the Lee County Arson Task Force, the fire started low, behind the cab and worked its way up very quickly. When the garbage truck went to pick up a dumpster, a fuel or hydraulic line broke and sprayed liquid onto the truck’s... [Read more...]

RV Tire Blowouts Increase as Temperatures Rise

August 12, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

RV Tire Blowouts Increase as Temperatures Rise

The danger of a RV tire blowout increases as the summer temperatures rise. Always check the pressure and condition of your tires before taking your RV on the road. The damage as a result of a tire blowout can be extensive, as the rubber and steel belting from the tires separate and cause spinning and flying shrapnel damage to the RV and in some cases the vehicles around them. Always check the pressure and condition of your tires before taking your RV on the road. If proper safety measures are taken, most tire blowout damage can be avoided. Air Temperature is as Important as Air Pressure If you’ve driven more than about a mile, friction with the road, flexing of the tire casing, and flexing of the tread begins to heat up the air inside the tire. A very general rule of thumb is that a properly inflated/loaded tire, when up to operating temperature—one hour or more of operation—will typically run about 50 degrees hotter than the ambient temperature, according to valortpms.com. Inflation... [Read more...]

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

We met T&P at our church and quickly because friends with them.   She was American and he was Canadian.  They met on the internet, fell in love and got married.   They were living in Gatineau and us in Ottawa.   They became the god parents of our third son.   Unfortunately, P got transferred to Winnipeg for his job and they move there.   I would have hoped to be able to visit them while they were there but the years passed by and the dream of visiting in Winnipeg never materialized.   The P retired from his job and though they could have come back to the area here, they decided that it was time for them to move to the US.    It’s a long process to have a Canadian move to the US even if his wife is American.   But they went through the process to the point that T lived for many months without her husband in Tennessee.   Recently, P officially joined his wife in the US.  They are both very happy to be reunited. But what does it means for us?  Well it simply means... [Read more...]

Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

February 25, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

In recent posts I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater, space heaters destroyed pets and RVs in two separate fires, and six other RV fires resulted in two deaths. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley was driving a newly purchased motorhome through Phoenix when flames started shooting through the floor. “I was coming down the road and the engine just caught on fire,” Graley told azfamily.com. “All of the sudden flames just started coming out of the pedals,” added Graley’s wife, Candy. The Graleys have been down on their luck. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley lost his job when the cellphone company he worked for merged with another company. They bought the motorhome so they would have a place to live as well as a vehicle. “They foreclosed on my house and repoed my car so we bought this so I would have someplace to live,” he said with tears in his eyes. Today, the Air Force veteran was able... [Read more...]

More Space Heater Fires Destroy Pets & RVs

January 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

More Space Heater Fires Destroy Pets & RVs

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. A fire started by a space heater in a travel trailer spread to a second trailer, a car, and a home just. (Credit: Avra Valley Fire Department) In an earlier post I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater. In today’s post I report on two RV fires caused by careless use of space heaters. Arizona Fire Started by Space Heater A fire started by a space heater in a travel trailer spread to a second trailer, a car, and a home in Picacho, reports the Arizona Daily Star. When units from the Avra Valley Fire District arrived on scene they found heavy flames and smoke coming from a masonry-built home, Patrick Calhoun, spokesman for the fire district, said in a news release. A car and two travel trailers also were ablaze. It took two engines and two water tenders to extinguish the fires. “The fire was believed to have had started in one of the... [Read more...]

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

January 7, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

Having a tire blow up is not fun whether you are rving or not.    In both case, you need to change the wheel when it happens.   However, I think the worse kind of blowup would be the ones when you pull your RV. It happened to us twice so far.  We were driving with the RV behind and then one of the tires on the RV just blew.  The first time, we didn’t realize it and someone driving pass us kindly inform us of the problem.  That tire was on the driver’s side.   Fortunately, in Ontario the sides of highways is quite large and we were able to have space when we proceeded to change the tire.     The second time, we heard the tire when it blew up.   We were on our way on one big highway in the state of New York in the US.   We knew that we needed to stop and change it.   So we parked as best as we could on the side of the highway (which isn’t as large as in Ontario by the way).   Every time a huge truck or bigger vehicle would pass next to the RV we could see it move.  ... [Read more...]

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