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Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

October 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

GIVE ME A SIGN After seeing the safety benefits of turn signals mounted under side-view mirrors, I decided to install a pair on my motorhome. I purchased two sealed amber LED lamps complete with pigtail wires. I removed the sideview mirror assemblies and drilled the necessary holes in the bottom of the arm, then mounted the lamps. I added crimp-on terminals to the pig tails and fished a set of wires through the firewall. I spliced onto the existing turn-signal wires, connected the crimp-on terminals at the mirrors and re-installed the mirror assemblies. John Theobald, Des Plaines, Illinois

RV Departure Check List

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Departure Check List

RV Departure Check List People use checklists to avoid missing something during a particular procedure.  Mostly these are used for routine operations, for example, a list of things a pilot may carry out prior to takeoff or landing.  The fact that this procedure is carried out many times is exactly why this is done.  When we get too comfortable doing something, it becomes far too easy to shortcut or miss an item. Along this same line, preparing to depart camp in a trailer or motorhome also requires a list of procedures. Failure to carry out some may lead to damaging the RV, personal injury or other collateral damage.  So, let’s look at some of these items you would need on your RV Departure Check List: Disconnect and store all attachments from the camp services.  Many incidences of pulling away still connected have resulted in damage to the park’s service pedestal and destruction of an RV’s electrical bay door. Retract all TV antennas and physically check that they are stored. ... [Read more...]

What To Do When It Storms at Your Campsite

September 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

What To Do When It Storms at Your Campsite

You’re­ on what you ho­pe­ will be a leisurely RV camping­ trip. It’s a warm summer afternoon. Suddenly, a few raindrops splat your arms, and before you know it, the sky opens up. Then you hear thunder in the distance. What should you do to ensure your family’s safety? Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Stormy weather can happen at any time, anywhere. While yo­ur best choice depends on the severity of the storm and your location, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. Knowing what to do before, during, and following severe weather is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Be Informed Know the risk in your area for hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms, damaging winds, dust storms, blizzards, ice storms, and other severe weather phenomena. NOAA... [Read more...]

Camping In Different Climates

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping In Different Climates

  High deserts are known for causing dehydration, sunburn, sunstroke, and dry skin. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. Pictured above Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved RV camping styles and activities vary with location and climate. Climate is a key factor in the planning and enjoyment of a camping trip. Research the location to be aware of the type of climate and weather you’re likely to experience. Desert Camping Desert camping can be a unique and rewarding experience. The stark beauty of red rock mesas and mysterious hoodoos in the Southwest is enchanting. But the harsh climate and terrain that defines a desert requires certain precautions and special considerations especially during the summer months. Drink large amounts of water. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Arid climates require one gallon of water, per person, per day—minimum. Sun and heat are related factors to watch. Wear sunscreen, and reapply often. Sun-glasses... [Read more...]

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have Safety triangles We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are. One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory. However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection, every RVer should have these eight basic accessories that will protect us from the more common on-the-road emergencies. Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have 1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into... [Read more...]

Towing With Your Motorhome

August 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Towing With Your Motorhome

Roadmaster Tow Dolly Large class C and most class A coaches are challenged when trying to tour cities and local tourist attractions.  While the maneuverability is easily managed by a skilled driver, the parking is not.  Generally, parking space for these large vehicles is non-existent, leaving your tour confined to what you can see while driving by.  A car rental may be the only option.  However, there are many campgrounds that may not have the availability of obtaining a rental car.  Take my word for it, not even Enterprise will deliver to many locations. So, what about towing your own car?  Towing with your motorhome is an option that you may want to explore.  You will always have a car with you and it will save on the rental charges.  There are three ways to bring your car with you; full trailer, tow dolly, or flat tow.  Let’s look at the advantages and short falls of each. A full trailer can transport your vehicle with no wear or tear.  However this greatly increases your... [Read more...]

RV Driving Tips

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Driving Tips

Negotiating turns in an RV can be tricky.  These RV driving tips are crucial to safe travel on the road. Whether you are driving a large motor home or pulling a large trailer, safely negotiating sharp turns is a necessary skill.  Due to the excessive length of these vehicles, right turns in tight quarters can be quite challenging and sometimes impossible.  For these events, it is important that the operator use good judgment in assessing if such a turn can be done safely or not.  Three left turns under most circumstances will deliver the same results as one right turn, and in many cases, can be far safer.   To fully understand this, we must look at the procedure required to make a 90-degree turn in a long vehicle.  The safest manner to accomplish this requires the driver to delay turning the vehicle until he, or she, is looking straight down the lane they will be in after the turn.  At that time, a full turn should bring the unit squarely down the targeted lane while the... [Read more...]

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

July 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

Don’t ignore the potential effectsof too much time in the sun During the hot days of summer when your family is having fun RVing in the great outdoors, they often do not want to curtail activities even in the most extreme heat of the day. However, staying in the sun can put you and your family at risk of heat stroke if you do not take steps to prevent it. Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating. If your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher, you may experience damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Prevention and quick treatment are key to avoid heat stroke. How to identify the signs of heat stroke The main indication of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, though fainting may be an earlier sign. Other signs of heatstroke may include: Throbbing headache Dizziness, light-headedness Lack of sweating despite the heat Red, hot, and dry skin Muscle weakness Cramps Nausea and vomiting Rapid heartbeat – either strong... [Read more...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [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...]

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