Care of Refigerator/Freezer
I'm not talking about your garden hose, that we all know that we shouldn't drink out of, but the supply hose from the outside faucet to your ctiy water connection on the camper. To keep this hose as clean as it was when you bought it, connect the two ends together as soon as you remove it from the camper and drain the execss water from the hose. This will prevent dirt and debris as well as bugs from entering the hose.
Truck Bed Coating
Bounce seems to be a very versital product used for things other than anti-static and freshening your clothes during drying. My wife has been using Bounce sheets in our camper while it is in storage in order to keep it smelling nice. I recently ran across a list of other uses for Bounce.
We all know that if you drain the water from your tanks that the next time you plug into a water system, you will have air in the water lines until the water fills the lines. That's to be expected, but how about when you are traveling and you hook up to a water line? When you hook the water hose to the water bib outside of the camper, you should turn the water on and let the water run for a few seconds. This accomplishes two things. First, it will clear any discolorization from the water facet. Sometimes you will get a rust color from some facets and this might be rust. Second, it will take the air out of the water hose before you hook up to the camper and therefore you should not have any excessive air in the lines when you turn your facets on the first time. This technique was pointed out to me by an experienced camper who happened to be watching me hookup at the Ole Town Cotton Gin RV Park in Goodlet, Texas.
Protecting Your RV-Q
Under and over voltage can be a real problem in campgrounds. Some campgrounds do not maintain their electrical connections as they should and some older campgrounds may not have been wired for the capacity that they now experience, especially in the summer months when there is a large demand for electricity. One thing that you can do to help yourself, is to buy an inexpensive voltmeter that plugs into an AC outlet and leave it there so that you can check it several times during the day. The meter does not provide protection but will help you monitor the line voltage in your camper. If the voltage is out of limits, it can cause serious damage to your electrical equipment. At one campground that we visited, the line voltage dropped to 106 volts. My wife noticed it and brought it to my attention. By the time that I ran out to disconnect the electrical cord, the cord was so hot that it was starting to melt. The unit pictured below runs about $17.00 and can be found at most camper supply stores. There are other types as well as several different types of surge protectors that can be plugged into the electrical pedistal to help protect your camper's electrical equipment.
Submitted by Brad Top
Has anyone ever dropped something like a piece of jewelry down one of the central heat registers in the floor of your RV? Well just kiss that goodbye. This makes for some frustrating and unhappy times (Don’t ask me how I know). I have protected us against that unfortunate eventuality by removing the plastic heat register covers, placing a piece of window screen cut to the appropriate size into the hole and reinstalling the register cover. Now if anything were to fall into the heat register it wouldn’t go any farther than the screen. This is inexpensive and doesn’t show at all if you use black or dark colored screen.
Submitted by Warren Petkovsek
Water damage is probably the worst thing that can happen to a camper, short of having a catastrophic wreck. This is something that everyone who owns a camper must guard against and it is faily easy to do. Camper manufactures recommend that you check the seals on your roof once a year. If you find any cracks in the seals or small holes, they must be resealed immediately, otherwise water will seap down into the roof area and eventually cause it to rot. Use a recommended rubber roof sealer. Any other areas around the camper where you have joints that are caulked, you must check them to make sure there are no cracks or holes in the joints. If there are openings , then they must be immediately recaulked. This can be done by using a clear silicon sealer.
Do yourself a favor and do some preventive maintainance against water damage and your camper will last a very long time. If you think that you have water damage, take your camper into a service shop and have it checked.
Summer is rapidly approaching, which means that those of us who are using or will be using the airconditioners in the camper need to do a little preventive maintanance in order to keep the units operating properly. This requires that you to climb on top of your camper and remove the airconditioner shroud. You need to clean and inspect the unit. If you are able, use a compressed air source to blow the dirt and other debris from around the unit. If the coils are extra clogged, you can buy a coil cleaner at an auto parts store and use it to clean the coils. You should then drop the interior unit and tighten the bolts that hold the unit in place. Clean the air filter frequently to keep the unit running efficiently.
The above proceedure requires climbing on your roof which, for some people may not be practical or recommended due to the danger of falling. You should do this at your own risk. If you need this done you might want your nearest service specialist to perform the task.
Submitted by Russell RV Top
Changing Bed Linens
Leveling Your Table
One way to help with the inevitable removal of bugs from the front of your camper, is to keep it clean and polished. The slicker the front, the harder it is for a bug to stick and the easier it is to remove those pesky ones that do stick. Another method is to rub the front of the camper with baby oil, yes I said baby oil. It is the same principal as polish that will keep the front slick. When you get to your distination, you can take a wet rag and rub the bugs off. Those of us who live in the south and are faced with billions of "love bugs" can use all the help we can get to get that black mess off the camper.
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In another tip, we covered the necessity of making sure that all of your seals are in good shape with no cracks or holes to prevent water from leaking into the camper. Another source for water damage is by having a water line break or one of the water line seals spring a leak. If this should happen you could have major water damage in a short period of time. If you are in your camper when this happens, you would notice fairly soon and be able to negate some of the damage. If you are not there, then major damage could be done. It is a good idea to turn your water off if you are going to be away from your camper for an extended period of time. This might seem to be a big inconvience but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Remember, these campers take a beating on the road possibly causing connections to come loose. Another preventive measure would be to pull your slides in if you are going to be away from your camper for more than several days. This could prevent you from missing a leaky seal around the slideouts if it rains.
Submitted by Russell RV Top
Tire Expiration Date
Did you know that your tires have an expiration date? Well, not really, but they do have a manufacture date molded into the sidewall. Mine say “31 07” meaning that they were manufactured during the thirty-first week of 2007 or sometime in June of that year. I took delivery of the rig in November of that year so the tires were really new and that’s good. Why does this matter? Because most tire failures happen during the sixth year of tire life (not service). That’s right. After under inflation and overloading, tire age is the biggest cause of blow-outs in RVs and we all know what kind of damage that can cause. Should you replace old tires even if the tread is good and they look otherwise new? That depends entirely on your individual tolerance for risk. I, for one, don’t intend to push my luck. This tire thing could easily be a whole article by itself so look for that in the near future.
Submitted by Warren Petkovsek
Propane Tank Caution
This tip is safety related and involves propane. Some of my friends in law enforcement learned this at workshops and seminars and they passed it on to me so I could share it with you. Illegal drug dealers and manufacturers of methamphetamines use propane cylinders to store anhydrous ammonia that is used in meth labs during the manufacturing process. They get the cylinders at Wal Mart, Academy, Kroger or anywhere that you can exchange propane cylinders. The problem is that anhydrous ammonia is very dangerous, toxic and, especially corrosive. It will eat away at the brass valve as well as the steel body of the tank and it does this from the inside – out. This could easily cause a sudden, catastrophic, and potentially deadly failure of the tank and valve. When exchanging propane cylinders look for a greenish blue stain on or around the brass valve area. This is caused by the ammonia reacting with the metal. If you already have a cylinder with this stain DO NOT use it. Call your local emergency services for instructions and help in disposal. I, for one, do not intend to exchange propane cylinders; I will get them refilled.
Submitted by Warren Petkovsek
Do you find that your RV’s propane oven does not heat evenly? Whatever you are baking may be a little scorched on one side and underdone on the other. This can easily be fixed by placing a ceramic floor tile on the oven rack beneath your baking pan. The tile will cause the heat to be much more evenly distributed. No more scorched cookies.
Submitted by Warren Petkovsek
Vehicle Cruise Control
Should you use your vehicle cruise control in the rain? Don’t do it. In information from The Texas Department of Public Safety I have learned that if your vehicle begins to hydroplane the cruise control thinks that the vehicle is slowing down and will cause acceleration in order to maintain the set speed. During a hydroplaning condition this is very dangerous and can cause the vehicle to take off like an airplane potentially causing a serious accident. In some new cars the cruise control is actually disabled when the windshield wipers are turned on.
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How do you check the electrical converter in your rig to see if it is still good? Do you even know what a converter is? Well, the converter does just what it's name implies. It converts 110 volt electrical curent to 12 volts to run the low voltage (12v) lights and appliances in your RV. It also keeps the battery charged when you are pluged into shore power. They do go bad from time to time. I've had them go out on me twice now and it is an unpleasant surprise. To check if your converter is operating correctly just go to the panel in your rig where you check water tank levels, turn on the water pump and, usually, the electric water heater and push the button or switch labeled "Battery" when the rig is plugged into 110 volt "shore power". Indicator lights will illuminate showing you the state of charge on your battery. It should read 100% charged. If not then your converter is bad or going bad. This will result in a dead battery which affects 12v lights as well as the refrigerator and wall thermostat which will compromise the heating and air conditioning. If you find that your converter is bad you will be able to replace it before your camping trip and avoid an unpleasant and possibly more expensive experience.
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RV refrigerators that operate on propane are called absorption refrigerators. The coil system on the back of the unit carries ammonia gas & hydrogen that absorbs the warm air out of the refrigerator box as the mixture flows downward through the coils. If the coils are not positioned in a way that allows the fluid to drain properly, then the refrigerator will not cool effectively. When this happens, the long term affect of improper drainage is that the fluid overheats, will crystallize and form a blockage within the coil. Therefore, it is important that the RV is level when parked and the refrigerator is running. This will allow for proper drainage. Otherwise each time it is not level it decreases the overall life of the unit. Also, be sure to keep the interior clean with soap and water and prop the door open when in storage. Doing these things will help you enjoy trouble free long term use.
What to Do When Your Electrical
Ratchet Strap Stabalizing
To help stabalize your trailer, you can use ratchet
straps in a X pattern as seen in the pics below.
It seems to take a lot of the side jiggle out.
Submitted by Terry Dopper Top