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RV Heating Systems

November 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Heating Systems

Recreational vehicles are equipped with either a stand-alone forced air furnace or a hydronic heating system.  Both of these RV heating systems require regular maintenance to keep them running efficiently and to provide reliable service.   Today we will look at what service is needed to the hydronic system types. Two of the popular manufacturer makes are Aqua-Hot and Oasis.  Though they differ somewhat in design, the required maintenance is basically the same.  They are designed to heat both the interior of the RV and the hot water supply.  They are equipped with 120 volt AC electric heater element(s) and a diesel fired burner. (Propane versions are also available on some models.)  Many are also plumbed to allow the hot engine glycol to pass through them while driving to provide constant heat even while travelling. The heat provided by one of the fore mentioned methods, heats a non-toxic propylene glycol heat exchanger that in turn heats a small reservoir of fresh water.  The hot... [Read more...]

How To Install An RV Satellite Dish

November 11, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

How To Install An RV Satellite Dish

   

Storing Your RV For Winter

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Storing Your RV For Winter

When Old Man Winter threatens to make an appearance, it’s time to consider storing your RV until the buds appear on the trees in Spring. The best place to store your RV is in a warm and popular snowbirding location like Arizona, Southern Texas, or Florida – and with you in it, of course. But if that is not in the cards, choosing a storage facility close to home will be your probable choice. If you do not have adequate storage facilities at your residence, you will have to select a commercial storage facility. Indoor heated storage is worth the added cost when you consider the possible damage that can be caused to your RV by heavy snow collecting on the roof, freezing and broken pipes and water pumps, damaging water leaks from blowing rain – and the added security of not parking on the street. If you live in a more mild climate covered or even uncovered storage may be adequate providing you have properly prepared the RV for storage. When choosing a storage facility select... [Read more...]

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth October 2014

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark My Words, Mark Nemeth October 2014

      Hi, all! Many folks successfully use their RVs in cold weather, but it takes a bit of preparation to stay toasty when it’s freezing outside. This month’s column will address some issues surrounding winter camping. Hi, Mark: I am spending four months this winter skiing at Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe and Breckenridge, Colorado.  Two of the RV resorts include electric in the monthly rental.  The RV resort in Colorado charges a monthly rate plus electricity.  My question: Is it cheaper to heat my RV (29-foot Winnebago Minnie) using propane or electricity?  Thank you. Tom Hi, Tom: Manufacturers of electric resistant heaters generally claim that the input of one kilowatt/hour produces about 3,400 BTUs, assuming 100 percent efficiency. Most electric heaters come fairly close to that. Each gallon of propane contains about 91,700 BTUs of heat energy. A typical RV forced-air furnace is probably only about 75 percent efficient, so a gallon of propane burned in the furnace... [Read more...]

Travel Tips: How To Protect Yourself From Food Borne Illness

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Tips: How To Protect Yourself From Food Borne Illness

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...]

RV Travel Tips

October 4, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

In today’s video, our friends from Trailer Life demonstrate some LP gas basics.

RV Battery Care

September 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Battery Care

RV Battery Care Many RVs rely on batteries to provide electrical power when no other power source is available.  Therefore, it’s important to maintain proper RV battery care. There are two types of batteries used in the RV industry: lead acid flooded and AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat).  The most commonly used are the lead acid flooded configuration. Wet cell batteries require regular maintenance, fluid level checks, water top ups and periodic external cleaning.  AGM’s, though substantially more expensive, are virtually maintenance-free, as they are a sealed unit.  They also are capable of a longer life cycle. Batteries are sized, or rated, in ampere hours (A.H.).  Some RVs use 12-volt deep cycle batteries while others may use 6-volt units wired in series to deliver 12 volts.  12-volt batteries are wired parallel – connected positive to positive and negative to negative.  Two batteries rated at 220 A.H. would deliver 440 A.H.  Those using 6-volt batteries are wired in... [Read more...]

Keeping an RV Log Book

September 23, 2014 by · 17 Comments 

Keeping an RV Log Book

RV Log Book Log books are not only common, but are a requirement on ships, aircraft and commercial vehicles.  While they are not a mandatory item for a recreational vehicle, there are many owners that do maintain an RV log book.  When we look at how they can be used in such an application, it is amazing that more people are not doing it. So, what benefits can be found keeping a log of all your RV travels and events?  Well, a detailed record of repairs and maintenance speaks for itself.  It can help to support warranty claims, fuel mileage variations, maintenance irregularities and much more.  The information can ensure regular scheduled maintenance items get done at the correct frequency while also getting the full use of each.  The study of some repair records can also reveal areas that may require future attention. The daily travel entries generally include the date, mileage and the location as well as any interesting events that occurred that day.  Some people like also to record... [Read more...]

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...]

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