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Installing Your Auto Start Generator

May 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

Typical RV Generator Auto start generator controllers are a great feature.  But, like any other product, you have to understand it to get the most out of it.  We will look at the primary purpose of this machine and discuss setting up your auto start generator. Basically, this device constantly monitors your house batteries to determine their state of charge.  At a given charge state, it will automatically start your generator to supply charge to the batteries.  When the battery charge state has reached a measured full charge, the controller will shut down the generator. This all sounds simple enough, but to do this efficiently requires correct parameters be preset. To set up your auto start generator, this control device must be calibrated to exactly what voltage it should start the recharge sequence.  To know the correct cut-in voltage, we must know what the high and low voltages in the house bank are.  A fully charged battery in a rested state should be 12.7 volts or have a... [Read more...]

Is Synthetic Oil Worth The Money?

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One of Many Synthetic Oils Available Will that be regular motor oil or synthetic?   Whether you tow a trailer, 5th wheel, or have a motorized recreational vehicle, you have seen the synthetic oil hype.  Is synthetic oil worth the extra money or is it just snake oil? First of all, synthetic may be a little misleading.  So called “Synthetic oil” is in fact petroleum oil.  It is, however, made by incorporating a controlled molecular structure with consistent predictable properties.  Perhaps it could be described as using the best molecular components contained in the refined oil product as a base. From there, superior additive packages are added to produce a much higher quality product.   So let’s look at what properties the average full synthetic oil provides over that of regular motor oil. Better low and high temperature viscosity performance. Resistant to oxidization, oil sludge build up and temperature breakdown. Better oil film retention during long layup periods. Reduced... [Read more...]

Battery Maintenance

May 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Battery Maintenance

  Pro-Fill Double Battery Watering System The supplying of electricity to your RV is the single most important system that makes the RV lifestyle possible. Electricity, supplied by the starter battery, starts your engine, without which you wouldn’t make it to the nearest campground. When we camp without hookups, electricity from our house batteries provides the day to day features of RV living, enabling us to live for days and longer without an external power source. Batteries also provide the means for storing power produced by solar panels or a wind turbine. Without functional batteries we would not have running water for showers or washing dishes. We would have no lights, TV, or stereo. Therefore, RV battery maintenance should be right at the top of your chore list. And as chores go, the least amount of time you spend on them the less of your precious recreation time they will gobble up. One of the often neglected chores involving your electrical system is the filling and maintaining... [Read more...]

RV Cleaning Tips: Exterior

May 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Cleaning Tips: Exterior

Nothing stays clean for long including your recreational vehicle. A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm or sand storm to blow through. A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Regular RV cleaning is important for the maintenance and longevity of your RV. The following are a few RV cleaning tips to use the next time you clean and maintain your RV. Since there are myriad RV cleaning products on the market, choosing the one for your RV exterior can be a challenge. Opt for a high-quality cleaner that will help make the finish on your RV last longer. Some cleaners are created for special purposes such as cleaning awnings or rubber roofs, but others can be used for a variety of cleaning applications inside and outside your coach. The best solution is an RV cleaner with several applications to save your pocketbook. It’s best to clean the RV from the top down. First, head up on the RV roof. Inspect the sealant around the roof vents, air... [Read more...]

Lighting Your Rig

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighting Your Rig

Whether you are looking to replace your light bulbs or upgrade your fixtures to something more decorative and stylish, there is much you can do to take your RV lighting to the next level. First off, you definitely want to convert to LED replacement bulbs in your RV (if you haven’t already) since they have a much longer life span and reduce power consumption. Basically, LEDs last tens of thousands of hours whereas regular bulbs only last up to two thousand hours. This allows your lights to consume less power and also extends the life of your bulbs, just by simply switching them out with any of these great deals at Camping World’s online store.  The LED replacement bulbs provide brighter lighting which results in improved visibility throughout your RV. A simple RV lighting upgrade can be done with new lighting fixtures throughout your RV. Check out Camping World’s latest sale for gorgeous wall sconces, globes, pin-up lights and more. One of my favorites is the Satin... [Read more...]

RV Covers

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Covers

RV covers are a must-have for many reasons. Whether you want to store your RV for a season or just a few weeks, its important to keep your RV safe from weather damage, such as intense heat in the summer or the extreme cold and wet temperatures that come with winter. The extreme weather will not only fade your paint job, it could also cause some unfortunate wear and tear to the RV itself. Regardless of weather, it’s still important to keep your RV covered if it is going to be stored outside for any extended amount of time to keep it safe from wind, sun, snow, dirt, bird droppings, rain and other debris. The best way to keep the harsh elements from compromising your RV’s exterior body, is to invest in a nice all-weather RV cover. Camping World currently has an ADCO Travel Trailer Designer Tyvek RV Cover - 31’7″ – 34′ on sale for $103.43 off the normal price. The white Polypropylene cover with Tyvek blocks the damaging UV rays to prevent fading and... [Read more...]

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

April 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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

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...]

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

April 2, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

With an average of 3,100 RV fires each year, there is no shortage of news stories across the U.S. and Canada about devastating losses due to recreational vehicle fires. An portable heater left unattended was the cause of a fire that burned this Winnebago. (Credit: Bill Beezley/East Jefferson Fire-Rescue) These fires caused seven deaths, 62 injuries, and approximately $41 million in damages each year. These numbers reflect how important fire safety and fire prevention are to the RV lifestyle. Keep in mind a few safety precautions whenever you leave an RV for any amount of time. Make sure that space heaters are turned off at night and when leaving the RV. Do not leave cooking unattended for even the shortest period of time. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace batteries yearly. Following are recent reports on six RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Washington: Heater Cause of RV Fire Peninsuladailynews.com reports that an old portable heater... [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...]

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