Monthly Archives: August 2014
Fill-up time: regular or premium?
|Water “accessory” fittings you need
Russ and Tina DeMaris
If you’ll be camping in a park with “city water,” that is, water from a faucet, there’s some good accessories to keep in your RV storage compartment. These can make your visit easier–even safer for you rig. Inexpensive, you’ll bless yourself for having them when you need them.
Even before you hang the hose on the tap, there are a couple of helpful devices you might need. First, there are situations where the “threads” on the water faucet are stripped, or deliberately not there–to prevent folks from hooking a hose to an otherwise good spigot. Assuming you have the right to the water, a little device known as a “water thief” can help out here.
The ‘thief’ a rubber sleeve that snugs over a spigot, and at the other end, a brass threaded connection allows your water hose to hook up normally. If you’re filling up your tank, just slip the thief on the faucet, hook up your hose, and fill away. If you’ll be putting any real pressure on the hose–say hooking it directly to your “city water” inlet on the RV, you’ll need to use a hose clamp to snug the rubber sleeve end onto the faucet.
A water pressure regulator can also save you lots of headaches. Typically RVers complain that the pressure they encounter in a campground or RV park is too low, but it only takes one case of over pressurization to blow a fitting in your rig to really make your blood boil. A simple RV water pressure regulator can prevent over pressure from doing real damage. Where do you put it? We’ve seen plenty of RVers who hook the things between the water hose and the city water inlet on the rig. But why not protect the water hose too? Hook it on the campground faucet, thence to the hose and all your bases are covered. Yes, there is a slight fall-off of water volume when you use this rig, but the peace of mind is usually figured to be worth while. Is it worth the extra money to buy the fancy “adjustable” water pressure regulators? Not from what we’ve heard. Some say they simply don’t work as advertised.
Finally, a fitting you probably do want between the hose and the city water inlet is an entry elbow. If your water hose kinks or bends where it mates up with your water inlet, you can be sure water flow will be impaired, and a premature death of the water hose is likely. For less than $10 you can buy a metal elbow that allows the water hose to hang vertically, rather than cramped.
Mice, mice, mice
The warm season is the perfect time to inspect your coach for signs of rodent damage or places where they can get in and seal the holes up. It’s easy! Your local home center sells a selection of foam sealants that spray into cracks, crevices and openings. Large openings can be filled with medium-expansion foam but be careful of which foam you use as some can hydraulically damage spaces they’re sprayed into as they cure and expand, pushing the surfaces apart. Screening and hardware cloth can be used in some cases to help keep mice out where other methods of sealing aren’t indicated.
I want to tell people about [fresh cab] it has been the best way to work with mice in your rv or home. More and more locations are stocking it, or you can buy it direct from the company.
Just like your home, your RV is a prime candidate for a new insect nest (bugs like RVing, too). Once the bugs are in they’re hard to get out, so be proactive! Treat the spot your RV is stored on with ground pesticides recommended by your local home and garden center. This is especially important right around where the RV touches the ground in any way. When parking at a campsite look around for signs of bugs like anthills. I always carry a can of spray with me so if I see this, I can treat the area before exposing my expensive coach to an invading army.
The same rules for avoiding infestation at home apply here. Cleanliness is key: Clean the inside of the coach, especially the kitchen, the floor and under the cabinets. The smell will attract the bugs. If you end up with bugs in the RV, go after them right away. Your local home and garden center or a professional exterminator can help. Remember, the longer they’re in there, the harder it will be to eliminate them and the more damage they can do!
There a lots of ways to keep ants and other critters out of your coach, look around the net and you will find some great ideas on how to do this very easily and on the cheap
RV Gadget of the Week
Oxygenics BodySpa Kit
Ever wish you could get a little more out of your RV showering experience? You can with the Oxygenics BodySpa Kit.
This replacement RV shower nozzle system uses jet technology to really increase the pressure of the shower spray without increasing water flow. “Patented technology increases oxygen content in your water and self-pressurizes for the best shower experience possible,” the company says.
We installed this shower head in our Coleman test coach and found it to be a really nice shower, whether working on the water pump or off the campground water connection. The shut-off is large and easy to use and cuts off 99 percent of the water flow, which is a marked improvement over other RV shower heads. The company guarantees the unit will not clog.
The kit comes with everything you’ll need to install the head, including a new wall mount, a 60-inch hose, screws and adhesive double-stick tape. A battery-powered drill driver is very helpful for this installation. Also, we decided to move the shower head to a different spot, so we needed matching silicone sealant to seal up the old screw holes. The Oxygenics BodySpa is available in several finishes from Camping World, or Amazon.
I can also tell you I have owned this shower head since it first cane out a few years ago. I love it and it works better that they say it says.
By Chris Dougherty
Editor of RV Maintenance Tips
and Certified RV Technician
Quiet avoids the riot!
I am often asked why RV or quiet portable generators are so expensive and “Why should I spend the money?” There’s the old saying that you get what you pay for, and here’s what you should expect from a portable RV generator:
1. Quiet. RV generators and portable high-end inverter generators have technology which allows them to be substantially quieter than their contractor counterparts. Start a contractor generator in a park or campground and two things happen: the wildlife runs like the wind and your fellow campers will come after you with a harpoon! The National Park Service prohibits any noise-producing device or activity that meets or exceeds 60 dBA (decibels) at 50 feet from the source. Contractor generators are as high as 71 decibels, according to a study by the San Dimas Technology and Development Center. While many of the contractor generators may not be “illegal” to use, their excess noise is a disturbance to your fellow campers and the environment.
Generator cases and the exhaust systems allows for the quietness of these units. The engines are well insulated for sound, but are designed so they can breathe and stay cool at the same time. Here is a National Park Service compliant generator.
2. Spark-arresting technology. “A spark arrestor is a device that traps or pulverizes exhaust carbon particles to a size below 0.023 inch in diameter; as they are expelled from an exhaust system. Trap style spark arrestors must have a method for cleaning of accumulated carbon particles. When operating or using any internal or external combustion engine, a spark-arresting device must be properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either the U.S. Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) 36 CFR 261.52(j).” —USDA.gov.
In other words, when selecting a generator you must be assured that it has a spark arrestor.
3. Selection of fuel type. Built-in RV generators are available in gasoline-, diesel- or propane-powered models. This is extremely helpful for fitting a generator to any type of size RV. They are also available in sizes ranging from about 2500 watts up to 12 kilowatts or more!
With portable units, the inverter-type units are usually the quietest. There are many manufacturers out there these days, so be sure to shop around and review them carefully. Make sure they’ll handle the load you need them to handle and that you actually can carry them along — as some generators are large and heavy. In addition to the generator itself, you need to have fuel, cords and a way to secure the generator to the RV so it doesn’t run off.
Lastly, when choosing a generator make sure that service and parts are readily available. Some of the cheap generators are just that — cheap. When they fail, getting them fixed can be almost impossible!
RVing Tip of the Day
1. Use candles,
2. Use a generator, or
3. Rely on solar energy.
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Technically Speaking: Slideout Maintenance Video – YouTube#t=87
This is a good video to get you going resetting your slide in your rv, most if not all will need to be adjusted at some point while you own your rv.
SO hope this help all of you out with regards to this topic