Monthly Archives: October 2014

Shrimp: Oceana Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood

Shrimp: Oceana Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood

via Shrimp: Oceana Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood.

If you are like me a love seafood and yes that includes shrimp then you will want to read this ASAP!! Download the PDF to read what to buy and what NOT to buy and eat!!

J. Dawg Journeys: My RV Travel Checklist

My RV Travel Checklist

Getting an RV ready for a trip.  I’m sure everyone has their own routine that they follow to get an RV ready to roll.  Some may have a very detailed and documented list and others might just wing it.  I’m in between with some repetitive actions that are now built into my memory based on years of practice.  But, I’m also an old Boy Scout and the “Be Prepared” motto has stuck with me, so my RV travel prep is broad based.  I figured it might to be good to write this down and share it so others might benefit from it.  So, here it is.  Its in the sequence that I do them.

1.  Get the RV Ready to Roll.  
There’s some obvious things we all do to get our rigs ready to roll.  We start the frig, charge the batteries, check the tire pressure, check the water level, and check the propane level.  But I like to keep my rig ready to roll.  So, to make the pre-trip work easier, there are some regular things I do at the end of every trip.

When I come back from a trip,

  • I always flush the holding tanks on the last day so I can start the next trip with empty tanks.
  • I refuel a few miles before I get home so the rig is full with fuel for the next trip.
  • I wash all the towels, face clothes, and linens.
  • I re-supply any consumable like toilet paper, trash bags, plastic cups, bottled water, and paper towels.
  • I make sure the personal hygiene supplies (tooth paste, soap, mouth wash, dental floss, shampoo) are all sufficient for the next trip.
  • I empty all the trash, sweep and vacuum out the rig, and clean the frig.

This end of the trip work makes it so much easier to take off at a moments notice.

2. Buy Food for the First 3-4 Days
I usually make a menu plan for the first 3-4 days of a trip and buy that food a day before departure.  I usually take some food that’s easy to cook and sometimes may actually cook the first couple of dinners and freeze them so all I have to do is heat something up for the first couple of days on the road.

3. Take Copies of all Reservations, Tickets, and the Itinerary
I print out copies of any reservations I’ve made, make sure I’ve go the tickets to any events, and print a copy of my itinerary.  I also put a copy of the itinerary on Google Drive so I can access it from my smart phone.  All paper copies get stored in a portfolio folder that I keep in the RV.  This portfolio also has copies of my RV insurance declaration page, my vehicle title, and a printed copy of all my IDs and credit cards.


4. Put Travel Notices on the Credit Cards
This is so easy to forget, but so important.  To avoid having my cards rejected out of state, I put travel notices on all the cards before I leave.  It easy to do with a phone call to the credit card company to let them know the dates of your travel and places you stay.

5. Program the GPS
I plug in the first couple of destinations into the GPS before I leave.  My GPS has an address book to store destinations so its easy to put them in ahead of time and call them up on the day of departure.

6. Charge all the Batteries / Take All the Chargers
Its amazing all the electronic gizmo’s that we travel with and all the gizmo’s have batteries and chargers.  I make sure the cell phone, tablet, laptop, and three camera’s are all charged up the night before.  I have a yellow All Purpose Zipper Bag that all the chargers go into.  That bag stays in the house when I’m home and it goes in the RV when I travel.

7. Take the Extra Key and the Extra Wallet
I always travel with an extra key to the RV and an extra wallet.  They’re never kept in the RV when its home, but they go in the day before I leave.  Loosing your keys or locking them in the rig can make for small disaster.  The extra wallet has an extra ID, extra credit card and and extra cash just in case I loose my wallet or if it gets stolen.

8. Pack the Cloths
This one of the last things I do and its the quickest.  My wife can sometimes can take several days to pack clothes for a trip (mostly deciding what to take).  But, I’m a typical guy and I can pack for a lunar expedition or an African safari in 10 minutes.  All my clothes fit into 2-3 eBag Large Packing Cubes.  I already keep extra shoes, some shirts, hats, a coat, and a rain coat in the RV so packing for me is easy.

9. Get the House Ready
On the morning of departure, I get all the home security stuff (e.g. FakeTV Burglar Deterrent and 7-Day On/Off Plug In Digital Light Timers) set up, lock up any valuables in the safe, cancel the newspaper, and give any last minute instructions to my sons who are watching the houseI also leave a copy my itinerary at home so my sons will know where I’ll be and email a copy to my folks.

10. Do the Pre-Take Off Walk Arounds
Before I sit in the driver seat and buckle up, here’s the list of my final actions.

  • Get out and do a walk around to make sure all storage compartments are closed, all cords are unplugged and put away, the awning is secured, all leveling blocks are stored, the wheel chocks are put away, the step is in, the door is closed tight, and nothings is in front or under the RV.
  • Do a walk around inside the RV to make sure all windows are closed, all vents are closed, appliances like the A/C, water pump, and water heater are off, propane is off, the TV power and antenna booster is off, all cabinets and drawers are closed.
  • Start the RV and check to make sure the frig is running on DC.

And lastly, before I take off, I say a prayer and ask for a safe trip.

That’s my checklist.  It looks like a lot, but it’s become somethings that’s pretty easy to perform and its become a routine.  In fact, I do item 10 every time I move the RV.

For those looking for more detailed checklists, Good Sam has a page of travel check lists that you can see at this link:  Good Sam Travel Check Lists.

This is a great checklist but as Dawg says if you need more stop by Goodsam.com and look through there’s as everyone has their own needs.

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RV Daily Tips Issue 501. October 30, 2014 | RV Travel

How to help keep your RV fridge food fresh

The typical RV refrigerator is smaller than the one in your home and many RVers tend to overstuff it, making it difficult for air to circulate and maintain an evenly distributed temperature. This can also cause some meat and dairy items to smell a bit after just a couple of days.

A way to help the refrigerator cool efficiently is to use a small, battery-powered fridge fan, which will move the air around. But be warned: If your refrigerator is really, really stuffed, the device may be only marginally effective. So try not to pack it like a sardine can.

A small, inexpensive fridge fan from Camco (pictured above right) will operate for 30 days on two D cell batteries and has a charcoal filter to absorb odors as it circulates the air. The Camco Fridge Airator is available at Dyers or at Amazon.com.

A similar fridge fan is the Valterra FridgeCool Fan with On/Off Switch (pictured left). It runs for more than 30 days on two D cell batteries and is available at Amazon.com.

Most RVers seem to like these fans, although some have reported they are not as effective as promised. (We have previously shown this tip.)

To all the RV’ers who say that this little fan does not work need to take food out of their fridge, as I have been using one of these fans pictured above for over 20 yrs and they work great. The issue is as stated above people over stuff their fridge and no fan in the world is going to help out then.

SO you must leave a good amount of room for the air to fully go over all surfaces so the fridge can do its job.

2006 Jayco Jay Flight 27BH Roof Repair by RV Swapshop – YouTube#t=793

Here is a good video showing the amount of damage that happens to the roofing structure of an RV when someone dose not maintain it in a proper way.

This was not a simple repair as this video will show, and also it was not cheap, as just the rubber roof is over $1000 dollars not including all the other costs and labor.

So I repost this to show people the old adage of pay me now or really pay me later still holds so true. just spend a little time and money and your roof should way out last your warranty for your rubber roof.

Oh and this coach was only an 2006!!!

 

Autumn II

This is a great shot, and not just for the west but all over this time of year.

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Mini Stove – YouTube

If you really have to go to all the work and have the time here is a great tip of the day!!

Our Report, Your Reactions | The Audubon Birds & Climate Change Report

Our Report, Your Reactions | The Audubon Birds & Climate Change Report

via Our Report, Your Reactions | The Audubon Birds & Climate Change Report.

 

I hope this will wake up some important people??

RV Refrigerator Freezing Troubleshooting | TrailerLifeTV

RV Refrigerator Freezing Troubleshooting | TrailerLifeTV

via RV Refrigerator Freezing Troubleshooting | TrailerLifeTV.

This is a great quick tip on looking at what may be wrong (not working properly) with your rv refrigerator.

RV Tech Tips Newsletter: Quick RV Winterizing Tips

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Quick RV Winterizing Tips

In a large part of the country it’s RV winterizing time, so here are a bunch of tips to help you prepare your RV for its winter slumber:

Water System — Be sure to properly winterize your entire water system for where your coach is located! Up here in New England, where winter temps fall well below zero, I always both blow out the water system and use antifreeze. Some items like toilet and ice maker valves are very sensitive to freezing and can hold water which will freeze and break the valve, leading to a mess in the spring. Want to make blowing out your water system easy? Set your air compressor to around 50 psi and use a blow out plug like one of these.

Drains and tanks — Flush and drain your holding tanks completely on your last trip of the season. Pour plenty of RV antifreeze down each drain so the water in the p-trap is replaced, and some antifreeze can collect at the dump valve. Don’t forget to do the same with the toilet!

Batteries — Flooded batteries that have discharged will freeze, which leads to cracked plates and battery destruction. The batteries in your RV must be on a constant charge all winter if left in the RV from at least a small trickle charger like that found on the Torklift PowerArmor Solar (see the Green RV Project on the RVTravel Channel on YouTube.) The battery should be disconnected from the RV if using this system to prevent drain from parasitic loads like safety detectors, the stereo and so on. If you don’t have the ability to charge the batteries here, remove them and store them in a warm, dry location. Charge them before you store them, and again when it’s time to reinstall them. Note: Only leave them on charge in the RV (with the RV plugged into shore power) if it has a multistage charger. If you only have a converter in your RV, remove the batteries or use a trickle charger like the PowerArmor Solar. This will keep the batteries from boiling over from overcharging.

Removing your batteries? Take a picture of them before you disconnect them so you can remember how the wiring is done in the spring!

Keep out the mice! Remove all foodstuffs from the RV and clean it thoroughly inside and out. Don’t forget under the furniture and cabinets. Crawl underneath the coach with a can of spray foam and seal up any openings that mice could get into. Consider using one of the mouse repellents that are on the market.

Refrigerator — Make certain to clean the refrigerator and all its pieces before storage. Store the refrigerator with the doors propped open using the hold-open locks provided with your refrigerator, or hold them open with a towel or an aftermarket refrigerator door stay.

Turn off the LP gas.

Water Heater — If you don’t have a water heater bypass, I highly recommend it. A bypass allows your water heater to be drained and left open while you run antifreeze through the rest of the system.

Protect your roof — Winter is harsh on your RV roof because of standing snow and melting that will allow water to back up and flow into the smallest cracks. Covering an RV is very important and is the best way to prevent this kind of damage. Use a good commercial RV cover like those you can find at your local RV dealer or here.

Clean and service your roof — Go up and check your RV roof for tears and other damage to the roof itself and all the seams. Check to make sure the vent covers, sewer vents, refrigerator vent, skylights and all other items are sound, undamaged and sealed. Make sure your antennas are down and secure.

AwningWash and dry your awning to prevent mildew growth while it’s in storage.

Cover the tires and get them off the ground if possible — Tire manufacturers recommend getting the weight off the tires, but that’s not always possible. At a minimum, you should park the tires on a board or other surface instead of the dirt. Those poly cutting boards work well for this, or you can use the leveling blocks you already have. Make sure the tires are clean, and cover them with tire covers to help protect them from UV damage.

Absorb the moisture in your RV — Mold and mildew develops and grows when there is moisture in a stagnant atmosphere, like inside an RV. Use an RV dehumidifier to help keep the air as dry as possible when in storage. If your RV has power you can use an electric one as long as the temperature in the coach stays above freezing, or you can use one of the chemical ones. You can find a number of choices here.

The very best way to winterize your RV is to drive it South for the winter! For those of you able to do so, I send you off with best wishes for a great season in the sun (and just a wee bit of envy)!

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