Daily Archives: December 10, 2014
Repairing RV Trim (with 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive)
To properly maintain an RV, you need a few key products in your toolbox. One of these is 3M Super Weatherstrip Gasket Adhesive (http://amzn.to/1IBLKE0). This product is a favorite of boat, car, and motorcycle enthusiasts – and yes, it works great with RVs too.
We own an Airstream travel trailer that we try to keep in good running order. One of the great upsides of Airstream ownership, in our opinion, is the trailer’s longevity. Airstreams are not disposable. Over 70% of all Airstream travel trailers ever built (going back to the 1930s) are still in use today. So if you are a “buy and hold” type, it’s a natural fit.
In all probability, we’ll keep ours (which we occasionally, and for no apparent reason, call “Liv”) for a long time. Perhaps all of our lives. Naturally, we do our best to keep it in good cosmetic and working condition. Over 100,000 miles of travel have taken their toll, but she still looks quite nice to my eyes. Sure, there are a few gravel dents on her rock guards, but they just remind me of a certain road in a remote corner of British Columbia.
The cosmetics of an Airstream exterior are fairly simple, thanks to that blessed coat of aluminum. Although some Airstreams may suffer from “filiform corrosion” (a separate issue), aluminum never rusts. If it fades, you can polish it. Modern Airstreams are equipped with a clear coat finish, so even fading is muted. But as you’ll see in our video, occasionally there are a few issues that need addressing. Like metal trim pieces falling off.
Repairing the metal trim piece was as simple as thoroughly cleaning the area and finding the right adhesive. As always, a ready supply of the necessary tools always helps. In this case, 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive (http://amzn.to/1IBLKE0) was the secret sauce. And, of course, a little duct tape never hurt anyone.
Occasionally we’ll see ragged out old Airstreams (and cars and motorhomes) and wonder, “How on earth did they let the poor thing get in that condition?” But the truth is that proper maintenance, mechanical and cosmetic, demands ongoing vigilance. When something breaks, you’ve got to repair it THE RIGHT WAY. All too often, owners allow their property to deteriorate a little bit at a time. It’s much better to “fix what needs fixin’” immediately, rather than to let a lot of small jobs become one overwhelming overhaul.
Special thanks to Kristy’s father Harry for once again coming to our rescue.
Being a Auto/ Truck tech for many yrs I have used 3M products for many of those yrs, and I have never had a bad product from 3M. One of the things that the trade people always stay with are products “that plain work as they are sold to” so anyone can always feel comfort in knowing they have used one of the best product for the job they are doing. Now like all good things they are NOT the cheapest, but the old saying will never change “You get what you pay for”.
Tech Tip: Drop Shot
December 10, 2014 by Good Sam Camping Team
In my area, covering an RV for the winter is a must; however, once I put the cover on it’s difficult to raise the zippers high enough to allow clearance for the top of the door without climbing up a ladder.
To remedy this, I cut two lengths of nylon cord long enough to go up one side of the RV, across the top and down the other side. Then, I punctured two tennis balls and ran one end of a cord through each of them. I tied nylon washers (to protect the cover) on the end of the cord threaded through each tennis ball to keep it from pulling out, and a metal split key ring on the other end of each of the cords.
Now, when I need to get into the coach, I attach a split key ring to the loop in each zipper pull, pull the zipper up to take out any slack in the bottom of the cover, step back and throw the tennis ball over and across the top to the other side of the RV. I can then pull the cords down from the other side until they stop and the zipper is pulled all the way to the top (being careful not to wear grooves in the cover material). This allows full access for entry through the door. Once I’m done I simply reverse the process.
To keep the cords from tangling during storage, I wrap them tightly around opposite sides of an electrical cord wrap and push the tennis balls through the center.
Dennis J. Boswell, St. Charles, Missouri
This is a great and simple inexpensive way to get around an issue when you cover your coach (as I do also) So thanks to Mr. Boswell
Take a stop by this web site and you will be able to have a instant camp fire that will run as long as you want it to, and it has a nice festive music to also keep you in the mood
A big part of the RV camping experience is the campground experience. In this informative RV video, KOA Resident RV Expert Mark Polk offers some tips and tricks to help make your KOA campground experiences the best they can be. In the video, you’ll find a quick run-down of tips.
For convenience on the road or in the driveway before you go, we’re also offering this downloadable, printable tip sheet that you can have in-hand for easy reference.
For more information on how to purchase, use and maintain your RV be sure to visit www.rveducation101.com..
How to avoid overloading an extension cord
If an RV is too far away from a power source, its owner may use an extension cord to make the connection. But sometimes they use a cord not capable of carrying enough load to work properly. The results can be costly, including destroying appliances due to the low voltage. Even worse, the extension cord may get so hot it catches fire. In this video, RV electricity expert Mike Sokol shows you what can happen if your cord is inadequate for the job. We showed you this video in the summer of 2013, but it’s so important we’re showing it again.
Easy way to check trailer light connections
by Dave Helgeson