1. A Note From Margo: Summer Safety
now you are probably loading up the RV with supplies for that vacation
trip. Before you head out, go through the following list to make
your RV “summer safe.” It might be wise to make an appointment with your
local RV repair shop or have a mobile repairperson stop by to check
this list for you.
Check the propane tank, lines, regulator and gauges for leaks.
Inspect all water hoses for holes or excess wear. Replace any damaged hoses.
Refill, flush and test all water systems, tanks and faucets, checking
closely for leaks. If you used antifreeze, be sure it’s completely
flushed from the system.
Make sure awning mechanisms are lubricated and working properly.
Test all appliances that run on L.P. The water heater should be full of water.
Replace batteries in gas, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they work.
Check all fire extinguisher expiration dates and pressure levels.
Test all interior and exterior lights, switches, electrical connectors, surge protectors, outlets, etc.
Check engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and filters.
Check air conditioner filters.
Check underneath your camper or RV for signs of rodent damage
Inspect tires for sidewall cracks, cracks between treads and excessive wear. Replace any worn or damaged tires.
Check the generator to be certain its exhaust system is in good condition and does not leak.
Inspect brakes, bearings and hydraulic or electric controls, and repair or replace any worn components.
Inspect shock absorbers, springs, etc.
Check all components of the towing system including the hitch, receiver and wiring.
Wash the exterior of your camper or RV, and check for leaks around windows, doors and roof-mounted equipment.
Check your owner's manual for instructions specific to your camper or RV.
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– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road
– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends
2. RV Lifestyle: High Temperatures and the RV Refrigerator
the refrigerator tends to heat up to over 45 degrees in the summer
temperatures, don’t buy a new refrigerator or replace the cooling unit
until you try this little trick.
Keep the Refrigerator Cool - Install Exterior Flue Fans
your travel plans include an extended stay in a very hot climate (over
90 degrees F daily), the refrigerator may not stay cool enough to keep
food fresh. Installing a couple of 12 V computer case fans at the top of
the refrigerator flue vent eliminates this problem. Depending on the
size of your motorhome refrigerator flue, there may only be room for one
refrigerator designs may require the fan to be installed at the bottom.
Avoid this if possible. Some service installers may spin a tale about
the best installation, but I have tried both top and bottom vent
placement. The fans installed in the top of the vent far outperform the
top vent design is a tougher install project and may cost a few more
dollars in labor, but well worth it when the temperature hits 110
degrees. If you understand 12 V schematics, it is a pretty easy
the top surface opening of the flue. Purchase these small computer case
fans yourself at a local electronics/computer store or online (about $5
it yourself or contact a local RV repairperson to install the fans at
your RV park site. Install an on/off switch within easy reach for
flexibility in colder climates.
Do not allow the RV repairperson to purchase the fans. They do not
usually have the correct specifications or understand the reasoning
behind using computer case fans over conventional refrigerator vent
fans. Computer fans are also less expensive ($10 versus $35).
Unless your motorhome is less than 20 feet long, ignore the solar-type
vent fans, as they do not produce enough airflow to do the job.
Minimum specifications to ensure high airflow and low fan noise:
120 mm Computer Case Fan (5 inch):
Air Flow (FM) 44.03; Max. Noise (dBA) 23.5
80 mm Computer Case Fan (3 inch):
Air Flow (CFM) 28.89; Max Noise (dBA) 20.9
Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers"
is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems:
air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic
levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving
balance tips are included.
3. RVing Nugget: Maintenance Time for the Air Conditioner
The inside filter should be checked and cleaned frequently.
The Roof gasket should be visually checked at least once a year. The gasket should be no less than 1/2 -inch thick.
Roof bolts should be checked and tightened, if necessary, at least once a year.
Check the drain holes at least once a year.
Check the evaporator coils for dirt and debris at least once a year.
Inspect the rear fins on the back of the unit to ensure that they are not crushed.
roof mounted RV air conditioner operates only on 120 V power. It
requires at least a generator capable of providing 2800 watts.
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4. RV Fun, Resources and News
For Summer Fun, Fly a Drone
What a great toy for the summer! It is small,
remotely controlled so you can fly it anywhere, and pretty quiet so you
do not disturb the neighbors.
Yes, the United States and the world are regulating
traffic for these toy drones, but what fun to fly. Bone up on the
rules here: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
This example, DJI Phantom, has an automatic fail-safe return programmed in.
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro
Complete quadcopter and remote transmitter,
pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included
battery, attach the propellers and landing gear, and add 4 AA batteries
to the remote and you're flying.
Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro camera to record the action (not included with this model). Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom's remote control.
flight is made possible by advanced GPS positioning that compensates
for light wind. The Phantom has a fail-safe function and can be
configured to automatically fly to and land at its take-off position if
connection to the transmitter is lost. Note: indoor flight or operation
by persons under 18 years of age is NOT recommended.
With a maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles/hour (10 meters/second),
the Phantom lets you capture the action of almost any sport, event or
The Phantom's high tech Naza-M autopilot system lets you configure
advanced parameters via software (USB port and separate download
Just for fun, start with this tiny drone and learn to fly this little guy.
Hubsan X4 (H107L) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quadcopter, Black
Durable one piece main frame.
Precision 6 axis gyro.
Ready to Fly.
4 channel 2.4Ghz control.
High capacity LiPO battery.
Durable one piece main frame
Precision 6 axis gyro
1. Which is the fourth-largest (in land size) state in the U.S.?
2. Extending into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in which state?
d. South Dakota
3. Which state imposed the first state sales tax on May 3, 1921?
b. New York
d. West Virginia
4. The Rocky Mountains were discovered in 1739 by which explorers?
a. Lewis and Martin
b. Cook and Magellan
c. Lewis and Clark
d. Pierre and Paul Mallet
5. In what U.S. city were the first electric traffic lights installed on August 5, 1914?
a. Cleveland, Ohio
b. Boston, Massachusetts
c. New York City
d. Chicago, Illinois
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