RV Lifestyles Ezine
March 25, 2015
No. 317
Buying that First RV; running away from home to follow the sun; frugal RVing; working on the road.

1. A Note From Margo: The Best Maintenance
The best maintenance is that performed by you. Not only is it cost effective, it gives you a sense of control over this huge machine and its components.

The first step is setting up a maintenance calendar. Do this on your computer with a follow-up reminder, or manually on a wall calendar. If you have Microsoft Outlook, its Task feature works perfectly as a reminder.

Keep in mind that taking care of your RV pays off in comfort for you and big resale value when it is time to move on. Start the cycle by buying quality and maintaining it properly. A quality-built recreational vehicle can retain its showroom glow twenty years later if properly cared for in a timely manner.
  • Learn how to perform the basic care and maintenance yourself by taking courses offered by various RV support groups. This is not about changing the oil or other engine maintenance, that can be left to professionals.
  • Escapees RV Club has quarterly events that offer maintenance seminars. http://www.escapees.com
  • Set calendar dates for engine, transmission, hydraulic levelers, and battery maintenance.
  • Read the manufacturer's manuals provided with your rig, and secure necessary manuals from other sources. You may have to contact several vendors to accumulate all the information you need for maintenance. Use the Internet to locate and download manuals.
  • Carry spare parts for on-the-spot repairs.
  • Depending on the size of your rig, carry a spare tire and wheel.
  • If you have a wood interior, be prepared to keep conditioning agents on-board.There are several gel-type applications that keep the mess and smell to a minimum.
  • Read the manufacturer's guide and create a checklist to keep the refrigerator, stove, and air conditioning units in top shape. If you buy used, be prepared to contact the manufacturer for these guides, most are available free online.
Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True; an ebook that contains the answers.

– 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: Care & Maintenance

We don't give our RV appliances much thought until they fail. If we add them into our maintenance schedule, many years of carefree service is the result. Sometimes appliance maintenance only takes a few moments, at other times, perhaps a half-hour. Often this depends on how exposed to the outside your appliances are.

Understanding how each appliance operates helps us to maintain them properly. For instance, the typical RV refrigerator needs to be level to work properly. Stick one of those little round bullet levels in the freezer when setting up in a new site. If the bullet level shows most of the bubble in the middle, you are done.


The next move is to remove the back of the refrigerator and dust the heating coils. If dirt and dust builds up, it reduces the efficiency of the cooling.

Since I spend all year in warm climates, I installed two 12-volt computer fans at the top of the exhaust vent on the roof (see Conquer the Road for complete specs and installation suggestions). The wires must be connected to the battery system unless you use the solar version. This constant flow of air moving up through the coils seems to keep dust and debris from building up on the heating coils.

I also put in an on/off switch in a convenient place, just in case there was a unexpected cold spell. So far, it stays in the ON position year-round.


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 and weight
balance tips are included.





  3. RVing Nugget:

Most of us run into high PPM (particles per million) of minerals in the water wherever we go these days. It is certainly not healthy to drink, so we either lug gallons of filtered water around with us or install a Reverse Osmosis system under the kitchen sink.

What really irritates me is the water spots left on the glass shower door. I bought my motorhome used and the shower door was almost opaque from water residue.

It took nearly a year to find a product that could clean it. I tried every common commercial product plus some of my own ideas, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and some I cannot remember.

While roaming on the Internet, I found this great product, Bring It On. It contains jeweler’s grade grit that works so well, the glass looks like new  (with no scratch marks). There is a companion product sold with it that is a spray on protectant. Problem solved!



You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:
Margo Armstrong is an RV lifestyle expert full-timing on the road for more than 18 years. She specializes in making the RV lifestyle seem friendly, interesting, adventurous, and safe, all at the same time. She is the author of 18 eBooks (9 about the RV lifestyle). She also maintains a weekly blog and two websites. Her writing workshops pop up wherever she stops along the road.  
Find out more about her ventures at her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, and her website, TheMaxwellGroup.net, that showcases her ebook collections.
Visit RVLifestyleExperts.com for information on everything about this great lifestyle.
4. RV fun, resources and news

Good News for Wood Cabinets

While we are discussing products, another gem you might like is Touch of Oranges for your wood cabinets.

This product is well-known in the RV world but is not sold in the stores. One product cleans and reconditions while the other product waxes the wood. Easy to use, nice orange smell; makes the wood shine. Look in local Farmer’s Markets and large flea markets for a vendor as well as online.

My pet peeve with most wood care products is the lingering smell in a small space. Linseed oil, found in most products, is apparently a good conditioner for wood but I cannot live with the smell. When you live full-time in a small space, the products you use really become important for healthy living.

Windshield Wipers

Ron McNevin shared this great tip in Motorhome Magazine.

“Windshield wiper blades can be quite expensive to replace. I discovered a cheap way to provide UV protection.

I bought 3/8- to 1/2-inch foam pipe insulation, cut it in half and wrapped it around the blades. Now I have protection for the wipers and it cost me less than $2.”

Great idea, Ron, one I share myself. When on the road, in dry weather, you can even drive with them installed.


  • Indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution.
  • It takes about 63,000 trees to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of The New York Times
  • One third of the electricity produced on earth is used to power electric light bulbs!
  • Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.
  • The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com
  • The search engine Google got its name from the word 'googol', which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it.



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Publisher: Margo Armstrong
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Livingston, TX 77399-2022

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