RV Lifestyles Ezine
May 25
, 2015
No. 321
Buying that First RV; running away from home to follow the sun; frugal RVing; working on the road.

A Note from Margo: Summer Safety
RV Lifestyle:  High Temps and RV Refrig
RVing Nugget: Air Conditioner Maintenance
1. A Note From Margo: Summer Safety

Right 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
or nests.

    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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2. RV Lifestyle: High Temperatures and the RV Refrigerator
If  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

 If 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 large fan.

Some 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 bottom location.

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 installation.

Measure the top surface opening of the flue. Purchase these small computer case fans yourself at a local electronics/computer store or online (about $5 each).

Do 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.
Caution: 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).

Note: 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






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balance tips are included.




  3. RVing Nugget: Maintenance Time for the Air Conditioner

 Maintenance Procedures

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.

A 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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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 adventures at her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, and her website, TheMaxwellGroup.net, that showcases her eBook collections.
Visit her website, RVLifestyleExperts.com, for answers to any questions you have about this great lifestyle.



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.

Outdoor 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 scene.

  The Phantom's high tech Naza-M autopilot system lets you configure advanced parameters via software (USB port and separate download required).

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


Geography Trivia

1. Which is the fourth-largest (in land size) state in the U.S.?
a. Idaho
b. Montana
c. California
d. Washington

2. Extending into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in which state?
a. Oregon
b. Washington
c. Wyoming
d. South Dakota

3. Which state imposed the first state sales tax on May 3, 1921?
a. Virginia
b. New York
c. Connecticut
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




Contact information 

RV Lifestyles Ezine is published twice a month. Part I comes out on or about the 10th of the month. Part II comes out around the 25th.

Contact information:

Contact Margo

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Publisher: Margo Armstrong
The Maxwell Group
 222 Rainbow Dr.
Livingston, TX 77399-2022

Disclaimer: The information presented in this ezine is for use at your own risk. RV Lifestyle eZine makes no warranty to completeness, accuracy, or fitness for any purpose. Use common sense and take normal precautions in how you use this information. 


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