Avoid waiting games at the RV service center An RVer relates a tale of taking his rig to a service dealer. With plans for using the RV in a week, he explains his deadline and the dealer agrees service will be done in time. Sure enough, on day six the owner calls the service facility and is told, "Sorry, we're still waiting for parts." Other RVers have similar complaints: Seems like their rigs spend more time in the shop than out on the road. What's to be done?
Maintain and test your carbon monoxide detector Lightheaded? Confused? Have a headache? All unpleasant enough things to have, but also all symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most people know that given enough "CO" you can go beyond those unpleasant symptoms to one really nasty one – death.
This isn't a situation we can afford to neglect: In a recent five-year period, over 400 people died every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning in the U.S. Sadly, that's not surprising, when you consider that you can't see CO, nor smell it. Victims are often overcome at night, safely – or so they thought – tucked away in their beds. The only way to know whether your RV is safe from CO is with a working CO detector. Do you have one? Does it work?
RV tires: How old is too old? A man goes into an RV dealership, interested in a seven year-old motorhome with 10,000 miles on the odometer. The tires on the rig have plenty of tread left on them, but on learning that they're the original tires, he wonders about them being too old to be safe. The salesman tells the customer that worrying about the age of the tire is nothing more than buying into a myth. Should the customer walk away?
New RVer asks: How can I safely pack my cupboards? "How do you store stuff in your cupboards," asks the new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery) the question becomes, how do you store your stuff safely. Was dining life on the road going to be limited to paper plates, Styrofoam cups, and plastic knives and forks?
Braving the RV shower Accustomed to "endless" water supplies at home, some new RVers are a bit taken aback when taking showers on the road. The typical RV water heater has a six gallon capacity – far, far less than a sticks-and-bricks home version. What's to be done?
Planning ahead to stay out of trouble Got a new RV? With that new size comes a new need: Planning ahead with an exit strategy. We don't mean getting out of the RV lifestyle, but rather, planning ahead to get your RV out of places you might otherwise get stuck in.
Use the GOAL method to back up your RV For many new RVers, the greatest challenge of the new lifestyle is that of backing up the rig. Even experienced RVers can tell you that backing into the campsite is perhaps the most stressful part of the entire trip. With the GOAL method, things can be a bit easier.
New RVer asks: What batteries for my RV? When it comes to batteries for RVing, things can get a bit fuzzy. Starting batteries? House batteries? Flooded or glass mat? We unravel the mystery of choosing RV batteries.
New RVer asks: What about RVing at high altitude? A new RVer was studying his rig's appliance manuals and came across a statements that suggested his LP appliances might not work at higher elevations. How big a concern is "at elevation" operation?
Water "accessory" fittings you need If you'll be camping in a park with "city water," that is, water from a faucet, there's some good accessories to keep in your RV storage compartment. These can make your visit easier--even safer for you rig. Inexpensive, you'll bless yourself for having them when you need them.
New RVer asks: How do I flush this thing? A new RVer lamented that his family had bought a used rig and had taken it out a couple of times. During those trips they'd used the shower and the sinks--but never the toilet. With notable embarrassment he confessed--they didn't know how to use the thing. Are you in such a predicament? Well, fear not traveling toilet tribulations, help is on the way.