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.
New RVer Asks: How long can I keep fresh water in the tank? Having your RV sitting in the driveway, "ready to roll" on a spur-of-the-moment trip is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house 'fridge, your RV is up to an "instant getaway." Ah, but what about the fresh water tank? How long can I safely keep water in it before worrying about "bugs"?
Using your stabilizer jacks Most fifth wheels and travel trailers have them. Do you know how to safely and effectively use your stabilizer jacks?
Do you knows your RV hose? One of the first things a new RVer winds up shopping for is a water hose. Even if you only boondock away from utility sites, and so won't have a hose hooked up to your rig, you still need something to get water into your tanks. How do you know what kind of hose to use? Will any old garden variety garden hose do, or do you have to sink money into an RV water hose you may hate in the end?
RV batteries: Deep cycle versus SLI Many folks new to RVing are shocked to find there more batteries in their new rig than in their car or truck. Knowing the difference in battery types will make a big difference in a happy RVing experience.
RV refrigerator is different breed from home fridge The refrigerator in your RV is not like the one in your house. For one thing, it will work on LP gas as well as electricity. How an RV refrigerator cools is a very different process from your fridge back home.
Can you trust your RV gauges? Somewhere in your RV is a control panel that, when pushing a button, you're told the status of your RV tanks. Fresh water, gray water, black water, and electrical battery charge. Many RVers are dismayed when they find those tell-tales don't always tell the truth. Here's some ways to get to the truth of the matter.
RV water: The hose knows Part of using an RV is learning to become your own "utility company." Without water, there's no drinking, no washing, and no 'flushin' the pot.' For RVers, water is a critical issue. We'll talk about RV water in our next couple of installments. Right now we'll discuss the matter of getting water into your RV, and that glorious tool to do it: The hose.
Keeping Cool With RV Air Conditioning For many new RVers, air conditioning ought to work like back home: Turn
it on, forget it. To some degree that may be true, because RV air
conditioners are fairly simple appliances. But there are a few things
that set them apart from "sticks and bricks" units, and knowing and
working with these differences can make the difference between a
comfortable trip or a miserable experience.
The Truth About Toilet Paper and Your RV New RVers are often puzzled by the mysteries of RV bathrooms. What kind of toilet paper is safe to use in your RV? We examine this tricky situation and provide a scientific test you can use to check out your favorite biffy brand.
What You Need to Know About RV Fresh Water Systems--Part 1 There's more to using your RV fresh water system than just hanging a hose on the side of the rig and turning on the water. Properly using your RV fresh water system can make a world of difference in how much you enjoy your trip--or possibly regret it.
This is part one of a two part story. In it, we'll talk about safe drinking water at the RV park or campground.
Using the Sun to Power Your RV If RVing is your thing, portable RV solar modules are worth taking a look at. With high fuel prices, you need to save money wherever you can.
RV Solar - practical energy independence For the ultimate in RV energy independence, solar energy canít be beat. As long as the sun is shining, solar panels silently capture the sun's abundant energy. This article introduces the basic components of an RV solar power system.