Aug 222017

When I asked blog readers to share some of their RV tips, you folks responded with some great ideas. Some were things I’ve heard of before but had forgotten about, and others were new to me. Hopefully you will find some of them useful.

Larry Merritt said before he ever backs into an RV site he gets out of his vehicle and checks it out himself. No matter how good your ground guide is, it’s always best if you have also looked the situation over. There may be a small tree stump or other obstacle down low, or a branch up above that you need to be aware of, just in case your ground guide misses it.

Here’s are a couple of new ones to me, courtesy of Janie Ann Slade; “One of our favorite RV tips is using the dreaded selfie-stick to check the top of your slides before you close them. Janie Ann also added that a leaf blower with a flexible hose attachment can be used to blow off most debris from the top of your slides so you don’t have to drag out a ladder and broom.

A lot of RVers, especially newbies, think that just because there is an electrical pedestal at their RV site, the power is going to be as reliable is it was at home. Think again. We have been in many campgrounds over the years where the power was flaky, either low-voltage, high-voltage, or an open ground. That’s why the first thing we put in our Winnebago when we purchased it was a Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS). It has saved us from a lot of damage over the years.

If you don’t have an EMS system, here are some tips from Russell Beckner about dealing with campground power. He said he uses a digital multimeter to test the shore voltage during a stay. If it gets too low, he cuts off sensitive items or turns on the generator. He also plugs an electrical tester in at the post to make sure the electrical service is wired properly. And he sometimes uses an emery board to clean a female outlet to ensure a good connection when he plugs into it. Poor connectivity can lead to an overheated power plug.

I get asked about which holding tank treatments to use and how to keep RV holding tank monitors working properly more than anything else. We use Doctor Drain, which we get at Walmart, in our black tank and have always been happy with it. As for the your holding tank monitor, just accept the fact that there has never been a holding tank monitor that works reliably. There are 1,001 solutions and products that are supposed to take care of the problem. In 18 years of publishing the Gypsy Journal  we have tried them all. None of them work. As I tell people in my seminars at RV rallies, you get to where you can tell by the sound when you flush when it is time to dump your black tank. Or, even simpler, when you flush and your butt gets wet, it’s time to dump.

Nancy Holdress sent me this tip. She said she keeps two or three small blowup beach balls in her motorhome, and when the refrigerator is not very full and she doesn’t want things to roll around while they are on the road, she blows one of the balls up enough to fill the empty space. She said even on the bumpiest highways, nothing moves in the refrigerator.

Raymond Schmidt said once he gets set up in a campground, he hangs his motorhome keys on the handle of the crank used to raise and lower his rooftop TV antenna. He said he has never once driven away from his RV site with the antenna still up.

Wayne Frohman said his headlight lenses were getting dull, but instead of spending money on a rejuvenation kit at an auto parts store, he just used some toothpaste and a miracle cloth to polish them up and they are as good as new.

And Melissa Beeman says if you are plagued by flies hanging around your rig, fill plastic Ziploc bags half full with water and hang them on your awning. Apparently the light reflecting on the water disorients them and keeps them away.

Thanks for the tips folks, and please send me more to share.

I uploaded my new book, Big Lake Tragedy, and it should be live on Amazon sometime later today or this evening. Now on to the next project!

Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.

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  4 Responses to “RV Tips From Our Readers”

  1. Another tip. We marked the rod used to pull the awning down to show the with of our sides. If it is a tight spot we can check to make sure we have enough room before we set up.

  2. Some great ideas…thanks Nick and readers!!

  3. Some great tips. In my seminars, I tell RV’ers to use flat sided baskets and tubs for storage which won’t waste space and look for collapsible products that save space. Read books on an electronic device and save the weight and space of books.

  4. know my rig is old and obsolete but my monitoring system is sight glasses attached top to bottom on the ends of by fresh and waste tanks where the level is clear to see.. Have yet to have gravity fail me

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