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- Use prepaid phone cards while traveling. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
- Put moth balls near the propane lines of the water heater and refrigerator. This will deter spiders.
- To protect your RV’s plumbing, use a water pressure regulator when connected to any water source.
- Use an auto battery charger to charge your batteries.
- Have quarters available for unexpected events such as meter parking, coin-operated showers, laundry, tolls etc.
- To conserve gray-water holding tank space, turn water off when shampooing and soaping up in the shower. Don’t run water while you are brushing your teeth.
- Also to conserve gray-water holding tank space, use dishpans to wash and rinse dishes. When finished, pour water down toilet into the black-water holding tank.
- To avoid odors and blockages, keep black-water holding tank value closed. Maintain adequate water level. Empty only when the tank is at least 1/2 full.
- To avoid blow-outs, tire damage and to optimize gas mileage, maintain proper tire pressure. Should be checked often.
- Use a plug-in voltage meter to monitor amps. Despite your rig’s abilities, you can only use up to the amps available from the source.
- Always drain the black-water holding tank first. Then drain the gray-water. This helps to clean out your hose.
- Use comet cleanser with BLEACH to stop ants from entering your RV or campsite. Also a small amount of vasaline around any entry points into your RV will stop them from actually entering.
- Use your generator to operate the roof air conditioner instead of the dash A/C. It cools your rig down quicker. Your vehicle’s engine will not get so hot and it will run more efficiently.
- Use an outside sediment water filter on any water source. You won’t believe what you’ll find when you clean it out!
- Get a carbon monoxide detector. Replace the batteries regularly. Make sure your smoke detector works also. A couple of fire extinguisher are a must.
- Clean off the top of your slide-outs before closing them up.
- Don’t forget to change the oil in your generator.
- When backing up a trailer, put your hand on the bottom of the vehicle’s steering wheel and turn it in the direction you want the trailer to go.
- Before hitting the road, take one last walk around and through your RV to make sure you have put everything away properly.
- Be sure your awning is securely fastened before you travel.
- Call to check for RV size restrictions at campgrounds before you get there. Particularly sites at state and national parks and also older private campgrounds.
- Use Velcro tape for hanging and fastening things in your RV.
- When boondocking, use inverters to convert DC power into AC power.
- Use quiet generators when necessary as an alternative power source. Be considerate of others.
- Save power by using fluorescent lights.
- Consider using solar panels to generate your power needs.
- Use paper plates and paper cups to save on dishwashing.
- To conserve power, run the water heater only when necessary.
- RV furnaces use alot of power. To conserve your power supply, lower the heater temperature, wear warmer clothing and use an extra blanket.
- Park your RV in shady locations and use your awning to keep it cooler inside.
- Put screenwire in your rubber bumper plugs to prevent bees from nesting.
- Check fire extinguishers and smoke detectors regularly.
- Fabric softener sheets placed in drawers, closets, and other strategic locations in an RV prevents musty odors and that “closed up” smell.
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