RV Tips

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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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