General RV Tips
by John Dee
- RV Camping is different but not necessarily difficult. Here are some general RV tips to make your RVing experiences safe and enjoyable.
- Rent an RV for a short camping trip: it's the ideal way to explore your true needs before buying.
- Put moth balls near the propane lines of the water heater and refrigerator. This will deter spiders.
- Consider taking a professional RV driving course attuned to the specialized demands of safely and efficiently operating an RV
- 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.
- A great tip to conserve gray-water holding tank space is to turn water off when shampooing and soaping up in the shower. Also, don't run the water while you are brushing your teeth.
- Diluted bleach poured into the freshwater tank, drained, refilled with water and drained again will prevent odors over a long winter.
- Check your RV's Tire Pressure Often
- Save general wear and tear on your RV air conditioner by parking in the shade when camping or whenever possible.
- Use your generator to operate the roof air conditioner instead of the dash A/C. It cools your rig down quicker. Your RV's engine will not get so hot and it will run more efficiently.
- Power conservation tip: run the water heater only when necessary.
- Use Velcro tape for hanging and fastening things in your RV.
- Use prepaid phone cards while traveling and camping. They are generally inexpensive and easy to use.
- Cradle modems will allow you to connect to the Internet from the road, even from a pay phone.
- 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.
- A general rule when RVing: Always pay particular attention to your loads. Overloaded trailers can seriously damage the towing vehicle, and overloaded RVs can cause tire failure and worse.
- Get a carbon monoxide detector for your RV. Replace the batteries regularly. Make sure your smoke detector works also.
- Always drain the black-water holding tank first. Then drain the gray-water. Following this tip will help clean out your hose.
- Fabric softener sheets placed in drawers, closets, and other general locations in an RV prevents musty odors and that "closed up" smell.
- Take two coolers - one for beverages, one for food - a particularly important consideration on longer camping trips. Think about investing in a thermoelectric cooler.
- Put screenwire in your rubber bumper plugs to prevent bees from nesting.
- As a camping tip, use paper plates and paper cups to save on dishwashing.
- Save power by using fluorescent lights.
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