Tips

     Tips from experience and research I… and others have done. Ha!

Air conditioner maintenance tips you should know about to keep your AC functioning properly.

  • Clean the return air filter with soap and warm water…dry and replace.
  • Clean the air box housing with soft cloth dampened with mild detergent.
  • Keep the air louvers clean and unobstructed.
  • Make sure the AC voltage is over 103.5 volts coming into the RV.  Check with a voltmeter by plugging it into a receptacle and turn on the AC.  Not having proper voltage can harm the AV.   It’s time to learn to use a voltmeter.  Learning a few simple functions of a voltmeter will be a big help with electrical problem solving.

 

Awning cleaning

Don’t scrub an acrylic awning as it could remove its water retardant finish.  Wash with  warm water and soap.  Treat it like a baby…no harsh solvents.  To clean a vinyl awning , mix 1/4 cup of dish soap, 1/4 cup of bleach and five gallons of water.  Soap the top of the open awning with this mix and roll it up to soak for about 5 minutes.  Open it up and rinse with water.  Use only soap and water to remove a grease spot from a vinyl awning.

Remember if you have to roll up your awning wet be sure to unroll it when possible to dry and to keep mold from forming.  Be sure to check the sealant behind the awning rail to avoid streaking down your RV.  Use silicone spray on the lift handle, bottom bracket release tab, rafter and support arms to reduce wear and tear and to promote ease of use.  I’m a big fan of preventive maintenance… so using lubricates appropriately can save the day.  Enjoy the shade!

Refrigerators

There are a million tips for refrigerators, but I’m not going with that list.  Let’s hit some highlights.

  • Most of us are familiar with the RV being level when we’re parked so we’ll leave that tip out.  That is required for absorption cooling refrigerators to create peak operation.
  • At  least once a year get to the back of the refrigerator to vacuum up any spider webs, insects, leaves or objects that could be impeding the air flow to the burner.  That area needs to clean and clear.  Life’s about the details, but you know that.
  • While you’re at the rear of the frig use your nose and check for any gas leaks.  Any little hint is cause for concern.  Please don’t use a flame to check for leaks.  Use a commercial LP gas leak detector product or the old soap and water mixture to check. Bubbles tells… or screams to you… there is a leak.  Immediate attention is required!
  • Once in a while have a technician check the gas pressure, clean the flue tube, burner jet and the LP gas safety shutoff.  Please keep the beer cold.
  • I do love the box of baking soda and a temperature gauge in the refrigerator…simple useful items.

Batteries

There is a lot that can be said here about batteries.  This site below will tell you all you need to know about batteries.  I was in the process of writing about batteries and came across this site that seems like the cat’s pajamas on battery information.  I pass it on to you for your exploring.  Lots of information here for you.

http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/articles/

 

Electrical

Now I’m in trouble…but I’ve learned a few things that you can use to help find your way through this challenging topic.  If  you can half master a volt meter you’ll find yourself on the way to solving many of your electrical issues and challenges.  This YouTube video is a good buyers guide.

 

                                       

  Trailer Hitches Defined & Explained Simply

To help you remember…or understand hitch classes and categories.  I love simplicity!  Being  long winded is overrated.  This site cuts to the chase about hitch classes.

http://www.lexingtontrailerandhitch.hostei.com/hitchclasses.htlm