"Ten things you NEVER do with your RV. Some of these are just plain old common sense, some you learn the hard way and some… well; you just don’t do it with an RV!
10) While traveling on the interstate in your RV floor it to see what your top speed is.
9) Assume you can fit under that two lane road bridge that doesn’t have the height posted.
8) Wait until next week to winterize the RV when the current temperature outside is 15 degrees.
7) Attempt to empty the holding tanks when your sewer hose almost reaches the drain outlet.
6) Loan your new RV to your best friend for a week. You may be looking for a new best friend!
5) Back the RV into the campsite hoping there is nothing behind you.
4) Take your 35 foot RV on the scenic mountain parkway where the posted sign reads no RV’s over 25 feet allowed. Trust me on this one!
3) Take your brand new RV on a hunting trip with all the guys, trust me on this one too!
2) Believe the RV salesman who says, you’re truck can pull anything on this lot!
And #1 if you read “My First Real RV Adventure” article on the rv.net blog you will remember when you’re camping in bear country you never put your trash bags outside the camper door!
Can you add anything to the list? Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk"
With the weather incidents popping up in the USA, Canada, and wildfires all over, including AK, everyone needs to be prepared:
"Prepare Your RV for Emergencies: A Ready-To-Go-Shelter in the Storm""You've heard the saying, "your shelter in a storm." With a little planning, your recreational vehicle can be that shelter. Not only in a storm, but also for whenever you need emergency shelter.
An RV is an ideal evacuation vehicle. It can provide comfortable, temporary – or long-term – housing. You’ll have utilities, food and clothing, your important papers, first aid supplies and medications, pet supplies, tools, and cleaning supplies.
Prepare your RV for emergencies before you need it.
Keep your RV prepared, stocked and ready to go. You'll eliminate the need for last minute scurrying around to find your essentials and get them packed. You'll have a head start in a time when minutes make difference.
Clean the inside of your RV after you use it. Empty the garbage. Make up the beds with clean linens. When an emergency strikes, you won't have time to do these cleaning tasks.
Fill the fuel tank. Check the pressure in the tires and fill them if they are low. Check vehicle fluids – oil, power steering, transmission, antifreeze, windshield washer solution.
Empty the black water tank. Empty the gray water tank. Fill the fresh water tank. Adding a tablespoon of chlorine bleach to the tank will keep it fresh during storage. These are vital steps to preparing your RV for emergencies.
Fill your propane tank. Service your vehicle and house batteries. Consider putting a small solar charger on them if you don't use them regularly. Fill your generator's fuel tank. If you don't have a generator, consider getting a portable one. Photovoltaic (solar) panels and an inverter will give you electrical power when the main utilities are out.
It is good to have a battery powered radio and fresh batteries. It is better to have a crank powered radio. A pair of hand held, two-way radios will let your family communicate at a shelter or if you become separated. Add a 12-volt charger for your cell phone. If you use a notebook computer, add a wifi card for connecting to the Internet from your RV when you are away from your regular connection.
Keep copies of your birth and marriage certificates, vehicle registrations, and insurance policies in your RV. Have a list of your bank and credit card numbers, and contact information for these financial institutions. Have a list with account numbers and contact info for your home telephone, electric, gas, and other utilities. Put these important papers into a small, fireproof safe that you lock.
If you have babies, young children, or pets, that is in the rest of the article below.
Prepare your RV for emergencies today. If there is an emergency, your preparations will save you much precious time."
Stock Your RV for Emergencies: Have It Stocked and Ready to Go. Part 2."Make sure your recreational vehicle is well stocked so it is ready to use in an emergency. Keep these things in the RV, ready to go:
• First aid kit. Make sure it contains any prescription or over the counter medications that you need.
• Basic kitchen equipment. Kettles, a fry pan, stove top coffee pot, dishes, silverware, large spoons, pancake turner, knives, and a can opener.
• Paper plates and bowls. Paper towels and napkins.
• Simple foods that requires very little preparation. It won’t do any good to have flour, sugar, and other staples if you don’t have the time, facility, or mental energy to cook them. Have a selection of ready to eat foods on hand. Cooked and ready to eat meats that come in cans or pouches. Peanut butter. Crackers or pilot bread. Raisins and other dried fruits. Nuts, peanuts, roasted soybeans, or other snack seeds. Canned milk. Canned fruit and vegetables. Soups, pasta and meatballs, and other heat and serve entrees in cans or pouches. Cold cereals. Candy and snacks.
• Blankets or sleeping bags. It may be warm in your part of the country, but you may evacuate to colder areas. When stocking your RV for emergencies, don’t skip these.
• Basic cleaning supplies – dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, broom, garbage bags, bucket, and cleaning rags. Besides using them to clean the RV while you are living in it, you may desperately need them when you return home.
• Basic tools – plain and Phillips screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, locking jaw pliers, saw, etc. When you stock your RV for emergencies, include these, even if you don’t know how to use them. If you have the tools, someone else may be able to use them to help you.
• Toiletries, grooming, and personal supplies. Washcloths, towels, and extra toilet paper.
• Two complete changes of clothing for each family member. These should be clean, comfortable, and respectable. Do not pack worn out clothes or those that don’t fit well. You may be wearing them day and night in a shelter. You may also be wearing them for job interviews (or, for children, to school). Be sure to have boots, a warm jacket, a warm cap, and gloves or mittens for each person. Again, you are stocking for an emergency, so take warm clothes, even if you normally don’t need them.
• If you have babies or young children, keep a supply of their essentials in the RV. Diapers, bottles, formula, and stuffed animals or comfort toys.
• If you have pets, remember their food, leashes, bedding, and litter box. Toys and treats will make them more comfortable. If they are on medication or need special supplies, add these things. Scared pets may try to run away or it may be necessary to have them crated in a shelter, so add carriers or folding kennels.
Having a well-stocked RV is a convenience anytime. As you are RVing for fun and pleasure, you will use many of these things. Hopefully, that is the only time you will need them. Remember to replace them in case you do need to use your RV as an emergency vehicle and shelter.
Taking the time to stock your RV for emergencies today can be a life saver tomorrow."
"If something on your recreational vehicle doesn't work for you, make sure you are trying to operate it correctly. For instance, some slides won't open, or refrigerators cool, unless the RV is relatively level, in which case, leveling the RV may be all that is needed to fix the problem."
"When you take your recreational vehicle in for repairs, do an inspection before you leave the RV repair facility. For example, if they were supposed to fix your jacks, try leveling your rig before you drive off the premises."
Yesterday, Was one of those "busy all day, but not much accomplished'".
Ray had previous plans, so I knew he wouldn't be working. Then Jay called me at 8.30 AM, said he didn't feel well, and that he would call me back when he was ready. I don't have much sympathy for Jay when he doesn't feel well, it's his own fault. He didn't call by 10.00, so I was upset, as I could have been grooming one of the several dogs waiting for me to do them. By then it was too late to get any of them here. I can't groom when Jay is here, as I have to be right there with him, or he gets carried away and does something that won't work in an RV.
So I thought that I would at least get my Misty's grooming finished, and finally do the sewing on my bedspread. I had cut Misty down a few days ago, but that was as far as it went. I did get Misty's feet clipped ready for her bath, but didn't bathe her. Also pinned up the rest of the bedspread, but never got it to the sewing machine. Different problems came up on the phone, in the house, or in emails, that needed my attention. This dry weather had made my house shift, so I had to operate on my back door to make it lock. Junk mail had to be shredded, and even the cat boxes didn't get done until late, and I usually do them first thing in the morning!
The comment part and editing of Blogger was frustrating me, as I couldn't stay signed into Google, unless I went through Firefox. I finally found something about Allowing Third Party Cookies, and maybe it is fixed, for me, anyway. There is always something.
It is very difficult for me to understand how people get bored, as I always have plenty to do. People may wonder why I don't play computer games, I don't have the time, and even if I did, I would rather take my dogs for a walk down to the mailboxes.
My old dogs are both too plump, and I could lose some weight too, so walking them would be a good thing to do, if I had to pass the time of day.