RV Repair - Tips for Inexpensive RV Repairs (Part 2)
By Les Doll
You may at some time experience an electrical shock when entering or exiting your RV. This is often caused by the wiring in the electrical receptacle that your RV is plugged into or an improperly wired extension cord. If the "hot" and "neutral" wires are reversed, your coach and you may become an electrical circuit with unpleasant or dangerous results.
There is a small polarity checker available that will eliminate the guesswork and the hazards before you plug in your electrical cord. Everyone should have one of these as standard equipment!
RV Winterizing Tip
Never simply pour antifreeze into your RV fresh water tank to run it to the pump. Even when the tank is drained there remains a gallon or so of water in the bottom of the tank and this water mixes with the antifreeze and lessens its protection level. Also the antifreeze will be very difficult to flush out in the Spring and will taint the water taste for a long, long time!
Disconnect the water inlet side of the pump and introduce the antifreeze at this point. A pump winterizing kit makes this easy to do with the flip of a valve.
RV Reminders Tip
Ever forget to lower your TV antenna or unhook your power cord?
We have all done something similar, and this weeks tip deals with one method of reminding yourself of routine tasks.
Put a labeled clip or ribbon on your antenna handle, for example. Whenever you raise the antenna, put the clip or ribbon on your steering wheel. When you break camp, the clip on your steering wheel will remind you that your antenna is still up.
Do the same for anything else you want to remind yourself of ...
If you have a slide-out, hang a length of brightly colored ribbon on the travel lock bars (if your slide uses these). The ribbons will attract your attention BEFORE you try to extend the slide.
Simple but effective!
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