Repair your RV Electrical problems

The Novice and Electrical problems

An RV is a complicated Electrical machine

The RV that you see today is a complicated machine with a lot of built-in electrical devices.

And, along with these devices comes complicated electrical control and protection circuitry.

This article is written to provide some basic but valuable information for the typical RV owner to help them with defining and repairing Electrical problems efficiently and safely.

Electrical Safety comes First!

ELECTRICITY Can KILL!

Please remember this when reading the information listed below.

The information provided here is for you to reference, and in no way should it be abused or used by someone that is unqualified to perform electrical repairs..

Electrical SAFETY:

First, when you start opening panels and messing around with Electrical systems, in an RV/Camper or at home.

There are several warnings you must observe;

WARNING-1– If you do not know what you are doing, do not touch anything, and call your RV manufacturer, or RV Roadside assistance Company, or if at home, your local Certified Electrician. Remember, again, ELECTRICITY CAN KILL!

WARNING-2– If replacing a BLOWN Fuse, or resetting a KICKED Breaker doesn’t fix the problem, you should seriously back off and call your RV manufacturers Service Center for advice.

Typical Coach Bateries

A typical pair of coach batteries and their connections
A typical pair of coach batteries and their connections | Source

Know the difference in a Major and a Minor electrical problem

Is there a Major Problem?

The RV owner, or especially the RV renter, should always make a walk-around inspection of their camper before they go on the road.

And one of the main things that they should be familiar with is the electrical system of the RV.

Oh, I’m not talking about knowing how to perform major maintenance on complex electrical gear and appliances, but rather know how to inspect for problems, and determine if the problem is major or minor.

A major problem might be having the fridge quit working and deciding whether to get into the wiring and propane management circuitry on the back of the fridge or not.

The electrical novice needs to stay away from such repairs, themselves. They are too dangerous and you should always contact a qualified service tech for resolving such problems.

But, a minor problem could be something as simple as re-setting a breaker that has “kicked out”, or replacing a blown fuse that is easily accessible, or some other simple problem.

Useful Electrical Terms and data

I have provided a long list of Electrical Terms and color codes for fuses, along with other useful data designed to help the novice be more comfortable with what they are doing when an electrical problem does occur.

Electric Multi-Meter:

One handy device for the RVer to have is a good Electric Multi-Meter.

There are very simple electric devices that you can plug into the wall, and an LED lights to indicate that there is power.

And on the other end of the spectrum of electrical testing devices is the Electric Multimeter.

This Multimeter is capable of measuring DC Volts, AC Volts, as well as electric current and resistance.

This device is very useful in the hands of a trained individual, but the Novice should not attempt to use all of it’s functions until they understand what they are trting to measure as well as any dangers involved in making the measurements.

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Think before touching Electrical contacts

THINK First:

I cannot stress this enough. Your Camper or RV was designed by professionals who planned things out pretty well..

They designed the electrical systems with Safety in mind, as well as for your convenience.

Each electrical device was installed on an electrical line that could safely handle the load.

The fuses and breakers were placed in the system for two major reasons.

1-The first reason is to protect the RV and you the owner from harm if an appliance or other electrical device or even an electrical line fails and draws too much current.

2-The second reason is to protect your RV and it’s electrical appliances and other devices if you plug your RV into an electrical service that is not regulated properly and you get electrical voltages that are too low or too high for your RV and it’s equipment.

So, when you get a blown Fuse or a kicked Breaker, your first thoughts should consider these highly probable causes. Especially, before you go tearing into your electrical system, and personally re-designing it by installing a larger than specified Fuse or Breaker.

Think, Think, Think, and then Think again.

Some Electrical abbreviations and so forth

The world of electricity has it’s own abbreviations and definitions that are used on components and parts. Below are some of these that might help when you need to replace a bad part.

AC——– AC is the designator for “Alternating Current” The voltage in your home is AC voltage, and typically, in the US is assumed to be 115VAC. Alternating current reverses polarity and flow alternately in both directions in a circuit.

Amp—— The name Amp is used to designate a measure of electrical current.

Capacitor– A capacitor is an electrical component that can store electrical energy, in other words it has a specific electrical storage capacity. A Capacitor often has a polarity and must be installed properly. The polarity is generally indicated by a stripe at one end of the part.

Circuit Breaker—– A Circuit Breaker is a device that is designed to open up or “throw” itself, when the current through it exceeds it’s designed limit. Unlike a fuse, a circuit breaker can be reset when it throws. FYI- many people do not realize that, if you have as circuit breaker that has kicked our regularly, it probably is no longer functioning at the original current level. It is a electro-mechanical device, and after repeatedly kicking out, it will often suffer from mechanical stress, and not be able to hold at the original designed current.

DC——— DC is the designator for “Direct Current“. Direct current flow constantly in one direction, commonly from the Positive lead to the Negative lead of a battery for instance.

Diode—– A Diode is an electrical component that allows current flow in one direction and impedes current flow in the opposite direction. The ends are designated as the Cathode and the Anode. The Cathode is usually marked by a stripe at the cathode end, and it allows current flow is from the cathode to the anode.

f———– The lowercase letter “f” is a designator for the value of a capacitor called “Farad“. Ex: 1uf mean 1 micro-farad.

Fuse—— A fuse is a device that is designed to destroy itself or “blow” when the current that passes through it, exceeds it’s designed current limit. It is a safety device used to protect electrical devices under adverse conditions. When replacing a fuse, always use one with the same current and voltage rating.

GFCB—– A GFCB or Ground Fault Circuit Breaker is designed, similar to a regular circuit breaker, to “throw” itself off when the current through it exceeds its designed current limit. Additionally, a GFCB will throw itself if even a small amount of current is detected between the “Hot” leads and the ground lead of the circuit breaker.These specialty circuit breakers are required in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. These places are sites where the user of an appliance could possibly be physically touching ground through plumbing, metal or concrete floors, etc, and using an appliance that is not insulated properly. They are life-savers.

I———— The uppercase character “I” is the designator for electrical current or the Ampere, or Amp. Current can be calculated by using the formula: I=V/R, or Current equals the voltage divided by the resistance.

K———– The uppercase letter “K” is a designator for Kilo” or numerically 1000 would be one Kilo-unit. Ex: 1-KW means one Kilo-Watt.

m———- The lowercase letter “m” is a designator for “milli” or numerically 0.001 would be one milli-unit. Ex: 1-mW means one milli-Watt.

M———- The uppercase letter “M” is a designator for “Mega”, or numerically 1,000,000 would be one Mega-unit. Ex: 1MW means 1 Mega-Watt.

n———- The lowercase letter “n” is a designator for “nano, or numerically 0.000000001 would be one nano-unit. Ex: 1-nf means 1 nano-farad

ohm——- The word ohm is the a value of resistance to current flow.The resistance can be calculated using the formula: R=V/I, or Resistance equals Voltage divided by current.

p———– The lowercase letter “p” is a designator for “pico“, or numerically 0.000000000001 would be one pico-unit. Ex: 1-pf means 1 pico-farad.

resistor—- A resistor is a passive component used in electrical circuits to provide resistance to current flow.

resistor color codes: Resistors sometimes are round with a lead coming gout of each end, and often they have colored stripes around them. The color codes are as follows;

  • 1 = Black
  • 2 = Brown
  • 3 = Red
  • 4 = Orange
  • 5 =Yellow
  • 6 = Green
  • 7 = Blue
  • 8 = Violet
  • 9 = Gray
  • 0 = White
  • Gold – is an indicator of a 1% tolerance on the value.
  • Silver – is an indicator of a 5% tolerance on the value.
  • No color – is an indicator of a 10% tolerance on the value.

u———- The lower case letter “u” is a designator for micro or numerically “0.000001” would be one micro-unit. Ex: 1uf means 1 micro-farad, a value for a capacitor.

V———- The “V” upper case “V” is the designator for an electrical unit of Voltage. Voltage can be calculate using the formula: V=I x R.

W——— The upper case letter “W” is a designator for Watt.

Watt—— A Watt is a measure of electrical power. DC Power can be calculated using the formula: W=V x I.

Wire Gauges—– Wires used in electrical circuits come in many sizes. The size of a wire is selected by the designer to handle the specific current that passes through it, with minimal resistance to the current. Standard wire sizes or gauges go from 0 to larger numbers. The larger the gauge number, the smaller the wire size.

The Problem is not Always Electrical

There could be other causes for your problem

This is a very important thing to consider when you have a blown Fuse or Kicked Breaker in your RV. Remember, as I mentioned already, that your RV is a complex home on wheels.

Many of the appliances in today’s RV operate using; AC-voltage, DC-voltage, and Propane Fuel either individually or in combinations..

Often, even when in the Propane Fueled mode, the appliance will require DC-voltage for the Logic circuits.

And many appliances have sensors on their mechanical parts that will kick a Breaker or blow a Fuse, rather than allow the appliance to continue running in an unsafe mode.

FUSE RATINGS for replacing blown Fuses

In case you do not know this, standard Automotive Fuses are color-coded according to their Current rating, so what I have below is short list for your reference.

One note here though; If you have a blown fuse, replace it with the same rating blown fuse. NEVER use a higher rated fuse in place of a blown lower rating fuse.

There are so many things wrong with this, but there are 2 things at the top of the list that can happen; 1)- You can cause an electrical fire and destroy your RV, and 2)- You can cause the equipment fed by that fuse to be permanently damaged. Always remember, the fuse was designed for a normal operational load. And if it blew, something has changed.

COLOR AMP Rating

BLACK 1

GRAY 2

VIOLET 3

PINK 4

GOLD 5

BROWN 7.5

RED 10

BLUE 15

YELLOW 20

CLEAR 25

GREEN 30

How to Get Rid of RV Toilet Smell in Three Easy Steps

In just three simple steps, you can rid your motor home or camper of toilet smell forever.

It happens to everybody who owns a travel unit sooner or later. One day, you step into your RV and the smell from the toilet almost knocks you out. You have flushed regularly and even have put special cleaners into the bowl and tank, but the stench persists and permeates your entire motor home or camper.

You do not have to tolerate this problem. In fact, I can show you a way to eliminate it quickly and forever. If you want to do that, read on!

In just three simple steps, you can rid your motor home or camper of toilet smell forever.

It happens to everybody who owns a travel unit sooner or later. One day, you step into your RV and the smell from the toilet almost knocks you out. You have flushed regularly and even have put special cleaners into the bowl and tank, but the stench persists and permeates your entire motor home or camper.

You do not have to tolerate this problem. In fact, I can show you a way to eliminate it quickly and forever. If you want to do that, read on!

Keep your RV toilet smelling good!
Keep your RV toilet smelling good! | Source

How Can I Get Rid of That RV Sewer Odor?

Believe it or not, you can get rid of RV sewer tank odor quickly and forever by following the directions in this guide.

As soon as you step into any trailer, camper or motor home, you can tell whether there are problems because there is an easily recognizable and somewhat sickening smell that emanates throughout the unit.

It is coming from your toilet, and in order to get rid of the stench you need to find the problem and fix it.

My article, “How to Clean and Sanitize Your RV’s Black Water Holding Tank” will give you specific directions about cleaning your sewer tank, but you need to do some other things, too.

Why Does My RV Toilet Smell?

Your toilet smells for one of four reasons:

  1. Your sewer tank is damaged.
  2. Your toilet is leaking.
  3. It has not been thoroughly cleaned for some time.
  4. You have created a clog.

In most cases, you can correct problems 3 and 4, but for 1 and 2 you will need a professional repair job, unless you are extremely handy and are willing to deal with a messy situation.

Eliminate bathroom smells now.
Eliminate bathroom smells now. | Source

If You Know How RV Toilet Systems Work, You Can Avoid Problems

No matter the cause, you need to understand how RV toilet systems work.

  • To function properly, waste matter must be mixed with enough fluid to keep it from drying out. These liquids come from urine, bathroom showers, and/or sink water. When the sewer tank is kept closed, the incoming water keeps the waste from drying out. But if you keep the line open, the liquids leave and most of the solids remain and eventually the system stops working.
  • The problem is made worse if you use regular household toilet paper because it does not biodegrade. Even if you use RV grade toilet paper, too much of it will add to the problem.
  • Furthermore, whatever is in the tank, clogged or not, must be sealed. The flapper inside of the toilet is what takes care of this job.
  • If the flapper breaks or becomes blocked so that it does not close all the way, the odor from the black water tank enters the RV and makes it smell.
  • If there are no clogs or leaks, but there still is a smell, the toilet itself is dirty. Despite the fact that RV toilets are made of heavy plastic, waste and dirt leavings still can cling to them, dry up, and smell.

So, unless you have a problem that requires a major repair, the problems I just mentioned are easy to fix.

Step 1: Get Rid of the Clog

The lengths you must go to do a corrective clean out will depend on the severity of the problem. The worst case scenario happens when you try to empty the reservoir and nothing comes out. The fix for is not pretty, but it is the only way you can get rid of the smell.

The article I linked to above will tell you how to deep clean your system so that it starts working again and eliminates the odor.

You can hire someone to do this job for you, but it is not difficult and will cost nothing if you do it yourself.

Step 2: Scour, Sanitize, and Sweeten the Tank

  1. Once everything is moving again, you need to clean and scour the tank itself because all of that dry material is still clinging to its sides. Therefore, your toilet will still smell. If you read the article I have linked to above, it will tell you how to do this job, also.
  2. After you have done this, sweeten the tank with some Pine Sol or Spic and Span and a bit of water. Spic n Span is the better choice of the two because it will help to keep the inside of the tank scoured and free of the smelly debris that sticks to the tank’s sides.

If you maintain and use the tank properly after doing this, and use the correct enzyme chemical, such as the one I show here, in it on a daily basis, you should only have to do a deep clean like this a few times each year.

We use this product regularly, and it does a great job of turning waste into liquid and keeping sludge from forming on the sides of the tank.

5 Star Hotel on Wheels- Luxury RVs

The luxury RVs are the ones which have all the services readily available with spot on build quality.
Almaden RV provides with the latest insights on the Luxury RVsIf you love traveling, especially on the open road, then you probably appreciate a nice motorhome. The luxury of having your own vehicle with a bathroom, a kitchen, and all the other amenities that your house has makes adventuring in the wilds that much more enjoyable. Having space to lie down and legroom to stretch is a design feature that most RV drivers take for granted; the downtrodden students in their tiny, over-crowded Toyota with a 4-person tent packed into the trunk are likely at least a little envious.
countrycoastThe Luxury RVs are in full trend and can be customized as per the choice

Recent years have seen a rise of bus-converted luxury motorhomes, transformations of buses into state-of-the-art mansions on wheels. While it’s true that most of the added features of these pristine machines certainly aren’t necessary, they’re definitely enviable. If you’re lucky enough to have the cash to burn and don’t want to leave your luxuries at home while enjoying a road trip, why not indulge in some extravagant motorhome comforts? And who wouldn’t want to roadtrip with friends in an RV that looks like a top-of-the-line nightclub? We might typically equate yachts and limousines with seriously high-class travel,  but the following ten most expensive motorhomes on the market prove that the humble roadster can rival any of the most indulgent grown up toys in terms of extravagance and luxury.

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Mercedes’ autonomous Future Bus just drove through Amsterdam

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Autonomy isn’t just for cars; Mercedes-Benz has created a self-driving city bus, too.

Mercedes-Benz revealed its latest creation on Monday morning. Called the Future Bus, it’s the first city bus that can drive autonomously.

Mercedes did more than just unveil the futuristic vehicle. It also sent it on a 12-mile route through the streets of Amsterdam.

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Bus interior

The bus uses Mercedes’ latest autonomous driving system called CityPilot. Like HighwayPilot, which allows the company’s semi trucks to drive more safely and efficiently down freeways, CityPilot enables buses to drive partially autonomously in specially marked bus lanes up to 43 mph. All of this is achieved with a human driver onboard to monitor for safety.

Future Bus can do more than just drive in special lanes. It can also arrive at bus stops, pass through tunnels, communicate with traffic signals, and brake for obstacles and pedestrians.

Unlike HighwayPilot, which Mercedes aims to send into production vehicles by 2020, the German automaker doesn’t intend to send Future Bus’ CityPilot system into production in its complete form. Instead, it will implement portions of the system — like driving to and away from bus stops — into its city buses. Additionally, Mercedes wants to use semi-autonomous tech to improve the efficiency of its zero-emissions powertrains.

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Future Bus does more than demo some production-intended technology; it also shows how Mercedes envisions a more comfortable, tech-heavy public transit of the future.

Specifically, in the “lounge” portion of the bus, riders can wirelessly charge their smartphones through inductive charging pads as well as check information on large displays.

There’s no word as to whether future Mercedes trucks will include such distinctive exterior styling to match the underlying tech. But here’s to hoping.

RV Restoring and Repair

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Removing The Deteriorated Material

We removed the ceiling assembly and hold down bracket from the Coleman rooftop AC unit so we could better access the roof and ceiling damage. One of the bolts securing the rooftop AC to the hold-down bracket was loose and this may have been the cause of the leaking roof.

But the damage was so bad it was difficult to determine exactly where the leak originated on the roof.This camping unit, like many made today, relied on Styrofoam panels for much of the roof and walls, with this particular model using wood panels glued to the Styrofoam to give structural support.

We decided to add 4 pieces of angle iron as rafters to add strength to the 4x¾” boards we replaced in the ceiling. This added support would keep the AC unit from bouncing and recreating the roof leaks.

We also removed the stove and sink from the cabinet, as well as the cabinet itself. The floor would be replaced by new plywood and we needed to get to the rotten corner wood supports behind the cabinet.

The same was done in the bath next to the stove as it needed new corner wood replaced also. All wiring over the stove was detached until after the job was completed. This is recommended for all electrical wiring you may encounter during the repair process.

Removing and Replacing Damaged RV Interior

With the AC ceiling assembly and hold-down bracket removed, the damaged ceiling is ready to be removed and replaced.
With the AC ceiling assembly and hold-down bracket removed, the damaged ceiling is ready to be removed and replaced.
Replacing cabinets after rear wall and support braces were repaired.
Replacing cabinets after rear wall and support braces were repaired.
Although the floor was not completely ruined, an extra layer of plywood was added to ensure a solid floor.
Although the floor was not completely ruined, an extra layer of plywood was added to ensure a solid floor.

Removing and Replacing Damaged RV Walls and Ceilings

With the AC and stove/sink cabinet removed, we started out by replacing the wooden corner braces which the luan/Styrofoam panels were attached for strength and stability.

The thin paneling was discarded and replaced with new ¼” luan which may be stained or painted. The liberal use of Liquid Nail, or a similar adhesive, is highly recommended for use while repairing these RV’s and travel trailers.

With the AC unit removed, the four pieces of angled steel were inserted into the ceiling and attached to the replacement ¾ x 4” ceiling joists and covered with new luan paneling.

This thin plywood is great for bending into the correct shape which many RVs use for the interior ceilings and walls. It paints or stains great too.

Often thin sheets of paneling may be turned backwards to the wood side to substitute for luan and are occasionally offered at clearance prices at Home Depot or Lowe’s building supply stores.

We decided to add an extra 3/8” layer of plywood to the floor area for added strength purposes, even though the floor was still in useable condition.

Often, a water damaged floor will continue to deteriorate if it suddenly gets traffic on the surface and will eventually give problems if not recovered or reinforced properly.

1958 Franklin Travel Trailer

Camping in the Finger Lakes NY for Independence Day 2016

1958 Franklin Trailer by Almaden RV

New Upholstery and Electrical throughout

The 1958 Franklin Trailer is upgraded to all new upholstery and electrical connections, we are proud to witness a great RV restored to all the latest techs.

 

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Wife made all new curtains

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Ice Box complete with an ice pick (all original)

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Sink has a hand pump faucet as well as a regular faucet

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RV Repair and Motorhome Service

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Older RV’s-Classics and Bargains

Many of us cannot afford those fancy motorhomes and luxurious travel trailers even though we do love to visit America’s great state and national parks. Fortunately for us DIY types, there are many used or classic travel trailers and other type campers for sale which merely need a little fixing up and modernizing to make them comfortable and safe for our families to enjoy.

The following RV repair article describes the renovation of an 86 Nissan mounted camper body which had only been used for a couple of camping trips. The engine and interior of the truck itself was in great shape as it only had 38,000 miles on the odometer. The camper body itself, however, was in very bad condition due to a bad roof leak which caused much deterioration to the interior.

As you can see by the photos, the ceiling and walls, as well as the sink and stove area, were all badly damaged. The structural integrity of the camper walls and ceiling were at risk also, as the wood used for support was badly rotted and would have to be replaced to restore stability to the RV itself. Since the RV was only $400, it was well worth repairing.

86 Nissan Nicky Camper

The roof seams were bad and would first  have to be resealed and coated to prevent even  further interior damage before beginning the repairs.
The roof seams were bad and would first have to be resealed and coated to prevent even further interior damage before beginning the repairs.
Wood corner supports are deteriorated on the rear of the camper.  This is directly behind the stove and sink area.
Wood corner supports are deteriorated on the rear of the camper. This is directly behind the stove and sink area.

Getting A Material List Together

We started off by giving the little unit a thorough examination in order make our material list. The secret to doing a quick and reliable repair job on any travel trailer or motorhome is to plan ahead and save trips to the hardware store.

This is easier than one might think as, unlike remodeling a home, the materials needed are usually in small amounts.

This goes for wood paneling screws, nails, glue, or just about anything else required in most RV interior repair jobs. For plumbing or RV electrical repairs, the same goes for them too. Many older RVs may be updated by using the newer flex plumbing to replace old copper or PVC water lines.

A new breaker box is also suggested for the very old travel trailers as microwave ovens, and other new appliances, may require more amps than the old RV electrical breaker panels were designed for.

RV refrigerators may be replaced by new efficient 110 volt models for a great savings if the old 3-way evaporation fridge is too far gone. Think ahead and be prepared. This will save you time and money if you properly plan your material list beforehand.
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RVing with Kids – Almaden RV

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People are always asking me, “What about kids?” My answer is, I suggest you keep them.

Of course, you probably want a more serious answer, so I’ll get on with it. In the picture below these kids look happy and they look typical of the happy, bubbly kids I’ve seen in most RV parks.

In my experience, I find that kids adjust well to life on the road. They experience so much more of life and of the real world living in an RV than they do in a classroom or living in a typical neighborhood.

It’s a different life for the kids, so you need to discuss it with them. They will experience a lot more of the world, but they won’t have as much time with their current friends. With the Internet, Skype, Facebook, etc., they can stay in touch with these friends and have so many interesting adventures to share with them. Some kids even start their own blog so their friends can keep up with them.

I’ve found that kids meet a lot of new friends in the campgrounds and they become a lot more outgoing. They may only be with the new friends for a few weeks or a few months before one of the families leaves the campground. Many times the kids stay in touch and the families arrange to meet up several times a year at different work-camp jobs or at different places.

I know of a family with two teenage daughters who spent two years sailing around the world and the teenagers loved it. They were a lot more isolated than being in an RV and it didn’t bother them at all. In fact, they said it was the greatest experience of their lives.

Every parent that I have talked to who is living in their RV with kids say that the kids love it. The problem with this observation is that I don’t think it’s necessarily a representative sample. The parents of kids who found that their kids didn’t like the lifestyle are probably not on the road, so I didn’t get to meet them.

If you or your children are unsure about whether they would like it, you should all commit to giving it a one year-trial. A few weeks or even a few months is not long enough to really adjust and know for sure if everyone would be happy with the lifestyle. You can get in touch with us whenever you want to have a quote on RV Repair and RV service at the  ost reasonable rates in San Jose, CA 95116.

Agree that after one year you will all sit down and discuss the whole situation and then decide to continue or not. In fact, I recommend that even if you don’t have kids, sit down with your spouse every year and decide if you’re both really enjoying the adventure and want to continue. I know one woman who was reluctant to take off on the adventure, but agreed to do it for one year because her husband wanted to so much. After the year, she was more enthusiastic about continuing than he was.

I’ve met a lot of families who are traveling with kids and they all seem very happy with the arrangement — both the parents and the kids. Of course, if they weren’t happy, they wouldn’t be doing it.

When traveling with kids, you will have to do home schooling, but in my opinion, that’s so much better than subjecting kids to what goes on in traditional public schools.

(Personal Note: I was talking to my six-year-old cousin the other day. She is being home schooled and she is in the second grade. I asked her how long it took her to do her homework every day and she said, “It normally takes me about two hours, but sometimes it takes longer if I spend too much time looking out the window.”

I told her, “I know how you feel. Some days I get a lot accomplished and some days I must be spending too much time looking out the window because it takes me longer to get things done.” At the age of six she has already figured out what it took me years to learn — that is, if you want to get something done, don’t spend too much time looking out the window. Of course, when you’re living in an RV, many times there’s so much to see when you look out the window that it’s hard to resist.

It’s important that each child has his own space — In addition to having his own bed, it’s important for each child to have a special place to store personal stuff. Having one’s own place is just as important as having one’s own room at home. Some families find that it works great for each kid to have a cloth bag (like a laundry bag) or two to store their stuff in. Personal space is important. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does need to be entirely the child’s.

Stop at historical markers. Kids will remember history more when they are standing at or near the site where something happened. Also, it’s a good chance for kids to get out and stretch their legs. When traveling, don’t be in too big of a hurry to get to the next destination. Scheduling stops for an hour or so at playgrounds is a great way to let kids to play with other kids and maybe even have a picnic while you’re there.

Remember, it’s not all about getting to the next campsite. Do a lot of hiking — at the campsites and at places along the way. It’s great exercise (for you and for the kids) and it’s a way for the kids to learn about nature.

If you’re traveling with teenagers, it may be a little more difficult to make them happy about leaving their friends back home. Some things that help are to involve the older kids in making the plans on where to go next. Maybe even have them go online and make reservations and map out routes and where to stop along the way.

Another thing that older kids enjoy from time to time is to have one or two of their friends go along for a week or so. If there’s not room in the RV, pitch a tent next to the RV. Most campsites allow one tent per site. This gives kids space and you some peace and quite. And of course, to keep older kids happy, you should camp where there is Internet access.

Bottom line: Taking children out of the public school system and letting them experience the world through the eyes of full-time RVing is one of the best things you could do for them. Every kid I’ve met while traveling seems to love their lifestyle. Just ask them where they’ve been or where they’re going next and watch their eyes light up and you will see how excited and happy they are.
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RV Fuel Choices

RV fuel choices by Almaden RV to get the best fuel economy
Most of us “gearheads” grew up with Regular Leaded and Premium gasoline. A product called tetraethyl lead (THL) was added to reduce engine knocks and in 1972 Unleaded gasoline was introduced. The following year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanded the immediate phase-out of THL and by early 1980s Regular Leaded Gasoline was gone.Unleaded gasoline blended with ethanol started to become popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a replacement for other additives such as benzene octane boosters. In early 2000 Ethanol increased in popularity due to skyrocketing oil prices and a desire to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Ethanol is nothing new; Henry Ford built the first Model Ts in 1908 to run on ethanol/alcohol and Standard Oil began blending it as early as 1920 to boost octane and reduce engine knock. Prohibition put a stop to the Ethanol production, for a while. In 1940, the US Army built the first Ethanol plant in Omaha, Nebraska, to supply blended fuel for the military.

Ethanol for RVs: Just the Facts

You will find debates and arguments galore regarding the pros and cons of ethanol in just about any industry, especially in the RV industry. The pro side touts renewable fuel source, environmentally friendly, and less dependence upon foreign oil and more. The opposed side claims less mpg, harmful to engine components, the high cost of production and more as well. This article is not going to weigh in on either side, rather…

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

 

  • Over 95% of all gasoline sold has some type of Ethanol blend
  • 12 States and the District of Columbia do not require labeling on the pump
  • Many fueling stations do not carry Regular Unleaded at all

 

Therefore, we need to be educated about our options and what our engine manufacturers recommend as well. The Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) was enacted in 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007. This Act is the governing body that sets specific amounts of Ethanol to be produced and blended.

Best Spring Destinations For You

Unique Spring Destinations for the RV lovers this break
For many RVers, there’s nothing better than soaking your cares away in a hot mineral bath after a bumpy day on the road. If your travels take you to Interstate 25 in New Mexico, you’re near one of the best hot springs destinations for RVers in the western United States. Just point your rig to the hot springs Mecca of Truth or Consequences for a relaxing respite from the road.

Find Your Bliss in T-or-C

Located along the banks of the Rio Grande, each year the town’s rustic desert scenery draws thousands of visitors lured by the promises of better health. Known for it’s odor-free, mineral-rich water with high levels of chloride, a naturally occurring germ killer that sterilizes the skin and ensures the purity of the water, Truth or Consequences makes for a fun getaway or overnight stop.

Word about this unusual spot got out as early as 1598 when Spanish settlers discovered steam rising from the area’s waters. Road-weary travelers quickly learned how hot mineral springs could care for wounds and ease ailments.

It wasn’t until 1949 when the town’s abundant resource gained national fame after citizens renamed it from “Hot Springs” to “Truth or Consequences” after winning a publicity stunt contest on the popular NBC radio show.

The show is now history but today Truth or Consequences (known as “T-or-C” by New Mexicans) is more popular than ever.

Most visitors are drawn by the freeflowing hot mineral waters peculating beneath city streets, but another attraction that’s blossomed is the lively artist community. Attracted to the town’s affordable cost of living and casual environment, artists of every type have flocked to T-or-C to pursue their creative passions.

In response to the town’s nurturing environment, many health care practitioners have followed suit and opened holistic health clinics offering massage, reflexology, mud wraps, reiki, and more. In addition, a variety of restaurants and lodging options are always ready to cater to visitors needs.

New Mexicans have tried to keep T-or-C a “best kept secret” for years, but word about this quirky destination leaked out to the rest of the world when Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic company became the first anchor tenant of Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport. Spaceport America offers tours that include a “G-Shock simulator” thrill ride and tours of the operations center.

Why Truth or Consequences is the Best Hot Springs Destination for RVers

As RVers we’re lucky: T-or-C has three highly-rated RV parks in town. R.J. RV Park and Cielo Vista RV Park are two popular spots with nightly rates and full-hookups. However if you want to soak, you’ll need to book an hour at a time at any of the eight different hot mineral bath resorts that accept walk-in visits. The town is quite small so you can walk to many of the baths.

The only RV park with hot mineral baths for overnight guests is Riverbend Hot Springs. Not only can you enjoy access to the resort’s fourteen different mineral pools, but you’ll revel in the tranquil riverfront scenery while doing so.

Riverbend is the one T-or-C destination with public and private hot springs pools overlooking the Rio Grande. Seven deluxe private pools (which can be reserved) and seven common pools with all-day access enable you to soak between 8 am and 10 pm, seven days a week. Each pool is hand-built with a distinctly different natural setting found nowhere else in town. Before you plan such a trip make sure your RV is in a top condition to travel and can withstand any strenuous journey, you can always come to us and get a free quote for any RV service and RV repair.

Just three back-in RV spots are offered at Riverbend, so book your stay early. You’ll find full-hookups with 50-amp service for almost any-sized RV.

No matter where you park your rig in Truth or Consequences, you’ll have a hard time leaving one of the best hot springs destinations for RVers in the U.S. When it’s finally time to go, you’ll be relaxed and refreshed when you hit the road.