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Winterize Your Rig with RV Antifreeze Concentrate

October 31, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminIf you choose to winterize your rig, you’ll need antifreeze. The #1 bestselling RV antifreeze concentrate is Camco’s aptly named RV Antifreeze Concentrate (http://goo.gl/2TVwu1). This concentrate works like Mighty Mouse, delivering all the strength of regular antifreeze but with only one third of the usual weight. As Yoda once said, "CONCENTRATE!" (Click the pic for more info.) Subfreezing winter temperatures put your RV pipes at risk. Since water expands as it freezes, pipes can burst and cause extensive, expensive damage to your RV. So what’s the solution? As Jedi Master Yoda once said to Luke Skywalker: “Concentrate!” (Who knew that Yoda winterized his RV?) Antifreeze works by lowering the freezing temperature of water below its normal 32˚F so that the water won’t freeze and thus won’t expand, keeping your plumbing safe from ice. Don’t fret if your antifreeze appears slushy when it is cold; a little slush is normal. Camco’s RV Antifreeze Concentrate is typically sold in a 2-pack of bottles. The bottles are... Read more



Maintaining Your RV Water Heater, Part 2

October 30, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Rinsing the inside of your RV water heater clean with a rinse wand (http://goo.gl/XOt7QJ) is the first step towards maintaining it. The next step is to install a fresh ALUMINUM ANODE ROD (http://goo.gl/FsJZtO) into the unit. This begs another question: what the heck is an aluminum anode rod? Replacing your ALUMINUM ANODE ROD will help extend the life of your RV water heater. (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Anode rods are designed to prevent the harmful buildup of corrosion inside your water heater. They work by attracting the corrosive elements themselves. Instead of attacking the interior of your valuable appliance, corrosive elements are attracted to the rod. The enemy of your water heater (not to mention just about every other piece of metal you own) is corrosion. It’s harmful corrosion that will lead to the unit’s untimely death. If your unit’s anode rod is working, it will take the brunt of the damage. Hence these rods are intended to be replaced on a regular basis. Many RV owners choose to replace the rods when winterizing their RVs. When most of us hear someone talking about an A-rod, we think of baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez. (Sadly, Rodriguez is currently out of action due to a groin injury. He also has some aches and pains from playing baseball.) This is a very different A-rod, and it’s one we all should be concerned about. Replacing an water heater costs hundreds of dollars. A little preventative maintenance can help extend the life of your... Read more



Protect Your Valuable Electronics with an RV Surge Protector

October 22, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Traveling from location to location, RV electrical systems are especially vulnerable to damage. That’s why owning an RV surge protector like the Technology Research Surge Guard makes sense. Naturally, RV surge protectors are available in 30 Amp (http://goo.gl/UkubwF) and 50 amp (http://goo.gl/hmBvXk) flavors. A surge protector is an investment in peace of mind for the RV owner. The threat at hand pertains to voltage. Just what the heck is voltage, and why should we care about it? You might think of voltage as being similar to water pressure. We’ve all experienced differences in water pressure. When water pressure is too high, pipe fittings may burst and leak. When it’s too low, you get a lousy shower (amongst other problems). So you might think of voltage as being like electricity pressure. There is an ideal voltage. The standard voltage in the United States is 120 volts. If everything was perfect, voltage would remain at this constant figure. However, in the real world, voltage tends to vary. Even during normal conditions, it might drop down to 110 volts, or spike up to 126 volts. But the code standard is 120 volts. PROTECT YOUR RV with a surge protector. Here's the Big Boy 50 Amp unit. (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Most electrical appliances are designed to handle small variances in voltage, say from 105 volts on the low end up to 130 volts on the high end. 125 volts won’t kill your iPad. 115 volts won’t tank your A/C. But problems happen when... Read more



Keep Your RV Plumbing Free of Hair & Debris – for Cheap!

June 5, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you want to keep hair and other unwanted substances out of your RV plumbing system, pick up some sink strainers (http://goo.gl/Zkg5Ik). These things are cheap and work a treat. Bright colors help the strainers stand out in the sink. (Click the pic to get your own.) Quite simply, the best way to keep your RV plumbing system in good shape is to only put the right things in it. When hair gets through the shower drain into the pipes, it can eventually plug up the works. This creates a mess, and a problem for you to fix. So it’s best to simply prevent the problem from ever happening in the first place. The strainers are available in chrome and multicolored options. The idea is that these strainers are catch-all’s that trap junk while allowing the waste water to flow freely. The bright colors are intended to help prevent the strainers from getting lost in the sink. I like the chrome look as well, but be advised that it is “chromed plastic” and the finish will eventually wear off. The strainers fit one way and can be used in home kitchens and boats as well as RVs. So you might just want to pick up a 10-pack so that all of your drains are covered. This is a simple product that many RV owners are praising. Special thanks to Vinnie Lamica of Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair for bringing this product to our attention.  Read More →



VIDEO: Greasing Your Trailer’s Wheel Bearings

May 14, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One of the most vital regular trailer maintenance jobs involves wheel bearings. And yes, if you prefer you can buy your own wheel bearing kit (http://goo.gl/F9gGon) and do-it-yourself. If your bearings just need grease instead of replacing, get some Royal Purple bearing grease (http://goo.gl/kbi7sX). Own a trailer? As you prep your rig for summer travel, don’t forget this crucial task. Wheel bearings are a key component of the trailer axle. They are lubricated with grease. It’s absolutely critical that wheel bearings on an Airstream or other travel trailer are inspected and receive fresh grease every 10,000 miles or so. Yes, you can buy a wheel bearing kit and do this job yourself. (Click the pic for more info.) The cost of this maintenance is a couple hours of labor, which usually is around $200-250. No one enjoys shelling out cash for seemingly mundane maintenance items, but it simply must be done. What’s the downside risk to not doing this maintenance? Read more  Read More →



REVIEW: Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

April 15, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Today we’re taking a look at Chamberlain’s Leather Milk (http://goo.gl/2neqnh), a unique leather cleaning and conditioning product that’s a perennial bestseller. If you have leather seats or other leather products in your RV, it’s worth a look. This Chamberlain’s product is touted as “Leather Care Liniment No. 1.” It’s interesting that the company is labeling this product a liniment, since that sounds like something with medicinal value. Is this a magic leather elixir? Indeed, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk promises to do it all. It’s a combination of natural conditioners plus a gentle cleaner. So unlike Lexol, which offers separate cleaning and conditioning products, with Chamberlain’s you can let one product do the work. The gentle nature of the cleaning means the “milk” may be used as often as desired to clean and refresh leather items. It also means that for extra heavy cleaning jobs, you’ll likely want a more robust cleaner. My personal interest is in keeping our tow vehicle SEEMORE’s leather seats well conditioned and looking their best. But Chamberlain’s claims to be effective on all sorts of leather products, including bags, luggage, purses, shoes, boots, saddle/tack, and leather apparel. Just don’t use it on soft leather and suede and you should be fine. Chamberlain’s includes a special applicator pad to ensure you get the best results from the conditioner. The first thing you may notice... Read more



REVIEW: “Cut Resistant” Kevlar Gloves

April 14, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

I keep lots of gloves in our RV – so many that my wife thinks I have a glove hoarding problem and/or fetish. But each pair really does serve a unique purpose. An example is these G&F Kevlar Cut Resistant Gloves (http://goo.gl/SKBvMY) which are designed to protect hands from cuts and abrasions. These gloves are made of cut resistant Kevlar. (Click the pic for more info.) At first glance, these gloves looks like ordinary cotton gardening gloves. But closer inspection reveals that they are made of cut resistant Kevlar. Note that they are cut resistant, not cut proof. If you really wanted to cut these gloves with a sharp knife, you could probably do so. But it would take some effort. Kevlar offers protection from the sort of small cuts that may happen when handling tools like knives and other blades. Some people use these gloves while working with wood. Others like to wear these gloves in the kitchen when using dangerous tools like a Japanese mandolin. If you want your Kevlar gloves to last, use them for cutting tasks ONLY. Use different gloves for work. (Click the pic for more info.) The goal here is to protect one’s hands from sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass, and other materials. These particular gloves are studded with PVC dots on both sides that provide excellent grip. Note that over time the PVC dots can get damaged as you handle heavy objects. I have worn these Kevlar gloves while working with a chainsaw and handling wood. I have no illusions that these... Read more



GUMMI PFLEGE: Save Your Rubber Seals

March 19, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Another fantastic “secret” garage product is Gummi Pflege (http://goo.gl/zULDO0). This is a wonderful German rubber care product that is especially popular amongst “in the know” BMW owners. But the protective properties of Gummi Pflege are good for rubber seals on all-American RVs, too. This is "the good stuff" for all things RUBBER - especially door seals. (Click the pic for more info.) Gummi Pflege works wonders on rubber trim and seals. BMW guys love to use it on weather seals that line the doors, hood, and truck of their cars. It helps to reduce squeaks, rattles, and potential water leaks. Any rubber surface benefits from an occasional dose of Gummi Pflege, but it’s especially good with seals. I doubt you’ll ever see this product in a typical retail store. Perhaps one reason that not many people know about Gummi Pflege is the weird name. In truth, the name “Gummi Pflege Stift” sounds quite exotic – until you realize it’s simply German for “Rubber Maintenance Stick!” The product comes in a “shoe polish” style applicator stick. Simply open the cap, tilt the stick, and rub the foam applicator onto the rubber surface. There’s minimal waste; just be careful when opening the container. Gummi Pflege protects rubber from the damaging effects of excessive cold, heat, and UV rays. Gummi Pflege is especially good at preserving the elasticity of rubber. It helps prevent the dreaded drying and cracking... Read more



“MUST HAVE” GARAGE GEAR: Battery Tender, Junior

March 15, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

As Spring approaches, we’re breaking vehicles out of winter storage. Most of us who RV camp own more than one vehicle, and they (and their batteries) may sit for a long time. Enter the Battery Tender (http://goo.gl/OfQefc). This ingenious little device helps take care of vehicle batteries when they are in storage or otherwise not being used. We use the Battery Tender Junior and are happy with it. For faster charges, consider the Battery Tender Plus. It works for all lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free batteries (AGM and gel cell). Our Battery Tender Junior does the job at a great price. (Click the pic for more info.) Nothing kills a battery faster than letting it drain down to zero with no recharge. Car batteries are designed to be used regularly. They should be cycled (drained and recharged) in order to get maximum longevity. That’s the idea behind the Battery Tender. The Battery Tender Plus offers more power than the Junior for faster charging. (Click the pic for more info.) A Battery Tender is more than a trickle charger. After charging the battery to full power, it switches into “float” or maintenance mode that actually drains and recharges battery power in the same fashion as using the battery with your vehicle. A Battery Tender thus maximizes battery life. Your battery is treated as if it was being used properly every day, instead of just sitting still in storage. If you have a vehicle battery in storage, you need a Battery Tender. I’ve... Read more



Winterizing Your RV Made Easy (or at least Easier!)

October 29, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

The first step to winterizing any RV is to completely drain the water system. A handy tool to help clear the water lines is the Camco RV Blowout Plug with Brass Quick Connect (http://goo.gl/Z8aD0H). This little solid piece of brass helps the removal of water from your RV water lines. Screw this blowout plug into your RV's city water inlet connection, and then attach an air compressor. Open your RV water lines, turn on the air, and voila! Water is pushed out of the lines. (Click the pic to get your own.) How does it work? You simply screw the plug into your RV’s city water inlet, open all drains and faucets, and then connect an air compressor (http://goo.gl/eS8iho) quick connect hose. The blowout plug leaves your hands free to open faucets and flush out water lines without assistance. It allows you to completely clear your water lines. Simply flip on the compressor and air will begin pushing excess water through your open lines. Sometimes small gadgets like the Camco RV blowout plug make a big difference when working on an RV. Click here to get your own.  Read More →



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