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Winterize Your Rig with RV Antifreeze Concentrate

October 31, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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



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 →



The SEWER SUPPORT You Always Wanted

November 1, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

On our LongLongHoneymoon.com website, we often inform RV camping newcomers about products that service the RV lifestyle. Take the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Support (http://goo.gl/T7j1rg), for example. This is one of those products that pretty much every RV owner acquires, sooner or later. But when you buy your first RV, you may have no idea these things exist. No one grows up fantasizing about someday buying a really nice sewer hose support. In fact, many newbies might reasonably ask, “What the heck is a sewer hose support and why on earth do I want one?” With a sewer hose support, gravity works WITH you to drain your tanks. (Click the pic to get your own.) Here’s the deal. When you empty your RV water tanks, you really want ALL of their contents to flow freely through your sewer hose into the dump station abyss. The less time spent actually handling the sewer hose, the better. (That’s my own personal policy, anyway.) Yet sometimes if the hose is lying flat on the ground, its contents do not completely drain. The Sidewinder model even includes a carrying handle. (Click the pic to get your own.) A sewer support like the Sidewinder elevates the hose from the ground, allowing gravity to work with you instead of against you. When you open the drain valve on your RV, water rushes in a downward direction from your RV along the support before finally emptying into the ground. By the way, my policy is to always empty the black water first. Once the black water has completely... Read more



Is this the BEST RV SHOWER?

July 31, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

RV camping is all about water management. At the same time, we all love hot showers with good water pressure. That’s why we own an Oxygenics showerhead (http://goo.gl/v120EW). It delivers the best RV shower we’ve found. Life without fresh water quickly becomes intolerable. If you are camping at a campground with water and sewer hookups, then your needs are met. But if you are boondocking or dry camping – camping without any water hookup, which my wife and I do often – you are reliant on a limited fixed supply. It’s critical that you use water wisely. Click the pic for more info. No matter what kind of RV you own, you probably have a fresh water tank. That tank contains a limited supply of water that you use for drinking, cooking, washing, showering, and flushing. Our freshwater tank holds 54 gallons of water. Until a person goes RV camping, they have no idea how much water they use on a daily basis. In the United States, the average water usage per person (amongst non-camping persons) is 80-100 gallons per day. Think about that for a moment. Let me repeat: we have a 54 gallon fresh water tank in our Airstream. The average daily usage for two people is 160-200 gallons. If we used water in the same way non-camping people do, our freshwater tank would be dry by noon every day! We’d constantly be running out of water, and life would be a pain in the buttocks area. But we don’t, and it isn’t. Here’s why. Over the years, we’ve... Read more



Vintage Trailer Restoration Project Captured on Video

October 10, 2011 by Mark Polk · 47 Comments 

  Earlier this year video producer Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, decided to produce an online RV series, titled “Mark’s RV Garage.”  Polk explained the goal of the show was to help educate and entertain RV consumers and RV enthusiasts. When considering a feature segment for the new RV series Polk decided to tackle a vintage trailer restoration project. Little did he know at the time the scope the restoration project would entail.  Unforeseen damage, below the surface of the exterior metal, would result in dismantling the project trailer down to the bare frame and rebuilding it from the ground up. Adding to the complexity of an already daunting challenge Polk’s plans included upgrading the old trailer with modern day RV equipment and amenities. As season one of the new RV series progressed each step of the vintage restoration project was captured along the way. What initially began as a 10 episode season evolved into 17 episodes, culminating in the season finale where the finished product was revealed to viewers for the first time. When asked to recap season one of “Mark’s RV Garage” Polk responded, “I think anybody who likes RVs, or is thinking an RV might be in their future would not only enjoy watching the vintage restoration project unfold, but could learn a great deal from the series too. To view season one episodes of Mark’s RV Garage visit this You Tube link Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk RV Education 101 RV Consumer  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #15 RV Intenet Show Released

August 22, 2011 by Mark Polk · 7 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #15 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on  You Tube            * Polk installs the exterior metal and windows in the vintage trailer restoration project.  * Watch the installation of a Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System with WiSight technology  * Find out what Polk considers to be RV Maintenance Mishaps and see what you can do to avoid them.  *All of this and more on this episode of “Mark’s RV Garage”  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Episode # 16 will be available for viewing on 05 September 2011. Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #14 RV Internet Show Released

August 9, 2011 by Mark Polk · 30 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #14 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on  You Tube          On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage: * Mark installs a new RV 500 tankless water heater and tests the electrical system on the vintage trailer restoration project.  * Discover a product that will keep your motorhome wheels going straight even if there is a blowout.  * Get some preventive maintenance tips on how to check the air pressure in your tires.  * All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage.  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Episode # 15 will be available for viewing on 22 August 2011. Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #13 RV Internet Show Released

July 25, 2011 by Mark Polk · 29 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #13 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube            On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage: * Mark installs a new Dometcic refrigerator, Hamilton Beach Microwave and finishes wiring the vintage trailer with some GFCI outlets.  * Discover how to keep your RV battery topped off with a Sunforce solar battery charger.  * Get some preventive maintenance tips on how to increase the life of your tow vehicle or motorhome engine.  * All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage.  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Episode # 14 will be available for viewing on 08 August 2011. Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #12 RV Internet Show Released

July 12, 2011 by Mark Polk · 11 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #12 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube             On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:  * Mark installs a Wingard TV Antenna, a 13,500 btu roof AC unit by ASA Electronics, Maxx Air II vent covers, a Jensen stereo system and new LP gas lines on the vintage Yellowstone restoration project.   * See what the Cape Hatteras KOA at the North Carolina Outer Banks has to offer in the way of amenities and local attractions.  * All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage.  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Episode # 13 will be available for viewing on 25 July 2011. Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



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