Thursday

Must-Have Camping and RV Gadgets



RVing is all about getting back to the basics - but just because that’s why we love it - doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the latest and greatest camping and RV gadgets. So if you’re going to step up your accessory game, here are our top 10 must-have gadgets:

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LifeStraw - If you happen to run out of water on a hike, this gadget is a lifesaver. Obviously, it’s not a good idea to drink directly from streams or lakes you might run across - but Lifestraw removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites, making any water source available to you. And as an added bonus, for every LifeStraw product purchased, a school child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire school year. We’re all about helping out a good cause.

Promising Review: “I am going to keep this one simple. Recently I got stranded in the back woods of the Adirondack Mountains. I had ran out of water earlier on the first day and used this until I was rescued on the morning of day three. THIS WORKS, this helped save my life. If you hike YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT.” --Richard Maxwell

Instant Pot - The Instant Pot is a newer kitchen gadget that is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and warmer. You name it, the Instant Pot can do it. This tool is ideal for RVers because although it’s just one appliance, it takes the place of many others - saving you coveted counter and cabinet space in your RV. You won’t regret buying one - trust us.

Promising Review: “My wife kept telling me we should get this. For months I resisted. We had a crock pot, so why bother? We finally got this on sale on black Friday, and I LOVE IT. Quicker than a crock pot and better end results. You can season your protien and cook it with veggies (which take on the flavor as well). After using this, anything you cook in a crock pot seems like a warm, swampy product. Anything you cook in this is moist, flavorful, tender excellence in just a fraction of the time. Do not hesitate to buy this product - you will thank yourself for meals to come.” -Jon
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Solar Powered Charger - Using solar energy can save you money and time while out on the road, especially if you’re boondocking. Nowadays there are solar options to power just about anything - but we definitely recommend picking up a solar-powered phone charger. This is a great gadget to have when you’re out hiking, ensuring you have enough power to call for help if needed.

Promising Review: “I recently returned from a 6 day adventure to a commercial Salmon fishing operation on Uganik island , Alaska. Uganik is near Kodiak island and is home to the famous Kodiak Brown Bear. We got too close to one on a beach, but caught lots of fish. I overestimated what I would need and I took both my SPC12K and my new SPC16K. I never even used the 12K. Didn't need it. I kept my cell phone going for photography and my rented Sat. Phone topped off with the 16K. The solar charging rate impressed me. When I left to meet the seaplane I had 3/4 available charge on my 16K. Note: The TSA requires that all "spare batteries" be in your carry on bag. So I say you only need one spare, the SPC16K.” --Robert E. Wilson

High-Tech Watch - If you’re an RVer, we’re betting there’s more than a chance you love the great outdoors. Any outdoor lover needs a high-tech watch and we recommend the Suunto Traverse for all of you hikers out there. This smartwatch does it all from tracking weather to showing hiking routes through GPS software to following your progress with distance and altitude statistics.

Promising Review: “If you're looking for a watch to connect to your phone and notify you when you get a text or email this is not the watch for you.

That being said, this is an outdoorsman watch. It does everything I need it to do. The compass, GPS, altimeter and barometer are very accurate for a wrist-top device. The battery life is excellent and charge time is minimal. As for the movescount app, I have not had any issues. The app can be used to add points of interest, view hikes/runs and also a supplementary way to modify the settings of the watch itself; although You can change it on the watch itself. For those of you that need MGRS, You are able to use MGRS format locating on just the watch alone via a scroll type menu which you can go up or down from your current 10 digit grid. The longer you hold the up or down button, the faster it will adjust. Not the best method of input but for the price, reliability and battery life; you cannot go wrong.

I would definitely recommend this to everyone looking for this type of watch. Like I said in the beginning. If you want to have a phone on your wrist, get an apple watch. If you want to navigate through rugged terrain, go for a run and be able to record your hikes from start to finish and back track while navigating, this is the watch for you!” --Roberto Rozco
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Smokeless Portable Fire Pit - You read that right. The Solo Stove is coined as the world’s most unique portable fire pit because it gives off minimal to no smoke or ashes. This fire pit is easy to set up and great to take with you out on the road and to top it off, you won’t leave the campground smelling like smoke.

Promising Review: “We had our first Solo stove fire on Saturday night. It was so much easy to use and kept us toasty on this chilly May evening in the the Northeast. Love my Bonfire!” --Luann Orcutt

Portable Mosquito Repeller - Mosquitos really know how to ruin a good time while camping, but you don’t have to worry about those annoying pests with the Thermacell MR150 Portable Mosquito Repeller. This device is lightweight and conveniently sized and repels mosquitoes away in a 15-ft zone for up to 12 hours. Definitely, a must-have in our book.

Promising Review: “Hate mosquitos? This is the device for you. I just used it on a weeklong camping trip and it kept me bite free when in use. Be aware that it takes a good 5 minutes to become effective, but I watched mosquitoes come near and then fly away when it hit the barrier. The pad smells a little like cinnamon and does work for 4 hours. I would say the butane works for a little longer than advertised, but who could complain about that? I would recommend this product.” --Andrew W. Huppert
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Packable Kayak
- Unless you have a toy hauler, you might have to leave your kayak at home just because it takes up so much space. Not anymore! PAKAYAK is a portable nesting kayak that breaks apart into 5 pieces and can be stored in a convenient travel bag. When you want to use the kayak, you simply put the pieces together and you’re ready to hit the water.

Promising Review: “Just took this for a spin at Sand Key, Florida. A very well thought out design. A smooth kayak to paddle with great tracking!” --Dave Surplus

20-in-1 Multi-Tool Key - This key is small but mighty. It can be used as four different types of screwdrivers, a bottle opener, box cutter, wire stripper - the list goes on and on; and the best part is it’s the size of a regular house key. No more lugging around large tools while you’re on the road.

Promising Review: “Got my key and have been using it for a few weeks. Have had no problems using it to cut open boxes, adjust things on the trail, and open bottles. I've used it a lot more than I thought.” --Hector

Pocket Chainsaw - Why buy firewood when you can cut your own? This “chainsaw” is so small it can fit in your pocket, hence the name. You won’t need to gas this chainsaw up as it’s powered by... you. This convenient and portable pocket chainsaw is great for cutting small branches and trees so you can get the s’mores roasting in no time.

Promising Review: “I decided to try one of these out for camping after struggling to gather firewood, that was big enough to burn longer than a few minutes, with folding handsaw. After taking this to the Boundary Waters my buddies and I will be buying another one! It comes with a small carrying pouch that is easy to stuff in a bag and doesn't take up much space. We found that it's easiest to use as a two man team and rather than pulling straight up (on a log laying down) it worked best to pull up at about 45* to avoid getting jammed up. This angle also made it easier for each of us to get a foot on the log to hold it in place while we cut through it. We were able to cut through a log with a 10" diameter with relative ease!” --Michael R.
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TRILLIUM Hammock - After a long day of adventure, there’s nothing like laying in a hammock and admiring the scenery. This giant three-person hammock is ideal for camping and the whole family. The Trillium hammock uses an innovative three-point anchor system and is made of your choice of quick-drying mesh or tough and rip-stop nylon.

Promising Review: “This bad boy is a champ. Once i found the right trees, it took me 5 minutes to set up my first try. It can hold about twelve 8 year olds comfortably, and keep them distracted for over an hour.” --Pepper

Which of these RV and camping gadgets do you have on your list? Do you have any camping gadgets you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!


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Your RV News Fix is Here



There is always new and exciting stuff happening in the RV industry - and so you can spend more time enjoying your RV, and less time scouring the headlines for updates - we’ve dug into the latest and greatest RV news you need to know. So, here we go - your May RV news fix has arrived. Check out the latest headlines below.


Retro Inspired Camper is Coming to the U.S 
The Barefoot Caravan, a popular European camper, is set to come to North America by 2020. The egg-like trailer is roughly 16-feet long and features a compact living space that sleeps two. The retro design includes a small kitchen area, bathroom, and a seating area that transforms into a 6x6 ft. bed - which is a lot to fit into a small space; but despite that, the camper’s interior is reported to feel surprisingly spacious, with windows all the way around letting in wonderful natural light. You may want to see this camper for yourself - but unfortunately, we still have a while to go before the Spring 2020 launch. Read More.

https://www.curbed.com/2019/4/19/18507652/camper-for-sale-travel-trailer-barefoot-caravan-nucamp-rv
Thor is Partnering With KOA to 'Clean Up America’
Thor recently announced their partnership with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) to enlist the help of RVers and campers in cleaning up public lands. They are asking campers to take a bag with them when they go off a campground and fill it up with any trash they might come upon. Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor, stated, “While people are enjoying our country’s parks and national landmarks, we wanted to inspire them to help keep these places beautiful for current and future campers.” We couldn’t agree with that sentiment more and encourage all RVers and campers to keep our plant clean and do your part in picking up trash while you travel. Read More.

https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/thor-is-partnering-with-koa-to-clean-up-america.html


Glamping Company Wants to Build a 55-unit Airstream Hotel in Joshua Tree 
AutoCamp, a San Francisco-based business, is toying with the idea of building a hotel-campsite made out of 55 Airstream trailers on the edge of Joshua Tree. AutoCamp has already built similar “hotels” in other areas of California that include outdoor fire pits and heated furniture. There is a lot of opportunity at Joshua Tree considering the national park had a record-setting year in 2018 - more than 3 million people visited the park. The locals are worried that the hotel could take away from the charm and peacefulness of the area - so we are curious to see if this hotel park will be created. Read More.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/money/real-estate/2019/05/09/joshua-tree-could-get-autocamp-hotel-glamping-55-airstream-trailer-campsite/1096673001/


Dynamo Introduces All-Aluminum Truck Camper Frame 
This truck camper is giving us serious Airstream vibes. The start-up, Dynamo Truck Camper Extreme (TCX), a subsidiary of Silver Streak LLC, just revealed a weld-free, aluminum truck camper frame. The company will be taking orders for their semi-custom campers this month. The frame of the truck camper weighs 440 pounds and the dry weight will be only 1,200 pounds once the camper is complete. Read More.

https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/dynamo-intros-all-aluminum-truck-camper-frame.html

There you have it! You’re all caught up on the latest and greatest news from the RV world. Stay tuned for our next RV News Fix in June. Let us know what you thought about these stories in the comments below.
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Tips for Fuel Savings on RV Trips



Tips for Fuel Savings on RV Trips

No one likes paying more at the pump, especially when it comes to RV travel. Follow FMCA’s simple steps to help find the best fuel savings.

Download an AppLet an app do the work for you. Download a mobile app like Gas Buddy or Trunow to find the best fuel prices in your current ZIP code. Both apps include gasoline and diesel fuel prices.

Be Mindful of Credit Card Purchases
Many credit cards “pay back” a bonus amount, usually 5 percent, on fuel purchases and perhaps certain other purchases. The catch: many fuel outlets also sell fast food or groceries, so if the computer doesn’t recognize the fuel purchase at check-out, you won’t get the 5 percent discount. Keep an eye on your monthly invoice!

In addition, gas station credit cards can be useful if you’re brand-loyal and pay off the card each month. Otherwise, watch those interest rates.

Ask about Cash Discounts
Some stations, especially in rural or less populated area, offer a discount for paying with cash. Even a few cents off per gallon can add up to savings.

Consider Warehouse Clubs
Warehouse clubs are increasingly offering fuel discounts, but if you’re a diesel user and clubs carry only gasoline, a membership (sometimes costing $40 a year or more) may not be worth it to you. The other catch is that the fuel discount also may require shopping in the store for a minimum dollar purchase.

Sign Up for Supermarket Loyalty Cards
Supermarket loyalty accounts can mean savings, and some of the large chains give points that add up to a fuel discount after you reach a certain amount. Some large chains even offer “double” or “triple points” during the summer months, which is considered the typical “road trip” season. It’s usually easy and free to sign up for loyalty cards.

With all special offers, it’s important to always read the fine print. Be a smart consumer and do your homework. With a little planning, you CAN save at the pump.

FMCA RV Club brings you this monthly tip to Enhance Your RV Lifestyle. FMCA delivers RV know-how to its members. Join today for just $50 — a savings of $10 just for RV Trader readers. Learn more at https://join.fmca.com/trader18.

This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.
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Friday

How to Work Full-Time From Your RV



Living out on the road isn’t for everyone - but if you’re interested, the lifestyle is becoming more accessible and attainable. Many people think you have to wait until retirement to commit to full-time RVing - but times are thankfully changing. The number of full-time RVers is growing rapidly, especially among millennials, and we don’t see this trend dying out any time soon. You might be asking, “but how is this possible?” We’ll show you how to be a full-time adventurer while still getting a steady paycheck.

Ask yourself, are you willing to change jobs or learn new skills? 
If you’re a police officer, teacher, or something of the like, chances are you won’t be able to do your job while working from an RV. If you have a job that requires you to be there in person, it might be time to consider a career change. Before making this huge lifestyle transition, think about the different skills you have and how you can translate them into a new on-the-move career. Taking a skills aptitude or career test can be extremely helpful if you’re looking to change jobs. 

Get creative and do your research
Consider joining or creating a full-time RVer Facebook page or forum to get helpful tips from people who are already living this lifestyle. Read blogs, watch videos - arm yourself with all the knowledge and information you can before making the jump into full-time RVing so you can know exactly what to expect.

Here are a few blogs, videos, and groups we recommend:
● Follow Your Detour

Go remote
Many people come into work each day but can do their entire job from a computer. If you’re lucky enough to have a job like that already in place, consider asking your boss if you would be able to work remotely. You could even sell it by offering a trial period that could potentially move into a permanent remote gig. The beauty of a remote job is that you can work virtually anywhere that has access to WiFi. You’ll want to invest in a WiFi hotspot if you’re out on the road, and make sure that each place/campground you stop has quality Internet access. We suggest trying out Verizon's MiFi device, as they tend to have the best connectivity across the country. If you don’t have a job that will allow you to work remotely, consider searching for remote positions online or take a look at websites like Freelancer.com or Upwork for available freelance positions. 

Work seasonal or event-specific positions
When working out on the road, it can be a good idea to have multiple income streams. Seasonal work can add to your remote or freelancing salaries. Consider taking on a few seasonal jobs as they become available. Event/festival jobs usually have openings in the summertime and you can even plan your travels around them for extra income. Make sure to plan you seasonal jobs well ahead of the actual event so you can secure yourself a spot. Check out a few of our favorite RV-friendly festivals here.

Create content for others
Content is king on the Internet, and when you drop everything to become a full-time RVer people take notice and want to hear more about your lifestyle. Try pitching yourself as a guest blogger to various publications for a price. You’re going to learn A LOT out on the road, so why not share that knowledge with others who might want to take the leap themselves? Blogging, photography, and creating content can be a great way to add to your revenue stream. You might not make the big bucks right off the bat, but if you’re producing quality content, people are going to take notice.

We’re here to tell you that working full-time from an RV is possible. You no longer have to wait until your golden years to travel the country. We get that you might not drop everything and quit your job tomorrow, but we hope this article has opened your eyes to the possibility of working from the road. We are all about encouraging adventure and truly believe the time to explore is NOW.

We want to hear from you. Do you work full-time from your RV? Are you considering taking your work on the road? Share your experiences in the comments below and if you’re interested in being a contributor/freelancer on our RV Trader blog, reach out to editorial@rvtrader.com for more information.
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Steps to Maximize Your RV’s Tires




For many RVs, tires can be the weak link that disrupts travel if not properly maintained. Quite often, overloading is the cause of tire failure.

Follow these simple steps provided by tire expert and FMCA member Roger Marble to increase your chances of problem-free travel.

Initial Steps
Once you take these two initial steps, you’ll only need a few minutes each month to maintain your properly inflated tires.

1. Know the proper tire inflation pressure for your RV.

2. Ensure that your tires are always inflated to that level.

But how do you find out what your proper inflation number should be?


Determining the Correct Tire Inflation Pressure
First, it’s important to note that the proper inflation level is unique to your RV. Following the suggested inflation levels provided by the manufacturer on the tire certification label is only the beginning. The manufacturer’s suggested tire inflation pressure is based on an assumption, but only you are able to determine the true weight of your RV during travel.

To learn your RV’s true weight, pack it with all the items you expect to carry on your trip – clothes, fuel, food, water, family members, and pets. Then visit a scale that can weigh your RV and provide weights by individual wheel position. This is important because the required air pressure is based on the load on each individual tire. You also can book an appointment with the Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF) at most FMCA events to obtain individual wheel weights.

Once you know the load being carried by each wheel position, you can determine the minimum inflation pressure needed to carry that load. We recommend visiting www.rvsafety.com to help guide you.

In addition, you can find a “helping hand” by visiting the FMCA forums, where you can find threads specifically dedicated to RV tire maintenance .



Determining the Cold Inflation Pressure
You will also want to be sure to determine your tires’ minimum cold inflation pressure (CIP). Visit tire manufacturer websites to find your tire brand and a table that has your tire size. Once you find that, look for the inflation level that carries your load or greater. This is the minimum cold inflation pressure, and it is recommended you go up in inflation by about 10%. Changes in air temperature, for example, can cause minor fluctuations in tire pressure, and increasing the CIP will help to eliminate the need to adjust tire pressure each time these fluctuations occur.



Measuring Tire Pressure
When measuring your RV’s tire pressure, try to make sure the tire is cool and in the shade. Ideally, the tires will have not been driven on or exposed to sunlight for at least 2 to 3 hours. That usually means the best time to check your tire pressure is first thing in the morning or late in the evening once you’ve settled in after a day of travel.

Getting started is always the hardest, but by making tire maintenance — and measuring the PSI of your tires — part of your travel routine, you can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing tire failure while on the road.

And don’t forget — FMCA members are eligible for discounts on Michelin, BF Goodrich, Hankook and Continental tires. Members have reported saving hundreds on replacement tires! Learn more.

FMCA RV Club brings you this monthly tech tip to Enhance Your RV Lifestyle. FMCA delivers RV know-how to its members. Join today for just $50 — a savings of $10 just for RV Trader readers. Learn more at https://join.fmca.com/trader18.

This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.

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RV News Roundup




As always, we are here to keep you informed with the latest RV news - and there’s A LOT to catch you up on, particularly when it comes to new models. Check out this month’s top RV-related headlines below.

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Tesla Camper Wants to be Fastest RV in the World - Tesla is known for its electric cars, but now the company is branching off into campers with its Tesla Model S-based motorhome prototype. Creator Travis Rabenberg wants the motorhome to reach a top speed of 150 mph and have a range of 200 miles. Rabenberg’s goal is to break the Guinness World Land Speed Record for an electric motorhome. This camper looks pretty wild but will include some basic comforts of home like a toilet, sink, bed, water storage, and 350 watts of roof-mounted solar. Read More.

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This App-Controlled Camper Can Haul a Smart Car -
Last month at RVX, Chinook Motor Coach debuted their new Trail Wagon. This new model is a mix between a toy hauler and a camping trailer. The camper is app-controlled and can fit a smart car inside. The trailer was made to haul extra gear and provide sleeping space, with a queen bed that converts into a couch when not in use. By downloading an app on your smartphone you can easily control the unit. With the touch of a finger, you can drop the ramp door, control the TV, and lift and lower the bed. There will be two Trail Wagons available - one with a square front and another with a rounded front. Pricing will begin at $38,000. Read More.

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Winnebago’s New Camper Van is Here - Winnebago also had their time to shine at RVX with the reveal of their new Class B camper van called the Boldt. This new, four-season coach was inspired by German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt. The Boldt is built on a 24-foot Mercedes-Benz chassis and has a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The two floorplans are called the 70KL and the 70BL - both including a sleeping area, a galley kitchen, and a dining area. The Boldt also gives travelers flexibility with their flex bed system that can convert the bedroom or living area spaces into different configurations. The MSRP will be close to $185,000, and should be available this summer. We are excited to see these out on the road and try one out for ourselves! Read More.

Sleep Number Debuts Mattress For RVs - We love to get out and adventure, but there’s nothing like coming back to the RV after a long day of excitement. Sleep is important when you’re out on the road, and sleep number is helping RVers get the best rest possible with the debut of their mattress specifically designed for RVs. The Comfortaire r3 features Sleep Number’s signature DualAir technology, which allows users to adjust the firmness on each side of the bed. The design is now lighter and easier to assemble. The r3 comes in five RV-compatible sizes, so there’s sure to be a size that fits in your RV. Read More.

New models galore this month! We love filling you in with the latest RV happenings - and there is always something new happening in the industry. Let us know what your favorite story was in the comments below and stay tuned for next month’s edition of our RV news roundup.
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FMCA Tech Tip: RV Spring Cleaning Tips



Spring is in the air! FMCA has gathered a few less-routine RV spring cleaning tips that are easy to overlook when you’re excited to prepare for the season ahead.

Exterior Cleaning
  • Insects, especially mud dauber wasps, like to build nests in refrigerator burner tubes, rooftop tank vents, water heater vents, and furnace chimneys. Check and remove any obstructions.
  • Spring is a good time to seal your RV’s exterior with a wax or poly sealant. This will provide a barrier to the elements and protect your rig throughout the year. Consult your RV owner’s manual for recommendations for the particular finish of your RV.
  • Windows, door frames, vents, and any rooftop protrusions (plumbing, air conditioner, satellite, or antennas) should all be cleaned. They also need a good bead of sealant to prevent water intrusion. Check for any cracked caulking, and re-caulk any problem areas. 
  • Don’t forget to check your RV storage areas. Odds are that dust and dirt have settled here. Sweep out and, if needed, wash these compartments. 

Carpet and Furniture
  • Carefully check your RV’s carpet and furniture. Unfortunately, an RV can be a haven for insects, mice, or other rodents during the cold winter months. Mice have been known to chew through carpet or furniture to make their nests.
  • Wash items that you may just spot-clean throughout the year, such as heavy bedding, rugs, pillows, etc. Before you hit the road this spring, now is the time to take care of items that can be difficult to clean while on the road.
  • Clean upholstery and furniture per your RV owner’s manual instructions. Some finishes, such as suede or leather, need special care. Leather can keep its beautiful finish for years if properly maintained.
  • Spring is a good time to vacuum and steam-clean the carpet. This will help prevent odor problems and is another task that is more difficult to complete while you’re in the midst of the RV season.
Kitchen
  • Clean the air filters on the microwave oven and stove hood exhaust. Replace as needed.
  • Speaking of filters…there may also be filters on your water lines for incoming water. Check filters for the sink or ice maker, and clean as needed.
  • Clean the interior of the refrigerator with a good disinfecting cleaner. Leave the doors open to allow for air circulation. 

Bathroom
  • Clean the toilet, sink, and shower with a mild cleaner such as lemon juice and baking soda. Try to avoid bleach products, as they can degrade the seals in your holding tanks over time.
  • Check your bathroom cabinets for expired medications and products. Make sure your first aid kit is stocked.
Removing RV Odors
The need for odor and moisture control is greatest when an RV is closed up and placed in storage during the off-season. Mold, mildew, and bacteria love to grow in enclosed spaces where the air is not refreshed. Air fresheners help, but they merely mask odors rather than remove them. To remove odors that have a foothold in your RV, consider using an activated charcoal odor removal substance, such as Bad Air Sponge.

And Don’t Forget
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to check the batteries in your fire detector and carbon monoxide detector. This is a simple and important step to protect your family throughout the year. 



Hopefully these less common tips provide ideas as you begin your RV’s spring cleaning. Happy travels!

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This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.
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Thursday

Top Tips For Selling Your RV



Online research is crucial to many buyers today, and if selling your RV is a top priority for you, posting it on RV Trader is a great place to start to reach those buyers. We have millions of visitors actively looking for their next RV on our site each month - so you’re sure to get plenty of eager eyes on your unit. Wondering how to get the most bang for your buck? Check out our top tips for making sure your RV Trader listing stands out from the rest.
  • Take High-Quality Photos - Photos have the power to draw buyers in - so make sure yours are the best they can be. Buyers want to see authentic photos when they are searching for listings, so do your best to avoid stock photography. We suggest including a wide variety of photos on your listing of both the inside and outside of the RV. Take your listing photos in natural daylight so they are not washed out and make sure to use a camera that takes top-notch photos buyers want to click on.
  • Clean Your Unit Thoroughly - Make sure the RV you're selling is spotless, both inside and out. Buyers want to see their potential RV in tip-top condition, so you should give the unit a detailed wash and declutter the interior before you take photos or invite potential buyers over to tour/test drive the unit.
  • Be Honest About Your Unit - You’ll want to photograph and describe any and all damage the RV has right off the bat. It’s important to be open and honest with buyers so you don’t lose credibility and, potentially, the sale. Buyers appreciate honesty - so keep that in mind when creating your listing.
  • Include a Price- Including a price in your listing is crucial. Buyers want to know this information up front to determine if your unit fits into their budget - and we can all relate to that! It’s been proven that units listed with a price get 8X more clicks and 3X more connections on RV Trader than listings that don’t. This simple addition can make a big difference.
  • Put Yourself in the Buyer’s Shoes - When crafting a listing, or even giving a tour of your RV, it’s important to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes - which should be easy since you were once a buyer. Ask yourself, “what did I want to know before purchasing my RV?” or “what advice/knowledge can I share since I’ve been through the process before?” Providing this type of information is extremely helpful for potential buyers - especially if they are new or just getting into the RV lifestyle.
  • Write a Detailed Listing Description - While descriptions can be tedious to write - they are so important, particularly for the first time buyer. Buyers need your help deciphering how this particular RV is going to fit into their lifestyle - and you have the opportunity to be the expert. We recommend highlighting all the key features of your unit, how many it sleeps, it’s length, and how you’ve used the unit previously. The more details, the better!
  • Respond to Potential Buyers in a Timely Fashion - We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when RV inquiries come rolling in. We encourage you to check your messages regularly so you can respond to an interested buyer quickly after being contacted. Buyers can move fast so they will likely move along to another listing if you don’t respond in a timely fashion.
  • Include Relevant Keywords- Make sure to include keywords that are relevant to your specific unit - that way as people are searching online, your unit pops up easily. For example, the word “towable” is a top search word.
We hope that these 8 tips have helped you realize that selling your RV doesn’t have to be difficult. If you follow these tips, you’ll have an even higher chance of getting more eyes on your listing! If you’re interested in selling your RV on RV Trader, click here.
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Tuesday

Believe it or Not - These Small Businesses All Operate Out of RVs



Long gone are the days of small businesses sticking to brick and mortar storefronts. Many creative entrepreneurs have decided to take their businesses out on the road… in their RVs! We’ve compiled a list of a few genius businesses that are all fully functioning out of campers, trailers, and motorhomes. These businesses will delight, surprise, and might even inspire you. 
Check out a few of our favorite mobile businesses below


Image: J.D. Luxe Fashion

Brick and mortar boutiques will become a thing of the past with designers like J.D. Luxe Fashion going mobile. Their flagship “truck and mortar” store opened its doors in 2011 in beautiful Woodland Hills, CA to offer customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Now you don’t need to visit the closest shopping mall to find the hottest trends in fashion. This mobile boutique offers California locals a unique (and chic) shopping experience on wheels. While they do run storefront locations, J.D. Luxe swept up media attention on the streets of Los Angeles and at festivals like Coachella. Their eye for design, the mobility of their store, and online shop makes J.D. Luxe Fashion a competition for standalone fashion entrepreneurs everywhere!


Image: It's a Dog's Life Spaw

It seems we’d be amiss if we didn’t include a business having something to do with animals in our RV businesses piece, and we didn’t have to look far - It’s a Dogs Life Spaw made us fall in love with their mission of providing a traveling, tail-wagging worthy grooming experience for West Coast pups! Kristi, creator of the “Spaw,” has loved animals as long as she can remember. No matter what the situation, every time she saw a stray dog, she brought it home with her. Over the course of her lifetime, she’s owned and raised a number of other pets, including horses, and exotic species.

It didn’t take her long to realize that her passions were driving her to commit to a future of full-time employment with pets. More than anything, Kristi loves spending time with individual pets, getting to know their unique personalities, characteristics, and tendencies. Her website reflects her feelings that “All pets are truly a special soul that deserves nothing but the best.”

Having graduated from a licensed academy of pet grooming and styling from Amber Lewin, a master certified groomer, Kristi is well-taught in not only styling, but also CPR and first aid. She presents with IPG (International Professional Groomer) certification, and notes that her philosophy is to “treat all her clients as if they were her own pet.”

The Spaw itself is state-of-the-art, and comes fully equipped with warm water, climate-controlled mani areas, and top-of-line amenities with zero cages or crates. It’s designed to provide not only a bathing experience, but a relaxation, stress-relieving (“Spaw”) experience for the animals, too - so the open, comfortable environment makes for just that.


Image: Winneburger

What do you get when you mix burgers with classic Winnebago vibes? Winneburger, of course. Based out of Montreal, the Winneburger is a fully-equipped traveling kitchen, operated by the popular local restaurant Nouveau Palais. Functioning out of a 1980s revamped Winnebago, it is designed to blend vintage vibes and decor with modern, freshly produced grub.

Always including a veggie-friendly option with their meals, their goal is to provide all customers with a memorable, unique cuisine experience. Owners Gita Seaton, Mary Martha Campbell, and Jacques Seguin are the seasoned chefs and restaurant business experts behind the small business and noted a few go-to items on the Winneburger’s menu, including kettle chips, homemade lemonade and iced tea, and ‘old-fashioned’ milkshakes.

Their famed, sweet challah buns make their burgers famous, and nothing compares to these key dishes, such as the Mushroom Burger (imagine a breaded, fried Portabello cap- stuffed to the brim with cheese, then placed on a challah bun) with all the fixings.


Image: Silvercloud Trailer Events

In need of a photographer for your event? Why not mix it up and rent out the Airstream Photo Booth curated by creative entrepreneurs Yvonne and Chris Johnson?

Based out of the Austin, TX area, Yvonne and Chris are both experienced in the wedding photography industry, and noticed a popular trend developing in the industry: rentable photo booths. Hoping to offer an individualized spin on this trend, they aligned this interest with Texas’ popular affinity for Airstreams. Switching up the traditional backdrop of large events, regardless of whether it be a wedding or festival, the Airstream Photo Booth experience comes fully equipped with fun, engaging props for dress-up, and the company offers both a full-size Airstream and smaller sized ‘Bambi’ trailer for smaller-scale events.


Image: Ink Minx

Tattoo culture is often a male-dominated space, but Shanzey Afzal had a plan to create change. Shanzey is a 26-year-old tattoo artist who converted a 1963 Shasta trailer into a mobile tattoo studio called Ink Minx. The mobile tattoo studio isn’t your average parlor, it caters to a specific audience - women. Shanzey was inspired at a young age by henna tattooing, which is a tradition from her Pakistani culture. The inspiration turned into something more and she began a tattoo apprenticeship at age 21, becoming a licensed artist soon after.

As she observed the tattoo industry during her apprenticeship, she came to find that it wasn't always an inclusive place for women so she made it her mission to create an inclusive and safe space for women to express their creativity and participate in tattoo culture. Ink Minx might be located in a small trailer, but it is packed with a lot of heart. The trailer includes just the tattoo basics like one tattoo table, a counter station, fold-out desks, and a few other odds and ends required to get the job done.

The pink interior gives off a feminine and welcoming vibe to anyone about to make a tattoo commitment. One of the main reasons Ink Minx is a mobile unit is that Shanzey’s mission is to empower women across the country. Shanzey has recently traveled up and down the East Coast to tattoo women and plans on adding additional stops (including music festivals) in the near future.


Image: Home Crux

Brendan Barry attended art school in England, but found out pretty early on that he quite frankly “wasn’t very good at art”. He began getting into photography and years later received his master's degree and later started teaching the subject.

Barry has built a variety of handmade cameras in the past but started thinking outside of the box - or should we say camera. He was inspired to make a camera where people would be physically invited into the process of photography. That’s when the Caravan Camera was born.

The Caravan Camera is an RV converted into a working camera obscura. From buying the unit to having it fully completed took roughly 2-3 weeks. Individuals can stand outside of the RV to get their photograph taken by the caravan. The inside of the camera also hosts a darkroom where the film is then developed.

Barry has grand plans for the Caravan Camera, including taking it to schools, hospitals, and community groups to excite and engage people in the process of photography. He plans on building a bigger camera in the future that will be wheelchair accessible so a variety of people can appreciate the art of photography.




Image: Andrea Denniston Ceramics

Andrea Denniston is a studio potter based in Virginia who decided to get creative with her art show display. She entered the craft show world and wanted to find a way to make the most of her allotted booth space, that’s when she began researching trailers. During the summer of 2015, she designed a chassis and commissioned outside assistance to make her dream mobile display come to life. Her mobile gallery is a 4x6 foot teardrop trailer that is cute as a button, yet still very practical for her needs.

Denniston loves pottery and that love shines through each of her creations. Her goal is to make pottery that will find its way into someones home and works to create unique and engaging objects. She enjoys working with a bright color palette and her mobile gallery highlights her work in a way that’s incredibly pleasing to the eye.

The display has a hatchback style opening on the back of the trailer complete with a variety of shelves to securely hold and protect her stunning porcelain creations. Due to its small size, the trailer can be easily towed to various craft shows where Denniston displays her work. There is not a lot of interior room to spare, but when fully set up, the trailer even has space for a packaging station.

Denniston's husband Seth, who is also a potter, occasionally uses the trailer to display his gas reduction stoneware. He runs a business called Poor Farm Pottery.

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These are just a few stories of courageous entrepreneurs that have made it big with their RV businesses. So many small business owners are now operating “storefronts” out of their campers and motorhomes - we’re excited to see what they come up with next! What are some other small businesses you know of that are operated out of RVs or trailers? Would you ever consider developing a small business startup in your own camper? Let us know in the comments below!
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Friday

Top Dog-Friendly RV Parks & Campgrounds



If you’re anything like us, we can’t imagine leaving home for our next adventure without our dogs. Our four-legged friends are considered part of the family and we often ask ourselves, “what did we do to deserve dogs?” With SO many RVers out there, we know we aren’t alone. So to make sure you never have to leave home without little Fido in tow, we’ve compiled our list of top dog-friendly RV parks and campgrounds that will be sure to be a tail-wagging good time for both you and your pet!

Four Paws Kingdom - Four Paws Kingdom is located in Rutherfordton, NC and as its name suggests, is truly a kingdom for dogs. This campground is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the first and only campground in the U.S. dedicated to dogs. Four Paws Kingdom includes a fenced in swimming pond, multiple dog parks, trails, a dog bathhouse, and even a grooming salon! There are also tons of benefits for you dog owners out there like RV hook up sites, WiFi, cable TV, and so much more.

Normandy Farms - Normandy Farms is located in Foxboro, MA and is a luxurious campground located deep in the woods between Boston and Cape Cod. This resort takes dog-friendliness to the next level by providing a 1.5-acre dog park, agility equipment, a dog washing station, dog walking services, and they even provide kennels services for your furry friends. They do have a few pet specific restrictions, but overall this campground is extremely dog-friendly if you meet those requirements. Normandy Farms is stunning and hosts a variety of activities for guests. The grounds and facilities are top-notch and have plenty of room for RVs of all sizes.

Lake George RV Park - Lake George RV Park is located in Lake George, NY and is thrilled to welcome pets on their grounds. The park includes a 2-acre off-leash dog park for dogs to run freely and get out any pent up energy after long days of travel. The “Bark Park” also includes a pet vending machine stocked with toys and treats - this is what doggie dreams are made of. Wait there’s more! The park also includes a dog splash pad to cool off on hot days and agility/turf areas for play. Dogs are also allowed in the indoor areas of the park including their main lodge, general store, and cafe. You won’t have to leave your dog anywhere when you visit this RV park!

Garden of the Gods RV Resort - Garden of the Gods RV Resort is located in Colorado Springs, CO and is truly camping at its best. You’ll have to pick your jaw off of the floor when you take in the surrounding views. But how does this park cater to your pups? Glad you asked. Garden of the Gods RV Resort is a pet-friendly park that includes an off-leash Bark Park for your dogs to run wild in. They’ll be able to interact with other dogs and get out all of their energy. This resort has plenty of RV campsites and offers standard, deluxe, and premium sites for RVers. This resort sounds like a win-win for both you and your pet.

KOA Kampgrounds - There are hundreds of KOA Kampgrounds across the country and they are all pet-friendly! KOAs have special Kamp K9 areas of their grounds where dogs can roam around off-leash and they often include washing stations. Many KOAs also have dedicated areas for large and small dogs so your dog can play safely.

There you have it! Our list of top pet-friendly RV parks and campgrounds. With these options, you’ll never have to leave your precious pooch at home. Bring Fido is another great resource to check out so you can see nearby pet-friendly locations. For more tips on traveling with pets, click here.

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Tips for Buying a Vintage Camper



Vintage campers have the ability to transport us back in time, have an undeniable charm, and are all the rage right now - which is why so many consumers are interested in purchasing them. But the real question is - is a retro trailer the right choice for you? Before you claim a little piece of history, there are a few things to consider when buying vintage. We’ll share a few questions to ask yourself and simple tips you need to know before buying that diamond in the rough.

Determine usage level - Before you buy, it’s important to ask yourself how you’ll be using your vintage camper. Are you planning on taking short weekend getaways or cross country road trips? You’ll want to determine what you’ll be using your camper for so you can decide on proper size, quality, and length to best fit your RVing needs. If you’re planning on parking your unit at specific campgrounds or RV parks, you’ll need to see if they have any restrictions on vintage units.

Gauge your budget - It’s time to empty out the piggy bank to see what finances you are working with before buying a vintage camper. If you are buying a full restored camper, you might be looking at a higher price up front but this could minimize future repairs in the long run. On the other hand, buying an older model can definitely be a more cost-effective option. But if you plan on renovating your camper, you’ll need to be prepared for any surprises that come up in the process.

Keep an eye out for water damage - We’ll say it louder for the people in the back. LOOK FOR WATER DAMAGE. When buying a vintage camper, you need to inspect the unit very carefully because the sad reality is, most vintage models have water damage that can be easily hidden. If there’s too much water damage, there’s a chance the whole unit will need a complete renovation. Anyone else hear a cha-ching? Fixing water damage can cost A LOT of money so here are the big things to look out for:

- Ripples on the interior walls of the camper
- Water stains
- Repainted walls (some sellers will try to mask the water damage by painting)
- Floor leaks/rotting
- Window and ceiling vent leaks

To DIY or to not DIY? This is an important question to ask yourself before you consider buying a vintage RV. There are many vintage RVs on the market that have already been completely renovated and restored, so if you’re looking eliminate the DIY work, those units might be your best option. If you’re toying with the idea of buying a true vintage camper, you'll want to assess your ability level and the time, money, and energy you want to spend on fixing up an older model. Renovations give you the ability to give your camper a custom feel, but it’s important to keep in mind that they also take time and effort to restore.

Check for any electrical damage - Electrical damage can be a dealbreaker when it comes to buying a vintage camper because to get to the root of the electrical issue, you will typically need to remove all of the interior walls. Unless you’re extremely handy, you will most likely have to bring in a professional. That’s why it is a good rule of thumb to make sure all the electrical systems are in good working order before making your purchase. It’s also a good idea to double check that the propane systems are working properly as well.

Fully examine the exterior of the unit - Before purchasing a vintage unit, you’ll want to take a look around the exterior of the unit to make sure it is in good shape. Check the panels and glass to make sure there are no cracks. A few dents might not be a dealbreaker, but if the exterior of the camper is in bad shape that means there is a higher chance of leaks down the road.

Know your towing capacity - It might sound obvious, but if you’re planning on buying a towable vintage unit, you need to make sure you have a vehicle that can actually tow your trailer. Vintage campers come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and weights, so you’ll need to keep that in mind when starting your search. You will also need to find out the towing capacity required and the weight of the specific unit you’re interested in to make sure it’s a fit for your current vehicle.

Make sure to keep our tips in mind if you’re on the hunt for a “seasoned” model. Vintage campers can be so much fun to own and the renovation process can be exciting, but it’s important to know everything that comes along with purchasing a vintage trailer. If you’re looking for a retro beauty of your own, check out our listings on RV Trader!
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Are You Ready for the Escapade Rally?



The Escapees RV Club’s annual rally, Escapade, will gather in the southwest city of Tucson, Arizona from March 17-22, 2019. This fun-filled event is right around the corner and is considered the largest and most extensive gathering of the Escapees community. Escapade brings together RVers from across the country for five days filled with fun, workshops, seminars, social gatherings, and so much more.


This can’t-miss event is designed to promote the RV lifestyle and is a place where RVers come together to learn more about recreational vehicles and all that comes with owning one. The rally hosts daily seminars on a variety of helpful topics - like choosing the right RV, in-depth lifestyle tips, and technical instruction - so you’ll be sure to find a session that will be a perfect fit for you!

While there is a huge focus on RV education at the rally, there is even more fun to be had. This year’s Escapade will host evening socials & happy hours where you can share advice and swap stories of your travels with fellow like-minded RVers. There will also be live performances by The American Rogues and Redhead Express.

Everyone is welcome at Escapade from part-timers, to full-timers, and even kids - particularly considering that Escapade has its very own “kidscapade”. Kidscapade is a free program provided by Full-time Families and is a perfect opportunity for younger travelers to meet new friends. There are sessions and activities planned just for the kiddos, so you can enjoy your seminars. 


Find your RV community at this year’s Escapade. To register for the rally and for additional information click here! If you can’t make it to Arizona, join Escapees next year in Rock Springs, Wyoming, for another week of fun June 21-26, 2020.
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FMCA Tech Tip: Low-Voltage RV Wiring Repairs



Low-voltage wiring repairs to your RV can be tackled by RV owners who have some basic knowledge and a few specialized tools. Learn how to perform simple electrical wiring repairs to your RV, thanks to the experts at FMCA.

Overview
Wiring is the backbone of an RV’s electrical system. Wires must be the proper size to handle the rated current flow for each device. If a wire is too small in diameter or makes too long of a run, the powered device will starve for voltage or current, and both the wiring and the device will overheat.

Think of wiring as you would a plumbing system. As the flow rate of water increases, so must the diameter of the water pipe to overcome the restriction of a smaller pipe. As the pipe length increases, a larger diameter may be required to compensate for the loss in pressure as a result of friction within the pipe. Electrical wiring operates on the same principle, so it’s important to use the proper wire gauge for the designated load. A circuit that runs fine on a 16-gauge wire may not be suitable if more devices are added to that wire. A larger wire gauge may be needed to handle the increased loads.

The wire gauge is not dependent on the voltage but on current flow, which is measured in amperes. A 15-amp circuit requires a 14-gauge wire, but if that load increases to 20 amps, a larger diameter, 12-gauge wire is needed. When choosing a wire size for a particular application, it’s important to determine the total current draw for that circuit and compare that with a wire-gauge chart.



Stranded wire, rather than solid wire, is used for low-voltage DC wiring in RVs. A big advantage of stranded wire is its flexibility. It also holds up better when subjected to vibration.

It’s important to understand that the insulation surrounding the conductor is sensitive to voltage. The insulation in low-voltage wiring is rated at a maximum of 50 volts and should never be used for high-voltage applications. Wiring specifically designed for higher voltage should be used exclusively on 120-volt-AC circuits.

Most low-voltage wiring insulation consists of two varieties, GPT and GXL. GPT wiring has a PVC jacket that is good for interior wiring and is rated to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. GXL wiring costs a bit more, because it has a cross-linked polyethylene jacket and is rated for 257 degrees Fahrenheit. GXL is required for use in hotter locations, such as engine compartments, but can be used anywhere.

Wire insulation prevents electricity from jumping out of the conductor to the surrounding environment. Insulation also provides some protection to the conductor. Eventually, though, a wire that is subject to vibration and is in contact with another object can rub through its insulation and may short to another conductor. If the short occurs to ground, the breaker or fuse should trip, but if it shorts to another hot circuit, you may experience any number of electrical anomalies. If the conductor shorts to the chassis or other metal component, the result may be a hot-skin condition, which in a high-voltage instance can be a serious, even fatal, hazard.

To prevent abrasive wear, wiring should be placed inside a protective wiring loom. The most common is corrugated split-nylon loom, which is available in various sizes. Rated at up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, the loom protects the wire from damage caused by abrasion, chemicals, and heat. The split in the loom allows for easy access when inserting wires. The loom is easy to cut to the desired length with a utility knife. Nylon cable ties should be used to fasten the loom to the RV at suitable points.



Overcurrent Protection
Wires heat up as current flow increases. If a short circuit develops, the amperage spikes and the wire gets so hot that it burns off its insulation. That can start a fire, which in the worst case could consume an RV. That’s why overcurrent protection is needed for every circuit. Such protection can be in the form of a fuse or a circuit breaker. Fuses are disposable, so once they blow, they must be replaced.

Circuit breakers are more costly, but for critical circuits they can be reset and used again. Type I circuit breakers automatically reset once they cool and are the most common. Type III circuit breakers have a small reset button that must be manually pushed to restore power to the circuit. Remember that the portion of wire between the battery and the fuse or circuit breaker is unprotected, so it’s important to position the circuit breaker as close to the power source as possible to achieve the best possible protection. Circuit breakers must be matched to the wire gauge as well. Adding a larger fuse or breaker to a wire that isn’t designed to carry that much current defeats the purpose of the protection.

Connections
Proper connections must be made to securely attach wiring to the destination equipment or device. Simply wrapping a wire around a screw head invites failure. When a screw connection is needed, a loop-end wiring terminal should be attached to the end of the wire so that it can be securely fastened to the screw. Most auto parts stores carry an assortment of wire terminal ends that contain loop-end terminals. Stores also sell butt-end and flat-blade connectors, which are used to join two wires.

A PVC or nylon insulation collar surrounds the crimp barrel of each connector and is color-coded to identify the size of wire each terminal requires. A red collar signifies a terminal designed for 18-gauge or 20-gauge wire. A blue collar is designed for 14-gauge or 16-gauge wire, while yellow is rated for 10-gauge or 12-gauge wire. Selecting the correct terminal for a particular wire size ensures a tight connection that won’t detach.

You’ll need to use a crimping tool, but be careful, because some of the inexpensive ones do a poor job and the connection may pull apart. I suggest a crimp tool such as the Paladin Tools PA1308 or the S&G Tool Aid 18900. These tools, which have a die with three barrel sizes, perform a complete roll crimp on the fitting, rather than a single indent, producing crimps that won’t pull apart.


Many connections require running a wire to ground. Loose, damaged, or missing ground connections are some of the most prevalent issues when chasing down an electrical problem. Such ground connections attach to the vehicle’s frame to complete the circuit. Often, the connections are in a location that is subject to corrosion. As a preventive measure, protect the connection with battery terminal sealant. A ground connection should be to clean, bare metal. Remove paint that could hinder the connection, and use a star lock washer to help bite into the frame and make better contact with the terminal ring. If you use a bolt rather than a screw, a nylon lock nut or lock washer will prevent the nut from vibrating loose.

Soldering wires together makes a solid connection. However, battery and inverter cables pass large amounts of current, which can melt the solder. Such high-capacity connections should have crimped connectors. Crimping tools for large connectors are expensive, so your best option may be to find a truck or RV service center that can perform the crimps for you.

Corrosion Protection
When electrical current passes through two dissimilar metals, galvanic corrosion can occur. When moisture attacks connections, rust can form. Salt water and acidic vapor from nearby batteries hasten these forms of corrosion and inhibit the ability of the connection to pass current.

When making a soldered splice of two wires, it’s important to seal the connection and protect it from corrosion. Polyolefin shrink tubing is ideal; it forms a seal that protects the connection from the elements. Shrink tubing is placed over the wires prior to soldering and then slides over the connection after it has been soldered. Then, a hair dryer or heat gun warms the tubing and shrinks it to seal the wire.

Shrink tubing also can be used to seal the barrel ends of ring-style terminals to prevent corrosion from rotting the wire inside the barrel. This is especially important for battery terminal connections. Large-diameter shrink tubing for these cables is available in both red and black to identify positive and negative cables. When making a connection in a clean environment, such as behind a vehicle’s instrument panel, standard insulated butt connectors or flat-blade connectors generally are adequate.

Top-post batteries can receive further protection against corrosion. For example, to each post, add a felt washer that contains NOCO Company’s NCP2 corrosion preventative compound. NCP2 also is available in spray cans and can be useful for coating ground connections or terminal studs in areas that are exposed to the elements.

By investing a little time learning some electrical basics and having a few small tools, you’ll be able to handle most of your wiring repairs.

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This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.
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