IN MY OPINION

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March 16, 2016 

 DE-WINTERIZING YOUR RV


When it’s time to dust off the RV and get it ready for the road, there are numerous parts to inspect, repair and prepare for your trips. For many, the de-winterizing process can be a bit overwhelming, especially for newer RV owners.


Reference this guide for de-winterizing your ride:


Wash your RV so that you can carefully examine the siding, roof and window seals for cracks, delaminating or water damage. These problems typically manifest as bubbling of the paneling, which indicates moisture building up under the surface.

If you winterized your RV with antifreeze before putting it in storage, the water lines will need to be pressured up and flushed out completely.

Check for leaks in your water lines by turning all your faucets off and turning on your water pump. Let it pressure up the lines and cycle off. If the water pump cycles off and cycles back on seconds or minutes later, you have a possible leak somewhere.

Fill the water heater, turn the bypass off and re-insert your anode rod or plug.

Fill your fresh water tank and check your water pump for correct operation.

Check the water in the cells of your battery and add distilled water if needed. Before hooking your positive and negative leads, it might also be a good idea to do a load test on your battery (especially if it is several years old). Inspect the terminals, check for any corrosion, and replace if necessary.

Plug your RV into shore power and turn everything on (refrigerator, hot water heater, lights, air conditioner, television, radio, outlets, G.F.I., etc.).

Remember that it will take several hours for your refrigerator to reach its temperature, so don’t forget to come back and check it.

Next turn your propane bottles on and bleed the air out of the system by lighting a burner at your stove. Check the operation of your lit refrigerator, water heater, and furnace.

Replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and test.

Check for correct operation of your awning, stabilizer jacks and steps.

If towing, hook your tow vehicle to your RV and check your lights and hitch components.

Inspect and adjust your tire pressure and fluids as needed.

When ready, head out for a shakedown cruise on a local highway to detect any possible issues while in motion.


This article was put out by Good Sam Roadside Assistance

 

Good Sam Roadside Assistance

 

August 10/14 

 INCONSIDERATE RV'ERS

Okay, here is a pet peeve of mine from a long way back and is still current today.

When staying in an RV park with dry dusty roads it would make sense to go dead slow so you do not cover your fellow RV'ers in a dust cloud.

We stayed in a park over the long weekend that was a nice quiet little park along the Kettle River, but it had dusty roads due to the long dry spell we have had. 

Most people would go really slow, but there was one camper that was at the end of the park and would go very fast through and create major dust.

What is with that? 

Take a little time and think about the other people in the park. Consideration seems to be in short supply for some.

 

Dust

July 19/14 

 NO OVERNIGHT PARKING

Over the last few weekends we have travelled to different cities and towns in our motor home and we have noticed that more and more towns are stopping overnight parking in Walmarts and other areas.

If you are travelling and looking for a quick overnight stop over, they are forcing RV'ers into expensive private parks that range from $30-$70 per night in the summer months. Also, with the high cost of land and a lot of parks selling out to development it is sometimes impossible to find a site if you do not reserve in advance. If you can't stay overnight in the parking lot, what do you do?

Most cities and towns have empty lots and land that they are not using at all. Why not use those lots for overnight parking for travelling RV's and charge a reasonable $10-$15 per night. As most RV's are self contained they would not even have to put in services, but just utilize the bare land and create some income from it. Most RV'ers would have no problem paying this reasonable fee for secure overnight parking.

This will keep RV'ers in your town (where they will shop, eat and buy gas) and support the local merchants. 

Just my opinion.....

No Overnight RV Parking

July12/14 

 SCAM ALERT

 Offshore Internet scam preying on RV Buyers


The old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, you can be sure it is," unfortunately, is apparently ringing true again in the case of the scam website rv-wheels.com.

Police say the scam artists are thought to be operating out of Nigeria, and even though some would-be RV buyers lost thousands of dollars in deposit money on non-existent RVs, there is little that can be done because the alleged perpetrators are outside of the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to investigators with the Newton County (Missouri) Police Department.

Officers from the southwest Missouri county became involved because rv-wheels.com directed hopeful RV buyers to the site of a former RV park south of Joplin, Mo., according to Detective Fred Engberg. The campground went out of business years ago although some "old FEMA trailers" are rented to occupants on the property, Engberg told RVDA.

Longtime RVDA member dealer Wheelen RV Center in Joplin has been fielding questions from consumers and notified RVDA about the scam. Marty Wheelen said people from as far away as Georgia traveled to Joplin to pick up the motorhome they intended to buy from the operators of the website, only to find the motorhome was not there.

Similar offshore scams have directed prospective RV buyers to other locations around the country to pick up RVs that did not exist, Engberg added.

RVDA called the phone number listed on the rv-wheels.com website but there was no answer. However, a few minutes later, the call was returned and the person who called back said it would be possible to view the motor home RVDA inquired about either in Joplin or at another location specified by the potential buyer.

"Please call (before travelling to Joplin) because other people are interested in that unit and it might be sold before you come out," the caller added.

Although there’s virtually no chance the people who lost deposit money will be able to recover, Engberg, the Missouri police officer, said putting the word out about the Internet scam is a good idea to prevent others from being victimized.

Thanks to RV Travel

May 18/14 

  GAS WAR STARTS NOW - MAY 2014

 THIS  IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' GAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT  WILL SHOW YOU HOW  WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO   $1.00 PER  LITRE.

This  was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive.  It came from one of  his engineer buddies who retired from Haliburton.  If you are  tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this  summer, take time to read this  please.

Phillip  Hollsworth offered this good idea.  This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than  the "don't buy gas on a certain day"  campaign that was going  around last April or May!   It's worth your  consideration.  Join the resistance!!!!

I  hear we are going to hit close to $ 1.50 a litre by this summer and  it might go higher!!  Want gasoline prices to come  down?

We  need to take some intelligent, united  action.   The  oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't  continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy  gas ...

It  was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for  them.  BUT, whoever  thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can Really work.   Please read on and join with  us!

By  now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $.99 is super  cheap.  Me too!  It is currently $1.39 at SUNOCO and ESSO for regular unleaded in Toronto and Ottawa and climbing every  week.

Now  that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to  think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $.87 to .99, we  need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the  marketplace..not sellers.

With  the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to  take action.

The  only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit  someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas!  And, we  can do that WITHOUT hurting  ourselves.

How?   Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying  gas.

But  we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a  price war.

Here's  the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from  the two biggest companies (which now are  one),SUNOCO(PETRO CANADA)and ESSO. 

If  they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their  prices.   If they reduce their prices, the other companies will  have to follow suit.

But  to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of SUNOCO(PETRO CANADA ) and  ESSO gas buyers.  It's really simple to do!  Now, don't  wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how  simple it is to reach millions of  people!!

I  am sending this note to 30 people.  If each of us send it to at  least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ...  and those 300 send it to at  least ten more (300 x 10 =  3,000)... and  so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we  will have reached over THREE MILLION  consumers .

If  those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each,  then 30 million people will have been  contacted!

If  it goes one level further, you guessed it.....  THREE HUNDRED  MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again,  all you have to do is send this to 10 people.  That's  all!

How  long would all that take?  If each of us sends this e-mail out to  ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people  could conceivably be contacted within the next 8  days!

Acting together we can make a difference.

If  this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.  I suggest  that we not buy fromSUNOCO(PETRO CANADA)/ESSOUNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE  $.99 RANGE AND KEEPTHEM DOWN.  THIS CAN REALLY  WORK.

REMEMBER – STARTING NOW-          NO GAS FROM ESSO / PETROCAN / SUNOCO!

(Get into the habit - starting now)

April 26, 2014 

 BEWARE STOLEN RV's

RICHMOND, B.C. — An Alberta RV dealer reported a call from the police informing him that a group is stealing recreation vehicles and modifying the VIN plates on the outside; then selling the units on Kijiji. They use a Mylar duplicate; and somehow get a VIN number that is not in use. The new owner doesn’t know he has a stolen unit.

According to the police, the situation in Quebec is epidemic, with Alberta second; Grande Prairie is a current hot spot.

The police recommend that dealers cross-reference the VIN plate with the inside VIN and welded plate before they take in a trade or offer to purchase a unit.

Please report to the police if you have come across any of these RV units, the association suggested.

Source: RV Daily Reports - SOURCE: RV Dealers Association of Canada press release

January 8, 2014 

The way I look at things, if you are going to be an RV'er, then do it in style.

Notice the Hot Tub in the RV site.

Saves steps to the public hot tub in the park.... 

Ron by the hot tub, Hemet, California

November 19, 2013

Okay, how does this happen and how do you justify it?

We took a trip on Saturday and left at 10AM and the price of gas was $1.20 per litre. We spent the day out and returned home at 3PM and the price of gas had gone up to $1.27 per litre.

Now we travelled from Kelowna to Osoyoos which is about 60 miles. Now all the gas stations were $1.20 and when we got back they all were $1.27

Did all these gas stations and all these companies get a gas fill on Saturday? Or did they just decide to take an extra .07 cents per litre on the old gas.

Hmmmmmmm.............tell me what you think.

happy gas pump

 December 23, 2012

 

It has finally dawned on me, that this sign in a shopping centre parking lot, does not make sense when we have so many seniors that need disabled parking.

Think about this....

Expectant mother's are usually young, healthy and perfectly capable of walking a little extra distance in a parking lot, yet they reserve them parking stalls very close to the entrance that are empty and seniors need to walk because all the handicapped stalls are taken.

Hmmmm!! Something wrong with that picture to me.

In my opinion only.

June 06, 2012 

employee notice

 Subject: Employee notice

EMPLOYEE NOTICE: Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown in the economy, The home office has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 55 years of age and above on early, mandatory retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment.

This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).

Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the Govt to be considered for the SHAFTprogram (Special Help After Forced Termination).

Persons who have been RAPED andSHAFTED will be reviewed under theSCREW program (System Covering Retired-Early Workers).

A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTEDtwice, and SCREWED as many times as the Govt deems appropriate.

Persons who have been RAPED could getAIDS (Additional Income for Dependents & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance).

Obviously, persons who have AIDS orHERPES will not be SHAFTED orSCREWED any further by the Govt.

Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on, will receive as much SHIT(Special High Intensity Training) as possible. The Home Office has always prided themselves on the amount of SHITthey give our citizens.

Should you feel that you do not receive enough SHIT, please bring this to the attention of your MP, who has been trained to give you all the SHIT you can handle.

Sincerely,
The Committee for Economic Value of Individual Lives (E.V.I.L.)

PS - Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.

May 05, 2012

 

Well, here we are over two weeks into our new venture and are we ever learning a lot. Here is a picture of our new home away from home and if the weather ever gets better we might get to enjoy some time outside, other than work. We are in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia and it is always interesting to see what they are doing with the dam and the run off from all the rain and the snow melt. They open and close the gates as need be and right now we have quite a fast and high flow.

April 2/2012

       

Watching the news last night and there seems to be a really good indication that camping rates in British Columbia are going to go up.

Here is why I think that will happen.

First of all BC Hydro rates are going up and that is a major cost for the RV Parks and Campgrounds in BC. BC Hydro provides the electricity for most of the province. Second - Property taxes are again on the rise this year, in spite of cities and municipalities trying to keep them as low as possible. Third - fuel prices are again on the rise and one of the hardest hit areas is Vancouver and surrounding area. They get to pay for rapid transit with a fuel surcharge added to gasoline and diesel.

As near as I can see it.......prices have to go up, as RV Parks and Campgrounds can not continue to absorb high costs of operation. 

And I am thinking that I am not telling you anything that you did not already figure out for yourselves.

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