THE JOURNEY - SEPTEMBER 2014 

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 HAPPY LABOR DAY


Karen & Ron wish all our friends a Happy Labor day. 

The last weekend of summer and soon the kids will be back at school, summer vacations over and the snowbirds thinking of heading to warmer weather down south.

Whatever you are doing we hope the RV is still heading for new adventures.



 

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For the month of September we are going to visit the West Kootenays. This is a trip that we have not taken for a very long time and we thought it would be fun to do again and see what is different and new......READ MORE

Our featured RV Park this month is Kootenay River Campground in Castlegar.

Welcome to a quiet adult oriented RV park, where great fishing, hiking and golf are just a stroll away.

This park has quite a history as it used to be a drive-in movie. The screen is still standing and the concession stand is now the check in office. The laundry is in the old projector room. We think the last movie ran at this drive-in, in the late 80's. 

The Park has a beautiful river location with lots of sun, trees and flowers. The perfect base location to stay and do day trips, with many options within an hours drive.

Full facilities include cable, power, water, sewer, laundry, free WiFi and very clean showers.

Check out Our Featured RV Park


We talked last month about the new RV Forum and it is now up and running and we invite you all to come and share your expertise or ask your questions. Click on ...............RV Forum


We have also added to our blog. You can follow us on the blog as I add new and interesting tidbits of info to the blog on a regular basis........JOIN US FOR A TRIP BLOG


Visit our RV News page as we have added another story to the line up. Airstream Dealer Awards.


The tech tip this month is on Mountain Driving. Mountain driving in an RV requires a bit of special attention to what you are doing.


Karen's recipe for this month is Pulled Pork In A Bun. For the final weekend of the summer we are adding one more recipe to the BBQ section of Karen's Kitchen.


We hope you enjoy this months information and we always welcome your comments and suggestions.


Help us to get more favorite RV Parks on our site. Please send us your choice and we will add it for others to enjoy.

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We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support and please stop in and pay them a visit when you are in the area.

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See you next month.

Karen & Ron


 

 ROAD TRIP - WEST KOOTENAYS

After many years, we decided to do a run through the West Kootenays.

As we had not done this trip for many years we thought it would fun to take a tour and see what was new.

It is beautiful country with a rich mining history.


Click on the map to read more......


 

FEATURED RV PARK OF THE MONTH 

Kootenay River RV Kamground

Castlegar, BC

 

 

 Click on the logo above for more info


 

651 Rosedale Road

Castlegar, British Columbia

Canada

V1N 4L2


Welcome to our quiet adult oriented RV park, where great fishing, hiking and golf are just a stroll away.

Our Park has a beautiful river location with lots of sun, trees and flowers. The perfect base location to stay and do day trips, with many options within an hours drive.

Full facilities include cable, power, water, sewer, laundry, free WiFi and very clean showers.



 

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 RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 Pulled Pork In A Bun

Ingredients 

1 cup Bull's-Eye Bold Original Barbecue Sauce 

1 cup pineapple juice 

2 tsp. minced fresh garlic 

2 tsp. grated ginger root 

1 pork shoulder (5 lb./2.2 kg) 

16 sandwich buns, split

Directions

Mix first 4 ingredients. Place meat in disposable foil pan; cover with 1/3 of the barbecue sauce mixture. 

Refrigerate 20 min. to marinate. Refrigerate remaining barbecue sauce mixture until ready to use. 

Meanwhile, heat barbecue to medium heat. 

Place pan on barbecue grate; cover with lid. Grill 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until meat is done (160ºF). 

Remove from barbecue; cover with foil. Let stand 10 min. Meanwhile, pour remaining barbecue sauce mixture into a large saucepan; cook on medium-low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. 

Shred meat with 2 forks or cut into bite-size pieces. Add to saucepan; stir to evenly coat. Serve in buns




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TIP OF THE MONTH 

WATER ODOR FROM HOT WATER TANK

 Rotten egg smell in the hot water.

One of the fun things about RV repair is it is very common to find varying opinions about solutions and causes for the same basic problem. I have found three different techniques to this problem. The cause always seems to be pretty much the same however.

Cause: Sufficient amounts of sulfur in the water to produce an odor. This is caused by the electro-galvanic action of either the special 15% thickness of the type 7072 aluminum (pure aluminum and zinc) that is fused to the inside of Atwood tanks since 1988 or the anode rod in the Suburban. Bacteria in either brand can also cause it.

Step 1 : Turnoff the water heater and let water cool if need be.

Step 2 : Drain and flush the tank. By flush I mean let fresh water run through the tank quite awhile and get out all the sediment that can settle in the bottom of the tank. The agitation action of the water coming into the tank should help unsettle and flush the sediment. Compressed air can also agitate the sediment or you can use a bent stiff wire or brush and go in through the drain hole to stir things up. If you do this be careful not to damage the threads.  This is also a "tool" available in most RV stores that hooks on the end of a water hose and is specifically designed for this purpose. The primary objective here is to get the sediment out. I might also advise to be certain the water you use to flush does not have a sulfur odor. Keep the drain hole clear as the sediment can stop it up.


 

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 NEW PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

 HEAT REDUCING ROOF COATING BY DICOR

To help RVers escape the heat, Dicor Products has introduced a new heat-reducing coating option for rubber RV roofs.

CoolCoat is an insulating coating that uses advanced technology to reduce heat transfer from the RV roof to the RV interior. Tests show that this new ceramic coating can reduce the interior temperature by as much as 29 per cent from the roof temperature.

The temperature reducing coating material is a new alternative to the popular acrylic coating that RVers have used for years in Dicor’s Two-Part Coating System for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofs. Dicor Products says it is critical to prepare the roof with the cleaner/activator (first part) before applying either coating (second part) to ensure maximum coating adhesion.

CoolCoat contains nano-sized spheres inside of which a vacuum has been created, which helps to dramatically slow heat flux—the rate of heat transfer from one surface to another. In this case, the heat transfer is from the RV’s exterior roofing surface to the RV’s interior surfaces, from where the heat can radiate into the RV. Using such vacuum-filled spheres is similar to the way a Thermos works in keeping liquids hot and cold for an extended period of time.

Dicor Products has been supplying roofing products to RV manufacturers since 1984. It also has a significant presence in the RV aftermarket, where it is well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers.

 

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 TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

MOUNTAIN DRIVING TIPS FOR RV'ERS

Mountain Driving Tips For RVers: How To Drive Up Hills & Down Hills Without Burning Up Your Brakes

Mountain driving in an RV requires a bit of special attention to what you’re doing.

With both climbing and descending (on long or steep inclines) you need to plan ahead and understand what your RV is capable of doing. 

You have to maximize your resources, in order to avoid problems and conquer the hill safely.


RV Uphill Climbs

When climbing long inclines, your RV needs to be operated within its power band.

The power band is a span of engine RPMs where you have the maximum horsepower available to handle the extra load imposed when going up long inclines.

This becomes even more noticeable with diesel engines. Their power band is usually a rather narrow band of RPMs. When operated within their assigned power band, you will have a tremendous amount of pulling power. Fall below that RPM, and it will do you no good to push harder on the throttle. All you’ll get is more black smoke coming out of the exhaust.

To stay within the power band, you must downshift to a lower gear, and you may even be required to  let off the throttle a bit so the engine can work more comfortably. Pushing too hard will only create more heat and increase the likelihood of overheating.

The whole point when climbing long inclines is to adjust your gearing, so you will remain within the comfortable RPM range that your engine likes. Maintaining a certain speed because the sign on the side of the road says that’s the speed limit may be impossible. Slow down and use a lower gear instead.


 RV Downhill Descents

So you’ve safely crested the high point in your RV. Now it’s time to come down the other side of the hill.

This is where you make your engine and transmission work to hold you back. That way, you save your brakes for when you really need them.

The time to set up your downhill decent strategy is at the top of the hill — well before you’ve picked up so much speed that you’re in trouble.

You only have one set of brakes. If they get too hot, they may fade away and your RV will become a runaway train — a situation rapidly headed for disaster.

Experience will teach you how many gears down you need to drop from top gear in order to descend a hill without constant use of the brakes. If you’re new to steep descents, it’s best to error on the safe side by going down a hill in too low a gear. You may be slow, but at least you’ll be safe. It’s very hard to go back and have a do over, if you picked too high a gear at the top of the hill.

Many diesel engines are equipped with a retarder that will help hold you back. It functions by blocking off some of the exhaust gases from your engine. This helps to keep the engine from revving too high when the weight of your RV is trying to push you down the hill.

Some large diesel pusher motorhomes are also equipped with jake brakes.  A jake brake is an engine-mounted device that turns some of the cylinders into an air compressor when you let your foot off the throttle. Jake brakes are a very effective way to control your descent speed without the need for constant braking.

If you find yourself going downhill faster than the engine and transmission can hold you back, your braking should be done in short bursts. It’s far better to brake hard for a shorter distance than to ride the brakes for a long period of time.

The longer you apply the brakes, the hotter they will become.  At some point, they may just fade away — leaving you helpless and unable to slow your RV to a safe speed. Overheating your brakes can also do permanent damage to your RV’s brake components. Rotors, drums, and shoes can all be quickly destroyed by riding your brakes too long down a long hill.

The best advice for RV driving in mountain terrain is to take it slow and easy. It’s better to be able to say, "I got there; it just took a little longer than I expected" than to not get there at all.

 



 

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