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U of RV Journal #29- August 17, 2009


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BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Over the last couple of week's I have mentioned campground etiquette in my editorial. In one of our recent polls we asked if you ever experienced rude behavior from other RVers at a campground. I find it interesting how many people responded about similar problems they have experienced at campgrounds.

People wrote and told me about their bad campground experiences involving pets, children, generators, and loud parties continuing into the middle of the night. It is still my belief that in many situations bad behavior at a campground is related to new and/or inexperienced campers not understanding the unwritten rules for campground etiquette. But, things like loud, obnoxious partying at 2 AM and not picking up behind your pet's is just plain rude behavior.

Based on the response I received I thought a good topic for this week's feature article would be what my thoughts are about campground etiquette. If you have your own thoughts about what campground etiquette means be sure and add your comments to the article.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels
Mark


Campground Etiquette Keeps Campers Happy Just about every campground you go to will have a list of rules that they request visitors to follow, just like the rules you probably have for your own household. Another list of rules that isn’t necessarily written anywhere is what is referred to as campground etiquette. These are the rules that RVers learn over time and practice out of respect for other campers, the campground owners and the environment. When you arrive at the campground you should always observe campground etiquette....... Read the article


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BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 Inverters are nice to have at times when you are dry camping and/or when you don’t have access to 120-volts AC. Batteries produce power in Direct Current (DC) that run at low voltages. Power companies and AC generators produce sine wave Alternating Current (AC), which is used to operate 120-volt appliances and electronic equipment. An inverter takes 12-volt DC power from your RV batteries and electronically changes it to 120-volt AC. Some RVers use an inverter just to watch TV or for their personal computer. Other RVers use an inverter to operate microwaves, coffee pots or other larger appliances. When you purchase an inverter the inverter’s output capacity must be capable of operating the loads that will be placed on it. Inverters have two different capacity ratings. Continuous output rating and surge capacity rating. Continuous output is the maximum wattage the inverter can output for a long time period. Surge capacity is the maximum wattage the inverter can output during initial start up. All appliances require more power when they start, compared to what they use when they are running. They can use as much as two or three times the amount to start then what they use to run, so the starting power required for any appliance that you plan to use with the inverter must be within the surge capacity rating. There are modified sine wave inverters and true sine wave inverters. A true sine wave inverter is more expensive, but they are capable of producing power as good as the power company and all appliances and electronic equipment will run as they are intended to. Keep in mind you are drawing the power from your RV batteries and any power used has to be put back in through some type of effective charging system.

Tip #2 A handy addition to your emergency roadside kit is a waterproof disposable camera. In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident you may want to get some pictures for accurate documentation to provide to your insurance company.


...with Mark
Q. 1. I've just recently started reading your RV education Newsletter and am enjoying it thoroughly. We own a 2006 Southwind 32vs and are experiencing intermittent alarms from the Propane Gas Leak Detector. We can go weeks without any problem and suddenly in the middle of the night...off she goes. I have found that when running the Fantastic ceiling fan, we never experience this problem. Have you heard of similar problems from other RVers and what should I do about it?.

Mark Says:
This happens to other RVers too. There can be several different reasons for problem. If the detector is battery operated the alarm will go off when the battery is getting low. Many other chemicals found in different products like hairspray, cleaning solvents, perfume and more will make the alarm go off unexpectedly. I have heard that pets with gas problems will set the alarm off too.

Some LP detectors have a reset button (not the mute button) on them. I have been told by others that after resetting it the alarm stopped going off intermittently.

Hopefully with some of these scenarios you will be able to determine the cause. If not it's possible the detector itself is bad, or going bad, and needs to be replaced.


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