The Old Soul, The Inspector and me

 

“We are Family” by Sister Sledge

“Living life is fun and we’ve just begun to get our share of the world’s delights.

High, high hopes we have for the future and our goal’s insight. We, no we don’t get depressed. Here’s what we call our Golden rule. Have faith in you and the things you do- you won’t go wrong Oh-No- this is our family jewel.”

I was told last week that I will be a Great Grandmother. Now I’m not old enough for this role but if I must, I will. We haven’t had a baby in our family for 11 years so, I suppose it’s time.

As I look around The Old Soul, there is no room for a baby, no crawling spaces and no extra room for a crib. Yet if you read through some of the postings on the Facebook RV groups, it seems a lot of people are now traveling with their children in tow. They have taken to the road to show the children of the future what America is all about. What a great experience that will be for them.

We must talk about the possibilities of taking to the road in our Old Soul.  As we do Inspections on 5th wheels, Class A diesel pushers, travel trailers, etc. some of them are new and some are a few years old.

We do a Safety Inspection on all RVs we inspect. We perform a “gas leak” test of the propane system, we check the Fire Extinguishers for an expiration date, we check the Smoke detectors, the Carbon Dioxide detectors and the Propane detectors (when you check these detectors, it’s not enough to just push the button to see if the battery is still good. You must check to see that they will function as they are intended to).  We check out the Norcold/Dometic refrigerators (there is a recall on these refrigerators from 1997 to 2010) as to whether a recall kit was installed or not. If you own an RV during the years mentioned above, you may want to call Norcold, Inc. product recalls department at 1-800-767-9101 to see if the recall kit was installed on your refrigerator. You can check on-line about the Domectic refrigerators at: http://67.238.126.140/recall.php. We also check the Emergency exit window and all the electrical plugs including checking the GFCI outlet. We also do a “hot skin” test of the exterior of the RV looking to see if there is any stray electrical current running around the exterior of the RV.

These are important Life Safety issues for all of us even if we don’t have any “children of the future “on board.

Last week we did an inspection on a class A gas motorhome that was a couple of years old. When I hit the button on the smoke detector there was no sound. My first thought was the battery was bad but when we took the cover down, we found that the little plastic tab that keeps the battery from engaging had never been removed. So, the detector had never been checked and would not have worked if there was smoke or a fire.  The other strange thing that I found was that the Emergency window was not marked. They should all have an exit sticker or emergency sticker on them.

Now let’s get back to this Great Grandmother thing. I was too young to be a Grandmother and now this name thing has come up as to what should I be called by the little one. I am searching for a new name that does not imply that I am old enough to be a Great Grandmother. If you have a good one, we will be at the Good Sam Jamboree in Perry, Ga. from Wed. thru Sunday morning. Drop by our booth and let me know what you’ve come up with.

As always if you are thinking of putting money, time and energy into an RV it might be a good idea to get an Inspection done.

More from Sister Sledge

“Everyone can see we’re together as we walk on by. And, and we fly just like birds of a feather I won’t tell no lie. All, all of the people around us they say Can they be that close?  Just let me state for the record, We’re giving love in a family dose.”

 

On to our next adventure             Laura

The RV Show USA

This is a great radio show that airs every Sunday afternoon. They feature a campground/resort every week and if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a coupon for a free night’s stay at that week’s featured location at the end of the show.

In this past weekend’s show, they visited Kentucky’s Mega Cavern, took a cruise on board the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, discussed Catherine’s Landing Resort in Arkansas as the feature destination of the week and chatted with PPL Motorhomes about the necessities that all RVers must have. I had the privilege of being a guest speaker in the 2nd hour of the broadcast as well.

To listen to the Podcast, click here:

http://thervshowusa.com/category/listen/

The Old Soul, the Inspector and me

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward”. This would be a great motivational saying if I were talking about Romance but since we’re talking about RV’s, you will need to have it figured out before you move forward.

So, you get home to your “stick and brick “house from work or the store. You flip on the light switch, turn on the T.V. and plop on the couch. You’re, home right? If you’re in “The Old Soul” like we are, then every move requires several steps before we can plop down on the couch.

If we are arriving at home in Blairsville at our RV lot or at a campground site, we must first make sure our home is level when we pull in, then we connect the Electric, the Sewer and the Water to the outside sources. Next, we put out the slides and put a few pieces of furniture back in place that was secured during transit. The refrigerator is secured with tension rods on the inside to keep things from moving (got to remove them too) and remove the Gorilla tape on the doors, which we use to keep the doors closed during transit since we have a residential refrigerator vs an RV fridge with latches. The water heater must be turned on and the invertor needs to be switched off as we don’t need it on when we are connected to shore power or if we are using the generator. The water faucets must be opened to get all the air out of the lines and the propane must be turned on too. What am I forgetting?

If we are “Boondocking” as in the Cracker Barrel parking lot, we will be using the generator to generate our 110 power for electric. The water pump on board is used for the fresh water we store in the fresh water holding tank. We also have the grey water holding tank which is where the water from the shower and sinks go and of course we have the “black tank” for our human waste. If it is cold enough to need heat, the propane must be turned on as well.

Since “The Old Soul” has 50 amps of electric service, we must figure out how many amps we are using for each item we operate in the motorhome. We can’t run the microwave, the toaster oven and the induction cooktop all at the same time. We will pop the breaker and trust me we have… (multiple times).

The control panel of “The Old Soul” is our lifeline. It will tell us if our batteries are charging and how much propane we have left to use. It also tells you how much room we have left in our “Black Tank “and the “Grey Tank” before we must dump them and it also tells us the level of water that is in our “Fresh Water” tank. It has all the answers we need to move forward. It also has the controls to turn the invertor on or off when we reach our destination.

Of course, when we’re ready to go again, we must do everything in reverse. Everything gets disconnected, secured and changed into travel mode.

So Why would we go through this? For the adventure, of course. I can be in the mountains one day and at the beach the next day. I get to see the most beautiful scenery along the way.

I also know that when we get to our destination things are going to work out because, as you all know, I’m traveling with an RV Inspector and The Old Soul, although she likes to throw things around when we travel and the Inspector has my back and can usually figure out why The Old Soul requires so much of our time.

“Moving Forward” to our next Adventure           Laura

Fleetwood recalls 742 RVs for fire, explosion risk

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling 742 model year 2015 Fleetwood Bounder Classic motorhomes, 2015-2016 Fleetwood Terra motorhomes, 2016-2017 Fleetwood Storm, Holiday Rambler Admiral XE and Fleetwood Flair motorhomes, and 2017 Holiday Rambler Vacationer XE motorhomes.

The affected vehicles, equipped with an Onan 5.5 kilowatt generator, have an external fuel pump and in-line fuel filter that may have been secured to the underside of the motorhome chassis with nylon wire ties instead of proper insulated mountain clamps.

If the fuel pump, fuel filter or connected fuel lines detach or are jarred loose, a fuel leak may result, posing the risk of fire or explosion in the presence of an ignition source.
REV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the mounting of the generator’s external fuel pump and in-line fuel filter, securing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 28, 2017. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REVs number for the recall is 170301REV.

RV Safety and what can you do to minimize safety issues

RV Safety and what can you do to minimize safety issues

We have all seen images on the web of RVs that caught on-fire. Why did this happen and was there anything the owner could have done to prevent this tragedy? You have also seen RVs on the side of the road with a blowout. Why?

Since we don’t know all the reason for RV fires and blowout issues with tires, there are things you can do to minimize the risk.

1st – Detectors – You need to ensure that your detectors (Propane, Smoke and Carbon Dioxide) have not exceeded their life span. Most RV detectors have a life span of 5-10 years depending on the detector type. It is easy to find out if they have expired. Just remove the detector and look at the stamped expiration date on the back.  If you need to replace a detector for your RV, do not use a detector made for home use (from the big box stores). RV detectors are made to withstand the rigors of road vibrations, etc.

 

2nd – Tire blowouts – Most RV equipped tires are rated for a max sped of 65mph. Even though your motorhome tires may be rated for a higher speed, if you are towing a vehicle on a tow dolly or a trailer, those tires may have the warning, do not exceed 65mph. I cannot tell you the number of folks we see traveling, towing a 5th wheel or a travel trailer, exceeding that 65mph limit. It is an accident waiting to happen. Weight balance of an RV can affect how tires perform as well. If a towable RV is overloaded it can have an adverse effect on the performance of the RV tires. Every tire has a born-on date, you can visit: http://www.tiresafetygroup.com/ to determine if your tires may have a recall on them.

3rd – Propane tanks – Almost every RV made has a propane system installed on it. There are some “all electric” RVs which don’t have a propane system but the average RV has a propane system. We use it to run our furnace, to heat our water and to operate our RV refrigerator while traveling down the road. For people that boondock (stay in locations without hook-ups) it is necessary to have a resource like propane. Is it safe to travel with your propane turned on while traveling? There are pros and cons to this. If you must travel thru a tunnel, all propane tanks must be turned off while in the tunnel. It has been tested that most RV refrigerators will maintain an average cooling temperature for approx. 8 hrs. being turned off. So, the decision is yours if you travel with the propane on or turned off. FYI – Most RVs made in the last 10 yrs. or so have built in safety features to turn off the propane source in the case of an accident.

4th – Emergency exit windows – Do you know where your safety exits are in your RV? Do you know how to operate those exit windows? Have you taught your kids, grandkids, your guests that might spend the night, how to exit your RV in case of a fire? Most people don’t think of this until it is too late. Some RV safety exit windows are a “one and done”, meaning if you manually open the window or kick it out, it is no longer of use unless it is caught before it hits the ground. Many RV exit windows are hinged so unless it is damaged while being opened, it can be reattached to use again.

 

Make it a practice to check your detectors for expiration dates, educate those around you how to exit an RV in case of a fire, check your propane systems for leaks and please slow down to arrive safely to your destination!

Happy Trails. AL

 

The Old Soul, The Inspector and me

“Grandpa, tell me about the good old days. Sometimes it feels like this world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday when the line between right and wrong didn’t seem so hazy.

Grandpa, everything is changing so fast. We call it progress but I just don’t know. Grandpa, let’s wander back into the past and paint me the picture of long ago.”

This was a great week. We went to Pooler, Ga. to do an RV inspection. We got to spend some time in the sun doing a job that we are both very excited about. Every RV inspection we do reminds me of how much we didn’t know when we bought the Old Soul. All the things we check in an Inspection that we had no clue about when we were looking at RVs to purchase. I hate to say it, but if I had known then what I know now, the Old Soul would have gone home with someone else. Believe it or not, the minute we got back to Blairsville (home) the water pump started sounding strange. The Old Soul continues to “show out” and demand the diva treatment from us. She is such a spoiled child.

So, the day after the Inspection we got to stay in Washington, Georgia. We went to a place called                      Callaway Plantation, now for an old Oregonian who loves history, this was a dream come true.

The Callaway Plantation is an open-air museum featuring several historic houses and other structures. The site was formerly a working plantation, owned by a family named Callaway since at least 1785. In its heyday, the plantation was 3,000 acres in size. It is approx. 56 acres today.

We got to stay on the plantation grounds and walk through all the old buildings.  You just couldn’t help thinking of all the struggles of our fore fathers.  We met with Candice, who is the curator and is a one woman show. She is very passionate about her job at the Plantation. I was amazed by the history and stories about the plantation she told us. I must have taken hundreds of pictures and I wish I could share them with you but it wouldn’t do the experience justice.

So, you’ll have to check it out on your own and tell Candice we sent you. They have 10 camp sites only 4 with full hook ups but they are working on upgrading the others. There is no Wi-Fi and they don’t have a pool either. The best part is, it was only $18.00 a night with full hook ups and we were only about a hundred feet from one of the old cabins in our campsite.

On to our next adventure,

Laura