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We just returned from an RV trip to the North Carolina Outer Banks. One afternoon our campground neighbor asked if we heard about the campground in Virginia where 2 campers were killed and 36 were injured from a tornado that went through the campground.
It wasn’t long after speaking to our neighbor that a storm rolled into the area where we were camping. We have weather alerts on our phone and we have a weather radio so we had some warning of the approaching storm (pictured).
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June 1-7 is National Tire Safety Week. Sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, The Be Tire Smart – Play Your P.A.R.T. program is designed to help educate consumers about tire safety and maintenance.
The RMA has a terrific website designed to help educate folks on tire maintenance and safety. Please take a minute to visit the site, download the free Tire Safety Brochure and learn some valuable information on tire safety & maintenance. This information applies to your automobile and RV tires.
Underinflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat!
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000–8,000 miles.
Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.
Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.
Click here to download the free tire safety brochure loaded with great information
The RMA Tire Safety site offers a wide variety of tire safety and maintenance information like:
Tire Safety Quizzes, Tire Safety Brochure, Seasonal Driving Tips, Tire & Auto Safety Facts, How to care for your Tires, Tire care Videos, Tire Repair, Tire Basics and much more.
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Today I want to talk about one of the most important and most neglected components of your RV’s electrical system. The RV batteries. If your RV batteries are only lasting one or two camping seasons chances are they lack routine maintenance. We tend to take our RV batteries for granted. We depend on our batteries to be there when we need them, but in many cases we do very little to make sure they are maintained properly.
The two most common causes for RV battery failure are undercharging and overcharging the batteries. Undercharging is a result of batteries being repeatedly discharged and not fully recharged between cycles. If a battery is not recharged the sulfate material that attaches to the discharged portions of the plates begins to harden into crystals. Eventually this sulfate material cannot be converted back into active plate material and the battery is ruined. This also occurs when a battery remains discharged for an extended period of time. Battery sulfation is the number one cause of battery failure.
The second leading cause of battery failure is overcharging the batteries. Overcharging lead acid batteries results in severe water loss and plate corrosion.
The good news is both of these problems are avoidable.
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