August nears, and we are about halfway through our summer. It’s been a warm one at that. Readers have forwarded some situations worth mentioning here. Russ and Lori have a few summer RV suggestions to keep you safe and rollin’.

Tires have certainly been an issue with the heat. Most of us have traveled along the interstate where we have to dodge a large chunk (if not the entire tread) of a tire in the roadway. Some tire situations just can’t be avoided. There are ways to ensure that your tires are as safe as they can be though. Correct tire pressure is critical. The age of the tire needs to be checked as well. Seven years is our limit on RV tires. Check for any tire cracking or damage on the inside wall of the tire as well as the outside.

Here is an interesting one that has happened to more than a few readers. Most RV refrigerators have capability for propane or electric use. Most also have an automatic switchover if the electrical is disconnected. The fridge automatically switches to gas. Make sure that your fridge is working on the proper cooling mechanism when you travel. It seems some propane tanks were either low, or shut off.

Stabilizing jacks are quite different that leveling jacks. Leveling jacks are seen in most motorhomes, and in some travel trailers. Leveling jacks are meant to level your vehicle when it is slightly off-level when preparing to set up camp. They are also meant to support a significant amount of weight. This is not so of stabilizing jacks. Stabilizing jacks should be used only when the unit has been leveled already. Stabilizing jacks are lowered in each corner to prevent the RV from moving around when parked. These are not intended to support any significant weight of the RV.

Wind has played a factor in a few ways this year. Some wind situations happened when parked, some on the road. Some folks have lost their roof air conditioner covers. These covers are usually held down by as few as four small screws. Time, moving around, wind and temperature changes can make these screws wiggle a bit loose. More than a bit loose, the good old wind whips up under there on the road and off it flies. Some folks drive hundreds of miles before they even know it is gone. This is an easy fix. Regular roof maintenance includes checking all screws and such for tightness. Not only will this save you money and the hassle, a potential road hazard will be avoided.

Awnings are awesome. When that is the only shade you have, you really appreciate it. We need to take care of these awnings. Awning springs can become weak over time. If you have to nurse your awning back up due to weak springs, time for adjustment or replacement. Some awnings are automatic retracting these days in the event of wind. Most, including Russ and Lori’s are not. Ours is electric, yet will not retract in the event of sudden winds. When away from your RV, best to take that awning in and secure it.

One more tip for summer RV use would be to keep a bit of water in your water and holding tanks throughout the year unless winterizing. These tanks can become dry over time and encourage early cracking or failure. Russ and Lori use a mild RV holding tank additive with about 3 gallons of water in each holding tank. This also prevents any mold, mildew, or even paper from cementing itself to the tank. Most important is to thoroughly flush the tank after use. Draining isn’t enough. An inexpensive way to check holding tank cleanliness is with a see-through RV hose elbow. You can monitor the progress easily that way.

Keep safe, have fun, and Let’s Get Rollin’!

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