16 Jun

WEATHER PROOFING YOUR RV

Your RV travels are usually based on weather conditions.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are several things you can do that will prevent the weather from deciding when and where your travels take you.  Here are some tips I’ve found to be helpful in my travels.

These tips are good for RV’s, trailers, homes, any building with windows.

Make sure all windows are caulked and sealed with heavy duty caulk, make sure all
window seals and gaskets are in working order, replace if needed.

I’ve used the Sunshield Reflective Window Covering and it works really well in blocking heat and light.

If you are having a severe problem with weather and windows you may want to seal up the windows with a clear 6 mil vapor barrier.  Vapor Barriers are available in several different varieties.  Clear, bubbled, blue, black, etc.. You can use any type that fits your needs and preferences.

Weather Proofing Window Materials

There are several videos available to help you understand how to stop the weather from entering your living area along with possible solutions you may want to try.

I WOULD RECOMMEND USING 6 MIL OR HEAVIER (if you can find it) plastic/visqueen/vapor barrier or bubble wrap.

Staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer inside your RV

RV window insulation DIY

Using bubble wrap to seal windows

Bubble Wrap install on windows

Install Secondary Glazing – Plexiglass plate

25 Aug

Your RV won’t last as long as your loan

Discovering the dreaded “delamination bubbles” of doom on a NEW RV should send you running and screaming for government regulations of the RV industry which have very few regulations controlling RV quality assurance.

In many states the RV industry is not required to notify customers of defects on a brand new unit that may be purchased by an unsuspecting customer that is told this is a new vehicle which should mean it has no known defects/damage.  But, in the RV industry just because the RV is new doesn’t mean the unit has no prior damages or defects that could drastically reduce the value.  RV manufacturers and the dealers that sell RV’s are not required to tell you of repairs (Missouri is one exception I found while researching this article). A complete lack of quality control on materials used, and services on these products assure the dealer and or manufacturer can string along repairs until your 1 year warranty has expired and you are stuck with a lemon.  Sellers and RV manufacturers are not required  to provide you with accurate information as to the construction of the RV, travel trailer, or 5th wheel that they sell nor any defects that would effect your decision on buying.   Many RV sales people, that I have dealt with, do not know what the RV’s are made of  and when asked to explain exactly what and how the sidewalls are constructed or how long they will last will be very vague and claim ignorance when confronted with the truth.

The sidewalls on newer, shiny, smooth fiberglass are actually a thin veneer bonded with a very thin fiberglass a few years ago this was called “Luan Board”, this year it is called “Filon”.  This thin layer of veneer is very prone to defects, especially when adhered in less than perfect conditions; moisture, dirt, dust, temperature, etc…

“FILON” or “LUAN BOARD” unless kept indoors and waxed every 6 months will, most likely, not hold up as long as the loan you obtained to purchase the RV.  I’ve had sales people guarantee that the walls on any particular RV, 5th wheel or travel trailer on their lot are made of solid fiberglass.  When they are confronted with the information that contradicts this they claim they are not aware of that.

There are a few, quality, travel trailers not made of this substance. Two brands I know of are Casita and Airstream.

THE RV INDUSTRY HAS VERY LITTLE (NONE) GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON THE PRODUCTS THEY SELL IN MOST U.S. STATES. 

The normal procedure followed by most RV dealers and manufacturers (in my experience of purchasing 3 new RV’s) for repair of defective units, is to drag out repairs until the customer;
1. gets fed up enough to go away
2. the warranty time limit of product has passed, at which point you are stuck with a rapidly, depreciating vehicle that should have been the source of much joy instead of the knot in your stomach every time you think of the monthly payments flying out of your bank account on a unit the dealer has had possession of more than you have.

22 Jul

GOOD BYE APPLE!!!

I’ve been a loyal Mac user for the last 14 years and it seems that the last year has been major disappointment for my mac products. I own an iPad Retina, iPhone 6+S, Macbook Pro, Macbook Pro Retina, Macbook Air.
Just bought the Macbook Pro Retina last year and it has been in for repairs at least 5 times. I’ve had problems with USB 3, Wifi dropping, Keyboard & Trackpad problems, the list goes on.
I’ve had it exchanged once and mother-board has been replaced twice. It’s presently with Apple for repairs; intermittent problems of programs freezing, closing, Macbook shutting down.

As Mac owners we usually pay 2x the price of a Windows computer/laptop with similar capabilities because of Mac reliability and Apple Support. Today that is no longer the case. With the rush to keep up with other manufacturers I feel that Apple has cut corners with products that used to be reliable and stable.

I am a musician, photographer, videographer, blogger, RV’er and depend on the use of my Laptop, iPad and iPhone for work and everything else in between. It seems that with the Yosemite release I have had nothing but problems with my iPad and Macbook Pro. Every release has me scrambling to make sure my music apps will work when I do.
When I read about Apple stocks, shares and sales going down I can understand why. Who wants to pay, top dollar, for something that may or may not work. With several updates scrambling to fix the last one.

My Macbook Pro is in for repairs, AGAIN, and I have asked them to run every test they have to make sure nothing is wrong with it or to fix whatever is wrong with it. When it is returned I plan on selling it and buying my first Microsoft Laptop in 14 years. I’m looking at an ALIENWARE laptop with DELL.

Unfortunately, for me, when I checked on Ebay to see what the new-used Macbook Pro Retina’s are selling for it wasn’t good news. I’m going to have to take a $500 loss on my Macbook Pro Retina. The only comfort in selling my Macbook Pro for so much less is that it will still sell for enough to purchase the biggest, beefiest Windows laptop on the market.

Feels like I’m breaking up with a longtime lover. GOOD BYE APPLE.