Hello everyone,

Today I decided to post about some more things you might consider if you’re getting ready to go out on the road as a fulltimer. We’ll talk about several important subjects briefly.

The first is tire pressure. I was reading my latest Highways Magazine from the Good Sam’s Club and my favorite column – the Technotes column. By the way, speaking of the Good Sam’s club, you might want to sign up for their membership as well as their Emergency Road Service just for a little piece of mind. We signed up only for the Emergency Road service for the RV because our trucks both still have good road service coverage through their extended warranties. As you probably read before, after we lost our Lemon Law Lawsuit we signed up for the Good Sam extended warranty coverage to fix anything new that came along. Turned out it wasn’t that our RV was a lemon. We lost because the guys at the dealership were a bunch of dumbasses and lied on workorders and in court, but that is another story.

Ok, back to technotes. A reader wrote in and asked him what kind of Tire pressure they should use. They had taken their RV to a service center that put the pressure indicated on the sidewall in the tires. The reader was wondering what the best tire pressure should be for their RV. The answer was something a little surprising. The tire pressure on the sidewall is the MINIMUM tire pressure you should have in your tires. After that, the more stuff you put in your RV, the more you should fill up your tires.

He said if you don’t know how much weight is on each tire, you can take your RV to a trucker’s weight scale to have it weighed. This costs a few bucks and will tell you how much is over each tire. Then, you use the manual you got with your tires (hopefully) and add tire pressure as needed.

Surprised about the minimum tire pressure number? Me too!

You can see the proper extenders installed here for the inner and outer dualies.

Another thing about dualies:

Both times we bought an RV, we had to ask for tire extenders to fill tires with on the dualies. This is a very good thing to check when you are inspecting your RV for the first time before buying. Look at the tire pressure valves. Are they easy to get to? We had a very low tire right in the middle of Denali National Park and had to stop to fill it up before we could keep going. Luckily we knew we were having problems with one of the extenders and had brought an air compressor along. (the extender had been put on wrong and was making the tire lose air).

Something else I learned about dualies: if the inner dualie blows, stop immediately. If the outer dualie blows, you can travel a short way to pull off the road.

Smoke Alarms:

Something else occurred to me last night that could be easy to forget. The smoke alarm batteries. Our rig had been sitting in storage for 2 years, so it was definitely about time.

Another thing I wanted to talk about was inverters and a CPAP machine. A CPAP helps someone with Apnea who cannot sleep properly. They often stop breathing during sleep. So a patient wears a mask over their nose or over their mouth and nose, and it is connected to a machine that pushes air into a person’s mouth and/or nose to help them breathe better.

When you’re boondocking (camping without electricity connected, so you’re relying on your cabin batteries for power), it can be a problem trying to make sure a CPAP patient is able to use their machine. My husband’s CPAP manufacturer makes a 12volt adapter that you can connect to the 12 volt receptacles in our RV. It cost about 35 dollars. Our only issue is that our 12 volt connectors are all up front, but an extension will solve that.

There’s another option, if your RV will cooperate. Most of our outlets do not connect to the inverter, so to connect another way, you would have to have access to one of the outlets that your microwave, or television, or DVD player is connected to. It varies so much with RVs that I couldn’t tell you what to do for yourself, but this will at least give you a place to go.

Another option is to go around your RV with one of those little receptacle testers to check to see if there are any other receptacles attached to your inverter. In our RV, we have a button on the Magnum Inverter control panel that allows you to turn on the Inverter while boondocking.

Pressing the on-off button to turn on the inverter

Your RV will be a little different, but the concept of an inverter is going to be very similar.

And one last note:

One thing I’m going to really miss after we head off on our fulltiming adventure is my garden. (though my knees and hands won’t miss it!)