Full Time STATIONARY RV LIVING TIPS [for Motorhomes!]
So you think living in a motorhome would be fun, right? It is until a pandemic hits and you’re forced to live a stationary RV life, but it’s not all bad. I learned about my motorhome while I’ve been stationary living during the pandemic that would have been complete chaos, had I had to figure that out while I was traveling on the road, which is why in this video I’m sharing my top five full time, stationary RV living tips.
TIP #1 – Top Off Fuel
So my first tip for full-time stationary RV living, especially if you’re in a motorhome is to top off fuel. So when you’re talking about topping off fuel, you want to top off either your gas or diesel, which you may or may not need while you’re stationary living in your RV, but I use it to crank things like my generator or even the engine and the motorhome, because I want to make sure that those things stay running properly. And the only way to do that is to actually crank them. And you have to have fuel to crank them. The other part of fuel that you’re going to need is propane. So I kind of learned this the hard way, but once I actually parked and plugged up and used all my propane on a motorhome, you can’t just take the tank off and go fill it. You actually have to unplug the motorhome, go get propane and come back. Or you might be able to have it delivered, but where I’m located, they don’t have the delivery service or a delivery service available to actually get propane. So the other option would be to install some type of propane extender, which is a device that you put on the propane tank. And none of those are an easy test for right now, at least for me and where I’m at. Another reason to top off fuel is in case of a Storm or outage. I’ve had this happen several times, since I’ve been parked and plugged up stationary for a while, and it is nice to have those resources on board so that you can keep on living. Even if everything else is going haywire outside of the RV, or should I say at the RV park, when they don’t have power, you still have power.
TIP #2 – Check Your RV Battery Levels
My motorhome doesn’t have a battery disconnect option. So it’s constantly trickling power to the batteries and charging them. What can happen over time is that the batteries are either overcharged or depleted of their acidity. So once a month, I have to go out and add distilled water to the batteries and just make sure that they’re at their proper levels so that all the systems in the RV continue to work properly because my batteries are connected to everything else in the RV. And I learned this the hard way about letting the batteries get low on water. You don’t want to do that. And don’t forget, also check the engine battery as well and make sure that you wear gloves and wash your hands. You do not want any of this acid getting on you.
TIP #3 – Check Your RV Electrical Outlets
When you’re plugged up stationary for a while in your motorhome, you want to unplug and inspect your electrical cord, as well as the outlet and the shore power. You just want to check everything and just make sure that everything looks good. I learned this the hard way as well. I’ve had electrical problems for the past six months and I couldn’t identify the source of the problem. I just had outlets and appliances cutting in and out until finally one day I lost all power. A while back, I saw a small Brown Mark on my RV’s electrical cord, where it plugged into the actual RV, which six months later turned into a really big Brown Mark or a fried electrical outlet. And it costs me hundreds of dollars later to have this fixed and days without power during Christmas. Just imagine the cost and the availability of trying to find someone to help you with your RV during the holidays, it’s either really expensive or not happening. Thankfully, when you’ve been stationary, living at an RV park for a while, you meet your neighbors. And I was able to find someone that was an electrician and able to help me to.
TIP #4 – Air Up Your RV’s Tires.
Whether you’re traveling or living stationary in your RV, you never want to let your tires get low on air. It’s a really good idea to check your tire pressure monthly and air them up so that you can avoid getting any flat spots. You might also want to invest in a tire shine protector and tire covers to help keep them protected during the summer and winter months, while you’re sitting stationary living, this will help with things like dry rotting.
TIP #5 – Use Your RVs Systems
It’s true. If you don’t use them, you’ll lose them. You want to crank up the generator, crank up the engine, slide in and out your slide outs. You want to use your amenities that you never use like your awnings or even your propane system. Retract your jacks, even unplug and boondock. So you can make sure that all your systems are working properly when you’re not connected. Maybe even take the RV for a drive if it makes sense. Meaning you can actually get it out and do that.
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