Hello again. I thought as this year winds down, I’d share some questions that have been put to me, both since I’ve started this blog, and also some from years past. Some are serious, some were funny, some, well…. Anyway, here they are, in no particular order:
Q: How do I keep wasps and mud daubers out of my furnace and water heater vents?
A: There are several products available on the market specifically made to put over the openings to keep insects from getting into your vents. If you want to do it yourself, you can make a covers out of stainless steel screen, and attach them with short lengths of wire through the original mesh.
Q: I turn the battery switch to “off”, but my batteries still go dead. What can I do about this?
A: Many RVs, especially newer ones with things like LP detectors, have what is called a parasitic draw. If you are planning to store your Airstream for an extended period, your best bet would be to disconnect the batteries from the coach, and either place them in your garage, or storage area at home. You can keep an eye on them there, and charge them if needed.
Q: I have to store my Airstream under trees, and sap gets on it. What can I use to get it off?
A: There are several products, such as Bug and Tar Remover or mineral spirits, that will do a good job of getting that sap off your aluminum. Don’t try to use lacquer thinner, acetone, or MEK to remove the sap. You’ll also remove the clear coat. The fresher the sap, the easier to remove it. Don’t wait until it starts to look like dinosaur snot before trying to remove it.
Q: I have a problem, my name is Melvin Fishdown.
A: I’m sorry, I can’t help you with that problem.
Q: Should I remove the ball mount from my tow vehicle when I’m not towing?
A: If you have a safe spot to store it, where you’re not going to trip over it, or it won’t get scooped up for the local metal drive, yes. Your knees will thank you, your wife’s knees will thank you, and the little old lady in the parking lot’s knees will thank you.
Until next time