THE JOURNEY - OCTOBER 2017

 

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 HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Karen & Ron wish all a Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone.

This long weekend in October is for Canadians to give thanks for all we have and all the blessings we receive each and every day.

And let's not forget all our American friends that will celebrate Thanksgiving next month.

We hope you enjoy.

It's Thanksgiving ....Celebrate

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879, when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving. The date, however, was not fixed and moved earlier and later in the year, though it was commonly the third Monday in October.

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The tech tip this month is mountain driving tips. This is the time of year that the snowbirds are planning to head south and a lot of us have mountains to cross. These mountain driving tips can help make the trip easier.


Karen's recipe for this month is Perfect Eggs Benny.


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See you next month.

Karen & Ron


 

FEATURED RV PARK OF THE MONTH 

Golden Village Palms RV Resort

Hemet, California

 

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 Welcome To Golden Village Palms RV Resort In Hemet, California

You have discovered the most luxurious RV resort in Southern California–top rated by customers and the Good Sam Club.


Hemet is centrally located in the heart of SoCal’s top vacation destinations. We are located in Hemet, California known for its natural hot mineral springs, Diamond Valley fishing, and Temecula’s Wine region.


Our long-term residential RV park caters to both nightly California RV vacationers and snowbirds who wish to stay in the “Golden State” for an extended period of time. Our Snowbird-friendly RV resort lots allow all types and sizes of RVs and Motorcoaches.

 

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 RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 Perfect Eggs Benny

Perfect Eggs Benny

4 eggs
4 slices back bacon from the Deli
4 English muffins
Knorr Hollandaise Sauce
1 T vinegar

Put a pot of water on to boil with 1T vinegar.

In a small pot Mix Hollandaise sauce to directions on package.

When water is boiling poach 4 eggs.

Put back bacon on plate for microwave.

Toast English muffins either in toaster or under broiler

To assemble
Take muffins and butter them put on plate
Microwave bacon for 30 sec.
Place bacon on muffins
Take Poached eggs and put on top
Spoon Hollandaise sauce over and serve hot.
Serve with hash browns or fresh fruit








 

Perfect Eggs Benny

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TIP OF THE MONTH 

Mountain Driving tips

 Mountain Driving Tips For RV'ers: How To Drive Up Hills & Down Hills Without Burning Up Your Brakes

Mountain driving in an RV requires a bit of special attention to what you’re doing.
With both climbing and descending (on long or steep inclines) you need to plan ahead and understand what your RV is capable of doing. 
You have to maximize your resources, in order to avoid problems and conquer the hill safely.

RV Uphill Climbs
When climbing long inclines, your RV needs to be operated within its power band.
The power band is a span of engine RPMs where you have the maximum horsepower available to handle the extra load imposed when going up long inclines.
This becomes even more noticeable with diesel engines. Their power band is usually a rather narrow band of RPMs. When operated within their assigned power band, you will have a tremendous amount of pulling power. Fall below that RPM, and it will do you no good to push harder on the throttle. All you’ll get is more black smoke coming out of the exhaust.
To stay within the power band, you must downshift to a lower gear, and you may even be required to  let off the throttle a bit so the engine can work more comfortably. Pushing too hard will only create more heat and increase the likelihood of overheating.
The whole point when climbing long inclines is to adjust your gearing, so you will remain within the comfortable RPM range that your engine likes. Maintaining a certain speed because the sign on the side of the road says that’s the speed limit may be impossible. Slow down and use a lower gear instead.

RV Downhill Descents
So you’ve safely crested the high point in your RV. Now it’s time to come down the other side of the hill.
This is where you make your engine and transmission work to hold you back. That way, you save your brakes for when you really need them.
The time to set up your downhill decent strategy is at the top of the hill — well before you’ve picked up so much speed that you’re in trouble.
You only have one set of brakes. If they get too hot, they may fade away and your RV will become a runaway train — a situation rapidly headed for disaster.
Experience will teach you how many gears down you need to drop from top gear in order to descend a hill without constant use of the brakes. If you’re new to steep descents, it’s best to error on the safe side by going down a hill in too low a gear. You may be slow, but at least you’ll be safe. It’s very hard to go back and have a do over, if you picked too high a gear at the top of the hill.
Many diesel engines are equipped with a retarder that will help hold you back. It functions by blocking off some of the exhaust gases from your engine. This helps to keep the engine from revving too high when the weight of your RV is trying to push you down the hill.
Some large diesel pusher motorhomes are also equipped with jake brakes.  A jake brake is an engine-mounted device that turns some of the cylinders into an air compressor when you let your foot off the throttle. Jake brakes are a very effective way to control your descent speed without the need for constant braking.
If you find yourself going downhill faster than the engine and transmission can hold you back, your braking should be done in short bursts. It’s far better to brake hard for a shorter distance than to ride the brakes for a long period of time.
The longer you apply the brakes, the hotter they will become.  At some point, they may just fade away — leaving you helpless and unable to slow your RV to a safe speed. Overheating your brakes can also do permanent damage to your RV’s brake components. Rotors, drums, and shoes can all be quickly destroyed by riding your brakes too long down a long hill.

The best advice for RV driving in mountain terrain is to take it slow and easy. It’s better to be able to say, "I got there; it just took a little longer than I expected" than to not get there at all.



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 NEW PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

PASSPORT AMERICA

Passport America invented the 50% Discount Camping Club in 1992 and has continued to improve on that great concept. Over 1900 campgrounds across the US, Canada, and Mexico are currently participating in the Passport America Program, with new parks joining daily.



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 TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

GENERATOR MAINTENANCE



Lack of use is one of the biggest problems with generators. In gasoline generators the fuel breaks down and gums up causing hard starting and surging problems. This can happen in as short a period of time as one month. 
Generator Maintenance
A generator that comes equipped on an RV gets its fuel supply from the same fuel tank the engine uses. When the fuel tank reaches a ¼ tank of fuel the generator will shut down to prevent you from possibly using all of the fuel without realizing it. The generator will either have an automatic transfer switch to sense whether you are using shore power or the generator, or you will need to plug the RV power cord into a generator receptacle to use the generator. It is perfectly okay to use the generator while you are traveling.
 
This is one of the reasons you have a generator in the first place. It is actually more fuel efficient to run the generator with the roof mounted air conditioner on, than to use the dash air. 

RV generators are extremely dependable and in many cases will out last the RV if they are properly maintained and cared for. They do not require your constant attention, just some basic maintenance.
The first thing you need to understand about maintaining your generator is that they need to be exercised on a regular basis. This applies to gas and diesel generators. As mentioned earlier that gasoline generators could have fuel related problems in as little as one month of sitting idle. This is one of the biggest problems, but it can easily be prevented if you get in a habit of exercising the generator on a monthly basis. 

Many think that you could avoid this by adding a fuel preservative to the fuel tank and then running the generator long enough to get the preservative through the generator set. You definitely should use a fuel preservative whenever the unit will be in storage, but there are many other reasons to start and exercise the generator on a regular basis. 
Moisture build up can cause damage to your generator. When you exercise your generator it heats up the generator windings and eliminates this moisture build up. This monthly exercise regime also lubricates all of the engine seals and components and helps to prevent carbon build up.
 
So, what exactly do I mean when I say exercise your generator? For a gasoline generator I mean that you start and run the generator with at least a 50 percent load for at least two hours every month. It is extremely important that you run it with this minimum rated load. Generators are designed to run with a load placed on them. Our motor home has a 4,000 watt generator so I can either turn the roof air conditioner on in the summer time, which is about 2,000 watts or I can use a couple of small portable electric heaters if it's cold out. It's always better to let your generator run for longer periods than it is for short periods. Check your generator owner's manual for load ratings specific to your unit. 
Other maintenance intervals for generators are based on usage. Your generator set will have an hour meter so you can monitor the usage. Consult your owner's manual for maintenance intervals. 

Changing the oil and filters on a regular scheduled basis and for seasonal changes is just as important for your generator as it is for your automobile.

For extended storage requirements consult your generator owner's manual.
 
The bottom line is don't hesitate to use your generator and when you do use it put a load on it. A little exercise and preventive maintenance will keep you generator in top operating condition and provide many years of faithful service.

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