Archive for June, 2010

Petroleum Jelly in your toolbox?

Frugal for Life describes 15 Uses for Petroleum Jelly along with a ‘make your own’ recipe for a non-petroleum substitute. The stuff is good for preventing chapped hands in winter and will also protect hands when you get into painting or greasing your wheel bearings. That makes cleaning your hands a bit easier.

Whether you use petroleum jelly as a trailer ball lube and protectant or a refrigerator door gasket seal assist, it has many uses that can make your RV lifestyle a bit easier to maintain.

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Lloyd and Ruth Brown, WBCCI 17330, Remembering the good old days

In memories, travelogues, a special section has been set up remembering Lloyd and Ruth Brown, charter members of the Monterey Bay California Unit of the WBCCI. This is a personal story of the heyday of the WBCCI in the seventies and eighties with Lloyd’s artwork, photographs, and reminiscences.

Oregon Pipes ’93

You’ll find links to biographical information, Lloyd and Ruth’s story about the 1971 Airstream Company European Caravan, and photo galleries with many of Lloyd’s sketches and water colors.

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Meal prep, your own frozen dinners

One of the ways to make things easier on the road in your RV is to reduce what you need to do for dinner. You can pre-pare your dinners and stash them in your RV’s freezer. Melissa recommends (Don’t Panic–Dinner’s in The Freezer.) (Amazon link referencing Melissa) as a resource. “When we are traveling in our camper, I simply stash the homemade meals in the mini freezer before we leave and pull them out as necessary.”

It looks like the book was successful enough to breed a sequel. — Might be worth checking out.

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SNU June newsletter

SNU Folks

The June 2010 Newsletter has been posted! Note: Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found at there, too

June Rally at Unionville

The SNU will hold a rally at the county park in Unionville. Dates for the rally are Thursday June 24 to Sunday June 27. Unionville is off of I 80 East. About 60 miles East of Lovelock. Take exit 149 (about 44 miles from Lovelock) towards Mill City/Unionville. The road to Unionville is good gravel. The park is near the end so keep going till you see Airstreams. Be sure and bring wood for campfires. (Your routing program might take a shortcut over the mountain to the south. This route at exit 119 is not recommended,)

Topics in the June newsletter

June rally at Unionville -|- Ft Sage Rally Review -|- First draft SNU 2011 rally schedule -|- SNU 35th Anniversary Logo -|- IBT President’s newsletters -|- Region 12 newsletter -|- Airstream restorations -|- Airstream for Sale

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How much can I tow?

One of the questions trailer owners ask is about what they need in a tow vehicle for their trailer. This has been a very subjective matter with a lot of sales hype and FUD mongering thrown in. The SAE has put together a committee to provide a standard against which towing issues can be compared. Automobile Magazine says

There are five engineering characteristics that strongly influence any tow vehicle’s performance:

* The engine’s power and torque characteristics.
* The powertrain’s cooling capacity.
* The durability of the powertrain and chassis.
* Handling characteristics during cornering and braking
* maneuvers. The structural characteristics of the vehicle’s hitch attachment area.

Standard J2807 spells out test procedures and performance requirements that must be meant for a manufacturer to assign a maximum tow rating to a particular vehicle.

Most of the issues, concerns, and questions that have come up over the years in the ‘what can I tow?’ question have been addressed in the standard. For instance, a tow vehicle must be able to go forward and backward 16 feet on a 12% grade five times in five minutes as well as meet acceleration times over a set of defined speed ranges commonly encountered in driving. The Davis Dam run on 68 and 163 in Arizona is used as a criterion where the rig has to keep up a minimum cruising speed when temperatures are over 100F and the AC is on full. Handling is also considered. Turns up to .3g or so must not exhibit oversteer and panic stops need to stay in lane and be accomplished in specified distances at various speeds.

These criteria will not only help choosing a tow vehicle but can also be used to understand what the ‘experts’ think is necessary for proper and safe towing. Starting with 2013 models, you may see the claim that the vehicle meets J2807 SAE standards and that will provide some assurance about the claims for what the vehicle will tow.

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