July, 2002

I have recently experienced a computer failure and have lost
most of my data , you know the story if you have ever had
this happen to you. While computers are obviously an
advantage in this day and age, they can also cause a serious
disruption in your life when they fail. In this regard I
have lost all the files for this and last months newsletter
... I now have a brand new, but blank computer and so this
months newsletter will be a reprint of a previous newsletter
that I had on a backup disk. My apologies ... I hope to be
back on track for the next issue.
Stay well and keep on RV'ing!
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Inside this issue:
- A few RV Storage tips... By Les Doll - Travel in Mexico By
Peter Bassel  - Misc. tips Thanks to Peggi McDonald! - From
the RVers Corner Inbox Deep Cycle Batteries - GPS navigation
system By John Stead        Put together your own by
following this guide. - Napping Navigator - a tip submitted
by a fellow RV'er!
Joke of the Day: Classified Ad Section: About the RVer's
Corner Newsletter:

RV Storage Tips ... by Les Doll
Controlling Humidity
The air in a closed up RV will contain varying amounts of
moisture, depending  upon the local climate and the storage
methods utilized. If you are able to  connect to shore
power, during the storage period, an electric dehumidifier
is a very good safeguard against a high humidity condition.
Otherwise, one or  better yet, two, DriziAire dehumidifiers
is advised. Open a roof vent or two,  if you can, to allow
moist air to escape.
To Tarp or Not to Tarp
As a concerned RV Technician, I am totally against the
tarping of an RV. If your  roof is maintained and in good
condition, it will withstand the forces of Mother  Nature.
If you simply must "tarp" your unit, build an "A" frame type
of structure  to repel rain or snow while allowing air to
circulate beneath the tarp and above  the roof of the RV. A
tarp laid on the roof and draped down the walls, is an
invitation to dry rot - you want the moisture to escape -
not to be held in, as  a tarp will do. Also, a tarp will
move with the wind, regardless of how well it  is secured.
This results in chaffing of the sidewall paint, and we don't
want to  discuss that in this article!
Clean and remove your battery(s) and store in a cool place.
Top up the water level  and check/recharge them monthly.
Deep cycle batteries will self-discharge in a month  and a
discharged battery is not a happy battery. Use only
distilled water to top off  the water level in the cells. An
uncharged battery will freeze in sub-zero weather  if left

A brief introduction to what you need to know about ...
Travel in Mexico By Peter Bassel
Tourists entering Mexico in certain frontier areas along the
U.S. border do  not require tourist cards for stays of 72
hours or less. But taking a American  automobile into Mexico
can involve a few complications.
American driver's licenses are valid in Mexico. A temporary
vehicle  importation permit -- Solicitud de importación
temporal de vehículos --  is required for a
foreign-registered vehicle to enter Mexico. You can obtain
one at the border by providing the following documents:
· proof of ownership;
· proof of American or Canadian registration;
· an affidavit from any lien holders authorizing temporary
· a valid American or Canadian driver's license; and
· proof of citizenship.
Temporary permits are not required in certain designated
border areas, such as  those immediately south of
California, where there is a lot of local tourist  traffic.
But be sure you know exactly where you are going before
relying on  this alternative. The vehicle permit is valid
for six months and is good for  multiple entries.
The temporary vehicle importation permit costs US$15 and
must be paid for with  a credit card. The card must be
issued by a major American financial institution  in the
name of the vehicle owner. Visa, MasterCard and American
Express are all  accepted but cash is not. If the visitor
does not have a credit card, a bond must  be purchased and a
US$15 processing fee must be paid. You must display proof of
 payment on the vehicle windshield, and close out the permit
on the way out of Mexico.  This document constitutes a
promise to take the car out of the country within a
specified period, and the car will be confiscated if you
overstay. Recreational  vehicles and large trucks require
additional permits.
It is illegal to import used vehicles permanently into
Mexico except in designated  northern border areas. Your
vehicle can be confiscated if it is not properly imported.
It is illegal to sell a car brought in on a temporary
permit, even to another non-resident.
A temporary vehicle importation permit will be issued to a
tourist only for one 180-day  period in one year. Visitors
intending longer stays are expected to obtain a
non-immigrant  visa, in which case their vehicle permits
will follow the same timing as their visa.  If the car will
remain in Mexico for more than 180 days, a tax of
approximately 30  percent of the value of the vehicle is
Automobile insurance issued outside the country is not valid
in Mexico, and you must  obtain insurance from a Mexican
company. You must do this at the border before entering
Mexico. As in other parts of Latin America, if there is an
accident, both drivers can be  held responsible pending an
investigation. They can be jailed and their vehicles seized
if there is no proof of ability to pay. In case of serious
personal injury, both drivers  may be jailed in any event.
Vehicle traffic in Mexico City is restricted to control air
pollution. The regulations  are based on the last digit of
the licence plate number. On every weekday, vehicles with
plate numbers ending in designated digits may not be driven
in the city. For example, if  the plate number ends in 1 or
2, the vehicle may not be used on Thursdays. This amounts
to a restriction on 20 percent of vehicles on each weekday.
There are no restrictions on  Saturdays or Sundays except
when an environmental emergency is declared.
http://www.drivemex.com/ - Mexican Insurance Online Buy and
print Mexican auto insurance policies immediately on your
own printer. Can also insure boats, motorcycles, trailers,
RVs and properties  (home, condo, apartment etc). Contact:
Sales@DriveMex.com or 1-866-367-5053
Tip Sheet #3 Thanks Peggi McDonald!
1) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper
bag  and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will
absorb all  the dust and dirt and leave your artificial
flowers looking like  new! Works like a charm!
2) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply
add  a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover
bottom of  pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.
3) Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before
 pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any
4) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use
a  bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any
white  mess on the outside of the cake.
5) Wrap celery in aluminium foil when putting it in the
refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
6) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to
help  bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
7) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub
it  on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
8) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
9) To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap
 on the area and you will experience instant relief.
10) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to
never  cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a
line on the  floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for
yourself.  More tips in the next issue!

From the RVers Corner Inbox
Deep Cycle Batteries
After some further reading elsewhere, I came across
something which said that if you connect 2 Group 27
batteries in parallel, they will deliver a total capacity of
210 amp-hours (2 x 105 AH). This assumes that the average
Group 27 battery delivers 105 AH. Two 6V Golf Cart batteries
connected in series delivers 225 amp-hours (Trojan T105
rated at 225AH).
Now I have some questions:
1) The staying power of the golf cart batteries is not much
better than 2-group 27's (225 vs. 210). Am I missing
something here? Is there more to this than I understand? 2)
If I use a pair of golf cart batteries, can I use my
standard 6V/12V battery charger to charge them or must I use
a charger specifically designed for Deep Cycle batteries? I
also have a charger for Deep Cycle batteries but it only
works for 12V batteries. 3) Would it be correct to assume
that if the Charger/Inverter installed in my trailer is
adequate for charging my single 12V deep cycle battery
(Interstate SRM 24), then will it be OK to use with a pair
of Trojan T105 golf cart batteries, or for that matter, two
12V Group 27's wired in parallel? 4) Would it also be
correct to assume that my truck's alternator will be able to
deal with charging either configuration mentioned in
question 3?
Thanks in advance.
1) Although the 2 12VDC deep cycle batteries in parallel and
the 2 6VDC batteries  in series are similar in amp hour
capacity, it is the longer life of the 6 volt  batteries
that is attractive. In a nut shell, the two 6's use 6 cells
overall in  the same space that the 12's use 12 cells. This
allows room for thicker plates  within the battery and that
means longer useful life.

2) When two batteries are connected together, they become a
battery bank and  the 2 6VDC's connected in series can be
treated the same as a 12VDC battery  or 2 12's in parallel.
As long as you leave the 6's connected together you can  use
your 12 volt battery charger on them at 12 volts.
3) Yes, your on-board converter will charge the 6's or the
12's. Most converters  have a fairly "dumb" charger, some
are adjustable to better suit the purpose they  are used
for, and the newer ones will charge at a higher rate. (up to
40 amps or so)
4) The wiring size and length of run from your alternator to
the batteries will  determine the amount of amps that are
available to charge the battery(s) while  underway. The
trailer plug connection will only accept a 10 gauge wire and
the  distance from alternator to battery can be 30 to 40
feet - in other words, the  charge rate will be slow.
PS your present group 24 Interstate has about a 55 amp/hour
capacity - pretty feeble!
Hope this helps,

CarterGPS - Mobile GPS navigation system By John Stead Put
together your own by following this guide.
We have used computer trip planning for many years now. In
the past, my wife  Nancy would prepare all the routes and
driving schedules on the computer. Upon  completion, she
would print a trip book with maps and directions and put it
in a binder.
Our new system provides for flexibility with route changes
due to preferences,  construction zones or road conditions.
We know well in advance of upcoming  exits or turns. I can
be in the correct lane at the correct time without any
guess work.
The easiest way for me to describe the advantages of such a
system is to walk  you through its usage. In May of this
year we planned a short 4 day RV trip  from Mississauga, ON
Canada to Irish Hills, Michigan USA for my niece's
While I made preparations with the van and our 29ft travel
trailer, Nancy booked  a campsite in Irish Hills and
prepared a travel route using Microsoft Street &  Trips. She
plugged in our starting location near Fergus Ontario and the
Irish  Hills Campground in Michigan. She specified the types
of roads we prefer, updated  the construction data and
"poof", we had a route with a detailed map and driving
Thanks to John for another interesting article!

Napping Navigator by gMw
Driving a motorhome or anything else for that matter, I pay
attention to the  road and traffic, which leaves no time for
map reading, so I rely on my  "navigator" to read maps and
provide directions.
Sometimes/often my navigator takes catnaps, which seems to
coincide with  times I have questions about exits, route
numbers, and so on.
Now before each day's travel, I review maps and directions,
jotting down  route numbers, exit numbers, towns (or land
marks to help me locate things), fuel stops,  etc. in large
print on a 6" x 4" ruled Post-it Note, and stick it to my
dash board for  quick reference.
That way I always have the highlights of my day's travel in
front of me,  available, and easy to read, should my
navigator take a catnap.
Editors note: what a great idea! Thanks for sharing this
with us. These Post-it notes could also be used in other
ways - as reminders to lower the antenna, stow the water
hose ...
Joke of the Day:
Signs you may Have bought a bad RV:
1. As you leave the RV lot, you see the owner rush out with
a gigantic smile and high-five the salesman.
2. You notice that the car phone they threw in "for free"
has a direct line to Moes's Towing Company.
3. The booster cables are not in the trunk but are
permanently soldered to the battery.
4. The hood has been equipped with a push-button device for
quick and easy opening.
5. The "Purchased From" sticker at the bottom of the rear
license plate has been removed.
6. You get a "Good Luck" card from the previous owner.
7. As you drive up to a service station for gas, the
mechanic opens the big door and waves you in.
8. When you leave for work the next morning, you notice a
tow truck parked about a block from your driveway. As you go
by, it silently falls in behind you.
9. The little "Service Engine" warning signal in the
dashboard comes on and reads "Me Again."
A frog telephoned the Psychic Hotline and was informed, "You
are going to meet a beautiful young woman who will want to
know everything about you." The frog said, "That's great!
Will I meet her at a party, or what?"
... "No," replied the psychic, "Next term--in her biology


Mexican Insurance Online
Buy and print Mexican auto insurance policies immediately on
your  own printer. Can also insure boats, motorcycles,
trailers, RVs and properties  (home, condo, apartment etc).
http://www.drivemex.com/ - Mexican Insurance Online Contact:
Sales@DriveMex.com or 1-866-367-5053

Les Doll - RV Technician  My advice is free and worth only
what you gain from it!