While it seems Hollywood has made millions depicting the plight of hapless RVers in movies, there’s no reason why your trips in 2021 should resemble any of these crazy scenarios of travel gone sideways. Resolve this new year to make the most of your travel by being prepared! One of the best ways to be prepared is by catching up on maintenance you may have put off, either while travelling or since you’ve winterized. If you’re travelling or storing cold, winter can be hard on batteries and the changes in temps over time can corrode connections. Cleaning terminals and having a trickle charger are important, as well as making sure your generator is up to par before you’ve started your first trip of the year.
Generation Innovation: Inside your RVs generator
Maybe you’re the type of RVer that never stops short of a full electric hookup, or, perhaps you relish the thought of your next boondocking adventure away from it all. Either way, your generator is a vital piece of equipment, both as an electrical source and as a back-up. Today’s integrated generators are a far cry from their primitive beginnings, now offering automated features, ample power and a wide range of protections for electrical circuits and for the unit itself.
Since generators are both mechanical and electric, they require proper care and maintenance to function reliably and perform at its peak—just like the rest of your coach’s chassis and systems. In fact, your onboard generator will have all the same needs for maintenance as your RV’s engine—air, oil and fuel filters and coolant, as well as fuel stabilizer if the unit undergoes long periods of inactivity. And since generators measure their use in time, not in miles, they’re equipped with an hour meter instead of an odometer.
Give your generator some love.
No matter if your generator is a gas or diesel type (most generators use the same fuel as the coach’s engine) it’s a smart idea to start and run your generator on a regular periodic basis, just to make sure it’s ready when you are. (Please refer to your owner’s manual.) Beyond proper maintenance, here’s a few more tips before you set off.
First, give yourself a cushion of time. Check the hour meter and determine if your generator is due for maintenance. If you’re within limits, nothing beats a physical check of the unit before setting off. Open the compartment and slide it out (if equipped). Check the oil level, battery connections and check for leaks. And lastly, test run your generator a day or two before you leave on your trip to make sure it’s up to the task.
Service now. Save more.
If you’re due for service or need work done, have an authorized service center inspect and maintain your generator. We recommend the experts at one of the REV Service & Repair centers in Decatur, IN or Coburg, OR. Right now, through March 31, 2021, when you get RV engine service at one of these centers, they’ll include a FREE 250-hour generator service, PLUS a special reduced labor rate of $129/hour on service or repairs. *
*Excludes collision work. May not be combined with other offers. Not valid on prior service. Other restrictions may apply.
REV techs can test and perform maintenance to OEM standards and use the proper parts to keep the lights on, no matter where you travel. Start the year off right.
Refresher Course: Family-friendly hot toddy.
Got a chill on your bones or a young one with a sore throat? This simple hot toddy recipe can be a welcome sip along with a cozy snuggle. Simply choose your favorite hot tea and add in these enhancements.
7 ounces hot tea
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon (grated or cinnamon stick)
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
Combine ingredients with hot tea
Garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon wedge on rim
Serve and enjoy
If you’re willing to make your hot toddy a little more personal, consider a drop of vanilla extract or brown sugar. Yum!