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Learn How You Can Have FREE Wi-Fi In Your Rig

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Welcome to FulltimeFamilies.com, the RV club for families who live or are seeking to live, the full time rv lifestyle.

A reliable internet connection is like the Holy Grail for many full time rv’ers.  How many crowded lodges have I come across full of surfers, with every available power outlet in use.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have reliable, free internet right in the comfort of your own rig.  Did I just say “free”?  I did indeed, and now I’m going to tell you how!

I have researched this for a long time and have come up with a solution that will work 90% of the time.  This internet solution requires some hardware and software configuration, but at the end of the day, you can expect to have FREE internet 90% of the time.  That’s right, I said FREE!  How can this be you ask??!!

Ok, here is the answer to FREE internet on the road.  Most McDonalds, Starbucks, book stores, or even local libraries offer free Wi-Fi.  I know what you’re thinking; I don’t expect you to sit in at coffee shops, book stores, or the library all day.  This is about internet in your RV at the location of your choice!  This is about internet, in your jammies, with your own snacks an arm’s length away.

With this configuration, I have been able to pick up Wi-Fi  from up to 1.7 miles away!  I said it right, 1.7 Miles away!!!  This is surrounded by mountains.  With that in mind, I think I may be able to get up to 3 miles away on flat terrain.

To get access to FREE internet in your camper,you will need 5 pretty inexpensive hardware components.

  1.  100’ Cat6 Ethernet Cable
  2. RiteAV – Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable – Blue – 6 ft.
  3. Ubiquiti BULLET-M2-HP Outdoor 802.11b/g M2HP
  4. TP-Link 2.4GHz 15dBi Outdoor Omni-directional Antenna, N Female connector, weather resistant (TL-ANT2415D)
  5. NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point

I put links in the text to Amazon where you can find all these components for about $200.00.  This is a small sacrifice when thinking about what you pay a month for an Air Card plan or paying a campground a monthly fee for internet.

Putting all these components to work for you is not a hard task either.

1.  Pick a spot! The first thing to consider is where you are going to place your wireless access point and how you are going to run the 100’ Cat6 cable to your Ubiquiti Bullet and Wireless antenna.  I mounted my bullet and antenna on the existing TV antenna so that when I bring my TV antenna with the crank, it brings up the Celluteq antenna as well.  It will also lay flat for travel making this a seamless system.  You can mount this setup on a flag pole style mount, but that will require you setup and tear down every time you move.  For now, let’s keep going!

2.  So you have found the perfect spot for your wireless access point and antenna.  Now you will need to run the cable as neat as you can from the two devices.

3.  Once you have run the cable, connect the bullet to the antenna with the N style connector.  You just simply screw the two pieces together and you’re ready to go.

4.  Next plug the Cat6 cable into the Power Over Ethernet (POE) device that was provided with your Bullet.  From the 2nd port on the POE device, plug the 6’ Cat6 cable in and run that to the wireless access point connecting that to Port1 of 4.

Voila! Your hardware installation is complete and all that’s left is configuring the software of the wireless access point and the Bullet.

Using the supplied documentation (included with your wireless access point device), configure the wireless access point to meet your needs.  Once you have completed the configuration and you can connect your your access point wirelessly, you will need to configure the Bullet.  Complete the form below to download the PDF on how to configure the Bullet.

That’s it, you now have FREE internet from the local hotspots in your area.

Here are some more pictures for you to get an idea of what everything looks like:

 

Fulltime Families is Run by a Christian Family; What This Means for You

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Recently I’ve received some emails regarding the direction of Fulltime Families as it pertains to religion and our family’s faith.

We wanted to take a few minutes to address this topic with our membership and community directly.

Fulltime Families always has and always will provide exemplary service and support to ALL families who are living or seeking the full-time RV family lifestyle.

Over the past 6 years, our family has worked diligently and tirelessly to provide a loving, caring, sharing, accepting, environment.

This organization grew out of our own family’s feelings of “not fitting in”.  When we decided to pursue a full-time RV lifestyle as a young family, no one understood “the what, the why or the how”.

Our family and local friends felt like we were abandoning them.  Our long distance friends were sure we had gone off the deep end.  People started emotionally disconnecting from us and we felt very alone.

We knew no one on the road and we were anxious about “who was out there”.  Would we connect?  Would our kids find friends?  Would we find friends? Would we be accepted?

We established Fulltime Families for many reasons;

  • to provide logistical support
  • resources for family rvers
  • financial savings with service providers

and to prepare a place for other families to be accepted with open arms so that other families would not have to feel the anxiety we felt when we made our leap of faith.

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We want you to know, nothing has changed.  Fulltime Families has always been run by a Christian Family and while our events and offerings have appealed to both the secular community and a faith-based community, we have served a single community.  The community of families who are risk-takers, rebels and pioneers.  The families who have blazed their own path, made intentional choices and made the less popular and often second guessed decision to take their own leaps of faith, to dream their own American Dream, and put their family first.

To those who are hesitant to join or continue their involvement in the Fulltime Families Community, we reiterate, ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.  Your opinions, your contributions, your questions, your advice, your friendship, your talents, your trials, your successes are important to us and to this community at large.  Your family is a part of the tapestry that makes Fulltime Families a beautiful collage and you are valued here.

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Regarding our online offerings, their value to members is only as good as the participants within those social media outlets. We will continue to protect the rights of all members where applicable. Speak your mind as your input is crucial to create a community of diverse voices but it is vital that we all be kind and let ourselves be led by the spirit of cooperation and understanding.

It has been and continues to be our family’s greatest pleasure to serve this community.  We thank each of you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and look forward to the beautiful web of memories this community will continue to create as it flourishes as multitudes of families find the courage to make intentional choices that matter for the next generation.

Roadschool Moms Latest Episode: You are More than Enough

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Society tells each of us that we are not enough.  We aren’t thin enough, we aren’t pretty enough, we aren’t smart enough, we aren’t sexy enough, we aren’t good enough and we just want to share with you, that no matter where in the world you are tonight, physically and emotionally – that you are actually MORE than enough!

1st Peter 3:3-4 says “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

You can put lipstick and earrings on a pig but inwardly they’re still a pig so Peter writes that “the hidden person of the heart” is precious to God and the “imperishable beauty of a gentle and quite spirit” to God is “very precious” and that’s all that matters eternally.

You reading this post, You are beautiful, You are smart, You are perfect in every way. Don’t let society, friends, family, anyone tell you otherwise.  You are more than enough.  Listen in and take these words to heart.  Let them sink in deeply and change you.  http://ultimateradioshow.com/encouragement-for-all-women-you-are-more-than-enough/

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Fulltime Families Discontinuing Sales of Lifetime Memberships on March 8th

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For Immediate Release:

March 8th is the last day to upgrade or purchase a Lifetime Membership from Fulltime Families.

In an effort to meet the needs of our rapidly growing membership, Fulltime Families will be restructuring their membership programs this spring.

The Fulltime Families Lifetime Membership program will be discontinued on March 8th, 2016, and will be replaced with a 10-year membership option beginning Spring, 2016. The new program promises to be applicable and beneficial for members. Watch for additional information in April / May 2016. Existing Lifetime Members are not affected by the change. Their membership will continue for their lifetime.

Currently Lifetime Members receive early bird rally registration privileges, the opportunity to attend the Lifetime / Charter Breakfast, discounts on the FtF Explorer Program and reduced event rates, in addition to the list of exclusive savings and discounts with both homeschool curriculum suppliers (Time4Learning, Hocus Focus) and RV industry giants like Thousand Trails, Passport America, and RV Trader. 

To secure a Fulltime Families Lifetime Membership before they are discontinued on March 8th, visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/join-now/ for current annual members, interested in upgrading, please email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com directly.

If you have requested an upgrade, please check your Paypal account for a customized invoice.

Upgrade requests will be handled in the order they are received by midnight on March 8th, 2016.  Please allow up to 48 hours for your upgrade request to be processed.

Johnson Space Center Review by Destination Editor Jen Holt

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Space Center Houston, located on the southeast side of Houston, is the official visitor center for Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is an exceptional facility to support educational and entertainment needs and should be on your must see list when visiting the Houston, TX area. Over 1 million (30% international) visitors visited the facility last year and enjoyed learning about the emphasis that science, technology, engineering and mathematics have on our world in a fun and engaging way.

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Now that you’ve made the decision to visit the Space Center, we’d love to give you some suggestions on how to make the most of your day at the Space Center. The number of hours that you have to spend will determine the things you will have time to see. The astronauts even have suggestions for how to spend your time!

We really feel like the tram tour of the Johnson Space Center is a must do, even if your time is somewhat limited. It’s the only way that you can tour the NASA Johnson Space Center. The 90 minute open air tram tour will take you around the grounds of the NASA facility and will allow you to see the anstorant training facilities which include many full size mock ups so that the astronauts can train for their space missions. One highlight for us was seeing the historic mission control where many famous visitors have been. We even sat in the same row as Queen Elizabeth did!

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The tour will also provide you a look at building 9 and the International Space Station training facilities.

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Once back in the Space Center Houston, it will be time to explore all of the exhibits. Everything is included in the price of admission except for the simulator rides. The Space Center Mock Up is a full-scale replica of the space shuttle orbiter. You can see just how many buttons is takes to pull off such a mission. After touring the space shuttle make sure you then go down to the special exhibit “Be the astornaut” exhibit where you can control your own space shuttle on your mission to Mars!

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There are a variety of movies and theatre experiences for you to take part in. If you only have time for one I would suggest the Starship Gallery. It is a short 15 minute film about the history of the NASA program and you can see the actual podium that JFK declared we would make it to the moon! After the film, the theatre opens and leads you into the gallery where you can see replica space artifacts as well as real moon rocks. There is even one that you can touch! Now, how many other places can you touch the moon?

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If you are there for most of the day, make sure you also catch one of the Blast off Theater shows and you will be able to experience the sounds, sensations and sights of a shuttle launch.

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A lot of the Space Center Houston will be a bit advanced for the younger crowd but they will LOVE the Kid’s Space Place! Its an action-packed area for children (especially the under 10 crowd). There is still plenty of learning here but there is a chance for kids to run around and get out their energy a bit!

Photo: Space Center Houston Photo courtesy of: Space Center Houston

Nuts and Bolts:

Information: Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058. You can reach them at 281-244-2100.

Parking: Parking is $6 and the surface lot is huge and easy to park in, even for those you us driving bigger vehicles. There is even Bus/RV parking in case you are just passing through and have your rig with you.

Eating: There is a nice outdoor sitting area with lots of picnic tables and even some under a pavilion just outside Space Center Houston if you would like to pack a lunch. Inside there is a cafeteria style area to eat and you can buy food at the Zero-G diner.

What to bring: Since you will probably be there most of the day, its a good idea to bring some snacks and something to drink (these are allowed inside just no coolers). A stroller might be helpful for the little ones and there is plenty of stroller parking for areas that don’t allow them.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5 ; Saturday 10-7 ; Sunday 10-6

Pricing: Save $3/ticket and buy online ahead of time! If you choose to buy at the door: Adults $23.95 (age 12-64); Children $18.95 (age 4-11); 3 and under: Free. If you plan to visit more than once the yearly membership is well worth the small up charge and includes free parking!

The Space Houston Center website is an incredible resource both before and after your visit and I highly recommend you take a “virtual” tour of the facility before you go and make a list of exhibits you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

This review was created for FulltimeFamilies.com, the resource for Full-time RVing Families by Jennifer Holt of Free2Breathe.com

 

 

Is an FtF Event a Good Fit for your Family?

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Test your knowledge about the upcoming Fulltime Families Rally with this POP Quiz!
TRUE OR FALSE
1. The Rally is for seniors only and kids are not encouraged to come.
False of course – This is THE family event you will be talking about all year.
2. I have to know the people attending to have a good time.
Also false! Come as strangers – leave as good friends you’ll drive thousands of miles out of your way to see again.
3. We have to live full time in our camper to attend.
Absolutely not – but I can’t promise you won’t wish you do when you leave.
4. We need an RV to attend.
Wrong again – there are tent sites / cabins are also available
So, what are you waiting for?  Reserve your spot today!
Want to see all the fun from past rallies?

 

Lippert Components Flow Down Makes the Grade

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Image-1-2As we mentioned in our previous post, we have recently renovated and upgraded our sewer equipment.   We replaced all our broken and bulky box store stuff with Lippert’s state of the art offerings.

In this post, we’ll review Lippert’s Flow Down RV Drain Support System.

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You Control the Pitch

Every Black Tank Technician knows that waste is evacuated far faster when traveling down hill.  While most sewer hose support systems provide for the hose to be positioned in a downward slope, only the Flow Down gives you control to customize the pitch.  This really comes in handy when your campsite’s terrain is less than optimum.

Anyone who’s ever used extra wood, cinder blocks, anything they can find to support the hose in a higher position, will immediately recognize the design ingenuity of the Flow Down.

By adjusting the position of the pins (pictured above) you can create a steep slant from your RV to the campground’s sewer connection, thereby saving you time dumping while maintaining a steady output flow.  To see exactly how easily these adjustments can be made, be sure to watch our brief video at the end of this post.

What’s Your Angle?

Have you ever hooked up a site, only to realize that no matter which way you positioned your hose, you couldn’t get it just right.  One way left you too much slack on the ground and the other way, made your hose 2 inches too short. Gone are the days when hose supports only travel in a straight line. With the Flow Down, you can create 90 degree angles to get your position just right.

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Lippert's Flow Down Makes the Grade

Lippert’s Flow Down Makes the Grade

 

Packs Like a Pro

As Rver’s space and weight are always at a premium.  All the sturdy, well constructed pieces of the Flow Down, come apart and fit snugly in their own carrying case (pictured above).  The system is sleek and fits well in a small spot in our basement storage.  The box store counterpart on the other hand, did not store compactly and took up a sizable foot print in our storage compartment.

So What are the Cons?

We really have fallen for the functionality and design of the Flow Down, but if we had to pick a con, it’s that the system must be disassembled for packing and reassembled for use.  While diss-assembly makes the product take us less room when packed, and reassembly is pretty quick, it does add one more thing to our list of set up and tear down procedures.

Despite this drawback, we believe the Lippert Flow Down is a solid product that will last us a long time and makes our dumping procedures as “enjoyable” as such a process could be considered.  We are very pleased with this component of our sewer makeover.  To see how it works in conjunction with our new Waste Master and 360 Siphon, click on our individual reviews of these products.

To see the Lippert Flow Down in action, just press play.

Want one of your own?  You can purchase yours at Lippert’s Waste Management Products.

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A Review of Lippert’s Waste Master Sewer Management System

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Our Review of the Lippert Waste Master Sewer Management System

To say dumping the black is a dirty job, is an understatement in the first degree.
Now that we’ve been using our Lippert Waste Master hose for a few weeks, we can clearly see the benefits of using top of the line waste management products.

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As a full time rving family, we have been going through big box store hoses at the rate of 1 every six months.  Some of the hose failures have been just a pain, like when we took our stinky slinky out of the box and realized that sun and dry rot had taken its toll and it had seen it’s last dump.  Other failures have been catastrophic and while I’ll save you the gory details, I’ll let you use your imagination when I tell you that clean up required an entire bottle of bleach and an hour long steaming hot shower.

We had resigned ourselves to poorly built hoses and mistakenly thought that all sewer hoses are equal.

When Lippert sent us the Waste Master RV Sewer Hose, Chris immediately recognized the difference.

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The Fit – Unlike any RV Sewer hose on the market, the Waste Master is designed to dump your waste efficiently.   We’ll take you through from end to end as we describe this innovation in RV sewer management.  Starting with installing the hose to your existing sewer output connection, the instructions tell you to cut your existing OEM waste drainage pipe. Whoa there Nelly!  They want you do to what? Yes, you read that right, cut, with a hack saw, the hooks that you are currently using to attach your bayonet fitting on – they need to go in order, to slip on the Waste Master’s installation fixture.  This may seem extreme and in fact, it was a deal breaker when Chris first saw the Waste Master at the Quartzsite RV show this winter.

You see, we need those little hooks so we can attach our macerator pump to our waste output pipe, when we are dry camping.  Without them, it would seem we’d only be able to dump our tanks using the Waste Master. I called Lippert to brainstorm the issue with them and was told they had a bayonet fitting that could be used with their Cam Lock attachment… Problem solved.

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So, what’s all this about the Cam Lock?  Why is this cutting necessary?  One of the key features of the Waste Master is the solid vacuum seal you achieve with their Cam Lock system.
As soon as you experience it, you realize how flimsy and problematic bayonet type systems could potentially be.  To see the Cam Lock in action, check out our installation video.

Solid Construction –  Straight out of the box, we instantly noticed that the Waste Master is constructed of quality materials.  The hose is highly maneuverable and yet incredibly sturdy.  The hose can be crushed and immediately springs back to its original shape.  If you’ve ever had a kid run over your sewer hose with their bike, then you know the value of this feature.
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Innovative Features – One of the first things we noticed is the Waste Master has an “exo-skeleton”.  Where the majority of hoses on the market have their ring supports housed within the hose, the Waste Master designed this hose with the supports outside.  Why is this important?  This design advancement allows the inside of the hose to be completely smooth, allowing the waste to flow easier and faster down the tube.  The smooth inner walls also prevents waste from getting stuck inside the hose.  Want to get completely grossed out?  Go check out how much waste is still sitting in your hose right now.

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One of the key upgrades you’ll notice on this hose is on the end you place in the campground’s sewer inlet, a teal colored handled outlet with a rubber donut (which can be removed and replaced).  This end of the hose is actually loaded with features to help you out when it’s fully loaded!

A clear window at this end of the hose, removes all the second guessing that goes with this delicate job. With other hoses, you know when the tank is empty, but do you when the hose is empty?  With the waste master, a quick peek in the potty portal right there at the end, shows you when the fluids are running clear through the entire hose. Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 3.50.05 PM

The handle makes you the master of the disaster.  No more trying to line up the hose with the sewer with just two fingers, barely touching the end of the pipe.  Now you’ve got a sturdy handle on the situation allowing you to get a great fit on this end as well.

Have an issue that needs some immediate action?  No need to run back to your RV waste handles, you can control and shut off the flow, right there at the end of the hose!

Now you know what we love about our new Waste Master (trust me, Lippert doesn’t want it back) but to give you the full picture, we need to add some of cons we discovered too.

While we love the control the handle end provides, the truth is, it makes the hose bulky to pack up.  As a full time rving family, space is at a premium, so packing up the Waste Master has required us to remove some other things from our Sewer Tools box.  If you’re currently using the four inch bumper hose storage or a PVC storage system, you’ll need to find a new hose housing.  The Waste Master will not fit in there, as the handle end can not be removed.

You may not feel comfortable cutting off those hooks off your original sewer outlet.


 

This system only works with other Lippert Components so if you need an extension or other accessories / fittings, you’ll need to purchase them from a Lippert Dealer or Lippert’s own website.

Even with these drawbacks, we believe the Lippert Waste Master is a solid product that will last us a long time and makes our dumping procedures as “enjoyable” as such a process could be considered.  We are very pleased with this component of our sewer makeover.  To see how it works in conjunction with our new Flow Down and 360 Siphon, click on our individual reviews of these products.

Want one of your own?  Lippert is offering Fulltime Families Readers an exclusive offer* on their Waste Management Products for a limited time.

*Use promo code FulltimeFamilies (no space) by July 10 to get 10% off when you spend $150 or more on Lippert Components waste management products.
*This 10% off Waste Master/Waste Management code can be used one time only and one per customer. Discount is only valid on purchases over $150 or more that include products from Lippert Components Waste Management product line. Coupon applies to orders before tax and shipping. Discount will appear on the billing page before submitting the order. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer only applies to retail customers. Offer ends July 10, 2015, at midnight ET.
*Subject to limitations or restrictions.
Products and prices subject to change. Offer, products and prices may not be available for international customers.

Our Sewer Makeover – With Sewer Debacle Caught on Tape

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Over the last five years, we’ve gone through our fair share of sewer equipment.

It seems like a hose from a big box store will last us about 6 months.

Whether it’s run over by a campground neighbor, rotted by the intense sun or fatigued from so much packing and unpacking, when the stinky slinky busts, it certainly is not a pretty picture.

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So when Lippert offered us the opportunity to review their cache of top of the line sewer products, we jumped at the chance.Image-1-3Lippert sent us the Waste Master Sewer Management System, the Flow Down sewer hose support and the 360 Siphon, a product that helps eliminate odors from the interior of your RV.

Our initial impression was favorable, as each of the products appeared very sturdy but we’d only know how good they were when we started putting them to task on the “dirty deed” of helping us move our waste out.

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The installation of the Waste Master Sewer hose, required we cut our factory installed sewer pipe.  This had been a deal breaker when Chris initially saw the product at the Quartzsite RV show.  As frequent dry campers, we utilized the Male Bayonet fitting often to dump our tanks via a macerator pump into a blue buddy waste receptacle.  If we cut that off, as the instructions indicated, we would only be able to dump using the Waste Master.

At first, Chris went to the hardware store to create a “hack” for this and was successful in creating an adapter that would enable us to switch from the Waste Master fitting to the Male Bayonet Fitting using $40 of easy to find parts.

I called Lippert to tell them about this development, and was informed that Lippert’s Waste Management Catalog had a Male Bayonet Fitting Converter that worked seamlessly with the system.  Once we received that, Chris felt confident cutting the sewer pipe as instructed.

bayonetOnce you experience the seal the Waste Master’s Cam Lock provides, you immediately recognize why it’s so strongly suggested.

If you’ve ever had a sewer hose wiggle off mid dump, then you’ll know how priceless this advancement is.

Over the next few days, we will be adding individual reviews and installation videos of each of these products to share both the pros and cons of this trio.

In the meantime, check out our latest RV Sewer debacle.

If you’re interested in your own Sewer Makeover, Lippert is offering Fulltime Families Readers exclusive pricing for a limited time.  Use promo code “fulltimefamilies”* when checking out of the Lippert Waste Management Store.

Or, you could win your own Waste Master by entering our Annual Father’s Day Photo Contest.

*Us promo code FulltimeFamilies (no space) by July 10 to get 10% off when you spend $150 or more on Lippert Components waste management products.
*This 10% off Waste Master/Waste Management code can be used one time only and one per customer. Discount is only valid on purchases over $150 or more that include products from Lippert Components Waste Management product line. Coupon applies to orders before tax and shipping. Discount will appear on the billing page before submitting the order. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer only applies to retail customers. Offer ends July 10, 2015, at midnight ET.
*Subject to limitations or restrictions.
Products and prices subject to change. Offer, products and prices may not be available for international customers.

 

 

Understanding How your RV Refrigerator Works

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As I reflect on all the questions that we were asked during our seminars – Absorption RV Refrigerators are still the number one topic of all.  So, I thought I would provide more information on how to help this appliance work more efficiently with providing some great facts that you may not be aware of.
Compressor vs. Absorption type refrigerators – there is a big different.

The compressor (residential) is an electric motor with a refrigerant pump, whereas, absorption (RV) is done through chemicals and heat.

Recovery time is vastly different from our residential units. For every minute the door is left open – it will take one hour to recover the cold air lost.

RV refrigerators cool better when there are a fair amount of items being stored. However, over packing is a bad thing – temps will go up because of lack of airflow. Try to keep your refrigerator stocked well without over packing.

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For cooling properly these 3 things are needed:

  • Is it level?
  • Is there proper ventilation?
  • Do you have a heat source ( i.e. propane or electric)?

It is not critical to have the refrigerator level while traveling. The rolling and pitching movement of the RV helps the refrigerator operate efficiently.

To check for proper temperature, place a cup of water with a thermometer inside the cup. Wait 2 to 3 hours to check if the unit is already cooled down. If hot (unplugged), turn on and wait to check after 8 to 24 hours.

Most refrigerators will have at least one auxiliary fan on the back side, check that it is working properly.  If more air flow is needed – add an additional fan(s).

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If the odor of ammonia is present with a yellow film coating on the back side of the refrigerator, the cooling coil seal is broken.  This means the coils will need to be replaced.

8 cubic foot and larger units should be at least 43 degrees F. or less at 110 degrees F.

Proper temperature for the freezer is 0 degrees F. and inside the main cooling box is 37 – 42 degrees F.

Place ice cream at the coldest part of the freezer which is the lower left side.

Hopefully, some of these facts about the Absorption RV Refrigerator will help you better understand this appliance.

Evada Cooper (Lady E) is a full time RVer who is a published author of a cookbook titled, “The RV Centennial Cookbook –Celebrating 100 Years of RVing (1910-2010 She has produced 12 recorded segments withRVNN.TV called “RV Kitchen with Evada Cooper”. Evada offers RV Kitchen seminars across the United States. She and her husband, Terry Cooper –The Texas RV Professor, manage their online business, Mobile RV Academy, while traveling full time in their own 5th wheel.

 

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