A road trip just isn’t a road trip without road snacks.
Or maybe we’re just fat.
Bits & Bites are by far my favourite. I don’t know why, but I must have them on the road and I just about only eat them when on the road. And then I eat a lot. The perfect mix of different levels of crunchy and salty and that barbeque flavour mixed into the cheese flavour- dangit, I just drooled on my computer.
The world is opening up again, and many of us full timers are going to be looking for places to go and things to see. Plus, we all struggle to find places to stay when on the road.
Single nights in a campground are costlier than they should be and finding a good place to boondock can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
My family has tried several free or near to free camping options while traveling longer distances. Our favourite by far is Harvest Hosts. It is inexpensive to sign up for; the classic membership is only $79USD/year and the plus membership is only $119USD/year and both provide unlimited free 1 to 2 day overnight stays.
So, you’ve decided to service your RV wheel bearings yourself. Good for you, but no cheating! What do I mean?
To properly service wheel bearings, they must be removed from the hub. I know what you’re thinking. “My RV has a grease nipple right on the outside under the centre hub cap. All I do is simply take my rease gun and pump it several times every year!” Yeah, okay. That grease nipple and the internal grease porting was designed so that the owner would not have to remove the wheels and hubs and disassemble and get dirty and all that stuff… but there is a price to pay.
I previously made a post on a Sunday Review about a quick and dirty path to greasing your wheel bearings. As it turns out, I was grossly misinformed! While the “cheat” works if you are in a pinch (and got us across mountains and a couple thousand kilometres when we had no other choice), it is definitely not recommended and is very risky. I will be doing a complete service of my bearings this year before moving to my next destination. Proper wheel bearing service is a necessity for travel trailers and 5th wheels.
So here to correct me is licensed automotive technician Dale Constantine, whom you can find on LinkedIn. This post is an explanation of the wheel bearings. Next Sunday’s post will explain why you should never cheat!
Notice: I had been doing additional reading and research well after writing this, as well as talked to some more people (these posts are usually written beforehand and then scheduled to be released). This is a very “backyard mechanic” method of maintenance. It does work, but with big caveats. If your hub rear seal is going or you pump the grease in too hard (more likely with an electric or pneumatic pump), you can blow out the rear seal and get grease on your brakes. This will ruin your brakes. If at all possible it is always best to do a full inspection on your trailer’s hub and brakes with regularity, which means pulling everything apart (future post). If you have a method of tracking your trailer’s mileage, it still needs to have the bearings repacked on the recommended schedule. It is especially true that a new RV should be checked properly after the first year in case of manufacturing defects (Chinesium axles), and a used RV from a private sale should be checked right away. This is all information only, based on what has worked for me. You could damage your RV if something goes wrong, and this summer I am fully pulling apart my wheel assemblies to check brake pads and replace seals. I used this method due to a difficult situation and may never use it again.
Note: This is for very specific situations. We were stuck and had no other options but to finance from a dealer due to the difficulty of getting used RVs in our area – definitely none for a decent price unless it was too old to be allowed into parks. If you can get a decent RV without financing, that is always the better option.
Yes, you can get financing for an RV even when you are poor and/or broke.
First I’ll give you a quick rundown of what we did. Then I’ll go into some more details on what you can and/or should be doing.
Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba is one of those places that you just have to visit in Canada. The park is located on the Manitoba Escarpment and covers nearly 3000 square kilometres. The protected area covers three converging ecosystems; grasslands, upland boreal forest, and eastern deciduous forest.
The park itself is reasonably priced compared to other national parks, but if you are looking to save some money you can stay outside of the park and take day trips. The campground and RV park are very nice and you can also rent yurts and cabins for short term stays. Next to the main campgrounds is a quaint little town with a few small resorts and a public beach. Lyndsay liked the town and its little diners, bakeries and coffee shops. The laundromat is exceptionally expensive, however.
To follow up Thursday’s post about mold, I thought I’d get a little more in-depth with the dehumidifiers. If you are exclusively in Canada, you will probably need to deal with humidity. It just isn’t optional. Even if you have a small air exchanger (if such things exist in RVs), the coasts are just too humid in the winter for that to be good enough. I saw some people just running ceramic heaters through the winter with the window cracked, but their electrical bills were immense; some hit almost $300 per month. Our highest bill was barely over $100. Just get the dehumidifier.