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RV Daily Tips Issue 29. January 3, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Issue 29 of RV Daily Tips
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RVing Tip of the Day
The typical RV refrigerator is smaller than the one in your home and many RVers tend to overstuff it, making it difficult for air to circulate and maintain an evenly-distributed temperature. This can also cause some meat and dairy items to smell a bit after just a couple of days.
A way to help the refrigerator cool efficiently is to use a small, battery-powered fridge fan, which will move the air around. But be warned: if your refrigerator is really, really stuffed, the device may be only marginally effective. So try not to pack it like a sardine can.
A small inexpensive fridge fan from Camco (and other retailers) will operate for 30 days on two D-cell batteries and has a charcoal filter to absorb odors as it circulates the air. It retails for $22.29 but you can find it for about $14 at Dyers. Most RVers seem to like it, although some have reported it is not as effective as promised. The biggest problem with the device, we think, might be trying to pronounce its name without wearing out your tongue. It's called the Fridge Airator Fridge Fan Food Fresher Fridge Odor Absorber. Yeah, the word "Fridge" is in there three times. Good luck asking for the product by name.
If you want something a little easier to pronounce, the Valterra A10-2606 FridgeCool 11.28 mA Fan with On/Off Switch is about the same price and should accomplish the same mission. But, really, that isn't so easy to say, either!
LAST ISSUE'S TIPS
How to keep on top of your sealant situation to prevent leaks.
How and my RVs catch fire.
Clean RV window screens without water.
Check your windshield wipers before leaving on an RV trip.
National Park Service Camping Guide
The National Park Service Camping Guide, expanded and updated in 2013, describes nearly 450 campgrounds in more than 120 National Parks, recreation areas, monuments, and other areas managed by the National Park Service which all together are home to more than 25,000 campsites. If you love camping in National Parks, this is for you. Learn more or order.
Multiple batteries: Many RVers see the advantage of multiple batteries. When making connections in your battery bank, be sure to use a heavy gauge wiring between batteries. All too often RVers use small gauge wire when connecting batteries in parallel (two 12 volters for example) or in series (two 6 volters). The gauge of the wire should be at least as large as the wiring provided by the rig manufacturer for the original "single battery" installation. Make sure your connections are clean and tight.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
RV Idaho. The official information source about Idaho's campgrounds and RV parks.
Do you have a short tip or a website to recommend for Website of the Day? If so, please email to Chuck@RVtravel.com.
to locating Wal-Mart stores
Learn where to find more than 4,100 U.S. Wal-Mart stores most of which allow free overnight stays in RVs. Get specific driving directions to each. Learn which stores sell gas and diesel. The Walmart Atlas is an RVbookstore.com best-seller. SAVE 20% off cover price. Learn more or order.
Video Tip of the Day
A one- to two-minute tip every weekday.
Matching the right size truck with a travel trailer or fifth wheel
Walter Cannon of the RV Safety and Education Foundation explains the importance of matching the right sized truck with the travel trailer or fifth wheel trailer it will tow.
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Update: We have a winner, Maurice Kunkel of Lancaster, Calif. The correct answer is -282 feet.
RULES: Please respond to RVcontests@gmail.com. You must do so with the email address associated with this newsletter's subscription. If you are not on our subscriber list as of the day before this contest (subscribe here to be eligible in the future), you are not eligible to win. Only one entry per day. Your mailing address must be in the USA or Canada. We must receive your response by midnight (Eastern time) the day the contest is published in this newsletter. If you win, you must respond by email within 12 hours of when we notify you. If not, or if we have no winner, the prize will be awarded in a future contest.
RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributors: Bob Difley, Chris Dougherty, Mark Polk, Rene Agredano and Gary Bunzer. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury. Freelance submissions welcome. Contact Russ DeMaris at Russ@RVtravel.com.
Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We're just human! So don't go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. So be sure to check things out. This newsletter is copyright 2013 by RVbookstore.com. Our International Headquarters: RVbookstore.com, 170 W. Dayton Street, Suite 103B, Edmonds WA 98020. Write the editor at Chuck(at)RVtravel.com. This website utilizes some advertising services. Sometimes we are paid if you click one of those links and purchase a product or service. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.
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Space heater uses only 200 watts!
It's hard to believe that an electric space heater could use a mere 200 watts — the same as a couple of light bulbs, a fraction of others. But this one does, and it really works! It's meant to heat a nearby person, not a room. Put it on your desk or at your feet. It's perfect for the RVer who's "always cold." For about $17, this is a winner. Learn more or order at Amazon.com.
Keep rodents out of your RV!
The positive reviews on Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent make it a best bet for keeping your RV rodent-free. This is the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 100 days with a "woodsy" scent that's pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It's safe around kids and pets. 98% biodegradable. Endorsed by the Good Sam Club. Learn more or order.. Learn more or order at Amazon.com.