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Monday, August 10, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
What’s the difference between driving a motorhome and driving a car?
Generally speaking, you’ll round corners slower and wider, and be more concerned about low hanging branches and roof overhangs that can do serious damage to the RV. You’ll also need to concentrate on your side mirrors more than with a car, as there is a huge “blind spot” along the right side of a rig. And because you have lots of stuff onboard – dishes, pots and pans and other do-dads – you’ll be especially interested in avoiding deep potholes and rough roads that will shake everything up. And, of course, backing up is usually more challenging.
How fast can I drive a motorhome?
If it’s loaded properly and you’re not headed up a steep hill, you should be able to drive the speed limit. During bad weather – heavy rains or in cross winds– slow down. Keep in mind that it takes a lot longer to stop than with your passenger vehicle. So add extra room in front of you at all times. When winter sets in, no need to give up RVing. But remember the Old Trucker’s admonition – it applies well to RVing: Snow? Go slow. Ice? No go.
‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
Some possible financial help to buy an RV
In the market for an RV but aren’t sure you can afford it? Check with your tax consultant – you may be able to write off the loan interest on your tax return. The money you save there might be the edge you need if you’re getting an RV loan.
Electrical circuit not working?
Got an electrical circuit in your RV that stubbornly refuses to work? You’ve checked the circuit breaker and it’s fine, but still “no juice”? Check in the bathroom and verify that the ground fault interrupter doesn’t need to be reset. (Don’t ask how we know about this one.)
Using the roof air while driving serves two purposes
Most big motorhome owners realize that using the dashboard air often doesn’t cut it to keep cool while driving. Firing up the generator and using the roof air keeps the rig cool easily – with an added benefit: Since generators need to be “exercised” regularly, running the roof air while underway is a great way to get in that generator maintenance time.
Handy linen storage
Need a good place to store linens? Plastic-coated wire racks are lightweight and keep good airflow going.
Use windshield “shades” for your RV skylight
RV skylight giving off too much heat or light? Hit the auto parts store and buy some windshield “shades.” Attach them to the ceiling under the offending skylight using double stick Velcro tape.
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Common Terms Used by RV Salespeople
DOORMAN: The name given to the dealer employee who stands at the doorway of the finance manager office, blocking it, when the buyer is sitting in the finance & insurance (F&I) office and the final RV sales paperwork is being signed. It’s an intimidation tactic often used by the salesperson or the floor manager when the dealer knows there is something in the transaction that the customer does not know or understand and may object to.
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A road atlas for kids!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.
If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?
From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response:
“The one thing I would tell them is not to buy a new RV. With new RVs being sold with so many major problems and the large depreciation in the first few years it’s like throwing your money away!” —Bruce
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Random RV Thought
When using a public shower, like in a state park, always turn on the hot water before getting undressed. Sometimes there will be no hot water. And if it’s a cold morning or evening, you will feel pretty stupid standing there naked with nowhere to go. Of course, if you are brave and have the cold tolerance of a polar bear, jump right in. Brrrrrrr. Good luck!
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So enjoying this news letter. We have had RV’s for over 45 years, everything from pop up camper, truck camper to bumper pull to now a 36 foot fifth wheel. Even though we are not beginners we have found excellent information. Love the what you would tell someone new to RV travel. wish some of this was available when we started.
Here’s an idea for a future article: “The only kitchen supplies you really need in your RV”. The article below forgot the wine opener, and most RV’ers don’t need a blender but it’s a decent list that could be tweaked for RVing.
Instead of buying window shades at an auto parts store just drive down to Lowes or Home Depot and buy a roll of almost the same thing. Foil on both sides and air compartment in the middle. they sell different sizes and you just cut it to your desired dimensions. Velcro or two sided tape will hold it in
I am an experienced fulltimer driving a 37′ DP and I still find tidbits in this newsletter that are helpful – thank you. In today’s “RVing Basics” you mentioned that it is okay to drive the speed limit. Some roads have speed limits of 80 mph as you move west and many are at 75 mph across the country. Not only is this a dangerous speed for larger vehicles it also substantially drops the fuel consumption. I imagine most newbies will figure this out, but I would hope it is not found out the hard way.
I agree so much with Jill. Just on the basis of fuel economy, my top speed is 60 to 65, even though I live in TX where a lot of areas are 75. Slow down, enjoy the ride, and save some money and wear and tear on your rig.
Speed limit on ST trailer tires is only 65mph!