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Friday, October 9, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
I’m single. I am concerned that I would get lonely without a companion.
It can be lonely, for sure, but a lot of singles travel by RV and are very happy. To learn more about the single RV lifestyle and meet other single RVers, consider joining Loners On Wheels. Get information from the group’s website LonersOnWheels.com. Many RVers report that having a dog along helps keep the blues away.
I have heard about jobs where you drive motorhomes from the factory to the dealer and get paid. Is this true? Is it easy to get these jobs?
Yes, it’s true. If you think about it, you’ll realize that you never see a motorhome or large fifth-wheel trailer being transported on a big truck like you do cars, vans or other smaller vehicles. Manufacturers and dealers hire drivers — usually regular folks, not professionals — to transport these vehicles. Payment is typically made by the mile and there are some perks, like the potential on one-way trips where you may be paid to ﬂy home, picking up frequent ﬂyer miles in the process.
Beware, however, that if you use your truck to transport a towable RV to its destination, you’ll likely be paid only to the delivery point — and nothing for your return trip. Some “transporters” say it’s a great hobby and a way to see the country, but not something you’ll ever get rich doing. There is actually quite a demand for people to drive RVs. If you like to drive and have a good driving record, you might want to check into it. Look for ads soliciting drivers in RV magazines. The Facebook Group RV Transporters is a good source to monitor for information.
Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
When heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — and perfect for RVers: it pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer, too! Learn more or order here.
Cut down on interior condensation
Winter condensation issues driving you out of your RV? You can’t stop breathing, so cut it off somewhere else. Avoid using a non-vented space heater (Blue flame or catalytic) – each gallon of LP burned releases three quarts of water into your interior atmosphere!
Heat pump versus regular furnace
New to RV heat pumps? They work pretty well until temps hit into the 30s. If frost is in the weather forecast, best to use your regular furnace – they usually pump heat to the plumbing system, where the heat pump only warms up the interior of the coach. You don’t want frozen pipes!
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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:
“Before buying your used RV, go to RV Conventions and:
• Go to every class possible
• Talk to as many RVers as possible
• Make note of vendors (you’ll need to know them and how to install parts when you have to fix things)
• Go in RVs and sit everywhere (usually the TV placement is neck cracking)
• Pretend you’re washing kale in the sink to imagine where all the water will splatter
• Pick up brochures and manuals for all the RVs that appeal (and then look for the one you love on the used RV marketplaces)
• Get in the shower and flail your arms
• Put your upper body into every basement storage area – you’ll have to reach in and haul out stuff
• Look in the water cabinet: How difficult is it for you to pull the tank valves (you aren’t going to like kneeling on the ground to do it – so stand up, reach in and pull)
• Take off your rose-colored glasses. RVing is expensive, takes lots of work, it’s full of pitfalls and can be just the BEST!” —LizW
Random RV Thought
Here is the definition of freedom to an RVer: “A full gas tank, a full propane tank, a full water tank and empty holding tanks.” Add to that fully stocked cupboards, a full refrigerator, a road atlas and lots of free time. At that point, an RVer’s life is approaching a perfect state.
Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.
“What’s the best modification you’ve made to your RV?”
From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response:
“The Thetford Waste Extraction system eliminates the need for all these nasty hoses, stands and connectors … our latest accessory.” —Clemson
• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.
• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.
Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.
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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.
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