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Issue 766 • Week of Oct. 29–Nov. 4, 2016
With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck (at) RVtravel.com
My professional writing life came full circle on Tuesday. Gail and I drove our car from our campground in Eugene to Sisters, Oregon, over McKenzie Pass and its giant lava field. Thirty-five years ago I made this same trip on my first road trip in a motorhome — my initial outing as a fledgling roving reporter. One of my first stories was about a woman named Frances O’Brien, who operated an unusual community library in tiny Blue River. I stopped by again Tuesday.
For years, Frances had maintained a small library on the porch of her modest home along the McKenzie River. One day in the early ’80s, CBS-TV “on the road” correspondent Charles Kuralt stopped by. Within a few days of his report, books began to arrive by the truckload.
A small addition to her “porch library” had been built in 1975, but after Kuralt’s visit it was much too small. The local Lion’s Club kicked in and helped expand it. When I stopped by years ago there were 40,000 books and hundreds of DVDs. The library was open 24 hours a day with no due date on borrowed books. “All I ask is they return them,” Frances told me at the time.
Frances died in 1992. Today, the Frances O’Brien Memorial Library is open 11-3, six days a week, with an all-volunteer staff. It still operates on the honor system. “If someone doesn’t return a book for a year or two we give them a call,” said volunteer librarian Mary Jo Carroll. But there are no fines.
Even though the library is now several decades old, Mary Jo says many locals still don’t know about it. She said it’s very popular with RVers who vacation nearby in the summer.
Donated books still arrive, but it’s a trickle of what it once was. If you have books or DVDs you would like to donate (be sure to send via Media Mail to save postage), the address is Blue River Library, 51790 McKenzie Highway, Blue River, OR 97413. I noticed some empty shelves, so I know they would be appreciated.
After leaving the library, I wondered where the 35 years went since I visited before. I was reminded that I’ve been “on the road” now for a long, long time.
Oh, almost forgot: Last issue I told you I was heading out to the Oregon coast to see some carnivorous plants. Well, I did. And good news: I did not get eaten! Whew! Read more.
My Roadside Journal
(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)
• Roadside Journal entries from Oct. 22
•Lunch in Sisters with Boo • Funny tee-shirts • Other funny things around town • The football team that gave one player a lifetime memory
• Roadside Journal entries from Oct. 25.
•Yuck! Bad sewer hose technique • Mermaids • Sick bird • No Mama or Papa Burger • Misc. (free camping)
• Roadside Journal entries from Oct. 26.
•Life on the road is working out • Fly heaven? • Shoe store with a Crying Room • Lusty billboard by I-5
• In Eugene, it’s all about Donald Duck.
• City’s seal is made of sewer trash!
Roadside Journal Index: Click here.
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Got an RV parked at your house? Lock your doors! That’s the admonition from Eugene, Ore., police after a rash of RV burglaries and “uninvited guests.” Several RVs have been burgled, and in some cases the crooks have lived in the rigs — sometimes for days. All the robbed RVs had unlocked doors.
The big RVIA 64th Annual RV Show in Pomona, Calif., that wound up October 16, was indeed big. Stats show that nearly 39,000 attended, up 10 percent from 35,148 last year.
Fees throughout the Los Padres National Forest (Calif.) could increase – as much as double in some cases – if the Forest Service follows through on “farming out” recreation site management to concessionaires. Fifty-two recreation sites may be turned over to Parks Management Company. The government says due to budget cuts it cannot adequately manage the sites. A decision will come soon.
Canadian RV manufacturers are continuing to sing the blues, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc. August sales of towable units dropped 5 percent compared to August 2015. Travel trailers dropped 3 percent, and fifth wheels were down nearly 13 percent. Popups and park models also declined, the former a mere 7 percent, but the latter a whopping 47 percent.
Don’t try to outrace the 1972 Winnebago Brave motorhome modified by a Canadian company. It has a brand-new, smoking-hot 900 horsepower engine, a far cry from the gutless wonders of the era. The outside looks pretty much like any other 1972 model. But the inside? You have to see it!
RV-owning residents in Whittier, Calif. – an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County – are up in arms with a new law proposed by the local board of supervisors. The ordinance would completely ban parking of RVs on Whittier’s streets. RV parking is already limited to 72 hours; residents could obtain temporary permits to park for short periods of time but would have to drive to Norwalk to get them.
Entegra Coach is recalling certain model year 2017 Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured April 13 to August 25, 2016, that have a power steering pump that may experience an occasional loss of output power resulting in reduced or intermittent loss of power steering assist which could increase the risk of a crash. Owners should contact Entegra at 1-800-945-4787 regarding recall 9903325.
Motorhome club Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has a new executive director with some big plans. Chris Smith says plenty of people see the FMCA emblem (“goose egg”) on motorhomes, but few people know what it means. Smith wants more “take notice” of the group, and added, “I want members to feel that the value of their membership far exceeds their annual dues.” To that end Smith gave a hint: “Stay tuned, because we do have some exciting plans in the works.” Source: RVbusiness.com.
A non-profit California group called RVs for Veterans, currently run by Paso Cares, is trying to live up to its name. The San Luis Obispo organization has provided 60 rigs to help out homeless veterans (including families) in the Central California area. Once they find a rig for the veteran, they also help them find a place to put it. There’s a waiting list of 30 homeless vets needing a new home. If you have one to donate or want to help, contact them at Paso Cares or call 805-712-7067.
Winter Differently This Year!
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Hot generators? Riverside, Calif., fire and police officials have raised eyebrows after responding to a motorhome fire at a storage facility. The motorhome was completely destroyed and three others damaged. Neighbors told investigators that several generators had been stolen in the area recently. Arson investigators are sniffing around — still no cause listed.
New York’s state parks saw plenty of action this year: Through Columbus day, visitors broke the 2015 record of 623,891 overnight stays over the summer, with 633,000 for the same period this year – the fifth consecutive year of record attendance.
A tip-of-the-hat to Medicine Hat, Alberta, government folk. Gas City Campground there is now closed for revamps to add electrical hookups to some RV sites, as well as other utility improvements. About half of the $200,000 project is being funded by a grant.
This year’s final National Park free entrance day is coming up Friday, November 11. The fee waiver does not apply to camping.
We reported earlier about the charges against the Tacoma, Wash., RV salesman up on a rap of claiming he couldn’t work – but working all the same. Bobby Ray Johnson (48) now has a 45-day jail sentence and $81,000 in restitution to pay after pleading guilty to first-degree theft. Johnson fell on ice while selling rigs in Poulsbo, Wash., in 2013. He filed a Workman’s Compensation Claim, but then went on to work selling RVs at three different dealers for the next two years.
Slammed the outhouse door – that’s apparently what residents of Morden, Manitoba, have done in the eyes of community leaders. After pumping $70,000 into restroom renovations at Lake Minnewasta, a survey of 800 locals gave the new restrooms two out of a possible five. The remodel was prompted by an earlier survey wherein people complained about the same restrooms. “People complain about washrooms all the time,” stated Clare Agnew, Morden community services director. “It doesn’t matter what you do.”
A motorhome fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge (N.J.) took a heavy toll on a marijuana advocacy group, Weed World Candies. Their rig, carrying $50,000 worth of merchandise, including pot-laced lollipops, went up in smoke last Sunday, closing some bridge lanes for three hours. We assume responding firefighters didn’t inhale.
DC’s RV Center in Bakersfield, Calif., has lost its state license to do certain types of work after a lengthy investigation. “We inspected the consumer’s vehicle, and confirmed $4,000, in excess of $4,000, in repairs that were never performed,” said Joseph Blanton of the Bureau of Automotive Repairs after a customer complained. DC’s RV was also ordered to pay restitution of about $45,000 to other victims.
Campsites may be even harder to find next summer than last based on strong RV sales. Wholesale RV shipments made to retailers increased this September by 20.5 percent to 33,704 from 27,960 last year, according to the RVIA. And year to date, shipments increased 13.8 percent to 324,286 from 285,049 in the same nine-month period in 2015.
If the Pope felt left out when 5,000 motorhomes rallied outside the Vatican last weekend, he didn’t have to feel that way for long. Before the annual RV rally was over, Pope Francis was presented with a motorhome of his own, based on a Fiat Ducato. Don’t expect to see him boondocking in Italy soon — the Vatican says the rig will be used in charitable work. This isn’t the first time Fiat has delivered a customized Ducato van to the Papal motor pool. Fiat also gave one to Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 for use in touring parts of the Italian countryside destroyed by a devastating earthquake — coincidentally where the Ducato is built.
Keep up with RV Industry news
throughout the week at RVbusiness.com.
Organize your bath with a shower caddy
This waterproof hanging shower caddy has 6 durable mesh pockets — 3 generously sized pockets with holes for holding bottles upside down and 3 smaller accessory pockets to store loofahs, bar soaps, razors and more. It has rust-proof grommets and is made of quick-drying breathable mesh — wipe with a damp cloth or wash by hand. Just hang using your existing shower curtain rings or hooks. Great for the RV! Learn more or order.
RV Quick Tips
Help for emptying tanks on a slope
Pull into a dump station with a slope away from the dump? Getting the tanks empty can be difficult — until you crank up your leveling jacks on the far side of the rig to give your sewage a little lift.
Handy, and considerate, night lights
LED “tap” lights near fifth wheel stairs, in the bathroom and other places where a light is needed during the night can keep you from stumbling, or fumbling for light switches. Easier on your partner, too — the low level of light doesn’t disturb sleepers.
Always keep the battery fully charged
Take the batteries out of the rig and store them in the garage over winter? It’s an old-wives’ tale, provided you make sure the battery is kept charged. Use a battery maintainer to ensure the charge. It’s when a battery falls below full charge that you’d need to worry about it freezing.
Temperature gun is ‘essential equipment’ for many RVers!
Just aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.
Connect to the Internet from anywhere
“NO SIGNAL” — the words that are the bane of an RVer’s life. Without a connection, there’s no way to talk to friends and family far away. There’s no way to get news, weather, or your checkbook balance. Perhaps worst of all, there’s no way to call for emergency help. But here’s a solution.
“I inspected my tires but still had a failure”
Roger Marble, RV tire expert, read recently on an RV trailer forum of an RVer who checked the air and inspected all four tires before they pulled out. Only 20 miles from the house a tire blew out. The tire service center and RVer checked the remaining three tires and spare, all appeared well, and 15 miles down the road a second tire blew out. Roger offered this possible explanation.
The readers always write …
Fall is decidedly upon us and plenty of folks have already headed “south for the winter.” Others of you may have put the rig “up on blocks.” Regardless of your venue, those computer keyboards and smartphone pads are busily clicking away with commentary on what you’ve read in the last couple of weeks on RVtravel.com. Here are some highlights.
See more through your RV window awnings
RV window awnings typically have two positions — deployed or stowed. When the window awning is deployed it can cut your viewing area in half. But half the fun of RVing is the scenery, isn’t it? Here’s a swift trick to solve the problem.
Lava as far as the eye can see
The Earth threw up lava in the Cascades near present-day Sisters, Oregon. Today, scenic Highway 242 passes through a swath of the 65-square mile, surreal landscape. At the summit, a paved walking trail meanders through a half-mile of the bizarre landscape. If you have never seen a lava flow, be prepared to be amazed! Read more.
The fine art of procrastination — now in “RV flavor”!
Rich “The Wanderman,” like so many other RVers, has projects that he wants to accomplish in addition to projects that he has to accomplish — which means the wants are still “wanting.” Since his RV is winterized, he plans to get to some of the projects he has been putting off. Well, at least that’s his good intention — and we all know about “good intentions,” right? We’ll bet you can relate to this article by Rich.
Endorsed by Roger Marble of RVtireSafety.com!
An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn it off, it will do so automatically. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. All for less than $13! Learn more or order.
No Shock Zone, Part Six
In this episode, learn about how amperage draw causes voltage drop, which is why your coffee pot can cause the lights to dim in your RV. The information in this 12-part series has saved lives. It’s very important. Take the time to read. If you missed last week’s episode about amperage and ways to calculate how much your RV needs before you plug into a power pedestal, read it here.
Is covering RV tires for even a few days worth the effort?
RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury talks with RV tire expert Roger Marble of RVtireSafety.com about RV tires. In this case, Roger answers the question, “Is covering your RV tires for even a few days worth the effort to save them from exposure to damaging UV waves?” Watch the short video.
Bent motorhome door fazes RVer
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a question from an RVtravel.com reader when he was serving as our technical editor. The reader explained that the side entrance door on his 2004 Jayco 27DS motorhome was slightly bent and wouldn’t close completely. He wondered if he could bend the door back in place. Read Chris’ answer.
Snag some Burger King loot — cheap!
Fall has to be one of desert-dwellers Russ and Tiña De Maris’ favorite times of the year. Daytime nice, nighttime cool air. Fall leaves. Burger King coupon book specials! Read more.
An oasis near Vegas perfect for RV boondocking
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas, Nevada, is not somewhere you go to stay in a full hook-up RV resort or to visit Nevada’s famed casinos. But the oasis at the refuge headquarters at Corn Springs is a welcome splash of green along with an abundance of bird and other wildlife species. This 2,200-square-mile refuge is the largest in the lower 48 states. Boondocking with views of looming Mt. Charleston is permitted on the open land surrounding the visitor center. Learn more.
Join the largest club for motorhome owners, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Special rate for RV Travel readers. Save $10 on first year membership. Click to learn more.
This week in history
Week of Oct. 29–Nov. 4
Compiled by Dell Bert
1879 — Will Rogers is born in Oklahoma.
1864 — Helena, Montana, is founded after gold is discovered.
1864 — Nevada becomes 36th state.
1929 — Stock market crashes.
1938 — Orson Welles scares nation with “War of the Worlds.”
1947 — Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” flies for the only time.
1990 — “Dances With Wolves” debuts.
1998 — John Glenn, at 77, returns to space.
Avoid moisture damage to your RV
DampRid FG50T Hi-Capacity Moisture Absorber, 4-Pound Tub eliminates musty odors in RVs and other spaces, protecting them from moisture damage for up to 60 days in areas up to 1000 square feet, and up to 6 months in a 250-square-foot area. Don’t let your rig get damaged from moisture this winter. Learn more or order.
RV Club of the Week
Here is an RV club we like. We hope you do, too!
Welcome to a brand-new club: Montana 5th Wheel Rovers Club
Started by 5th wheel owners of the Montana, Mountaineer, High Country and Big Sky — but they are all-inclusive. (Almost 130 members in its first week of existence!) Their forum is very informative, helpful and super friendly. Find out how your RV is constructed, how to boondock using solar panels, what you need to become a full-timer and all aspects of RVing. They have regional rallies and gatherings all around the U.S. “Come and see for yourself.”
Lightweight vacuum perfect for RVs
This Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick Lightweight Bagless Stick Vacuum is compact and it works great. Plus it converts to a hand vacuum in a snap! It’s the vacuum of choice in the RV Travel motorhome. Weighs less than 4 pounds. Learn more or order for about $20.
Bumper sticker of the week
Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
Funny/clever business slogan
Thanks to Ralph and Tricia Graner for sending this in: “Every year we laugh at the signs on the beach porta potties when we’re in St. Augustine, Fla. The company is Floaters Portable Sanitation. The slogan posted on all their porta potties: ‘You Float’m – We Tote’m’.”
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker or business slogan? Send it to Diane(at)RVtravel.com
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Upcoming RV Shows
See the list of upcoming RV shows for 2016 and 2017.
No overnight parking at these Walmarts
See which Walmarts in the USA do NOT allow overnight RV stays.
Why a young boy died by simply touching the family RV.
. . . and how to prevent it happening to you or your loved ones. Click.
Multipurpose Microfiber Duster
No more car wipes to dry up. This duster replaces all interior car products. The 10-inch dusting head is big enough to get your dash dust-free quickly, but small enough for your glove box. The back doubles as a scrubbing sponge. Great for interior or exterior use on cars, RVs or home! Learn more or order.
Websites of the Week
Here are three we like:
The one thing you must do in every state
No, we’re not going to make you do these things — but you’ll surely want to do them while you’re in the area. This is a list of must-sees and must-dos in each state, and which you may not find anywhere else in the U.S. From cheapism.com and msn.com.
29 hearty fall slow-cooker recipes
These deliciously hearty recipes would be great to make in your slow cooker. How about Beef Bourguignon, Jambalaya, Garlic and Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings or another of these tasty dishes awaiting your return to your RV after a day of sightseeing, or when you arrive at your campground after a long day of driving? Mmmmm! From delish.com and msn.com.
50 of the dumbest laws in every state
Can’t eat fried chicken with utensils in Georgia? Pickles must bounce in Connecticut? No cursing while driving in Maryland? (Uh-oh!) No Sasquatch poaching in Washington state? Interesting reading. From Reader’s Digest and msn.com.
Here is our “master list” of more than 700 websites we like, which we have gathered over the years.
Camco Wheel Chocks. Two Pack
Wheel chocks are one of those “must have” basic items for all RVers. Hey, who wants to go rolling outta their campsite at 3 a.m.? For trailer owners, the chocks are designed to keep your RV in place so that you can re-hitch with confidence. The chalks are constructed of durable hard plastic with UV inhibitors and are easy to use. Learn more or order.
Good reading from RV123.com
• Cape Cod Campresort is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the historic Cape Cod community.
• Whether you serve it with chips or enjoy it by itself, this recipe is sure to be a campground favorite!
• Found just north of the Ozarks of Arkansas is the Harrison Village Campground and RV Park.
Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $8. Learn more or order.
Ask the RV Shrink
Wife wants to replace broken microwave; hubby says “no”
Dear RV Shrink:
Our microwave just started making a terrible buzzing noise and no longer heats. My wife wants a new one, but we have only used this one a few times. We use it almost exclusively for storing our plastic food containers. I think we should just pull the old one out and build the space into a storage cabinet. She thinks we should spend three hundred dollars for an appliance we use once a year.
Can you give us some input to cease our petty arguing. —Nuked out in Nevada
Can’t get enough of the Shrink? Read his new eBook: Dr. R.V. Shrink: Everything you ever wanted to know about the RV Lifestyle but were afraid to ask.
DON’T RISK HARMING YOUR RV
It’s time to Winterize!
Winter’s coming fast and for many RVers in the USA and Canada that means it’s time to winterize their RVs. Prestone RV Waterline Antifreeze offers burst protection to -50 degrees Fahrenheit, a non-staining dye, and a ready-to-use formula (no need to dilute). Will not harm plastics, except acetate. Learn more or order at a great price.
RV Tech Tips
from Mark Polk
Clean your air conditioner filters
Keep the filters in your roof air conditioner clean and it will operate more efficiently. Refer to the A/C owner’s manual for cleaning instructions. Replacement filters are sold at most RV dealerships.
Mark Polk is the owner of RV Education 101, the premiere source of educational DVDs about buying, maintaining and using an RV. Learn more.
Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.24 (on Oct. 24). Change from week before: Down 1.4 cents; Change from year before: Up 1.5 cents.
Diesel: $2.48 (on Oct. 24). Change from week before: Down 0.3 cent; Change from year before: Down 2 cents.
Be prepared for a roadside emergency!
Forget messing around with flares.
You’ll be thankful to have this set of three emergency flashers along with you if you’re forced to the side of a busy highway with a flat tire, mechanical or other issue. One FlareAlert™ provides about 20 hours of safety before a battery change (three AAAs in each). You’d need to strike 80 incendiary flares, one after another, to achieve the same thing. Learn more or order.
RV Travel Reader Pets — Pet of the Week
Do you travel with a pet? We’d love to introduce your pet(s) to fellow readers. Send a photo or two of Fido or Boots and a 150-200 word description of your furry friend(s), along with your name(s) and hometown to Diane(at)RVtravel.com .
From Paul and Debi Pitzer (retired), Rendon, TX
Our “furbaby,” Winston (the Pooh) Churchill, or “Winnie,” is a 3.5-pound teacup Schnauzer. He is 13 years old and travels everywhere with us in our motorhome. He has never been boarded and can’t stand to be away from us, especially since our other furbaby, “Tanner,” went to the “Rainbow Bridge” last year. Winnie loves to walk and we don’t let him get too far from us, as a lot of the campgrounds have eagles and wildlife that could endanger him.
“Take the road less traveled.” —Paul, Debi and Winnie
Click here to see the last issue of RV Travel Reader Pets.
Keep your fridge in order when you travel
Tired of stuff moving around in your RV fridge after a day of driving? Maybe a carton of milk has fallen out on the floor one too many times? Here’s the solution. Camco’s RV Double Refrigerator Bar is designed to keep order in your RV fridge during travel. It’s spring loaded to keep items in place. The bar extends from 16″ to 28″. And the good part is the price tag: about $5! (The RVtravel.com staff uses a pair of these in its RV!) Learn more or order.
The RV Kitchen
with Janet Groene
Tomato Surprise Spice Bread
You put WHAT in this bread?
No rising, no electric mixer. Just crank it out and stick it in the oven. Like other quick breads, this one slices better if it’s cooled, wrapped and allowed to equalize for several hours. However, it’s hard to resist it when it’s fresh and warm right out of the oven. The bread is slightly sweet, making it a good accompaniment for ham ‘n bean soup. Get the recipe.
Fix it in Foil! Tasty Recipes. Easy cleanup!
Easy prep, great taste, good nutrition, quick clean-up! “Fix it in Foil” includes 51 fantastic recipes to make in foil — plus instructions for cooking in an oven, on an outdoor grill, or on a campfire. Fix it in foil and forget about scrubbing pots and pans. And, with plenty of substitution suggestions, enjoy a whole new list of recipe possibilities! Great for RVing! Learn more or order.
App of the Week
Want to print your photos while traveling?
If you want to get prints of your photos and you don’t want them mailed home when you’re on the road, Walgreens has your answer. It’s an App called “Printicular” and it allows you to select photos from your phone, Google+, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Google Photos or Flickr. They’re very reasonably priced and usually only take about an hour! Read more in this article from Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour about this handy and free app.
Learn about smartphones and tablets
… almost every Sunday on a live webcast from Geeks On Tour. Last Sunday’s topic was Editing Pictures on your Phone with Google Photos. Or check out the previous week: RV Rally – Living the RV Dream. Watch archives of past programs.
The special offer for RV Travel readers is back!
Become a member of Geeks on Tour and get a 20% discount. Click here.
DON’T LET A LOW BRIDGE RIP OFF YOUR ROOF!
2017 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas
If you drive a big RV — extra long or extra tall — then this truck driver’s road atlas will be a huge help in knowing where you can drive without encountering a low bridge or getting stuck hanging over a cliff. This is an essential aid even if you have a GPS! Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more or order.
Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions
Water pump doesn’t pump
I’m having my RV winterized for storage. The dealer called to tell me that the pump doesn’t work. It is located underneath the fresh water holding tank. They unhooked it from the tank to pump antifreeze into the pipes and it wouldn’t work. Is it a suction pump? Does it have to be connected to the holding tank to work? —Walter
Every RVer with 30-amp service should have this on board
Don’t use a wimpy extension cord! Get this!
Don’t be caught short when you hook up to power. And don’t use a wimpy extension cord that could get overloaded and damage your appliances or, worse yet, cause a fire. Camco’s RV 25-foot, 10-gauge, STW 30 AMP PowerGrip Electrical Powercord with handle is perfect for RV use. If your coach is wired for 30 amps, you need this. Learn more or order at a big discount.
Is your coach wired for 50 amps? Then here’s your cord.
with Bob Difley
Save water by preparing meals ahead of time
Since water is one of the limiting factors in boondocking, for your next boondocking trip prepare several meals at home — like lasagna, spaghetti and meat balls, or enchiladas — and freeze in individual freezer-safe plastic bags. At mealtime plop them into a pot of boiling water. After cooking, save the water to reuse, either for cooking the next meal or for flushing the toilet. Save the water you run to warm up your shower to cook with. It is also a great cooking time-saver, when you would rather be doing something else.
You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.
DON’T MISS THIS VIDEO
Using Google Earth to pinpoint RV boondocking locations
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 other space heaters. And this one 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. Click the video by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury. Or order at Amazon.com.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Opti-Brite LED headlamps: rugged, with stunning engineering
Optronics International, a manufacturer of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, has announced its most advanced Opti-Brite LED Headlamps, which emit a wider, brighter beam for increased visibility and safety. They approximate the color temperature of natural sunlight, improving visibility and reducing eye fatigue. The new lamps have an expected service life of 30,000 hours, are aggressively priced and include a lifetime warranty to replace the lamp if even one diode fails. Read more.
Cooluli introduces portable six-can cooler/warmer
Cooluli introduces a portable six-can AC/DC electric cooler and warmer with USB power cord that fits on a counter or in a vehicle. The thermoelectric system allows for easy switching from beverage cooler to food warmer. Holds up to six 12-ounce cans or four 16-ounce bottles. It works without refrigerants, so it’s environmentally friendly. Learn more.
Easy way to level your RV!
The RVtravel.com motorhome packs along two of these and, boy, are they handy! Camco’s RV Yellow Tri-Levelers are designed to raise the RV up to 3-7/8″ on any tire for a more level position. The lightweight levelers are durable and have a resin non-slip surface with a load capacity of 3,500 pounds. Learn more or order for a great price!
The Simpsons’ Home Town
This town next door to Eugene is the home of the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons.” That’s according to cartoon series creator Matt Groening. There isn’t much evidence around town but if you look closely you’ll find some. Just off Main Street, on South 5th, the outside wall of an art shop features a large mural of the fictional family. In the Springfield Museum, large, plastic Simpson caricatures greet visitors, with space for a photo sitting alongside Homer, Marge and the gang. Read more.
Get ready for winter
Keep your water flowing in freezing temps with heated hose
Camco’s Heated Water Hose provides safe drinking water in freezing temperatures by combining a drinking-water-safe hose with a self-regulating heat source encapsulated in an all-weather, PVC coating. Operates on 120VAC/1.3 AMPs. Made in the USA. Learn more or order at Amazon.
Stupid Statements of Yesteryear
“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” —Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929 [just before the stock market crash].
Prevent hose crimping and strain
. . . and extend RV hose life
This 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates unnecessary stress and strain on all RV water intake hose fittings. The elbow, with an easy-grip connector, is made of brass and is lead-free. Learn more or order for a great price!
Videos you’ll like
When winterizing RV, should lines be blown out or is RV antifreeze better?
Gary Bunzer answers this question from an RVtravel.com reader. Watch the video.
Keeping your batteries charged when RV is in storage
Mark Polk of RVeducation101.com has some good tips. Watch the video
Random RV Thought
When you’re traveling in rural areas and want to use your cell phone or AirCard from your campsite, be sure to visit the actual site where you want to stay — not just in the campground near the office. Service may be spotty. The same goes for using a park’s WiFi.
Keep rodents out of your RV!
The overwhelmingly positive reviews on this 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 so no safety warning is required. 98% biodegradable. Endorsed by the Good Sam Club. Learn more or order.
The German word “kummerspeck” means excess weight gained from emotional eating — literally, “grief bacon” —according to MentalFloss.com.
and keep your RV steps safe
The RV Save-A-Step Brace is designed to be placed under RV entry steps for safety. It stabilizes the RV steps and helps keep the coach from rocking — preventing sag and wear. The brace is made of heavy-gauge steel with a 3/4″ solid metal screw thread, 1000-pound load rating and 7-5/8″ to 14″ adjustment range. Learn more or order at Amazon.com.
“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.” —Cicero
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Readers’ Birthday and Anniversary Greetings
• November 2: To Jeanette from David. The road of life, 52 years with the ups and downs, what a great ride with the love of my life, and there is so much more to come.
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