Issue 1013 • December 5, 2018
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Shorty water hoses?
Magic wrote to tell us about his RV water hose philosophy: “In addition to a couple of 25′ hoses, I also have a 10′ hose which actually gets the most usage. Using a Clorox towelette to clean it after each use will keep it white and sanitary.” He adds that he pulls his power cable through the same stuff to clean it up before stowing it. Thanks, Magic!
Inspect your rig often to avoid “damage” surprises later
Have you ever noticed a dent on your RV long after returning home from a camping trip? Unfortunately, you probably won’t ever figure out how or why it happened since you didn’t spot the damage when it occurred. Just as rental car agencies inspect company vehicles prior to handing the keys to customers, you should perform a quick visual inspection of your rig whether you’re stopping at a rest area or parking for the season.
First, walk around your RV and scan the exterior from rooftop to tires. Ensure all antennae are stowed, windows are closed and awnings are securely rolled up. Pay careful attention to your tires by checking for bulges, nicks or items lodged inside treads. Examine the sidewalls and valves for cracking or breakage.
Finally, pay close attention to the bottom half of the rig where damage is most likely to occur. Look for scratches, nicks and dents stirred up by road hazards, bad weather or damage caused by a car that made contact when you didn’t feel it. A complete visual inspection only takes a few minutes to perform. Taking the time to do it can bring peace of mind and save you money on repairs over the course of owning your RV.
Daredevil? Try the Rushmore Mountain Coaster!
If you’re heading to the Mount Rushmore area soon, you’ll want to try out the Rushmore Mountain Coaster. The coaster tracks are secured on the mountain, so it’s not your average roller coaster. The individually controlled carts can reach 30 miles an hour, but they’re equipped with brakes so you can slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Click the image to watch the coaster in action.
Today’s brain teaser: The 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States had the same parents, but were not brothers. How can this be possible? (If you know this answer without looking it up you get extra points!).
MORE QUICK TIPS
Don’t burn food in the gas oven
When baking, to even out the cooking, here’s a suggestion for using gas RV ovens. Mary Lowe suggests using a heat deflector. If you can’t find one at a kitchen supply store, take a cookie sheet, turn it wrong side up on the oven rack and place your baking dish/pan on top of it. This eliminates food burned to the bottom of the dish. Thanks, Mary!
Enjoy live music?
One thing you will notice about street musicians is that they must be different from average musicians in order to attract a crowd. In other words, whether you like their music or not, you have to say that they put on an unusual show. Listening to jam sessions and street musicians is where you will hear the real local music and musicians. Most “shows” feature musicians from out of town.
Sometimes you will have to do some asking around to find out where and when the local jam sessions are, but with enough asking you can usually find good local music in almost every town. Do your homework and you will be well rewarded. To find jam sessions ask around at music stores (the ones that sell musical instruments, not just places that sell CDs) and ask street musicians. If you can find one musician who plays the kind of music you like, you can bet that he or she will know the inside information about where the local musicians hang out and have jam sessions playing that kind of music.
–From, RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget
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This excellent list from Reader’s Digest shows you that the most beautiful spot in your state might be just around the corner. Be right back…heading to Colorado for those mountains! Wow!
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