Issue 1015 • December 10, 2018
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Make 911 calls with a disconnected cell phone, but beware
Did you know you can make an emergency 911 phone call even if your phone has no service plan? So it’s a good idea to keep an old phone around in the rare case you might need it. But keep in mind, the 911 operator cannot trace the location of a call from a disconnected phone. So always know where you are.
*Just a note: Some older phones don’t have GPS technology in them to make it possible for 911 operators to know a location. However, any phone with GPS technology, currently associated with an account or not, still transmits GPS locator info to 911 dispatchers. It’s just that phones not associated with a cell provider don’t have a number where they can be called back. So if the connection is lost with dispatch, it’s up to the guy with the phone to call dispatch back – they won’t be able to call you.
Cut down on meal prep time
Cook one-dish meals before your boondocking trips and freeze in heavy-duty, reclosable plastic bags. Preparing these meals in your campsite will cut down on meal preparation time, reduce pots and pans used, and shorten cleanup time. Reheat the meals in your oven, in a pot of boiling water (save the water to wash dishes), or in the microwave. You will also save water used for washing dishes, less water will go into your gray water tank, and you will have more time to go out and play instead of cook. You can find Bob Difley’s RVing e-books on Amazon Kindle.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Cleanup station handy after tank dumping
“I put this cleanup station on the inside of the door to the compartment where my water pump and filter and water hoses go. The blue box contains wet wipes, and the hand cleaner is upside down when opened but is right side up when closed and not in use. It is held on with Velcro and is turned around when in use. This compartment is above my connections where a shower hose is available for use.” From modmyrv.com.
Facts on RV value and depreciation
A new RV drops in value by around 20 percent when new annual models are released, and another 10-15 percent when you drive it off of the lot. No one pays the list price for an RV. It just isn’t done and you expect to pay less. In fact, you should expect the dealer to offer a new RV to you at a discount of at least 5 percent up to as much as 25 percent before you even try to get the best deal. On average, by the end of the sixth year of an RV’s life, you can expect your RV to be worth about half of what it cost new.
Depreciation of an RV stops when the depreciated value equals its estimated scrap value. A 20-year-old Winnebago, Bounder, or one of the popular brands of motorhomes can still be worth as much as $4,000 to $6,000 if it is in “good” to “excellent” condition. The rare Classic RVs will actually stop depreciating eventually and begin appreciating in value at some point in their lifetime if they are rare enough and have been kept in excellent condition. Economic conditions and fuel prices are the two most prominent causes of large changes in the depreciated values of an RV, especially the larger models of motorhomes.
–From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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Our favorite holiday gifts for the RVer:
- This adorable campfire stove ornament
- This customizable RV cutting board
- This cactus-shaped lamp, sure to please the desert-lover
- This large and mysterious air freshener
- This hilarious mug for the photographer in your life
- And this sign that makes us laugh every time
Website of the day
This independent site has great (not to mention unique) information about our National Parks. For example, read an article about all the people who have gone missing and never been found in the parks, or how the devil has played a role in naming famous park monuments. Interesting, huh?
Funny bumper sticker:
I’m still a hot babe, but now it comes in flashes.
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