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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1016

Issue 1016 • December 11, 2018

Welcome to another fabulous edition of RVtravel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, road trip stops, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products, and of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.

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Bring in da funk, bring in da noise…
By Mike Sokol 

Sound MachineIf you don’t like the idea of wearing headphones to get some sleep in a noisy campground, there’s a simpler alternative: white noise. So what the heck is it, and what does it do? Well, if you remember old-time radio tuners without a mute function, when you tuned between stations you would hear a kind of whooshing hiss. You could get the same thing on old analog television sets when you turned to a channel that was empty. The beauty of this random “white” noise is that it tends to mask other noises so you don’t notice them, and a constant noise kicks in a chemical process in the brain that tends to relax us. It’s a two-fer deal that can help you sleep even if there are jackhammers going on outside. In case you’re interested, I teach this in my day job as an adjunct professor of sound production. There’s also pink noise, violet noise and brown noise – but that’s beyond the scope of this course.

Here’s a simple noise machine that costs under $20 and runs off of batteries or a wall-wart adapter. It has a white noise setting and calming nature sounds. I think it’s money well spent to get a good night’s sleep without resorting to drugs (sleeping pills) or noise-canceling headphones (ouch). NOTE FROM CHUCK WOODBURY: Here’s the one Gail and I use.

Cleaning awnings

Never use oil-based or abrasive cleaners on awning fabrics. Clean and thoroughly rinse both sides of the awning fabric. Carefully follow all awning and cleaner manufacturer directions for the type of fabric you have. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

Well, now you know!

French entertainer Michel Lotito (1950-2007), also known as Monsieur Mangetout (“Mr. Eat-All”), ate an entire airplane (yes, you read that right), 15 bicycles, several shopping carts, televisions, and plenty of other glass, metal and rubber objects over his 57-year lifespan. He would disassemble all these bizarre “entrees,” cut them into tiny pieces, eat them, and wash everything down with mineral oil and water. It’s said he ate nearly 2.5 lbs. of this stuff every day. He was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book of World Records but, yup, he ate that too. He suffered from an eating disorder known as pica. Read the Wikipedia page about this metal-moshing (er, noshing) man here.


Great RV office remodel

A couple with a 2005 Allegro approached the folks at Truline Custom RV about a serious remodel project they needed. From the simple “take out the old vacuum tube screen TV and replace it with a flat panel,” to a complete flooring revamp, they got it done. Along the way, the remodelers also created a new dining room mod. You can eat here, true enough, but when the work needs to be done, the “dining table” slides open to reveal a storage space for the business laptops, which can be pulled out and put to work. The table slides all along the base cabinetry, allowing the dining/workroom to be configured as needed. Let your imagination (or theirs) run wild, and it can probably be done.

Driving in the fog?

High beams don’t do a darn thing when traveling in fog. I usually try to find a safe place to park and call it a night. RV’s are too big to be driving around blindly.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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4 years ago

Running a portable fan works well as white noise too. I did this for many years when working night shift and having to sleep during the day. Of course you need electrical hook-ups to do this.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary

When my children were tiny I made a cassette tape recording of a clothes dryer running, which played for 45 minutes then faded out. Worked great every time.

4 years ago

Depending upon the amount of fog density, just reducing your speed and using your dims will be sufficient. This answer is commonly found on most written driving tests.

4 years ago

That bumper sticker reminds me of the time we left a campground after a 1 night stay. We were going to be in the road for 5 hours so not wanting to carry the extra weight I opened the fresh water valve to drain the tank and we hit the road. I few miles down the road a guy on a motorcycle gets along side of me matching my speed. I look over and he wipes his face guard on his helmet shakes his head disapprovingly and speeds off. I just laughed.

To this day I wonder if he thought he was getting covered in sewage.

4 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Not funny. I have driven my old BMW as many as 18k miles in one year and you don’t want to know what I have had splattered on my face shield by other vehicles. Especially bad in wind storms, wind comes from all directions, some of the crap gets in your mouth. If I saw you laff I might have knocked your side view mirror with my fist.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

BTW, I was able to put my comment here with no problem, but when I wanted to hit the “+” sign to agree with Dr4Film it told me I had to login. Where do I go to “login”, even after posting these two comments?

Richard D. Smith
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Since the staff didn’t respond to your question, here’s what you need to do. Click on RV Forums and off to the right you can log in there with your Used ID and Password.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

If you DO have to drive in thick fog (on a freeway), never NEVER drive in the hammer lane (the left or passing lane) because that’s where the “big strapper truck drivers” drive – and haul butt.

4 years ago

I am betting that 50% or more of the “slightly overweight” category is really considered very overweight. What’s missing is an obese category but maybe you were trying to be “kind”. I consider slightly as being between 5-10 pounds over your ideal weight. BTW, I selected very overweight, 5 ft 9 and 225 lb’s.

4 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I don’t care about the scale so much, but rate my health by what i can do. Can I split a cord of wood without feeling ill? Can I hike 8mi/3000′ vertical in an afternoon? Charts say i’m morbidly obese, but until recently I could do all those. How hard I now breathe when i make myself do them tells me I need to do them more.

Dennis E Burns
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I was 275 with diabetes and high blod pressure a year ago. I could barely walk half a mile. Today I am 173 and walking 1o to 20 miles a day. Also climb trails in excess of 2500 foot elevaton gains. Diabetes and high blood pressure are gone. Even though I am about 10 pounds overweught, I feel great!

4 years ago

Very FAT.

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