Issue 1017• December 12, 2018
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Protect outdoor RV power cords with the upside-down bucket mod
Here’s a very inventive solution that fixed this problem entirely for just a few dollars. All that is needed for this RV power cord mod is a bucket that is wide enough to house the RV power cord electrical connection as shown in the picture. Make two holes directly across from each other near the bottom. Be sure to make them large enough so a cord connection can fit through them. Then simply thread the two ends of the RV power cord together inside the bucket and flip it over so the bottom of the bucket protects the connection like an umbrella. The RV power cord will now stay suspended off the ground and protected from water.
— From doityourselfRV.com
Keep your furnace off – but don’t freeze your water lines
Joseph writes to those who use auxiliary electric or propane heaters, keeping the RV furnace turned off: “If you want to run portable heaters but worry about your basement water lines freezing, just put a couple of 100 watt light bulbs in the area. I can run an extension cord from each side and then to the pedestal via my sewage hose opening. The coldest I did this is 24 degrees for a few days and everything was nice and warm. Just use regular light bulbs that are getting harder to find!” Thanks, Joseph! And here are some of the “real thing” light bulbs, rated for rough service from Amazon.
Goodread’s top books of 2018:
- Nonfiction: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
- Fiction: Still Me by Jojo Moyes
- Memoir & Autobiography: Educated by Tara Westover
- History & Biography: The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rodgers by Maxwell King
- Mystery & Thriller: The Outsider by Stephen King
- Historical Fiction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
MORE QUICK TIPS
Stop refrigerator item “tip-overs”
Does stuff roll around in your reefer while rolling down the road? Camco thinks it’s got the answer with their “44033 RV Fridge Braces” that keep food from sliding. A pair will set you back a ten-dollar bill, but some clever do-it-yourselfers may be able to create something that will work as well. You can buy the Camco ones from Hannah RV.
Earn a few bucks on the road
If you’re a skilled laborer sell your skills on the road. You can offer your services on Craigslist for the area you’re visiting in.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Planning the great Alaska road trip by RV
If you’re headed to Alaska in 2019, Gone With the Wynns has put together an informative article and helpful road trip plan – they’ve done all the hard work for you. If you do plan a trip to Alaska, can you invite the RVtravel staff along? We’d love to join. Wink.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
This Golden Retriever howls at a passing ambulance. He’s got it down! Click the image to play the video.
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No iron, but I bought the tiniest clothes steamer ever and I do bring that.
What’s an ironing board??!! LOL!?
No iron nor board but keep a spray bottle of “wrinkle release” on board.
When we camped in state parks where I had to use an extension cord to reach to power pedestal I always wrapped the cord plug connection with Saran Wrap and placed it on a piece of wood or a rock to keep it off the ground. Took up less room than a bucket.