Issue 1018 • December 13, 2018
Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’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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A place to store that “rectangle” ladder
A lot of RVers have those “cute” full-size ladders that fold down into 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 6′ rectangles. But where do you put the thing to carry it? “CB” on the rv.net forum got a clever idea. He took a plastic fence post (you can get them at most big box building materials stores), hung it under his RV, and finds his folded up ladder slips right into it. Add a bolt and wing nut to keep it from sliding out and bingo! That ladder is out of sight until needed.
Your fifth-wheel may not track as you’d expect
If you’re new to pulling a fiver, there may be some surprises as to how it “follows” your truck. Here’s Michael Boyink’s observations: “The biggest thing I had to learn was that the trailer wheels do not follow the truck wheels through a turn. The trailer’s arc through a turn will be inside of the truck’s. Think “deep square corners” when pulling the trailer. Approaching an intersection, drive as deep (straight) into the intersection as you think you can go with the truck before making the turn. This will give the trailer more room as it comes through the corner.
Same idea when turning into a parking lot from a road – go as far “past” the driveway as you can before swinging into it. There will be times where you can’t get enough room for the trailer and the trailer tires will have to “bump” over a curb. Just go slow in these cases and let the tires absorb the impact. Many campgrounds have a combination of skinny roads and tight curves. In these cases, you’ll often have the outside/front tire of the truck off the pavement and the inside/rear tires of the trailer off the pavement. This is OK – you aren’t the biggest rig that’s been here so there is room for you.” For more fifth-wheel tips, check out Michael’s site, ditchingsuburbia.com
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Craving a burger? How about a 1,794-pound burger?
Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, MI, is serving up the largest burger in the world, weighing nearly 1,800 pounds. The burger starts with 2,000 pounds of raw meat cooked on a custom-designed grill. Once it’s cooked, it’s placed on a 250-pound bun, topped with 300 pounds of cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles and lettuce. When it’s finished, the burger is three feet tall and five feet wide. Yep, the entire thing is edible and yep, it’s officially on the menu … for a small fee of $7,799. Visit the restaurant website here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Fresh water fill mod keeps you dry
“I was having no success with the fresh water fill. I’d get more water on me than in the tank. I think there may be a dip in the fill hose and/or vent hose acting as a water trap. In any event, I cut three or four feet off the end of a garden hose and snaked the cut end down the fill hose and right into the fresh water tank. Now I connect my supply hose directly to the garden hose and no more mess. I probably should have used one of those white hoses that’s made for drinking water. But we keep the water chlorinated and don’t drink it anyway. After a little whittling on the plastic fill housing, I was able to stuff the hose coupling far enough back to close the hatch.” From jeff-z.com.
Check out the local food
Another thing I like to check out in new areas is the local food and atmosphere at mom and pop restaurants. I don’t order a burger or a pizza when I visit a new restaurant; I want to taste their specials. One of the best ways to find these little unique places is to ask other campers who have been in the area for a while or ask some locals.
One thing I don’t do is go to chain restaurants. An Olive Garden or an Outback is the same whether it’s in Georgia or Arizona. I want to taste the local food. Don’t get me wrong. I like Olive Garden and Outback, but not when I’m looking for adventure and want to sample the local flavors.
For some people going to a strange restaurant and not knowing what to expect might be stressful, but to me, that’s part of the joy and adventure I’m seeking when I get in my RV. I can’t be disappointed because I don’t go into local mom and pop restaurants with high expectations. I go in for the adventure. If the food turns out to be good (and it usually does) that’s an added bonus.
— From RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget
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A thing that does all things!
This large silicon pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. About $16 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Open Street Map is a website where you build a map for the world to use. Keep current with road closures, new bridges, new cafes along a route, gas stations that have closed down since your last visit, etc. Users like you maintain this map, so your travels will always be the most up-to-date.
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