Issue 1019 • December 17, 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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Is your RV amenable to this outside shower hack?
If there are kids and beaches in your RVing life, we may have a way to keep down the sand migration into your rig. A user dubbed chilipyro share’s their approach to cleaning up kids: “The Jayco 32BHDS, like many others with similar floorplans, has an outside shower between slides. The space between is a comfortable shower size and it occurred to me that it would be simple to add some privacy, just by adding a curtain across the opening. So, I picked up an expandable shower rod (one with rubber feet on both ends), a shower curtain, and (for extra comfort) a wood slat shower base. The result came in VERY handy on a beach trip over the summer. The kids are old enough to be shy about taking their swimsuits off outside, but still young enough to come back from the beach with sand packed in every crevice.” This posting is from the rv.net forum.
Find those hidden ticks before they find you!
If you’re RVing in tick country and like hiking in the brush, you want to give ticks the “brush off” before they can latch onto your skin. Of course, you’ll have already doused yourself liberally with tick repellent before you set out, but on your return, the nasty critters can be hiding out on your clothing. Here’s the ticket: Use a lint roller over all clothing surfaces to snag the blood-sucking beasties before they can move. An idea snagged by Ashley Smith on pinterest.
Tired of the RV life? Afraid of ghosts? Here you go!
Fire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.
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Keep those dirty shoes from messing up your RV
If you’re a fan of wet-weather (or beach) RVing, you know that the junk that can get tracked in on your floors can be enough to make you cry. Sure, you can tell everyone to take off their shoes or sandals before they come in, but at the end of the stay, where do you put the fouled footwear until you get it home for cleaning? Pick up a few cheap shower caps at Walmart and stuff ’em inside. Lightweight, cheap, easily obtainable, and best of all, it keeps that crud contained! Thanks to The Brighter Writer blog!
Adjusting the mirrors on your motorhome properly
The proper adjustment of the mirrors on your RV is critical for “on the road” safety and can make the difference between avoiding or being in an accident. Your motorhome generally has 2-piece mirrors on each side, extended on two adjustable arms near the front of the rig and situated for optimum use by the driver. Before adjusting the mirrors, you must realize that these mirror bodies extend outside of a very wide vehicle. With this in mind, look down the edge of your Rig, and always adjust the body of your mirrors to have their edge aligned right at the very side of your Rig, and no further out than necessary. A typical Class-A motorhome will be close to or right at 8-feet, 6-inches wide. And, remember, these mirrors, that extend beyond that limit will be the first things to get hit by, or to hit, other vehicles or objects when you are driving or parking your RV.
–From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This handy page from the blog All Those Details gives you printable journal pages to keep track of all the RV parks and campgrounds you’ve stayed at. Write down info about the campground, what site number you stayed at (and if you’d stay again), where the nearest gas station was, etc. Pretty dang handy, if you ask us!
Popular “Guide to Free Campgrounds” directory updated after four years
Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest edition, and much has changed and been added. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the brand-new 832-page guide for yourself or for a Christmas gift for your RVing friends.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A man runs into the vet’s office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.
The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog’s body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail and finally looks at the vet and meows.
The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead too.” The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead, so the vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks at the vet and barks. The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead too.” The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes.
The vet answers, “$650.” “$650 to tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man. “Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $600 was for the cat scan and lab tests.
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