Issue 1022 • December 20, 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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Use your “noodle” – Don’t tear your RV cover
If you’ve invested good money in an RV cover, the last thing you want to do is tear a hole in your investment with a sharp corner. Pete and Deb write the RV Camping Info blog, and faced that issue with their new cover. “Our travel trailer has quite a few places that have the potential to cause rips or to wear holes in the cover fabric. Windy, or even just breezy, weather will cause movement of the cover over the various surfaces of the RV. What can we use to pad these areas? One of us had an epiphany: NOODLES!” Swim noodles make just the right “smoother” for those rough or sharp corners. You can find more suggestions on their blog here.
Locking your RV – More to it than twisting a key
Always lock the RV when you’re not physically at the campsite. Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments. Believe it or not, a vast majority of RVs use the same exact key as yours for outside storage compartments. If you store valuables like golf clubs, fishing gear or tools in the outside compartments, you may want to have the storage compartment locks changed. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Use a pencil sharpener to help get a fire started!
MORE QUICK TIPS
A cozy cat “hang out”
OK, we don’t have much detail on this aerial “kitty condo,” but here’s a jump-off point for you handy do-it-yourself cat lovers. Dennis and Linda, who describe themselves as the “RV Vagabonds,” designed this neat spot for their traveling feline to catch a little fresh air and sunshine while still staying safe. From what we can discern, there is some strong elastic cordage running up from the bottom of the cage to eyebolts mounted above the window. What does the bottom hang on? That’s your figure – we could imagine a little angle-aluminum. Here’s a steer to the Vagabond’s blog.
- Thou shall anticipate that all repair costs will be over $1,000
- Thou shall always lower your antenna
- Thou shall never set up camp at night or drive at night
- Thou shall take rest after two hours of driving
- Thou shall use reliable and trustworthy mechanics
- Thou shall have roadside assistance
- Thou shall never pay full price for a campsite
- Thou shall use Gas Buddy to find the cheapest fuel
- Thou shall double check your hitch
- Thou shall love this life
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s rig
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
From the great blog Ditching Suburbia comes a list of the top 66 RVing Instagram accounts. Follow fellow RVers on their travels, get design and organization ideas, and learn many DIY projects. Happy scrolling!
The perfect gift for the Arizona-resident, or the California-lover, or the Maine-explorer! (Click on Style Name on any one of these pages to see a drop-down list of other state-shaped cutting boards too!)
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