Issue 1023 • December 27, 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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Keep the fridge fresh when in storage
Most RVers already know that keeping the doors to the reefer open make for a much nicer experience when it’s time to go back out on the road. But how to keep the doors open? Here’s a tip from RVCampingInfo.com: “After using these pool toys to help us secure our dinette chairs and to make protective pads for an RV cover, we said ‘Hey, let’s use our noodle – again!’ We cut a couple of four- to five-inch lengths of leftover noodle and slit one side. Then we slipped them over a couple of convenient protrusions on the inside of the doors. Bingo! Easy, lightweight, and reusable.”
Bunkhouse? Toddlers? Here’s a match you may like
Erin Browne is an RV blogger with a baby. When she and her husband bought a bunkhouse travel trailer, she immediately got an idea: “You probably noticed the baby gate, yes? And you’ve noticed my child behind it, yes? We found a baby gate that is the perfect size for mounting in that space along with additional permanent anchors on the edges so he can’t push it over – I promise we know about the risks of pressure gates on raised surfaces, so that’s why we installed extra mounts. This gives him a safe enclosed area to play or sleep. Each bunk has its own window and small reading light and the blinds and curtains can easily be removed so that there aren’t any safety hazards while our baby is hanging out in there. It’s like he has his own private space that’s just for him!” You can learn more here.
What political cartoonist is largely responsible for defining what the modern Santa Claus looks like?
(Yes, we were going to send this issue before Christmas but things don’t always go as planned. We’re leaving this in here, anyway, because we think it’s interesting.) In 1862 political cartoonist Thomas Nast joined the staff of Harper’s Weekly, where the modern-day image of Santa Claus was born. Nast’s drawing of Santa appeared on the cover of the January 3rd, 1863, issue of Harper’s Weekly, which showed Santa visiting a Civil War camp. He spent the next 30 years designing Mr. Claus, making him “jolly and plump” and changing the color of his suit from tan to red. It is believed that Nast may also be responsible for making the North Pole Santa’s home.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Room for the computer printer in your RV
If your RV is also your office-on-wheels, you know how critical having your printer on board is. Here’s a nifty approach to stashing a modestly sized printer: on a roll-out shelf under a dinette seat. Option two? These folks built a plywood shelf on top of the wheel well under the dinette seat on one of their rigs. Photo from onecrazyhouse.com.
Keep the glassware from breaking
If you don’t want to constantly wrap up your glasses in bubble wrap while traveling, try sliding a koozie over them. Will dramatically decrease the chance of the glasses hitting each other hard enough to break.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living
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APP OF THE DAY
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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. $12 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A client recently brought her two cats to my husband’s veterinary clinic for their annual checkup. One was a small-framed, round, tiger-striped tabby, while the other was a long, sleek black cat. She watched closely as I put each on the scale. “They weigh about the same,” I told her. “That proves it!” she exclaimed. “Black does make you look slimmer. And stripes make you look fat!”
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