Issue 1026 • January 2, 2019
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RVs: Bigger is not always better
Fulltime RVers Paul and Nina reflected on their initial impressions about aspects of the RV lifestyle, then reported back on their findings with six years’ more experience. Here’s an observation on the size of their RV: “I always imagined that you should try to buy the biggest RV you could afford. After all, who doesn’t want lots of space? Our travels over the past years, and perhaps more specifically the kind of travel we like to do (camping in public campgrounds, forests, state parks, off-the-beaten-track spots) has taught me that bigger is not always better. Our ‘beastly’ size [40′ motorhome] is super-comfortable but requires me to do quite a bit of detailed planning to make sure we can fit into the kinds of spots we like to visit. In retrospect, I would have wished for a smaller RV. For those camping mostly in private parks this is not a consideration, but for our kind of camping it sure would be nice with a few less feet.” And six years later? “TOTALLY still agree with this. Although we’ve gotten used to our ‘beastly’ size I still wish we were a tad smaller and we (still) dream about downsizing. 95% of our camping is on public land and if we were smaller and more nimble we’d have many more options open to us, especially for boondocking. 35-feet would be nice, 30-feet would be even sweeter, but hey, we make do. Maybe one day….” More from their blog here.
Stash those measuring cups inside a cabinet door
Here’s how one RVer dealt with their favorite measuring cups that needed a place to live. As an alternative to using hooks (which could lead to these metal cups banging around their own version of the “Anvil Chorus”), they cut chunks of 1″ PVC pipe and mounted the pipe “holders” to the inside of a cabinet door. No noise, no fuss, but easily accessible. We spotted this on a site called petrolhat.
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Did you know?
The name given to the month of “January” is derived from the ancient Roman name “Janus,” who presided over the gate to the new year. He was revered as the “God of Gateways,” of “Doorways” and of “the Journey.” Janus protected the “Gate of Heaven,” is known as the “Lord of Beginnings,” is associated with the “Goddess Juno-Janus,” and is often symbolized by an image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same time. This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known by many as the start of a new year which brings new opportunities. We cast out the old and welcome in the new. —Mystical WWW
MORE QUICK TIPS
Light up your utility hookups for after-dark arrivals
Making “landfall” after dark? Fiddling around with a flashlight in one hand and your water hose in the other can make for a session of grumbling. If your RV manufacturer failed to install lighting at your utility hookup area, think about putting in your own, as the user “BroRobin” on popuportal did for his tiny rig. If there’s a source of 12-volt power handy, simply install a suitable outdoor-rated RV light. No power near? Your next option is a battery-powered, or solar-enhanced light. Here’s one from Amazon for about $8.
Buy a good folding chair
You’ll be using folding chairs a ton around the campfire so get ones that are comfortable. Always get an extra chair or two. This serves two purposes. Makes a great backup if one gets broken and also, you can set out an extra chair to encourage new campground neighbors to stop and sit for a bit.
—From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You can never have too many good small-space organizing tips, right? This list of 75 helpful tips from roomaholic.com will surely come in handy.
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Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage, they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: If there’s H2O on the inside of a fire hydrant, what’s on the outside?
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