Issue 1027 • January 3, 2019
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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Axle flipping basics
Flipping RV travel trailer axles means mounting the axle or axles under the springs as opposed to over the springs. This raises the trailer about seven inches. It’s often done for more ground clearance. But also, these days, pickup trucks are sometimes higher than they used to be years ago so flipping the axle is also done when someone with an older trailer gets a new truck, thus allowing the trailer to tow level again. The process basically involves unbolting one end of each spring, unbolting the axle and removing the axle from the springs. The springs are reinstalled. Two new axle perches are welded to the top of the axle counter to the old perches. The axle is then bolted under the spring. The above is done for each axle. From rvbasics.com.
Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. (Just try and get along with one that isn’t working right – it’ll spoil your whole day.) When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user on Amazon says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. Rather than attaching it to my plug, I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” At about $9, the GR Innovations 7-way plug cover may just be some of the cheapest “insurance” you can buy for your plug. Add a few bucks more and you can buy one with a lanyard that keeps it from getting away when not in use. Find it here.
Light up the campsite a whole new way
Now that it gets dark so early, you’ll need lots of light outside at the campsite. These fun “bucket lamps” are customizable: include your favorite camping quote and your family name. See more photos and learn more here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Quick and clean cutting board
Save larger plastic food container lids (like those on cottage cheese or whipped toppings) and use them as small cutting boards. They’re lightweight and can either be tossed out or disinfected with this follow-up tip: Fill a spray bottle with non-diluted white vinegar and spray on surfaces. Not only does the vinegar disinfect cutting boards, but it’ll also kill bugs on countertops and elsewhere around the rig. Said to be as effective as bleach, it’s an environmentally friendly alternative. Our thanks to Gale Green for the tips!
Plan your stops
Remember, you are either driving a very large motorhome or pulling a very large camper, and the trip, along with the demands of the road, can wear any driver down as the day goes on. Plan your stops throughout the day so you can stretch, rest and rejuvenate yourself for the next phase of your trip.
On Interstate highways, stop at rest areas or visitor centers, which are usually found just across state lines. They are not only a nice rest stop with clean toilets, but these visitor centers are usually manned with people who are there to answer your questions and help you find pretty much anything you might be looking for.
On state roads, rest areas are less common but you’ll usually find strip malls and chain stores that you can take advantage of. The ones that you want to use should have large parking lots with multiple entrances for you to get around in, park for a stretch and a meal, and then leave safely. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This helpful article from KOA tells you everything you’ll ever need to know about your RV’s batteries. The article will teach you the basics, as well as how to maintain and preserve the life of your battery, what kind of battery you should have, how to undercharge and overcharge, and much more.
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Collapsible containers perfect for RV kitchen
If you don’t have collapsible food containers for your RV yet, you’re missing out. This set of four is BPA free and microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Never worry about taking up room again, these fold practically flat! These containers come with air-tight lids which keep food longer, and keep food safer. Order for a great price here.
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