Issue 1029 • January 8, 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, 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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Running on empty
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
I keep receiving emails from readers who wonder why they wake up one morning and discover their RV house batteries are dead. Perhaps they’ve been running from battery power for days without sufficient recharging, but the simple “fuel gauge” that many RVs use can let you down. If that happens, it’s time to install a digital meter that has a multi-segment fuel gauge that makes it obvious when your batteries are beginning to discharge. Roger Marble, RV Tire Safety, asked me this exact question recently, so you can expect a more detailed report from Roger once he gets one installed. Here is the digital meter on Amazon.com.
BTW: If you want to hear and see Jackson Browne performing “Running on Empty” live, then click HERE. He really is a fabulous performer and writer.
K-Cup storage trick
If you’re one of the multitudes who’s adopted Keurig K-Cup® brews, you may be frustrated in where to put them in the typical RV galley storage space. Here’s an idea squirreled away by Pinterest user inge shirey. Find lengths of the appropriate diameter PVC pipe, cut slots in the pipe as shown, then mount under a shelf or cabinet. Your K-Cups are in easy reach but out of the way.
Need a place for Fido to stay while you’re out of town?
Rover.com is an excellent source of thousands of dog sitters, walkers, doggie-daycares and more available in your area, so Fido can stay at a home (or in someone else’s home) instead of in a kennel. Find trusted (and insured) sitters here. Use code EMILYW72593 for $20 off your first booking. (Yup, staff writer Emily uses Rover all the time for her dog and highly recommends it.)
The “Cramper” is the world’s tiniest camper. It can sit up to four people, and cost about $1,500 to build. Want one for yourself? Click here to read about it.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Avoid blowing your landing gear fuse
“I’ve learned four different ways to blow my fifth wheel landing gear’s protection fuse. Extend the legs too far. Retract the legs too far. Attempt to lift the truck with the landing gear. Extended and set up the rear stabilizer jacks before the front landing gear.” Thanks to loveyourrv.com.
El cheapo funnel
Need a disposable one-time funnel? Cut up a plastic water bottle. They make great cheap funnels. Thanks to Tom Phipps.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This award-winning travel blog is sure to inspire you on your travels. Kat and her husband have explored 15 countries and traveled more than 25,000 miles in their RV … in just 12 months. Explore their site for useful articles, tips and inspiration.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A: No eye deer. (*say it out loud)
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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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