RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1029

15

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.

If you shop at Amazon, would you use one of the links below to do your shopping? The link in the blue bar above also works. Thanks.

U.S. shoppers: Shop at Amazon.com
Canadian shoppers: Shop at Amazon.ca


QUICK TIPS

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

Tydence on flickr.com

“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.

Do you have a tip? Send it to Russ (at) rvtravel.com



WEBSITE OF THE DAY

Wandering Bird

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.

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from RVtravel.com.


Reader PollREADER POLL

Have you ever damaged a relationship because of an email message or social media post? Tell us here.


Camco vent insulator keeps you warm…and cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s highly rated vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.

LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A: No eye deer. (*say it out loud)

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com


Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.

Become a Member!

This newsletter is brought to you Monday through Thursday by RVtravel.com and is funded primarily through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS NEWSLETTER and others from RVtravel.com, will you please consider pledging your support? Even a single contribution of $10 or $20 is appreciated. Many readers set up an ongoing contribution, typically $5 to $10 a month. Your contributions make it possible for us to produce more than 250 highly informative newsletters every year. Learn more or contribute.

Join us: FacebookTwitterYouTube.

Sign up to receive an email every afternoon of
articles we’ve published in the past 24 hours. No ads
Enter your email address:

 

RV Daily Tips Staff

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.

ADVERTISE on RVtravel.com and/or in this newsletter. Contact Gail Meyring at Gail(at)RVtravel.com .

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2019 by RVtravel.com


15
Leave a Reply

avatar
8 Comment threads
7 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
12 Comment authors
Rory RRV StaffJerrycahriadEmily Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Rory R
Guest
Rory R

I posted a sarcastic comment that didn’t “read” as intended to a dear friend. It took a bit of explaining but we survided the misunderstanding.

RV Staff
Admin

The link to the digital meter mentioned in Mike Sokol’s tip has been corrected. We apologize for the error. —Diane at RVtravel.com

George
Guest
George

Avoid blowing your landing gear fuse by replacing it with an appropriately sized, inline, breaker. The breaker will reset itself if you draw too much power. Saves time, money and saves searching for another fuse.

Wolfe
Guest
Wolfe

Re: deleterious emails — of course. Probably lost hundreds of friends that way. At least, that presumes I ever had hundreds of friends. OK, I’ve lost some friends and jobs that way, for sure, though. One thing I tend to do is never enter the email address until I’m DONE writing the email, just in case I still have notes-to-self like “Tell this jerk what a stupid idea he had…” Once that’s cleaned up into “Putz, that’s not a good idea, you bozo!”, I go ahead and send it. Also watch what contact nicknames you use — calling someone “Ignoramus… Read more »

JBC
Guest
JBC

Reader poll: email sent intentionally or not intentionally? Very easy to send a non-intentional email (thanks to email address memory). But poll asks just by ‘sending’ which implies intentional. Two very different things.

Nelson Needham
Guest
Nelson Needham

Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A: No eye deer. (*say it out loud)
Q: What do you call the same deer with no legs?
A: Still, no eye deer

Wolfe
Guest
Wolfe

What do you call a deer with no eyes and legs that lived as a sinner, got caught in a forest fire, and then got hit by a car?

Still no flaming bloody eye deer in hell.

Jeffrey Frederick
Guest
Jeffrey Frederick

I was interested in the meter Mike Sokol references in his column. The link goes to ebay where the item is out of stock and that’s all it says. Doesn’t list the item nor is the name of the item listed in the article. Therefore, there is no way of finding out what item Mike is referencing.

Dr4Film
Guest
Dr4Film

The hot link in your very first TIP is incorrect.

“click here to get one for yourself.”

https://www.ebay.com/i/391879413939?chn=ps

Don Woods
Guest
Don Woods

Out of stock without any identification of item.