Issue 1032 • January 14, 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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How high is your RV?
The folks at rvtailgatelife.com have a couple of recommendations about your stature: “Tip for Fifth Wheelers: Remember to measure when your RV is hooked up to your truck. You want to know what the RV clearance height is when you are driving, not when you are parked.The most important thing for you is to know how tall your RV is! Don’t rely on manufacturer’s numbers or the owners manual. Instead, get up there on the roof and measure it yourself. Make sure that you find the highest point to measure from – not the roof of the RV, but rather the top of the AC or satellite dish. Or any other tall thing you have up there on the roof. Only trust the measurements you take.
Now, print out a label and put it on your windshield (like those oil change reminder stickers) or on your dash. This way you are not relying on memory when you come across a clearance sign. You’ll know whether you can fit or not. Pay attention to clearance signs on bridges! Your RV will thank us later. When you see a clearance sign, don’t ignore them! They are there for a reason and that is to protect you from hazards. And because those signs may not have been updated after the last repaving job, take six inches off the clearance level. Some bridges have different clearance signs for different parts of the bridges. The middle of the bridge usually has the highest clearance level, but in mountain areas, it may be one side or the other. Go with the highest clearance area for your safety. If there is a bridge that you’ll just barely fit under and you don’t have any other option, go SLOW. I mean, crawl under that bridge. By going slow, you’ll avoid unexpected bounces from uneven road surfaces. Don’t be surprised if you have to back out and find a different route.”
Stay a bit cleaner emptying the black water
Removing your sewer pipe cover often results in some spillage before you can affix the sewer hose. Use a sewer cap that includes threads for a garden hose. Install a hose valve on those threads. Then you can bleed off the liquid caught between the main tank valve and sewer cap, right into the unattached sewer hose. Thanks to Steve Barnes for the clean suggestion!
Shoe rack storage hack
Take a hanging closet shoe rack (as shown), cut it along each row, wire it with a heavy cord (thick string, bungee, you name it), and hang it around the bottom perimeter of your bed frame. This will work for other clothing, organization, art supplies, toiletries, etc. too!
MORE QUICK TIPS
Boondockers put their shoes… where?
From the list, “You know you’re an RV boondocker when…”: “You absolutely do not leave your shoes outside…ever! Little creepy crawly critters love smelly shoes for some reason. They like to take naps in them too. And if we wake them up with our stinky feet, it’s going to hurt…a lot…and we’re going to have to pack everything up and head to the hospital.” More here.
Fresh water management while traveling
You want to have fresh water available in your RV at all times, but there are some smart things you can do that can save you money while on the road and camping. If you will be boondocking in a state park or in the woods and there are no connections to fresh water at your intended campsite, then you should, of course, travel to your campsite with a full tank of fresh water. But if you’ll only be traveling with maybe one overnight stay at a rest area or a Walmart or some other “rough camping site” with no water connections, and will then be staying in a campsite with full hookups, there is another option. You can fill your fresh water tank with maybe 10 or 15 gallons of fresh water. This will typically give you enough water for flushing your toilet, washing dishes, cooking and other tasks on an overnight stay. And doing this, you will be traveling with much less water weight than the 400 pounds for a full tank of fresh water.
–From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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Ever visited a vortex?
The Oregon House of Mystery, or the Oregon Vortex, located in Gold Hill, OR, has been perplexing visitors since 1930. The vortex is half above ground, half below, and nowhere in its circle can you stand erect – you will assume a posture that points towards magnetic north. If you pass another person while exploring and they’re walking away from you, they’ll appear taller, if they’re walking towards you, they’ll appear shorter. This must be seen to be believed! Plan your visit here and prepare to be … well … puzzled.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This article from purelivingforlife.com tells you everything (and we mean everything) that you need to know about solar panels for your RV while boondocking or going off the grid.
No more sticky windows!
An RVtravel.com reader recommended this white graphite powder as the perfect fix for sticky windows. Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. He said his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” he explained.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Due to a job transfer, Brian moved from his hometown to New York City. Because he had a very comprehensive health history, he brought along all of his medical paperwork for his first check-up with his new doctor. After browsing through the extensive medical history, the doctor stared at Brian for a few moments and said,” Well there’s one thing I can say for certain. You sure look better in person than you do on paper!”
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