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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1033

Issue 1033 • January 15, 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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With veteran RVer Mike Sokol 

If you’re going on a hike from your base camp, it’s best to take along something for communication besides your cell phone. This is especially true when you’re in a national forest with spotty cellular service. Take along a GMRS (general mobile radio service) radio, and leave one with your partner back at the campground. While the range of a GMRS radio is much reduced in the city, you’ll find that you can talk for miles when you’re in the great outdoors. So, never leave on a hike without a backup communications plan. Here’s a nice pair of radios from Midland which I’ve used many times to keep in touch while in remote areas. Plus, this model includes a NOAA weather alert channel, which is really handy when you need to keep an eye out for storms while you’re out. Get them here

Water use watcher

Responding to a story about water use while boondocking, Dawn writes: “I use a cloth measuring tape taped to the side of our [fresh water] tank and keep track by gallons per inch. I purchased the cloth tape from a sewing kit at a dollar store.” Thanks to Dawn “Give her an inch, she’ll take a gallon” Shindledecker!

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Hitch alignment tool for fivers, travel trailers, goosenecks

If you’ve tried to hitch up your trailer single-handedly, you know how much of a hassle it can be to jump in and out of the cab, run back, and squint at where the hitch ball or fiver saddle lies relative to its partner. And even with a “helper,” it can still be a gut-wrencher. Backup cameras are great for the travel trailer set, but useless when dropping a gooseneck in place, or saddling a fifth wheel. Here’s a nifty magnetic alignment tool that works for all of them. Drop the magnet mount on the trailer end – on the hitch ball or over the fifth wheel saddle – then one on the corresponding spot on the tow vehicle. Peep into your rearview mirror and make the balls on the alignment tool “kiss.” We used a similar system on our travel trailer for years. At about $12 on Amazon, this is a shoe-in. From Russ and Tiña De Maris

Another safety gear item for your rig

Always make sure to have a reflective vest in your RV in case of a roadside emergency at night. This one is less than $8.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.

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RVers Brandon and Kerensa share their blog about fulltime life on the road, their favorite scuba-diving spots and, of course, their favorite roadside grub. Their entertaining articles are worth a read.

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Tony Ste
4 years ago

I bought a forest river ; didn’t know it is what is a park model. Come too find out it ownly hold 20 gallon of fresh water, ouch! So your first question should be how much water does it hold?

kenneth serr
4 years ago

Fifth wheel alignment, I have a retractable magnet with a red handle from Menards, I have set it at the rear of the fifth wheel saddle.(cab side) I installed a silver stripe on the pin box and when I have the magnet extended I can see to align it through the rear view mirror. The height of the trailer I remembered by looking at the level on the side near the controls to raise or lower the front. Hope this is another suggestion to help.

4 years ago
Reply to  kenneth serr

I painted bright yellow stripes the width of the king pin on the saddle and king pin. Line those up and you’re in. Don’t have to worry about where I put the alignment tools.

4 years ago

use of GMRS radio frequencies REQUIRES an FCC license. i think you meant to recommend using a pair of FRS (Family Radio Service) radios. they ARE inexpensive abd require no FCC license. beyond that users should have realistic expectations when it comes to range…how far you can communicate. over water or flat open ground expect several miles. in wooded terrain expect much less.

4 years ago
Reply to  Rich

GPMR is a refinement of FRS, with up to 100X the transmit power of FRS, resulting in 15X the range. As noted, GPMR costs 10X as much and requires an FCC license to operate.

If 1-2 miles is good enough (campgrounds and group hikes), FRS is the clear winner in my mind. I don’t mind my young kids taking a $5 radio on their bikes all over the campground for me to be able to call them home, and I have a whole box of FRS radios for them to loan/play with new friends.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Yes, IIRC the GMRS radio frequencies technically require an FCC license, but everything I’ve read suggests that NOBODY licenses them so they’re in common use. But maybe I’m wrong so I’ll do a little research on it.

I know all about the FCC selling off the 700 MHz RF band for the 4G cellular networks, since that’s caused thousands of churches and theaters to throw away their older 700 MHz RF mics and pay many thousands of dollars for new mics. And currently much of the 600 MHz band is being auctioned off to these same cellular phone companies for Super WIFI and such. We have an insatiable appetite for RF bandwidth on our portable devices, so it’s hard to keep up with who can do what on which frequencies.

4 years ago

Get an amateur radio license and really communicate. Tech level is easy. Radios are inexpensive. Clubs are friendly. Check out ARRL website for more information.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

On our old travel trailer, the fresh water tank was located beneath our bed in the front of the trailer. We could just lift the bed up and see how much water was left. On our current trailer the fresh tank is located somewhere in the middle of the trailer over the axles and is sealed from view on the bottom due to insulation. Over time we’ve just become accustomed to how much water we use while boondocking (which is the only time it really matters) and do just fine. The little dots on our indicator are, of course, worthless.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My indicators work fine. Once we are at E there is about 2 gallons left so I know I need to fetch water. Being weekend only campers though we rarely run out. We can get about 4 to 5 days on a full tank. Gray water is actually a bigger problem for us, I can go get more fresh but have not gotten a blue boy or anything to get rid of the waste.

Bob Weinfurt
4 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

I have a 70s motorhome. It has a very small grey water holding tank so what helps is doing the dishes in a small tub in the sink and pouring it in the toilet when I’m done as the black water tank is much bigger and the extra water in it can be a good thing.