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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Let’s keep in touch
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!
Have you seen a cuter bus conversion? We haven’t!
20-year old Lexis travels the country in her adorable 1989 Bluebird short bus. Her mother and grandmother helped her with the conversion and sewed each unique fabric accent inside the bus. You can visit her website here, and help support her by buying one of her amazing steering wheel covers here.
Everything you need to RV with Fido:
- This funny book will get Fido excited for RV life
- This no-spill water bowl
- These collapsible food and water bowls for easy storage
- The Mudbuster! A portable paw-cleaner for muddy campsites
- This PoochSelfie…the most brilliant thing we’ve ever seen
- Fido needs a first aid kit on board…
- This LED light-up collar, so Fido can be seen
- And, finally, make Fido carry his own hiking snacks with this
MORE QUICK TIPS
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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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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.
If you’ve got a sense of humor, you’ll want to buy this sign for the RV…
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Today was such a sad day. I got fired from my job as a taxi driver.
It turns out my customers didn’t like it when I tried to go the extra mile.
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