Issue 1034 • January 16, 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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Thoughts on electronic control boards
Refrigerators, water heaters, all sorts of RV appliances have “smart boards.” Here are some tips from Dinosaur Electronics. “I assume the circuit board is bad because it is the most complex part of the equipment. Besides I have a friend who seems to replace a board every year. Fact? Unfortunately, you might be right. The board is made up of 50 or more parts which don’t really like temperature extremes, vibration or weird voltages etc. The rest of the equipment has a few wires, two or three switches, and safety devices. When a board is replaced, the rest of these items should be checked for proper operation before the job is finished.
“Fuses: A significant percentage of circuit boards returned under warranty have no failure or only a blown fuse. That means the equipment they were removed from probably still has a problem somewhere! When replacing a fuse, use one that has the current and voltage rating specified by the equipment manufacturer: The last person might have installed the wrong value. Visual inspection of a fuse is not always adequate! You should remove the fuse and check the continuity with a meter. If a replacement fuse BLOWS when the equipment is turned on, troubleshoot the equipment for short circuits or overloads before again replacing the fuse. DO NOT continue to install higher and higher rated fuses until a smoke cloud indicates where the real problem might be!”
Towel bar adds towel storage
If you don’t have enough cabinet space to stash your bath towels (or you’ve got better uses for the cabinet), here’s a storage idea saved by pinterest user Tina Arias. Use a towel bar to store rolled up towels. Mount the bar vertically, rather than horizontally, in some unused patch of wall space.
The smallest town in the U.S.
If you’ve ever visited Buford, Wyoming, you probably didn’t find much there, other than former mayor Don Sammons, who’s been the only inhabitant of the town since 2008 when his son moved away. Buford, WY. Population: 1. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, it’s the town with the highest altitude along Interstate 80 between New York and San Francisco. Don said he used to get up to 1,000 visitors a day at his General Store, which has since closed. Now a traveling motivational speaker, Don has written an inspirational book (which you can buy here), in which he explains how (and why) he built the nation’s smallest town. Visit Don’s website here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Hung up on trash bag storage? Hang ’em up!
If you carry rolls of plastic garbage bags or kitchen trash bags, here’s a “hack” to take advantage of empty wall space in a cabinet or other area. Grab a pair of suitably-sized curtain rod hangers and a piece of wooden dowel. Cut the dowel to fit the width of your rolled bags, stuff the dowel through it, then screw in place the curtain rod holders to hold your new bag-roller. Thanks to amzgtrvl.com for the tip.
Clean that rubber roof!
Rubber roofs on RVs should be cleaned three to four times a year and, depending on where you park or store your RV, it may need to be cleaned more often. Regardless of the type of rubber roof you have, NEVER use any cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citrus ingredients. These types of cleaners can cause permanent damage to any rubber or vinyl surface. Most manufacturers of rubber roofs recommend you use a medium bristle brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. For light cleaning, you can use warm water and a mild detergent like Dawn dishwashing liquid. Hard-to-clean areas like stubborn stains caused by leaves, sap, mold or mildew may require a second treatment. Use caution to prevent the cleaners from getting on the sides of the RV. ALWAYS rinse the sides, front and back of your RV before rinsing the roof to prevent streaking or damage to the finish on your RV. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Have you ever explored hashtags on Instagram? If not, start exploring! This is a link to the #RVlife hashtag, where you’ll find tons of great RVing inspiration from travelers all over the world. Click on an image to read the caption and view different profiles.
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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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