Issue 1035 • January 17, 2019
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Boondockers – share the land
Nina and Paul from the wheelingit blog have a few insights on boondocking from years of first-hand experience. Here are some thoughts on sharing: “Public land is there for all of us to share. It’s yours, but it’s not yours if you get what I mean. If you’re a regular boondocker the spot you had last year might not be available this year, or you might get a neighbor who parks a little closer than you’d like. Unless you’ve paid for the deed and own the property there’s really not much you can legally do about it. So, you either talk to your neighbor, pull up stakes and move or deal with it. The very nature of public land means that anyone can go there whether you like it or not. I’ve seen boondockers get ‘possessive’ over a piece of land and even go so far as to put up barriers and ‘no trespassing’ signs. I personally think that’s taking things too far. If someone is bothering me (e.g., with noise) I’ll go talk to them about it, but ultimately we’ve got the wheels to move if it doesn’t work out.”
How fast can you stop while towing a dingy?
Tests performed on a flat, dry, paved surface using a 34-foot Class A motorhome show that traveling at 50 mph required 132 feet of braking distance to come to a complete stop. Under the same speed and surface conditions, but with a car in tow that weighed 4,110 pounds and no braking system, the stopping distance of the motorhome expands to 209 feet. If you are towing a car behind your motorhome talk to your dealer about a supplemental braking system. You may be breaking the law in some states for the amount of weight you can tow without a supplemental braking system. Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than half the population of Iceland believes in elves! According to a recent study, 54% of people in Iceland either believe in elves or think there’s a possibility that they exist. Huldufólk, literally meaning “hidden people,” is a harbor town located just outside Reykjavík, and is said to be the elven capital. Icelandic architects are aware that they should be mindful when designing and building, careful not to disrupt any elf homes or villages. Roads have even been designed to go around elven villages, not through them. One member of parliament claims that his life was saved in a car accident by an elven family. Nope, we’re not making this up, folks! If you want to learn more about elves, you can enroll in The Elf School, where you will earn your elf diploma (while eating pancakes and drinking tea).
ON THAT NOTE: Iceland is a great place to RV! We highly recommend “Rick Steves Iceland” guide book to get you started. It’ll get you off the beaten path and will connect you with local culture. Learn more or order.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Dog-proof your RV screen door
If you travel with a canine friend, you probably know they can get a little enthusiastic. “Taking out” the screen on your screen door is not beyond the realm of possibility. Here’s what the folks from the Adaptable DIY blog have done: “We used two sheets of metal from Home Depot. The pieces are 1 foot by 2 feet which fit perfectly in our door without having to make any cuts. My husband drilled holes in the door frame and metal sheet. Then he used a pop rivet gun to join the two. Additionally, he also used this method to connect the two pieces of metal together. It’s very important that you do not use any fasteners at the top, or the piece that slides forward to cover your handles will no longer function. Since the two pieces of metal are connected just below the top bar, the sheets were secure without the need for fasteners on the top rail. If the sheets rattle a little bit, you can add small dabs of silicone discretely.”
“Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent foreign objects from falling into the toilet. It is a major job to retrieve anything from the holding tank.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This is an amazing Facebook page that contains 32 mind-blowing panoramas taken on Mars from NASA’s Curiosity Rover. Makes you feel pretty small, doesn’t it?
Hang up the heavy stuff!
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some on Amazon here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A young girl had a beauty pageant coming up and her mother wanted her to look perfect for it. She bought her the prettiest dress, and took her to a plastic surgeon to get Botox. A few weeks after surgery, the mother was arrested and lost custody of her daughter. The daughter didn’t look surprised.
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