Issue 1037 • January 22, 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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Watch out for lightning
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
While you’re camping with your family you’ll certainly want to be on the lookout for lightning storms. As I’ve written many times, you don’t want to ride out a lightning storm in a fiberglass trailer, since they offer no protection from a strike. But all metal RV trailers or coaches should be safe for occupants during a lightning storm, even though some electronics in the RV might get fried. NOAA recommends that you head to a permanent structure in a storm since it should be properly grounded, but this is really about human safety.
How to know when there’s lightning nearby? Well, there’s an app for that! Here’s what my sound crew uses to monitor the weather when we’re doing an outside concert and need to decide if the show should be canceled: Get My Lightning Tracker Pro for $1.99, which is cheap for a great app that can save your life. I use the iPhone version, but it looks like the same app is also available for your Android or Google device.
Want to increase your mileage? Here’s a pro’s comment
“Both in my personal life and professional life (fuel tanker driver with a GVW of 140,000 pounds), I’m a little obsessed with fuel mileage, even when I’m not paying the fuel bill. ‘Hypermiling’ is achieved by using physics to your advantage. Acceleration and deceleration are the biggest consumers of fuel. Keep a larger following distance from the vehicle in front of you and if you need to slow down for any reason, take your foot off the throttle and use up the space between you until required to brake and then only threshold brake to the point where you are no longer closing on the vehicle in front of you. Roll onto the throttle slowly and accelerate at the lowest safe speed given traffic around you.
“Most drivers demand more torque and horsepower from their engines in any given scenario than necessary. I approach driving ‘heavy’ much the same way that my pilot buddy explained setting power in an airplane to me – figure out how much power you need and govern yourself accordingly. See grades (up and down) before you get to them and get your power management in-line before you get there. Big uphill grade ahead? Gear down or use the throttle appropriately shortly in advance of the grade to make sure you are in the power band just as you hit the grade. Let off the throttle in advance of a big turn and roll onto the throttle at the apex gently. Not only will you have better fuel economy by not braking willynilly, you’ll be more stable on the road as a result.” From RoadDog YVR, a member of the irv2.com forum.
How to reduce RV condensation and prevent mold:
- Eliminate the source! Keep water/steam/wet dogs out of the RV. When cooking, keep all pots and pans covered, dry your clothes outside the RV, and wipe Fido off after his walk.
- Keep the thermostat up! The warmer your RV is on the inside, the less moisture.
- Install window insulation. You can find an easy, affordable kit here.
- Let some air in! After cooking, or after you shower, crack your windows for a few minutes to let the steam escape.
- Use a dehumidifier. This one is small and perfect for your RV.
- Wipe surfaces when things start to gather condensation.
- Prevent mold growth by keeping humidity levels between 30-50 percent. You can buy a humidity meter here, which will help monitor humidity levels.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures preserved within the National Parks System. Wow!
MORE QUICK TIPS
“No excuse” water shut-off
Long-time RVer and RV Travel reader George Bliss recently had a “could-have-been-serious” problem with his rig. When a water fitting inside his rig blasted off, leaving a huge (but thankfully non-damaging) puddle in his basement storage area, he got to thinking. Shutting off the water whenever away from the rig is a GREAT idea, but with the shut-off on the far side of the rig, away from the entry door, and human nature being what it is, shutting off the supply every time isn’t too likely.
So … “I now run my water hose from the faucet to the step at my entry door. I put in an in-line ball valve and using a separate hose run it from there back to the other side of the RV and attach it to the inlet fitting. I held it all in place by attaching the hose to the step frame with a couple of zip ties. Now when I leave the RV, even for a short spell, the shut off is right at the step and there’s no excuse not to shut off the water.” Thanks, George, for helping us hold our water!
Heating pad helper
During winter keep a heating pad handy. Good for warming up pipes.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Happy Camper Wives
This travelin’ couple gives advice about traveling full-time in a small space with your partner. We know it’s not always easy!
Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I went out today and found a blacksmith getting rid of his dog. Feeling bad, I bought it from the man. As soon as I got the dog home, it made a bolt for the door.
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