Issue 1038 • January 23, 2019
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Level with your slides in – DIY science experiment
Most of us have been taught that it’s best to keep the slide-outs “in” until we’ve finished leveling the rig. The “why” is that there’s less strain on both the levelers and the slideouts when done this way. Here’s a demonstration from everything-about-rving.com to help prove it to yourself: “For this experiment you will need a 10 pound weight or something that weighs close to 10 pounds that you can hold in one of your hands. Your legs are going to act as your RV’s leveling jacks and your arm is your RV’s slideout. In this case we are talking about a one-slide RV.
To start out, just hold the weight in one of your hands with your arms relaxed at your side. That 10-pound weight is in your center of gravity and you should have no problems squatting with this extra weight. With the slides in the weight stays closer to your RV’s center of gravity, giving the leveling jacks an easier job of handling the weight. Now take that weight and push it straight out to your side at shoulder level. You can now see that the 10 pounds seems much heavier and it may be a little bit harder to squat up and down because you are having to adjust for the uneven weight distribution. In multi-slide RVs, the slides are very seldom the exact same size and weight, So it would be like holding a 50-pound weight in your other hand, except slideouts weigh hundreds of pounds and you can see how this uneven weight distribution can cause strain on the leveling jacks.” Editor’s note: There can be exceptions to this general advice. Consult your owner manual for the exact recommended procedure.
Schoolie conversion not going well?
After reading up on one couple’s experience in attempting to do a bus conversion, we became converts: Have plenty of money, time, and patience if you undertake such a project. But what if you’ve already got the bus, and found out it’s just more than you can handle? Here’s one solution! Thanks to Steve Yant on pinterest for the photo.
Keep your rings, earrings or other jewelry in a pill case. It’s easy storage and you’ll never lose it! RVtravel’s own Gail made a video about this. You can watch it here. See other great organization hacks here.
Ride the first luge in the Western U.S.!
Become an Olympic champion – well, maybe not quite. Luge sledding has come to the beautiful Methow Valley in Washington state, and you can join the fun! A unique ride up the mountain in a Snowcat (worth the experience in itself), takes you 1200′ up the snowy mountain to the start of your journey. Take an hour-long training course before hopping onto your own sled and plunging down the mountain. The sledding is safe for all ages, so take your parents, kids, grandkids, everyone! Read more about it here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Alternative cat litter box “stash”
After installing a new solar system, one RVer had an empty compartment previously used for battery storage. But he also had traveling cats – with the usual problem of “where to put that dratted litter box.” The solution was fairly simple, as outlined on doityourselfrv.com. He cut through the kitchen cabinet to the spot where the battery box was located. He cut a hole in the sheet metal wall of the battery box and carefully “safety-ed” it by bending the sharp edges over. Adding on a little molding to dress up the cat door he had overlaid onto the kitchen cabinet made things more visually appealing. Access to refreshing the litter box is now handled from outside the RV. Inexpensive? As long as you don’t count the $4,000 spent on the new solar, yeah, it was a cheap mod. Find out more.
Locking bars for w-i-d-e RV cabinets
For those of us with super-wide RV cabinets (which the standard “Camco Cupboard Bars” aren’t wide enough for; ours is 38”), I found an answer to hold stuff in place while traveling – try adjustable, spring-tension curtain rods. They work great, are super easy to tighten or loosen, and are less than $10 here. Thanks to Erinn Mayer!
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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Guide to Firearm Laws in all 50 States, 2019 guide out now!
The updated version of this book contains information about the firearm laws of all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and how to prepare, carry, and transport your weapons. It includes state-by-state breakdown of firearms ownership, right to protect, open carry, concealed carry, permit reciprocity, shall issue, loaded vs. unloaded, interstate transport restrictions, traffic stops, universal restricted areas, preemptive local laws, motorhome and RV issues and use in National Parks and Forests, plus more! Learn more or order.
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Update note: Amended tip on leveling before deploying slideout. 1/23/2019 12:08 PM.