Issue 1041 • January 29, 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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Need an office in your RV? Really cramped for space?
You may find this idea a bit difficult to swallow, but hey, if you’re really, really tight on space, here’s one possibility. Frankly, it’s difficult to imagine how much trouble it would be to set up and tear down every day – or maybe you could just sleep on the dinette at night. Part of the collection on Mark and Karen’s blog, ourfutureinanrv.com.
CFLs are so 2010
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
This is more for your bricks-and-sticks home than your mobile abode, but unless you’re living full time in your RV, then this quick tip is for you. As I’m sure you all know by now, old-school filament lamps have been removed from the lighting aisles at your big box store, replaced first by CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), and most lately by LED (light emitting diode) lamps. LED bulbs can be great, but you have to be careful as to what you select. First, determine if you have any light dimmers in the circuit. If you do, then you must select an LED lamp (or even CFL) that says it’s “dimmable.” Secondly, both CFL and LED lamps are rated with something called color temperature.
For those inclined to dig a little deeper, color temperature is actually the color spectrum emitted by a black body radiator in degrees Kelvin. So, a 2,700K (degrees Kelvin) bulb has a much more warm, red/yellow light (like the original tungsten bulbs we all grew up with), while a 3,500K bulb is much bluer (like an old-school fluorescent bulb), while task lighting where you need to see a lot of detail is generally 4,000K to 5,500K, and sunlight is really up there around 6,000K. Personally, I like the warm 2,700K lights a lot better than the bluer bulbs since too much lighting in the blue spectrum can make your eyes tired.
Finally, there are a few different ways these LED bulbs are built, and I’ve been installing LED filament “Edison” bulbs for the last few years, as soon as they became available. Instead of a single hot-spot of the very intense LED source, they spread out the light over dozens of tiny LED strings that closely resemble the old filament bulbs we’re replacing. And because LED lamps are way more efficient than tungsten filament lamps, or even CFL lamps, you can use a lot less electricity in your stationary home, as well.
I’ve been using 2-watt and 6-watt filament LEDs in my area and reading lamps, and they look and work great. I find that the 2-watt versions are perfect for low-light areas, while the 6-watt versions put out a lot more lumens, closer to the brightness of a 60-watt tungsten bulb. Here’s what I use in my own home, and they’ve worked perfectly for the last year or more. Get the 2-watt version here or the 6-watt version here.
“Guide to Free Campgrounds” directory updated after 4 years
Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest edition, and much has changed and been added. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the brand-new 832-page guide for yourself or for a gift for your RVing friends.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Control board service tips – part 2 of 3
Reader Dan Kooienga is a service manager with 40+ years experience. Responding to an earlier post on testing “smart boards” on refrigerators and other RV appliances he adds a bit of advice from the field. “RV PC boards can often be exposed to moisture and possibly soap when cleaning the RV or other reasons. PC boards are low-cost items and usually not coated well (or not at all) with varnish to seal them. Moisture creeps into the relays, affects resistance components and corrodes unprotected surfaces. PC boards can be sprayed with a protectant made for this application, such as “Fluid Film” or “Super Lube Teflon spray”. Don’t use solvent based sprays such as WD40. Remember to let the fumes dissipate before using the component and/or closing the enclosure it is in.” You can find this product here. We’ll have another of Dan’s tips in our next edition.
Window and door seals
Always check rubber seals around windows and doors. You want to replace them if they’re looking worn. It can lead to unpleasant water leaks if you don’t stay on top of it.
—From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This is a neat website if you’re into “micro-camping” (camping in small places on private land). You can browse campsites around the world where you’ll find everything from people’s beautiful backyard gardens, to fields near farmhouses, to lush jungle pads. If you don’t RV full-time, you can become a host and rent out your own space for extra income.
Our friend and fellow RVer, Malia Lane, has published her book! You can read all of Malia’s blog posts here. What would you do if you had no fear? The author had always dreamed of traveling, and in 2001 began her courageous new life in a Winnebago motorhome. This is a story of facing fears and fulfilling dreams. It’s the story of adventure, excitement, and discovery – and triumph over fear – as told in the closing chapter of Malia’s own life. You can find her book here.
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