Issue 1043 • January 31, 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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Overnighting at Costco?
There have been virtual reams published on overnighting on Walmart parking lots. But what about Costco? Here’s a thought from rvblogger.com: “Can I Really Stay Overnight? Most Costco locations allow for overnight RV parking. They usually close around 8:30 PM on weekdays and a little later on the weekends so their parking lots are empty overnight. The manager or security guard will usually have an area for overnight RV parking and it’s typically in a well-lit area in the parking lot.
However, you should be aware that every Costco location is different. Only some locations allow overnight RV parking. It is up to the manager at each location to decide if overnight stays are permitted. The store managers have to consider many factors when deciding if they will permit overnight stays at their location. And sometimes, the manager doesn’t have a choice if local ordinances prohibit overnight parking.
Since every store has its own policies it’s always best to call ahead and speak to the manager to see if their particular location allows RVs to park overnight. You should also let them know if you will arrive during business hours or after they have closed. If the store is still open when you arrive, it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself to the manager and security guard. Do I need a Costco membership to park overnight? No, you do not need a Costco membership to park overnight. But you do need one if you want to shop or purchase gas.”
Easy way to keep spring bar set
If you have a travel trailer and use a weight distribution hitch, once the dealer makes the proper adjustments, spray paint the chain link that you use for the proper amount of tension. This way you will always keep the spring bar tension adjusted properly. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
NOW YOU KNOW!
- Eyes: Non-poisonous snakes have round pupils while poisonous snakes have eyes with elongated pupils (think cat eyes).
- Body scales: Poisonous snakes have solid scales on the ventral side of the body. Non-poisonous snakes have forked scales.
- Bite marks: Non-poisonous snakes will leave a double set of teeth marks while a poisonous snake bite will start with two distinctive punctures.
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Protect glassware – for less than koozies
Reader Erinn Mayer adds a shot to protecting glassware from road bumps. An earlier suggestion was to use can koozies, but Erinn says, “Go cheaper!” “I purchased some stretchy plastic mesh protective sleeves for bottles, and they work great to protect glassware as well. Available here at $12.99 for 25 (whereas can covers/koozies are about $5.75 for 10, and they won’t fit over an average wine or liquor bottle).” Money saving tips up your “sleeves,” eh, Erinn?
Learn how to fix your RV – by hiring a repairman
One of the best ways to learn how to fix things on your RV is to hire a mobile RV tech when you have a problem that would normally require you to take your rig to an RV shop. One of the big advantages of using a mobile RV tech is that you get to watch what he’s doing and you can ask questions.
From – RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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Mini dehumidifier removes moisture from RV
This mini dehumidifier from Pro Breeze quickly and efficiently removes moisture from the air. It is perfect for use in small areas like RVs. It extracts up to 9 ounces of moisture per day with a large 16-ounce capacity water tank that will automatically shut off when full. Very quiet, too. Learn more or order.
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A cowboy rides into town in the wild west and shoots an artist. The sheriff asks him, “Why the heck did you do that?” The cowboy says, “I thought he was going to draw!”
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