Issue 1046 • February 6, 2019
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Keepin’ the RV stink down
It’s said that women have a more sensitive schnoz than their male counterparts. Could be, so here are comments from a lady RVer as published on TREKKN on how to minimize odors in your RV.
Feet: “I think I said ‘I smell feet’ about a hundred times when we first started this full-time travel journey. Dirty, stinky feet is the smell that bothers me the most. We all take off our shoes before we come into the RV to help keep the floor clean, but doing that results in, well, you know. So, how do you get rid of dirty feet smell inside your rig, other than banning the stinky feet from coming inside? Foot powder. Just have them sprinkle a little in them.”
Dirty laundry: “We keep our dirty laundry in a basket in the tub. This way, it’s not out in the open in the main areas, which also helps with the dirty laundry smell. Does it smell up the bathroom? Nope. This hasn’t been an issue at all, possibly because we turn on the fan and vent out the bathroom as much as possible.”
Bathroom: “Without going into too much detail (you’re welcome), if we’re close to a bathroom at an RV park, then we encourage everyone to do their business in those bathrooms and not ours. We have a pretty small rig, the Keystone Passport 2670BH, so the bathroom is right by, well, everything. Using the RV park bathrooms has helped a bunch with smells no one wants to experience as they’re sitting at the table having a snack, or lunch, or dinner, or trying to relax…you get the point.”
Other hints: “I turn on our oil diffuser a couple of times a day, which helps fill the space quickly with some great scents. Our favorites have been pine, eucalyptus, and lavender. Wiping down our rig once a day and on move days helps keep it smelling fresh. On move days, I wipe down almost everything, from the tops of the cabinet to the floors. Opening the windows and door and airing out the rig helps a ton with keeping things smelling fresh. I love to do this in the mornings and evenings when it’s cooler.”
Simple RV maintenance tips: lube, tighten, and clean
“Lubrication — A little lube goes a long way. Keep all the hinges, locks, sliders, and basically anything that moves well lubricated. I find the best lube to keep on hand is a dry silicone type. Works well in almost all applications and resists attracting dirt. Tighten — Our RV is basically a house on wheels and exposed to minor earthquakes during every trip. Things are going to come loose. Every so often grab a screwdriver and a wrench and give everything a re-tightening. This little preventative maintenance can save you big time. Pay special attention to items attached to the outside that may fly off during transit and safety risks, i.e., ladder rungs. Clean it — Mechanically everything works better when clean, dirt and grit cause wear. A good coat of quality wax and UV protectants will keep the rig looking sweet and extend the life of many of the materials.” Thanks to loveyourrv.com.
If you’ll be near Kansas City, MO, any time soon, be sure to derail and stop at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant for some good grub and a great experience. At Fritz’s you’ll order your food and drinks from a telephone at your table, and instead of your average waitress, Mary, bringing it over, it will be delivered to your table by a train. The kids and grandkids will love this place, and the food is so good you’ll want to come back. Just don’t chug, chug, chug too many drinks – you might fall on your caboose! Visit the website here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Cover those dirty shoes – version 2
Perennial RV tipster Erinn Mayer revisits with another thought: “Using inexpensive shower caps over shoes to keep dirt out of RVs is a GREAT idea, but I have an even less expensive option – we use disposable, elasticized shoe covers. I keep some by our door at all times. Available at Amazon.com (they have TONS of options, but I get the Adorox); 100 covers (50 pairs) are about $9; that’s less than eighteen cents a pair!” Thanks, Erinn!
Buy a flashlight hat
It can come in handy out on the road. Whether getting to the facilities during the middle of the night in your campground or fixing something outdoors at night you’ll be glad you got one. You can buy a beanie here, or a baseball cap, like the one pictured, here.
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DON’T FEED THE BIRDS!
Ducks, geese, swans, etc., can get very sick from eating bread, so don’t make them feel crummy! If you or the grandkids still insist on feeding the birds, try corn, peas, lettuce (in small bits), oats or birdseed instead.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You may have read Chuck Woodbury’s essay a couple of weeks ago about the importance of AED machines. PulsePoint is an app designed to tell you where every AED machine is located near you. This is one you’ll want to keep on your phone in case of an emergency.
Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from RVtravel.com.
Temperature gun is ‘essential equipment’ for RVers!
Just aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.
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We financed 50% of the cost of our travel trailer for 20 years, but paid it off in only 2 years. Never intended to go full term.
I took out a HELOC from my house mortgage to pay for the RV. The interest was 3.5% and tax deductible. When I sold my house, paid off the HELOC at closing.
4-9 years but paid it off within 3
We had a 5 year loan but paid it off in one. 5 years was the shortest term we could get. We had the cash invested so it was easier to take the loan and plan out the payments.
I just picked a number for the years because we payed it off a year after we got it. We planned that when we picked it up.
Everyone has a different situation. We could have paid cash for our diesel pusher, but wanted to keep our money invested. Also, then a motorhome was considered a second home for tax purposes so we could write off the interest. Within 2 yrs the home mortgage rates declined, so we refinanced the house & the MH together. The one payment was $500 less a month than the original 2 payments. Then when rates were under 4% (we have a 3.58% rate) we refinanced again. With the interest deduction on income taxes & inflation we were close to paying $0 in interest and just paying back principle. At any time we could pay off the mortgage. However, with the benefits we saw no reason. And, we still have that motorhome today, 17 yrs old next week. With 185,000 miles we did a new engine and then took it to the factory for upgrades and new paint which we paid for with cash. So not everyone who takes a 20 yr mortgage is necessarily making a mistake. Depends on your personal situation. With that said I do agree, in general, unless you can take excellent care of your motorhome, 20 yrs is a tad long for a mortgage considering how quickly MH’s depreciate. Also, I think the tax deduction for interest may have went away. I couldn’t see us financing today knowing that.
After paying off dodge pickup (diesel) one ton ,I saved payment for one year for down on a new bigger travel trailer. Went from a 24 foot too a 32 foot with a slide out. Wished I looked into this as I can not fit in 20% of the camp grounds! The bank I belong to needed 20% down and 7 years I reduced it to 5, got a better rate , they drop 1/2 % off . My old camper was twenty years old sold it for pennies , too much needed repairs to mess with. I now am putting money in a cheaply built FOREST RIVER that doesn’t hold up to travel ; Something falls apart every trip! WE plan to travel a lot more than we did in the past. Love the info everybody feeds to site I visit. Keep up the tips. Thank You every one.
We bought new, paid $10,000 down with a 10 year loan but we paid it off in 4 years.
I’ve always been an “if I can’t pay for it, I don’t need it” person. We bought a 35 year old class C that was in good shape for $400. Most everything worked but had to invest a few hundred dollars into it. Because of the age, the insurance premium is minuscule. It’s been a lot of fun.
Just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Seems the vast majority of buyers either pay cash or finance less than 10 years. Kind of minimizes Chucks long term finance concerns. No matter how or what is legislated to stop abusive business practices, some people just can’t be saved from themselves.
A little trick I found when we purchased our last tow vehicle. Make sure that when you buy your RV, the contract has no prepayment penalty (a requirement in many states). After your negotiations seem to have gone as far as they are going to go, continue to be hesitant. Then tell the salesman “OK, I will buy it, and I will finance with your organization if you give me 5% off the price we just negotiated.” Seeing the potential loss of sale, and seeing the future profits on financing, the salesman may haggle a bit on the 5%, but may agree to some number. Then, as soon as you sign, run down to your credit union and refinance at a much lower rate. I did this with my last tow vehicle purchase. They gave me $1500 off the price of the truck, I signed with Ford Credit at 6.5% – and then refinanced with my Credit Union at 1.44%.
Unless you have already disclosed to the salesman that you intend to pay cash, it works in that situation, too. Of course it assumes that you have checked with your credit union beforehand about their willingness to do the loan.
For the smell article, I would just like to say that a 30 foot trailer ( the Keystone Passport 2670BH) is not what I consider a small RV. It’s not the largest, but certainly not what I consider small.
On the stinky feet issue: Spray them with underarm deodorant after every bath. Mitchum is very effective.
OK,folks find yourself a good,well maintained Hitchhiker fifth wheel,or decent land yacht of your choice,and stop buying the garbage put out today called RV’s. Sooner or later the money grubbing manufacturers will get the idea and either stop making junk or start putting some quality back in.The overpriced krapola they are pushing is not worth the price.Live within your means.
Why is it hard to believe so many people pay for their RV/TT? A lot of dealer sell you rates that a lot of people would call legal robbery. I paid in full after I was offered financing at 6.5% with an 822 credit rating. That was with an excellent CR. What does someone with a 700 get? 14%% If you need to finance, check around with your bank, credit union, etc. RV/TT dealers are out to make a profit and every finance deal they sell puts more profit into their pocket. I won’t say they’re ripping people off, but there are better deals out there than 6.5 or higher for 10 to 20 years. And do you really expect to be in the same rig for the live of the financing?
I would rather keep as much money in my pocket (bank, retirement funds) as long as possible. Paying up front is the cheapest way to do that.
We use our RVs washer and dryer for storage of dirty clothes when they’re full it’s time to do laundry
I bought used and paid 50% down and took out a loan for the rest. It doesn’t make sense to be RV rich and cash poor.
Got a short term loan and paid it off as soon as my previous RV sold.
I do believe that the POLL results are probably not accurate! Most people finance some portion of their RV. According to the Poll, up to this point, 45 percent pay cash! I cannot believe that many RVers Pay Cash for an RV, especially with the cost of the vehicles now days. OH YES, if it is a small travel trailer or pop up, you can probably pay cash for it. But, for a larger RV, some portion of that RV will have to be financed, unless you have unlimited funds to throw down the toilet! The problem is, RVs depreciate rapidly and are not worth the price you paid for it a year later. Just the way things are.
I doubt very many people would lie on this anonymous poll, Jeff. Perhaps the folks with longer-term loans are too embarrassed to respond? Or the ones who have responded so far bought used, had a good trade-in, and/or saved up the money first? Also, some folks buying expensive rigs these days just sold their house and are going full-time, so they had the cash to pay for their RV. We had enough in savings and a decent trade-in when we got our 5th-wheel 9 years ago to pay almost all cash. We got a low rate on a 3-year loan through our credit union and paid it off in six months, thereby incurring very little in interest charges.
Are you unhappy that some of us paid cash? We’re also giving our 2017 Newmar DP to our daughter at the end of this year. Not selling, it’ll be a gift.
Jeff, why do you think folks would lie about this? You’re right about depreciation but that really has no bearing on whether someone paid cash or got a loan.
This is our third RV and all were good, used models which we paid cash for. I don’t like debt and would rather own something a few years old than be saddled with monthly payments. Thankfully other people like new stuff and take the big depreciation hit first.
If you buy vehicles used as we did you may find that you can pay cash rather than the exorbitant prices for new and not need a loan.
I, too, paid cash for my gently used 40′ fiver. As a single woman with little income (SS only), I was concerned about being homeless as I aged. As long as I can keep the trailer in decent shape and the truck running, I won’t have to worry about that problem.
They survey might be accurate. We paid “cash”, but we took it from our line of credit as it was much better interest than any RV place would offer.
That’s not cash if you are borrowing money to pay.
Perhaps some of the people paid cash paid by credit card. Credit card should have been a choice.
We paid cash for our 30 foot 5th camper
My wife and I have been married for over 50 years and we have tried to follow one simple rule If we can’t pay for it we don’t need it. The exceptions were home and business. We saved to pay for things we wanted which included our motor home and of course we bought that used. We are retired and really would not be able to afford monthly payments. Credit is to easy to get and badly used.
Robert, I’m with you. My husband of 44 years and I follow the same rule. We save for what we want, never bought anything on credit except a home, buy what we can afford or don’t buy it. And we are not well-to-do people. We live modestly but are still able to save.