Issue 1046 • February 6, 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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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.
— From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.
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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.
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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
My friend is an EMT and on trivia night, everyone wants to be her partner! She’s always the first responder.
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