February 14, 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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RV air conditioning not so cool?
Here are a few tips that may help you get your air conditioner running more efficiently. Clean the AC filters. Dirty AC filters can reduce the cooling capacity and efficiency of your air conditioner(s). The filters for RV roof air conditioners are located inside the RV under the air distribution bezel on the AC unit. Most RV air conditioner filters are made of washable materials and should be washed in warm water carefully and thoroughly. Let them air dry before you replace them. If the filter is torn or will not clean up you should replace the filter. Check and clean these filters at least once a month.
Once the filter is removed on most units you will be able to see the evaporator coils. Get a flashlight and look at those coils to see if there is any type of accumulation of dirt or debris present. If there is, use a very soft bristle vacuum attachment to carefully remove the dust and dirt. If you are comfortable going on the roof of your RV you should also clean the outside condenser coils on your AC unit. This will require removing the shroud on the air conditioner, which is normally held on with several screws. Once the shroud is removed you can use some compressed air to blow out debris that may have gotten into the condenser coils. Remember to blow the air from the inside out (that’s why you have to remove the shroud). This should be done at least once a year. Tips from everything-about-rving.com.
RV park showers: Keeping the cooties at bay
Dan and Lisa travel the RV road and are big believers in using RV park shower houses. But to Lisa, shower houses have their drawbacks, especially to those who feel their health might be endangered by what lurks within. She writes about a few of her favorite shower-house-self-preservation tricks, a couple of which we’re sharing.
“We have a few shower hooks stashed in our shower bag to hang on the shower stall door to hang our clean clothes, bath towel, face cloth, and loofa. We’ve tried the plastic cheap ones from the dollar store only to have them break and our clean crap fell on the nasty floor. So, these were the answer!”
And here’s one you’ve probably never thought of: “This is a genius idea I’ve read somewhere! A woman took a clean puppy pee pad and laid on the floor right outside the shower (plastic side down) in the dressing part of the shower so she didn’t have to worry about dropping her clean undies or stepping onto the nasty floor while putting them on. Then when she was finished, she would just pick it up and toss it in the trash. The puppy pads are also great to cover the bench in the shower room so you can actually sit on them without catching cooties.” More “clean” shower thoughts here.
The Hood River County Fruit Loop, located in the picturesque Hood River Valley at the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon, is a 35-mile loop offering the best of what the region has to offer. Along the drive, you’ll find 28 member stands offering things such as local fruits (including u-pick farms), wine (and winery stops), ciders, vegetables, flowers and homemade pantry goods. You can visit the official website here to see when stands are open and a map of the route.
Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including costly water damage. This Thetford rubber seal lubricant prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight damage. Also use on door and window seals. The mineral oil product acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order.
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Don’t drive the motorhome? You should! Here’s how
Pam, part of “The Intentional Travelers” blogger team, shares a couple of points on how the non-driver can learn to drive the motorhome. “For those women who have a spouse that does all the driving, I would like to gently suggest that you learn a simple skill. First drive the vehicle around in an empty parking lot. Church parking lots on a Monday morning offer a lot of space. Work on turning in the drive lanes while not running over parking lines (which would actually be cars if there were any).
Second, try driving the rig on a back road that does not have a lot of traffic. Turn the corner, watching your mirrors to make sure you keep it between the lines! You should see your tires and the lines in your mirrors at all times.
Third, try asking your spouse to park the vehicle in a rest area on the highway. You drive it out and get to the next rest area. Easy in, easy out. The hardest part of driving a large rig is the parking. Another thing you might consider is to take a training class from a private company or even from a dealer such as Lazydays to learn to drive your beast. Once you have that skill, you have gained the power to help your husband if he gets sick and cannot drive. Even something as simple as a flu bug can make it hard for him to drive away from a campground. But if you need to leave, because the space is taken for the night, you can do it!”
Free tire pressure monitoring system?
If you think you can’t afford a $300 tire pressure monitoring system, here’s how to get one for free. Using round numbers, six tires at $400 each equals $2,400 for a set of new tires. Tires last five to seven years. Taking the seven-year maximum number, that means that tires cost you about $342 a year. I figure that I will run my tires one year longer if I have a tire monitoring system, so by running my tires one extra year, I more than pay for the cost of the tire monitoring system. I guess you could say it’s a matter of how you do your accounting. —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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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A woman complained to an old friend that her husband always comes home late. “Take my advice and do what I did,” said the friend. “Once my husband came home at three o’clock in the morning, so from my bed I called out, “Is that you, Jim?” And that fixed it! He never came home late again.” “Fixed it?” asked the woman. “How?” The friend said, “His name is Bill.”
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