Issue 1052 • February 18, 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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Maintain your equalizer hitch: Change the chains
Probably one of the least thought-of maintenance items for the travel trailer crowd is keeping an eye on your weight distribution hitch. Think about it: Every turn you make, the chain links at both the spring bars, and at the lift assembly, “wear” a little bit. After a few years, those points can fail – leaving you in a dicey position. Reader George Bliss says, “It’s wise to replace the EQ chains and the U-bolts that go through the spring bars. I know when I had my travel trailer I found the links, especially at the spring bar “U” bolts, half worn through.” Yikes! Thanks, George, for helping us keep safe from the weak link!
Why living in an RV is better than living in a stick-built
From doityourselfrv.com: 1. More time outside. 2. No lawn mowing or yard work. 3. Follow the weather (or run away from it). 4. Clean a lot less (smaller spaces are easier to clean). 5. Don’t like the neighbors? Just move! 6. Million dollar views for less than $20 per night. 7. Less things, but more experiences. 8. Make new friends. 9. No room for relatives! (Just kidding.)
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Depending on the species (there are about 12,000 of them), ants can lift between 20-100 times their own body weight. Ants’ muscles work similarly to the way humans’ muscles do, but because their bodies are so light, their muscles are free to do some heavy lifting. The photo to the right (click to enlarge) was taken by Eko Adiyanto in his garden in Indonesia. The two ants are holding berries above their heads, using their pincers to maintain balance. Amazing, huh?
MORE QUICK TIPS
Clean your air conditioner filters
Keep the filters in your roof air conditioner clean and it will operate more efficiently. Refer to the A/C owner’s manual for cleaning instructions. Replacement filters are sold at most RV dealerships and you can find many kinds on Amazon too.
Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Hot weather driving
Driving in hot weather is hard on the RV. Try traveling in the early morning and late afternoon to minimize the impact. —From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living
*Editor’s Note: Driving in 100° temperatures wears the tires out four times faster than driving at 40° temperatures.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Here’s the Travel Channel’s list of the 50 most charming small towns in America. How many have you visited?
Have you ever seen the video of the RV boat? Click the image to the left to play the video and tell us what you think in the comments below. We have a feeling this isn’t on the market for a reason…
2019 Guide to Firearm Laws now available
If you travel with a firearm, you need this to avoid breaking state laws. This details the firearm laws of all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and how to prepare, carry and transport your weapons. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another! Essential for RVers who cross state lines. Learn more or order.
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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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