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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1052

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 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?


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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The most charming small towns in America

Here’s the Travel Channel’s list of the 50 most charming small towns in America. How many have you visited?

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It’s a boat, it’s an RV, it’s…both!

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…

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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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Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago

The floating RV is definitely overkill. I see a multitude of problems that would plague that unit in a few years.

Sharon B
3 years ago

Get shot of those ants Eko!! I’m going to try that myself with my 60mm.

3 years ago

re: Hot Weather Driving
When you stop after a hot pull, let the engine idle a bit to cool down. If you don’t, the engine compartment becomes a heat sink and the temperatures in the motor can be quite a bit hotter than during the pull and can hurt things. This is especially necessary on turbo’s.

3 years ago

Just when I sat back and thought I had all the cool things out there that I needed you had to show this.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I hate to admit it, but I’ve kept in closer contact with many friends via text messages than I EVER did by phone. It’s easy, short, and I don’t have to commit a large chunk of time. When I want to talk about ‘stuff’, I call. Otherwise, a short text with a picture or bitmoji does it just fine. I guess you could say I’ve succumbed to technology . . .

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

Great motorhome but no thanks. Too much money, maintenance, and other headaches for me. Even if I won the $400m Mega Lottery, this wouldn’t even be on my radar.

Jim Brand
3 years ago

Besides the AC filters that are in the roof vents for the cold air return on my 5er are there any others? Didn’t know if there were filters in the actual AC unit on the roof.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Brand

The only other cleaning IN the unit are the condenser coils themselves. There are videos and web pages as to how to accomplish that task.