Issue 1054 • February 20, 2019
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Better personal illumination at night
Here’s another entry from Erinn “The Zealous” Mayer. Erinn saw an earlier post regarding flashlight hats. If ever there were a knee-jerk reaction, here it is: “Yes, I have an even better (and more cost-effective) idea. Want to be seen REALLY WELL at night?! When we go for evening walks with our dogs, I’ve always worried about ‘being seen,’ especially by passing vehicles! We were wearing the ‘flashlight hats,’ but I found an even better (BRIGHTER) way to be seen – I purchased two ‘Rechargeable LED Headlamps’ and OMG, these things are soo bright! They are easily adjustable and you can wear them alone (like a headband), or over a cap or hat. They have both white and red LEDs, FIVE different settings (dim, bright, flash, etc), and a control button for each light. The light angle is adjustable, and they come with charging cables (but not chargers). The ‘flashlight hats’ range from about $10-15 and most have just one small light. These ‘headlamps’ were only $10.99 on Amazon – for anyone who walks/jogs/hikes after dark, I highly recommend!!!” Whew! Thanks, Erinn. Your review is glowing!
Easier RV bed making – tile it!
Putting a fitted sheet on a mattress is made infinitely easier when you can slide the mattress out away from the wall. Unfortunately, many RV beds are on unfinished plywood platforms. These platforms snag the mattress if you attempt to slide it, making it difficult to move. By installing some peel and stick tiles on the platform, you can eliminate the snagging issue and make sliding your mattress a breeze. Don’t worry, though – the mattress does stay in place while you’re sleeping. From doityourselfrv.com
Taking the kids or grandkids camping? Here’s a scavenger hunt from The Creative Homemaker that looks like lots of fun. The kiddos will be occupied (which means it’s wine around the campfire time for you!), and you can think of fun prizes to award once they’re finished.
Wow! Now that’s a deal!
Did you know that every day Amazon features more than 1,000 special deals on items? Even if you don’t need anything, it’s fun to poke around and see the new interesting products on sale. There’s always stuff you can use in the RV, so take a look here.
Do not steer clear of Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska, because this place is wheel-y cool! Carhenge, built by Jim Reinders in 1987, is a replica of England’s Stonehenge, only it’s built out of 38 vintage American automobiles and covered in gray spray paint. You can visit the official Carhenge website here to read more about it and plan your visit.
MORE QUICK TIPS
What some have done to quiet a noisy generator
Here’s a quick review of what some have done … with a big disclaimer: “All of the suggestions below are what other RVers and campers have claimed to do to quiet down their generators. I have not personally tested any of these solutions to see if they actually work. Some of these solutions could damage your generator as well as void the warranty on a new generator.” Keeping that in mind, here goes: “1. Some folks have retrofitted motorcycle mufflers to their generator with some success. 2. Some people attach a hose to the exhaust of the generator and put the other end of the hose in a 5-gallon bucket of water to dampen the exhaust sound. They suggest that you put a small hole at the high point of the hose so that your generator does not suck any water into it.” —From everything-about-rving.com.
[Editor: Electricity expert Mike Sokol advises against trying #2.]
On buying a new RV
Obviously, if you want something brand new, you’ll need to visit a dealer or an RV show. However, do NOT buy new. I say this from experience after I ignored the advice of full-timers before us. Rigs “off the line” are often riddled with problems. I’ve heard this about every manufacturer, though some are better than others. Most full-timers I know recommend buying something at least two years old, as someone else has worked out the kinks at that point. Armed with this knowledge, we expected a few visits for service, and we’ve made over a dozen in the past 18 months. It’s been incredibly frustrating, especially when service departments aren’t known for great service. Trust me, don’t buy new! Plus, with the rapid depreciation of RVs and the steep cost, it’s less of a financial burden to buy used. —From Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America.
Editor’s Note: Have you joined our Facebook group RV Horror Stories yet? If you’ve had issues with your RV, or know someone who has, check out our group and share your story.
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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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