Issue 1055 • February 21, 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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What really works on black streaks?
According to the folks at Trade Winds RV Center, here’s the answer: “Those awful black streaks!!! You’ve tried everything to remove them and nothing works! RV cleaners, tire cleaners, DIY cleaners, dish soap, etc. Will nothing remove these unsightly marks? Alas, we’ve found a cleaner that removes them, and you don’t have to go any further than your local dollar store to find it. LA’s Totally Awesome cleaner removes RV black streaks! Follow the mixing instructions on the bottle, or use it full strength if the streaks are really bad. Apply it with a scrub brush and voila! Black streaks are no more! You’ll be amazed at how well this $1 cleaner will remove these marks!”
Nesting pots and pans
With RV galley storage space at a premium, nesting pots and pans become essential for the cook. But how do you keep the pans from rattling or, in the case of nonstick cookware, from scratching when nested? Here are the ideas of different RVers: Use dish towels between the pans and store them in the oven when traveling. When parked, hang a wood dowel from hooks in the ceiling, and use the dowel to suspend the pans. Another uses bubble wrap between the pans, and wraps larger pans in the wrap. Finally, you can use paper plates between the pans to stop unwanted reactions.
DID YOU KNOW?
Have you heard of the conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney from The Beatles died in a car crash in 1966? There’s been a Faul (fake Paul) impersonating him all this time. Conspiracy theorists claim that the rest of the band, George, John and Ringo were afraid that the death of Paul would impact the band’s commercial success, so they replaced Paul with Billy Shears, who looked (and sounded) almost identical to him. There have been discrepancies in photos of Paul and Billy, with extreme theorists claiming his face is a different shape, his ears in a different place, and his nose longer. You can read more about this theory here – it’s pretty believable!
Stay free on private property across America
Boondockers Welcome is a great alternative to expensive, crowded RV parks or even Walmart parking lots. With a membership, you can stay for free at more than 1,000 private property locations across America. And, wow, will you meet some great people. Learn more or sign up.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Save flush water
File this under the “Wow! This is great” or the “TMI” file, depending on your taste. A user from an RV forum wrote this boondocking suggestion: “Others may already know this, but I just stumbled onto it this week. My water pump was out of service for about three days and water was being dispensed rather miserly, except for drinking. A jug was used to rinse the toilet after flushing, but the urine odor quickly became overwhelming. I started spraying the toilet after rinsing with various cleaners. Mean Green Orange Champ does an amazing job on neutralizing urine odor. So much so that I was able to skip the water rinse and just release the liquid into the black tank and spray the empty bowl. I use wet wipes instead of TP which goes into a covered trash can, so no water is needed just to flush the TP.” Here’s a link to Amazon for the stink-reducing product.
Odds and Evens on the freeway
If you ever get confused about the direction you’re traveling in the U.S., keep in mind that most odd-numbered Interstate highways run north to south and even-numbered run east to west. This does not apply to state highways. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Instead of donating right to your favorite National Park, or the National Park Service, why not buy a cool t-shirt and support them that way? Parks Project has tons of great shirts, sweaters, hats and home goods, and each purchase contributes to one of 30 different conservancies across the USA, providing vital funding for the ongoing care of National Parks. You can read more about their contributions here.
“Guide to Free Campgrounds” directory updated after 4 years
Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest update, and much has changed and been added to this new one. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the brand-new 832-page guide for yourself or for a gift for your RVing friends.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A doctor and an engineer were in love with the same woman. Every day, the doctor would bring the woman a rose, and every day the engineer would bring the woman an apple. Finally, the confused girl asked the engineer, “Why do you always bring me an apple?” The engineer replied, “Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
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