Issue 1057 • February 26, 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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Here’s an easy voltage meter (plus nightlight)!
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
I just bought one of these little outlet voltage testers for my test bench, and think it would be really handy as a general voltage monitor in your RV. Simply plug it into any wall outlet and it will show the voltage from 80 to 250 volts. Plus it makes a nice nightlight. You can buy one on Amazon for a great price.
RVing Pack Rat country? Keep the hood up!
When I first started boondocking in the U.S. southwest desert regions, I would sometimes see other campers with their vehicle hood left open. I didn’t pay much attention to it figuring they were using the truck or motorhome battery for camping. It wasn’t until I first visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that I learned about the Pack Rat (aka Wood Rat) and how much damage they can cause. They emerge from their burrows at night to forage, looking for food and nesting materials. Unfortunately, they sometimes will crawl up into the engine compartment and chew on things like insulation and wiring. On a modern truck or motorhome, this can quickly cause thousands in damage and may render it inoperable. By leaving the hood open enough moon and starlight comes inside to help keep the Pack Rats at bay. So, if you come across a place where campers have their vehicle hoods up and have night lighting set up around the RV, take heed. From loveyourrv.com.
NOW YOU KNOW
One of the biggest myths in the animal kingdom is that camels store water in their humps. Not true! While camels can go seven days without drinking water, it’s not because they’ve got it stored in those humps. Camels have oval-shaped red blood cells (instead of circular) which allows them to not get dehydrated as quickly as they normally would. The humps, which are actually just large mounds of fat, store the same amount of energy as three weeks of food. A camel’s kidneys and intestines are so efficient that their urine comes out as thick as syrup, and you could start a campfire with their feces because it’s so dry. Gasp!
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MORE QUICK TIPS
What to use to wash the RV – or not!
As spring gets closer, it’s time to think of spiffing up the old RV. Got a bucket, a brush, a hose, but not sure what to wash with? doityourselfrv says, “Don’t use dish soap. Frugal RVers are often tempted to use dish soap for washing your RV, but before you reach for that bottle of lemon-scented goo, stop! Dish soap is harsh and strips away the gel-coat. It also leaves a film. The longer that film sticks to the gel-coat, the faster the gel coat deteriorates.” So what’s to do? “Wash with baby shampoo and vinegar. RV owners have all sorts of favorite products to wash RVs. Some, including many dealers, recommend RV washing with simple baby shampoo, with small amounts of distilled vinegar added to the water.” More tips, look here.
Neglected emissions control is more $ at pump
Poor emissions and/or a faulty oxygen sensor can cause a 40% reduction in fuel economy. Can you believe that? A 40% REDUCTION! Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Bird and banjo-lovin’ Airstream travelers Anders and Beverly share their joy of birdwatching with their readers as they travel the country. With backgrounds in journalism, these writers share what they learn from their feathered friends.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.
John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by constantly being polite, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to calm the bird.
One day, John was fed up. He yelled at the parrot, and the parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and angrier. In desperation, John grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked at the door, but then suddenly there was total silence. Not a peep could be heard.
Fearing that he hurt the bird, John opened the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped onto John’s arm and said, “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I intend to do everything I can to correct this behavior.”
John was stunned by the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask what had made the bird make such a dramatic change, the parrot continued, “Now may I please ask what the turkey did?”
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