Issue 1058 • February 27, 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.
If you shop at Amazon, would you use one of the links below to do your shopping? The link in the blue bar above also works. Thanks.
Tire treatment to ward off UV?
Reader Peter Almasi writes: “I don’t cover my tires at all, even during long periods in the sun. What I do, however, is every time I wash my RV instead of spreading that stuff that makes your sidewalls shiny, I spray them with 303 UV Protectant developed by NASA. I never get orange peel and have never had an RV tire failure. In fact, I used it on a new pair of windshield wipers four years ago and they are still like new. Just treat them, too, when you do a wash. By the way, I only give it two good washes a season, and maybe two more not so detailed washes, and that’s it. The stuff is worth its weight in gold and you can get it on Amazon and it won’t break the budget.” We ran Peter’s practice past our resident tire expert, Roger Marble, who responds, “I have no problem with 303 but it doesn’t protect from heat, which is a bigger problem.”
Store more in tiny galley cabinets
Nearly every RV has the little upper cabinets in the galley. You can put stuff up there, but open the door after travel and expect to have junk cascade down on your head. Megan, a military wife who’s changed homes more than her socks, has an idea for those small cabinets: Organize them with small, woven plastic baskets. In hers you might find a stack of “sippee cups.” OK, most of us are beyond that, but hey, how about Tupperware containers in one, and the lids in another? Or all those little jars of spices (write the contents on the lids, makes it easier). Kitchen gadgets? The list is endless. Here’s a link to a variety of baskets on Amazon. No, the baskets don’t come with the labels – she added those to help organize her husband.
Have a hard time staying organized? It can be difficult, especially on camping trips. Look at that car’s trunk – can you believe it? Click here to spend some time on Pinterest admiring everyone’s organization tips for car trunks.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Windfinder is the weather app you need
Reader Joseph Bulger gave us a heads-up on an app for your Android or iPhone. “Great for finding what the weather will be the next day and our next destination. It will also show anticipated wave and surf heights.” He is referring to Windfinder. Get info on wind gusts, precipitation, waves, tides and wind speed. The standard wind and weather forecast is available globally in increments of three hours with a range of 10 days into the future. You can download the app here.
Safety first with that generator!
Always keep in mind when you use a generator that there is carbon monoxide present. You should always inspect the exhaust system on the generator set before using it. Do not operate a generator with a damaged exhaust system. If you’re using a portable generator set make sure the exhaust is directed away from the camping area. Test your carbon monoxide detector for proper operation prior to using the generator. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Here’s a list of just about all the RV park and campground memberships you can buy. (Click on a different tab on that page and find entire RV parks and campgrounds for sale, if you’re in the market for more than a membership.)
New & interesting finds on Amazon
See what really cool stuff Amazon is featuring today. It’s a whole lot of fun just browsing through all these great items. The selection changes every day, so check back often. You never know what you will find, which is part of the fun of visiting here. Check it out.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: How does the moon cut his hair?
A: Eclipse it!
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