Issue 1059 • February 28, 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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RV peacekeeping: Install a headphone jack by your chair
To keep the peace in the small living space that is an RV I often use headphones when watching TV. It was kind of a pain having a long cord from the TV to me draped around the rig. I looked at wireless headphones but the last thing I need is more wires and things that take batteries to run. I did a bit of poking around in the bowels of the fifth wheel and found a path to run a wire and installed a headphone jack right beside my recliner at the back of the RV. Thanks to loveyourrv.com!
What’s it like to be a campground host
Liz and her family are fulltimers and took the plunge to work as campground hosts. She shares a few points learned on thevirtualcampground.com.
“Work camping doesn’t really mean ‘free’ anything. We received our ‘free’ full hookup campsite in exchange for providing the following services as work campers: Cleaning the bathhouse: men’s and ladies’ rooms with showers, toilets, urinals, garbage cans and sinks. Leaf blowing, cleaning the floors and walls. Cleaning and continuously monitoring all 36 campsites for garbage, downed branches, leaks or frozen pipes. Being the on-site campground points of contact for the state park rangers. Being the “face” of the campground and answering questions from campers, fishermen and curious visitors. Contacting local police if campers or visitors got out of hand! Of course, we did not pay a fee for our site. But some days had us rethinking the whole endeavor! The campground wasn’t small, and the bathhouse could sometimes be a real disaster! There were times it took a lot of time to straighten up and disinfect… And let’s not forget those bad weather days. Even if the campers are inside their RVs, work camping must go on! You’ve got chores to tend to and things to check on…even in the freezing rain or snow.
“People who ‘love the outdoors’ can be very disappointing. Evidently, many people think that a fire ring can be used as a trash can. But who doesn’t love the smell of burning trash, picking up shards of broken glass, or handling burnt beer cans? And let’s not forget that mystery plastic! Cigarettes are apparently just as good as mulch and other landscaping decor. While we could never think of just leaving whatever garbage we have around the campsite, you might be surprised that many people do. And it doesn’t stop there. We discovered people also use the floor of the bathroom, the street, or even their own campsites as dumpsters. I think the nastiest trash were adhesive bandages in the showers…Yikes. We have learned that there are plenty of visitors that think this stuff magically disappears. And it was our work camping job to be the magical fairies to clean it all up!
“On the other hand, people can be very kind. So yes, we had to clean up our fair share of garbage. But I can’t tell you the number of people that apologized for asking us questions. ‘I’m so sorry to bother you!’ ‘Sorry for the questions but….’ No worries, people! It’s my job to answer your questions and help you. And let me tell you, answering questions was much more pleasant than cleaning up wet band-aids in the shower! You can also expect ‘regulars.’ The postman and local cyclists that came through the campground to use the facilities were always waving and smiling at us. The park rangers were also super amazing, kind, responsive and understanding. It was really nice to have that little community during our work camp stay. There’s nothing like knowing you have a whole team there to help you out…or plunge the toilets for you.”
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Newbie motorhomer? Wait to turn the steering wheel
A motorhome driver needs all of the road space they can get when making a turn at an intersection. Whether you’re driving a diesel pusher or a big gas-powered motorhome, you must remember that you are probably sitting directly over the front wheel, which is unlike the situation when you are driving an automobile and the front wheels are in front of your feet. So, regardless of whether you are turning left or right at an intersection, pull straight forward until your butt [the one in the driver seat] is at the point where you need to turn, THEN turn the wheel. Everyone is used to driving their car, where they are sitting behind the front wheels, and turning the front end before “their butt” gets to the turn location. You need to turn your Big Rig as mentioned here if you want to make the turn without taking out stop signs and other paraphernalia installed at the intersection. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
Flat tire while driving? Do this!
In the event of a flat tire, avoid heavy brake action, slow down gradually, hold the steering wheel firmly and move slowly to a safe area off of the road. Try to park on a hard, level surface and turn your emergency flashers on. DO NOT attempt to change a motorhome tire by yourself. RVs do not come equipped with jacks. Some motorhome tires can weigh in excess of 100 pounds. Call for professional help.
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