Issue 1061 • March 5, 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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Save those dollars!
With veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Don’t waste your money on a high-priced induction cooktop. Here’s what my pastry chef son, Kevin, and all his chef friends use in their own kitchens. Rather than a professional grade induction cooktop that costs upwards of $1,000, they all swear by the Max Burton Induction Cooktop which costs about $100. Could be a great retrofit to your RV’s gas burner cooktop, or even as a picnic table cooktop that doesn’t need propane, just a power plug.
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Cooking on the grill? Throw some rosemary (or any other herb) on the charcoal while it burns. When you cook your meat or fish over the grill, the rosemary smoke will season it perfectly. Yum!
MORE QUICK TIPS
Need a new round tabletop?
A lot of folks who travel in Class B units, and some in other RVs, have folding tables on a pedestal. Want to spiff up your rig with a new table, but can’t hack the price of new ones? Hit the hardware store and locate a 24″ round wood tabletop (less than $20 at Lowe’s). A little sanding, a little stain and finish in a single mix can, and three coats or better gives you a durable, good-looking finish. Using the hardware from your old tabletop, “dry fit” the new tabletop by setting it on the pillar and moving it to the best position. Trace the mount on the bottom of the new top, flip it over, and reinstall the mount. Thanks to rvlifestyle.com for the great idea!
RV slang for newbies
“Stinky Slinky” – Nope, it’s not a toy your grandkid drug through the mud hole out back. It’s your RV sewer hose – fondly dubbed because of the typical “plastic over coiled wire” construction. Here’s a hint: Buy the best “slinky” you can afford. The more you spend, the thicker the plastic wall construction, and the longer it lasts. There’s nothing quite as frustrating (and stinky) as getting spurted with black water (that stuff that comes out of your toilet) when little pinholes develop in the hose.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You may have heard Chuck mention the RV Show USA, or maybe you’ve listened to the radio show yourself, but if you haven’t, make sure you do. Alan Warren puts on an entertaining, informative radio show for RVers. Check it out!
These socks don’t stink!
If you don’t believe us when we say these compression socks really work, look at the overwhelmingly positive reviews and maybe you’ll change your mind. These socks provide instant relief to your arches and heels and work to increase blood and oxygen circulation, which helps reduce lactic acid buildup and aids muscle recovery in ankle and feet. Click here to learn more.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
While riding my motorbike, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up. A very beautiful woman got out of the driver’s seat and asked, “Are you okay?”
“I’m okay, I think,” I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look.
She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home, so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.”
“That’s nice of you,” I answered, “but I don’t think my wife will like me doing that!”
“I’m a nurse,” she insisted, “I need to see if you have any injuries and treat them properly.”
Well, she was very pretty and very persuasive and being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, “I’m sure my wife won’t like this.”
We arrived at her place which was just a few miles away and after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, “I feel a lot better, but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I’d better go now.”
“Don’t be silly!” she said with a smile. “Stay for a while. She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?”
“Still in the ditch with the motorbike, I guess.”
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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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