RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1062

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Issue 1062 • March 6, 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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QUICK TIPS

Choosing a solar charge controller

If you’re thinking about installing or upgrading your RV solar system, just what kind of charge controller will you install? MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) or the less expensive PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) style? Without going into great depths, here are some thoughts from loveyourrv.com:

“MPPT are good for larger systems (over 700 watts) and when using high voltage panels. Don’t fall for the idea you can run your panels in series (24-volts) so you can have smaller transmission wires down to the controller. All transformers (like electronic ones in an MPPT controller) have a power loss, and even the MPPT circuitry is not 100% efficient. The power gain by running in 24V down to the controller you then lose by running it through a transformer. Whatever controller you choose, put it as close as possible to your battery bank with the shortest wiring run as possible with the properly sized wire. This is where the resistance of the wiring will kill your amps coming into your batteries. The longer it takes to get the power the less you can store.” For more information on solar power planning, check this out.

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Have you ever stood on a glass floor?

Photo by @vladan90, Instagram

Glass floors are all the rage these days. Buildings are adding them to their observation decks and tourist attractions are jumping on board to install them. Here are a few places you can experience one for yourself:



MORE QUICK TIPS

Looking for the best 4G signal on the road?

Download and install the Open Signal app for your phone or tablet. This gives the most up to date and the most accurate coverage map for 4G LTE carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Today’s RV newbies want Internet access and phone signal, and most RV parks and campgrounds have horrible Wi-Fi. Find out more info at opensignal.com. Advice from Steve Johnson – Road Pickle – on rvingplanet.com.

Drinking water safety when traveling

You never know the condition or quality of potable water at various campgrounds. Always use a water filtration system to filter the drinking water in your RV, or take bottled water with you for drinking water. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

Do you have a tip? Send it to Russ (at) rvtravel.com



WEBSITE OF THE DAY

Tax Time: Does an RV qualify for tax deductions?

Read this informative article about RV tax deductions. The article answers questions like: Does it matter what kind of RV I have? Do I need an engine like a Class A or Class C, or can I claim my fifth wheel or travel trailer?
[Caveat: This was written in 2018 and updated in 2019, but not completely. So, just use this for general information purposes but don’t rely 100% on what it says. —Editor]

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from RVtravel.com.



LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

Photo by @hank_knitwear, Instagram

A German man was packing his luggage for a vacation when his wife interrupts him and says, “I hope you’re not going to bring sausages again. They exploded everywhere last time and caused a frightful scene!”

“It’ll be fine,” he says. “Stop worrying about the wurst case scenario.”

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Mike in Texas
1 year ago

If you’re not swearing while driving, you’re not paying enough attention to the road and other drivers.

Jim
1 year ago

If you ever joined the Navy you swear, no way could you not, hard to shut it off after getting out, always tried to leave it and not bring it home.

Geoff
1 year ago

The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario has the world’s highest glass floor at 342 metres (1,122 ft) above the downtown. I believe it has the highest steel staircase.The world’s highest glass floored elevator measuring at 346 metres (1,135 ft). The world’s highest and largest revolving restaurant, 351 metres (1,152 ft).
You can also walk all the way around the perimeter edge of the tower only connected by a safety line, this at the 356 m (1,168.0 ft) level.

Diane M
1 year ago

I hate profanity and vulgarity. It’s degrading and demeaning, both to those who use it and those who hear it. As a retired teacher, I fought a (losing) battle against foul language almost every day. Its widespread acceptance is more evidence of the moral decline in our country.

Zeb Chase
1 year ago

Reversing falls in Saint John, NB, Canada. Also has a glass floor on it’s observation deck,called the Sky Walk

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago

As to swearing (or using impolite words): I always think of a friend of mine who is a very sweet woman and never uses coarse language. She also has a gorgeous head of red hair. We were in a situation where another friend was arguing that he could give her a great haircut. She said “no thanks” several times but he persisted. Finally she looked him in the eye and said, “No f***ing way!). Which not only stopped him but stopped all other conversation in the area for a minute. Lesson: such language can be very effective, but only if used rarely.

Charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Some people do not get it. A woman’s hair is very personal to her and the decision of when it is cut and who cuts it is not taken likely. I have a friend who had hair long enough to sit on, and I would trim her ends for her every few months. She had a couple friends as well as family members who were obsessed with seeing her hair cut short. She would get very irritated whenever they would start grilling her on why she would not cut her hair. They just could not respect her decision. She was even approached in a shopping mall by a creepy guy who wanted to pay her to let him cut her hair short while he filmed it. She told him to leave her alone or she would call the police. I trim my wife’s hair for her and have done so for a number of her friends that have asked, and have asked one friend that dropped repeated hints she wanted hers trimmed as she watched my wife getting hers trimmed, which she jumped at the offer, but to hound a lady to cut her hair is inappropriate and I had to interven once when an acquaintance of my wife who is a hairdresser, who insulted her for wearing her hair long, kept trying to give her one of her cards and would not take no for an answer. The guy was lucky she did not slap him in the face or ask her husband or boyfriend to intervene.

Sherry Dawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

I agree. I had a brother-in-law who seemed to hate women, as he was constantly demeaning us, and doing inappropriate things. His wife, my sister, stood up to him herself, and urged all her female family and friends to confront him as well. But he persisted. Once when I returned to my hometown for a visit, I met my family in a local diner. When I walked in, he got up from the table, didn’t greet me, but pinched me at the waist, and said, “You’ve gained a little weight, haven’t you?” I slapped his hand away and said, “Get your G**D*** hands off me, and don’t you ever touch me again!” My family had never heard me swear (as it is so rare), I was in a public place, and everyone in the vicinity heard. I deliberately chose to swear and confront him in public. He never touched me again, and he stopped making rude remarks to me.

John Karlson
1 year ago

Yeah I swear, but then it’s Because I did something stupid – or someone
Did something stupid to me. Either way I swear st myself or someone else. Love to swear in German, they know some great “swears”.,,

Merlin
1 year ago

The Calgary Tower (formerly known as the Husky Tower) in Calgary, AB, Canada, has a glass floor extension on one side of its observation deck.

William
1 year ago

I own an RV – how could I not swear!

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1 year ago
Reply to  William

😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

livingboondockingmexico
1 year ago

In the right place at the right time, some (not all) swear words add color to the language as well as self-expression. As a language teacher with young adults and adults that is the first thing they want to learn. I don’t teach them, they can find it on the internet.

Jim
1 year ago

Rv tax deductibility. The new tax code, as explained to me by the cpa, does nothing for this. With the total tax deduction of 24,000 for family of two, by the time you add the deductions, if it’s under the stated amount for deductions, it doesn’t matter. Will see what next year brings since the tax laws are changing

JMCherry
1 year ago

It’s amazing to me when I listen to some people talk and I wonder how they eat with that mouth. Especially, when they are sitting at a small town cafe for breakfast and a 4 year old is sitting there with them at the same table; and yet again, “they” say a study shows that people who swear more show higher intelligence. Another study states that people who swear a lot don’t know how to articulate their thoughts and are less educated. So confusing.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  JMCherry

I don’t think it’s overly confusing. Expletives, including “cuss words” are merely linguistic tools which can greatly augment emphasis and comprehension, particularly for urgency, hyperbole, or extremis. Deployed judiciously, they facilitate greater elucidation. I’ve heard such words in high-level discussions at prestigious think tanks, so the enlistment of reserved vocabulary does NOT indicate low intelligence if there is content instead of verbal incontinence. “Our feduciary liabilities inexorably indicate a downward trend in receivable commodities…” doesn’t convey the weight of “Folks, we are F—ED with a barbwire [adult toy]!!!”

However, expletives can also be a shortcut for people too lazy to find the precise language for their intention, or a linguistic flavor resembling the “cook” who uses too much salt on everything instead of refining their spice selection. In those cases, they add no further meaning, and by overuse desensitize even the correct usages.

This concludes today’s #$(&^# English lesson. 🙂

Liz
1 year ago

With almost 200,000 words in the dictionary to choose from, why would I need to use swear words?

John R Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Liz

What determines that a word is a swear word? Moral values of the society determines what is a swear word or not. Only God gives us moral values.

Wolfe
1 year ago

Precisely so. My church encourages using four letter words as much as possible. It’s a weird church, membership: one. 🙂 I generally endeavor not to offend, but we all gotta speak as we will and do our best to listen.

If you travel the world much and see “different enough” cultures, you get a better understanding of the depth of Intolerance in America. We’re not so homogeneous either, but get offended every time we discover a different habit. If someone really can’t hear my brilliant speech because I used a “naughty word” or doesn’t appreciate my awesome work because my shoes aren’t shiny enough, I think that shades them more than I.

Snayte
1 year ago

So… open signal uses my phone and connection to measure how good connections are?

I think I might pass.

Bill T.
1 year ago

How often do I swear? What possible stats, could you gather from that question, to be relevant to your audience? I am sure there are more important and useful questions to poll your readers on.

GP
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T.

OMG Then just don’t participate. All in fun. Too many negative people.

Bill T.
1 year ago
Reply to  GP

How does asking a question make me negative?

Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T.

Totally agree! Useless Question. I Did Not contribute!

Bill Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T.

Good to know. Who swears more? Baby boomers or Millenials. GenXs aren’t relevant.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T.

Bill, lighten up. It’s just a fun question that probably popped up over coffee. Not every question has to explore quantum physics as it applies to RV’ing.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Actually, Swedish physicists have determined that there are quantum tunneling effects that induce spontaneous synchronized swearing in proximity to the Large Hadron Collider. Specifically, once they turn the sucker on and the resultant wormhole starts digesting the entire Earth, I think 7 Billion people will be using those swear words in unison.

Bill T.
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, I am as “lightened up” as the next guy. It was just a question.