March 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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With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Always remember to turn off the circuit breakers in a campground pedestal BEFORE you PLUG-IN and BEFORE you UNPLUG your shore power cord. You don’t want to have any current flowing in the plug during its brief time of getting acquainted and leaving the receptacle. Those sparks you see while unplugging under load are actually little bits of your brass contacts that are being super-heated and melted into tiny fireworks. Eventually, your shore power cord contact will become pitted and can overheat. If you hate paying money to replace your shore power cords, then remembering to turn the circuit breaker off is the best way to increase its lifespan.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Hanging out with mops and brooms
Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.
Pre-trip checks enhance engine life
Before moving the tow vehicle or RV, make the following checks concerning the engine. Check all fluid levels in the power steering reservoir, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brake fluid. Check the transmission fluid while you are at it. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper procedures to check and add fluids. Start the engine, allow it to reach operating temperature and check for proper readings on all gauges. Look under the vehicle for signs of leaks. Have any leaks checked out and repaired before using the vehicle. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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RV Electricity Seminar Series kicking off June 8
RV electricity authority Mike Sokol will kick off a national seminar series about RV electricity on June 8 just outside Hagerstown, Maryland, sponsored by RVtravel.com. He will teach a basic class in the morning followed by an advanced class in the afternoon. Read more about the seminars and let us know if you are interested in attending in person or via a live stream.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This is a fun one! Get a personalized video from your favorite celebrity for a small (or hefty) price. You can have Marcus Lemonis send you a happy birthday greeting for a small fee of $500 (wow!).
“Guide to Free Campgrounds” directory updated
Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest edition, and much has changed and been added. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the new 832-page guide.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Did you hear about the Spanish-speaking magician?
He said, “For my next trick, I will disappear on the count of three. Uno, dos …” – but then he vanished without a tres.
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