March 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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Sanitation at the bath house
We all know that we should wear a pair of flip-flops when we take a shower in a public bathhouse. Using flip-flops is your first level of defense from contracting so many diseases and bacterial infections when you walk into a shower. Well, if you think back to your last camping vacation, you will probably remember that there were so many people using the showers and bathhouse sinks that you were often walking in standing water everywhere.
Always remember, any person, clean or not, may have just used the shower without flip-flops and then walked out, or just used a sink to brush their teeth just before you came in to do the same. The question you have to ask yourself, as you’re standing in this dirty water is: Did the people before you have on flip-flops themselves? Or even worse, did they not only not have on flip-flops, but did they have a foot infection of some kind? —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Slider fifth-wheel hitch mod increases safety, ease
If your fifth-wheel hitch is the “slider” variety, built for short bed trucks, you know that you’ll be jumping in and out of the truck to hit the slider release level when it’s time to make camp. One RVer, who always travels with a side-kick in the passenger seat, switched the slider lever so it’s controlled from the passenger side. Now the co-pilot jumps out and hits the lever when required, allowing the driver to stay in the seat, and not jumping out into traffic. May not work for all hitches, but if it works for yours…
Simple wiper-blade maintenance
To assist in keeping your wiper blades clean and in top operating condition periodically clean them with some windshield washer fluid. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
RVing couple Lisa and Eric run this great site, where you’ll find tons of great DIY inspiration, design ideas, free printable templates, etc. Lots of fun stuff to scroll through here. Plus, you can take a tour of their beautiful farmhouse-style RV.
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Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage, they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
There was a man who lived on a farm with his wife in the middle of nowhere. All they owned was a truck, a few cows, and an old bull. They didn’t have much, but they were happy.
One day, the farmer woke up and found that the bull had died. He went to his wife and said, “I take our money into the town and buy us a new bull. I know you need the truck here to keep the farm running, so when I get us a bull, I’ll send you a telegraph so you know when to pick us up.”
His wife went and got the money and then said goodbye.
The farmer arrived in town late that day and had to get a hotel room. The next morning he only had 401 dollars left. He went to the market and was able to buy a strong, young bull with the 400 dollars. It had been a long time since he had been to town, but as long as the telegraph prices hadn’t gone up, he should be able to send a full sentence to his wife with his dollar.
When he arrived at the post office, he said to the telegraph operator, “I need to send a message to my wife so she can pick me up. How much is a word?”
“Prices went up a few years ago,” replied the operator. “A word is 1 dollar.”
“Oh no,” said the farmer “I can only send one word!”
He thought for a little while and then said, “Ok, send my wife the word ‘comfortable.'”
“Comfortable? Are you sure?” asked the operator.
“My wife has a 4th-grade education,” the farmer replied. “When she reads she has to sound each word out syllable by syllable. So when she sees the word comfortable, she’ll read it as ‘come-for-ta-bull.'”
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