April 1, 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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Does your throttle foot deny physics?
One of our readers, Gray, suggests slowing down might save you money. “For the lead-foot RV drivers among us, here are some HARD facts. None of us can argue with the laws of physics, although many do ignore or deny them.
“Aerodynamic drag increases with the square (x2) of the vehicle speed, and engine power required to overcome drag increases with the cube (x3) of vehicle speed increase. Thus 2x speed=4x drag=8x power. Example: Going from 55 mph to 65 mph, an 18 percent speed jump, increases drag by 36 percent which requires 54 percent more engine power. So for that 10 mph increase in speed, your engine is working half again as hard.
“So how does that new 70 mph freeway speed limit affect fuel mileage, as opposed to the old double-nickel speed limits? 70 mph is a 28 percent speed increase over 55 mph, which is 56 percent more drag needing 85 percent more power to overcome. If your RV is getting 12 mpg at 55, you’ll probably get 10 mpg at 70 mph.
“Here is an excellent web-based calculator to estimate speed impact on vehicle fuel mileage.” Thanks, Gray!
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Storage compartment security
Always lock your RV when you’re not physically at the campsite. Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments. Believe it or not, a vast majority of RVs use the same exact key as yours for outside storage compartments. If you store valuables like golf clubs, fishing gear or tools in the outside compartments you may want to have the storage compartment locks changed. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Big mattress, small bed board
Our recently acquired travel trailer accommodated only a 74″ mattress, and what a sour grapes mattress it was! Our big 80″ memory foam is what we wanted. With the slide-out “in,” the space is a scoatch too short. Here’s a tip: Lift the bed board into the “up” position when the slide-out is in – plenty of space. While we just let the extra 6″ of mattress hang in space, other RVers have attached a 6″ long “extension” board with door hinges that adds the additional support if needed. They can flip the extension out of the way if it troubles any operation when traveling.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Wow! That’s a lot of guides! RVShare.com has put together a guide for every U.S. National Park. This is about the most helpful list we’ve ever seen!
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