April 4, 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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Old roof sealant – replace or go over?
Keeping the RV roof from leaking is a critical issue. Regular inspection of sealant at roof level is a must. Here’s Mark Polk’s advice:
“Our goal is to identify potential leaks and seal the area before there is any damage to the roof. If I identify any cracked or separated sealant during an inspection I remove any old sealant that is loose around the area I am resealing. To do this I use a plastic squeegee similar to what is used when you do body work on a vehicle. Be extremely careful not to tear the rubber roofing material as you remove old sealant.
“When the loose cracked or dried out sealant is removed from the suspect area I clean it with denatured alcohol on a rag and use the correct Dicor sealant or another compatible sealant with a caulking gun to reseal the area. Note: If the old sealant is cracked but not loose or separating from the surface it is not necessary to remove the old sealant. Clean the area using denatured alcohol and add new sealant over the area that is cracked.” Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Keeping the speed down
Try to keep your driving speed down slightly below the legal limit when on Interstate highways, and stay in the right lane maintaining your slower speed. You will find that doing this allows the driver some time to relax a bit and enjoy the trip and the scenery rather than constantly running a race with the other vehicles on the road. You’ll find that if you drive at this slightly slower speed, you will only lose about 15 minutes on a 200-mile drive, and you could increase your fuel efficiency as much as 2 to 2-1/2 mpg with a gasoline engine. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
Keep an eye on that mirror
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the scenery we forget to check what’s behind us. Remember that oft-quoted RV rule-of-thumb: If there’s a bunch of vehicles behind you, pull over and let them pass where it’s safe to do so. Makes for good relations with other drivers!
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Even if you don’t want an Airstream of your own, you can’t deny that they’re pretty neat RVs, right? These amazing Airstreams have been designed so beautifully, we’re sure you’ll want one by the end of the article.
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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: What do you call a cow with a twitch?
A: Beef Jerky
Q: What do you call a man with no body and just a nose?
A: Nobody nose!
Q: What do you call a religious person that sleepwalks?
A: A Roman Catholic
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