RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1079

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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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QUICK TIPS

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

From Comedy Card Company. (click to enlarge)

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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Hanging out with mops and brooms
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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!

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Steven N.
Steven N.

At one point in my 23+ years in the U.S. Navy I had figured out that I had been to more foreign countries than I had states. To count as having “been there” we had to have stayed more than a day and done something. Layovers, gas and comfort breaks didn’t count. I had the lead in the count until another guy who had spent a lot of time in Europe got in on our impromptu contest. Now that I’m retired and we have our 5th wheel I’m working on correcting that.

Graybyrd
Graybyrd

No matter the speed limit, many drivers will exceed it by 10-15 mph. If it were posted at 100 mph, that crowd would be pushing 115! Driving the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes from Everett to Seattle, WA at the posted speed of 60+5 mph (mandatory “allowable” fudge factor) is futile, as a majority of drivers coming up behind will tailgate and flash their high beams demanding a clear lane to continue at 75-80 mph, or pass around on the right to then cut in aggressively… again, doing 75-80 mph. It becomes dangerous to drive the HOV lanes at 65… Read more »

Sam
Sam

Sorry, but just because someone wants to exceed the speed limit does not make them a “road rage” speeder. Nor does it make them a dangerous driver. If the alternative non-HOV lanes are moving along nicely, why would you even want to be in the HOV lane if you are going to slow down prevailing HOV lane traffic? That just seems kind of inconsiderate to me.

Steven N.
Steven N.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. If you don’t want to drive at a high rate of speed don’t occupy the lane where those that do are. You are not the speed patrol and it isn’t your job to ensure they obey the limit. Since you obliviously (intentionally used) don’t have anywhere to be quickly so why don’t you leave that lane to the people that are trying to get to and from work and home. I’ve driven in areas that have HOV lanes and while they are really handy I didn’t much care to use them myself.

Patsy Perkins
Patsy Perkins

This has nothing to with this article. . But if you don’t know this, it’s something new we just found out about driving a MH or trailer over 26,000 lbs in Texas. We have owned three motor homes that were definitely over this weight for 20 years. We were clueless about needing a special lience until a friend got a ticket for not having a Class B on his DL. It’s only in a few states.
Check out this website Outdoorsy.com

Greg Colby
Greg Colby

Been rving for 6 years – 5 in a Class A 38 ft. gas, 1 in a 42 ft. Class A diesel. Both towing – 4 down. My philosophy is 1.) speed 60 – 62 mph 2.) out by 9 a.m., in by 3 p.m. 3.) 275 – 300 miles per day 4.) stop for a break (rest stop) every 2 hours 5.) avoid 2-lane roads due to the number of head-on collisions the past few years due to distracted drivers ( texting, cell phones, druggies, drunk drivers) 6.) stay in right lane on 4-lane divided highway, if 6-lane divided… Read more »

Redonion
Redonion

62 mph is the sweet spot for my 43 ft Travel Supreme. This is when traveling the interstates, left lanes most of the time, except for oncoming ramp traffic. Center lane in cities. Slow down an have fun ,relax. drive no more than 350 miles per day. Respect the working driver as crazy they may be at times, they are working.. Safe Travels. 🙂

Monty
Monty

I don’t like to drive over 3000 rpm

Captn John
Captn John

I prefer 65 unless the limit is lower. I may jump to 70 – 73 passing if needed. If I’m too slow, go around.

Merrily Robinson
Merrily Robinson

Traveled to Alaska in my MH, so drove thru Canada, also driven throughout US in my MH and vw bus & drive a Ford Explorer down into central Mexico (not in MH)!!
Have a governor on my diesel MH max driving speed is 65! Try to stay around 60

Doug / ND
Doug / ND

Generally, I drive at 57 mph which is comfortable for me and our Class A MH is at it best too. (Quiet 454 gas and 8.7 to 9 mpg). On Interstates, I drive the same – except in open construction zones where the speed limit in ND is 65 – then I will increase to 65 so as to not hold up traffic. Work zone speed is 40 to 25 mph. Hefty fines await those who choose not to read or are too important to comply!

Geoff
Geoff

Re “Keep an eye on that mirror”
Here in Canada I wonder how anyone can see what’s behind them as 1 in 2 tow vehicles I see doesn’t have trailer tow mirrors anyway! Even if they do, do they know what they’re for or how to use them?

Let’s not get me started on no lights, dragging (or missing) safety chains, nose too high or TV bumper dragging on the ground, etc, etc.

Sorry for the rant.
Geoff

Background; I work in Ontario’s largest drive-into Provincial Park, so we see this all the time.

Ron H.
Ron H.

Based on what I see, most drivers view the posted speed limit as the “minimum” speed. Honda recommends that I tow my CR-V under 65 mph. 55 to 60 is a very comfortable and efficient speed for me, although it gets a bit intimidating on 80 mph freeways. Take your time, don’t push your rig too hard and don’t let other drivers intimidate you.

Debi Pitzer
Debi Pitzer

Ive been to 2! countries… Mexico and Texas (Texas is a whole ‘nother country!). Lol!

alvin.e
alvin.e

Never been in the Navy or Army – saw 15+ countries all on my own dime. And I did not count any airport layover stops either. Only when I’ve spent at least a day doing “something” in that country.

Robbie
Robbie

I drive the speed limit. I feel comfortable doing this, because anyone behind me can tell that I am not driving too slowly, and I don’t feel I am slowing down traffic and creating a hazard on the road.

Kenny Goss
Kenny Goss

I went to 34 countries while in the Marine Corps. I’ve been to Mexico and Canada outside of the Marine Corps.

Richard Hubert
Richard Hubert

Re: keeping speed down – Slower RV driving speeds yield improved fuel economy, but do not think that driving under speed limit is necessarily a safe thing to do. One thing I’ve learned after driving across the country several times, and in most states, is that it is much safer to try and go with the speed of the prevailing traffic. Many times it is the vehicles which are going slower than this which create dangerous situations as they cause the drivers coming up behind them to have to suddenly change lanes – something that not every driver is very… Read more »

Leon
Leon

You don’t have to drive below the limit. Drive the limit and you will be passed by everyone.

Snayte
Snayte

Yeah, I don’t think so. I am not going drive past the limits of my vehicle because people do not know how to lane change safely. I go 65 in a 70 because that is the maximum speed that the ST tires on my trailer are rated for. If someone going 5 or even 10 MPH faster cannot properly anticipate and move over to pass safely they need to turn in the license and take a cab.

I am not the one being unsafe here.

Lori
Lori

It amazes me how many RVers get this totally blank look on their faces when I mention the connection between speed rating for tires and their regular travel speed, not to mention the rough estimate of losing three mpg for each five mph beyond 55. Coupling that with the majority of drivers not paying the slightest attention to the speed limit signs, driving conditions, and reckless risk-taking makes the open, lonely two-lane very attractive. I always go the speed limit or a bit above depending upon conditions and pull over when I can for the crazed folk to pass.

Alvin
Alvin

Hi Lori – what amazes me is the speed folks pull their rigs at. I spent a lifetime in the Auto-body business (over 40 years) and until you’ve spent time fixing wrecks and observing first hand life changing problems, from trying to beat the next guy to the campsite, stop light whatever, you’ll never fully appreciate the need to slow it up just a little and get to the destination and or the grandkids place in one piece, and live to do so over and over again.

Geoff
Geoff

X2, remember the old saying; “stop and smell the roses”

Eric
Eric

I try to maintain 60 while towing a 30 foot travel trailer. Tires are rated for 65 and I like some margin. In windy conditions I can’t manage more than 50. I don’t raise my speed just because the limit goes to 80 (out west). It’s an upper limit. The lower limit is normally 40. Generally, I use secondary roads where speed limits are usually 60 or less. I try to maintain the speed limit so as to not hold up traffic, and pull over if warranted.

impavid
impavid

Great idea. With my RV I’m 54 feet long and weigh 25,200 lbs. I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t want to stay with the traffic in Utah (and many other states) where the interstate speed limit is 80 MPH. Actually why don’t I drive 85 then I’ll be ahead of everybody and there’ll be no reason why some idiot driver can’t see the 14,400 square inches that make up the back of my trailer.

Dan
Dan

65-70 is my speed on any freeway unless the speed limit is lower. You don’t like it? Go around me when it’s safe and don’t tailgate me.

Redonion
Redonion

Drive the conditions, always look for traffic trouble. If you want to learn watch a good professional long distance driver, not a local CDL.

Bob Schilling
Bob Schilling

I agree that driving with prevailing traffic is safer… to a point. I tow a 4 down CRV with a 65MPH speed limit. I might do a quick pass at 70MPH if the need, traffic and speed limit allows, but 65 seems to be the sweet spot on on class A.

John
John

Owe my international fun and games (traveling) to the US Navy – join the Navy and see the world!

Rich
Rich

1 – Canada (twice). Lots to see in the USA!

Diane
Diane

How many of the “25+” countries were airline employees, like me?

Tony King
Tony King

I’ve found for me…is using a Oscillating Multi Tool with the blade attachment makes removing old caulking a breeze. Just always keep the blade level and it cuts through old caulking like butter. It’s really easy to go slow and work your way around things. I use air to blow off area then Acetone to clean area before applying new caulking.

Tom
Tom

Unless you are skilled practice before you use this method on a rubber roof, you could easily tear the roof material. Fine on a hard top, I’ve used it myself. Happy trails

Sharon B
Sharon B

I could not live without my Oscillating Multi Tool. Got it at Harbor Freight. It has so many uses and has saved me time and money so many times.