April 8, 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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Chase away decal “ghosts”
If you have a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts”– shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. Here’s a ghost-busting suggestion from Truck Camper Magazine.com.
“We determined that the best solution for this ghosting was a heavy-duty oxidation remover for marine and RV applications by Meguiar’s. The theory was to remove the oxidized yellow haze from the surrounding Filon so it would essentially match the whiter and brighter ghosting areas. After all, the ghosting showed us not only how white our camper Filon had once been, but also how faded and yellow our camper had become from eleven years of exposure to the sun and elements.
“The trick was to pour a line of Meguiar’s oxidization remover onto the rough side of a scrubbing sponge and gently scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation haze came right up as did any remnants of the brand decals. It was great to see the yellow color give way to a whiter and brighter Filon exterior.
“Another important trick was to wipe off the Meguair’s oxidation remover with a cloth before it dried. For this purpose, we had two packs of microfiber cleaning cloths and made sure to use fresh cloths when they got caked with the oxidation remover.
“Once we were done, the ghosting was about 99% removed by our Karate Kid cleaning. The ghosting is still there, but only if you look at our camper from a certain angle, in the right light. Most of the time, all you see is a nice white camper. The Meguair’s worked like a charm, and we are very pleased with the results.”
You can pick up a bottle of Meguiar’s M4916 Marine/RV heavy duty oxidation remover here.
How many of these essential road trip songs do you know? Better yet, how many of these road trip songs do you know all the words to? See the list here, and start belting ’em out!
Free Classes “All About RV Roofs.” Seven RV Station RV dealerships, six in Texas and one in Oklahoma, are offering free classes this Wednesday evening, April 10. Zero sales pressure, just information to help you understand the different types of RV roofs and how to maintain them. Learn more.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Wash up time? Vinegar and baby shampoo!
If you’re ready to wash the old RV, here’s just one of several suggestions from doityourselfrv.com. “RV owners have all sorts of favorite products to wash RVs. Some, including many dealers, recommend RV washing with simple baby shampoo, with small amounts of distilled vinegar added to the water. The baby shampoo won’t leave a film and by adding vinegar, you’ll boost the washing power of the shampoo and eliminate water spots.”
Newbies ask: What’s a military shower?
Step into the shower, turn the water on and wet themselves down. Then they would turn the water off, and soap up their body. Then they would step back into the shower, and quickly rinse the soap off of their body. If washing your hair, repeat the steps. This tried and true procedure is the most efficient way to bathe using your fresh water. It minimizes wasted water and you get just as clean as with a long drawn-out shower.
—From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You probably know Airbnb as a platform to book a vacation rental, but did you know you can book amazing experiences too? In Seattle, you can sail on a restored wood yacht, or play with wolves at a wolf sanctuary; in Phoenix you can take flight lessons in an open cockpit biplane; and in Atlanta there’s a beekeeping 101 class which is sure to be pretty sweet.
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