April 9, 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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Get the lead in…
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
OK, this is a quick tip for you electronic hobbyists and repair guys and gals. A few years ago traditional 60/40-Tin/Lead Rosin Core solder was banned from manufacturing use since too much lead was ending up in landfills from old circuit boards being thrown away, so it was replaced with lead-free solder. Ugh! Lead-free solder is really hard to use and requires extra cleaning and flux chemistry to make a good solder joint. So I’ve stocked up on good old 60/40 Tin-Lead Rosin Core solder for my electronic repair projects. I generally stick with Kester Brand Solder as that’s what I used back in the ’80s when I was building nuclear missile guidance systems (no kidding). Get it in 1 lb. spools here or if a 1 lb. spool of solder is too much, there are also smaller pocket versions available here.
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.
Join our new RV Electricity Facebook group.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Campground etiquette: Scoop your poop!
We totally get that Fido and Fifi don’t “poop on demand,” so always bring your puppy poop bags and clean up after your pets. No excuses. Not only is it unsanitary, but it’s also nasty to have to clean up after your dog’s land mines or smelling it. Don’t walk away from it thinking we (collectively speaking) don’t notice. Try to use specified pet areas or dog parks but if your pup can’t wait, scoop it! Speaking of pets, please leash your pets and never leave them unattended outside. Can you imagine if everyone didn’t leash their pet(s)? Oy! Appreciate the fact that not everyone likes your dog or cat (or gerbil, bird, ferret, etc.). Be a responsible pet owner. It’s just one suggestion from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.
Dress up your rig’s screen door
Looking for a short but cute “dress up” mod for your RV? Here’s an interesting one – stencil your screen door. Yep, with an easily obtainable stencil, a bit of paint, and a few minutes, you too can make your RV unique. And as our source, Mrs. Padilly found out, not only does your new screen spruce-up look good with the front door open, if you’ve got the typical door glass, it’ll welcome visitors even with the door closed. Click here for detailed instructions.
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A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent that works!
*An RVtravel.com staff favorite!
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately). If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this) this product is for you. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’re going to need it. Learn more or order here.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Well, if you want to see something neat, click on this website and spend some time exploring. This site tracks every shark, turtle, seal and whale that’s currently tagged around the world. See where Jefferson, a 12-foot 7-inch White shark, is and where he’s been swimming this morning. Trust us, this is jawsome.
SECRET WORD: Earp. Remember this for next Saturday’s RV Travel Newsletter.
Keep your food cool with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this! Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: Why don’t they allow dogs in bars?
A: Because most of them can’t hold their licker!
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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