April 11, 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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Floor wax your RV?
Sure, nothing wrong with using floor wax on the floors inside your RV, but we’ve heard some RVers suggest you should wax the outside of your RV with the stuff. Here’s a bit of feedback: A Utah RVer with a nice fiberglass-sided motorhome took the old floor wax advice and coated the rig with Zep. Said it looked great for about a year and a half, but then the side of the rig which received the most sunlight when parked started to look pretty ratty.
How do you remove floor wax? “With a wax stripper, of course!” he reasoned. So with a scrub brush, Zep stripper and a lot of labor, he “removed” all that floor wax. Trouble is, he now has yellow streaks down the side of his rig and faces trying to find a professional who can help him out of his “yellow dog” quandary without damaging the gel coat or his graphics.
We’ve always been ones who lean toward the frugal side of life. But there’s something to be said about letting the cheap get you into trouble. It’s just a little something to think about.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Picking a fuel station with a big rig
This requires a bit of prior planning, maybe even checking ahead of time to see what’s available along your route. Avoid stations with tight confines in heavily congested areas, as well as those that don’t have truck lanes. Remember: “If a semi can fit, I can fit.” So your primary clue for a good station is one where you see semis entering and exiting.
To be safe, memorize your vehicle’s dimensions or affix them to your dashboard. If you see a sign that says maximum clearance and you’re rig is too tall for that, don’t ignore the sign! If you’ve been running your refrigerator and/or other gas-powered appliances as you drive, be sure to pull over and turn off that pilot before entering a station. Know ahead of time the location of your fuel hatch. You can give yourself a major headache by pulling up to the pump and then realizing the fuel goes in on the other side! From the RV Repair Club.
Before lay-up, add stabilizer
When putting your RV in storage add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Run the engine and the generator (if applicable) long enough for it to get through the fuel system. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Senior Citizen Remix:
“You’re So Varicose Vein” by Carly Simon
“How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?” by the BeeGees
“I Can’t See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
“These Boots Give Me Arthritis” by Nancy Sinatra
“Once, Twice, Three Trips to the Bathroom” by the Commodores
“I Get By with a Little Help from Depends” by the Beatles
“Talkin’ Bout My Medication” by the Who
“Bald Thing” by the Troggs
“You Can’t Always Pee When You Want” by the Rolling Stones
“I Heard It Through the Grape Nuts” by Marvin Gaye
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