April 17, 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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Newbie boondockers: Make the most of your water
Bloggers from exploringthelocallife say: Our travel trailer has a 35-gallon fresh-water tank that is heavily taxed by the thirst and needs of us four people and two cats. Before heading out, we like to fill up that fresh water tank. You can fill at RV parks (we filled up after dumping our tanks for a small fee), gas stations, and rest stops.
You can also bring extra water with you in jugs or collapsible reusable containers. We have found that using reusable water bottles (that we do not wash daily) and paper plates cuts down on water usage. When we do not use paper plates, we try to reuse the plates before washing (PB&Js don’t really dirty plates) or wash them with as little water as possible.
We keep a small cup by the sink to reduce water use when brushing our teeth. And to keep from getting stinky when showers are all but off limits … We like to use Epic Wipes when we need to freshen up. They are really big, smell great, and can handle any job. The gigantic wipes can be found here… provided you have an “epic” wallet.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Footwear in the park bathroom?
Everyone should wear their “bath house” flip-flops when they go to the toilets in a campground. Of course, if you remember, the floor in the toilet area in bathhouses are often wet, and you need to wonder if they are wet because maybe someone from the pool needed to go, or were the floor drains just recently stopped up and the overflow residue mopped up. Wearing your bathhouse flip-flops is at least a small defense against picking up this kind of bacteria in an improperly cleaned toilet area. Over the years, I have had a lot of strange malfunctions happen in the toilets of campgrounds, from being stopped up, to there being no water when you flush, to there being strange objects floating in them. So, I have my own sanitation procedure when I use a toilet in a campground, or pretty much any public toilet. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.
Three quick safe driving tips
(1) Don’t speed. Driving at a moderate speed will put less stress and strain on the drive train components of your tow vehicle. It will also reduce the likelihood of the trailer becoming unstable and starting to sway. (2) Monitor the gauges on the tow vehicle or motorhome instrument panel. If a gauge does not read in the normal range pull over as soon as it is safe, and call for help. (3) Use the proper gear for driving conditions. If the transmission continues to shift in and out of overdrive you need to turn the overdrive off. Reducing gears can help to slow the trailer or motorhome down when descending inclines and give you the additional power you may need when ascending inclines. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Boy, set up our camp at Yosemite Pines and leave us there – we’ll be fine! Check out this list of the best places to camp in our beautiful National Parks. We’ll bet you can’t get through this list without wanting to reserve a spot!
Come into the light!
Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “I bought one of these CAT CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.” It easily clips on to your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
What’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and a lobster with breast implants?
One’s a crusty bus station, the other is a busty crustacean!
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