RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1088

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April 22, 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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Public WiFi Safety

Getting free internet from public networks is great, but there are potential problems. Browsing the internet and reading email over an open WiFi network means the information you send or receive over the network might be seen by others. For that reason, follow these precautions:

• Don’t enter sensitive information while on a public WiFi network.
• Never enter your bank or credit card information or passwords on non-secured sites.
• Never include information in emails you wouldn’t want others to gain access to.
• Use “https” (secure) websites whenever possible. Facebook, Gmail, Amazon and other major sites will automatically use secure https when you connect. But many smaller sites won’t. Avoid entering any personal information on those sites.
• Unclick “automatic connect.” Unless you tell your mobile device otherwise, it will remember WiFi networks you connect to and will try to automatically reconnect to those networks whenever you are in range. You may not even know your phone, tablet or computer has connected to the network, but hackers will. Avoid this potential problem by unchecking “‘Connect Automatically” in your computer or phone’s network settings.

The best solution to protecting your internet privacy is to avoid using public WiFi. Instead, use your own dedicated private network.
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Cheap travel trailer anti-theft device

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If you leave your travel trailer parked and unhitched, you may be concerned somebody might walk off with it. One RVer bought himself the appropriate size tow ball for the hitch, sawed off the threaded part, leaving just the ball. When away from his rig, he puts the ball up in the hitch, then locks the hitch over the ball. No getting that ball out, and no getting another one in.

Keep your RV locks working smoothly

Twice a year, take a can of graphite spray, insert the small tubing into the lock, and spray every lock on the RV. This should prevent any problems with the locks. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Irv
Irv

Any kind of hitch-ball lock is a joke! Safety chains can easily be used to haul off your RV in a minute.

A heavy duty cable lock through your tires to keep them from turning is more effective.

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

I prefer to use Tri-Flo Lubricant for all of my locks and moving door parts. In fact that is my GOTO lubricant of choice versus the well known WD-40. The latter is a great water dispersant hence the acronym WD.

Geoff
Geoff

We have a problem finding a wraparound coupler lock for our 2015 Rockwood 8310SS, it’s design has the reinforcing “rim” part way up the ball “bulge” instead of at the bottom edge as most couplers do.
Does anyone have experience in finding the wrap around style to fit this couple? I have seen the same on some other Rockwoods as well including two 2013 8310SS models.

We do run steel cables through the wheels as well, all to try and make them look for an easier TT to steal.

robin
robin

Worst “laugh” ever :/ Loved it!

Susan H
Susan H

Tire comment related to previous maint tire article. Sad and unbelievable saga. Had to buy class A RV TIRES this month. Only wanted Michelin but Goodyear as last resort. 4 tire places in MA RI, NH got same mystery/sad story from manufacturer ” NOT MAKING RV TIRES NOW – had to install Truck tires same size. Not happy + NO G (14 PLY) rated in my size,(245-R70-19-5). Had to install H (16 PLY). MY RV RATED 18,000 pnds. Only good news – tire mechanic w my provided indiv axle weights (incl rear dual) & Michelin psi range chart able to… Read more »

Jim
Jim

Regarding the public WIFi the most important tip was missed. Use a VPN. Google it and you will find great reviews. A few are free, but they tend to slow down your internet speed. I use one of the more expensive ones because it doesn’t impact speed, can be used almost anywhere in the world and is highly rated for security. Many Chinese use it to view real world news that is often banned in China.

Sc00ter
Sc00ter

Look up “proven industries locks”. They are expensive but short of a torch there is no real way to get it off your trailer. Totally encases the hitch in a metal pipe. There are other similar encasing locks out there, they just don’t have the advertising power of master lock.

JBC
JBC

I have a Will and the full Durable Life Packet (Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Letter to My Representative — plus all the information concerning my current status. I’ve seen too many friends relatives pass without any of this in place and it’s a mess. Take the time to do it and then just update as circumstances change.

Willie
Willie

A stainless steel chain and armored lock (American brand) are very tough. A 6’ length of stainless steel chan can be had at a marine supply like West Marine.

Bob p
Bob p

Stainless steel is great for preventing rust but not good for security. Stainless steel is very “soft” steel and easily cut by bolt cutters. Hi-carbon steel will rust unless corrosion coated or if not moved often can be painted for protection.

Jeannie
Jeannie

Bolt cutters wouldn’t even be needed. A sharp hammer (or even a rock) blow in the right place will pop that thing open in nothing flat.

Marty Chambers
Marty Chambers

Some bolt cutters will defeat this setup. Time for an average thief about 2 seconds. And it would not take all that big of set of cutters. The harder you make it the more incentive you give crooks to go elsewhere. There are a few good commercial hitch locks that would be much harder to defeat. Also wheel locks. If you have rims with slots a hardened chain through the rim and wrapped around the axle locked with a hardened lock works well. The thing to remember is that the vast majority of thieves are lazy and not wanting to… Read more »

M. Will
M. Will

I looked at this guys fix for theft and had to laugh. Sticking the cutoff ball in the receiver is a great idea I guess but the lock he put into the actual sliding lock on top would be gone in seconds which pretty much ends the logic of the device..

Bob p
Bob p

It’s like locking a door with the hinge pins on the outside. Lol

Wolfe
Wolfe

Greasy cutoff ball would be gross for the owner to remove each hitching, and i don’t think does much more than the padlock alone. Locked closed, you can’t insert a new ball into the empty hitch either.

Geoff
Geoff

A 1 7/8″ ball will fit into most if not all 2 5/16″ couplers when they are locked, a 2″ ball will wiggle into “SOME” as well. This allows the thief to tow the TT to a more secure site (for them) to remove the locking device and hook-up correctly. Two thieves tried this with the theft of a 28′ TT from a local storage yard, as they were driving down the road with their headlights pointing in the air they passed a police cruiser which turned around and pulled them over for the headlights, one thing led to another… Read more »

Wolfe
Wolfe

Good point re undersized ball being “good enough” for short tow… right now I’m enjoying the protection of having a 12yo trailer too ugly for anyone to want to steal it. 🙂

Wolfe
Wolfe

I use the chain and padlock through the wheel method as well if concerned about theft… I do use a padlock on the tongue while hitched just to prevent vandalism, having nothing to do with actual theft – some kids think it’s hilarious to open the hitch at a rest stop.

I also have a cellular alarm system with GPS, but that’s beyond the scope of this answer.