April 23, 2019
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Am I feeling blue?
With veteran RVer Mike Sokol
If you want to get a good night’s sleep, turn off the blue lights! Yes, many pieces of electronic gear have LED indicators showing power and operation, but the blue LEDs are not only annoying, they can also keep you from getting a restful night’s sleep. What to do?
Well, standard electrical tape is completely opaque and won’t allow you to see the lights at all, and gaff tape is even worse. But there’s something called “console tape” which is the same stuff as the “board tape” that I originally used some 45 years ago to hold down drafting paper when I started as a mechanical engineer. Just put a layer or two of this white-paper tape over the offending LED lights, and voila – the shocking blue LEDs are tamed down. You can even add a second layer if you need to attenuate the light a bit more.
Console tape is great since it’s not only just opaque enough to block nearly all of the light from an indicator LED, it can be left on a surface for years and will easily peel off with no residue. And that’s also why you never want to use masking tape on a surface as it will bake on into a gooey mess that’s nearly impossible to clean off.
Console tape is also great for temporarily marking electrical wires along with a black Sharpie (in the official tool kits of pro-sound engineers everywhere). But that’s another Quick Tip for another day. Get a roll of this good stuff here.
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
MORE QUICK TIPS
Thinking about buying a towable RV? The folks at Camper Trailer Report have done some math homework to show the depreciation of value on a fifth wheel or travel trailer purchase. While the chart is technically for both, they comment that high-end fifth wheels tend to depreciate a bit faster than other towables.
One year old – it is around 21% depreciation
Two years old – it is the same as one year old
Three years old – 25% depreciation
Four years old – 29.2% depreciation
Five years old – 37% depreciation
Six years old – it is almost the same as five years old
Seven years old – 38.2% depreciation
Eight years old – 40% depreciation
Campground etiquette: Don’t start a REVolution
If you have motorized adventure toys like us, we certainly appreciate needing to warm up the engines … but only for a couple of minutes. Likewise, don’t allow your diesel engines (motorhomes and dually trucks) idle for more than a few minutes. Not only is the sound nauseating but so are those exhaust fumes. Good etiquette is to run them enough to get their engines warm and then take them outside of the RV park. Courtesy suggestions from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com. More later.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
A few little reminders never hurt anyone, right? Here’s a basic list from Journal Enterprise that will nudge you in the right direction.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
When Mozart passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple of days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried.
Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.
When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, “Ah, yes, that’s Mozart’s Ninth Symphony, being played backwards.”
He listened a while longer, and said, “There’s the Eighth Symphony, and it’s backwards, too. Most puzzling.”
So the magistrate kept listening; “There’s the Seventh… the Sixth… the Fifth…”
Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, “My fellow citizens, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just Mozart decomposing.”
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