April 25, 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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Relieve that dripping water heater valve
If your RV’s water heater pressure relief valve is dripping, it may not necessarily need a replacement. Since water expands dramatically when heated, if your tank is full of water, then the “temperature and pressure relief valve” (T&P) may sense the need to let a little pressure off when your water temp rises. Restoring a head of air at the top of the tank may be all that’s required to stop that weeping. Here’s how to do it:
1. Turn off the heat: Shut off the LP burner or electric heater to the tank. ALLOW THE WATER HEATER TO COOL DOWN BEFORE PROCEEDING.
2. Turn off the water: Shut down the city water line to your rig, or turn off the water pump that supplies water – whichever applies in your situation.
3. Relieve the pressure: Open a faucet in your rig – both the hot and cold side – and leave it open. The idea is to relieve the pressure from the lines.
4. Open the T&P valve by flipping the lever up. Water will likely be released, hence the importance of allowing the heater to cool down before getting to this step. When the water stops coming out of the T&P, close the lever.
5. Restore power and water. Check to ensure the dripping has stopped at your T&P.
It’s not unusual to have to repeat this occasionally, as the air pocket may need to be restored now and again. However, if the valve should start to drip again soon, it may be you’ll need a new T&P valve.
Take those roasted marshmallows to a new level. The kids can’t have them, but us adults will surely enjoy them. Get the recipe for Bailey’s dipped marshmallows here and have an even better time around the campfire!
Cheap tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.
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Work and draw Social Security?
If you’re drawing Social Security and still working, your Social Security benefits may be reduced – depending on how much you’re making.
There are two trigger points to be aware of. If your full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and you are between 62 and 66 and earn more than $17,640 (this is for 2019), your Social Security payment will be reduced by $1 for every $2 you make over the $17,640 amount. Note that investment income and your pension income don’t count. It’s only your earned income amount that you have to worry about.
During the year you turn 66, your benefits would be reduced by $1 for every $3 you earn over $46,920 (for 2019) and only the months before you turned 66 would be counted. This sounds complicated, but, basically, it means you get to earn more without losing benefits during the year you turn 66.
After you reach your full retirement age (66 plus a few months in most cases), there is no penalty for earning money. You can make as much as you want to and still draw your full Social Security payments.
—From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income. For more info on this direct from Uncle Sam, visit this Social Security web page.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You’ve visited all the big ones, but what about the lesser-known parks and sites? Check out this list from Budget Travel and see which ones you’ve been to, and which ones you need to plan a trip to!
Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage, they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I used to be addicted to soap, but now I’m clean.
I used to be addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.
People say I’m addicted to brake fluid but I can stop any time I want.
I’m so addicted to prescription glasses that I got 20/20 to share my story.
People say it’s dangerous to hang out on a bridge when I’m so depressed, but it helps me get over things.
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