April 30, 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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The times they are a-changin’…
With veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Did you replace the batteries in your smoke alarms when the clocks changed to daylight saving time? While many modern buildings (and RVs) are now required to be built using smoke detector technology with non-replaceable 10-year batteries and 120-volt power, there must be millions of old-school smoke alarms still in operation that use 9-volt batteries. Both are effective technologies that will save lives, but only if their batteries are operational. And many combination smoke/CO alarms still require replaceable batteries or 120-volt power to operate.
So, please test all smoke alarms (as well as CO – carbon monoxide detectors) at the beginning of the camping season, and once a month while camping (as per manufacturer recommendation). It only takes a minute and it could save your life. And if you have versions of these alarms with replaceable batteries, make sure you have spare batteries with you. Don’t be tempted to pull the batteries out of a chirping alarm that’s giving you a low-battery warning and wait until the next day to replace them. The next day could be too late.
Here’s a source for the latest smoke/CO alarms from Kidde that should work in your RV (or bricks-and-sticks home).
NOW YOU KNOW
Early American settlers called bison “buffalo” due to the similar appearance between the two animals, and the name “buffalo” stuck for the American variety. But it’s wrong. The American bison (Bison bison) lives only in North America, while the two main buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. Read more about this here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
DIY wiring harness
If you’re running wires, maybe for a new solar installation, all those individual wires can make quite a mess. Using a few wire zip ties – done properly – can make your installation “substantial and workmanlike.” Above is a photo that explains it.
Campground etiquette: Tie it down!
Some say, “It’s my site, I’ll do whatever I want with it!” – but seriously, this is a safety issue. Stow and secure your gear; especially if you leave for the day or before turning in for the night. Storms can pop up leaving your gear a wind storm’s craving.
Canopies and camp chairs become projectiles that can damage RVs or hurt fellow RVers. Same bar, different note – no one wants to live next to the site that looks like a Walmart toy aisle at Christmas. Keep your site picked up and tidy…or try to.
Courtesy suggestions from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Our friends at Outdoorsy have put out this very helpful list of guides for RVs and trailers in both national and state parks. You’ll find information about campgrounds, things to do, maps, and even see available RV rentals in the area.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A man went into work one day and turned on his computer. The computer took a long time to start up, and once it did, the screen was very fuzzy and kept shutting off. He clicked the mouse a few times, tapped on the keyboard, but the computer kept falling back asleep. Frustrated, the man hit the space bar a few more times and the computer popped up with a message that read, “Sorry. Rough night. I took too many screenshots.”
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