May 8, 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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After the leak – take steps to prevent permanent water damage
#1 – If the area that’s gotten wet is covered with carpet or rubber mats, then you must peel it back to bare wood.
#2 – Use an electric fan until all of the dampness completely evaporates. This may take days to accomplish. But as long as you’re patient, you might be able to prevent mold from developing inside your RV.
#3 – Before you close everything up after your plumbing repair is done, be sure to run the pump for a few minutes and check every single fitting that you had any contact with. The one you replaced may be fine, but the 2 you loosened or took off to get at it may be leaking now.
TIP: Plumbing fittings are sensitive. Many times, once they’ve been disturbed they will never seal up again. Expect this, and check your work carefully. Being thorough and double checking your work will help you avoid further damage.
#4 – Listen closely because odd sounds may help you recognize problems – like when the water pump keeps cycling it’s trying to tell you something.
If you respond quickly to an RV plumbing leak, you could save thousands of dollars that would be better spent enjoying your vacation instead of making RV repairs. —From RV Roadtrips, the Fun Times Guide.
MORE QUICK TIPS
More on turning your trailer into a night beacon
W6CEF saw the Quick Tip on finding your trailer in the dark posted in the RVtravel.com newsletter (Issue 889, “Find your trailer in the dark”). He suggests adding a switch to the jumper wire to make your lighting “flip switch” easy. Thanks for the suggestion!
Cleaning the RV shower, sinks and toilet
Remember that whatever you use to clean the sinks, showers and toilet ends up in the RV holding tanks. Never use any cleaners that could possibly damage the holding tanks. Clean these surfaces with a non-abrasive mild detergent, water and a soft cloth. Never use any harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners that can scratch or damage ABS, plastic and fiberglass finishes. Some wet-wipe products work well on these surfaces, but avoid using bleach. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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DID YOU KNOW?
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Win this solar emergency NOAA weather radio
With all the unpredictable weather lately, it pays to stay abreast of the current weather conditions, and what weather is coming your way whether tornado, hurricane or electrical storm. This highly-rated radio is powered by solar or crank the handle. Enter the contest.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
If you have a song stuck in your head but can’t think of the name, use Midomi! Simply sing, whistle or hum the tune into your computer and Midomi will tell you the name of the song and the artist who performs it.
Say goodbye to goop!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger are sitting in a bar.
Sylvester Stallone says, “Guys, we should make a movie with the three of us, but I’m all out of ideas at the moment. I’m kind of bored with the standard action flicks.”
Chuck says, “Guys, I’m bored of doing action movies too and I’ve got some ideas but you may not like them.”
Sylvester says, “Let’s hear it.”
So Chuck continues, “All right, this may sound silly, but I was actually thinking about doing a movie on great classical composers.”
That’s when Arnold throws himself in the conversation and says, “That sounds like a great idea! Sylvester, you can be Mozart, and Chuck can be Beethoven!”
“And who will you be, Arnold?”
“I’ll be Bach.”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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