May 15, 2019
Welcome to another 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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No grunt, no sweat fifth wheel hitch moving
One of our readers, Rick Petzak, wrote this comment: “I recently bought a 5th wheel sliding hitch and discovered just how heavy it is to put in and out of my truck. A friend suggested an engine hoist or shop crane. Found the perfect deal at Harbor Freight on sale for $99 (regular $180). It has a one-ton capacity so can handle my hitch without even breathing hard. It’s on casters and is foldable if space is an issue. It can’t reach all the way into my bed rails, so I put down a small piece of plywood and slide it the rest of the way.” Great thinking, Rick!
And here’s another take: Consider an electric overhead hoist mounted to the rafters in your garage or shop. Drive truck under, lift out the hitch, drive out. Here’s one for less than $100.
NOW YOU KNOW
Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. “Mark twain” is a riverboat term measuring two fathoms (12 feet) in depth: mark = measure and twain = two. If a man checking the depth of a river were to yell out “mark twain,” it meant a depth of twelve feet, or “safe water,” for riverboats of the day.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Preventive maintenance versus emergency maintenance
The lack of preventive maintenance and/or scheduled maintenance will eventually result in emergency maintenance. If you don’t check the air pressure in your tires (preventive maintenance) the underinflated tire overheats and prematurely fails, resulting in emergency maintenance. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Don’t let floor vents be a catch-all
Floor vents gather dust, dirt and dog-hair, plus the occasional wedding ring. Cover them during the summer months and save work later.
—From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This fun game-like website lets you earn points for each goal you accomplish. Make an account and start posting! Create goals like “Clean the kitchen” or “Walk three miles” and earn points. It’s a great way to push yourself to get things done!
Affordable 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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
This hilarious story was submitted by user joelekane on Cracked.com
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