RV Daily Tips Issue 1105

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May 21, 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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FEATURED TIP

Organization is the key to happiness

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

After one more frustrating dive to the bottom of my “battery drawer” looking for a few AAAs to power my latest gadget, I’ve finally decided to get organized. This holder should keep you stocked with enough batteries for an entire camping season, and even includes a nice tester to find the dead ones. Also, you all know not to just throw used (or new) 9-volt batteries in a drawer where they can make contact with metal objects and catch on fire, right? Here’s what I’m ordering for my drawer to keep it all under control.


“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
-Margaret Atwood



MORE QUICK TIPS

Tie down that countertop container

Do you keep your spatulas and other kitchen tools in a cup on the counter? They’re handy until, of course, you hit the road and they hit the floor. Here’s a trick from Russell and Gretchen Berquam: “In the kitchen, we are able to keep the large cooking utensils on the counter, even when we are driving down the road. Since the utensil holder would never stay in place in motion down the highway, I fastened it to the countertop. I mounted a post in the countertop 3/4-inch high and 5/16-inch in diameter. I used a wood screw with a long nut for the post, but a short piece of tubing would also work. Next, I drilled a hole in the utensil holder the same size as the post on the countertop. I slide the holder down over the stud and fill with spatulas, spoons, scrapers, or whatever. The holder is easily removable for counter cleaning. Since the hole in the utensil holder is a snug fit on the stud, it stays in place even on the roughest roads.” —More from Truck Camper Magazine.

Catch fridge drips inside

When you store your camper and leave the door open, there may be some condensation and dripping from the freezer inside the fridge itself. We always leave paper towels or a dry dish towel in the bottom of the fridge to collect this excess moisture. —From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).

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WEBSITE OF THE DAY

The Velveteria Museum by @emilyewallace, Instagram

Unusual museums to visit in Southern California

Here’s a list of 28 unusual museums you shouldn’t pass up in the southern part of the Golden State. For example, the Velveteria Museum in L.A. houses over 3,000 paintings on velvet from around the world.

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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

RVtravel.com staff writer and advertising director, Emily, has seen every episode of The Carbonaro Effect on TruTV. Magician Michael Carbonaro disguises himself in public places and performs magic tricks in front of strangers. His tricks will blow your mind, and the disbelief on people’s faces will make you laugh. Here’s a clip from one of his episodes (click on the image to play):


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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Darrel
Darrel

Pools, and especially hot tubs and jacuzzies at RV parks are human petri dishes. Yuck.

Steve T
Steve T
jillie
jillie

They say pools are dirtier then your toilet. Reason? People still pee in the pool. As for batteries? We had a daughter who used her tape recorder when we traveled. Those little boxes with a cassette and a book. Got her into the love of books and no boredom. Now it is the kindle.

Phil Atterbery
Phil Atterbery

In another life, we had kids. Everything could be fixed by changing the batteries. I invested in rechargeable NiMH batteries. Still have some of them.

Wolfe
Wolfe

“Invested” is right — to support my kids’ battery and flashlight addictions (especially while RVing), I have a rack of several hundred NiMH, about fifty 18650 LiPOs, and 16-24 discrete bays of to charge each of them in rotation. That’s not counting the **22** USB-type chargers on my “charging table.”

I ONLY use disposable batteries for hard-to-reach and low-drain applications where NiMH doesn’t do well… I’m still working on WHAT to do with my weather station that freezes any batteries for 6 months of the year… :-S

Graybyrd
Graybyrd

I quckly found most rechargeable NiMH cells to be a waste of time & space: they self-discharged too rapidly and seemed to be relatively low capacity and service life. Then along came the “eneloop” NiMH AA cell with very low self-discharge rate. They’ll retain about 95 to 90 percent of their charge after sitting a year! They cost a little more, but darn well worth it. I can leave a stash of charged eneloops in the camper and know that charged cells will be ready to work when I need them. I agree on the disposables… but all alkaline cells,… Read more »

Michele Beckler
Michele Beckler

I use the pool when it’s hot out and it’s a decent pool but if there is an adult only pool I’m there every day for hours at a time!!!! I luv me a no splash zone, floating on my pool lounge chair gently floating back and forth reading my book. That to me is a perfect summer day!!

Linda
Linda

1. Loved the video! That is amazing!
2. Why do I get a pop-up ad to sign up to receive the very email I am trying to read????? Totally unnecessary! Please check into this situation!

Michael
Michael

So…I was reading today’s daily tips on my phone after following the link in the email I received this morning (like I do 4 times each week). One thing that will drive me away from any web page is an intrusive pop up (remember when popup blockers worked?) If you’re going to torment casual readers on your site with an intrisive and annoying pop-up that hides the close button, can you at least check to see if the victim has accessed the site from the email you send? I am a monthly contributor to your site. This kind of behavior… Read more »

Debbie Peterson Jenson
Debbie Peterson Jenson

Have never stayed where there is a pool. Hot springs once.

Sue
Sue

First I’ve seen Carbonaro the magician — loved that clip!

gary
gary

I never use a public pool. I don’t like swimming in urine.

Tony King
Tony King

Using Swimming Pools just like all other Campground amenities all depends on what they look like and their condition. One parks “clean” is so much different than another Parks “clean”.
One way to learn to get ultra organized and tidy in your RV is own a Class B Motorhome and travel in it for months at a time. Even after owning/traveling in a Class A for 40 years we still learned lots. Now we just Camp in the Class A and Travel/Sightsee in the Class B.

Thomas Becher
Thomas Becher

Magic is real. Imagine, that was done RIGHT in front of her. Could not get any closer. Thanks for the laugh.

Wolfe
Wolfe

Carbonaro is amazing… I keep trying to hire him to pack my RV, because I really want that 8-man jacuzzi in the corner bathroom… 😀

Michael McCracken
Michael McCracken

RV Parks jack their prices when they have pools. They love to advertise the park as a “resort”. I never use the pool . I only stay at these expensive parks if no other choice. According to the survey only a few people use a pool at a RV Park. Why pay the additional costs?

Robbie
Robbie

We use rechargeable batteries. In the long run they are cheaper, but you do spend more time swapping them out because they don’t have as much power.

ikeshel
ikeshel

If you use NiMH rechargeable with a 2300mha rating (for AA thy last longer than alkaline. Make sure you use the correct charger or they will not give you as many cycles

Wolfe
Wolfe

Correct charger is important — which means single-cell bays and monitoring (no traditional “charge by timer,” EVER). My favorite chargers auto-detect the battery type as well, so reasonably “idiot proof” when I put LiPO or NiMH mixtures in the bays. If it’s useful to folks, here’s some of the chargers I use in my RV…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8p0Fzpt08

Robbie
Robbie

Drill a hole in your countertop? Really? Museum putty works real well and doesn’t damage anything…..and anyone can figure out how to use it.

Wolfe
Wolfe

I had the same thought — drill is a bit of overkill! In my case (and RV) I use Command adhesive to hold quarter-size rare-earth magnets. 10-20lbs of vibration proof holding, but still easy for ME to pull whatever off the magnets.

Richard Hubert
Richard Hubert

Your leave here with a laugh hamburger video was the funniest you have ever published. Thanks!

Tommy Molnar
Tommy Molnar

I’m with YOU, Richard. This is the funniest “Leave here with a laugh” EVER! And, that guy is amazing.

Drew
Drew

What Richard said…funniest thing ever!

Eric
Eric

We don’t usually stay in private RV parks with pools, but when we do we use the pool almost daily. If the grandkids are with us we definately use the pool daily.

Ran
Ran

Wow, Emily must have had a fun office party when bringing those burgers back! Pretty crazy!

Wolfe
Wolfe

I don’t think that IS Emily in the video(?)… she found the video.