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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1109


May 28, 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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Knuckle busters … Save yourself from (bigger) shocks

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Here’s an old electrician’s trick that can help keep you safe around anything that could possibly be electrified with a hot-skin voltage.

NEVER grab anything metal (such as a fence, aluminum ladder, pedestal cover, RV door handle) with your open hand. Instead, brush the metal object with the back of your hand using your knuckles first. That way, if there happened to be a hot-skin/contact-voltage on it (pretty rare, but it happens), instead of your hand clamping down on the handle, ladder or whatever, your hand will actually bounce away from the energized object. This happens because you have more muscles in your hand that cause it to close, than muscles that want to open it. When you get above 20 mA of current through you, all your muscles naturally clench up, and the ones that close your hand win out over the muscles that open up your hand.

Of course, an NCVT (Non-Contact Voltage Tester) is the preferred way to test for hot-skin/contact-voltage, but for all those times when you’re just walking up to a door or ladder and you’re not in “test” mode, just use your knuckle as a final test. It’s worked for me dozens of times, and I’m sure it’s saved me from serious shocks at least a few times.

If you will be near Hagerstown, MD, on June 8 you might want to consider taking one or both of Mike Sokol’s classes on RV electricity. The details are here.


Save money when dining out

When you want to go out to eat, search out little mom-and-pop restaurants. The big fancy restaurants where all of the tourists go are usually overpriced, and I find that most of them are not unique. They are just cookie-cutter tourist restaurants. Fellow campers sitting around the campfire will tell you where the hole-in-the-wall little restaurants are in the area that serve great local food at non-tourist prices. Tourist restaurants don’t give you a flavor of the local area anyway. And, of course, don’t go out to eat very often. Going out to eat should be a special event. Treat it that way and you will enjoy the experience a lot more. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income

Avoid that musty smell after storage

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Tired of that “musty” smell when your rig’s been in storage? Some RVers leave dryer softener sheets lying about in closets, drawers, and cabinets when “closing up” for awhile.

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A guide to tornado shelters

Take cover! This helpful guide from National Geographic tells you everything you need to know about taking shelter from a tornado. Always be prepared!

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A blind man went on vacation to Texas. When he sat down on the plane, he felt the seats and said, “Wow! These seats are big!” The man sitting next to him answered, “Everything is big in Texas.” When he finally arrived in Texas, he decided to visit the hotel bar. He ordered a beer and got a large glass placed between his hands. He exclaimed, “Wow! This mug is big!” The bartender responded, “Everything is big in Texas.” A little while later the man asked the bartender where the bathroom was. The bartender replied, “The second door on the right.” The blind man headed for the bathroom, but accidentally tripped and missed a few steps, landing past the second door. He walked into the third door and fell into the swimming pool. Scared to death he started shouting, “Don’t flush! Don’t flush!”

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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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3 years ago

Where are the small round lights it shows the woman putting up in the picture advertising the lights?

Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago

Hanging out, BBQing, and sitting around a campfire with fellow campers is half the fun of RVing.

3 years ago

When ever I ventured into a new town around meal time I looked to see where the vehicles were parked. The locals would always go to the best eatery’s in town. In doing so have come across some of best meals and of course some of the best homemade pies.

Ronald Payne
3 years ago

This one for E.Woodbury and her survey,could we have a question on how many people wear corrective lenses?

3 years ago

re: Soap
I answered Liquid Soap although that’s not true. I use foaming soap.

Buy a bottle of foaming hand soap and when it’s empty refill it by adding a solution of approximately One part liquid hand soap and Six parts water. It’s a lot cheaper and easier to rinse off your hands.

Foaming soap dispensers can be hard to find but Walmart usually has one or two hidden among all their hand soap dispensers.

I do the same with Dawn dish soap. Buy a Dawn foaming dispenser and then refill with about 1 part soap to 6 parts water.

3 years ago
Reply to  Irv

Exactly what we do to. Even with Dawn liquid soap

3 years ago

I’ll add to Mike’s “knuckle dragger” technique a backup habit from one of my electricians: if you suspect/know you’re working near energized wires (“I’ll just quickly fix this loose switch… BZZT!”), only use one hand and keep the other in your back pocket. Should you take a zap, it arcs your hand instead of your arms (preventing you pulling back) or your heart (preventing you doing anything anymore).

I’ve taken many 110 jolts (which may explain a lot), but the one time someone violated ‘red tag’ and energized a high-voltage box I was in, I threw a screwdriver hard enough to embed in a far plaster wall. As Mike said, the involuntary spasm must always be to retract, not grab danger.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

A third safety tip for “DIY electricians” — turn all your screwdrivers into “linesman” screwdrivers, which just means insulated to the tip instead of the whole shank exposed to create unintended shorts. Put masking tape over JUST the tip, and dip the whole driver into PlastiDip, then remove the tape. I don’t know why more consumer drivers aren’t already insulated because long-deep-tight screw holes are the only reason to ever want the shank exposed.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I even walk into the dark with the back of the hands forward ! This once saved me from an uncovered switch.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

We right-handed sparkys call it the “left-handed rule”

Sam Shryock
3 years ago

My thought is that when you go out to eat to experience local flavor and fun, try eating lunch instead of dinner. It is usually a less expensive meal, and you can join the campfire crowd later that evening!

3 years ago

to me eating is something which must be done and not a cultural experience. i want to be comfortable both physically and mentally.

3 years ago
Reply to  rich

To each her/his own. ☺️

Mike Sokol(@mike)
3 years ago
Reply to  rich

As my uncle would say, “Some people eat to live, others live to eat”. I’m in the latter category since my wife was a manager at a catering company and a really great chef, and one of my twin boys is a Culinary Institute trained pastry chef and teacher who’s been baking since he was 5 years old. On the other hand, my 90 year old father considers food to be merely fuel to get work done. So dad doesn’t enjoy fancy foods at all, considering them to be a waste of time. I’m planning a trip to Italy soon with my wife and we’re expecting some fabulous meals. I can hardly wait!!!