June 3, 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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Shopping for a used RV? Keep repair costs in mind
Two things to keep in mind when allocating money for repairs. If the inside of an RV you’re looking at hasn’t been taken care of, it’s a good bet that the engine, brakes, belts, generator, etc., haven’t been taken care of or serviced regularly either. If the RV has been sitting for a while and has not been driven in a year or more, it will probably need some general (and maybe expensive) service. It could need belts, batteries, tires, brakes, etc. Of course, a camper that has been sitting unused will not need as much work as a motorhome, but more than likely it will still need some work to make it road-worthy. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income
COMING UP SOON
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.
Should you plug into an RV park pedestal that was submerged during a flood? Mike has the answer in his RV Electricity Newsletter, published yesterday.
Ever thought about converting an old school bus into a beautiful tiny home on wheels? Jeremy and Mira Thompson did just that, and you won’t believe what a beautiful bus they created! Click here to see photos and watch a video tour of their cozy home.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Wooden cutting boards in the kitchen
Keeping a good-sized wooden cutting board on the counter can serve dual duty in your RV kitchen. Secured with non-slip shelf liner and eliminating the need for several different cutting mats and hot pads, the board is always at the ready for chopping and slicing but also provides a full-time drop spot for hot kettles and cookie sheets while protecting your counter top. Wood actually inhibits bacterial growth so with some reasonable cleaning habits it is safe for all cutting uses. Just wipe it down after each use with soap and water or occasionally with a bleach solution. As a safety precaution, it should be stowed along with other counter items when you are going to be under way. Thanks to Helen Kirkwood.
The life expectancy of your RV batteries depends on you. How they are used, how well they are maintained, how they are discharged, how they are recharged, and how they are stored all contribute to a battery’s life span. A battery cycle is one complete discharge from 100 percent down to about 50 percent and then recharged back to 100 percent. One important factor to battery life is how deep the battery is cycled each time. If the battery is discharged to 50 percent every day it will last twice as long as it would if it’s cycled to 80 percent. The life expectancy of the battery depends on how soon a discharged battery is recharged. The sooner it is recharged the better. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101. (We know you’ll be weighing in on this topic. Comments welcome.)
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
The people have voted! These are the top 10 road trips in the U.S. according to Geotab.com, which has used review ratings and traffic data, and completed a country-wide survey to find the best trips. Happy travels!
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