June 4, 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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Bye bye petroleum!
With veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will eventually break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is anything silicone-based. We use a lot of the CRC Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication, and it’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such.
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.
In case you missed it: Should you plug into an RV park pedestal that was submerged during a flood? Mike has the answer in his RV Electricity Newsletter, published Sunday.
Wonder if those As Seen On TV products really work? Here’s a video from Household Hacker testing the most popular As Seen On TV automobile gadgets (most of which would work in your RV too). Click the image to play.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Freshen up your face after a long drive day
“Here’s a tip from my days of long-distance airplane travel that works wonderfully after a day of long-distance RV travel. Buy a single serving size of your favorite yogurt, plain or flavored/nonfat or regular, and smear about a teaspoon to tablespoon all over your face and neck. Sit down and either eat the remaining yogurt or read some of your travel literature and relax until the yogurt has dried completely. Now rinse with cool water. See how good your skin feels?” —Thanks to Suzy Dow with Forest Camping.
Roof vent runaway
Remind yourself about an open, uncovered vent. Posting a picture of a flooded, ruined camper after a summer rainstorm next to where you keep your keys would be helpful. Better yet, hang your keys from the vent and that way you can’t forget. —From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).
Do you have a tip? Send it to Russ (at) rvtravel.com
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Can you say adorable? These Tiny Homes are sooooo cute (and some are downright gorgeous!). Flip through these 84 tiny homes and get ready to want one of your own.
Easily clean stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Comic by Mark Parisi
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