June 12, 2019
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Stifle that oversensitive smoke detector
Reader Jim O’Briant shared this post he’d found on Facebook: “We have a crazy sensitive smoke detector. To the point that we can’t cook bacon, which is not acceptable… I mean it’s bacon! I’ve read that a lot of people just take them out but I want the peace of mind at night to know it will wake me up if there is a fire.
“So I came up with what may be one of my greatest life hacks to date… cut a hole in a cheap glad lock Tupperware container lid with a slit to get it over the smoke detector. When cooking, just press the container into the lid and it won’t go off. When done cooking, remove container and the smoke detector functions as normal.”
An interesting approach, and one that could “draw fire” from safety experts. If you forget to pull the lid off your smoke detector, it could obviously lead to catastrophic results, so use this idea at your own risk. Better you should spend a few bucks more and get yourself a smoke detector equipped with a “silencer” button that shuts off the alarm for a few minutes, then automatically returns to “sniffing out trouble.” Here’s one that can be used in RVs (*Note: The RVtravel.com staff uses this smoke detector!).
NOW YOU KNOW
Why aren’t keyboard keys in alphabetical order? When manual typewriters were first invented, the keys were arranged in alphabetical order, but people typed so fast that the mechanical character arms got tangled up. So, the order was redesigned and the keys were randomly positioned to slow down typing and prevent key jams. It’s been the same ever since!
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Know your RV height
Post a note on your dashboard showing the height of your rig in both feet and inches. When out of the country, post it in meters. Be careful at older service stations: Clearance signs may not have kept up with repaving jobs that can slightly raise the height of the drive. In the USA, most bridges in the West are high enough for an RV to pass under, but be careful east of the Mississippi, where many old bridges will rip your RV’s roof right off if you try to pass beneath them.
Tire air loss
Did you know that your tires can lose up to two psi of air pressure every month? That means if the RV sat in storage for three or four months the tires could be seriously under-inflated. Try to get in a habit of checking tire pressure before each trip you take with your RV. Always check the tire pressure when the tires are cold (before traveling more than one mile.) Don’t forget to check your automobile tires periodically too. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This is a pretty in-depth list of everything (well, 60 things) you should do (and see) in America at least one time in your life. There are some pretty unique things here and the list is worth a look.
A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent … that works!
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately.) If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this), this product is for you. A very impressive number of five-star reviews. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’ll probably need this. Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
This hilarious sign in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, WA, is so funny (and popular) that it has its own Facebook page and Twitter account. Check it out here.
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