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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1119


June 13, 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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How long will canned food last in your RV?

Most food authorities say that canned food will last for two years or longer, but experts say that’s completely arbitrary. In reality, if a can’s seal is not broken it can last for many years longer. But to be on the safe side, follow these procedures for food stored for emergencies, or when trying to stretch a couple more days into your boondocking trips:

Write the date of purchase on the top of the can with a permanent marker and store in a cool, dry compartment. RVers often deal with broader temperature swings than at home, but the cooler you can keep the cans the less chance they’ll have of overheating.

Before using, inspect the can for dents (a can with a large dent may have an invisible, broken seal), bulging (a bad sign — throw the can out immediately) and leaking. Never eat canned food that has a strange odor or flavor, or that spurts when it is opened.

The Food Reference website states: “Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75 degrees F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and was still microbiologically safe!”

In canned foods, preservatives are used to maintain quality. The canning process keeps it safe. If a product is correctly processed, it should remain safe until opened or the seal is broken. —Bob Difley
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Get a “handle” on your screen door

Keeping out the bugs while letting in the fresh air is supposed to be your screen door’s job. Trouble is, too many of them don’t have a convenient grab bar to pull them shut, so we may get a bit lazy and leave ’em open – an “open invite” to those pesky bugs. Head on down to the hardware emporium and get a drawer-pull handle, big enough to get your hand around. Drill holes through a screen door cross-member appropriate to the pull hardware, then use shorter screws and washers that you also got at the hardware store to run through those newly drilled holes. Now it’ll be easier to pull that door shut and keep the critters outside.

Cut food costs when “cooking in”

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Don’t waste food by putting leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days and then tossing them out. Food is one of the biggest expenses in your budget so, naturally, it presents one of the biggest opportunities to save money. One of the best ways to save money is to not waste food by throwing it out.

Plan most meals by looking at the leftovers that are in the refrigerator and then deciding what you will need to go with those leftovers to make a meal. If you don’t want the same thing two meals in a row, at least plan to use the leftovers at the following meal.

By all means, don’t just put leftovers in the back of the refrigerator and forget about them for a few days. After all, RV refrigerators are small and it doesn’t take many half-empty bowls to take up all of the room. Look at it this way: The more leftovers you eat, the more money there will be in the budget to go out to eat.
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M. Will
3 years ago

Needed another category. I don’t fly because I don’t like the idea of flying. It has nothing to do with being fearful. The only time I would actually fly would be if it were an emergency and I had no other option……………….

3 years ago

My father just said that if God wanted me to fly, he would have given me wings.
3 years ago

Keystone canned meats have a shelf life of five years and are pure meat with salt, no other preservatives in the process. Some very good Youtube videos show their meat selection process as well as canning. They can be purchased on line.

Roger Marble
3 years ago

I collected almost 2 Million miles on various Frequent Flyer programs while working. Still fly to Jamaica each year as they haven’t started building the bridge yet. Definitely, do enjoy my RV and driving.

3 years ago

We don’t fly anymore, don’t want to spend any time we have left fighting jammed airports, paying expensive parking fees, rude as hell Border guard/Customs types, waiting waiting waiting, then crowded airplanes herding us from place to place like the cattle liner we passed on the way to the airport. A nice stream, or a nice CG over looking a lake with some activity on it, suits us fine.
And thanks for putting that site up – yes we asked ourselves, how did we not know about that – just splendid thank very much.

dw / ND
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

AMEN ALVIN! As a small aircraft commercial pilot (not current) and an aviation enthusiast – I agree 100% with your comments. It is a shame what the airlines have come to. I remember the day when breakfast was steak and eggs and my legs didn’t go to sleep! Too bad – the golden age of air is gone as it is with rail travel – and now they are working on making rail travel impossible as well. Love our RV! dw

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I have no problem with flying as such. But commercial airlines have turned into subways in the air, and the airport experience is a real pain. These days, if I can’t get there in the RV I don’t go there.

3 years ago

I am not afraid to fly. When I played in Air Force bands we flew all over the US and all the way to Guam. Now it is such a hassle to fly that if my son didn’t live in Hawaii, I would never get on a plane again. But we have to go see the granddaughters.

Kevin Loving
3 years ago

I don’t fly because of the TSA! I feel violated when they “feel me up”. I will never fly comerical again unless there is NO OTHER WAY to get there!

3 years ago

The last time I flew my vertigo kicked in and I had to keep from panicking. I haven’t flown since. I know I am going to have to eventually but hopefully later then sooner. Feet belong on ground. Not air.

3 years ago

I have no fear of flying and yes it is a major hassle. However along with exploring this great country of ours in our coach, there are still many places in the rest of the world to see. So we plan to still travel to see other countries. We also fly in for Thanksgiving; no desire to be in the cold in the NE.

3 years ago

How about “I have never flown in a plane.” as one of the poll choices. That would be me!

Sharon B
3 years ago

When young my job had me flying every week. It was easier then to travel, but now it is so crowded and about the 737 Max, I would pass on that plane and rebook on something else.
Overall, I would rather drive my RV so I don’t have to stay in hotels. I’d rather live with my own germs, own food, own bedding.

3 years ago

I just love those swollen cans of food- just like wine-better with age. And just think about the extra you’re getting…the can bursts open with all the great goodness filling the air.

Kenneth Hanigan
3 years ago

I too do not like the flight process from waiting 2 hours before, many times long lay overs, lines, exhaustion but i truly love meeting new people, seeing new cultures, visiting interesting places …what better way to spend my retirement years. So i choose a mixture of my RV time and trips to other countries.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I rarely use the word “hate” to describe how I feel about something, but when it comes to flying – I HATE IT! So therefore, I don’t do it – ever. As others have mentioned, it’s the TSA and all their ridiculous rules and regulations, the lines, the waiting. the ‘undressing’, the privacy invasion, and everything else that goes along with the whole experience. Good thing I LOVE to drive and LOVE our RV.

3 years ago

I’d fly for emergency situations if needed. Most other times it would be me in my RV

Bob p
3 years ago

I flew several times when I was young and I never did like it, most of my flying was compliments of the USMC. The last time I flew was August 1985 when I went back to Chicago to move my family to AL. Haven’t had the occasion to need to fly since. As others have said with all the hassle it’s really not worth it to me.

3 years ago

I don’t mind flying itself but the hassle you have to go thru makes it a miserable experience. Usually fly once a year north when I would not want to drive my RV. I cringe every time.

3 years ago

Flying is a no brainer. That said, the lines, cost and waiting make it a pain to travel by air.

3 years ago

The article on the Screen Door Closer is good. But, CAMCO makes a Screen Door Closer too. Easy to install and adjusts to most Screen Doors.

Only Drawback is you can’t use it to close both the screen door and main door. If you pull too hard to close both doors the Plastic mounts will break! So, I put a LABEL on the pull handle to NOT use to close the main door. Been working well now for along time.

Here’s the link:

3 years ago

As a retired AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, I have No Fear of Flying. In fact before 9/11 happened I used to fly commercially all the time! Now that the TSA was created and all the ridiculous rules and procedures that are in place at Airports, I don’t even waste my time flying anymore! In fact, I haven’t graced the inside of an airport for probably 10 years or more!

And it has become too costly to fly in small private airplanes, so all that fun is gone. Guess I’m stuck with RVing and seeing the USA from the ground!

Safe Travels!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I also won’t fly due to the excessive rules and privacy invasion of the draconian TSA and the pricing games the airlines play.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

Pricing games ? Flying is a lot cheaper now than it was years ago, and still the fastest and safest way to travel. As much as I love driving, if I have to travel a long distance in a hurry, it’s either fly or stay home. Happy Trails

Bob Champlin
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I also will not fly due to all the TSA rules and procedures. We have allowed the terrorists of the world to win! They have taken our freedoms away from us. I understand the need for safety and security but surely there must be better, less obtrusive ways to do it.

Bill Bateman
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Champlin

I’ll travel in my RV as I have most of my life. (at least 50 of my 70 years). My dad was a commercial pilot and I hold a private certificate also.
If I have to fly I am aware of one thing … In my opinion the whole TSA thing is a propaganda dog & pony show to keep us in fear mode. The very fact that people who have served this country honorably are forced to remove articles of clothing just to board a plane is ridiculous. This performance theatre actually gives a false sense of security. There are other avenues to accomplish security that don’t involve billions of dollars of wasted taxpayer money … dollars that could be spent on national parks/forest upkeep and education as well as helping our local 1st responders.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Bateman

Bill you get my vote for letter of the day.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Champlin

I will not fly again until the TSA is abandoned – big expensive joke.