June 26, 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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Do you really know your equipment?
Every RV is equipped with at least one fire extinguisher, and experts recommend several. But a sad experience from North Dakota highlights that having a fire fighting tool isn’t enough. Regarding an RV fire in a rural area, the local fire chief had this comment about the RV owner: “She had trouble getting the fire extinguisher off the wall bracket, which could have otherwise possibly mitigated damage.”
Mitigated damage? In this instance, the owner was able to get out of the rig – but that was the limit. Unable to get the extinguisher loose from the mounting bracket, she was unable to put out what had started as a small fire in the kitchen – evidently, lunch just got away.
What about you and your traveling companions? Does everyone who travels in your RV know how to get the fire extinguishers loose from their mounting brackets, and then how to use them? It could make a huge difference in whether a small fire is a nasty weekend-ender or a total loss claim. —Russ and Tiña De Maris
I’ll be interviewing the lead install/training guy for the Proteng/THIA fire protection system this Friday, which I’ll publish on Sunday in my RV Electricity Newsletter. Please post any questions you want me to ask in the comments below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll pick the top 10 questions for the interview, which I’ll post on YouTube as well as a transcribed article. —Mike
DID YOU KNOW?
Kansas City, Missouri, has the most fountains of any city in the world (after Rome). The city, which is nicknamed the “City of Fountains,” has more than 200 fountains. Wow! Here’s a map of most of them.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Generator in your truck bed?
Want to really alienate your neighbors? Mount a “contractor grade” generator in your pickup bed and run it. Truck beds are to generators like amplifiers are to guitars. If you really need to run your generator in your truck bed, consider adding an automotive-type exhaust system to the generator and isolating the generator physically from the bed by using thick rubber matting under the generator to bed contact points.
Water — a weighty topic
Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. If you’re going to take 40 gallons of fresh water, you just added over 300 pounds of additional weight to the RV. Take just enough water to get to your destination. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
What’s for dinner? Consult Good RV Food for delicious recipe ideas, designed to be cooked in your RV! Bet you’ll be hungry after spending some time on this website!
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
My dad broke his wrist. At the hospital, he nervously asked the nurse, “Will I be able to play piano?” The nurse told him yes, it would just take some time to heal. Dad said, “Oh, wonderful! I’ve never been able to play the piano!”
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