June 27, 2019Welcome 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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Tight spots and big rigs
By Jim Twamley
My very first time out with our new 5th wheel we decided to stop at a Subway sandwich shop. Believing the parking lot was accessible behind the store, I pulled in. It turned out to be a boxed-in parking arrangement and I was stuck. Mrs. Professor had to get out and guide me as I painfully and slowly backed out of the lot. I had to retrace my route backing onto a busy road in order to extract myself. We went down the road and found another sandwich shop with more suitable parking.
Even experienced RVers can sometimes find themselves in this kind of predicament. The best thing you can do is remain calm, take your time and extract your rig safely. Ask for help if necessary, and always keep safety in mind. If you’re driving a motorhome with a toad you may need to unhook. Be careful and don’t allow anxious drivers to prod you into doing something unsafe.
The best strategy is avoiding the sticky situation before you get into it. Slow down and look before you pull into a parking lot. The first thing I look for is entryway road clearance. If there are gouges in the crown of the road and a low drainage combined with a steep driveway, I pass it by. The next thing I look for is if there is plenty of space to allow my rig safe passage.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Air conditioner protection
When the temperature gets hot, some boondockers fire up their generator to run the AC system. Make sure you get your money’s worth from that expensive generator fuel (and noise). If the fins on the outside of the air conditioner unit are bent, they’re not efficiently pumping that hot air off. Straighten the fins out with a small screwdriver or get a fin comb from an air conditioner repair shop.
Smoke [detector] gets in your ears
We recently posted a suggestion on how to deal with a smoke detector that alerts when you’re fixin’ up some vittles. Reader “jmurri” sends their own thought: “The smoke detector was mounted three feet from the stove on both trailers that I have owned making noise when cooking. My solution was to purchase a First Alert detector that twists off the base that is mounted on the ceiling. Before cooking, I remove the alarm and place it on the dining table. When we clean the table after dinner it goes back up.”
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