July 3, 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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Battery drain culprits
Ever come back to your RV after it’s been sitting in storage, only to find your battery dead? Small, parasitic loads can add up: alarms that depend on house battery voltage, clocks in some appliances, the TV antenna amplifier (if left on). That, and you may find you accidentally forgot to turn off a light or two. How can you prevent this problem? Install a battery disconnect switch on your house battery. When you put the rig in storage, “open” the circuit with the disconnect switch. Here’s a good one from Amazon.
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Keeping your RV cool
Speaking of air conditioner vents, the folks at alwaysonliberty.com remind us, “These are a huge culprit in air conditioner malfunctions. You should clean your AC output and intake vents AT LEAST MONTHLY! Make sure nothing is blocking the air flow in each.”
Be sure your freezer food is safe to eat
Using a conventional ice cube tray, place a coin on top of an ice cube. If you ever find it at the bottom of the ice cube, you will know the power has been off for some time. Thanks to Paul Kelly!
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Keep this website on hand during wildfire season (or any other natural-disaster “season”). NASA takes a satellite image of each area around the world every day so you can see exactly what’s going on. You can easily find wildfires, storms and other major weather issues. You can add and subtract layers (days), and even create videos to watch the progress of a storm or fire.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Last night I had some friends over and we spent a few hours playing board games and drinking. After quite a few drinks, we ended the night with Scrabble where I was dared to swallow a few of the game pieces. I’m really not looking forward to my next vowel movement.
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