RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1146

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Wednesday, August 7, 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, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you.


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Tip of the Day

Be prepared in case of a breakdown on the road

By Chuck Woodbury
EDITOR
Until a few days ago, I hadn’t carried any traffic cones with me in my RV for years. On a recent trip, the thought struck me that if I were stranded alongside a busy highway I would sure as heck want a few cones to warn motorists headed my direction. If you have ever been stuck by the side of road, you know how vulnerable you can feel.

Having a few standard PVC traffic cones along would definitely do the job, but they take up valuable storage space, which some of us simply don’t have in abundance.

Shopping at Lowe’s the other day I came across a sturdy collapsible product that seemed just right. Lowe’s had only one cone available so I made a note to check Amazon when I returned home. Sure enough, I found a four-pack for less than $24, which I ordered. They will take up very little space in my motorhome’s basement storage compartment. You can likely find the same thing at a Lowe’s or Home Depot near you.

Plastic warning triangles would also work and take little space to store, and they cost about the same. I also recommend buying an inexpensive orange safety vest. I’ve had one for years and used it once in an emergency by a busy highway. I was very happy to have had it.

If you should break down at night, you should have something that lights up. Traditional safety flares will probably draw the most attention, but there are dozens of battery powered lights especially designed for roadside emergencies that will last longer and are easier to use.

And, of course, you should, by all means, have a roadside assistance plan like those offered by AAA, Good Sam and Coach-Net. Check your insurance policy first: Many provide roadside assistance as a standard benefit.

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RV club of the day

Vixen Owners’ Association.
“Vixen owners and those who are still waiting for their ‘Vixen moment’ are welcome to join.” The Vixen was produced by the Vixen Motor Company, Inc., in Pontiac, Michigan, from 1986 to 1989. This group provides numerous benefits including technical support and social gatherings, called Prides, for its members, who are located all over the world.



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Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.


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Website of the day

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Pyro flares are a fire hazard, so I don’t carry them anymore. Instead I have several 18650-powered strobes that are as bright as any LEO lightbar… NO reasonable way to miss them, and can be turned off when ready to roll again.

    * I have personally stared into the strobes to make sure they are in fact as blinding as claimed. I do love RVtravel, but can no longer read anything after searing my corneas in my mandatory research. I would tell RVtravel readers in person that staring into them is a bad idea.

    • I believe that some states have actually banned PYRO Emergency Flares. They are a HUGE Fire Hazard and with the material that is used in them, can get old and deteriorate and become even more dangerous! It’s one of those products, that if you have them, need to be checked for AGE and probably Disposed of! But, dispose of them properly!

      Just a thought!

  2. Maybe there’s a reason desserts is stressed spelled backwards.
    Like them all but brownies are probably my first choice.

  3. Traffic flares are great to get attention, however they are a serious fire hazard in the Western states. I’ve got two packages of battery powered lights. As bright and no fire hazard. The triangles are cute, but easily damaged. For the vest I recommend a vest with reflective tape on it (like the construction workers wear) lime green or safety orange. Just be visible and aware of all the traffic. If you do any repairs have a spotter watching for you.

  4. Re: Safety cones. If you have these and/or any other safety device used when broken down on the side of the highway, be sure to store them in a passenger side compartment as there may not be sufficient room on the driver’s side to open a compartment door…especially if it is side hinged.

  5. It was a tight race between all three desserts. At least, it is far easier to get good sugar free cake than the other two. However, my actual favorite is sugar free chocolate pudding cups that have been partially frozen.

  6. For desert would you prefer pie, cake or ice cream? I’ll take 2 ss for my dessert.
    Sorry, I just had to point it out. That was one of the spelling tricks I drilled my boys with.

  7. A friend of mine once told me you can always remember how to spell dessert because it has two esses and you always want two desserts. I have always remembered that.

  8. Pie without a-la-mode sinful
    Cake without ice cream? Come on man,Think.
    No desert without ice cream.

    I’ve never seen a vixen motorhome.
    Kinda cute,low for less wind resistance

  9. ‘Desert’? Someone didn’t spell check this article. How come we didn’t get the ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ options? Or any other combinations for that matter.

  10. Read Mike Sokols article on Reverse Polarity Bootleg Ground (RPBG)!

    Mike, if you read this, can you tell me if the Smart Surge Protector Companies, like Progressive, are working to FIX or Identify this condition in their products?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  11. Pulling a 53′ freight trailer on I-10 near Biloxi, MS, I hit a rough patch of broken concrete pavement and a rear spring on the trailer axle snapped, dropping the frame down onto the tires and raising an impressive trailing smoke cloud before I could pull over and get stopped. I spread the company standard three plastic folding breakdown triangles and spaced them 50-feet apart down the fog line strip, just outside from the traffic lane. Before the wrecker/repair rig could arrive, on-coming traffic had veered across the fog line and smashed two of the triangles! Since then I’ve decided two things are more appropriate: 1) stand as far off the freeway as one can get, preferably on the outboard side of a guardrail or Jersey barrier; and 2) use pyrotechnic orange traffic flares. They’re far more visible, and (most) drivers will make a real effort to avoid running over them.

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