Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.” —Katharine Hepburn
Tip of the Day
Be prepared in case of a breakdown on the road
By Chuck Woodbury
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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Website of the day
Attack of the Cute
This is a photo blog where readers contribute pictures of their cute pet cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, or cute animals they discovered at the zoo. This is absolutely a family-friendly website. This site gets a big thumbs up and guarantees smiles for everyone.
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