RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1158

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From the editors of RVtravel.com, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Wednesday, August 28, 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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Today’s thought

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ―Oscar Wilde

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bow Tie Day


• Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricantLearn more or order.
• Attention Big Rig RV owners! This annual road atlas will keep you away from too-narrow roads and low bridges. Learn more or order.
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Tip of the Day

Finding more storage space in the RV
Most RVers have faced the problem of better utilizing the space aboard their “cramped” RVs. While there are many ways to do it, here are a few ideas that you might put to use … or perhaps they’ll jog an idea!

There are never enough outside compartments, right? Why not hang some items from the top and sides of the compartment? There are any number of brackets available to hang items from different areas. A product called the Quick Fist is a handy rubber clamp system to use for attaching items in this fashion.

Slide trays made for motorhomes and fifth wheels are excellent for keeping stored items accessible. Plastic containers, like those by Rubbermaid, are superb for storing items in basements and on slides. They’re also good for storage under beds in RVs that have them. Small containers work well in cabinets where they do double-duty keeping pests out.

Closet Maid storage systems may be useful in RVs. The shelves can be slanted backward toward the closet wall or cabinet to keep items from sliding off. The options are endless.

Safety Note: Be very careful when screwing, stapling or drilling into your RV. Just like your house, wiring and piping of various kinds run through the wall, violation of which can cause property damage and/or personal injury.



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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.



Random RV Thought

When you sleep in a hotel bed, you never know who slept there before you. In your RV, you always know.


New and interesting finds at Amazon.com. Wow! It’s fun exploring here.


Quick Tip

There is one phenomenon common to all vehicles that most drivers don’t think about; when you turn the steering wheel sharply to the RIGHT, the portion of the vehicle behind the rear tires “swings” LEFT (and vice-versa). In a car, you will seldom be close enough to anything to cause a problem, but remember that a motorhome has a lot more sticking out behind the rear wheels. You must not be too close to a vehicle or obstacle when you turn away from it, because the “swing” is much more pronounced.


Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
slide-out-covers-655Cut your head just once on the edge of a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy these so it never happens again! Camco’s Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by a slideout’s sharp corners. Simply place them on corners of the slide to provide a cushion zone. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.


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Up to date on RV Electricity? Catch up on Mike’s recent articles here


Trivia

Depending on breed, management and environment, the modern domestic horse has a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Uncommonly, a few animals live into their 40s and, occasionally, beyond. The oldest verifiable horse was “Old Billy,” who in the 1800s lived to 62. In modern times, Sugar Puff, who had been listed in Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living pony, died in 2007 at age 56. Horses, by the way, can sleep both lying down and standing up.


Leave here with a laugh

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, but no atmosphere.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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jillie

Gotta see an IKEA. OMG the storage you will see. Is real helpful when it comes to getting a TT under control. We measured and built an over the toilet cabinet. Looks so good and so handy too.

squeakytiki

Not sure what to answer, my tastes change depending on my mood, and one day I might want pizza while another day a hotdog or burger might be my choice. You need an ‘all of the above’ category.

Eric

Slides, drawers, containers, shelving all weight something – in addition to the extra stuff that can now be stored. Depending on the towable, it’s not too hard to exceed the weight carrying capacity.

Cora

Veggie pizza ? with lots of olives and well done not soggy.

Sharon B

Countless things can be done with pool noodles

John Koenig

Re: the Quick Tip in this issue. You’re describing “TAIL SWING”. In addition to HORIZONTAL tail swing (the left & right turning you mention), there’s also VERTICAL tail swing (up & down movement). Many RVs have a “RELIEF CUT” at the rear of their RV (at the rear of an RV, along the bottom edge, the RV RISES a few inches). This is to give a little extra space / clearance when you enter something like a driveway where you might have to go over a curb. Not all RVs have a “relief cut” so, when the FRONT wheels go up a little, the extreme back end of the RV goes down MUCH MORE. It’s not difficult to “bottom out” and scrape the tail cap. When that happens, it’s often a VERY EXPENSIVE repair. Some rigs have “bogey wheels” installed. Bogey wheels are steel rollers which, in a perfect world, would keep the rear of your rig from scraping the ground (the bogey wheels would hit first possibly saving your rig from damage). Owners / drivers need to know HOW MUCH tail swing (both horizontal & vertical) the rig they’re driving has in order to mitigate ALL tail swing. Not knowing and allowing for tail swing will lead to big repair bills.

Willie

If you need more storage space on your RV, you’re obviously bringing too much stuff with you.

John M

Like Stephen I use yellow pool noodles to cover the corners of my slide. I have walked into them a couple of times and it is not a good feeling.

Snayte

Too many other variables to consider with that survey question.

What kind of pizza?
What is on the hot dog or burger?
Who is doing the cooking?

Nanci

Comment to storage: Basement slide out storage trays have a good amount of room underneath. Slide all the way to the oposite side and store relatively flat items under the slide. We store folding camp tables and the extra floor tiles that came with our motorhome under them. Also the space between the sliding trays is a good area for walking sticks, awning rods, and other thin, long items.

John

Onion, sausage and garlic pizza

Graybyrd

Pizza, alright: anchovies, mushrooms, and gizzard bits smothered under melted pepper jack cheese.

STEPHEN P MALOCHLEB

I made my own corner guards from pool noodles. A 4 foot noodle cost a $1 and I cut into 8 inch sections to cover all the corners on my 3 slides.

Jim Collins

I checked none of the above, because it would depend on what part of the country we are in, No. East I would eat all of them , other areas not so much.