From the editors of RVtravel.com, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”
Monday, September 2, 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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“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” —Jacob Riis, social activist
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Labor Day (but everybody knows that!)
Tip of the Day
How to use slide-out room stabilizers
You may have noticed that RV parts stores sell “Slide-out room stabilizers.” The slides on your RVs are designed to carry a lot of weight and normally don’t need extra support. But if you are more comfortable with additional support, these products are not a bad idea – if used properly.
The slide-out stabilizers are a telescoping device that you place under the slide rails, then adjust to the height and tension you want. You should tighten them until they just touch the bottom of the slide and maybe just a tad more. If you over-tighten them, they will lift the outside of the slide, causing its top seal to open. We’ve seen this cause an inch gap. One RVer couldn’t understand why his furnace wouldn’t keep his place warm until a technician pointed out the gap.
Also, if you are parked for a long time, the RV will settle faster than the stabilizers. So check them often for the right tension.
RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Powering fridge in RV 40 ft. from house outlet. How do you power up your refrigerator in the RV out in your driveway from your house outlet that’s 40 feet away? Easy!
Join Mike in Hershey next week!
Just a reminder that Mike will be presenting free seminars at the Hershey RV Show September 11-15, as well as offering a 3-hour advanced electricity seminar just off campus in Grantville, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Cost for his Advanced RV Electricity seminar is $125, but discounted to $100 for RVtravel.com paid members. Register HERE, but do it soon since the room only seats 50.
• Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Random RV Thought
Dumping the holding tanks on an RV sounds like a disgusting job. But it’s normally fast, easy and seldom unpleasant. Just wear gloves.
- Camco Water Bandit connects standard water hose to various water sources. Click.
- Camco 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates stress/strain on RV water intake hose fittings. Click.
- Camco Plastic Water Pressure Regulator prevents damage to RV water hoses and pumps. Click.
Website of the day
Route 66 Map
Here, from the National Park Service, is a map of the Mother Road. Click various locations on the map to learn more. Traveling Route 66 is on the bucket list of many RVers. This is a great trip for researching what to see and do on a journal down America’s most famous highway.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
• Article and Video: Why Camping World is not an RVer’s friend.
• Another example of how slobs are ruining our camping.
• Letter to editor: New type of RVer putting squeeze on RV park spaces.
• Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans.
• RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist.
What’s on sale?
Check out Amazon’s daily deals page to see the hundreds of items on sale.
The number-one selling ice cream at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial is made by Pride Dairy in Bottineau, North Dakota. The vanilla ice cream is from a 1780 recipe by Thomas Jefferson that exists in the Library of Congress. It requires vanilla beans grown in Madagascar, the same place Jefferson would have acquired them in his time. Dairy Pride is the surviving commercial ice cream maker in North Dakota.
Leave here with a laugh
What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.
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