Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” —Sir Isaac Newton
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Tip of the Day
Fixing a stuck black tank valve
A stuck or malfunctioning black tank valve is something we’d all like to avoid. Fixing the valve can be a stinky, messy nightmare if the tank is full. Some RV repair shops will refuse to fix or replace the valve. So that leaves you to undertake what could be a disgusting task. But good news! Here’s a tip that can make the repair much easier, with hardly any mess.
Here’s what to do. Raise the “valve” side of the RV (typically the driver’s side) as high as you can so the valve is uphill. Gravity will force some of the contents back down into the tank, leaving the very end of the drain pipe empty. When the valve is then opened to repair or replace, only a few drops of sewage will spill out, making the task fairly routine.
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Random RV Thought
Never consider using an RV’s leveling jack to lift a wheel off the ground to change a flat tire. They are not strong enough for that purpose.
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Website of the day
Colorado Mountain Passes
Colorado’s mountain passes are the highest in the country. Trail Ridge, U.S. 34, in Rocky Mountain National Park, is the highest continuous auto road in the country reaching 12,183 feet. Here’s a guide to this spectacular road and others.
Affordable tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.
How to protect trailer hitch from rust, corrosion with WD-40
Trailer hitches get a lot of exposure to the elements on highways, even when stored outside, leaving them at risk for developing rust and corrosion. Protect your hitch and receiver with WD-40 Big Blast by spraying as you see in the short video.
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And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned:
• Ninety-two percent carry a first aid kit in their RV.
• Seventeen percent never read a printed RV magazine.
• Eighty-four percent find it more challenging to find space in an RV park than ten years ago.
A baguette means wand, stick or baton in French, which refers to the shape of its long, narrow loaf. No one knows why the baguette is the shape it is, but one story is that Napoleon Bonaparte insisted that all bread baked for his soldiers should fit into the pocket of their uniforms. It’s an interesting theory and could be true. If not, it sounds good!
Leave here with a laugh
A woman goes to a psychic and contacts her recently dead husband. “Are you happy?” she asks. “Yes,” says the husband, “I’m in a field surrounded by beautiful cows.” “Can you see any angels?” asks the woman. “No, but there’s a prize-winning cow standing in front of me, a real stunner.” “Have you seen God?” asks the woman. “No,” replies the husband. “But the cows are spectacular.” “Why do you keep going on about cows?” shouts the woman, irritated. “Sorry,” says the husband, “I forgot to mention – I’m in Wisconsin. I’ve come back as a bull.”
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