Monday, September 30, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and 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. Please tell your friends about us.
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Tip of the Day
Tilting solar panels for winter use
Tilt your solar panels? If you’re a “summer only” RVer leaving your solar panels flat on the roof makes good sense. But for those who boondock in the winter, tilting your solar panels can really make a difference. Why? Solar panels are most efficient when the sun falls on them at a 90-degree angle. Since the sun’s relative position in the sky drops in winter, getting full output requires compensating the angle of the panel.
Read more and view a chart that will help you figure out the best tilt angle for your panel.
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Mice invading your RV? Lion poop to the rescue!
No…really. Read how RVer Jeff Schwartz keeps mice out of his RV. You’ll roar with laughter. Click here.
Here’s a commercial product that is highly rated by RVers to keep rodents away.
What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.
Take it easy when dumping your RV’s tanks
Dumping tanks? Don’t “slam open” the dump valve – ease it open, and make sure the hose doesn’t work loose from the dump station port. Oh, what a mess that would be!
Random RV Thought
To conserve water when dry camping, shave with a rechargeable electric shaver rather than with a blade.
Endorsed by tire expert Roger Marble!
Outstanding tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn it off, it will do so automatically. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. Used by the RV Travel staff. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
RV Park Supplies
The website sells just about anything an RV park would need – picnic tables, power pedestals, “pet waste stations,” speed bumps, dump station supplies … you name it. See how much it cost your favorite park for each of its fire rings. This is really interesting.
Instant Pots: They’re all the rage. Check ’em out, plus accessories.
If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Give your phone or tablet a full-sized keyboard
How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.
Among America’s “Haunted Places” is the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1902, the warden’s wife fell in love with an inmate and helped him and his brother escape. They were killed in a shootout days later, but the woman’s ghost still hangs around, shuffling papers and brushing past guards. Also, in 1907, prisoners on death row were tormented by a murder that was reenacted every night. The warden took their pleas to heart and moved them to a new part of the prison.
Leave here with a laugh
A man speaks frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” “Is this her first child?” the doctor queries. “No, you idiot!” the man shouts. “This is her husband!”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Assistant editor: Diane McGovern. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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