Tuesday, October 1, 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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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Eat-Fruit-At-Work Day.
Tip of the Day
Facelift for your RV: Try new carpet or flooring
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
One of the best ways to make your older RV feel new is to install new floor coverings. Face it, after a fair amount of living in your RV, those “show every spot of dirt” carpets that manufacturers so thoughtfully install begin to look a bit doggy. Can you replace it, or will you need a professional to help? Much depends on the design of your rig.
Rigs without slideouts aren’t usually too difficult for the careful do-it-yourselfer. Slideouts can create problems, depending on how they operate. In our rig, where our slideouts drop down even with the main floor, an overlap of carpet from the slideout covers over the seam where the two floors meet. The overlap is a factory-hemmed edge – if we replace the carpet, we may need to get someone to install a hem for us. Your rig may have an entirely different setup. It’s best to examine everything cautiously before undertaking a carpeting job. Read more.
Did you miss yesterday’s tip? Tilting solar panels for winter use.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
• 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.
Want cold food and drinks? Keep your refrigerator happy!
Read what certified RV technician Chris Dougherty says about what you can do to help keep your refrigerator running at peak efficiency for many years. Click here.
California Camping: Moon Handbook guide profiles 1,400 campgrounds. Updated 2019.
Arizona & The Grand Canyon: Plan your perfect Arizona trip. Click here.
Southwest Road Trip: Explore the beauty of the Southwest with the 2019 Moon guide.
Look around before you leave
From reader Scott Hunter: I read your tip on having someone watch you leave a campsite to make sure things aren’t left behind. My wife always watches me pull out. But, in addition, I stop several hundred feet away and do another walk around the rig. I have found an open outside storage bin and a chain I had forgotten to attach. I check all the connections, sway bars, make sure the locking pin is in the trailer coupler, etc. (Great advice, Scott. Thanks for the tip!)
Essential items for daily living
Toothpaste • Laundry soap • Hand soap • Shampoo • Razor blades • Shave cream • Pain reliever pills • Pain creams • Low dose aspirin • Antacid relief • Lipstick • Toilet paper • Breakfast cereal • Pet food • Coffee • Tea • Bottled water • Soft drinks • Candy • Halloween store • Umbrellas
Random RV Thought
Don’t bring your firewood from home with you to a distant campground. It could carry bad bugs. Many campgrounds these days do not allow such “imported” firewood.
Graphite keeps your locks working
Keep your RV’s locks (and other locks, too) working the way they should. This product from AGS will keep them lubricated and working smoothly and will guard against sticking and dirt buildup. Also reduces wear and corrosion. This should be essential equipment on all RVs. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club
Club members all own a Holiday Rambler recreational vehicle or one manufactured by Holiday Rambler and live throughout the United States and Canada. There are also several special interest chapters.
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 about them:
• Seven-five percent said their financial situation was better or much better than two years before (asked in 2018).
• Forty-eight percent mostly use their computer to access the Internet.
• Only nine percent have ever “camped” with an RV at a NASCAR event.
The Louisiana town of Rayne is the “Frog Capital of the World.”
Leave here with a laugh
Q: How much room is needed for fungi to grow?
A: As mushroom as possible!
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