RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1182

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Friday, October 4, 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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Today’s thought

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Taco Day! (Make some for dinner tonight! Find a yummy recipe here.)


Tip of the Day

To eat healthy … or unhealthy

If you’ve been active all your life, maybe you’ve discovered that as you reach toward retirement and spend more time in your RV you sit more while driving as well as when you get to your favorite campground.

This can easily add a few unwanted pounds in places where you don’t want them. One antidote to this dilemma is to avoid the temptation of snacking on fatty, salty or sweet choices just because they are handy.

Keep these hidden well away and instead keep a bowl of fresh fruit from roadside farm stands and farmers markets within reach. You may need to train yourself to reach for the right snack, but it will be worth it!

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RV Mods: Is an RV cover right for you?

It’s never too early to think about storing your unit in preparation for a long, cold winter or when you will not be using it for a season. Some RV owners wonder about the best methods of caring for their investment and how to maintain its spiffy, shiny finish. The question they usually have is: Should I invest in an RV cover? Russ and Tiña De Maris will help you figure it out.


Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spacesRV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.


You may have missed these stories last week…


Reader poll


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.


LED lights for RVs: Huge selection. Exceptional prices. Click.


Quick Tip

It’s that time of year. . .

Fall is here, and it won’t be long before the warm, sunny days of summer will be behind us. Ahead of us, though, will be plenty of rain. So, here’s a reminder: If you haven’t replaced the windshield wipers of your motorhome or tow vehicle for six months or more, it’s time. Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of nowhere and you get slammed by a giant storm.


Random RV Thought

Always put your campfire totally out before leaving your campsite. Stir up the ashes with
water until they’re like mud. A fire is totally out if you can touch a piece of paper to the ashes or charred wood without any visible heat effect to the paper.


Protect your RV’s awning from rips and tears
awning-749Camco RV Awning De-Flapper is designed to protect your RV awning from costly rips and tears while preventing noisy wind flapping. The De-Flapper holds securely with hook and loop straps and is made of durable nylon with UV stabilizers. It’s chemically and rust-resistant with a universal fit. It features soft, non-marring grippers that protect the awning fabric and can be used with screen room in place. Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Arizona Camping
Here’s where to learn about camping in Arizona State Parks, plus information about what each park offers. If you plan to head south to Arizona this winter, better make your reservations fast.


New York Times best-selling books: Click.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
No park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.


Trivia

In 1933, the spinach industry credited Popeye with increasing the United States consumption of spinach by 33 percent. Popeye’s canned and fresh spinach has been available to consumers for decades and is still available today.


Leave here with a laugh

A mother woke up from a coma after giving birth to twins. She asked the doctor “Where are my babies?” The doctor replied, “Don’t worry, they’re safe and with your brother. You had a healthy boy and girl, but unfortunately, I do have some bad news.” Knowing her brother wasn’t quite normal she immediately thought the worst. “Oh no, what’s wrong?”

“Well, since you were in a coma we had to give the children a name,” the doctor said. “Your brother chose them.” Shocked, the mother asked “What did he name the girl?” The doctor lets out a sigh and said “Denise.” “Oh!” The mother said, relieved. “That’s a lovely name. What about the boy?” The doctor replied “Denephew.”


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Nelson Janz
10 months ago

Find out how many RV parks have AED’s that are accessible. Also if anybody knows how to use it. Most are really user friendly if you pay attention to instructions. Every park should have one.

Cora
10 months ago

Gave classes on CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support at hospital where I worked . Retired now .

Eric
10 months ago

Probably should have put a time limit on the CPR question. I’ve had it several times, but not in the last 40 years or so.

Bd2
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Over the years CPR techniques have changed. No longer do you do breaths and 2x faster pump rates. Regular updates are really necessary & recommended by Red Cross !

Joe Allen
10 months ago

The next question one should be asking after “did you take a CPR course” is this: Do you remember what you were taught? Secondly, there have been changes in giving CPR in the last few years. A follow up should be worth taking for anyone who prides themselves in helping to save lives!

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

One of the things I’ve been pitching to the various RV Rallies and Expos where I’m teaching RVelectricity seminars, is that they book a 60 minute follow-up seminar on basic CPR and AED training with a local EMT instructor. Time is always tight at these events, but I think it would be an hour well spent.

Mark Elliott
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Agreed – I took a Red Cross first aid course years ago that included CPR training which taught chest compressions with breaths. Now the medical community says the best method is simply continual compressions until emergency professionals arrive. The course also showed us how to make field dressings for wound management and how to make field slings and splints. Easy stuff to remember all these years later.

Jon Meyer
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I was a volunteer EMT on our local ambulance service, I taught CPR and have a defibrillator save that happened on a Christmas day. I got a thank you Christmas card the following year from the daughters. Made my day.

Ken
10 months ago

Emily. A poll question. How often in one year period do you fly

Disgruntled in the airport, Seatac.

Ken

Bob and Charlotte Champlin
10 months ago
Reply to  Ken

I’m going to chime in here with one of my soap-box subjects. I will never fly again if I can help it, and I loved flying. When the terrorists hit our country on 9/11 and all the security procedures were put in to place, the joy of flying was taken away from us. Folks, the terrorists took our freedoms away from us. They won! Don’t get me wrong. I understand the need for more security but, in this technological world there are other ways to do it. The long lines at security checkpoints are ridiculous. Gone is the time of family spending the wait time with a family member who is departing, or a welcoming family meeting a family member as they come off an aircraft. It’s just too much and more erosion of our freedoms. We give up too easy! I’ll get off the soap-box. I could go on forever on this one. (A 22 year Air Force Veteran, 1968-1990)

Edward Wullschleger
10 months ago

I agree completely!!

Ron
10 months ago
Reply to  Ken

My son and his family live in Hawaii, so I can’t take the RV. If he lived in the lower 48, I would never fly again. It is not only the security procedures, but the seating in the aircraft is becoming more and more uncomfortable.

Bob and Charlotte Champlin
10 months ago
Reply to  Ron

I agree with you on the airlines’ cattle-car mentality as well and charge after charge after charge.

Renee Hanson
10 months ago

I bought a new C Class Forest River Forester from Camping World and also bought the extended warranty with it. Now, when I want warranty work done, two different Camping World dealerships won’t even call me back. I’m a nice person, I talk nice, I don’t look too scary, what’s up? I’d like to know if other people have the same problems.

Ran
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

Yes, welcome to the complaints for CW! Sad to continually see this happen. I’ve had the same issues getting any warranty work done, and expect it to sit on the lot for weeks on end, and end up costing you more than warranty issues! They are the WORST!

Joe Allen
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

After awhile, most people just give up and that is exactly what they want you to do. Stick to your guns and follow up with emails or anything you can document your quest for repairs. It’s a sad fact, but it isn’t just CW. Thor and Forrest River are right there with them for lack of warranty repairs among other issues.

brian
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

buying campers is not like buying a car, youll find the extended warranty is for the uninformed and hope they didnt talk you into a 20 year financing agreement. Research, research then buy.

John Koenig
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

Renee, did you also fall for the TWENTY YEAR financing scam that Camping World pushes? CW makes money SELLING “extended warranties” (which are actually “service contracts”). CW LOSES money when they have to “make good” on those service contracts. You state you bought new; have you contacted Forest River re the problems you’re experiencing? If not, DO SO ASAP! The RV builder can often “light a fire” under the dealership to get them to “do the right thing”. NOTE: depending on the details of your problem(s), it might take CONSIDERABLE time for the dealer to get necessary parts. This issue is just one of the RV industries “dirty little secrets”. It seems that “beancounters” run most businesses this days and, too often, “Customer Service” is seen as an unnecessary expense (“hey, we’ve got your money, you have an RV; please go away). Having parts in stock is a VERY passé in todays business climate (it’s considered “lost money”). Of course, this common business practice makes life difficult to impossible for many RVers (and others). Sadly, it can take several YEARS to get all the bugs out of a brand new RV (WELL beyond the warranty period). Too many RVs leave the factory with issues. That’s one simple reason where there are so many independent custom shops in the RV industry (especially in the Elkhart, IN area). Some of these independent shops ARE authorized to do warranty work (an option you should check out). Should you HAVE to do this yourself? Of course not! Sadly, it’s simply a fact of life in today’s world.

ALL “newbies” should find and attend an RV Boot Camp. The time and money spent on RVBC will be an INVESTMENT in your RV lifestyle. RVBC graduates are safer RVers and smarter RV buyers. The Escapees, FMCA, RVSEF, RV~Dreams (and probably others) offer this important training. RVBC (what the Escapees call their product; it’s named differently by the different providers). I wish you many safe and happy miles of RVing; it’s a GREAT lifestyle and, there’s SO much to see do and explore across America. An RV is, in my opinion, the best way to see, do and explore it all. Again, SAFE TRAVELS!

Pat
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

Unfortunately, most dealerships won’t even schedule you for service if you did not buy from them. Independent repair shops will take care of you, but not under your warranty. It’s a common problem.

Camper
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

We are finding businesses in all genre not calling back!
Try building a small house! We thought it was us because we weren’t building a McMansion.

Keep track of who treats you well and stay loyal to them!

Linda
10 months ago
Reply to  Renee Hanson

Given concerns about being bounced between CW dealers and the financial stability of CW, we followed instructions to cancel our extended warranty by sending certified letter to address indicated in paperwork and a sizeable refund was promptly sent (within 30 days?) to Lien holder as required under your state’s law. It was a huge relief as we had felt pressured at the time of sale and did not realize all of the exclusions that a service rep will tell you about. Then we took our time to thoroughly research other extended warranties and decided to self insure instead. Each month we set aside an amount into a “repair” fund to accumulate cash for the unexpected, and it is amazing how freeing it feels to be in control of our options.