RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1183

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Monday, October 7, 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

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day.



Tip of the Day

Oops! The mistakes we make (and hopefully you do not!)

Every experienced RVer has at least one or two RVing moments he’d like to forget. RV insurer Progressive did a survey of 1,000 RVers to ask about their boo-boos. Here’s the short list of dumb things RVers often do:

1. Driving off with steps extended.
2. Backing into a post or other “stationary object.”
3. “Woops!” miscalculation on overhead or side clearance.
4. Improperly connecting tow lights.
5. Running out of fuel.

Down on the list, but certainly one that they’ll never be left to forget: Driving away from an RV stop and leaving behind a member of the group. Typically those left behind were spouses, pets or grandparents. Do this one yourself? Don’t feel bad – 20 of the respondents to the survey reported making this major gaff.

We often recommend preflight checklists for RVers, but obviously some of these boobers just don’t fit on the list.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Predator parallel generator power. A reader questions the power produced by parallel generators compared to what’s claimed in the ad.

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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Recall alert

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2020 Cougar fifth wheels and travel trailers, models 22RBS, 23MLS, 25RES, 26RBS, 26RKS, 27RES, 27SAB, 27SGS, 29BHS, 29FKD, 29RLD, 30RKD, 31MBS, 32RDB, 32RLI and 34TSB. The wiring for the solar preparation kit may have been incorrectly wired to the wrong side of the 12V breaker, potentially allowing an electrical short circuit in the event of damage to the wiring, which could lead to a fire. More.


Our favorite tire pressure gauge. Used by the RV Travel staff. Click


Full-time RVing – What about your driver’s license?

Planning on embarking on a lifestyle of full-time RVing? There are lots of considerations and details to be worked out, not the least of which is that little card in your wallet – a driver’s license. How does a full-time RVer who, by nature, doesn’t have a “fixed” address get a driver’s license that shows a “fixed” address? Find out here.


Reader poll

What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.


This umbrella fits in your pocket! Click here to see
An electric blanket for your RV. Click


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.


Quick Tip

Camping in cold weather

From reader Elaine Csire: When it’s cold, we will often pull in our slides overnight so we only need to heat the smaller area. We put vent insulators into the skylights as well. These two things make a big difference to our comfort. Thanks for the tip, Elaine.


Less than $10! Mini waffle (and more!) maker is a crowd-pleaser.
Keep stinky odors out of your RV (relied on by the RV Travel staff). Click.


Random RV Thought

An excellent way to make instant friends in a campground is to walk with a cute dog (heck, even an ugly dog!). Your fellow campers will comment, which opens the door to further conversation and maybe even a new friendship.

Did you know you can get paid to walk dogs? Check out Wag or Rover.


Best Sellers on Amazon:
RV parts and supplies
Truck parts and supplies
Power tools
RV Books
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Website of the day

Camping in Utah State Parks
If you’re headed toward beautiful Utah, you’ll be in for a treat if you camp at any of its state parks. Here is where to learn about each park, and make a reservation. Two of our favorites: Dead Horse Point State Park and Kodachrome State Park.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans
• RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist
Home schooling increasing for kids of fulltime RVers
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For less than $20 this could save your life. Millions sold. Click.


Trivia

Over the past half-century, North America has lost more than a quarter of its entire bird population, or around 3 billion birds. That’s according to a new estimate published recently in the journal Science by researchers who brought together a variety of information that has been collected on 529 bird species since 1970.


Leave here with a laugh

Q: Why aren’t koalas actual bears?
A: They don’t meet the koalafications.

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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Gene Bjerke

I have a couple of checklists that I have made for different situations. Over time I have simplified my setup routine to the point that there is very little left to remember.

Rory R

I have one checklist for setup, one for breakdown, and one for walkaround. The one time I didn’t use one, I busted my ac case on a low-hanging branch. Lesson learned, I don’t care how long I’ve been FT’ing, I will always go thru my checklist everytime. I check things off after I’ve done them, and I don’t trustmy memory, it is too easy to be distracted.

MikeJ

Taking a class in self defense: yes if I can count my hunter education course, otherwise no.

DW/ND

Why a checklist? I made one up for our lst motorhome. My wife poo’d poo’d as being a joke…. lst turn onto the hiway the refrigerator door opened and out came two quarts of milk! Tho’t she’d covered everything! (She did – but it was with milk!)

I was just going to back up about 10 feet and pulled the power cord out away from the wheels – guess what – the cord ended up under the rear dual! Ripped it right out the transfer switch! Fortunately no fire ensued! Too big a hurry = steering wheel tags as final check.

(We now have an electric step so just listen for it to retract!!!) Happy-SAFE trails ya’ll……

DW/ND

There is only one way to avoid “forgetting”. It is called Check Lists! We have two. Starting with entry door and going back, around the rear, up the street side, around the front ending at the entry door. During the walk around visual check, including tires, my wife does the interior check list. Then the pre-post start – she reads and my response has to match the answer. I also have steering wheel tags for the antenna and power cord as a final backup. Checklists should be simple and not too complicated or they won’t be done. They are also great for grand kids to participate and practice reading if younger. Forget your antenna or power cord – you’ll use something to remember to double check!

PennyPA

How about raising the front of the trailer BEFORE raising the rear Jacks? I could not imagine why the front of our fiver was raising so slowly…until I remembered I had not raised the rear jacks first. Resulted in a VERY bent scissor jack that I still have trouble cranking down.

Ed D.

My RV’ing mistakes: Using the gas button on the fridge when plugged into electricity; entering a drive- thru from the wrong side and taking out the ordering station and my steps; parking the trailer to a gas station pump, having no room to maneuver; taking off with my trailer stabilizer jacks down and damaging one; connecting the battery cables to the wrong posts of the battery and having blown fuses; damaging the awning and frame by attempting to lower one side to get rid of the rainwater sitting on the awning.

Ken

Regarding the quick tip about pulling in slides to heat a smaller area: Our heating vents are on the floor and most of them are covered by the slides when they’re pulled in. I wouldn’t feel comfortable running the heater in that condition.

Ruth Blum

While visiting daughter in the hot Texas weather, we were gone almost everyday, all day long, we pulled our slide in during the day to keep it cooler. It really made a difference of 5 to 8 degrees, crucial when its 95+ degrees outside.

Thomas Becher

Most birds don’t live more than a couple years,so I imagine in 50 years quite a few birds have indeed died.

Robbie

We’d been full timers for a long time when one day as we were leaving a RV park after a walk-around, a guy ran over and stopped me and told us our flagpole was still up….I explained we wanted to be patriotic on our way out. We had a good laugh.

Bob Gash

A couple of very unfortunate (dumb) drive-offs: 1) at a corps campground, a camper changed his tow vehicle’s oil at his site before leaving, and then drove off without tightening the pan plug – left a heavy trail of oil all the way out of the park. 2) a camper was in a big hurry to leave his site (to beat others to the camp dump station), and left all his jacks in the down position. A few of us tried to run after him; however, he drove so fast, we couldn’t catch him. [Of course, badly damaged the jack and trailer.]

Nanci

As camp hosts we have witnessed and run after a number of incomplete drive offs. Awning out, satellite dish up, Bat wing up, any number of exterior storage doors flapping, exterior entrance door latched open and power cord dragging behind, without plug.

We are not immune…even though doing walk around have missed dish up, door awning out and still plugged in. Thankfully I always watch the first couple feet of movement and noticed immediately.

Did need to remind husband that the incessant beep, beep, beep means the jacks are still down.

Tommy Molnar

More than a few times, I’ve witnessed folks driving down the road with their ‘dump hose’ hanging out of their trailer bumper bouncing along on the pavement. Not sure how that happens. Forgot to put the plug in, or the plug fell out. Either way, not good for the next dump experience . . .

Booneyrat

Another mistake made by “newbie” RV aficionados is failing to double check the fifth wheel latch when hooking up to their fifth wheel.I have witnessed many who have done this and watched while they pulled away turning a whiter shade of pale as their rig slid off the hitch onto the pickup box. A good way to alleviate this is to set the brakes on trailer and attempt to move the trailer while watching the hitch.I always used an Andersen hitch as once the rig is on the ball…it isn’t coming off until you raise it off.

Dr4Film

One of the most common mistakes that I have witnessed by RVer’s is they leave their TV antennas or Satellite dish up when they drive off from their site. Just had one yesterday but couldn’t catch him in time before he hit a pine tree branch and ended up bending and breaking the Bat Wing antenna. He climbed up on top to remove the broken branches and looked at the damage antenna. He could move it up and down by hand so he was looking at a total replacement.