RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1188

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Monday, October 14, 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

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Be Bald and Free Day (really!). Oh, and of course it’s also Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, depending on where you are and/or which you prefer).



Tip of the Day

8 tips for creating a “rainy day bin” for kids and grandkids

RV parents, grandparents and guardians know that scattered rain showers in the forecast mean it will rain on your campsite. Creating a rainy day bin is a great way to keep the kiddos occupied without spending the entire day on their tablets or other electronics. Most staples for a rainy day bin can be found around the house or with a quick trip to a dollar store… Read more.

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

Leggo my WAGO… Mike explains why the WAGO 221 lever-action splicing block could be the greatest innovation in wire splicing technology since the invention of the wire nut.

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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.



Washing your RV when on the road

If you drive or pull your rig in the wintertime (or in bad weather), you know the drill: Doesn’t matter what color your rig was when you started out, it’s probably an entirely different one at the “other end” of the road. If that means your back yard at home, then it’s just a matter of getting up the gumption to wash the rig. But for those on the road, washing the RV while traveling can become a big issue. Here are some options.


Monocular telescope connects to phone, wow!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 861
Neat! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone, so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 10x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts, fishing, boating, or any sporting event; you’ll get the best shot and impress everyone! Bring this lightweight, single-hand focusing telescope with you everywhere. We already bought one! Learn more or order.


RV Recall

Did you miss yesterday’s new Sunday edition of the RV Travel Newsletter? If so, it’s here.


Reader poll

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


Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one, loves it! More.
LED lights for RVs: Huge selection. Exceptional prices. Click.


Quick Tip

Cleaning battery terminals

From reader Cliff Thomson. Don’t spend your money on expensive products to clean your battery terminals. Mix about two tablespoons of Arm & Hammer baking soda in a small glass of water and put each cable terminal in the solution. After about a minute all the crud will be gone. Now all you have to do is rinse, and dry it. If the crud is still there just do it again.


Fed up with your defective RV? Get help! Click here.


Random RV Thought

It can be depressing when you’re traveling by car and not with an RV, and you pull into a rest area and see happy RVers walking in and out of their RVs, or maybe inside having a snack. As you observe them you realize that all you have is a car, which is totally boring compared to an RV.


New and Interesting Finds at Amazon.com. This is fun!


Website of the day

California’s Gold Country
Visit beautiful Mother Lode communities like Nevada City, Angels Camp, and Coloma, where the California Gold Rush Began. There is a lot to see and plenty of places to camp. California Route 49 is your passageway through this historic and beautiful area. The highway was named in honor of the forty-niners, those brave men who rushed here in 1849 to find their fortune.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Which cell phone service do you use?
• Wife afraid of arriving at campground after dark; husband doesn’t learn.
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It’s about time you cleaned those headlights
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 916When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for less than $7, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Trivia

When asked if they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream, RVtravel.com readers were almost equally divided, just a tiny percentage preferring vanilla. Fourteen percent said they liked them both equally. When polled about their favorite desserts, ice cream was first, pie second and cake a distant third.


Leave here with a laugh

October is the month you’re most likely to see a ghost. They tend to pass out in public places because of an overdose of boos.

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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Ralph Pinney
11 months ago

Regarding cleaning your rig, I keep it simple when doing a touch up. After it’s clean, and you get rained on a few times, you start to see black streaks. I put some water and soap in a bucket and just hit the streaks with a sponge/cleaning pad. Then I just wipe it off with an old t-shirt. Saves a ton n of water.

JERI Lessley
11 months ago

My Dad, a Chrysler Master Mechanic, always put a very thin layer of Vaseline on battery terminals. He said it reduced the crud that built up. I’ve always done it.

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
11 months ago
Reply to  JERI Lessley

You can also use a little dialectic grease (same as you put in spark plugs). It has better conductivity than petroleum jelly.

Peter
11 months ago

Re: washing RV on the road. Last summer we towed our trailer through Northern BC to Dawson City, Yukon. Due to road construction and forest fires, we stopped in Smithers on the way north and washed our truck and trailer in a coin-operated RV, truck wash. Probably cost about $10 and it was all clean. Every single vehicle arriving in Dawson City will be covered in mud. We didn’t wash it there, but after leaving and about 3 or 4 days later we did the same thing just outside Grande Prairie, Alberta. The rest of the trip wasn’t bad and we waited until we were home before washing it again.

D. Strope
11 months ago

Several bones throughout body after mid-air entanglement on parachute jump at Ft Bragg, NC. Now with metal and screws holding me together. Left wrist after taking dogs out at zero dark thirty and slipping on ice patch. Metal and screws there too!

George
11 months ago

Battery Cleaning. I found using the store bought (Auto Stores) spray on battery cleaner is easiest to use and clean up (its cheap). Baking soda leaves a film. The spray solution turns colors when it hits any corrosion, last time I had to spray it twice due to the build up. The benefit using spray on is the ease of washing it away, I use a gallon of distilled water to rinse and it leaves no stains or discoloration. Just be sure not to rinse over concrete, it will stain.

Bd2
11 months ago
Reply to  George

Baking soda works fine. Be sure you rinse the battery and carrier off completely without getting the baking soda into battery [will kill it].
You HAVE to pull the connector off of the battery terminal and clean regardless what solution you use.. Then clean it all with a wire brush or one of those cheap round brushes available in every auto store. When connectors and terminal are shiny brite. I spray seal it all up with WD40. Works for years for me.

Tom
11 months ago

Does someone else breaking my bones count?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Of course, Tom. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Wolfe
11 months ago

Bones…
Foot x1
Shin x 2
Wrist x1
Clavicle x 1
Nose x2
Tailbone… a whopping 5x

Pat
11 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Ouch!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Wolfe, speaking of bones:
Foot x 1
Toes x 2
Fingers x 2
Nose x 1
Left leg x 1 (tibia and tibial plateau [crushed])
Right leg x 1 (femur)
Ribs x several bones x several times (doctor diagnosed “multiple” breaks one time — couldn’t give me a number)
Sternum x 2 (That’s the very worst! You wouldn’t believe all the body movement that’s connected to that point!)

You owe me a beer. 😆 Diane at RVtravel.com

Thomas Becher
11 months ago

Recall because a stove isn’t vented? Mine wasn’t in the last 3 rvs I owned and the new one I presently have nor is the free standing 30″ range in my kitchen what gives?

Pierre Woody
11 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Becher

I was thinking the same, I thought only the furnace, water heater and fridge were vented.

Marilyn M
11 months ago

Nothing can be done for the bones I’ve broken – tailbone (3 times) and baby toe (same side twice)

Alvin
11 months ago

LED lights! Maybe alright for taillights and repelling mosquitos but not for inside the RV for us. There’s lots of them out there as the article from Amazon attests, and our 2017 Forest River Sunseeker has them aplenty. I’d love to find a site that sells replacements for these awful glaring beacons. Anyone out there want to trade me their soft lights yellow glow lamps for these LED things that light up the rig like the space shuttle? I’m looking for replacements or covers to knock down the bright blue glare they give off, that give both the lady and I headaches.

Irv
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

If the LED bulbs are replaceable, change them to warm white ones.

The LEDs in our RV are way too bright and I’m trying to figure out how to add a dimmer.

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
11 months ago
Reply to  Irv

Since LEDs are digital, they actually don’t have a natural ability to dim, they are on or off. Dimming an LED requires a device called a Pulse Width Modulator. Basically, it blinks your LEDs on and off really, really fast and changes the blink frequency to show less light. You can’t see the flashing but it has the effect of dimming the LEDs.

Some LEDs have a PWM built in. Incandescent replacement bulbs with Edison bases will be labeled on the packaging “dimmer ready” or “dimmable”. These bulbs will change frequency as the AC voltage changes. Other LEDs may have a PWM built into a controller of some sort, and are usually strings of lights. strips with adhesive backs or fixtures. The controller often includes a wireless remote and power supply.

LEDs typically come in three colors,
Daylight/Bright white (or 6000˚K) – just too darn white, can be useful in certain circumstances but I’d never light the inside of my RV with these.
Natural/Daylight white (5000˚K) – actually appears fairly white, I use these in my workshop and they provide great light to work by.
Soft white or yellow (2500-3000˚K) – average incandescent or halogen bulbs are around 2700˚K, LEDs this color are preferred for indoor lighting and reading)

I don’t know why in the heck so many manufacturers want to install the bright white LEDs, they drive me bonkers. I like a more mellow light in interiors.

Also, beware the el-cheapo LEDs that can be found on the web. Some of these are actually the 6000˚K white ones with a yellow paint applied. The paint will eventually flake off due to heat and then you’ll have bright white lights. Found this out the hard way.

I may have spent way too much time in the past several years messing around with LED lighting… next project is LED headlights 🙂

John M
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Agree seems like they put more lights in now that they are using LED’s My coach is too bright at night so we turn on a light in the bedroom or bathroom and keep the front lights off.

Joe Bulger
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I taped printer paper over some of my LED lights.

alvin.e
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

You might want to look at Amazon, or maybe a well stocked car parts store, or specialty lightbulb store for LEDs, rated at 2700 – 3000 K (Kelvin) light temperature (I forgot the exact definition of that temperature right now).
Three years ago, replaced all my incandescent bulbs with LED’s of that “temperature” in my 5er.

Wolfe
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

There are other color temperatures, and easy to install $2 LED dimmers…

Pat
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I replaced mine with soft yellow leds from M4. Looks like the incandescent ones

DW/ND
11 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Amen Alvin……. and what about those boucin’ betty headlites! white to blue to blinding!

Dr4Film
11 months ago

Does a fracture count?LOL

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Fractures and breaks — same difference, as they say. (Been there, done that – too many times to count.) 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com