Thursday, October 24, 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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“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ―
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Tip of the Day
How long to get your RV “ready to go”?
How long would it take to get your RV totally ready to go in an emergency? What if you had to leave town RIGHT NOW? Is your fuel tank filled? Water and propane tanks? Cupboards packed with basic food items? Sheets, towels, soap and other essentials on board? How about jackets, underwear, socks, shoes? Is there a copy of your drug prescriptions on board? As recent wildfires and hurricanes have illustrated, sometimes a prompt escape is necessary. But there could be times when a super-fast exodus is needed – a tornado or tsunami on the way, for example.
Our RVs are portable shelters that can save the day, but they’re not much good if we can’t get them moving down the road in time, or if the gas tank is empty. So how fast can you get going?
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How to minimize “sound pollution” inside a moving RV
Dear RV Shrink:
We just moved into our new motorhome. One thing I never gave much thought to was noise from all of our belongings banging around as we travel down the road. It drives my wife to distraction more than me. At first, it was annoying — we could hardly talk in normal volumes. After locating and quieting the noisiest problems, we are now down to several more we are working on and some we have not been able to locate. Does everyone have to put up with this, or did we just end up with a rattletrap? Read the RV Shrink’s response.
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Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slides, it means its seals are sticking and/or drying out. Applying a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks can extend a seal’s life. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner.
Sitting on your wallet: Not good!
Do you carry your wallet in your back pocket? RVers can spend long hours behind the wheel. Sitting on their wallet can be bad for their spine. It causes one side of the body to sit higher than the other, introducing spinal strain. Try driving with your wallet in a front pocket instead. You’ll likely notice a difference.
Random RV Thought
Periodically, check your RV’s stock of flashlight batteries. Make sure you have a couple of flashlights aboard your RV at all times. They come in handy in campgrounds and can be lifesavers in emergencies. It’s also a good idea to carry a battery-powered radio. Even better is a self-powered radio that operates after it is briefly hand-cranked (we recommend this one, which also has a flashlight and USB phone charger).
Collapsible items are the best way to save space in your RV
Here are a few we recommend:
• Drying Rack • Electric Kettle • Colander • Food Storage Containers • Water Bottle • Cooking Pots • Laundry Basket • Pet Food & Water Bowls • Salad Spinner
Website of the day
The prettiest destinations in Canada
We don’t talk about Canada as much as we should. It’s a beautiful, diverse place (and perfect to visit with your RV). Head on over to this website and click through the ten prettiest destinations across Canada. We guarantee you’ll be impressed, maybe even enough to head there one day soon.
If you plan to RV in Canada (or Alaska), check out this new book. It’s a budget-friendly guide to visiting both places in your RV. Click here.
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:
• 1 percent have not yet bought their first RV.
• 26 percent mostly use their phone to access the Internet.
• 11 percent have four slideouts on their RV.
The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. However, in the body of water between Alaska and Russia, known as the Bering Strait, there lie two small islands known as Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Interestingly enough, Big Diomede is owned by Russia while Little Diomede is owned by the U.S. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the U.S. to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.
Leave here with a laugh
We don’t know if this is true, but here’s the claim: “My brother, tired of being a taxidermist after 15 years, went to veterinarian school. His new business never got off the ground so he decided to operate both his taxidermy and vet business together to save money. His new slogan was ‘No Matter What Happens – You Get Your Pet Back!’ “
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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