Tuesday, October 29, 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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“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” —James A. Michener
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cat Day!
Tip of the Day
Emergency repairs: Go a step beyond duct tape
We know we may be stepping into hallowed ground: RVers love their duct tape. It’s the greatest thing for on-the-fly repairs of all kinds. But we found something that you may want to add to your tape deck, if you’ll allow it: it’s called Waterproofing Repair Tape, made by Nashua, one of the big duct tape producers.
This stuff claims it’s so good that it’ll stick to almost anything, and it’ll do it even underwater. Well, we haven’t tried the underwater claim yet, but it is pretty sticky, and it is certainly durable. It goes beyond duct tape in that its outside cover isn’t the venerable gray stuff, but rather silvery metallic, reminiscent of “silver tape” used on fiberglass ducts. There’s a backing strip to protect the “business end” of the matter, a butyl sealing adhesive. Read more.
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NEW FACEBOOK GROUP ABOUT FREE RV CAMPING
We have created a new Facebook group, Free Campgrounds. Share great places you know or learn about from others to camp for free in your RV. Click here.
Should you electrically insulate (“ground”) your levelers?
Many RVers have concerns about electrical safety in their rigs, and we get occasional letters on the subject. One reader expressed concern about the use of leveling boards/blocks and the grounding of a trailer. We asked RV electrical expert Mike Sokol for his thoughts on putting down levelers or stabilizers with or without adding “insulation” between the foot and the ground. Here’s what he said.
Everything you need to winterize your RV is right here. Click. (AMAZON AFFILIATE AD)
A short hose is a good idea
Very often the water hookup for your RV is so close it’s unnecessary to use a long hose. Consider carrying a short one instead – three feet is about right. It won’t get dirty resting on the ground, which makes for a tidy campsite.
‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Quakehold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order. (AMAZON AFFILIATE AD)
Random RV Thought
We may not like to admit it, but we RVers do usually drive slower than a lot of other vehicles on the road. Pay close attention to how many other cars you might be holding up behind you on a two-lane road. Pull over and let them by when convenient (wait for a downhill grade if coming soon as it will be easier to get up to speed again). Even though most of the motorists are too rude these days to even raise their hands to thank you, you will have done the right thing.
Baking cookies? These RV and RV-themed cookie cutters are a must-have for the baker in the family! The grandkids will be thrilled! Click here. (AMAZON AFFILIATE AD)
Website of the day
RV Driving School
The RV Driving School was established in 1991, and has taught thousands of RV owners how to safely and confidently handle their RVs. Some insurance companies will provide a discount for those who have taken the course.
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:
• 34 percent say that plenty of room between campsites is the most important amenity at an RV park.
• 40 percent would not pay more than $10 to dump their RV.
• 56 percent of dog owners always keep them on heartworm prevention medication.
The heaviest animal ever transported by air was Keiko the whale — the five-ton star of the Free Willy films. Keiko was flown from Newport, Oregon, to Iceland in a cargo jet in 1998. All told, the weight of Keiko and the custom-made, watertight box in which he was transported came to more than 20 tons.
Leave here with a laugh
A priest and a nun are working in the country and need a place to sleep for the night. “Sorry, Father, we only have one room available,” says the clerk of the only hotel in town. “That’s okay,” says the priest. “We can share a room with two beds.” Later, both settling into bed, the nun says,”Father, I’m cold.” The priest gets up, finds a blanket, and covers her. A few minutes pass and the nun calls again: “Father, I am still so cold.” So he fetches another cover. Then again, he hears, “Father, I’m still very cold. I don’t think the Lord would mind if we acted as husband and wife for just one night.” “Very well then,” says the priest. “Get your own @#$!@&% blanket!”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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