Monday, November 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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Tip of the Day
Easier backing in – day or night
“It is always best to get to an RV park in the daylight, but if you ever need to back into a campsite in the dark it helps to have rope lights on hand. You can quickly plug them in and lay the rope lights on both sides of the parking pad to help illuminate and guide backing in. It is less stressful than trying to follow someone waving a flashlight around.
“If you are guiding someone backing up in the daylight, it is much easier for the driver to understand if you point in the direction the wheels need to turn. Making large turning circles with your arm and flapping like a chicken is next to impossible to understand! We have found that pointing in the direction the wheels should turn, spreading our hands out to the distance left to back up and slowly bringing them together until at the right distance and putting up two closed fists to indicate “stop” have helped to eliminate the flapping-bird syndrome. It also performs better with the campground that inevitably congregates to watch someone back into a particularly tight spot.” —Thanks to Nanci Dixon
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
50-amp test plug. A reader wants to purchase a 50 amp to a Y adapter with 15-amp plugs on each side. Mike searched and finally found one.
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Orange range burner flame – What gives?
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. He received a question from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor about the reader’s RV’s kitchen stove flame being orange/yellow instead of its normal blue. He tried everything he could think of to fix it, to no avail. Here are Chris’ suggestions.
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Infrared temperature gun in your kit?
Temperature guns are handy to have because they can be used for so many things. They’re great for checking tire temps, brake temps, wheel bearing temps and shore power connection temps. Heck, you can even check the temperature of the pools (from a distance) at Yellowstone! Thanks to DeeAnne Antolik for that last tip, and thanks to electrical expert Mike Sokol for correcting and updating this tip.
Random RV Thought
When you are far from power or don’t want to fire up the generator but find your RV carpet needs a good vacuuming, you can do a halfway decent job of making it look better by just sweeping it with a broom.
Website of the day
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Leave here with a laugh
An English woman was vacationing in Switzerland. She called the local inn and asked to book a room, but requested it be close to a W.C. (“water closet,” i.e., bathroom with toilet). The innkeeper had never heard of a “W.C.” so he Googled it and found an article titled “Wayside Chapels.” Thinking that the woman was asking about a country church to attend, the innkeeper responded:
“Dear Madam: I take great comfort in informing you that a ‘W.C.’ is situated near the room from the house in the corner of a beautiful grove of pine trees, surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people. I would suggest that you go early, although there is usually plenty of standing room. A good many bring their lunch and make a day of it, while others, who can’t afford to go by car, arrive just in time. I would especially advise you to go on Thursdays when there is an organ accompanist. The acoustics are excellent and every sound echos. The newest attraction is a bell, which rings every time someone makes an offering. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time to go so that they will not disturb the elders. Sincerely, Kurt Meier”
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