Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Tip of the Day
Warning about LP appliances in slideout
A reader, who asked to remain anonymous, passed this along: “Do you have any propane appliances in a slideout? If so, most likely there’s a rubber propane hose that flexes every time you put your slideout out or bring it in. Over time the rubber can dry out and can start to leak. The hose can also become kinked, preventing propane from flowing to the appliance(s). You should periodically check for problems before it becomes serious.” Thanks, Anon E. Mouse!
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RV slideouts date back 70–80 years
The slideout has become a popular feature with American RV manufacturers in recent years but the idea is by no means new. Even 70–80 years ago British caravan constructors were making models with slideouts to extend sleeping space or create toilet or kitchen wings. Read more.
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If your trailer rocks, even with your stabilizers engaged, check your leaf springs. Worn leaf springs can create quite a seismic disturbance!
Random RV Thought
Don’t forget to bring along a fly swatter on your RV trips. An option to getting rid of a fly is to open a door or window to let the fly flee. But that’s gambling: Instead of the fly flying out, two of its buddies may fly in. And then you have a fly-fest, which nobody wants. So a fly swatter is the way to go. (Note: The RVtravel.com staff never leaves home without an electric flyswatter!)
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Website of the day
Help with paying your bills
Learn about government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills and other expenses including help with prescription drug costs. You can also learn about how to apply for temporary assistance.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
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The coolest Duck Tape Ever!
This makes every other roll of Duck Tape totally boring! This is so unbelievably wonderful — the tape is adorned with images of retro travel trailers! So quit using plain ol’ boring Duck Tape. A roll of this will cost you less than 6 bucks! Learn more or order.
Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden,” and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
Leave here with a laugh
One day a state patrolman pulled a car over for speeding. When the officer asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver answered that he was a juggler and was on his way to perform and didn’t want to be late. The patrolman told the driver that he was fascinated by juggling and if the driver could juggle for him he wouldn’t give him a ticket. The juggler told him that he had sent all of his equipment on ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle. The patrolman told him that he had some flares in the trunk that he would light for him. While the man was doing his juggling act with the flares, a car pulled up behind the patrol car and a very drunk man got out and started watching the show. He then went to the patrol car, opened the back door and got in. The patrolman saw him do this and went over to his car, opened the door and asked the drunk what he thought he was doing. The drunk man replied, “You might as well take me to jail ’cause there ain’t no way I’m passing that test!”
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On your ” popular articles you may have missed ” I watched the clip on trailer sway and wham did that bring back a scary happening on the Famous Long Island Experssway in 19 77. The family was driving down the LIE heading towards the South Bay by Medford. We were driving our Chevy Impala with our brand new Galaxy 20-21 foot power boat with a 140 Hp Merc on the back.
We picked up our boat at the dealership early that morning, loaderd it up after the dealership gave us a walk around and a short class on the operation of the boat and how to trailer it safely. yes, we are all set for some fun and let’s get to the water and have a blast.
While driving down the LIE we hit a bump and our car shook a bit and gave a sway left to right back to left. When it swayed back to the left I had a feeling someone was watching me through my driver side window and boy was I right . The bow of the boat was even with me!
What to do? Pull to the right and get to the break down lane? I was doing 60 mph at that time. Slow down quick? Not a real good I deal. So I sped up a bit and I could see the boat off to the side and not as close as before. I let the car drift to the left and slowed up a bit and wham the boat hit the back of my car but kept up with the car. I started to slow down real easy and headed left until I got on the left lane and made it to the side where the grass area was.
I finally got in a position to stop. Had the car stopped off of the road. I walked to the back and looked at the car and found a real nice dent on the trunk and on the boat the winch was pushed back a bit. Looking under the rear I saw no damage except for the electric pin hook up which was pulled away from the car. I grabbed the chains that were hanging off of the car and that was a mistake as dragging on the road made then real hot and hot enough to blister my hand ( never to be that quick again to handle ).
So the rest of the damage was a wife and two small kida scared to no end. Me , scared as hell but not letting them know it.
What happened…well after the demo at the dealership the gent put the ball socket hitch together , never put in the safety pin and did not attach the hook of the hitch correctly but he did cross the chains.
What saved us …the ball and socket disconnected and the chain caught the tongue for a bit but the chains one at a time dropped to the road and the boat paid us a window visit. Not knowing if the chains were still attached and the boat was sailing along on it’s own all I could do was try to catch the boat some way to avoid us or someone else getting hurt or killed so I sped up , got in front of the boat and eased of real lightly until I felt a solid connection. I then easily slowed down and then eased off the highway.
No-one got hurt except for my burnt hand and the dent in the trunk. So before you go on the road inspect, check hook up and recheck, make you are pinned in , plugged in light working, cross and attached the chains and recheck the connections. Now you should be all set to safely remover the emergency brake to off and drive off slowly and drive up to speed. If you feel a hard tug of a quick reared drop pull off safely and recheck again. Make sure you are pinned and the chains are crossed. Be safe and have fun. I did have the blister on my hand disappear in about a week but my red face is still red after all of these years!
Somebody needs to do some research on “DUCT” tape.
Duct tape, also called duck tape, is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape, often During World War II, Revolite (then a division of Johnson & Johnson) developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing…from Google
A common misconception is that the word GOLF is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. This is definitely not true.
It is now accepted that the ‘golf’ is derived from an old word meaning ‘club’.
The first documented mention of the word ‘golf’ is in Edinburgh on 6th March 1457, when King James II banned ‘ye golf’, in an attempt to encourage archery practice, which was being neglected.
“1457 Item it is ordanyt and decretyt that ye futbawe and ye golf be uterly cryt done and not usyt. (It is ordained and decreed that football and golf be utterly condemned and not practised)” – from historical document on ‘scottishgolfhistory.com
Yeah, I went and looked that up too since it seemed very improbable that this was true.
Would have made a good leave here with a laugh.
My research also indicates that the “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden” story about the origin of the word “GOLF” is false. The https://www.etymonline.com/ website, which gives the origins of words, says there is no known occurrence of this fabricated story prior to 1997. Their analysis of the origin of the word GOLF is:
mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve “stick, club, bat,” from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (source also of Old Norse kolfr “clapper of a bell,” German Kolben “mace, club, butt-end of a gun”). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games (a later ordinance decrees, “That in na place of the realme thair be vsit fut-ballis, golf, or vther sic unprofitabill sportis” [Acts James IV, 1491, c.53]). Despite what you read on the internet, “golf” is not an acronym (this story seems to date back no earlier than 1997). Golf ball attested from 1540s; the motorized golf-cart from 1951. Golf widow is from 1890.
I think not trivia, but I agree, it would have been funny under ,”leave here with a laugh”
Re: fly swatter, we have a set of those salt shooting fly killers. They are a blast (no pun intended) and allow the kids (and myself) to go on a fly safari around the campsite without squished fly guts everywhere. Only messy ones are horse flies that seem to explode everywhere.
I have two of those Bug-A-Salt guns. They are SO much fun! I recently upgraded to the “Version 3.0” guns and they are a bit more powerful than the originals, which I gave away. Try shooting some slugs!
Love my Bug A Salt and have had great fun with it. Unfortunately ?????? I’m not getting too many flies to “play” with these days.
I will say again and again anyone hauling a trailer no matter the size needs to pass a test before allowing to go on the road.
This will reduce these horrible accidents on our roads.
Drivers of all kinds pass a test to get a drivers license and that doesn’t keep THOSE lousy drivers off the road, so I don’t think it’d help.
Ok How about those people that have never driven anything over the size of a sedan and suddenly they are able to drive a “vehicle” that is 40 feet or more and most times there is a car hooked on the back? Tell me, just how safe is that?