Friday, November 8, 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.
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” —Amelia Earhart
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cappuccino Day!
Tip of the Day
Another caulking cartridge preservation trick
Face it, who wants to throw away a half a tube of roof caulking? It’s expensive, and you never know when you’ll need it. So you stick a bolt or screw down the snoot, maybe wrap it with a turn or two of electrical tape, and hope the next time you need it the goop will flow. And many times, it doesn’t. Here’s a trick we haven’t tried, but we pass it along for your consideration:
When you’re done with the sealing job, get the pressure off the tube’s contents, pull a little bit of the contents out of the end of the tube (maybe with a screw or bolt), then fill up the void with petroleum jelly. Supposed to keep the air out, and the contents usable. When ready to use next time, push out the petro-jel and wipe the tube clean before squishing the good stuff. And, to be safe, make sure to throw away the first bit of the sealant, lest there be an unwelcome reaction between the goop and the ersatz seal.
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Weigh your RV properly – axle by axle
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received this question from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor: “I have read a lot about checking the weight of your RV. My question is: Where does one go to have your RV weighed one axle at a time?” Read Chris’ response.
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Give your phone or tablet a “full-sized” keyboard
How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.
Brrrr … It’s cold in here!
I found a strong draft coming in through the traditional paddle entry door lock on my fifth wheel. I took a piece of soft foam (like a window air conditioner foam strip) and stuffed a small piece behind the inside and outside latches. The foam is soft enough that it does not interfere with the latch action but seals the draft. Thanks for the tip, Fred Burns! If you have a tip we can use, send it our way here.
Random RV Thought
When you are taking an RV trip and fretting over high gas prices, you may feel better if
you think about your house back home, where the heater, air conditioner and water
heater are off or turned low, thus saving you lots of money.
Website of the day
The ultimate guide on how to make money on the road
Here’s a pretty in-depth guide from Fulltime Families to get you started making money while out on the road.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• No-Park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.
Hang up the heavy stuff!
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some on Amazon here.
“Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
Leave here with a laugh
Q: What time do ducks wake up?
A: At the quack of dawn!
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