RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1209

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Tuesday, November 12, 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.



Today’s thought

“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt. 

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National French Dip Day!



Tip of the Day

Saving for the breakdown

With most insurance policies you can either pay your insurance all in one annual payment or you can pay monthly. That’s the way to look at RV maintenance expenses. Things may go bad a little bit at a time, but you usually don’t know it until all of a sudden when something totally fails. In other words, most maintenance problems hit you all at once; but put some money in your maintenance account each month and when something expensive happens, you’ve already paid for it. Of course, this money is in addition to your emergency fund, which should be for a true emergency and not just for predictable expenses.

Every mile you drive you’re using up your gasoline (or diesel fuel). You’re also using up your tires, but you pay for tires every few years, not a little for every trip. Even if you took a 500-mile trip and didn’t have to spend anything on maintenance, that doesn’t mean you didn’t get that much closer to having to spend some money on repairs.

One RVer told me that every time he puts $100 worth of gas in his rig he also puts $100 in an envelope that he keeps for maintenance expenses. My maintenance doesn’t run to nearly that much, but his technique may not be a bad idea.
From RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget. Available on Amazon.com.

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A timely warning — trailer hitch breaks apart

Many RVers have a safety checklist they go over when pulling out on the road. For some, it’s a paper checklist; others just keep it all upstairs. Taillights working? Antenna down? Sewer port cover in place? But how about that trailer hitch? Larry Lang thinks all travel trailer owners ought to add another little item to that safety checklist, and Larry is a man who speaks from experience – scary experience. Read more.



Reader poll



Quick Tip

How hot are your wheel bearings?

Your axle wheel bearings will need occasional attention. Feel with your hand at the hub to check for one that may be running hotter than the rest. NOTE: If the bearing is adjusted too tight or is running without grease it can get VERY hot! You must pay immediate attention to a hot bearing. They will either need more grease or adjustment, but replacement may be necessary. This is an excellent application for an infrared thermometer that will indicate the temperature at whatever it is pointed. For more information about how infrared temperature guns work, read Mike Sokol’s recent article.


Random RV Thought

Attach a little keychain flashlight to your car and RV keys. It will come in handy at unexpected times. And if your smartphone does not have a flashlight, you can usually find an app in the app store that will turn your smartphone camera flash into a flashlight.


Hang up the heavy stuff!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 880
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.


Website of the day

Missing Persons
As RVers, we have eyes all over the country. Look at this website every now and again and read the latest news and updates about missing person cases in the U.S. Let’s try and bring some of these people home. Also, the United States Department of Justice has an extensive list of organizations regarding missing persons here.


Going full-time? Need a home base? This is the best.
New and interesting finds on AmazonWow! It’s fun exploring 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:

• 66 percent would always bend over to pick up a penny.
• 3 percent have had their RV’s damaged by plugging a 30amp/120-volt shore power cord into a pedestal that was miswired with 240 volts.
• 21 percent feed their pet(s) a combination of pet food and human food.


Trivia

Next year, Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a 6,600-passenger cruise ship that will include the first-ever roller coaster at sea. It will rise 187 feet above sea level, then twist, turn and drop along 800 feet of track reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour.


Leave here with a laugh

Thanks to the CampingRoadTrip.com Facebook page for this laugh!

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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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Vanessa Simmons

Play on whatever is at hand when I get THAT bored!

Bill

Re: Leave Here With A Laugh … OK, Boomer!

Steve S.

Saving for the Breakdown
Everybody’s situation is different, and costs can vary widely depending on usage and type of RV, Additionally the maintenance costs for a Tow Vehicle or Toad need to be considered. Especially since there is rarely the same mileage for both. I keep track of my tow vehicle cost of maintenance and supplies separately from my trailer. This way I know the cost per mile for each vehicle, and as such, know how much has to be set aside each time we go on a trip. In my case, the tow vehicle is about 40 cents per mile (including fuel), and the trailer about 80 cents per mile (I know that this is high, but it is due to low travel mileage the past couple of years due to family issues, and some maintenance is based on time, not necessarily mileage, but these are actual numbers based on records). So, on a 100 mile trip, I have to put $120 into the maintenance fund. For 1000 miles, it would be $1200. These numbers may seem high, but they are based on actual expenses.

My tow vehicle gets 15 mpg average with an average cost of diesel fuel of $3.07. This is based on 7 years of records.
Based on my actual operating costs, if I were to use the $$ fuel = $$ maintenance, a 1000 mile trip would result in $215 going into the maintenance fun. A number significantly lower than my actual maintenance expenses.

So, make no assumptions and keep detailed records.

Claude Denton

Hi there….
Regarding double sided tape. It is good for what it is made for. Sticking to a clean smooth non paper or wall paper surface. I used some of this on a wallpaper surface that must have softened the adhesive on the backside of the wallpaper because it pulled loose from the wall and the item that I was trying to hang (less than a pound) fell and broke. I could see a bubble area under the wallpaper where it had stretched and pulled loose. I was not able to re-glue or repair the bubble area, so we finally resorted to a small screw and hung the 10″ x 10″ picture over the bubble to hide it. Regards

Rich wielechowski

Concerning a hot bearing
If you need to check the temperature of a hot bearing and don’t have a heat gun, use this trick we used on the railroad. Always use the back of your hand to check temperature, if you did happen to get burned at least your finger prints are still intact. Second thing always start on the outside and work in. If the out side of the rim is warm or cool, slowly work your way closer to hub to see if temperature increases.

Dr4Film

I LOVE the millennial anti-theft device, so true! It would also be great if they would get their heads out of their phones and watch where they are going in their automatic vehicles.