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.
“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.
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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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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