Thursday, November 21, 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.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gingerbread Day!
Tip of the Day
Filling your fresh water tank when boondocking
Getting water to your rig without having to move the RV is a blessing if you stay in one place for a while. Many boondockers use a water barrel – a food grade drum – they carry on their truck bed. Getting the water out of it and into the RV is a bit of a trick. Some place their barrels in custom cradles that hold them high enough to allow gravity to drain the water from the drum into the RV tank. Others set them on a bed-mounted toolbox and use a siphon action.
Using an auxiliary 12-volt pump can eliminate the “high flyer” methods. Immerse an inlet hose into the barrel – possibly taping it to a metal pipe to keep it “stiff” enough to reach the bottom of the drum. An appropriately sized outlet hose fits into the RV water port. Getting electricity to your pump can be done in different ways. You may “tie-in” to the battery charge line plug in the truck bed, which normally serves to charge the RV batteries when towing. Or run a 12-volt “extension cord” to the cab and power off the cab’s lighter socket. Just make sure the pump’s current draw doesn’t exceed the rating of your socket.
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How to prevent RV rollover accidents
Keep this info tucked away in your brain! Here is important information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on why rollovers happen and how to prevent them. Learn more.
Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spaces
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.
More on spray can storage
We recently posted a tip from Mark Anderson about using plastic ammo boxes to store aerosol cans. Here’s a tip from Lew Wilkinson on Facebook about storing cans of WD-40 and similar spray cans. We all know how the irksome things can just get up and roll around, or in a worst-case scenario, run up against something and squirt. Lew stores his in a “magazine” storage bin, which holds them in place but are visible and readily accessible. You can find them on Amazon, or in your local Walmart.
Random RV Thought
People who commute alone by car to work 10 or 15 miles a day use far more fuel in a year than 95 percent of RVers in their RVs. Also, most RVers travel as couples — not alone as most commuters do, making the fuel cost per passenger far less than those commuters. People who drive to and from work every day and who don’t know anything about RVs think RVers are gas hogs. They should look in their mirrors.
Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slides, it means its seals are sticking and/or drying out. Applying a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks can extend a seal’s life. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner.
Website of the day
85 easy slow-cooker recipes
How about lasagna, pork ragu, white chili with black beans, chicken pie soup, cowboy brisket, French onion soup, or bread (yes, bread) — ready to eat after a long day on the road or out sightseeing in your toad? If you don’t have a slow cooker, you just might want one after you see these yummy dishes! [Editor: Here’s a great, affordable slow-cooker that we recommend.]
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:
• 31 percent have lived in their RV during an emergency.
• 45 percent believe they are alive because of modern medicine.
• 23 percent suffer badly from seasonal allergies.
Collapsible items are the best way to save space in your RV
Here are a few we recommend:
• Drying Rack • Electric Kettle • Colander • Food Storage Containers • Water Bottle • Cooking Pots • Laundry Basket • Pet Food & Water Bowls • Salad Spinner
The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.
Leave here with a laugh
A state trooper sees a car going 22 mph down the freeway. He puts his siren on and pulls the car over. Inside are five elderly ladies. The three in the back are pale white and have a look of terror on their faces.
The driver says, “Hello, officer. I was going the exact speed limit, why did you pull me over?” The police officer explains that she was going well below the speed limit, which is just as dangerous as going above the speed limit. “But sir, the speed limit is only 22 mph, that’s what I’m driving!” The officer chuckles and explains that they are on Route 22, but the speed limit is 60. The woman lets out an embarrassed, “Oh…thank you.”
The officer replies, “Of course. But before I let you go, is everyone else in the car OK? You all seem a little shaken.” “Oh no, sir, they’ll recover just fine. We just got off Route 129.”
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