Tuesday, December 17, 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.
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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” —E. E. Cummings (aka e e cummings)
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Maple Syrup Day! (*This smoked pecan wood maple syrup is some of the best we’ve ever had!)
Tip of the Day
Important first steps with a new motorhome or tow vehicle
Got a new motorhome or tow vehicle? First rule: Read the manuals! They’ll answer a lot of your questions with what the manufacturer recommends – not necessarily what other guys around the campfire recommend. Next: Take out your camera and take pictures of the engine compartment. Later, if something goes wrong (like a broken belt) you’ll have a guide to help you put it back together. Brand-new rig? Write down what your “normal” operating temperatures are, put them in your owner’s manual, and you’ll have them to refer to a couple of years down the road, which might help you diagnose a problem.
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Maintaining the RV heating system
All too often, Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor, receives frenetic correspondence from coach owners suffering from a malfunctioning furnace, stuck in the midst of their travel, relying perhaps on a small, inefficient space heater, shivering under a heating blanket, wondering what they might do. At that point, his sage but simple advice would be to add another blanket! However, with a little forethought and a few preventive steps (performed now, before Old Man Winter awakens from his respite), you can enjoy those crisp mornings and evenings in comfy warmth, year after year. Learn how in Gary’s article.
Yesterday’s featured article: Is a motorhome over 40 feet too long?
*Pssst: Here’s how to avoid ticks!
Freshen your fridge
As a follow-up to our Kill lingering RV refrigerator smells article, here are a couple more tips for removing smells from the fridge, such as when you forget to leave your fridge doors open when in lay-up. You may be able to chase that “stale odor” by leaving a small saucer or dish of vanilla on a reefer shelf with the door closed, but don’t forget to dump the vanilla before you travel! Buzzelectric also suggests: “Straight vanilla extract wiped onto the plastic walls of the refrigerator. I’ve been doing this for over 50 years to ice chests.” Thanks, Buzz!
Random RV Thought
Make your ice at night – the box works better. Besides, unfrozen water will splash out of the trays if you are traveling during the day.
Clean your microwave with no hassle!
Is it hard to scrub off all that crusty gunk in your microwave? Admit it, when was the last time you cleaned it? Angry Mama, the miracle microwave cleaner, is here to do the dirty job for you! Add water and vinegar (maybe some lemon too) to this feisty lady and watch her steam away the mess. Within minutes your microwave will be sparkling! Click the image to watch video. Be right back, we’re buying one here!
Website of the day
Camping in National Forests
This is the number one resource, online or in the printed world, of campgrounds located in U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Every campground has been personally visited by the authors. Bookmark this site if you enjoy camping away from crowded RV parks.
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:
• 12 percent would not hold a non-venomous snake.
• 18 percent view the glass as “half empty.”
• 64 percent have a first-aid kit for humans in their RV.
MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
An ornament for the National Park lover!
Choose from a selection of beautiful National Park ornaments for the National Park lover in your life. Aren’t these so neat? We want them all! See more here.
There are more than 24 time zones around the world, but some of them only differ by 30-45 minutes.
What place has the world’s longest name? If you don’t know, that means you didn’t read yesterday’s issue. Catch up here (and try and pronounce the name!)
Leave here with a laugh
Spotted in Seattle: A motorhome towing a small car with this sign on its back window: “I’m a good car. I go where I’m towed to go.” —Seattle Times
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