RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1235

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Wednesday, December 18, 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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Today’s thought

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” —G.K. Chesterton

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day!



Tip of the Day

Important torque wrench tips

A cautionary note for those who use a click-type torque wrench: Don’t force the wrench past the point at which it clicks, or on manual pointer-style either, as this will lead to losing the calibration. Recalibration can cost as much as a cheap torque wrench. When retorquing a wheel, it’s wise to back off a wheel nut or any bolt slightly before rechecking torque or you may inadvertently over-tighten said bolt and cause failure. Wheel nuts must be torqued evenly in a criss-cross manner (as shown in owner’s or shop manuals). If not, brake rotors can be tightened unevenly causing warping, leading to shuddering brakes and possible brake failure. Thanks to Bill Rocks for the reminders. And here’s a recent article from RVtravel.com (Russ and Tiña De Maris) on correctly torquing lug nuts, and another one from Roger Marble: Lug nut torque – a critical safety item.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


How to install an adjustable water heater thermostat

Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, shows you how to get complete control over the temperature of the water delivered to the hot faucets in a motorhome. Many RVers complain that their water is too hot. Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Maintaining the RV heating system



Reader poll

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Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Keep insects, rodents and bird nests out of your RV furnaceinsect-screen-761
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with airflow and cause serious damage. Camco 42141 (Model FUR 200) Flying Insect RV Furnace Screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check that this screen will fit your vent. Learn more or order.


Did you see the hilarious photo of the RV that can store water for years? Click here


Quick Tip

Slow cooker suggestion from a “road gourmet”

Road gourmet and regular contributor to RVtravel.com, Greg Illes suggests slow cooker RVing enthusiasts consider the RoadPro cooker. Big enough for a two-person dinner but draws only 8 amps, running on 12-volt DC power. It’s available at Amazon.


PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
Handheld sewing machine is a must-have for RVers

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922This portable sewing machine is perfect for your RV. It fits in your hand for easy operation. Great for silks, denim, wool, leather, and to hem pants, jeans, hanging curtains and crafts, etc. It can repair drapes without taking them down, repair clothing without taking it off, and repair bedding without stripping the bed. It’s so neat you’ll want to buy one.


Random RV Thought

In a bad windstorm, pull off the road and wait for weather conditions to calm down. One big gust of wind can toss your RV into another lane or off the road. So just wait it out and be safe.


Website of the day

Amazing American caves to visit
Explore some of America’s greatest natural caves. The caves, which are scattered across the U.S., are fascinating and fun for the whole family.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV Electricity – Don’t backfeed power to your RV!
• RV generator cannot carry a load.
• RVing couple can’t agree on where to “settle” seasonally.
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MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
50 States, 5,000 Ideas, perfect gift for RVer!
This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.


Trivia

Sweden has the most islands of any country. The country has 221,800 islands, but only 1,000 are inhabited.

How many time zones are there in the world? We told you in yesterday’s issue.


Leave here with a laugh

An RVing couple, both born the same year and month, were celebrating their 60th birthdays. During the celebration, a fairy appeared and said that because they had been so good she would grant them both one wish. Very excited, the wife said that since she had already visited most of North America in her RV, she would like to visit Europe. The fairy waved her magic wand and airline tickets instantly appeared. Then it was the husband’s turn. He paused for a moment, then said with a sly look, “Well, I’d like to have a woman 30 years younger than me.” The fairy waved her wand … and presto! He was 90!

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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jillie
8 months ago

3 things I nver leave home with out. My cusianart air fryer and oven which fits a small casserole dish rather nicely. My cusianart 4 in 1 griddle and pancake maker. I love this one. And my crockpot. All set when traveling and a feel of home.

Waido Gilley
8 months ago

If the water is to hot, add more cold.

Waido Gilley
8 months ago

How could you “over tighten” with torque wrench? It’s set at the torque you want.

Bd2
9 months ago

re: cross winds
Regardless of weather conditions, you’re coach condition is paramount !!! Are your shocks any good [given most RV stock shocks are shot in 25k], do you have a stabilizer bar with good donuts, do you have a good steering stabilizer shock, how is your LOADED alignment ????
You can limit a LOT of sway and wandering with your rig if you can look at these areas !

Roy Beals
9 months ago

The video on hot water heater, does it pertain to all hot water heaters or just Atwood ?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  Roy Beals

I’m checking with Gary Bunzer, Roy. He or I will let you know. Thanks for asking! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Roy, Gary says the video is definitely only referring to the Atwood and is not for Suburban or other water heaters. Sorry. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Abe Loughin
9 months ago

In the above tip about torque wrenches and torqueing wheel lugs, the author says to back off the lug nuts before retorquing. On trailers you absolutely do not want to loosen them first or you’ll need to stop after 50 miles and do it again. The reason trailer wheel lugs loosen is the torsional loading the wheel experiences during cornering and tight turns when manuvering. Set your click type torque wrenches to the appropriate setting and carefully check the lugs for proper tightness. And my credentials for giving this advice is I’m a retired RV tech.

John
9 months ago

(“When retorquing a wheel, it’s wise to back off a wheel nut or any bolt slightly before rechecking torque or you may inadvertently over-tighten said bolt and cause failure.”)

Why would you loosen the lug nut first when retorquing? When you install a wheel on your trailer, you torque the lug nuts in the proper sequence and to the right torque. After driving 50 t0 80 miles, you should retorque the lug nuts again to see if any came loose. So why would you back them off a bit first as now you’re having to torque them to specs again. So after driving 50 to 80 miles again, you should recheck the torque. Now the tip tells you to loosen the lug nut before checking the torque. This will be a never ending job every 50 t0 80 miles. What a joke!

Wolfe
9 months ago

Having started / still running a charity for foster kids, I’ll assume that counts as volunteering… based out of my house but RV travel gives good opportunities to promote and collect donations over a wider area.

Drew
9 months ago

Excellent water heater video by Gary Bunzer.

Debra
9 months ago

Look for a local Animal Shelter and Volunteer to walk the dogs or socialize with the cats. If walking is difficult for you, they always need help filling water bowls, washing blankets! The animals are SO APPRECIATIVE and your socializing them may help them get adopted!!!!

Ron H.
9 months ago

I did more volunteering before I became an avid RVer. Now that I’m more of a “free spirit”, it’s harder to commit to activities or organizations because I never really know where I’ll be at any particular time. Now I look for one-shot short-term events where I can help out in some way.

Sink Jaxon
9 months ago

I never volunteer for a good cause, but I’ll give money to it…

DW/ND
9 months ago

I wish nit-pickers would quit picking this newsletter apart. You know what is meant and there are usually little bits of stuff put in just for nit-pickers to find. So the names got changed – so what? The info is the relevant.

Bob p
9 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Huh??

Tom
9 months ago

I wish people could enjoy a joke

Sink Jaxon
9 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I love jokes!! I just hate bad puns…like the “emergency flashers”

Bob p
9 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Picky picky picky!

Bobkat3080
9 months ago

The joke says that they would BOTH be granted ONE wish, yet they EACH got ONE wish. I wish people would learn how to use the English language when speaking English.

nyrngrz
9 months ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

I have the sound on my computer turned up to the highest level but I still cannot hear what the joke “says”. Luckily I am able to see what it states though.

Brian Burry
9 months ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Well obviously you cannot enjoy a thing in life, just be a picky….

Jeff
9 months ago

The Article on Maintaining your RV Water Heater is OUTDATED!

The video was made in 2016 and ATWOOD RV Products is NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. It was purchased by DOMETIC.

The same with Suburban RV Products. They are now owned by AIRXCEL.

I wish these tips of the day were more up to date and NOT 3 or more years old!

Walker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

So would you also say a video about my 2016 Jeep is outdated simply because they are now owned by Fiat? Many companies continue the brand regardless of corporate ownership.

Bob p
9 months ago
Reply to  Walker

Now they’re owned by FCA/SVA

Robbie
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I’ve noticed quite a bit of outdated information on this website lately.

Bob p
9 months ago
Reply to  Robbie

I resemble that statement.

Gary W.
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

But I dare say that most of us do not have 2018 or 2019 vehicles or appliances, so these tips are still quite useful.

Bob p
9 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Attaboy,