Thursday, December 19, 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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“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends. The mind can never break off from the journey.” —Pat Conroy
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Oatmeal Muffin Day!
Tip of the Day
Don’t kill the good bacteria in your RV’s black tank
Reader Mike Buchanan advises: “When cleaning your RV toilet, be careful what you clean with. Any cleaner that contains bleach, peroxide or germicides of any kind will not only kill surface bacteria, but will also kill all the good bacteria that is contained in your waste water treatment. It’s that good bacteria that is eating up and breaking down that solid waste.” He adds, “If you want to kill surface bacteria, use a disposable germicidal wipe such as Lysol and dispose of it in your regular waste.” Thanks, Mike!
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Modifying your RV toilet for a better fit
If getting older also means it’s getting a bit harder to get on and off the throne, then this article may be of interest. Too often RV toilets are on the short side. But Russ and Tiña De Maris found that a relatively inexpensive upgrade that really helps is to install a riser to give your toilet a bit of a lift. Here’s how to do it.
Yesterday’s featured article: How to install an adjustable water heater thermostat
Have you decorated your RV for the holidays?
Do you decorate your campsite and/or your RV in celebration of the holiday season? If so, we’d love to see. Send a photo (or two or three) to Emily (at) rvtravel.com. Send pictures of interiors or exteriors. We’ll post as many as we can. Thanks!
GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT
The only tool you’ll need – perfect stocking stuffer!
This multifunctional tool is seven-in-one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it makes a great stocking stuffer. Learn more or order.
Always retract your steps when parked temporarily!
“I pulled into a gas station and jumped out to see if I had pulled far enough forward to reach the fuel filler with the hose. Seconds later as I came back around the RV to get in, a car was trying to squeeze in between my RV and the pumps and ran over my steps! In my hurry I had not flipped the switch to retract the steps when the door is closed.” —Thanks to Jimmie Crawford for letting us learn from his painful lesson!
Buy these wire cutters for easy, precise cutting!
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
For you DIY types out there who have to cut and strip wires, there are few things more frustrating than nicking the copper or pulling the insulation off. What you really need is a great pair of wire strippers. But not all wire strippers are created equal. I’ve gone through dozens of them during the 50 years I’ve been working on electronics and power wiring, and these Greenlee Grip P10 strippers are simply the best and what I keep in my own toolkit. They’ll strip anything from 10-gauge wire (for electric brakes and TT-30 wiring) all the way down to 24-gauge wire (for electronics and control wiring).
Random RV Thought
An excellent thing about traveling in your RV is that you know who slept in your bed the night before. And the night before that. You don’t know that in a hotel, and really, you may not want to know.
Website of the day
How to find true north without a compass
Whether you’re lost in the woods or you’re trying to install a sundial in your yard, this website demonstrates several ways to find true north.
Come last-minute shopping with us!
RVTRAVEL.COM HAS ITS own store! We’ve hand-selected all of our favorite must-have RV items, our famous gift guide, neat kitchen gadgets, pet gear and so much more. Check it out here and get all your holiday shopping out of the way. There’s still time to order before Christmas!
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:
• 14 percent have never traveled outside North America.
• 24 percent own a fifth wheel.
• 38 percent have had to pull off the road at least once due to high winds.
Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. It has more than 950 million native speakers, and another 200 million speak it as a second language. Wow!
With 221,800 islands, which country has the most islands in the world? We told you in yesterday’s issue.
New 2020 Casino Guide includes RVer info and coupons!
The 2020 American Casino Guide provides detailed information on more than 750 casino/resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos in 41 states including which have RV parks and/or allow RV overnighting for free. Includes maps and more than $1,000 in coupons. Discloses the actual slot machine payback percentages for every state’s casinos. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
What did the mother buffalo say to her little boy when he went off to school? … “Bison.”
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