RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1237

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Friday, December 20, 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

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!



Tip of the Day

Sewer hose supports

“We have the plastic ‘ladder’ that holds our sewer hose. We place a plastic gutter we purchased on sale on the ‘ladder’ and then put the slinky hose on top since it otherwise tends to ‘get loose.’ The gutter keeps it straight and stable into the campground tank. We also drilled holes in the gutter to allow water to drain through it, but it does pretty good on its own since it is slanted. We are seasonal so the camper is never moved and we don’t have a problem with storage. If you need it longer you can purchase a connector.” Thanks to Pastor Jon Guenther!

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Hooking up a refilled LP cylinder? Check this out!

If you own an RV and it’s not a motorhome, chances are close to 100 percent that you have portable LP containers that you remove to have filled. Those nifty little containers are great – but sometimes when you go to hook those cylinders back up to your rig the gas just won’t flow. What’s the problem, and could it be hazardous? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Modifying your RV toilet for a better fit



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Reader poll


Don’t stay in the dark this winter!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
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.


Quick Tip

Tip for lining up trailer hitch and ball

Problems “seeing” when hitching up your travel trailer? Get two telescoping magnetic part retrievers at a dollar store and stick/stand one on the ball and the other on the trailer hitch. Just back up keeping the sticks aligned, and when the one on the ball is pushed over, you’re lined up perfectly over the ball. Thanks to Wolfe Rose.


Random RV Thought

On a hot summer day, a campsite with a good shade tree is a wonderful thing. On a crisp, cold but sunny winter day, a campsite without a tree is a wonderful thing.


slideout-seal656Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Learn how to read your tire’s sidewall
There’s much more to a tire’s sidewall than the tire size. In fact, there can be as many as 25 different icons and descriptions. Learn how to read them, what they mean, and how you can choose the perfect tire for you.


This is the best banana bread recipe of all time (we’re not lying!). Get it here


Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 20% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
No-park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.


Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
slide-out-covers-655Cut your head just once on the corner of a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts. Simply place on each corner of the slide to provide a cushion zone. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.


Trivia

Every ant on Earth weighs about the same amount as every human on earth combined. There aren’t quite 8 billion humans on our planet, but there are about 10 quadrillion (10,000,000,000,000,000) ants. When combined, all of those ants would weigh about the same as all of us humans.

Which language is the most spoken in the world? Find out in yesterday’s issue!


Leave here with a laugh

Few people know that the late Mr. Maxwell, founder of Maxwell House Coffee, was a veteran skydiver and RVer. Near his hometown, it was common to find Mr. Maxwell at the airport in his Avion Fifth Wheel, relaxing and visiting with his many friends as he waited for his next jump. One fateful day, however, something went terribly wrong, and his parachute failed to open. His friends and employees were horrified, to say the least, at the demise of this very kind and gentle man. And so when it came to preparing his epitaph, they had no problem finding the words: “Mr. Maxwell … good to the last drop.”

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Sharon B
9 months ago

I have been using those magnetic poles for backing up for years. It’s usually a one time back up for me to hook up my travel trailer. Love them!! If the magnet comes off the pole just glue it back on.

BillyB
9 months ago

HRH “The Princess” & I both had tried On Line Dating & both had decided to move on. We did meet thru a Singles Golf Group!! She drove a Chevy Impala “Daytona Style” SS. So thought she might be “Hot”. Long story short. We both are saving 2 other people!! HaHa!!

Alvin
9 months ago

Never used nor needed a sewer hose support. I do not hook the sewer discharge hose up until the tanks are full ( I understand the difference if staying in one place full time or for longer periods)

As keen lifelong minimalists, the lady and I preserve water, like we’re buying gold (because it is) so we use a very small fraction of the worlds most precious commodity than most folks do.
With the waste master setup we currently have on our Sunseeker Class C, start to finish both tanks dumped, is about 2-3 minutes, unless the campground inlet is weird, and I have to adapt to it.

With Wastemaster you eliminate the dirty hose because the interior remains smooth no matter how short or long you stretch it. It’s built like a capillary in a human body. Of course I practice standard procedure – black first – then gray.

Fifty one years on the road, and never needed anything but a hose and a place to dump, which we estimate we do about three times less a year than the average.

Wolfe
9 months ago

I met first wife online before the internet existed (dialup into the backbone that eventually became the IP net) and my second wife on a dating site after meeting “many” great women on other assorted sites. I’ve met hundreds of friends online in interest groups. The three places I’ve NEVER met someone of note from are the stereotypical bar, church, or friend setup…

Bob p
9 months ago

My wife and I met on the web site Plenty of Fish which is free, we have been happily married for 3 and a half years and couldn’t be happier, but I think God had a hand in our meeting as we had both been praying to meet someone we could spend the rest of our lives together.
The wording on your ant info may be misleading, I don’t think all the ants in the world would be equal to all the humans, possibly you meant 1 human.

Janette Herrin
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Maybe you didn’t read it closly enough. There are only about 8 BILLION humans, but about 10 QUADRILLION ants, so………yeah, that would do it. 🙂

Mary
9 months ago

I had to vote no for the poll however my husband of nearly 33 years and I met through a personal ad in a printed local paper, the pre-curser to online dating!

Dennis
9 months ago

I don’t worry with sewer hoses. Just use a quality macerator with a 300psi 1″ ID hose (don’t get the cheap thin walled version). You can pump uphill up to 150′. Never need any leveling support. Never have to wash out and store a filthy hose again. Only take out the length hose you need. It’s the very first thing I install in a new/different rig.

DAVE TELENKO
9 months ago

Quick Tip
Been using these harbor Freight mag balls for 20 years https://www.harborfreight.com/magnetic-trailer-alignment-kit-69778.html They are awesome & for 10 bucks, though you can pay a lot more.

Wolfe
9 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

Similar idea shamelessly stolen from me of course. But why pay $10 and store much bigger kit?

Phil Atterbery
9 months ago

The sewer hose in a gutter hack is great. I’ve used it myself. I’ve since come up with another creative use for PVC pipe. Cut in half length wise and shortened to 2 & 4 foot lengths, it works well & is more durable than standard gutter.

Gary Reed
9 months ago

The link for the tire side wall is not working! When the Michelin web site comes up you tap on the “download the sidewall diagram” and the link says “page not found”!

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago

I’ve been using the plastic rain gutter idea for years. Great answer to the sagging hose syndrome. I cut two of the full sized gutters into several different lengths to fit every situation. Don’t leave home without them!

livingboondockingmexico
9 months ago

Regarding the longest rv. This is the third time I have posted this and we are still only at 73 feet. This one is 122 feet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlb3LH1HxLo&t=62s

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago

We’ve been saving the best for the last, livingboondockingmexico. Watch for it in tomorrow’s newsletter. Thanks for your patience. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Christine
9 months ago

Website of the day is not working

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago
Reply to  Christine

I even cruised around the Michelin site looking for a ‘front door’ to the tire reading links – and got nothing but the 404. So the problem is on Michelin’s site.

Ruth Blum
9 months ago

Haven’t dated anyone new in 48 years. I guess that wouldn’t stop me from using online dating but hubs of 45 years might not like that and I doubt if I would ever find anyone as good!