RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1238

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Monday, December 23, 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

“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” —Terri Marshall

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pfeffernusse Day! (Fun fact: That’s one of editor Chuck’s favorite cookies!)


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday news for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Do not store valuables in outside storage compartments

Always lock your RV when you’re not physically at the campsite. Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments. Believe it or not, a vast majority of RVs use the exact same key as yours for outside storage compartments. If you store valuables like golf clubs, fishing gear or tools in the outside compartments you may want to have the storage compartment locks changed, possibly to a combination lock. Watch this short video from Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Space heaters and the hair of the dog. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury sent a picture to Mike of what he found when he took a space heater apart after smelling burning hair.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.



Trailer goes out of control. Dash cam catches it flipping overtrailer-flips-765

If you own a travel trailer, watching this video might hurt. Motorists traveling behind a travel trailer watch in horror as the RV gets slammed by a gust of wind and flips on its side out of control, whipping its tow vehicle 180 degrees. The message here: If the wind is strong, pull over and wait for it to calm. And the other message: Never, ever, allow passengers to travel in your trailer (or other towable). Watch the video.


Reader poll

What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.


GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!
Keep your brain sharp and your knives sharper!

Tired of dull knives? This easy-to-use knife sharpener (used by staff member, Emily) sharpens your knives with a few quick strokes. You’ll feel like a professional! It has two settings: one for fine blades and another for coarse. Its small size is perfect for an RV, and it’s about $6. Says Gail of RVtravel.com: “Wow! This works great!” Learn more or order here.


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.


Where to store an RV when not being used

For many RVers, where to store an RV when it’s not being used is a big deal. It’s not always easy to find a place. RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury has some advice. Watch the video.


The best phone mount for an RV
Endorsed by the RVtravel staff!
This phone mount suctions or clips to your dashboard or windshield, and is a sturdy, safe place to keep your phone while driving. Perfect for using the GPS while going down the road. The mount is cushioned for a wobble-free phone and can rotate 360 degrees. We highly recommend this one! Learn more or order


Quick Tip

Why you might want to have a CB radio

If you’re RVing and a major disaster strikes, how will you communicate? Cell phone systems can go down, and land lines become useless. Consider getting a newer portable CB radio that plugs into your 12-volt socket and uses a short whip antenna. CB will continue to work even when other services go down


Random RV Thought

RVers who drive motorhomes or tow vehicles with loud diesel engines who leave a campground at daybreak often wake up their neighbors.


Where to camp for free or less than $20Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.


Website of the day

The best towns in the U.S. to spend Christmas
Here are the top 55 towns in the United States to visit around Christmastime. Every place on this list looks pretty dang festive. There’s still time to explore!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

Is a traditional or convection oven best in an RV?
• Wife wants smaller RV but with bigger space – hubby needs advice.
• The business of work camping. Getting started.
• Stymied RVers can’t find water leaks to fix them.
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The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.


Trivia

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 2,106 million children under the age of age 18 in the world. The average household has 2.5 children, so that means that Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles. Considering all the different time zones, Santa has 36 hours to deliver gifts, which means his average speed would be approximately 650 miles per second.


Leave here with a laugh

What kind of music do elves like? Wrap.
What is Santa’s favorite kind of potato chip? Krisp Pringles!
Why do Dasher and Dancer love coffee? Because they’re Santa’s Star Bucks!

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Rory R
9 months ago

On today’s quick tip, it is a good idea to monitor CB channels. truckers give good advice as to road conditions, road closures, and the like, plus the fact that you might be in an area where cell and wifi signals are weak or non-existent, with CB you will still have communications. Especially in emergency situations……

Alvin
9 months ago

A good video for newbies and others who may be a bit slow on the uptake on RV storage there Chuck.

Storage is certainly something in need of consideration.

I got a good chuckle a couple years ago ,when a neighbour got all caught up with a fast talking sales person at the local February RV show ending up with a trailer “he thought” he had sufficient room to park in his side yard. When he got it home he found he didn’t. That situation presented a real dilemma since at that time of the year (mid winter) there wasn’t a spot in the county to rent. He ended up taking it 200 miles north to store, and that wasn’t the end of his problems.

Before moving to southern Alberta we lived in Canmore, Alberta where we retired to our lovely home in the mountains. Most folks covet mountain views in these special places, but unfortunately for some town council there never had the foresight to prohibit trailer storage in front yards and such. This in many cases has caused a “look” that’s not all that desirable, (ie -who can tell the guy with the converted 1962 International bread truck HIS RV looks like hell) plus its caused a plethora of other problems.

Here’s one. The entire town is an expensive place to live with the vast majority of homes typically positioned to reflect the view driving the expense. One day an enraged property owner approached town by-law (eventually town council) to instruct her neighbour to remove the large 5th wheel trailer he’d just bought and parked in his driveway. She claimed (rightly) that said trailer completely blocked her view of the famous “Three Sisters” mountains, as viewed from her floor to ceiling living room windows. A feature adding significant value to her home – now taken away by parking the trailer in the driveway.

It is way to complicated to explain in detail what came next (she failed) but all the follow-up and waste of resources in that town wasn’t pretty. Repeat that scenario, many times and you have a divided community.
My hope is that other jurisdictions do not (have not) make/made the same mistake, and RV buyers place storage and to no less degree the impact on their community and neighbours as very high priority BEFORE signing on the line for that new rig.

Gary
9 months ago

I carry a handheld cb radio. Even with the external antenna that attaches with a magnet to the top of my cab, reception is lousy. However, the reason I use it is mainly to find out what’s going on when I come up on a traffic jam. It works well enough for that. Truckers are good at telling each other what lane you have to get in to get through the jam. Nice to know ahead of time, where you can still change lanes with relative ease. Channel 19 is nothing like it was in the 70’s. Very little chatter now. Guess cell phones and in cab entertainment systems took the CB’s place.

Jeff
9 months ago

The phone holder listed is a PIECE OF JUNK! Plastic and the STUPID Suction Cup always fails and you will find the phone on the floor or falling off while you drive!

This is far and away the best Dash Mount Phone Holder, FASTBALL:

https://www.amazon.com/Fastball-Magnetic-Phone-Holder-BulbHead/dp/B07HCRHXQP/ref=sr_1_3?crid=UCI59Y9HAYAX&keywords=fastball+magnetic+ball+phone+mount&qid=1577108416&sprefix=Fast%2Caps%2C205&sr=8-3

Mount the ball on your DASH and the magnetic holder on the back of your phone!

Won’t fall off!

Marybeth Almand
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

The magnet doesn’t mess with the electronics?

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago

MY concern would be if the bump of the magnet affects my ability to just slip my phone into my back pocket without it getting hung up. Besides, I don’t use my phone for navigation anyway, and in my truck where it’s “BlueToothed” to the radio, it doesn’t matter where it is. Oh, and my phone case is rubber, so I guess this is all moot . . .

Robbie
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

That magnet holder that glues onto the back of the phone is a deal breaker. I have one that there is just a thin metal plate that glues on to the back of the phone….and the magnet does not affect anything.

Jeff
9 months ago

POLL OF THE DAY: We carry a good size library of DVD’s in our RV. Mainly play them when we are parked someplace and the weather is total CRAP outside and we can’t get out.

tom
9 months ago

I changed all my compartment locks from “751” keyed universal locks to pick proof cyclinder style locks. A lot of piece of mind for very little effort.
I believe the combination style might be adversely affected by road grit, etc.
But, do change your locks.

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago
Reply to  tom

If you get these combo locks, you should also get the little rubber attachments that ‘clip’ over the lock and prevent road grit from getting in. Works great.

Ken
9 months ago
Reply to  tom

Where do I get new locks? Source?

Gman
9 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Amazon has them, or just Google RV locks. I changed mine when I found out about the “universal locks” with tubular cam locks.

tom
9 months ago

CB is nice, but obsolete. Get a real communication suite. Ham radio can touch the World. With many frequencies and modern methods, one can stay in touch almost anywhere.
CB is better for traffic reports, but that is about it.

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago
Reply to  tom

True about the ham radio, but you have to go through the trouble of getting a license, then buying much more expensive and in some cases, complicated radio equipment. CB is cheap and easy to operate. If you’re in trouble you want people close by to hear you. Getting on a repeater and talking to someone two states away doesn’t do much good. Ever hear of the “Snowbird” ham ‘repeater’?

Don McKelvay
9 months ago
Reply to  tom

A CB may be outdated, but as Tom noted it is great for traffic and if you are travelling with other rigs a CB is a quick and easy way to communicate as you travel or when parked and in bad weather still a great way to ‘chat’.

Dr. Willie Live
9 months ago

It took me a year to get the tv working in the motor home. This year the DVD.

tom waligorski
9 months ago

me too finally figure4d tv out dvd next maybe