RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1245

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
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

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” —Cavett Robert

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Buffet Day!



Tip of the Day

Sanitize your RV’s fresh water tank and hose

Marc Mularz provided this easy tip for sanitizing the RV’s fresh water tank: “It’s a bear to try to get bleach into the fresh water tank in many RVs with mixing, then pouring, etc. I took 3/4 of a cup of bleach and poured it into my fresh water hose. I then hooked that up to the faucet and pushed this into the filler neck on the tank. Worked like a charm to sanitize the 40-gallon tank and no mess of bleach on the side of the rig or the driveway. Added bonus: It sanitizes the hose as well when the bleach goes by, or can be sloshed around in the hose first if you feel you need more cleaning inside of your white hose.” Thanks, Marc!

Ian Brown then wondered how well the hose would be sanitized if the bleach solution was just run through it. Good point. The chlorine solution would have to stand in the hose (as well as the tank) for the required amount of time to actually be sanitized. To do that, put the solution in the hose, fill it up, then connect both ends of the hose together for the required time. Be sure to thoroughly run fresh water through the hose to cleanse the sanitizer out when you’re done. Thanks for asking, Ian!

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Man lived in this 1947 trailer for 66 years!

Sandy Burns talks with RV historian Al Hesselbart about a 1947 Westcraft travel trailer, the home to Navy veteran John Culp for 66 years. Culp would pick up and move after about two weeks in one place.  Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Loss prevention in your RV



Reader poll


Quick Tip

Electric can opener – have a manual backup

Electric kitchen gadgets are convenient and easy to use. Lots of RVers use an electric can opener due to arthritic limitations. However, if you regularly use an electric can opener, be sure to store a manual one in your RV as a backup in case you find yourself without power. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com. [Here are several can openers on Amazon.com for those with arthritic hands, including a nifty battery-operated, push-button, no-sharp-edges can opener.]


Mini drone with camera is a must-have!
This amazing mini drone is perfect for adults and kids. Its HD camera can take aerial photos and videos. With built-in WiFi, you can see on your mobile device exactly what the drone sees, and accurately capture video or photos from any angle. It’s super easy to use! Learn more or order.


Random RV Thought

At home when you run out of something that you need for dinner, you make a fast trip to the supermarket. But when you are camping far from a store, there is nowhere to go. And thus begins a process of going through the cupboards or fridge to try to find what can be used as a substitute. More often than not, something is found and the meal is a success. Actually, this process can be very creative and adds a bit of a challenge to getting by while on the road.


Website of the day

Food Network’s 50 most-saved recipes
You know these have to be delicious. From main dishes, to side dishes, to desserts — we bet you’ll find several recipes you’ll want to try from these favorites. The hard part will be choosing which to make!


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 them on each exterior corner of the slide to provide a cushion zone. They’re made of advanced UV-stabilized resin for long life. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.


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 say it’s very important that RV parks offer free cable TV.
• 10 percent would pay up to $5 a day for dependable high-speed Internet.
• 11 percent of men cut their own hair.


Trivia

Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. in Newfoundland, Canada, makes its beer using 20,000-year-old icebergs that float to the brewery’s shore. According to NPR, “The ice formed tens of thousands of years ago from compacted snow, which means there are no minerals and lots of tiny bubbles trapped inside. It gives the golden beer a special, very light taste.” Visit the brewery’s website here – it has to be one of the most gorgeous breweries we’ve ever seen!

What (er, who) is January named after? Find out in yesterday’s newsletter.


California Camping: Moon Handbook guide profiles 1,400 campgrounds. Updated 2019.


Leave here with a laugh

Stanley was stopped by a game warden as he was returning to his RV with a bucket of live fish. “Do you have a license to catch those?” the warden asked. Stanly replied, “No, sir, these are my pet fish. Every night I take them to the lake and let them swim around for awhile. When they hear my whistle, they jump back into the bucket and I take them back to the motorhome.”

“That’s a bunch of baloney!” said the warden, to which Stanley replied, “If you don’t believe me, then follow me back to the lake to see how it works.” Still suspicious, but curious, the game warden agreed. At the lake, the man poured the fish into the water, where they disappeared.

“Okay,” said the game warden. “Call them back.” “Call who back?” asked Stanley. “The fish,” replied the warden. “What fish?” asked Stanley.

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jillie
7 months ago

We have those salt and pepper shakers if you watch the video. They are not repos either. Mine is white and my mother has the black ones.

Garry Delisle
7 months ago

Re: storage of food for travel – there was a reader who once suggested double sealed medium size plastic freezer bags .Tried it and it works great even for soup . Just fill the bag , seal tight , lay flat in the freezer till ready for travel and it even helps keep your RV freezer cold in travel .

Wolfe
7 months ago

Tip of the day for house sterilization is insane. The accepted as correct procedure is 8oz bleach per 40 gallons water, soaked for 4 hours. That’s 1oz/5gallons or 1:640parts. Not 100% bleach for a few seconds (wont sterilize) or soaking longer (you’ll never get the pool taste out).

I dose the tank with a hose or funnel, then fill my white hoses at the sink with that 1:640 strength poolwater… connect ends for four hours, and release when you dump the tank. Rinse tank with treated hose and both taste fine.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Editor: HOSE, AT the sink…
Webmaster: give us back the edit button!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Fixed it, Wolfe. And I’ve sent an email to our IT dude about the edit button on comments. Will let you know what he says. —Diane at RVtravel.com

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Would if we could Wolfe! Still working on it, stubborn problem to say the least…

Betty Wilkie
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

We’re brand new to RVing and have only been out once so far and wondered how often the fresh water tank needs to be sanitized? We dry camped so don’t even have water in our tank yet.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Betty Wilkie

I sterilize once each spring before use. Running all that bleach and rinse water through takes care of any antifreeze hiding in the pipes (100% safe but tastes funny).

travilenman
7 months ago

I don’t think that pouring bleach into your fresh water hose & letting it ” SIT FOR THE REQUIRED TIME” is not a good idea.. BECAUSE, the hose may or may not be able to withstand this procedure without deteriorating to some extent & possibly ruining a perfectly good hose…. Bleach is very harmful to various things in a non-diluted state…

Thomas
7 months ago

Re: snakes
I don’t really care to hold them. I’ve gotten bitten more than once.all snakes have teeth and they tend to go backwards to hold prey. They will try to defend themselves, so they bite. Doesn’t mean you should kill them though. They eat insects and small animals.

Ron
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

I agree…. all snakes can and will bite and many can cause a deadly infection.

Brian H
7 months ago

Re: Article on fresh water tank sanitizing…there is SO much more to completing this process properly than today’s article states. Protecting/changing your onboard filter, flushing the chlorine solution through all the coaches water lines, length of time the chlorine solution remains in the tank/lines, etc. Regularly sanitizing your coaches/trailers water system is very important – but do it properly. Go to the “RV Geeks” site where there are fantastic videos on the proper methodology.

Ron
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian H

I think you misunderstood. The article was only about sanitizing the fresh water hose… not the tanks or procedures to do so.

Mark B
7 months ago

Random RV Thought meal HACK: In fluff article that starts with “At home when you run out of something that you need for dinner…” . In an RV, sure the store is a long way away, but your freezer is very close.

Before hitting the road, or even during long snowbird winter, I save leftovers in stackable freezer containers*. I can easily hold 2 dozen of these containers in small Dometic freezer. Thanksgiving turkey leftovers? Meat goes into container(s) w/enough for one meal or a few sandwiches, and that turkey soup made from leftovers goes into other container(s). Same with ham, leg of lamb, roast whatever and the list goes on. I package cut carrots and potato chunks (unless it was in slow cooker along with meat). I use the very small containers for blueberries, mango chunks, and more. Ideally, take frozen container out of freezer and put in frig a day ahead so re-heat goes quickly. I repackage store bought frozen lasagna rolls or raviolis so I can pull out only enough for a meal, in a space saving container. If I made my pasta sauce, same for that, but who doesn’t keep a few jars of pasta sauce in their small cupboard. I cook and cut chicken breasts so they fit in containers efficiently (packed tightly).

Actually, this process can be very creative and reduces the challenge to getting by while on the road.

*Note: The problem is sourcing non-fancy containers. Perfect rectangle, not tall, size depends on if there’s one or two of you, but NOT:
“easy open”, lock & lock, bento style, tapered, round, rounded edges, not obesity small (25oz), obesity large (50oz), obesity XL (64oz).
You want small, perfect rectangle w/lids with tiny lip. Marketing keeps “improving” containers. Good luck finding these!

Bill T.
7 months ago

Just got back last summer from Newfoundland and Canada’s Maritime Provinces that included a visit to the Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. in St Johns. The Iceburg beer is a great beer but we enjoyed their “RDL” or Rain Drizzle Lager better. We were in St John’s, which is the oldest city in North America for the annual Royal St John’s Regatta, which is also North America’s oldest continuous sporting event. The regatta is held the first Wednesday in August or the first fine day after that, if the weather is bad. Google Royal St John’s Regatta if interested. It was a great time and we had a lot of fun. Newfoundlanders have to be the friendliest people in the world.

Mark B
7 months ago

TIP of the day HACK : Sanitize your RV’s fresh water tank

Enjoy your leisure time instead of making a simple operation complicated. Use a tank filling hose end designed for this purpose. It will set you back $6. Of course use RVTravel Amazon link to help them. Pour the bleach down the hatch through this device then attach your clean water hose and fill.

https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-Clear-A01-0031VP-Pigtail-Shut-Off/dp/B000IZSB2Q/ref=asc_df_B000IZSB2Q/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309769305053&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16453023719102915893&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9019649&hvtargid=pla-570055309131&psc=1

Bob p
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark B

This doesn’t work if the only way to fill you fresh water tank is through the hose connector for fresh water. Our motor home doesn’t have a water tank access port only the standard hose Bibb. After connecting the hose there is a valve you turn to fill the tank. To sanitize my tank I remove the filter elements and prefill the filter housing reinstall the housing and turn the valve to fill the tank and turn on the water. Works every time.

Jeff
7 months ago

Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!

A much cheaper alternative is to go to Walmart and purchase a couple of POOL NOODLES! Cost a little over a BUCK and simply SLIT them down the middle and place on your protruding slides. Much better cushion than the Cheap Plastic Camco devices.

Of course you have to remember to take them off, before putting your slides in. But, the Soft Noodles work much better. You will find this out, the first time you SMASH your head into the corner of your slide.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/CanDo-Foam-Exercise-Pool-Noodle-for-Adult/33944469

Ran
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Better yet, go to your 99c store, cheaper!

Dave J
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

And since I’m a bit shorter than the bedroom slide and usually have a ball cap on that hides anything above my lime of sight, I usually tape length of surveyors ribbon onto the pool noodle so it hangs down catching my attention. As a part time firefighter I’ve always got a roll or two of red or orange surveyors ribbon as we use them to mark places where we’ve cut fences to get to fires.

John M
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Slide Corners, I have used the pool noodles on two different coaches and they work great. Doesn’t hurt as much if you do walk into them and easy to store.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Hmmmmm, didn’t know that running into slide corners was so big a problem. I guess working in a busy automotive facility for over four decades where there were hundreds of things one could run into if one wasn’t alert taught me alertness. Those noodle’s for those who may require them for the purpose stated are available at all dollar stores probably much cheaper than regular retail stores.