RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1249

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Wednesday, January 8, 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

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bubble Bath Day!



Tip of the Day

Do your fridge door gaskets need replacing?

RV refrigerator doors need to seal firmly to keep the cold in. Close a sheet of paper (or a dollar bill) in the door, trapping it between the door and the seal. Now pull the paper out. If it comes out easily, the door gaskets may be dried out. Get replacement seals from the manufacturer – they’re not difficult to replace. Some slide into a groove, others are held with screws, still others glue in place.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Did RVers buy “too much” motorhome?

Dear RV Shrink:
I think we bought too much motorhome. It makes my husband nervous to drive. He’s always saying, “I just want to park this sucker.” We are now headed south for the winter and he will only drive on interstate highways, stay in commercial campgrounds with pull-thru sites and use truck-stop-sized gas stations…. I think we should lose about ten feet of living space, but my husband says we will take a bath on downsizing. Are we stuck? I wanted to see America, but not at 65 mph rocketing along some super slab. Help! —SuperSized in Santa Fe

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s response.

Yesterday’s featured article: For a better rest, use a backflow preventer.



Reader poll


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.


Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.


Quick Tip

Not-so-messy oil filter removal

Changing your own oil? Oil filter removal can be a real mess. After loosening the filter enough to move it by hand, cover the filter with a one-gallon freezer bag. Oozy oil goes in the bag, along with the filter. Sealed up, it’s ready to take to the appropriate disposal/recycle center.


Random RV Thought

If you dream of spending all or a good part of your life traveling with an RV but keep finding excuses why you can’t do it, then quit making excuses. The time will never be right. Meanwhile, time is passing. You could get sick or your spouse could get sick, and “bye, bye dream.” And don’t listen to your kids if they say, “Stay home.” Just tell them you will keep in contact and that you will swing by when you’re in their neighborhood.


Camco vent insulator keeps you warm and cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.


Website of the day

For those who travel with pets…
GoPetFriendly.com is a “full-service” website for those traveling with pets. Besides helpful tips for traveling with your furry friends, they list pet-friendly campgrounds, beaches, off-leash parks, as well as veterinarians and pet supply stores, and even restaurants and wineries where your pooch is welcome to join you!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV has rooftop swimming pool.
• Keeping RV water lines from freezing during cold winter use.
• RV Electricity – What’s up with upside-down outlets? (Lots of comments.)
• Reader comment: Shortage of RV spaces a big problem. (Lots of comments here, too.)
#882F


Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.


Trivia

A sneeze sounds different in different parts of the world. Here in the U.S. we tend to say, “Achoo!” but French-speaking countries sneeze out “Atchoum!” and Germans say “Hatschi!” In Japan they tend to say “Hakshun!”

How many Earths could fit inside the sun? The answer was in yesterday’s newsletter.


Leave here with a laugh

Arriving at the scene of a car crash, a paramedic asks the driver, “Are you badly hurt?” “I don’t know,” says the driver. “I haven’t spoken to my lawyer yet.”

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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Waldo
8 months ago

While pumping gas in AR, a female in pass seat of car at the other side of pump asked, “do you enjoy RVing? Me and my husband talked about it, but never got around to it. He died last year.”

Bob p
9 months ago

Yes my freezer door needs a new gasket, it’s a dometic 2862RBX and I can’t find anyone who knows where to find one, even dometics web site didn’t help, HELP!

Alvin
9 months ago

Re: Random RV thought. Very important message there.

I learned the importance of the message decades ago while still a young man with a young family. Our wonderful old neighbour mere months away from retirement, often engaged me in conversation about what he and Isabelle were going to do after retirement.

It’s a fair lengthy story but here’s the nuts and bolts

Tom went off to work one day and had barely dug into his tasks when he was called to the phone. It was Isabelle, telling him he’d better come home, as she was feeling very poorly. Tom, knew something was up – his wife of over 50 years had rarely been sick.

Consequently he left work immediately arriving home to find Isabelle slumped over the kitchen table. She’d suffered a massive totally unexplained & unexpected fatal heart attack. Everyone who knew these fine folks were devastated.

Tom lived another 23 years, never exploring the world with his lady of 52 years as they’d “planned”

I learned much about life from this- mainly it doesn’t wait for no one.

Thanks Chuck this is one of the best yet, as it leaves no one out of the conversation, (the laugh of the day isn’t to bad either).

Gene Bjerke
9 months ago

I used to bowl occasionally and enjoyed it. That was until my knees gave out. I have since had them replaced, but haven’t tried bowling again yet (my wife thinks it’s dumb) but would like to try and see if the new knees (not so new any more) would take to it.

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Go for it Gene,

My late father bowled his entire adult life. In his 70’s he had knee surgery to correct damage inhibiting his throw. Successful beyond belief. At 92 and still a very healthy fellow with zero internal medical problems he submitted to an operation correcting the opposite knee ‘saying if he couldn’t bowl his life was less worthy” He was willing to take the risk at his age.
Although medical folks involved didn’t want to do the operation he insisted and came out of the procedure fine. Day two one of the nurses told me “Oscar is chasing us down the halls”. The third day I fielded a call from the doctor who performed the operation saying ” your dad died in his sleep at three last night”
I can only hope for such a pleasant exit to a life well lived.

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

So sorry to hear about your dad, Alvin. But it sounds like he was pretty feisty right up to the end — and maybe was dreaming about chasing the nurses. 😉 Take care. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you much Diane. I never shed a tear at my dad’s passing, he enjoyed life as a simple minimalistic man.. I have patterned myself similarly although much more feisty – lol.

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

Thanks, Alvin. I think it’s so admirable that your dad wanted to live his life to the fullest for as long as possible. Makes me want to go out and bowl again — haven’t for more than 50 years! And I admire your spunk, also! Have a good night. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

George C
9 months ago

As with many things in RV life, not all refrigerator door seals are equally easy to replace. On our model from the mid-2000s, the only way to change the seals was to replace the doors! Relatively easy? Technically, yes. Practical? Not at the hundreds of dollars investment in new doors!

Rick
9 months ago

Great idea on oil filter change, thanks for the tip!

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Absolutely have to agree with that Rick. That one is going to save a lot of paper towels and or dare I suggest, some of the lady of the houses not so old towels – LOL!
And by the way I still change my own oil, there’s not a kid in the nation running an “Oilery” who could see everything I might (and have) find while under my rig.
I have saved many thousands of dollars over the years, especially when over the decades I had no fewer than half a dozen collector/ HotRod /Kustom Kars in the fleet everyone gassed up, plated insured and ready to go.

Thomas
9 months ago

The oil in the bag idea works really good but make sure the engine isn’t too hot. You will have to hold the bag,filter and oil for a few minutes while it drains from the engine.

Brenda R
9 months ago

Today’s poll is very timely for me. We just bowled with our son and daughter-in-law on Sunday. Although I really enjoyed our time together, the arthritis in my knee will remind me that I probably should not bowl too often. Our bowling alleys are smoke free, thankfully! But, bowling has become an expensive pastime, making it something we might do once a year.

Steve flippo
9 months ago

I have bowled occasionally. But I avoid it because it takes several showers and laundering to get rid of the cigarette and cigar smell.

Jeff
9 months ago

Not-so-messy oil filter removal:
This is a Great Idea and Tip! I only change the oil on my Wifes RAM 1500 and it is still a Challenge! Have never figured out why Vehicle Manufacturers always find away to hide the oil filters on vehicles.

As for my RAM 3500 and the big Cummins Diesel, I take it to my local shop, where they have to put it on a Lift to get the filter off with allot of Contorting to maneuver that large Filter out. I think they cringe everytime I bring the truck in! The biggest problem is my 3500 is a 2013.5 Ram and has a 2012 Cummins Diesel. So, not a true 2013 Ram. It appears some of the stuff installed on the Diesel was an after thought! The newer RAM 3500’s have improved the access to the Oil and Fuel Filters!

Great Idea with the Plastic Bag around the Oil Filter. Will try it on my Wife’s truck next time.

Bob Fuller
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Thank you for your idea. I will try it. My shirt , arms and my wife will be very happy

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I used to change my own oil on my cars but once I bought a diesel pickup, that was the end of that. Draining 16 quarts of oil is different than a wimpy five or six quarts like most regular cars. Now I take it to the dealer and get overcharged, but it’s done.

M. Will
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I own 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel pickup and do my own oil and filter changes and have no problem either draining the oil pan or removing and replacing the oil filter. I do it while the truck is sitting level on the ground. I must be missing something here??

AZDave
9 months ago
Reply to  M. Will

I also change the oil and filter on my truck because it’s easy to get under it. The car is a different critter because I can’t get underneath it. Therefore the car goes to my mechanic for oil changes.
Also, not all vehicles have their filters oriented up and down. Some are side-mounts so this tip doesn’t work so well for those vehicles.

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  AZDave

You are correct AZDave, not all filters are oriented down. For those that aren’t there’s a neat trick that works every time. Position your drain pan directly under the filter, punch a hole in the filter (nail/punch/screwdriver – whatever does the trick) and let the filter drain for 15 minutes or to the point oil stops flowing. Some caution will still be needed to prevent a serious mess as some oil may be present in the filter. In most cases removal now is a breeze.

Bd2
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

There ways of re-locating the oil filters. Usually the good ones have a screw on base that mimics the oil filter base, The base has two threaded holes [in / out] and heavy braided hoses that route to a remote base and oil filter location of your choosing.

A search starting point could be Summit Racing => https://www.summitracing.com/search/part-type/oil-filter-relocation-kits?SortBy=Default&SortOrder=Ascending&tw=Oil%20Filter%20Relocation%20Kits&sw=Oil%20Filter%20Relocation%20Kits

I prefer the steel braided lines

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Jeff, I suffered the messy pain with these diesels, using cases of CRC Brake Cleens to clean up messes created. Our class C Sunseeker is the 450 series Ford with large HP V/10. Somebody thought this one out from a repairman’s position. What an absolute joy to do the LOF on it – kids stuff.. The filter hangs right down with zero obstructions, a perfect fit for the neat bag over filter trick in todays report.