Friday, January 17, 2020
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Tip of the Day
Nighttime blackout help for sleep
Full-time RVer Mike Millard sent in the following tip: “Awhile ago I saw a posting in RV Travel concerning RV day/night shades. My Monaco Diplomat has two-part pull-down shades. The lower part lets light in and acts as a dust filter while letting me see out during the day. The upper part, when fully lowered, is supposed to darken the RV interior but doesn’t quite do the trick. I bought a can of liquid rubber, which comes in black or white and either works fine, although the black stops a little more light. I took down each shade and sprayed the upper ‘darkening’ part only. What a difference, and the shade still accordions upward!” Thanks, Mike!
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RV wheel covers versus wheel simulators
Looking for a new set of wheel covers or wheel simulators to dress up your motorhome? Stainless steel covers and simulators are one of the simplest things you can do to give your motorhome an extra “shine.” However, a lot of people have questions about these wheel coverings and how they work. Learn all about them in this informative article from Dicor Corporation.
Yesterday’s featured article: Defrosting RV fridge makes for icy relationship
Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
Cut 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.
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Avoid tire blowouts with proper inflation
An RV tire can lose up to half its inflation and still not appear flat. Tire blowouts are often caused by under- or over-inflated tires. Tire blowouts are one of the most common insurance claims as they can cause damage not only to the tire but to the undercarriage of the RV as well. Watch this video where Certified RV Technician Chris Dougherty explains how a blown tire could even ignite your RV’s propane.
Random RV Thought
When you are driving an RV or pulling one and you want to move from the left lane to the right lane, it is a good idea to confirm with your copilot if the lane is clear. But only accept an answer of yes or no. An answer of “I think so” is not good enough and can get your vehicle smacked.
Don’t blow out your plumbing!
Sooner or later, usually “sooner,” every RVer comes upon an RV park water hookup with pressure so high it could blow out the plumbing. None of us want that because it causes a lot of damage and is expensive to fix. The simple solution is to be sure when you hook up use a water pressure regulator, like this one that features a lead-free design to prevent lead contamination. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
KOA campgrounds that are open all year
Not all KOA campgrounds are open year-round, but quite a few of them are. Here’s the official list of all the ones you can visit 365 days a year. Happy camping!
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% 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.
Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
When heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — and perfect for RVers: it pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer, too! Learn more or order.
Ayanna Williams, a resident of Houston, Texas, set the record for the world’s longest fingernails. They each measure between 20-26 inches long and she’s been growing them for 24 years. Click here to watch a video of her … if you dare.
Why is it illegal to sell photos of the Eiffel Tower at night? Find out in yesterday’s newsletter.
Leave here with a laugh
Seeing her friend Sally wearing a new locket, Meg asks if there is a memento of some sort inside. “Yes,” says Sally, “a lock of my husband’s hair.” “But Larry’s still alive.” “I know, but his hair is gone.”
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When the right seat clears your right, they should keep watching until the maneuver is completed. They should not look back at the driver to say “clear.” Things can change.
Sunny Las Vegas!
Almost ALWAYS in our RV reading it since we sold our last house 8 hrs ago & went f/t. Last summer worked for U.S. Forest Svc in Sawtooth Mtns of idaho; this winter are in a Maricopa Co park outside Phoenix, and looking to go to Oregon spring/summer 2020. Life is great, isn’t it?
RV, Willis TX
Howdy folks. I have not been able to participate in the poll because it is not coming up on my screen. Just says Readers Poll and nothing to click on. No big deal but it would be fun to take part.
Hello Chuck, Diane, and all?
Hi, Alvin. Did you read my untechy and probably unhelpful reply from a couple of days ago? Here it is in case you missed it:
Sorry you can’t get into the polls, Alvin. Have you checked your popup blocker? Or tried opening the newsletter in a different browser? Not many readers have been complaining lately about not being able to get the poll to open for them, so I’m not sure what else to suggest. But how frustrating for you in the meantime. I hope you are able to get them to work. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
If you’ve tried those things and they still don’t show up, let me know and I’ll contact our IT Dude to see what better ideas he has. Thanks for your patience in the meantime. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
Reading this from our park host site in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon
Where are you hosting? We’re workamping @ a Maricopa Co park outside Phoenix and want to move to Willamette Valley when we’re done in mid-April.
I always read the newsletters in my RV. No house to read them in.
I’m in Joshua Tree on BLM, South side! Getting ready to make Rubin sandwiches! Corned beef, Swiss cheese, sour krout, mayo, and fresh rye bread toasted!! This is our 1st day here, stay in 3 days.
Sneads Fl. at three rivers State park then heading to Pine Mountain Georgia to freeze.
In McAllen Texas right now and looking forward to going to the Fulton Oyster Festival held March 5-8 this year. One of the best small town Festivals in Texas. The best small town fireworks display I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to purchase the peanut brittle that is sold there every year.
Currently boondocking near Quartzsite, AZ.
We are currently in snowy La Conner WA.
Survey question, we are in Apache Junction, AZ, but are heading for Yuma next week
We are from the Oregon Coast..currently sitting in our RV alongside the marina in Chula Vista, CA in the “rain” … 😉 planning our trip back to Alaska this summer.
Tough sledding this retirement stuff!
Full-timing, sitting outside the RV at an RV resort near Phoenix.
Sitting in our home in Lake Havasu City, Az. We are Heading to Rockport, Texas soon.
Sitting under the 5th whl awning, in Zepherhills Florida. First time snowbirders. Loving it so far.
Looking for a campground for that area for March. Do you recommend a specific one?
I’m in my RV in Golden Valley, Arizona with my GoodSam chapter.
A 1961 Holiday House Trailer. http://www.doityourselfrv.com/holiday-house-geographic-trailer/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email
That’s a beauty, Charles. Thanks for the link!
Is that your gorgeous trailer, Charles? Wow! 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com
Beautiful Charles, envy envy envy from Lethbridge Alberta -25 below C.. Rig in storage for three more months. Not liking it!!!!! Thanks for sharing greatest from another era.