Monday, February 10, 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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Tip of the Day
How to tell if your black tank is almost full
Factory-installed tank sensors are wholly inaccurate. Previous polls on this site also substantiate this information. Deposits of paper and “other” things get stuck on the sensors. A perfectly empty tank can still read full as a result. Some folks have tried other methods such as dishwashing soap, ice, hot water, and other methods that may work with mixed results. Continue reading.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Can I hook up two surge protectors? Mike explains all about basic and advanced/EMS surge protectors, and whether you can use more than one at a time.
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Guide to state firearm laws hot off the press for 2020
The 2020 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has recently been published. The annual guide contains information about the firearm laws of all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico, and how to prepare, carry and transport your weapons during local, intrastate and interstate travel. Learn more here.
Is your RV furnace burning your money?
“How much money will you spend to heat an RV?” is a frequently heard question in the RV world. Russ and Tiña De Maris discuss the many variables involved in calculating the cost, and how to most efficiently and inexpensively heat your RV. Learn more.
What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.
From Chuck Woodbury’s Roadside Journal: At what age is a person elderly?
Be like Mike! Use theatrical tie line at the campsite
Mike Sokol says: if you’ve never used theatrical tie line, then let me tell you how great this stuff is for hanging all sorts of things around camp. We use this if we need to lash a tent down to ground stakes, hang lights from an awning or secure a surge protector to a pedestal. I would say you should get at least the 300 ft. spool for RVing, and I like the 500 and 1,000 ft. spools for my own gigs. But I assure you, once you use real theatrical tie line, you won’t want to use anything else. Get some here.
Clean your Plexiglas shower door without scratching it
If your RV shower door is Plexiglas, it’ll scratch real easy. Here’s a recipe/directions for cleaning without scratching: To an empty spray bottle add 1 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar. Mix contents GENTLY. Now spray the Plexiglas with a light, thin mist. Let sit a few seconds and wipe clean with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe in large circles. Repeat as necessary.
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Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.
Random RV Thought
Make sure you exercise your RV generator at least once a month. Let it run for 30 minutes with many power accessories turned on. Have you exercised your generator lately? If not, it’s time!
Website of the day
Camping hacks (from the dollar store) that you need to know
We see a lot of articles similar to this, but we’re shocked at how many times we said, “Oooooh! That’s a good idea!” while reading this one. There’s some good stuff in here, folks. Check it out.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
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.
The Empire State Building in New York City has its own ZIP code. Even though the building sits inside the 10001 ZIP code, if you want to send mail to the building you’ll have to address it to 10118.
Leave here with a laugh
A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. “Ha! That’s not going to help,” she said. “Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”
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