RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1274

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Wednesday, February 12, 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

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ― Zig Ziglar

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Plum Pudding Day!



Tip of the Day

Use chip clips for no-swing hooks to keep things handy

By Greg Illes
In a nice, stable house, hooks on the walls hold lots of stuff for display or to have handy at a moment’s notice. But in an RV, it’s like being in a house in a magnitude 4.0 earthquake all the time. Stuff that hangs on hooks rattles and bangs, swishes back and forth, and even jumps off onto the floor on odd occasions.

Okay, you can use a loop or latching hook to keep it from falling off, but the swishing and banging is still happening. One solution that we like a lot is to use spring clips to hold things on the walls. These have the capability of holding stuff fairly still while the rig does the swaying, and they have the added advantage of allowing a grab-and-pull access instead of lift-and-unhook. For some things (like our hats), a hook just wasn’t any kind of option anyway. Continue reading.

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Why you should close your RV’s gray tank when hooked up

RV waste management expert Doug Swarts of Drainmaster.com explains why RVers should not only keep their black (sewer) tanks closed when hooked up to utilities, but their gray water tanks as well. Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Automatic transfer switch warning



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.


Microwave cover collapses, perfect for RV!
How many times have you exploded something in the microwave only to have your significant other complain about your messy habits? Figured it is time for you to get yourself a collapsible microwave cover? Read about the one we recommend for RVers here.


Quick Tip

Is your roof air conditioner dripping?

Got a dripping roof air conditioner, but it’s not raining outside? If the a/c drips when operating, you’ve probably got clogged drain holes inside the unit. Disconnect shore power, shut off the generator. Remove the shroud from the unit and look for debris blocking drain holes in the bottom plate of the roof-top unit.


Random RV Thought

Before making a reservation at an unfamiliar campground or RV park, check it out on Google Earth or Google Maps. Unless it’s heavily wooded, you will learn how much room is between sites, how neat it is, and if the park is by a highway, train tracks or another area where it might be unusually noisy. A street view of the park is also helpful in determining if it’s “your kinda place.”


duck tapeThe coolest Duck Tape Ever!
This makes every other roll of Duck Tape totally boring! This is so unbelievably wonderful — the tape is adorned with images of retro travel trailers! So quit using plain ol’ boring Duct Tape. A roll of this will cost you less than 6 bucks! Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Towing Guide to 2020 Chevy trucks and SUVs
Find the 2020 Chevy truck or SUV that’s capable of handling your towing and trailering needs. Includes a handy towing glossary.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RVer Safety: I carry a gun – Should I have insurance?
• A new take on the offensive neighbor in the RV park.
• The RV Proctologists relate an RV sewer nightmare.
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Trivia

The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. In fact, the use of the word orange to describe color wasn’t used until 1512.

The popular tongue twister, “She Sells Seashells by the Seashore” was written about:
A) A young girl selling seashells in Florida
B) A poor elderly woman selling seashells to make money for food 
C) A paleontologist selling fossils. 

Know the answer? We told you yesterday.


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


Leave here with a laugh

A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.” “Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband. “It’s me,” says the wife, “talking to the wine.”

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Thomas

I love to camp in my camper. By the ocean is great but I like forests and lakes too.like mountains too. Never camped in a desert but I’d probably love that too. Love to camp period.

Debra

Command makes nice plastic CLIPS – the package I bought was not rated for weight so I used the stick-em from hooks I already had, with the weight-rating that I wanted (we also clip hats) and they have worked fine and look ‘polished’

Bruce

I have seen the ad for crazy seal a number of times and would like to know if anyone has tried this coating yet and what results did they have. A 50 year warranty has my attention.

HGoff

i like the camper duct tape – but its almost $6 for the tape and about another $6 for shipping – its not that cute!

Chris Kittilson

Poll: all of the above. 😎

Ed Stephens

It is hard to answer the poll today. I have lived in the deserts of California and the Mountains of Colorado and now the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. My only failure is not spending much time on the Beach, however I have visited both oceans and the Gulf. Plans are for doing more of each. Only I will spend my time outside the state of California as I have no desire to go back there.

Tom H.

Love visiting the desert and the beach! But a forest campsite by a mountain stream is always the favorite for us. 😉

Nana Mary

In todays poll about a place in nature you most like to spend time you did not give us a choice of by a Lake. I love to camp/stay by a Lake. The Corp of Engineers has beautiful lakeside campgrounds.

Drew

If your a/c unit(s) drip outside- it’s a good thing….your drain holes are open and working as they should- just clarifying.

Deborah Font

We were staying long term at a park and the neighbor was taking gas out of our rig.

Kaeleen Buckingham

In Colorado In the forest and surrounded by mountains are basically the same thing.

Gary Gueck

As we live in SW Washington, we can do all and LOVE it!

DAVE TELENKO

Sure am lucky that in California we can do all 4 Ocean, Trees, Forest & Desert all in one day if one desires, though the tax’s suck!
Snoopy

CTK

Amen to Don. We run our TomTom and Google Maps (on phone). G. Maps is always reliable. I run TomTom because of the other traveling info it provides. Wish Google had a stand alone GPS.

Tony King

Luckily for us here in So Cal we do and get to have our choice of all those Camping choices and most of them year round too !

Karem Willis

Love all those places!

Tommy Molnar

I guess I’d REALLY like to camp in the desert surrounded by mountains, like here in Nevada.

Don L

Don’t just use Google Earth to check your campground, use it to check your route to the campground. My RV GPS, which was set to avoid roads not passable with my rig, has attempted to route us to roads impassable by an automobile, let alone a truck towing a 5th wheel. A check of Google Earth eliminated a potential crisis.

Bob W.

I love the Zig Ziglar quote. Way back in the early eighties he had me draw a design for his cassette tapes he was selling in magazines,( we had a mutual friend who owned “Selling Power” mag). If I remember right it was about $35.

Donald N Wright

Wow, that’s a lot of recalls. Is there a spot where we can type in the name of our RV to see if it has been recalled?