RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1276

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Friday, February 14, 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

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Valentine’s Day! It’s also National Organ Donor Day!



Tip of the Day

Avoid an RV “power drag” with a checklist

By Jim Twamley
It is said that a good journalist always has four things with him: Pencil and pad, a camera, and his wits. Fortunately I had at least one of these with me when I happened across an RVer who was experiencing a power drag – a power cord drag, that is. This man was an experienced RVer, so no laughing lest it happens to you.

I was able to stop him before he got out of the RV park, but it looks like he dragged the cord quite a ways since he was nearly to the gate. While power cords are pretty tough and withstand quite a bit of abuse, you can’t drag them very far before they get mangled. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV fridge door pop open? Here’s a “quick and dirty” fix

If you’re the proud owner of a well-loved older RV, you’ll have run across the old “orphan parts” issue because the part isn’t stocked anymore or the company doesn’t exist anymore. Here’s an easy and inexpensive fix if your fridge door has a tendency to pop open and spill its contents and you can’t find the original replacement part. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: The sticky slideout


Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires!
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll


Never struggle with opening jars again!
This jar-gripper is a favorite tool for many cooks and kitchen-dwellers. Never struggle to open a jar again! Simply place the gripper around the lid of the jar, lock into place and twist. Your jar will open with ease, and your hands won’t hurt afterward. This handy little gadget works on smooth and grooved lids and will adjust to fit just about every jar out there. It’s great for those of us with weak hands. Learn more or order here.


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.


Quick Tip

Another way to keep your awning shut while traveling

Worried your awning might open while traveling? Put the awning in “transport” position, then carefully bore through the closed awning arms, installing a snap lock safety pin. It’ll prevent the arms from opening up without first being removed.


Don’t take a break on your brakes!
Every RVer needs one of these!
Wonder what it would be like to have your brakes go out while you’re going down a long, steep grade? You might find out if your brake fluid is moisture-contaminated. Water in brake fluid boils and can wipe out your braking ability! Buy yourself a brake-fluid tester for less than $10 that warns you if there’s too much water in your fluid. Simply dip the tester into your rig’s brake fluid and you’ll be able to see where you stand. Learn more or order.


Random RV Thought

One of the very best things about traveling in a motorhome is that a restroom is always just a few steps away.


Website of the day

Workers on Wheels
If you’re looking for a new job while RVing, this is a good resource to keep handy. The site lists many available work opportunities for RVers, both in and out of campgrounds and RV parks.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• 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.


• Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricantLearn more or order.
• Attention Big Rig RV owners! This annual directory will keep you away from too-narrow roads and low bridges. Learn more or order.
 Camping at Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. Many RVers consider these the very best places to stay. Learn more or order.


Trivia

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

What sculpture created in 2019 can be seen from space? You’d know if you read yesterday’s newsletter!


Leave here with a laugh

Gordie Howe (1928-2016), famous Canadian professional ice hockey player, reportedly was unhappy about a penalty one of his teammates got during a game. He went to the referee and asked, “What would happen if a player came to you and said that you’re an SOB?” The referee told him that the player would get a 2-minute penalty for misconduct. Howe replied, “Then it’s a good thing I didn’t tell you you were an SOB for calling that penalty,” and he skated away. —Thanks to Richard Gougeon, Mascouche, Quebec, Canada

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John Padgett
7 months ago

We don’t celebrate V Day except acknowledging that EVERYDAY is our V Day for over 30 yrs. We feel so lucky.🙂

jillie
7 months ago

My dog turned 13 on Valentines Day. My husband and I do not do anything together because I am preparing to go FT RV and leave his sorry ass behind. I can’t stand him. No matter. I hate V Day anyways. So I celebrate with my pets.

Alan Goldberg
7 months ago

My motorhome is a 2003 so I replace the brake fluid in the master cylinder every spring. Noticed a big difference first couple of years not so much now. Must be working.

Kevin
7 months ago

We always go to the card section of a local store where we read and exchange cards before every occasion (then we put them back where we found them). We have a few good laughs and get to watch others look for cards also. When we sold our home (of 40+) years we found dozens of cards we kept over the years. We saved the homemade ones (especially from our daughter). The rest we recycled. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone (especially to the staff at RV Travel!)

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

Thanks, Kevin! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart, as well, from all of us at RV Travel. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Don Nedrow
7 months ago

We will go to lunch on following Sunday, 16th, with our camping group.

travilenman
7 months ago

Happy 161st. Birthday OREGON……and Happy Valentines Day to all of you reading this post.;….

Two Buck Chuck
7 months ago

Power Cord Drag – I was sitting here trying to figure out how this could possibly happen when I remembered that I started out of a California Park with my Awning fully extended. Soooooooo, nevermind.

Jim G.
7 months ago

I had to answer “no” to the poll, as my wife is diseased.

GeorgeB
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim G.

Sorry Jim …. celebrate with your fond memories

DAVID QUINN
7 months ago

Headed to Kernville for Whiskey Flat Days with my Valentine. We will be snuggling by the campfire 🔥 tonight. Everybody enjoy your weekend.

Pat
7 months ago

My husband is excited about a 1999 Airstream Bambi. I’m wondering if it is worth it to buy a trailer that old. would appreciate the pros and cons.

Jim Schrankel
7 months ago
Reply to  Pat

Most any RV that is over 20 years old would be questionable, but an Airstream is the exception. Because of their unique construction, they are almost impervious to water infiltration, the bane of RVs. I purchased a 1958 Airstream that was as tight as the day it left the factory. They hold their value for a reason.

Tim Bear
7 months ago
Reply to  Pat

Ten yrs ago we bought a ‘93 Airstream Excella 30’. Had to replace a 2’x2’ section of living room floor due to past water damage (prob from a window being left open), but otherwise it was sound. Even had a working doorbell! 🤗 Over the next 3 yrs replaced window valences, reupholstered & ‘re-cushioned’ couch, swapped in a porcelain toilet & sink, and converted rear twin beds to one large king bed we just would stroll down the hall and dive into. Thing about a not-new RV is it can free you up for renovations & make it your own thing. Have a good time – I did!

Diane Mc
7 months ago

We read about couples going to card shops and picking out cards and giving them to each other to read. Clever. Since we have been in Daytona for the last 15 years for Valentine’s Day & our anniversary, we started to recycle the previous best cards from the past. Although this morning, my husband gave me a previous Valentine’s Day card that had been used for a previous anniversary. He forgot to cross out “Anniversary” for Valentine’s. However, he’s now prepared for our anniversary in 2 weeks.😂.

AzDave
7 months ago

Concerning the power cord drag. I use a printed checklist to help me remember any missed steps from my mental checklist. Doing a review of the printed version before departing has saved time and trouble later on.

Brooke
7 months ago

What happened to Rich The Wanderman articles? Haven’t seen any in months.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Brooke

I’ve been wondering the same thing for a while… he always has the most quirky/useful/novel things to talk about…

alvin.e
7 months ago
Reply to  Brooke

Thank you for asking. I have been wondering about his absence myself for some time now. Just was to afraid to ask.

croscwa
7 months ago

Hallmark? Perhaps not really their invention although I’m sure it’s a major event for them.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day

Phil Atterbery
7 months ago

I noticed something about your tip about the brake fluid device. The text of the paragraph indicates the device checks the level of brake fluid in the reservoir. That’s not what the device tests. It tests the moisture content of the fluid. A high level of moisture will degrade the fluid making the brakes feel soft or more spongy. This difference in descriptions will become evident when the ad on Amazon is reviewed.
Close but no cigar folks. Still love this newsletter.

Sink Jaxon
7 months ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

Noticed that also…you don’t need a device to check a level of fluids! LOL!

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

I commented the first 12 times this ad ran… maybe the bogus ad text is not inserted by RVT?

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

OK, fine! 😉 Emily inadvertently inserted the outdated text in the ad and I missed it when proofing. It’s been corrected/updated. Thanks for letting us know, Phil and Wolfe. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Larry H Lee
7 months ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

A high moisture content in brake fluid by itself will not make the brake pedal feel mushy. That only happens when the brakes get hot enough to boil the water into steam. The reason for this is water (like brake fluid) is not compressible but steam is. As the heat and steam increase the pedal goes farther toward the floor, and the braking effectiveness decreases rapidly.
The other way to have mushy brakes is air in the system after inadequate bleeding after a fluid flush and replacement or system rebuilding.

Alvin
7 months ago

After 50 + years I and the CEO are weary of celebrating everything from clean your windows day to buy an unsuspecting guy at the coffee shop a coffee day, so we do pretty low key, and pass on the heart shaped box of mostly air errrr, I mean chocolates. But not on wishing each of you our RV friends a Happy Valentines Day wherever you may be.

DAVID QUINN
7 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Ditto, and as we see in the daily tips, there is always something to celebrate on any given day lol.

Sharon Boehmer
7 months ago

2nd day in a row, no reader poll. i have checked on 2 different devices and nothing.

Linda
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

I’ve had the poll. What browser are you using? I’m not tech savvy, but sometimes that is the problem. I’m using a Google.

Gary Smith
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda

Mine works fine too with Safari.

Will B.
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

Turn off any ad blockers, see if it comes through.

Bob Weinfurt
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

I’ve been getting them

Bobkat
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

Using the old Microsoft Internet Explorer I often did not get the poll. Using Chrome I get it every time. I prefer MS IE but it is a thing of the past.

KellyR
7 months ago
Reply to  Bobkat

I find the same to be true with Internet Explorer and have had to switch to Chrome. This is nuts trying to keep up with all the changes which seem to be constant. Both of my 24 year old cars keep going. Why can’t computer stuff last at least until I’m gone?

Bill T
7 months ago

Valentines Day. Another annual conspiracy brought to you by Hallmark greeting cards and local flower shops. Feb 14 is just another day for retailers to separate you from your money. LOL.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

Not so fast, BIll.

https://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/valentines-day-ideas/history-of-valentines-day/

It seems Hallmark was late to the party. Kind of an interesting article. But you are correct about retailers wanting to separate you from your money. That’s what retailers are for!

Dave r
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

Or you could use it as an opportunity to tell the ones closest to you how much you really love them. Show it by making the card yourself.

badwolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave r

Actually had one “Valentine” get upset by a homemade card. I was quickly informed that if I REALLY cared, I would have stood at store and read and read until finding just the right card….. To each their own, I guess.

Gene Bjerke
7 months ago
Reply to  badwolfe

Myself, I prefer something special made than something written by a professional writer working for a large corporation.

Rick
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

Bet you are a barrel of fun to be around…..

Jeb
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

I bet you have never been accused of being overly romantic.

GeorgeB
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

You’re a single man, whether you know it or not.

Bill T
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

For Rick, Jeb and GeorgeB, you guys realize I was only joking right? I thought the “LOL” at the end of my comment gave that away.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill T

They must have missed your “LOL,” Bill. But I do agree with you. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com