RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1290

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Thursday, March 5, 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

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ― Robert Frost

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Doodle Day!



Tip of the Day

Get your rig “toad” out of trouble

By Greg Illes
After more than 50 years of driving, and a lot of it off-road, I’ve had a bit of experience towing “dead” vehicles. But not everyone is well-versed in getting a no-longer-lively vehicle out of the boonies and back to civilization. It is a far more complicated matter than throwing a rope around a couple of bumpers and giving it the gas. Here are some caveats and tips on towing.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV Mods: A place to keep your books in the rig

How about setting a goal for yourself to read two books a month or more? Both weekend and full-time RVers enjoy taking books along on their travels, including reference books — but where do you store them, where they’ll be handy but out of the way? Here’s a great solution.

Yesterday’s featured article: Sticky black water valve perplexes



Reader poll


Quick Tip

Correct RV tire pressure saves them

Keeping RV tires at the right inflation saves them. Too much pressure — uneven tread wear. Too little pressure — risk ruining the tires from overheating, plus uneven wear. Tires give off air even without actual “leaks,” so check them before you start out on a trip, and at least weekly on the road.


Stick no more!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 868
An RVtravel.com reader recommended this white graphite powder as the perfect fix for sticky windows. Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. He said his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” he explained.


Random RV Thought

One nice thing about living in an RV park or campground full time, or even staying in one part time, is that you get the pleasure of having professional landscapers without having to pay the bill.


Website of the day

Weather2Travel
This website is great for planning vacations and taking weather into consideration. It shows you everything from humidity to sea temperatures (swimming, anyone?) as well as all current weather conditions. There are even interactive tools that show your chances of getting caught in storms, etc.


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 7 percent get their news from a physical newspaper
• 36 percent are not picky with their food, and will try anything once
• 18 percent believe that children born today will have much worse lives than their parents


Keep the warm (or cool!) air inside with a vent insulator
RVs are meant to be used not just in summer and not just when it is warm and sunny. Achieving comfortable living in your RV when the outside is either too cold or too hot is a challenge. One way to prevent heat from escaping during colder periods or to prevent hot air from entering under a full desert sun is to stop the unwanted flow of heat or cold through your overhead vents. Here’s a simple solution.


Trivia

Google was originally named “BackRub” because of the way the search engine analyzed the web’s “backlinks.” A year later, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin changed the name to “Google,” which was a take on the number “googolplex.”

What age is your dog’s verbal understanding equivalent to in human years? We told you in yesterday’s issue


Leave here with a laugh

Bought one of those traveling irons yesterday. Woke up this morning and it was gone.

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Gene Bjerke
6 months ago

We carry a small library with us. At night I read from a book to her. Other times she reads a book by herself, and I read on my Kindle.

Gray
6 months ago

I far prefer the NOAA weather forecast site: https://forecast.weather.gov

Enter the name of the area (city or zip code) in the search box, and get a nice 7-day forecast. And there’s a multitude of nice features in the menu selections.

Marty Mapson
6 months ago

All my reading is done on my iPad. No books taking up unnecessary space.

TechiePhil
6 months ago

Lots of good weather apps out there. I primarily use Storm Radar. When traveling, I just look ahead on the radar map, check forecasts for towns ahead, etc.

Rob
6 months ago

Weather2travel site is a disappointment.
Anybody know of a good weather/temperature forecast site for us RVers?

Ron
6 months ago

After 54 years of marriage to the same woman, she has become an extension of me and being without her for an extended period of time would be very difficult. I just don’t think I could do it.

Alvin
6 months ago

I can (could once) spend days in the forest with nothing but the breeze blowing through the trees, the birds flitting about and an occasional forest animal passing by, all in concert with a great book, or fishing pole at the ready – Impossible today. Thanks for the memories’ Mother Earth!

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

Sounds like my semi-remote, (as yet) totally unimproved 18 acres of mountain property on a beautiful, rushing creek, Alvin. Only one hour from my home. Now, if I could only get internet up there so I could work while sitting next to the creek, instead of just dreaming about being up there. But I’m working on it. 😀 —Diane aka Mountain Mama at RVtravel.com

Rick
6 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Mountain Mama (aka) Diane: Your 18 acres sounds great, you should check into Satellite internet, yes it’s more expensive but instead dreaming about being up there you can be up there. Submit the bill to Chuck he will understand. 😉

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Rick

😆 Thanks for the tip, Rick. I’m checking into different options, but until I get a little RV (“portable cabin”) to take up there, or my sons build me a little log cabin, I’ll probably continue to work from home. It’s still a huge improvement over commuting 40 miles a day to downtown Seattle for 40+ years. The closest I could get to the mountains then was my license plate, “MTNMAMA” and my plate holder, “I’d rather be in the mountains” — i.e., rather than in traffic parked on the freeway. In the meantime, I’ll continue to be happy just knowing that my beautiful property is up there waiting for me. 😀 —Mountain Mama

Mary
6 months ago

I don’t get any alone time except a few hours here and there. I would not want days at a time but a few more hours would be nice.

Cecilia
6 months ago

The Highway Weather app is pretty cool. You enter your location and destination and it shows the weather and wind speeds at hourly times along your route.
Separate note to Webmaster: I could not leave this comment from my iPad because the “Terms and Privacy Policy” box was not there.

DAVID QUINN
6 months ago
Reply to  Cecilia

I just downloaded and plotted part of my upcoming trip to Kansas, I like it and since they use google it follows the path I’m headed and gives travel distance and estimated time of arrival. Hopefully it continues to be helpful. Thanks for the tip.

Jeb
6 months ago

About the random RV thought, you more than pay for the ‘pro’s’ when you stay at an RV park. The more landscaped the park is the more you pay.

RobertStrigler
6 months ago

Weather to travel is nothing but ads.
The little info given is available in a number of different places without the annoyance of myriads of useless ads.

CHipper146
6 months ago

Weather2travel seems to be a giant ad site that plants cookies on your computer.

DAVID QUINN
6 months ago

Weather2travel doesn’t know where I live, I’ll try it again for my upcoming trip and see what it might know.

Snayte
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVID QUINN

Use accuweather. Find your city and go to the month view, you can change to any month of the year and it show the average temp

DAVID QUINN
6 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

Thank you, I’ll give it a try.