Thursday, March 5, 2020
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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.
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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
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!
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
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.
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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