RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1292

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Monday, March 9, 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

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” ― Charles Darwin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Napping Day!


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Just how important are my RV batteries?

Steve Savage submitted this article to RVtravel.com when he was a Master Certified RV Technician with Mobility RV Service.

Question: I have heard the batteries in my RV are more important than almost everything else in the RV. Why?
Answer: What you have been told is spot on. There is no way I can over-emphasize how important the batteries in your RV are. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Getting ready for the road. A soon-to-be RVer is attending Mike’s seminars, purchasing recommended equipment, and getting an RV education as he searches for an RV. Mike offers helpful tips on getting prepared for RVing.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


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Be like Mike! Use this 3-light and digital voltage tester!
Mike Sokol says: “I found this nifty tester online and have been using it in a variety of voltage checking situations. It performs all of the 3-light tests for outlet polarity, open ground, open neutral, etc., as well as being a 3-digit digital voltage indicator. In addition, it performs a standard 5 mA GFCI safety test – which you should be performing on all of your GFCI outlets once a month (or at least once a camping season).” Read more about it here.


RVers dodge a bullet from generator exhaust

Read, and heed, this article from Greg Illes, veteran RVer and long-time contributor to RVtravel.com. He had a frighteningly close call with his generator, even when he thought he was doing everything right. He lists some valuable lessons learned from this experience. Important reading. (Note: This article is a few years old, but the information is still just as important now.)


Controlling travel trailer sway and tongue weight 
Walter Cannon of the RV Safety and Education Foundation provides advice to travel trailer owners about sway control and maintaining the proper tongue weight. Watch the video.


Reader poll


Readers tell us

What do you listen to while driving? Find out what fellow RVers listen to most here (and get some ideas too).


This amazing tool does so much!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 903This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.


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

Protect yourself from kingpins at night

From George Bliss: A cheap set of rope lights around the pin box of my 5th wheel keeps me and others from walking into the kingpin, especially at night. I turn them off at bedtime in respect of my neighbors. I use two sets and run them along the side of the RV. —Thanks, George!


Random RV Thought

When using an RV park’s laundry facilities, be polite and remove your clothing immediately after it is done washing or drying. Nobody likes to wait around for someone else to remove their clothes. And you certainly don’t want other people to move your clothes for you.


Trailer hitches galore. Click here.
Our favorite tire pressure gauge. Used by the RV Travel staff. Click.


Website of the day

Best festivals in North America in 2020-2021
Here’s a helpful website that shows you every festival happening in North America during the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Get ready to celebrate!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• How to prepare for boondocking.
• RVer Safety: Mountains, flat tires and rest stops.
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Trivia

If you’re traveling to or through Green Bank, West Virginia, be prepared to abandon your cell phone and Internet access. The town is located in the “National Radio Quiet Zone” where all electromagnetic signals are banned, including those from WiFi and cell phone signals. You can read more about it here – it’s fascinating.


Spring means rain. Keep it away from your RV!
Camco’s gutter spouts are the best way to keep rain off the sides of your RV. This 4-pack of extendable spouts can easily be installed in minutes and will direct rainwater away from damaging your RV’s sides, reducing dirt and black streaks. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

I finally realized my parents favored my twin brother. It hit me when they asked me to blow up balloons for his surprise birthday party.

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Rory R
6 months ago

I replied, “I don’t care”, to todays poll question. Although I have chosen to travel w/o a pet, I understand the companionship a pet gives. For many that pet is a family member. besides I love animals and when there is a problem attributed to a pet, the base cause is actually the owner…..

Mike
6 months ago

Anyone have a suggestion for a tire pressure monitoring system for a 30’ fiver and need 80lbs psi?

M. Will
6 months ago

I prefer an RV park with no people and there dogs! Wait a minute, thats why I boondock only!!

Robert Wohlrab
6 months ago

With the virus going around how much RV traveling do you think people are going to do. Do we not travel to protect ourselves?

Alvin
6 months ago

Hey, nothing wrong with the fur pals I’ve ever noticed to any extent, its the moms and pops I have the trouble with. They’re the two legged ones who think everyone should fawn over and treat their four legged kids like royalty. To me the pets are simply expensive albeit often cute accoutrements for lonely people, afraid to talk to other humans, unless they too have a dog, cat or chameleon in tow.

Ira Stoddard
6 months ago

Radio

Jamie Soucie
6 months ago

I like the irony of the “Todays Thought” and the “Need an excuse to celebrate?” pieces.
As someone who believes naps are sacred, they were appropriate.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Jamie Soucie

I’m pretty sure Emily posted those together on purpose, Jamie. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jim Collins
6 months ago

No mention of the Apopka Foliage Fair that takes place in in Apopka Florida every year, Apopka is known as the Indoor foliage capitol of the world, this year it is the last weekend of March. Come and enjoy free entertainment , lots of artists, and Vendors from all over the country, lots of food and rides for the kids, and for the first time a Beer Garden just for the Adults.

GeorgeB
6 months ago

Having dogs in parks is less a problem than some owners of dogs. Responsible owners equates to good pets. The opposite is true as well, which all of us have seen over the years.

The dogs are fine it’s the people
6 months ago

The dogs are fine it’s the people

Martin A
6 months ago

Re: rope lights at night, in some areas of the country pack rats are an issue and love eating the insulation on wiring on vehicles, apparently some are soy based and attractive to them. The lights are thought to keep them away. When we camped near Tuscon I opened my hood in the morning and found tracks everywhere in the dust in my engine area, thankfully they didn’t eat anything. A local told me about the rats. Also suggested leaving hood up at night for same reasons.

Sink Jaxon
6 months ago
Reply to  Martin A

Exactly, I live 3 miles from town in the country in SoColorado. We have to garage our vehicles or the pack rats can get up in the engine compartment and destroy the wiring. If we have to leave a vehicle out at night or someone comes to visit, we lift the hood so it’s not so “cozy” for them. Also, our firewood we have to keep enclosed or they will build a little home in the wood (their formal name is a wood rat). Pesky little critters!

Drew
6 months ago

Thanks for the article about Green Bank- very interesting.

Thomas
6 months ago

Re:Dogs
I’m in a RV resort for the winter and across the street from me they have 2 dogs that bark non stop if they go away . Management does nothing about it. When they are home the dogs are ok, until the owners decide to walk them. Then those dogs are the happiest things alive( more barking while they hook up the leashes) .Only 1 more month of barking, the people are not friendly.

Alvin
6 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Don’t know what you left behind wherever you live Thomas, but are you enjoying yourself more? Just one reason why the lady and I will never sign up for a long term stay anywhere but home.

DPJenson
6 months ago

Allow dogs but make sure there are rules as far as all leashed- leashes no longer than 6 feet. People please scoop your dogs poo too.

Herb Zechman
6 months ago

Alert: the MOST important reason to have working house batteries on a towed camper is to power the brakes in the event of a separation from the tow vehicle!!!

Howard Jacobs
6 months ago

I would like to add an important item to the campground laundry user. Please be careful when using bleach. I have a bunch of shirts ruined by someone spilling bleach and not wiping it up.

Tommy Molnar
6 months ago

Those radio telescopes don’t run on “D” cell batteries. Just sayin’.

WEB
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Please tell us how it is run then… that is if you are sayin’ they have been doing it wrong.

Harry Ward
6 months ago

Why was it necessary for the vulgar word in the “Quiet Zone” article?

Dr4Film
6 months ago
Reply to  Harry Ward

Harry, why are you blaming RV Travel for an article written and published by someone not affiliated with RV Travel?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Harry Ward

We apologize, Harry. We linked to someone else’s article so had no way of removing the vulgar word. It was either post it “as is” or not use the article at all. Hopefully our readers understand that we don’t intentionally include offensive language in our posts. We also trust that our readers will just try to ignore offensive words when they are (rarely) in articles we post based on the majority of the content. Thank you for your understanding. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Alvin
6 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Wow, in a world ripe with vulgarity of every imaginable kind, and the “word” is offensive. Yikes, no wonder the kids are in a tailspin!!!

Gray
6 months ago

It’s early Monday morning, and today seems to be bringing a pivotal moment in our lives. I’m reminded of the Mad Magazine cover mascot who’s motto was “What, me worry?” This weekend’s RVT newsletter comments seemed to reflect a general attitude that the Covid 19 outbreak is overblown, a hoax, and press and public reaction is bordering on hysterical delusion. I’d urge everyone to look at what has happened in Italy over the weekend. Read today’s latest reports from that nation. Please.

Does anyone really believe that the U.S. is somehow greatly superior to Italy in regard to health standards, public health planning, or medical facilities? That we will somehow escape unscathed?

It is spreading silently and invisibly. Infected people do not show symptoms for days before becoming symptomatic and falling ill. During that time they are an invisible threat to everyone around them. We have no public testing program of any consequence today, so there’s no way to know how widespread or thoroughly the infection rate is. Please. Look at Italy and what has exploded there over the weekend. And plan accordingly. Don’t panic… just be sensible and take precautions, and be ready for disruptions in our personal and public lives.

Anything less is irresponsible. Or maybe, be like the Mad Magazine cover kid: wear a silly grin and go around jesting, “What, me worry?”

J.P.M.
6 months ago
Reply to  Gray

It’s over blown and in a couple of months gone.

Alvin
6 months ago
Reply to  J.P.M.

Ya’ll do yourselves a favor and check how many people die each month in the United States of America from an HAI. Your worry over Corona should dispense as quick as it did over Elboa, SARS, Bird Flu, Mad Cow, H1N1 and all the other health disasters that came before them scaring the hell out of TV newsreader and watcher alike!

.Oh then remember 20 years ago what was going to happen when the century turned over. There wasn’t a generator, noddle’s or TP to be had on the continent – oh boy are we living on borrowed time. YA right!!!!!!!

Sink Jaxon
6 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Think about this, do you remember the Swine flu epidemic (name changed to H1N1 for P.C.) that was right in the middle of the ’08 -’09 housing and financial crisis? Why do you suppose that epidemic popped up out of nowhere? To deflect attention. Same thing is happening today, for the same reasons. The powers that be think us common folk are stupid and have memories of no more than a month. I’m with J.P.M. it will be gone in a couple months. And if this does turn out to be serious as the media is making it, why go around hand wringing when there’s not a thing you or I can to about it? Irresponsible? I think not Gray.

Cheryl Bacon
6 months ago
Reply to  Gray

I’m tired of people arguing about if it is the end of the world or a hoax. Everyone here has Free Will and are big boys and girls and can make their own decisions and have their own opinions. If you are upset they did not close a school, pull your child out and home school, if an event did not cancel, don’t go, if your House Of Worship is not doing things the way you want, watch the service online. As much as you wish you could, you cannot control people or their actions.

Tom B
6 months ago
Reply to  Gray

This can’t be right, The Donald said we have everything under control 🙂 That said, I wear a seat belt even though the odds of needing it are much lower than catching this virus. Odds are if you catch it you won’t need hospitalization, which is good, because at it’s peak, there won’t be any available hospital beds for you. What is the downside to a little precaution here? You don’t have to buy any TP for a few months and you blow through a couple of bucks of hand soap.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Never been to Italy nor anywhere else in Europe but have known many people who have and based on what I hear we are a 1st world nation and most of Europe is second world. Everybody always talks about 3rd world nations, but the 13 months I spent in S Vietnam I would classify that in 1968 as a 4th world nation with sanitation standards that dated back to our 18th and 19th century. I survived that and I’ll probably survive this. **** [Bleeped by Diane for numerous reasons, e.g., political, placing blame, etc.]

Donald N Wright
6 months ago

I leave a couple of the $1.00 sidewalk solar lights where folks might trip over cables. Sometimes a Luci light a the far edge of a canopy on dark nights so night stalkers do not trip.