RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1296

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Friday, March 13, 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 bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.” ― Amit Ray

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coconut Torte Day!



Tip of the Day

Inspect your propane rubber hoses regularly or risk disaster

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A walk-around of the RV a while back caused a “double take” when passing the LP cylinders on the A-frame. The high pressure rubber pigtail – the one that goes between the LP cylinder and the pressure regulator – was blasted apart at the fitting. The parts for the repair were cheap enough, a couple of bucks, but that freshly filled cylinder belched its contents into the atmosphere. Total cost at that time: about $25. Still, that was cheap when compared to “what could have happened.” Continue reading.

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RVing the Oregon coast is a delight

The Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful places in America and easy to explore with an RV. The pavement is good, there’s not much traffic (except in peak tourist season) and there are many wonderful state park campgrounds (most with hookups and spacious sites for large RVs). Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Curing the curse of hard water RV plumbing issues


Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? Learn more or order.


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Helpful resources

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Quick Tip

Easy check for water leaks

Check your RV for plumbing system water leaks easily. With water in the fresh tank, turn on your water pump. After it shuts off, signaling the system is pressurized, it won’t turn on again until you “call for water.” If it does turn on, you have a leak.


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Random RV Thought

If you’re a beginner and just bought your first RV, here’s an idea: Park your new RV in your driveway and pack it up like you’d be going out on a trip. Live in it for at least a week. What did you forget to pack? What do you wish you had? What did you pack that you didn’t use? It’s a good test run.


Website of the day

The best road trips in Canada
If you haven’t taken your RV up to Canada yet, what are you waiting for? Here’s a list of the 10 best road trip routes across the beautiful Canadian landscape.


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Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


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This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe – you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.


Trivia

Jackie Miley holds the trophy for the world’s largest collection of teddy bears. She has 8,026 teddy bears living with her in her Rapid City, South Dakota, home.


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Tony
4 months ago

Never had a fear of heights until one day in my mid 30s, I was looking down from my 50 foot antenna tower and had to grab tightly until I could regain my composure. Only thing I can figure is it happened about the time I started to need hearing aids.

Vanessa
4 months ago

I’m not .afraid of heights but hanging out on ledges isn’t something I enjoy. Have never done a zip line or bungie but do enjoy the drop rides at parks. I so want to go up in a hot air balloon again!

Linda
5 months ago

i have never been afraid of heights. Just 3 years ago I rode the Zip Rider zip line across the Royal Gorge, already in my 70’s and loved it!

James Hudnall
5 months ago

I know that this is not a subject I’ve seen but would like to know anyway. Has anyone else have problems with Jeep 3.8 motor? I even had the”bullet proof ” 505 performance reengineering new upgraded motor. It is towed most of the time but does have 55000 miles. The last 5 on the New motor but it is back smoking and the mechanic said a cylinder has gone bad again. I use the best synthetic oil and change every 5000 miles. I have never had a problem with any other piece of equipment and I have to keep my stuff longer than most. That why I take such good care of what I have.
So if anyone has a similar problem I would like to know what your fix or advice might be.

John Baxley
5 months ago

The comment about water pump running after pressurized us not always true. Mine ran after pressurized for about 2 days- no leak. I had to shut it on and off each time I wanted water. The next stop I had shore water. The next stop back to water pump- it worked fine. No running after pressurized. Any ideas on cause?

ToolMan
5 months ago
Reply to  John Baxley

Sometimes when have been on hookups then go to boondocking the pump will not pressurize right away. We have to crack a faucet to let air out so it’s pumping water not air.

Wolfe
5 months ago
Reply to  John Baxley

If you are positive you don’t have a hidden leak, its your check valve on your pump…it “leaks” back into your fresh tank, harmless …but annoying.

Roger
5 months ago
Reply to  John Baxley

My initial thought would be that the water pumps check valve didn’t close all the way and the pressurized water found its way back into the unpressurized holding tank. The next time you used the water pump… maybe it just made a better deal.

DAVID QUINN
5 months ago

I’m rethinking my trip to Michigan next month, not for my fear of catching the virus but the fear of what states and federal government are doing with the pandemic. Events are cancelled, schools closing, can’t find TP lol even on my local Air Force base lol, churches are canceling all services and on and on…this fear is bound to get people stranded as in overseas travel right now. My wife is visiting Michigan right now and is afraid she won’t be able to fly back next week due to closures of airports, we will see but if nothing else, I will go get her in my RV and move up my travels if I have to. At least she is with our daughter currently safe and sound.

And oh yeah, I’m not necessarily afraid of heights as much as afraid of falling and the sudden stop at the end…there are a few things I will not attempt like bungee jumping or hot air balloons. But I love to fly.

Thomas
5 months ago

A leak? Not necessarily. May be the pump itself. Mine had a bad check valve. While technically a leak,no water was spilled to ruin anything.

Bob p
5 months ago

I was terrified of heights years ago, when I got my apprenticeship at GM my supervisor sat me down one day and explained to me that climbing on top of big presses was part of my job description and if I couldn’t do that I would lose my apprenticeship and be sent back to production. I amazed myself as to how fast I got over my fear.

Mary
5 months ago

We are volunteer park hosts for Oregon State parks and work mostly at the coastal campgrounds. I highly advise people to make reservations if you are visiting during the summer months. Spring and fall are wonderful on the coast and you can usually get in without reservations.

Bob Fuller
5 months ago

Be sure to use yellow teflon tape only for gas lines

Robert C
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob Fuller

Bob: that depends on the fittings. If your connection has a flared type fitting, never use Teflon or any sealant in it. Other fittings or okay. Not flare type.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

We had our 1997 Nash 25S for 16 years. As long as the water pump was turned on, we would hear it every so often ‘click’ a few times. We NEVER could figure out what was causing it to do that. No water leaks anywhere – that we could find. So we called them “Nashy farts.
Now we have an Arctic Fox 25Y – and we have the same experience. I have crawled all over and under this trailer and STILL can’t find any sign of water leaks. Maybe pressure release at the water heater? So, we call THESE ‘clicks’ Artie farts . . .
We shut the pump off anytime we’re not in the trailer, and at night when we’re in bed – just in case.

Ed Killgore
5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I suspect a Camco #23303 back-flow preventer installed just prior to the intake on the pump will correct the issue. The internal check valve in the pump is the culprit.

Jim Collins
5 months ago

Afraid of heights , No, Ladders are my problem, Afraid of falling is my problem, getting up on the Roof no problem , getting down is my problem, love Flying .

Irv
5 months ago
Reply to  Jim Collins

I’m with you: Not afraid of heights, afraid of falling.

Walker
5 months ago
Reply to  Irv

I’m not afraid of falling as much as I’m afraid of the sudden stop!

Nels
5 months ago

A simple conversion of speeds for travelling in Canada: 40 KPH = 25 MPH, 80 KPH = 50 MPH, 100 KPH = 62 MPH (65) 110 KPH = 69 MPH (70). School zones are 30 KPH = 18 MPH (20). These are common speed zones in Canada. Appoximate and accepted speeds are shown in brackets.

DAVID QUINN
5 months ago
Reply to  Nels

I just use my dash control to switch from MPH to KPH. For those few vehicles that did not come with that feature or kilometers is not marked on the speedometer, tape Nels conversion to your dash or sun visor as a helpful reminder. Happy camping.
The Lazy Q

Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  Nels

The RCMP &/or Sheriff service have a field day welcoming Americans into our country, when they cross the border (in this instance crossing from Montana into Alberta at Sweetgrass MT /Coutts AB,) where you can travelled all day in Montana at 85 miles per hour, and the second you cross into Alberta you crawl along at 70 mph (110kmph)

What a wonderful welcome and one I think may have caused more than one adventurer from the States to turn around and head back south.

Be warned too, that Photo radar in Canada is used in many jurisdictions to generate capital for policing and so on – some of it going into municipal general revenue accounts. Sure there’s places all over America where you have to be on the look out for speed zones that go from one speed to another for no apparent reason, and you get nailed., but here it’s an art form.

In Lethbridge, there’s a clever permanent cash machine (photo radar on a big tall pole) waiting for the unsuspecting as they come off east bound 3rd avenue a major artery, onto south bound Mayor Magrath, where the speed limit stays at 50 kmph, (30mph) two blocks before that three lane road turns into a 60 kmph (35 mph) zone and retains that speed limit for miles.

That tricky little zone nails hundreds of drivers every year, simply because most of us as humans deduct automatically there’s no reason on a three lane road to be driving so slow.

Although fuel prices are very low as I write this (gasoline 89.9 cents in Lethbridge) the price of fuels and things like Alcohol, stun the average person coming into this country.
Then there’s the taxes- do your home work – ask yourself what B.C. really means – Bring Cash…………………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ask this Canadian why 95% of his RV’ing is exclusively in America -10% of the answers are found above.
Oh yes and to address the myth of beauty. Certainly Canada is a physically beautiful country -beauty which America can match many times over and more – except perhaps the amazing aurora borealis in the north.

Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Whats the difference between a puppy and an Albertan?……xxxxxx….

Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

ha – Paul either got a ticket or didn’t pay it and the toughies here have a warrant out for his arrest next time he gets his nose near our border. Come on down Paul – you are the next contestant in the ……

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Hey, Paul. What’s the difference between a respectful commenter on here and a disrespectful commenter? The disrespectful commenter gets bleeped (or trashed). Just sayin’. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Haha, two Canucks with some cross border banter, sorry to upset you and Alvin, ********!!!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Sheesh, Paul. No name-calling on here either, please. No, I’m not upset. Just trying to keep things polite for our respectful readers. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dr4Film
5 months ago
Reply to  Nels

I found it easier to just mentally multiply the KPH speed by 6 and drop the zero. Works for me!

Jeff
5 months ago

Happy to say we have done all 10 road trips in Canada

Mary Lavoie
5 months ago

We’re snow birds traveling around the south with plans to be back home for Easter. The current pandemic situation has us wondering if we should head home early or risk getting caught in a travel ban. Our state has few cases so far but we would have to go through New York to get home. Curious if any others are changing travel plans due to this crisis?

Bob p
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lavoie

Just don’t touch anything in New York!

Ed Killgore
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lavoie

Due to the panic our 401K has nose-dived making our plans to roam the West for six weeks out of reach.

Ron
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lavoie

Being right in the danger age (74 & 76) and with me having a compromised immune system, we have cancelled our reservations at the FMCA Tucson rally and may not even go to our summer resort in Newport Oregon. Hopefully, this virus outbreak will be contained soon and we can all get back to our normal routines.

Bob Weinfurt
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lavoie

I’m in upstate NY. My gut feeling is that the virus is going to spread pretty much everywhere, affecting almost everybody in one way or another. I wouldn’t want to get sick on the road, hundreds of miles from home. Instead of taking a long trip this spring, we’re boondocking fairly close to home away from the crowds. Still hope to go to Maine in July. This too shall pass.
One positive attribute in all this is the fuel prices should drop substantially.

Cheryl Bacon
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lavoie

Right now we do not have any plans to change our travel plans. Technically I guess we could be called snowbirds, but we just stay in a state further south than home. Our home state is also considered a snowbird destination, but it just gets colder than either of us prefer. We have had discussions with our adult kids that we would come home if we are needed due to the school closures. Leaving our RV at the current park and driving home in our car to speed up the travel time. We have mostly played it by ear, with each outing we take, but have only changed outing events a couple times. Now with the rapid closing of things, things get changed if you were going to go or not. We have followed the news the whole time and understand it is an unprecedented event and life as we know it is ever changing. We are concerned but not scared, I guess you can say we are going with the flow and just staying flexible and accepting the fact that things and policies can change in any given moment and we will have to adapt. We do not like hearing people arguing with people if they should be terrified or think it is nothing. We think as a community we need to come together, help each other when needed and just do what is recommended. It is a situation that is affecting us all and people ranting on the extreme either direction is not helping, but adding to the crisis. Be patient with one another, we are all in this together and dealing with all the endless changes and uncertainties.

Judy G
5 months ago

Actually, I was afraid of heights in my early years. When I got divorced, the fear went away. Go figure.

Robert C
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy G

So did all of your problems 😃
Hopefully 😬

tom
5 months ago

All those teddy bears will be tough on an estate sale. Just saying.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  tom

That’s for sure, Tom. Unless a collector buys the whole collection. That would take awhile to figure out the value of something like that. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Wolfe
5 months ago
Reply to  tom

I’m literally in the same situation… I run a charity for foster kids that gives them teddy bears as part of many other dignity and hygiene items. Someone donated several hundred “valuable” collectors bears. It’s obviously better to sell the bears and recycle money back into the charity instead of giving $150 bears to kids, except we don’t have time to sell hundreds of bears!

Buck
5 months ago

As far as height’s, I was a GTE/VZ retiree and serviceman for over 35 years. In my job climbing telephone poles [25′ to 50′] was a big part of my job.