Wednesday, March 25, 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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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” —Margaret Atwood
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Manatee Appreciation Day!
Coronavirus Updates for RVers
Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.
There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.
New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.
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Tip of the Day
Dealing with dust storms on the RV road
By Jim Twamley
My grandfather told me about the Dust Bowl days when lack of soil conservation combined with a severe drought caused half of Texas, Oklahoma, and much of the Midwest to blow away. It wasn’t uncommon to see massive clouds of dust blowing across the land. The famous American journalist Ernie Pyle reported on these storms and how they enveloped everything, making it difficult to breathe and impossible to see more than a few feet in any direction. Continue reading.
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WiFi endoscope lets you peep where your eyes won’t go
Ever wondered what the inside of your black water tank looked like? Is that “tank blaster” really doing the job? You can’t just eyeball the inside of the tank – or can you? With a flexible endoscope, you can run a tiny camera down for a “look around,” and get an eyeful of information on your tablet or phone. It’s pretty handy to have in the RV so check it out here.
RV Mods: Upholstery foam sagging? Give it the bum’s rush!
One area where RV manufacturers save on a few bucks is in the quality of foam rubber in cushions. After a few years, you might want to replace the foam. This doesn’t necessarily require hiring an upholstery professional — in many cases, you can do it for less yourself! Learn how here. Your tush (and your pocketbook) will thank you.
Yesterday’s featured article: Conservation: An RV dry camping key
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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.
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Check the drip tube in the back of your fridge
It’s a good idea to occasionally take a peek in the back of your RV refrigerator. They have a drip tube that channels off water from condensation. Sometimes this tube leads to a drip container (often near the chimney) that evaporates off this water; others may “port” the water out of the rig harmlessly. In any event, if the tube gets loose and starts dripping water onto your RV framework, it can lead to damaging rot.
Random RV Thought
Always keep a few hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. They’re good for a quick snack — lots of protein.
If you don’t have a first-aid kit, now is the time to buy one. Don’t be without one in your home or RV!
Website of the day
Bon Appetit’s best comfort food recipes
We could all use a little comfort right now. Here is Bon Appetit’s list of their best comfort food recipes. Trust us, you’ll need a napkin to wipe up all the drool.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
If you’re out of toilet paper, head to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay is known as the toilet paper capital of the world because the first “splinter-free” toilet paper was produced there in the early 1900s. By 1920, the mill was the world’s largest producer of bath tissue.
Which state consumes the most alcohol? We told you in yesterday’s issue.
For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)
Leave here with a laugh
A health tip from George Bliss, especially as we’re sheltering in place:
As seniors we need to exercise more. I started with a 5-pound potato sack in each hand, extended my arms to the side and did 10 lifts. Next I went to 10-pound potato sacks, then 20 pound, then 30 pound. After one week of doing this I put a potato in each of the sacks. —Thanks, George!
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