RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1314

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Wednesday, April 8, 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

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” ― Oscar Wilde

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Empanada 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.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “We are all ‘star-stuff'”

We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days.

“I cannot claim to be truly self-isolated because my wife is with me and our neighbors are with us – at arm’s length. But, of course, life is different now and for a while, so the best I can offer in terms of adaptation is this: Look up at the stars on a clear night and consider Carl Sagan’s reflection that we are all star-stuff…” Continue reading Gary’s insightful story.



Tip of the Day

Get started in boondocking with these essentials

By Greg Illes
Have you been thinking about going “off the grid” but are unsure how to get started? Like most of us, you don’t want to hazard your family’s safety or comforts, but you’d really like to try a few nights away from an RV park (especially now that so many are closed or restricted), perhaps out under the desert stars or next to a mountain stream. And with parks and campgrounds closed for who-knows-how-long, maybe you’ll find a boondocking area nearby to hole up in for awhile until we’re again allowed to roam around this great country of ours.

You need only a few “tools” to boondock successfully, and some of those tools are mental rather than physical. Proper knowledge and preparation will take you a long way – and back. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


fire extinguisherFire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.


Dead RV battery issue leaves owner in the dark

Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor regarding dead house batteries. The RVer made sure the power switch for the batteries was off when he stored the coach, but within a week or so the batteries were depleted. He couldn’t find anything left on to cause this, and asked how to troubleshoot the problem. Read Chris’ reply.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to help avoid roof water damage


Reader poll

*Editor’s note: We know we asked a similar question a few weeks ago, but things are changing quickly so we thought we’d ask again…


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.


Readers tell us

If asked to self-isolate, will you do so in a traditional home or an RV? See what fellow RVers said here.


The motorhome that launched Winnebago
The Winnebago F-19 debuted in 1967 with a price tag of less than $5,000, half that of other motorhomes at the time. This was the motorhome that brought Winnebago to the public eye as the first affordably priced motorhome. Watch the video.


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.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Quick Tip

Say goodbye to pinhole leaks in slideout covers!

“Flex Seal rubberized paint spray is perfect for renewing a slide cover that has developed a bunch of pinhole leaks from age. I had multiple leaks in my bedroom slide cover, so I sprayed it 3 years ago and it never sprung a leak after that even after rolling the cover in/out over 200 times.” You can buy some of this stuff here. — Thanks for the tip, Fred Burns!


Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.


Random RV Thought

If you have enough gas in your RV or tow vehicle, take it out for a drive at sunset. Turn off the GPS and drive down back roads looking for a pretty place to watch the sky change colors. Turn on the GPS once it gets dark, and head back “home.”


Website of the day

Nikon School Online
Nikon is offering their online photography classes for free during the month of April (we’re sorry we’re not seeing this sooner!). Now is a great time to learn new photography skills, so enjoy these classes while you can.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• A story of kindness for an RVer in need.
• RV refrigerators – Go for a residential unit?
• Your safety while boondocking – your responsibility.
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A road atlas for kids makes geography fun!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.


Trivia

In the English language, “screeched” is the longest one-syllable word and “dreamt” is the only word that ends with the letters “mt.”

Yesterday we told you about a building built on the U.S./Canadian border. What side do you enter from? Find out by here by scrolling down


Leave here with a laugh

Q: What type of shoes do frogs wear?
A: Open “toad”.

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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Snayte
5 months ago

Twelve is the highest number that is a single syllable.

Johnm405
5 months ago

I done that For the wife after I retired and she was still working. Asked her to lunch then took the motor home to her parking lot and fixed her a hot lunch.

Lizzy
5 months ago

Whoops! Screeched, scratched, scrounged, squelched, straights, strengths.

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

Good job, Lizzy! And I’m sure there are lots more. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob Amoroso
5 months ago

Read the article about the First Alert Tundra portable fire extinguisher. Checked the website (Amazon) to look into purchasing them. Oddly enough, you can purchase a SINGLE unit at $11.99, or, 2 pack at $29.99. Interest that TWO SINGLE UNITS WOULD BE $23.98 while a 2 pack would be $29.99 that’s $6.01 more. So if you buy two singles you get it for $6.01 less……HELLO AMAZON

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

Yep, what Bob said. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob Amoroso

That is not uncommon on Amazon. Do the math before you buy!

Susan From KC
5 months ago

I camped in my trailer last night in my own driveway. Had the windows open for a nice breeze and saw the full moon. Cooked rotisserie chicken outside and made breakfast this morning while distancing from my neighbors. May not be able to use the campgrounds right now but life’s good here. Stay safe everyone.

Austin
5 months ago
Reply to  Susan From KC

My compliments Susan. Excellent use of inventiveness.

Thomas
5 months ago

Very disappointed last 🌙 night. Here in cloudless AZ we were promised a Pink full moon. Same old cream colored as usual.
Try again tonight if clouds stay away.
Who comes up with these ideas?
STAY SAFE EVERYONE

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

Are you being facetious, Thomas? Here’s an explanation from nbcnews.com about the name: “‘Pink moon’ is just a nickname from folklore — a reference to moss pink, or wild ground phlox, whose pinkish flowers are among spring’s earliest flowers in the eastern United States. April’s full moon is also called the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon and the fish moon.” And then the first full moon in March was the worm moon. Were you expecting to see worms crawling all over it? Just wondering. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Deborah Font
5 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Too many chemtrails during the day caused the night sky to disappear.

MARK GILLEY
5 months ago

I was wondering how Gary Bunzer is doing?

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

Thanks for asking, Mark. For the most recent updates on Gary, check this post: https://www.rvtravel.com/gary-941/ Whenever Chuck hears anything he puts an update at the top. —Diane at RVtravel.com

MARK GILLEY
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you. Our prayers go out to Gary and family.

Joe Allen
5 months ago

The MH hall of fame is well worth the time to visit. Learned a lot while walking through the 2 story building. When done, visit the Furrion building within eyesight from the Hall of fame. Another nice place to visit and put hands on their products!

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago

Boondocking, I think there are quite a few folks that boondock due to money concerns as well. They can’t afford the full glamping lifestyle, nor can they afford the upfront expense of lithium batteries and solar panels. To suggest people limit their use of a generator because other people boondock to get away from other people is WRONG! Are those folks any better or more important? If I need to run a generator to charge up my batteries…I’ll do it. I’ve done the socially responsible thing by getting a quiet generator. Don’t try to tell me to limit its use because others are boondocking to get away.

Bill
5 months ago

Glad you were considerate enough to get a fairly quiet generator. But if you really want to charge your batteries quickly as possible then fire up your rigs engine … it’s alternator will top up your batteries a heck of a lot faster than any generator. Of course if you are towing your rv you’ll have to plug in the trailer socket but you should be able to come up with an extender if needed. And you’ll hardly use any more fuel as it should take less than ½ hour of engine/alternator as compared to a few hours with most generators.

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I have a 5th wheel. Running my truck to try and charge my batteries will not work quickly.

Alvin
5 months ago

Dave, thanks for the warning, and doing YOUR version of a “socially responsible” thing. We don’t agree!
The lady and I leave town not to get away from people, but to get away from artificial racket (including your generator) we can’t escape living in a city, 10/20 feet away from the guy next door.

We do all we can to get away – yes get away from those who can’t seem to get one with nature without worrying about the batteries.

cee
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Are you saying you are in a tent with no amenities?

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Batteries are essential…sorry! And just for the record, I’ve only boondocked 2x for one night each. 1 in the dealer’s parking lot, the other at a harvest host. Gen only used to charge the batteries, then turned it off. Oh, other folks kept theirs on all night in a class C. It didn’t bother me or my wife.

Wolfe
5 months ago

Charge your battery faster using the tow vehicle and jumper cables… the tow umbilical limits current intentionally.

Do NOT use the unregulated battery charging port on your inverter generator.

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

So…run the diesel truck as opposed to the generator. I believe the truck is louder.

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Uhh…not sure what or where the unregulated charging port is in an inverter generator. I plug my RV power cable into my generator. I believe it’s regulated. It better be…

tom
5 months ago

I guess it is all about you .

Dave Pellegrino
5 months ago
Reply to  tom

It’s not, but thanks for the thoughtful insight…the premise is that some have to use the generator some don’t. Why should one set of people get preference?

John C Jackson
5 months ago

There are plenty of boondocking locations in the US. I find a location far enough away from others to use my generator to charge batteries. If you park close to me and don’t like the sound you can move.

Tom
5 months ago

If you arrive 1St then I may agree about generator. If they were there don’t use it.

Carl
5 months ago

And the only word in the English language to use the 5 primary vowels in alphabetical order is fAcE tIOUs.

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

Ha! And I just used that word in reply to a comment a few minutes ago, before I saw your comment. Thanks, Carl. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
5 months ago

I hope to visit that RV/MH museum one day, maybe find out if there is a club for Coleman Popup trailers. Where is it ?

Judy
5 months ago

It is in Elkhart, Indiana. Here is their web link
https://www.rvmhhalloffame.org/

John Karlson
5 months ago

Elkhart, Indiana / u can see it off Indiana Turnpike (I-80).

Gray
5 months ago

Found: a way to beat the cabin-fever stay-at-home blues! We’ve discovered that two of our favorite restaurants in town (fish&chips; Asian menu) offer order-ahead take out service. So we fire up the truck camper, drive down to the very uncrowded restaurant parking lot, get the still-steaming take-out order, and sit with spouse in the camper dinette to enjoy a great hot meal. We’re totally “socially-distanced” so we can stay safe and have fun, too.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

What a great idea! Unfortunately, our 30ft trailer is a bit unwieldy for such activity. DRAT!

Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Enjoy it. But I’d sure want to get a look at the person preparing that meal, know a little about where they live and who they live with. That fish and chips/Asian dish may not be a safe as if you’d parked on that lot & fired up the stove and cooked your meal yourself.

So if we’re supposed to be self isolating, how does accepting food, prepared, boxed and delivered by numerous people presumably you know nothing about figure into the safe distancing – self isolating paradigm?.
Just asking maybe I have it all wrong – educate me – and while I’m waiting for the diploma I’ll throw a burger on the BBQ – yum!

GeorgeB
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I believe you are correct Alvin. A couple weeks ago I went through a Culver’s drive-through. None of the workers inside wore masks, the cashier/server wore gloves …… the same pair for all the cars ahead of us. With those gloves, she helped prepare food, took currency and credit cards from potentially infected customers and handed the same back. Possibly the most suspect method of transferring this virus is through paper money. All the gloves are doing is protecting the servers, which is fine, but it does nothing for the customer.

Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

George you add to the mystery around what caused, is causing and will spread this virus. You will not get a consensus from anyone on the topic. My quest is to do what I can to distance myself from harm and keep anyone else around me as safe as possible. One of the top last things I’d do is buy any food or beverage I have no idea, who , how or under what conditions it is being prepared.

The restaurant wing of the hospitality service industry has for years gotten clean away with throwing a help wanted shingle out, then hiring the first cheapest body that applies. No training requirement, no safety training requirement – etc etc etc nothing – zero!

It is the # 1 most under regulated industry I can think of.

Here in Canada there is Zero requirement on the part of a restaurant to hire a competent person to run a grille, work the prep station, or anything else. I could go on.

My folks who owned/ran a successful restaurant, both long passed away, would roll over in their graves if they could see what is going on today in an industry they were so proud to be part of.

George, thanks for weighing in on a very important topic – it needs a lot more attention and patron thought.

Rory R
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

That’s an original idea and I like it. No cold dishes that have to be heated up, and don’t taste quite the same. And you are socially distanced too.