RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1315

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Thursday, April 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

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ― C.S. Lewis

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cherish An Antique 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: “I still try to smile”

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

“My husband and I workcamp. As the virus hit, we noticed we got busier with people trying to get home or closer to family. Some were trying to find spots because the park they were in previously had closed. So, as we picked up it meant we had to be more vigilant than ever with sanitizing…” Continue reading Lisa’s story.



Tip of the Day

Stabilizer jacks are not for lifting your RV

Most travel trailers have a stabilizer jack on each corner, and fifth wheels normally have one on each rear corner. Why are they there? These jacks are intended to keep your camper from bouncing on the suspension when you move about inside. Please! They are not designed to lift your camper. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Give your RV tires “the old Shinola”?

Most people want the tires on their RVs to look good, but how do you best do it? We once heard about an RVer who was told one of the best ways to keep his rig’s tires looking good was to give them a good “paint” of transmission fluid. Whoa! No! OK, how about some of those nice silicone-containing spray-on potions? Again, not a good idea. So what does a retired tire expert advise? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Dead RV battery issue leaves owner in the dark


These are the most-sold RV-related products online. Click here to see what other RVers are buying.


Reader poll


Quick Tip

Get ALL your wheels aligned

Got strange tire wear issues? When was the last time you had your RV wheels aligned? Motorhomes are obvious candidates, but even towable RV wheels can need alignment. Not every corner tire shop can do it, so be prepared to make a few phone calls to find a shop that can do it.


Say goodbye to goop!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 910
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.


Random RV Thought

Reader Margo Wood sent us a funny bumper sticker a few years ago and we never forgot it. It said, “My life is better than your vacation.” It’s true. As RVers, we live the “vacation” as life – what some people’s dream vacations consist of, we live every day.


Website of the day

Best perks for seniors in all 50 states
There are definitely some financial benefits to getting older. Supermarkets, drugstores, restaurant chains and retail outlets offer senior discounts. And it doesn’t stop there. All 50 states give seniors unique opportunities to save money on taxes, transportation and recreational activities. Maybe you’ll find something you qualify for but didn’t know about.


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:

• 17 percent can’t make it more than 24 hours without an electric hookup
• 68 percent are most productive in the morning
• 15 percent do not recycle

Recent poll: How badly do you need the money coming soon from the government?


Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.


Trivia

In 2013, Brazilian man Joao Maria de Souza was lying in bed when a cow fell through his roof and killed him. The cow had been grazing on a hill behind his house and walked onto his asbestos roof and fell through, landing on de Souza. The man was rushed to the hospital where he passed away. Even though this incident seems strange, local residents claim this was the third time this had happened in the previous three years.

What is the longest one-syllable word in the English language? We told you in yesterday’s issue


Leave here with a laugh

You thought dogs were hard to train. Look who can’t sit and stay. —Thanks to Tom Hart!

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Drew
3 months ago

I disagree with the wheel alignment statements. The classic symptoms of alignment problems are abnormal tire wear/ride issues. If your tires look normal and show no signs of trouble- save your time, money, and inconvenience. The only thing I agree with is that the shops that can do the work are limited. The more important issue is weight and proper weight distribution, as well as following recommended tire inflation. Those things account for many more tire failures and accidents than does wheel alignment.

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I agree with you Drew, a very large sum of money is spent needlessly each year on wheel alignments (?) (some that are never done – don’t ask me how I know that) I also agree if it steers well, and there’s no noticeable tire wear, you do not need an alignment. What I would push first (perhaps after rigorous tire pressure monitoring), is rotation. I rotate tires on all our vehicles frequently and on time and in return enjoy surreal miles with zero problems.

What I do question though is this idea there’s not many shops around that can do the work. That may be possible in smaller centres, but in Calgary Alberta Canada population somewhere around 1,300,000 there’s got to be hundreds of qualified shops equipped to do wheel alignments on pretty much everything.

The dealership I spent a lifetime in had a dedicated fellow doing only alignments and he was really good at it with very few comebacks that I can remember. We flat rate mechanics tried very hard to get it right the first time, as the second go was on our nickel.

Bd2
3 months ago

re: Checking your RV alignment.
One other thing to do……. when you go for the alignment, go loaded. That is all wet, cargo loaded, etc. Get as close to traveling weight and distribution as possible. This will make a real difference later in driving & tyre wear.

BruceinAz
3 months ago

We do the overwhelming majority of our shopping on line and have for years. On Amazon alone we’ve made 139 purchases in the past 6 months. We also do a significant amount online with Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, eBay and many others. We haven’t set foot in a Shopping Mall in over 20 years. We are finding that this “Social Distancing” and “Stay Home” policies pretty easy to handle and fits our lifestyle fairly well. The situation has put a damper on our planned travels but we also enjoy staying home and will do so for the duration of this China caused pandemic then hit the road for awhile.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  BruceinAz

Because it apparently first surfaced in China doesn’t necessarily mean it was “China caused.” Maybe it was Mother Nature caused. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jeb
3 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Asian flu was already taken. German measles, Spanish flu etc… Why no problem with those?
It is simply an indication on its first recorded sighting.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

Well, you have a point there, Jeb. I’m just saying what I’ve been reading, which is probably people trying to be “politically correct” — which way-back-when (before social media, etc.) wasn’t such an issue. —Diane at RVtravel.com

BruceinAz
3 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Now that’s political correctness run amok.

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  BruceinAz

Bruce you’re every retailers dream boy – the ultimate consumer. My wife and I have stuff around here from when we married 52 years ago. We buy very little at retail, from any source – we just don’t need (or WANT) much.

When we do buy something it’s almost always at a Thrift store – one of which we volunteer at.
Years ago I bought a beautiful Columbia Titanium Winter good for the arctic, with the tags still on.- $35. Somebody paid over $200 for it and either died or decided they didn’t like it, or the colours weren’t right – whatever.
Not bragging but, thrifty, and zero liabilities (debt) is how we both retired in our fifties, and have never (once) looked back – surviving all the roadblocks, and virus’ life handed us – so far!

BruceinAz
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I actually owned and operated a Thrift Store for a number of years and bought the entire contents of many complete households. Much of the nicer things that I liked went home with me until it got to the point of needing to store much of it and 30 years later that’s where some of it remains. So I tend to avoid Thrift Stores and yard sales and only buy necessities these days.

DAVE TELENKO
3 months ago

CHINA PROMISE:
I made a promise to myself NOT to buy anything made in CHINA. Only problem is we all know just about everything is made there! I only can hope that from this corona virus we have learned not only has CHINA caused it for their own reasons, but have refused to give help to those who really needed it. My wife feels the same way, actually shes been getting away from the CHINA junk for a long time. I dont want to mention anything thats political but you know exactly where the blame is. In reality we’re part of the problem for it as we always try to get the cheepest price & pay no attention to wheres its made, well until it breaks or falls apart. We all have to wake up & do our part to make AMERICA strong!!!!!
Snoopy

Mark B
3 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

there are no words

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

“China junk” !!!
No chancey Mr. Dave.
If you knew anything about the Chinese you would never make such a statement based on their contributions to mankind over the centuries. Some of the advancements and achievements they were capable of centuries ago are legion. Youtube is full of it -check it out!
The crap you talk about happens as follows.
A guy running a store or a chain of stores in Canada or America wants a widget, (or many different widgets) and he wants large volumes of them. He travels attending trade fairs all over the place and ends up in Bangkok or Beijing, and presto, he gets his box car load of widgets for the price he asks them to make them for, and which he is going to make a killing off back home.
It is not the makers fault a cheap a.. over here is willing to trade business morals and a whole lot more, for profit, (or that there’s large volumes of suckers to buy the crap either) happens everyday in every way my friend. Please do not blame the Chinese – when you do you forget what they’ve done in the past and today continue to achieve in education, in space, the sciences, medicine et al.

Don’t believe a word – become better less bitter- do your research.

Alvin
3 months ago

As a Canadian I got a lot from the Seniors perks for Americans item.

Americans have benefits a Canadian couldn’t dream of.

Like State parks passes and or reduced rates that are make the fee inconsequential.

But the big one for me was found in Alaska where they boast of no sales tax on utilities gas,water & sewer.

In Alberta ta da, we don’t have a sales tax either – good? right? – BUT there’s a rub – here’s how my last utility bill broke down.

Total charges for electric and gas – $88.97.
The gas part of the bill totalled $29.49,
The electricity $59.48. Sounds good to now right?

But here’s where the no tax in Alberta falls on its face.
Of the $88.97 – 19.39 was for the actual gas (natural gas) used to heat the home,
to get from $19,39 to $29.49 they add $7.47 – a fixed admin fee, then $1.22 for a Rider X (whatever that is) and then to top it off nicely they tax the taxes and the gas used another 5% (GST) ($1.41) Total it and you get $29.49. Of that total $10.10 on my bill are taxes unrelated to the gas used to heat my home!

On the electricity side same thing $59.48 total, actual cost of the electricity used -$30.24, the remainder (close to half again) $29.24 pure tax – $7.47 rate rider – $11.97 municipal franchise fee – $6.96 carbon levy – Goods and services tax (GST federal tax) tax upon those taxes – $2.84.

Oh , but you say “we have FREE health care” in Canada – only in your dreams, friends!

Gene Bjerke
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

It takes money to run a government. What they don’t get from direct taxation, they get some other way. As long as they don’t call it “tax” people don’t seem to notice as much.

Wolfe
3 months ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

*I* notice, but I’m good at math. My inverter generator produces power for about 10 cents a KWh, while my grid power at home charges me 17 cents (15 of that being taxes — I’m on un-meterably cheap cooling-tower based generation)… A tiny generator shouldn’t be REMOTELY the same price as commercial power! Other than surge capacity, I’d save a LOT disconnecting from the grid taxation. Ever wonder why government pushes grid-tie solar but HATES off-grid solar? They only get to tax off-grid a finite number of times during build-out, but grid-tie still gets taxed 50% when you push and taxed like always when you pull. Imagine all the good we could do for the planet if government wasn’t obscenely greedy at every turn?

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Opting out is not an option here. If I use zero power, sewer water etc, the fixed charges remain. It’s a dam tax. Like our democracy?
Ha, – be careful who you cheer for!

Chief W
2 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

It sure beats communism in Vietnam, socialist Germany, Italy, Russia, China etc. Unless you’ve “lived” outside the U.S., as I have, you really have little idea of what our republic is. Consider Europe compared to the U.S. The news media always likes to compare a European country to the U.S. Our individual states are larger than many countries, no real comparison in populations. Need to keep things in perspective. Lastly, after WW1, we began slowly changing our “freedom” to live where we want to, work at what we love, to placing “free” demands on our present local, state, and federal governments and increasing our taxes to pay for the “free” stuff. But, that’s “democracy” for you – you get what you ask for, and you will pay for it! Have a nice RV day!

Carol-Leah Loran
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Of course it’s not free. How can it be? The thing is it is there when you need it and you don’t have to decide between food and having a medical issue taken care of and you don’t have to worry about bankruptcy if there is a major medical issue. Be thankful for that bit of tax. I know people that spend upwards of $1000 a month for medical insurance.

Wolfe
3 months ago

Carol: I’m going to try to give you a different perspective… “DISASTER Health Insurance” or I think it was called “Major Medical” makes sense in the context you’re talking — pay a VERY SMALL fee and if you happen to be the 1:1000 hit by the falling piano you’re taken care of. Most people lost the deal because all insurance makes money for the company, not the client, OF COURSE. But, that was a tiny fee for an unlikely risk — having a normal dentist or doctor appointment never touched your insurance because people knew they needed routine medical care and budgeted X dollars a month towards the annuals.

Then, people got lazy budgeting, and wanted to roll that $100 visit into their insurance. Insurance was happy to charge you $200 more per year to do that for you. And your $40 eye appt, so now $500 more a year. And Dentists. And OB. And…and…and… And now, if you look at your bottom line, you and/or your employer are paying $5-8000 more per year. If you get cancer while being hit by lightening via the train falling on you while the plane crashes into the piano, you still “win”… ANY other scheme, you pay $200-500,000 during your lifetime for the once or twice you’d spend $20-50K at a hospital. And, thanks to mandatory insurance, you CANNOT say no. I’ve asked every employer to put my insurance into my paycheck, and they CAN’T under their mandatory insurance contracts.

Buying insurance, as much insurance as you want, has ALWAYS been an option. No, I’m not “thankful” for a mandatory tax and 99.99% guaranteed loss. That’s absurd.

Alvin
3 months ago

Carol, if you really want to know the cost ( say a family of two adults and two kids in Canada), I refer you to the Fraser Institutes annual cost analysis. Just goggle it. You’ll be floored what Canadians pay, and that’s just the beginning ( a case of beer (full of embedded tax) is sometimes triple your costs) and unlike you folks in the states in most areas I’m familiar with – WE DO NOT HAVE CHOICES – the government makes them for us. No choice no say.
You had a guy just drop out of the race for the WH who said he”d give you all free education, free health care, free this and free that -how dam fortunate those having a say didn’t take the bait – because believe me once they’re installed you’d done like yesterdays puddin’

Mark B
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Sure, you pay and we pay.

Count your blessings. You have many great campgrounds and pristine parks.

Count your blessings. You have a diverse and welcoming country.

You don’t have Trump. Count your blessings.

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark B

Campgrounds, yup Mark if you book them in January, maybe in the tourist info you sent for?
We have a diverse country? More so than you? Give me a break.
I spend the entire summer under normal conditions in Oregon. Now let me tell you my man that’s diversity to a boy from the Prairies, although with California creep I do find the people getting owlier and way less friendly – I will grant you that.

We’ll take Donald John Trump any day. Do you actually know anything about the guy here who never worked a day in his life, has ZERO business experience, never seen a worksheet in the wheelhouse running this ship? – ya the guy who introduced the word “personhood” (no more “mankind” here) to the lexicon – betting not!

Gerry O'Brien
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

As a proud Canadian and having lived in Alberta, if your that disgruntled with Canada, I suggest it’s probably time you moved to the states or any other country of your choice. As a Canadian you have that option.
Gerry O’

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Gerry O'Brien

Not disgruntled at all, just providing some folks with a few facts about a couple of hot topics few (very few0 know anything about. And moving to a foreign country when you’re over 70, and of modest means is entirely out of the question. We tried. We’d love to move to the centre of everything wonderful – Boise idaho where our kids live and from which they’ll never leave to come back to the land of taxes, and over bearing governments.

Michelle
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

I get a bit of a chuckle with your power bill. As a resident of Fairbanks Alaska I would kill to have your power bill. Ours last month was 473.00 of that 200.00 was actual power consumption then you have a fuel sir charge and a vehicle. Charge for the power companies vehicles. Bottom line our power here is the most expensive in the United States.

CTK
3 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

What isn’t totally more expensive in AK?

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

Thanks for the update Michelle, down here we’re being told you folks in Alaska, because of your oil wealth are living like kings, with servants, and caviar at the ready. Apparently not – gosh can’t trust anyone’s tellin’ these days – lol.

But just to clear the matter, it is not the cost bothering me, it is the sly tax (es) creeping into everything we do here that is of concern. Why?
People like the lady and I were responsible folks our entire lives. We planned everything including an early retirement and lots of travel, which we’ve done.

Like most folks in our situation we are on FIXED incomes, and the taxes, levies along with all the other tricks being played with hour savings could if they get to out of control curtail our travel plans prematurely.

That’s the problem – why I’m peeved – some may say “disgruntled” – and come to think of it, ya I am disgruntled, yes I am DISGRUNTLED – hope you all have a great day.

Judy G
3 months ago

My day starts with reading the daily newsletter while drinking my first cup of coffee. And with the daily bad news re the virus, the ‘laugh’ is a welcome smile or chuckle. I’ve been sharing them with many email friends to help brighten their days. Keep ’em comin’.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy G

Will do, Judy. Thanks! Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

CTK
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy G

Our newsletter is now coming late morning (TX time) when it used to be on my notebook for first thing morning coffee. A disappointment. Is it just us or is the newsletter sent later than it used to? My wife and I enjoyed reading it while enjoying our morning coffee.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  CTK

I’m not sure why you’re getting it so late, CTK. That’s very odd, since the emails for the newsletters get sent out every morning at 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ran
3 months ago

There is a incorrect TYPO on your info on the key. It states 175, but it is actually a 751, or ch751 lock and key that needs replacement.

Barry
3 months ago
Reply to  Ran

You also have a TYPO. Instead of “There is a incorrect TYPO” it should read “There is an incorrect TYPO” Cheers!

mark b
3 months ago
Reply to  Barry

You have two typos. You are missing a comma and a period.

I enjoy the morning laugh, too. Then, I scroll down looking for the most inane comment. As they say, “winner, winner, chicken dinner”. Cheers!

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  mark b

Where’s my dinner?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Ran

It’s been fixed, Ran. Thanks! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com