RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Thursday, April 16, 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

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Eggs Benedict Day!



ATTENTION READERS
The news about the coronavirus/COVID-19 has slowed. Few RVers are moving about now, and most national parks, state parks and public campgrounds are temporarily closed. So there’s little need for us to spend a lot of time producing this daily news update when there are other important matters to attend to. We’ll continue our weekly coronavirus report on Sundays, and when important breaking news occurs we’ll report it right in that day’s newsletter, whether it’s RV Travel or RV Daily Tips. 

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


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “I left my work camping job two weeks early”

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

“Hello! My name is Cara Ostara and I am in my 15th month of full-time RV travel. 12 of these months were completed as a solo traveler. Lucky for me, my journey led me to fall in love with another solo full-time traveler and in 2020 we will travel together in his 40 ft. Class A! A major upgrade from my 2013 24 ft. Class C. Our travel plans for the year have changed drastically, as have many others’ plans. I made the decision to leave my work camping job in Salem, OR, two weeks early…” Continue reading Cara’s story.



Tip of the Day

Zoning in your brake controller for optimum trailer braking

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Question: “I have a question about brake controllers and travel trailers. How do you adjust them? How do you know if they are too tight or not adjusted correctly?”

Answer:  The job of the brake controller is to send the appropriate amount of current flow back to the brakes. You could send a full jolt of electricity back to the brakes, and they’d respond by jamming the brake pads into the drums, locking up the brakes. That’s converting kinetic energy from rolling wheels into heat way too fast – skidding the tires, making vehicle control difficult or impossible, and wearing out the brakes in a hurry. Read more.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV comes with a big soaking bathtub!

As many RV manufacturers evolve from building RVs as vehicles to use for recreation into building them for mobile homes, we have yet another entry into the RV designers’ game: “What cool option can we feature next that nobody really needs?” Well, you can find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Use your RV levelers to lift a tire off the ground?


Reader poll


You must keep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here. 


Quick Tip

Water pump cycling too frequently?

While water pump cycling is one sign of a plumbing system leak, it can also be caused by air in the hot water tank. Thanks to Lee C. for the reminder.


Random RV Thought

Does your RV have a name? It’s fun meeting other RVers who have named their RV. Reader Margie Woodall left a comment once and wrote, “My Class B was called MsBHaven. She was a Ms, a Class B, and my Haven for get-away RV Trips.”


Website of the day

Books that will take you on real-life adventures
We love a good adventure book (especially when it is a true story). This list from National Geographic will surely produce a lot of wanderlust. Happy reading!


Now is a good time to stock up on hand soap. You don’t want to be without it. Get some here


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:

• 85 percent did not check their RV’s plumbing design before purchasing
• 27 percent have been reading the RVtravel newsletter for more than ten years
• 54 percent say fall is their favorite season

Recent poll: How many people have you physically touched in the last two weeks? 


Video: Homer Simpson buys a motorhome
You’ll love this. Get ready to laugh! Watch the video.


Trivia

In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig. These social little rodents like the company of one another, so having one is just plain mean! If you own two, and one passes away, the country allows you to rent a guinea pig while you’re looking for a new companion.

*If the Statue of Liberty needed a pair of shoes, what size would they be?
A.) 703
B.) 441
C.) 879
We told you yesterday


Leave here with a laugh

I just saw a man slumped over a lawn mower crying his eyes out. He said he’ll be fine, he’s just going through a rough patch.

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RV PARKS OPEN FOR BUSINESS:
These parks are open for business for self-isolating and have asked that we spread the word.

Big Chief RV Resort, Burnet, Texas
Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park, Staunton, Virginia
Oakwood RV Resort, Fredericksburg, TX
Larsson’s Crooked Creek RV Resort, Hill City, SD

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Rory R
5 months ago

RE: Random RV thoughts, We have a class A DP, her nickname is Ms Piggy, and our toad is Kermit

jillie
5 months ago

During a scrabble game one camping year, my mother, daughter and I were waiting on my daughter to play a word. Which is where todays survey comes into play. The dictionary. She played the word Dink. Which means love. To this day just for laughs we play the word Dink when we can. Sadly my mother died last week. So currently that ended that. My daughter moves out next year and my husband hates scrabble. So sadly no more games during the camping trips because I will be traveling solo in a year. It is what it is.

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

We are very sorry to hear about your mother, Jillie. Our sincere condolences. On your other topic, I just Googled Scrabble, and there are many online games. There’s even an Internet Scrabble Club. Maybe you could do something like that? Take care, and stay healthy. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Diane Mc
5 months ago

As we were coming home from our 2 month trip mid March, I kept adding things we needed, nothing urgent, for the motorhome, to my cart on Amazon. We arrived just before Calif shutdown. Knowing things were crazy, I didn’t place my order. End of March, I decided, what the heck, if it ships ok, if not ok. Most dates were out to mid April/May. Lo and behold, they started showing up and by end of first week of April I had everything. I’m sure they had a lot of uncertainty and also didn’t want customer service inundated with calls of where is my order. BTW, the things we ordered were things we couldn’t find at CW, WM or a few other places we looked on our way home. We too like to help small businesses.

Howard Malpass
5 months ago

THANK YOU, to the staff of the RV Travel and all their work during this difficult time. You are very appreciated for all your informative and interesting articles you come out with all the time.

Once again, THANK YOU for all you do!

Respectfully yours,

Howard

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

Thank you for your very kind words, Howard! You are also “very appreciated” for being one of our loyal readers. We love what we do and are constantly trying to improve our newsletters, Facebook groups, etc. It’s all for our readers, so hearing that it’s appreciated makes our efforts worthwhile. BTW — Are you really located in the Netherlands? Wow! Have a great day (night?), and stay healthy! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Wendy Hollandsworth
5 months ago

Hi, what’s everyone doing for TP disposal I can’t find RV TP anywhere?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago

Hi, Wendy. Here’s a link to a poll we ran a couple of years ago, “Do you buy special ‘RV’ toilet paper for your RV bathroom?” https://www.rvtravel.com/buy-special-rv-toilet-paper-rv-bathroom/ It has 41 comments below it, so those might help answer your question about TP. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Alvin
5 months ago

Wendy save your hard earned bucks – DOLLAR STORE!

CTK
5 months ago

Scott TP is now available in our Rockport TX Walmart in their RV section again. May want to check your’s out.

Dave from WI
5 months ago

We kept ours simple. We call it Irv.

Thomas
5 months ago

Re: Amazon delivery.
I ordered a new waste valve and was supposed to be here in around a week. No problem, it came in 2 days. Another item ,again no hurry was supposed to be almost 2 weeks came the next day. So many stores are plain old Closed, Amazon is the only way. I think because of so many orders they schedule delivery out so far but deliver faster. Plus they had a fire at Chandler A Z that may have slowed things down.

Jo sine
5 months ago

Hacendacostaplenta was my cousins rv name

Gene Bjerke
5 months ago

My partner’s daughter decided the motorhome should be called “the Love Shack.” I don’t like it, sounds too much like it should have lots of shag carpet. I prefer “Rozinante” (the name of Don Quixote’s horse) but I’m the only one who uses it. Mostly it is just the motorhome or the Roadtrek.

Alan Wood
5 months ago

Our’s is named Myrtle and our toad is name Fred

GeorgeB
5 months ago

Somewhat off topic but any of us who rely on Amazon Prime for our needed supplies are now faced with up to one month delivery dates. Amazon Prime has been a worthwhile asset for us, but now we are seeing the downside of growing one company in to nearly a monopoly at the expense of smaller businesses. This pandemic should serve as a reminder of how important small businesses are and to support them as they are supporting us now. Amazon is no longer capable of providing basic service of ‘non-essential’ items in a timely manner.

For example, a simple motorhome oil filter purchase on Amazon is scheduled for a May 7 delivery. Crossfilters, a small company in Florida, sells the same filter for $6 more, but shipping is immediate. Support our small businesses, America needs them.

nyrngrz
5 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

I ordered an item that had a May 4 delivery date but I just received it yesterday. I imagine they are showing an extended date to allow for short staff and time to get it together, etc. Hopefully you will receive your item sooner than the expected delivery date.

H Goff
5 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

we’re seeing the same thing – ship dates are far out, but generally we’re getting stuff very quickly.
also, understand that most of the things on Amazon are sold by small companies – probably much like your Florida company – they just sell through Amazon. So you’re actually helping small companies compete in a global market.

Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

I’m watching, as Amazon and a couple of other on line operations take over consumer products supply, drowning out the little guy. Going to be interesting when one of them wins the prize and there’s no competition around. All for the convenience of NOT getting off your butt and going face to face with your struggling retailer in your town that’s been there for you through thick and thin.

Bob
5 months ago

Our MH is Maxx and our toad is Lil Red. They have their own Facebook page, “Travels with Maxx and Lil Red.”

CAREN KELLY
5 months ago

We call our Class A the MoHo as were our prior two Class C’s, easy to remember and hard to forget. They have all seen many great sights, good times and thousands of Miles/Klms, throughout Canada and the US.

Joe Allen
5 months ago

Name your coach! Our’s is called Maxine. With the help of our daughter, she came up with max out credit cards, lol and so Maxine was born!

Larry H Lee
5 months ago

“While water pump cycling is one sign of a plumbing system leak, it can also be caused by air in the hot water tank”
How is that even possible? I have seen RV articles instructing on how to replenish the air bubble in the water heater since it will slowly diminish to zero by dissolving into the heated water. A small amount of air in the water heater will cause copious air bubbles in the hot water coming from the faucet but not pump cycling.

Thom
5 months ago

Some of us are not on “lookatmebook”….

tom
5 months ago

My computer and I agree. I spell so bad, we both use a dictionary.

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

Hi, Tom. I’ve even found spelling errors in the dictionary. Can’t trust anything/anyone. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Yes, I’m pretty sure Diane reads the dictionary for fun… Mike Sokol

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

😆 If I had any time I probably would. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
5 months ago

I named my Aliner popup “kismif”. It comes from my Fathers Cub Scout book. “Keep it simple, make it fun”.

Rick Sorrenti
5 months ago

Today’s thought

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway

IF you are going to publish items….please check their Authenticity!! This is not a quote from Ernest Hemingway

Betty Danet
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

Many sources attribute this quote to Hemingway although there is no actual PROOF he said it. Let’s cut each other a little slack and be kinder in this tough time.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti
impavid
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

It’s a direct quote according to : https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ernest_hemingway_109143

Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

May or may not be true. That quote is listed by him on numerous places as a direct quote from him. But, really, is it that important who said it?

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

I’m with Betty, there’s no proof…but he was quite an interesting man to be sure!
https://checkyourfact.com/2019/07/22/fact-check-ernest-hemingway-love-sleep-life-tendency-fall-apart-awake/

Jane
5 months ago

Named all my rigs…Ruby was the Class C I bought on 40th wedding anniversary for hubby (he wasnt too excited) Pull Along Polly was the travel trailer we got next and now Wandering Wanda is the 5th wheel we are full timing in!