Friday, April 17, 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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“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day!
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: “My RV taught me how to self-isolate”
We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days.
“Everything I learned about life in self-isolation was learned in my RV! 1) BE PREPARED – and we were! It’s funny to clean out the RV storage after a 4-6 month trip and find the MANY things you had packed because ‘we might need it.’ We tend to pack as though there will not be a single Walmart along our path…” Continue reading Dianne’s story.
Tip of the Day
What size is your RV awning?
By Steve Savage
Let’s talk a little about how RV awnings are sized. One day I had a new awning in stock and a potential buyer called me early in the morning and said he was very interested in buying it. I had posted an ad on Craigslist stating I had the canopy for a 15-foot awning. When the interested party called, I advised him to be sure he measured from center-to-center of the awning arms so he could be assured I had what he wanted. He told me he had measured everything and had a 16-footer, but was okay with one for a 15 footer. Read more.
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Last day of contest: Mike Sokol asked his friends at Southwire to come up with a prize for a contest this week, and they supplied him with half a dozen of their really nice 3-meter kits. Read how you can win one of these great prizes.
Screen door mod provides better view
Greg Illes’ standard screen door on his RV was built in three sections — the same as most other screen doors. Top and bottom were screened, and the center had a blank panel and a sliding door for access to the main door handle. So? Well, he noticed after a while that the center blank panel had two issues. Find out what they were and how he cheaply and quickly upgraded the door. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV comes with a big soaking bathtub!
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Readers tell us
How old are the tires on your RV? Find out what fellow RV owners said here.
Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about it here.
Be prepared in case of fire
One of my biggest fears as a full-timer is fire — not just something that could start in my rig, but also to a neighbor’s unit parked nearby. As a preventive measure, I use a water “splitter” or manifold at my site’s water spigot. One side supplies water to our rig, but the other has my extra 30-foot hose that I could use to fight a fire in my rig or a neighbor’s. This precaution, in combination with smoke detectors in our living area and one in basement storage, helps me sleep better at night. Thanks to Jim Schrankel
Keep your immune system healthy! Here’s everything you need.
Random RV Thought
A good place to hide valuables in your RV is in a fake can of food. Amazon sells a ton of different kinds. No thief would think to look in your pantry, and if they did, their eyes would skip over the regular-looking “can of corn.”
Website of the day
Secret spaces hidden at famous landmarks
This list is making us want to go revisit some of these famous landmarks just to find these secret hidden spaces! How neat! We’d give up the RV for a few nights to stay in some of these amazing secret apartments…
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Don’t be stuck in the dark!
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.
It only takes six minutes for your brain to feel the effects of alcohol. So when they say the drink goes to your head, they mean it!
*In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one…
B.) Guinea pig
C.) Pair of slippers
The answer is in yesterday’s issue of this newsletter.
Leave here with a laugh
If they shut schools for much longer, parents are going to find a solution for the virus before the scientists.
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