RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Issue 1329
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter.

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Today’s thought

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Denim Day!



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: “A colorful, important reminder”

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

“We have an air freshener hanging near the front of the RV that says “DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.” The item lost its jasmine scent long ago but I keep it hanging because it’s a colorful, important reminder. Especially when life as we knew it has been turned on its head…” Continue reading Kasey’s story.


Tip of the Day

RV Education 101: Keep track of detector expiration dates

With Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®

Something lots of RV owners are not aware of is that safety devices in your RV like carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and LP gas leak detectors have expiration dates. Locate the expiration date on the product and write it down on the cover using a Sharpie. It is easy to see, and it serves as a constant reminder when to replace the device.

ONLINE VIDEO TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
Motorhome RV Orientation.
Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Orientation.

Mark Polk’s tech tips are posted every Saturday in the RV Travel Newsletter and every Wednesday on the RV Daily Tips Newsletter.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



Propane leak tests – Here’s one from the Darwin Awards!

Here’s another reminder from the Darwin Award files. A 79-year old RVer in St. Amant, LA, had a problem with his motorhome. Somewhere there was a gas leak, and he just needed to find it. You know the rest of the story — take out a cigarette lighter, strike off a flame, and KABOOM! Amazingly, the unnamed man wasn’t seriously injured, even though a fireman estimated the blast strength as equivalent to a half-dozen pipe bombs. So, how should we check for gas leaks? Find out three safe ways here.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV Mods: Here’s a use for your fridge front!


Reader poll

Are you drinking more alcohol while in self-quarantine than before?
Please respond here.


Readers tell us

For grandparents, how many grandchildren do you have? Find out what fellow RVers said here.


Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.


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.


If you shop on Amazon, please visit through our affiliate site (we get a little commission that way – and you don’t pay any extra). Thank you!


Quick Tip

Drafty motorhome?

Motorhome got a cold draft you can’t account for? After eliminating an open window or roof vent, check your dashboard environmental controls. Vacuum-operated intakes left in the open position when the engine is shut down may well stay open, allowing cold air to infiltrate. Turn the engine on, close the vents, shut engine off. Shut eyelids.


Random RV Thought

If you are staying at your home now, it might be a good time to go through your old photo albums and write the names of people on the backs of the photos. Otherwise, there’s a good chance their identities will be lost. Plus, it’s fun to reminisce about people you’d forgotten about. Or that picture of you as a 1-year-old sitting on the toilet — the photo you insisted your parents never show to your high school boyfriend or girlfriend.
*Did you see the trivia section in yesterday’s newsletter? You might want to read it


insect-screen-761Keep insects and bird nests out of your RV furnace
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with air flow and cause serious damage. Camco 42141 (Model FUR 200) Flying Insect RV Furnace Screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check that this screen will fit your vent. Learn more or order.


What if RV manufacturers like Thor or Forest River made airplanes? Would you fly in one? That’s the topic of discussion in this article and poll.


Website of the day

Park versus refuge: What’s the difference?
There are a lot of national and state wilderness designations. We’ll bet you’ve never heard of a lot of these (we hadn’t!). Here’s how to tell them apart.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV Tire Safety: Lug nut torque – a critical safety item.
• RVer Safety: You might consider self-protection if wilderness camping.
• Do you really need a new refrigerator?
#908-1


coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker extended the state’s stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure to May 18 as the death toll from the coronavirus rises in Massachusetts. The advisory was set to expire on May 4.

Arkansas has opened its state park campgrounds but only to Arkansas residents.

“I’m almost certain it will come back,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 hitting later this year.

Another indicator of how bad COVID-19 is affecting the travel industry, TripAdvisor has laid off 900 people and closed its Boston office.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that beginning Friday golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned RV parks may reopen statewide. State park campgrounds will remain closed through May 14.


Trivia

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were married! Wayne Allwine had already been voicing the character of Mickey Mouse for nearly a decade when Russi Taylor was hired to voice Minnie Mouse in 1986. The two became quick friends, and a few years later ended up falling in love. They married in 1991 and were inseparable until Allwine passed away in 2009.


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.


Leave here with a laugh

That moment when you’re worried about the elderly … and realize you are the elderly.

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Andy Prescott
4 months ago

I’ve had it with the Covidiots who don’t take this seriously and complain about everything being done to keep them safe.
There are other sources for all the information I find here, so I will be unsubscribing.

KellyR
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy Prescott

I will keep on reading RV Travel, BECAUSE of the VERY diverse opinions. The newsletter does have a lot of RV info that I so enjoy – but – I also enjoy reading the comments because this venue, for whatever reason, seems to represent a full cross section of the USA – and Canada. Wow!, are we different – – Oh, but we all enjoy the same thing – our RVs and RV experiences. My gosh!, all of us different people DO have something in common. Ain’t that great? I like ice cream – does anyone else?

WEB
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy Prescott

I see Bo Peep has lost one of her sheep… on you go.

Barry
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy Prescott

Dont let the door hit your tender butt on the way out…

Kermit Burns
4 months ago

Website of the day, “Park versus Refuge,” was very informative. Thanks for including it.

Phil Atterbery
4 months ago

The 751 keys are not the only “generic” keys used on MH or other coaches. If you have a major OEM MH you may very well share one lock assembly with another MH from the same OEM. Google that embossed number on the key & see what you get. If that’s worrysome for you, have the lock rekeyed or changed by a pro shop.

Diane Mc
4 months ago

Dr Fauci also said immediately following that comment, that the difference is we will be ready. I realize this isn’t “just the flu”. Highly contagious, high death rates among the elderly, many in nursing homes. Will end up with more deaths than “normal flu” (although death rate for other reasons are substantial down year over year giving credence to every death being coded as COVID19). With over 50% of cases/deaths in the NY/NJ Metro area, one could argue the other 48 states plus territories/cruise ships are in line with flu like numbers (as of now 30K). Still wondering when the day comes we stop the death count tickers everywhere for COVID19, (praying soon), will we start them up for the “normal seasonal flu” that takes between 30K and 60K deaths each season.

Tom E Barker
4 months ago

I am not sure how to answer you poll question!? On the one hand most all RV Manufactures are owned by someone else or a conglomerate. Forrest River is a prime example, Warren Buffet is in the aviation business already and he owns railroads and boat manufactures. Look at Textron and all they own. If they bought an RV manufacture would you assume they would change how those RV’s were built? I understand you have little regard for even the manufacture of the RV you own. I too have be an RV owner for about 40 years and they certainly have their problems but I CAN’T MAKE A GENERAL STATEMENT response to your poll. And I will continue to read your publication!!

David Binkley
4 months ago

Dr. Fauci and his crystal ball have been way off in the past, on several occasions so I will hold off and not use his prophecies as fact.

Irv Goomba
4 months ago
Reply to  David Binkley

You’re a xxxxx. You’ll be the next case or carrier of COVID-19. Stop drinking bleach and watching Fox News long enough to realize this is real, this is dangerous, and being careless can and does kill people. [Bleeped by Diane. No name-calling, please.]

PennyPA
4 months ago

That is ridiculous! Private parks are more often more crowded than state or COE park. I think they’ve got it bass-backward. The state parks should be opening first then the private parks.

Tim Hurst
4 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

I agree! The state parks and corps of engineering camping areas should be opened first – followed by the private parks. These facilities are usually larger and offer far more beauty and than private parks … Since state parks and corps of engineering camping areas are operated by the local government, this inturn can offer some relief towards the debt that this outbreak has caused our country’s overall economy. This debts will have to be repaid at some point in time … in the not so distance future.

Jeb
4 months ago

Concerning laugh of the day, that was me when the media mentioned the death of someone in a nursing home and then mentioned my age. Whoa!

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

That reminds me of many years ago when I was thinking it would be nice to live in a quiet 55+ area and get away from all the noisy teens, etc., in my neighborhood. I was thinking to myself, how many years until I qualify to move to a quiet place like that? Thinking … thinking … how many years? … Two months. Two months?! Yikes! That was 18 years ago and I’m still in my now-quiet neighborhood — all the noisy teens moved out. 😀 —Diane

Frank
4 months ago

I thought we were supposed l=to leave political commentary off the site. In the last few days I’ve read some pretty pointed comments as to the state of the state. I won’t be reading comments anymore.

Gary Byler
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank

OK

Kaeleen Buckingham
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank

I have been frustrated by that as well.

Donald N Wright
4 months ago

RV Orientation ? Have those of us with small RV’s been forgotten again ?

AdamK.
4 months ago

I agree, many of us have smaller travel trailers but many articles are geared for larger rigs/motorhomes. My trailer although only 16′ has as many amenities that larger rigs have, and similar problems!

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago

Hi, Donald. We’ll be running some tips from Mark Polk, RV Education 101, in our newsletters on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In consideration for allowing us to print his tips, we’re listing some of the excellent courses available from RV Education 101. Just because we included a link today to his courses on Motorhome RV Orientation and Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Orientation doesn’t mean we’ve “forgotten” our readers with “small RVs.” If Mark has tips and courses for small RVs, we’ll include those also. 😀 —Diane

Dawn Polk of RV Education 101
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Hello Donald & thank you for your question. We offer RV Orientation courses for both motorized and towable RVs. They are generic in nature, and apply to both smaller and larger RVs. We are in the process of updating and moving all of our RV training to this new online platform. The only type of RV we currently do not offer a course for would be a pop-up and hybrid trailers. With that said, every RV owner can benefit from our training, as it applies to components and systems found on nearly every type of RV.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago

Thanks for the clarification, Dawn! You and Mark stay healthy. 😀 —Diane