RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Issue 1330
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

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ― Mark Twain

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hairstylist Appreciation 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: “Cutting up old scrubs to make masks”

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

“I have been a nurse since 1975 and a travel nurse since 2005. We have been full-timing since then. I am a NICU nurse and a volunteer lobbyist on behalf of the March of Dimes and mothers and babies. I was a flight nurse for 20 years. When our helicopter crashed I got right back on the new copter and flew off into the Florida night to rescue a sick baby. For the past 15 years, I basically worked to travel. COVID-19 will put an end to all that…” Continue reading Sheryl’s story.


Tip of the Day

Tools for RVers: Two handy screwdrivers

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, submitted this article while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. He explains two types of screwdrivers that are important to have in your RV’s toolbox, and why. Learn more.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



RV Mods – Got a spare, there?

Here’s an RV modification for the travel trailer and smaller motorhome set. It’s an “If you ain’t got it, you need it” mod. Do you have a spare tire carrier on your rig? If your rig uses 15- or 16-inch tires and is equipped with the typical 4-inch square tube rear bumper, then acquiring and installing this important mod is quick, inexpensive and relatively easy. Russ and Tiña De Maris explain how here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Propane leak tests – Here’s one from the Darwin Awards!


Reader poll

What’s the temperature outside right now?
Please tell us here.


Quick Tip

Nighttime blackout help

“Day and Night” shades not giving you enough “night”? One RVer sews up dark cloth panels with a pocket across the top, sized to fit the window. She attaches the panel, via the pocket, to a tension rod across the top, hidden under the valence.


Run two air conditioners on 30-amps
When the temperature really gets sizzling and your 50-amp rig is stuck with a 30-amp hookup, you’re out of luck if you want to run two air conditioners. That is unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftstartRV A/C “jump starter.” It’s inexpensive, simple to install and works just as promised. Don’t miss watching the short video by RV electricity Mike Sokol. Learn more or order at a special discount.


Random RV Thought

Next time you go to the store buy yourself some flowers to put in a bright spot in your RV or home. Even if you never buy flowers, try it. They always bring a little cheer to the space. You’ll be happy you did.


Website App of the day

Seek by iNaturalist
This app is so cool! Next time you’re outside, simply open the app, point the camera at a plant, animal, bug, etc., and the app will identify and teach you things about that living object.


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:

• 10 percent are left-handed
• 17 percent either own a motorcycle or their significant other owns one
• 11 percent suffer almost every night from insomnia

Recent poll: Have you, a relative or close friend lost their job in the last two months?


coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update

Toilet paper rolls are reappearing on store shelves again as stocks start building after severe shortages.

The pandemic has hurt many businesses, but not Facebook as millions of people have turned to the social media site. On Wednesday, Facebook reported an average of 1.73 billion daily users for the month of March, up 11 percent from the same month last year. Advertising is down, however.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he believes the Indy 500 will still run on August 23.

Oregon State Parks will not reopen as soon as expected. The parks will now remain closed May 8 through May 25 and officials said more cancellations are likely. Reservation fees are being refunded.

Provincial campgrounds in Manitoba, Canada, will reopen May 4.

The Maine stay-at-home order has been extended to May 31. That includes a 14-day quarantine for residents and visitors entering the state. Campgrounds and RV parks may open on June 1 to residents and visitors who have met the quarantine requirements.

From the Federal Drug Administration (FDA):
Can disinfectant sprays or wipes be used on my skin, injected, inhaled, or ingested, to prevent or treat COVID-19?
A: No. Always follow the instructions on household cleaners. Disinfectant sprays or wipes are intended for use on hard, non-porous surfaces. Disinfectant sprays or wipes are not intended for use on humans or animals. Do not use disinfectant sprays or wipes on your skin because they may cause skin and eye irritation. Do not inject, inhale, or ingest disinfectant sprays or household cleaners. Doing so is dangerous and may cause serious harm or death. If ingested, call poison control or a medical professional immediately.

Cooking for two? It’s never been easier!
This cookbook from the beloved America’s Test Kitchen brings you 650 delicious recipes specifically designed for just two people! 150 of those recipes can be on the table within 30 minutes or less – this cookbook has it all! Look through some of the recipes, read the amazing reviews, or order here.


Trivia

It’s time for the Stanley Cup to hire a new engraver… Winning the Stanley Cup is the dream for anyone in the NHL, National Hockey League, but if you win, you might have to deal with a few misspellings… Whoever is responsible for etching the names of the winners into the cup has made quite a few mistakes over the years. For example, the Toronto Maple Leafs are spelled, “TORONTO MAPLE LEAES” and the Boston Bruins appear as, “BQSTQN BRUINS.” Even goaltender Jacques Plante, who has won the Stanley Cup five times, says his name is spelled differently each time.

*Who married the voice of Minnie Mouse? Hint: It’s someone you already know… We told you this cute bit of trivia yesterday


Leave here with a laugh

Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
Because if they flew over a bay they would be bagels.

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Olygirl
5 months ago

FYI: WA State is opening state parks again for day-use only, May 4.

DAVE TELENKO
5 months ago

SCREWDRIVERS, I must have 200 of them at least, ya for sure needs that many right? However there’s one I dont have & couldn’t find, actually when I showed the screw head to someone, they mostly said, never seen one. The one I’m referring to are the ones on my 2017 F/R motor home’s tail light assembly! The ones that have 8 sides to them, yup 8. Seems my #2 square head driver fits, but kinda loos & a couple of em have been buggered up by HMMM, yup F/R monkeys, imagine that! So today I discovered something called SRULOX 8 & it was right here in my RV Travel Daily tips. I do thank you sooooo much! The end of my quest, well for now at least, only took 3 years
Snoopy

Les
5 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

I dream of a day when I don’t have to carry 20 different types and sizes of screwdrivers…

John R Crawford
5 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

Dave, lm always finding new things out in this newsletter and I’m 77 years old with a lot of experience in these things.

DAVE TELENKO
5 months ago

Ditto John, well you are one up on me though, in years that is! But I do share the information & inventions (better RV stuff) when I figure something out.
Lets all stay safe out there!
Snoopy

Sharon B
5 months ago

I went to the grocery store the other day that is in a strip shopping center. Low and behold there were 2 nice Class C’s parked under trees. As I returned back to my car carrying my groceries I passed by one of the RV’s. The generator was so quiet I almost did not hear it. I would love to know what brand it was. Hopefully, that RV is still there so I can be bold enough to knock on the door and ask what brand is the generator and compliment its minimal noise…and also welcome them to the neighborhood!

Greg T
5 months ago
Reply to  Sharon B

I’m betting it was a Honda EU2000i

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago

WOW…the App of the day, “SEEK” is simply amazing. Never in my life before 10 years ago could I have imagined the possibility of holding a computer in my hand, take a picture of a plant, or a bird, and it would immediately tell me what it was. If you would’ve suggested that possibility to me back in the late 70’s when I was in college, I would have laughed and called you a lunatic! All knowledge at your fingertips at the speed of light. What times we’re living!

Connie VH
5 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Downloading now! There are times when I can use this IN MY YARD.
I’m so excited to try it!

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

Yeah, isn’t that something, Sink? I hadn’t heard of it before but I’m going to try it for when I go to my 18 acres of undeveloped mountain property. There are so many plants, berries, mushrooms, etc., that I don’t know and wonder about every time I go up there. Stay healthy! 😀 —Diane

Chuck Dunn
5 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

There is a program on Google which is on most phones and is called Google ID> Believe it does the same thing.

Gail
5 months ago

Did you really need to post the fda’s warning about ingesting disinfectants?
Either you think we’re all a bunch of morons or you really hate our president that much.
This is so it’s supposed to be a site about camping not politics.

Gray
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

It’s not about hating the president; it’s more to do with scratching one’s head over the thought of shooting up with disinfectant (as he suggested) or drinking disinfectant for an internal sani-flush. (Consider the “Maralago Magic Flush”: 2 parts Lysol, 1 part bleach, and a jigger of Mr. Clean.) Seriously, several states reported numerous calls to their poison control centers from people who actually believed the president, and needed help. So, yes! It is important to warn people who otherwise might not realize that the president is misleading them with potentially deadly information. Not politics, ma’am. Just plain fact. People actually believed, and they needed to heed the warning. Morons? Well, that’s a matter of conjecture, I s’pose.

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Sorry Gray, the President never “suggested” doing any of that…and every year poison control centers across the nation get many calls of people ingesting household cleaners. I suggest you search that for yourself.

Charlie Jones
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

This is another ridiculous fake news from the left. I was watching that news conference and the President never said that anyone should do this.

Gray
5 months ago
Reply to  Charlie Jones

So the live video where millions of people watched the president move his lips and utter the words while looking directly at Fauce and Birx as he plainly suggested injecting and ingesting disinfectants… did NOT record what he meant?

Diane Mc
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

Wasn’t looking at Fauci & Birx, was directing comments, and not what you inferred, to the HHS Secretary, who had just made the presentation about sunlight. Oh, people have Botox, a toxin, injected for migraines. And of course, the toxic of all, chemo drugs for cancer. Also, a tube with UV light is inserted thru ventilator to fight bacteria. As Dr Birx said, in meetings with him, Trump is fully engaged and listens to all info he is given and asks many excellent questions and throws out ideas. Also has a great understanding of the data they give him, since as she said, he life in business has been about analyzing data. He’s a problem solver.

Connie VH
5 months ago
Reply to  Charlie Jones

So was I. He didn’t say that.

Diane Mc
5 months ago
Reply to  Gray

The calls to Poison Control was for contact to cleaning agents, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizers, etc. Not for ingesting.

Maura
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

Cool your jets sweetie. There are a lot of people in this country who love and respect Trump and hang on every word he says/tweets. The reason the FDA and manufacturers issued these warnings is because they received so many questions requesting advice and instructions on how to ingest these products. So, yes, plenty of people are morons.

Eddie M Harris
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

It was a moron who made the suggestion that disinfects could be used this way. This newsletter is providing valuable information for all Rvers and not just political views.

Kirk Pfeffer
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

It’s obvious you have a chip on your shoulder or some other complex as it didn’t call anyone a moron or bring up the president. It was simply a repeat of what numerous agencies have warned about. There are probably people out there that are desperate and might try anything. For instance the person that took fish medication and died. In your rush to construe this as a political statement you also read only what you wanted to focus on (ingestion) and overlooked the part about not using wipes or sprays on your hands.

Connie VH
5 months ago
Reply to  Kirk Pfeffer

Fishtank cleaner. And have you heard? Seems his wife put it in his drink deliverately. Phoenix policy have been investigating her for murder.

So it was likely no accident. She had been arrested before, for domestic violence against him.

Greg T
5 months ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Wow. I haven’t heard anything about this. Can you direct me to sources that will verify this?

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

You can just Google it, Greg. Search for “wife kills husband with fish tank cleaner,” and there are several articles. —Diane

Larry Boswell
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

At first glance, I would agree with you that this appears to be just another of the lame jibes directed at President Trump, but, as a former Navy Corpsman, I can affirm that there are a multitude of morons out there, who might just try the disinfectants. (Re: the Tide Pod Challlenge) That said, maybe we should just let natural selection take its course.

Mike Albert
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

The Covid-19 section of the daily newsletter suggests and publishes information that may be helpful to us. They are general versus specific articles since we all do not have e exact same type of MH, Tent or Trailer. Heck, some don’t even have any of them and are new to the idea of RV/camping.
No where did I see mention of the POTUS in that article.
Since we all tend to believe what we hear or see, especially from a “reliable source”, we would expect that we don’t have to go to Snoops or the internet to confirm the accuracy of the statement.
I consider myself to be knowledgeable and am educated and don’t get all of my information from the news media outlets, so when I watched a “News briefing” on national TV, I would expect that the speech writers checked and the double checked and then re-checked their information, before letting the speech maker state it!
Unfortunately, there are some people out there that when they heard that ingesting house hold cleaners, etc… would prevent and/or kill Covid-19, they went to their stores and filled their shelves.
Guess you can’t fix stupid.

Thanks to rvtravel for providing and publishing this Informative information. I believe that the publishers are providing the majority of us a terrific service.
Keep up the good work.

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

Thank you, Mike. We appreciate your kind words. Stay healthy. 😀 —Diane

Ed D..
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

I swallow disinfectant. whenever I take a shot of Everclear.

Ray
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

It may be hard to believe, but there have been a few cases reported of people ingesting disinfectants. Try not to take things so personally. I did not think it was political at all.

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

Thanks for your interesting interpretation of our posting the information from the FDA, Gail. There was not one single word or reference to this being political in any way, shape or form. You read that into it yourself and went on your political rant. It’s a health warning for our readers — who are RVers, so it certainly can pertain to them (along with everyone else). It’s to clarify the information. We’re not assuming they’d ever do that, but posted it just in case they were wondering if it was a possibility. —Diane

wayne
5 months ago
Reply to  Gail

Gail, your beloved President made a ludicrous comment concerning disinfectant use. Numerous people took him up on it and increased the poison Control centers calls. So, there are apparently some morons out there who believe every thing the President says. The comment here was very appropriate.

PennyPA
5 months ago

In addition, Facebook eliminates those posts IT deems incorrect and/or unacceptable in their eyes. The only reason I would use Facebook is to see what friends have posted.

Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

I don’t use Facebook because it loads my inbox with useless crap all day long … cannot make it stop. I too would only use it to see friends posts but no more. Just being a member exposes me to all sorts of dubious datagatherers.

Connie VH
5 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Look up Lifelog.

Not Lifelock. LifeLOG.

Bob p
5 months ago

Digging deep for laugh of the day!

Larry H Lee
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Baygulls! I get it! Hahaha

Gray
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Yeh, them baygulls. We got a flock of ’em here on the island. They’s the “Baygull Bombers.” You don’t want to be lookin’ up when they fly over.