RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 4, 2020

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Issue 1332
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

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day! (It’s also National Orange Juice Day.)


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News 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!


Tip of the Day

Too many dashboard accessories?

Here is a letter Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
What is the best way to power all of the 12 volt accessories that I have? I do not want to overload the outlet on the dashboard of my Class A, but I do have a lot of “accessories”: tire monitor, toad brake system monitor, GPS, radar detector, phone charger, etc. You get the picture. I have one splitter that goes from one outlet to two, but I do not want to keep adding more and more. Should I add more 12-volt outlets? If so, is that hard to do? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. —Dennis

Read Chris’ answer.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Electrical connector maintenance

Dear Mike,
I seem to remember you discussing how to clean contacts in connections, like my twist lock power cord and 7-pin trailer connector to my truck, but I can’t find it anywhere. Can you go over the basics, please? —Manfred

Read Mike’s response.

• Be sure to join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Be like Mike Sokol: Don’t forget the fuse!
Mike says: Your RV has both 120-volt AC electrical systems (like your house), plus 12-volt DC battery systems (like your car). If the power goes out, it could be a circuit breaker (like in your house) or a blown fuse (like in your car). Always carry spare fuses that fit your RV’s battery system. Confirm the exact type and size of fuses your RV needs, then get a set of replacements. Here’s one pack, but be sure to check what your RV actually uses before ordering it.


Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts

*Note: This is from a poll we took back in 2017, but the results are still interesting and relevant. We polled readers on what constituted “boondocking.” It’s clear from the results and the comments that there’s no widely accepted definition of “boondocking.” But what do RV Travel’s boondocking experts say about it — are they on the same page? Find out here.


Reader poll

Have you cancelled camping reservations for the summer? 
Tell us here.


Readers tell us

How much exercise are you getting now compared to before the pandemic? Find out what fellow RVers said 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.
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.


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Quick Tip

Having trouble with a stuck-on decal?

Trying to get rid of an unwanted (or worn out) RV decal? Use a “vinyl eraser” mounted to your corded electric drill. The rubber disc erases the sticker without damaging the rig’s finish. Search for these on the Internet using the keywords: vinyl eraser, arbor. Also, you can learn more or order from Amazon.com.


Random RV Thought

Take a break from all the heavy news and dramatic movies and watch a few comedy movies. Lost in America, RV or The Long, Long Trailer are a few we recommend. It’ll boost your mood and keep your spirits high.


Editor Chuck Woodbury writes: If you want to know what we are up against with the incredibly nasty virus we’re dealing with today, read the book “The Great Influenza,” the story of the 1918 Pandemic. It’s estimated that about 500 million people worldwide were infected and that between 50 and 100 million died — 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population.


Website of the day

Free National Parks
Did you know that not all National Parks charge an entrance free? In fact, here’s a list of 50 that don’t! Once it’s safe to go out and travel again, we’ll see you at one of these beautiful spots.


A creative way to get a free long-term RV site
Need a place to “settle in” for a little while but don’t have the cash to pay high rates at RV parks? One enterprising RVer explains his methodology for developing leads for places to stay in his RV. Learn how.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Two inexpensive survival tools every RVer should have.
• Funny oil change instructions for men versus for women.
• How to deal with bugs that go “splat” on your vehicle.
#908F


Remember to maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slideouts, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage, they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm.


Trivia

Plan a trip to boost your mood! A study published in the academic journal Applied Research in Quality of Life says that the anticipation of good things gives us more pleasure than successWhen researchers were studying vacation-planners, they found these people were just as happy planning their vacations as they were actually going on them.

So planning ahead for 2021 might not be such a bad idea after all…


Leave here with a laugh

When the smog lifts in California … UCLA.

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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, TX
Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park, Staunton, VA
Oakwood RV Resort, Fredericksburg, TX
Larsson’s Crooked Creek RV Resort, Hill City, SD

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cee
3 months ago

“What About Bob” with Bill Murray is a great comedy and “The Burbs” with Tom Hanks

Norval Chan
3 months ago

we have cancelled several RV trips that we had scheduled in April and May. Hopefully there will be a loosening of the restrictions in June so that we can begin traveling again.

len
3 months ago

i looked for the list of the 50 free entry national parks found every thing accept info; on the parks lec.

Rory R
3 months ago

The joke of the day is funny but outdated…

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Rory R

Sorry, Rory. Maybe it’s because I’m from the Pacific Northwest, but I hadn’t heard it before. Maybe there are one or two others out there that hadn’t either (I hope). 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

cee
3 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I thought it was highly amusing! New to me & I’m very dated.

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

Thank you, cee!!! I’m glad at least one other person besides me hadn’t heard it before (even though it’s probably been around for many decades). 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Gary R
3 months ago

Had reservations throuout Alaska for this summer. Driving up through Canada and the Alaskan Highway. We were notified that our reservations in Denali were cancelled and with the Canadian / U.S. Border closed we are cancelling all reservations and rescheduling for next year.

Greg T
3 months ago

Comedy Movies
Yesterday (Sunday), the wife and I were vegging and doing our normal surfing the guide. The movie Stripes with Bill Murray and John Candy was just starting. It has been years since either of us had last seen it. So, we started watching.
Dang! I had forgotten just how funny that show was. It really brightened up the day for us.

Cindy
3 months ago

Right now we are well below regular flu deaths for any given year, so unless you are over 70 (the age after which most cases of the virus appear and cause death) I think you don’t need to panic any more. Take personal responsibility for yourself and your loved ones, which is the wise thing to do anyway, but don’t feel like life is ending for the world. We will continue to rise above.

John Irvine
3 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

The total deaths have surpassed the flu, in only a couple of months, not a year. 2200 Employees just at VA hospitals have gotten the virus, people of all ages are dying, Guess those older people don’t matter so much. The CDC estimates that the daily death toll will double be the end of the month. Kids under 14 may be non symptomatic but can transmit the virus for 40 days. Just keep thinking all is well.

WEB
3 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/#S2
You must still have sand in yer ears…

H Goff
3 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

yep – now we see that the Wuhan virus is just not as bad or deadly as it was expected – however the media and other talking heads just can’t let go. we’ll all look back on this in a few years and wonder how it all happened….

DW/ND
3 months ago

Easily remove decal with a hair dryer and a putty knife. Warm gently, peel back. keep the loose end close to the surface and pull gently from the center. Walla – a ghost may remain – oxidation remover will help remove that.

John Ahrens
3 months ago

You also failed to mention that this is Star Wars day. “May the 4th be with you”

Al Grosser
2 months ago
Reply to  John Ahrens

Don’t forget “Revenge of the 5th”. With so many Star Wars movies, you need at least 2 days to watch them all.

Dale
3 months ago

50% canceled or will cancel summer plans….good for them…good for me.

Tim Bear
3 months ago

We’re f/t Workampers and had a commitment to volunteer for Oregon parks all this summer. I noted on the poll that ‘we canceled all reservations’ because we ended up not being able to go; but the reality is, they canceled on US. With COVID in the air, so to speak, we’d held off making our reservations for the trip from AZ to OR —- but we surely would have canceled them if they’d already been made.

Thom
3 months ago

I tried lubing the seals on my slideouts. How does a guy get to the seal across the top when it has the little slideout awnig?
Can’t reach it from inside either
Can you talk about getting the little awning out of the way?

Sink Jaxon
3 months ago
Reply to  Thom

I just did this last friday..first I got 5’pole, one you would use for a painting roller maybe? Then got an old t shirt and wrapped it around the end, making sure the end of the wrap terminates about 8″ from the end of the pole, then used a zip tie to hold it in place. I sprayed the lube liberally onto the t shirt then climbed on a ladder to get up head height to where I could see the seal, then ran the t shirt along the seal turning as I went. You can kind of see where the lube was hitting because of the sheen on the rubber. Then did it outside edge also for the outside seal. I couldn’t reach all the way to the other side so had to repeat the same process at the other end. All done! Oh, you can reach about 7 or 8 feet with a 5′ pole including your arm. So from each end you can reach a total of 16′. The longer the slide out the longer the pole of course. I had to remove the t shirt and re-wrap it after the first side because it got pretty dirty.
Hope that helps!

Bruce2868
3 months ago
Reply to  Thom

I get a microfiber towel sprayed with 303 and attach it to my extendable wash pole and then just wipe it across the seal several times. Where it can reach I just use the stream setting on the bottle of 303.

Steve
3 months ago

On the website of the day….All of these are NOT national parks!

Bob
3 months ago

Plan a Trip – It makes you happy
I found this is true. I’m planning retirement in a couple years and we want to go to Alaska. So, I started planning our trip last week. I’ve been on a high ever since.

Gray
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Not surprising. It’s generally accepted that anticipation is the sweeter pleasure.
Reality, now, is often quite different.

Ron T
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I’ve always enjoyed the planning because, at that stage, anything and everything is possible. It boggles the mind.

Kaeleen Buckingham
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

It is a little expensive but the Alaska Highway department runs ferries up the inside passage that you can put the motorhome or trailer on. They charge by the foot so if you are driving a motorhome and towing a dinghy, unhitch the dinghy and remove the tow bar, it is cheaper. We got it at Prince Rupert BC and took it up. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!

Leanne Hopkins
3 months ago

One of our plans we had to cancel was Prince Rupert to Haines on the Alaska ferry. Early on we found out the PR ferry stop wasn’t available, this year, until July (this info was in January. The funding for the ferry system, at that time, had been cut 70% by the governor. The funding has since been increased but the ferry still won’t be available from PR until July). No telling what the situation is presently. With the Canadian border closed to us we decided to wait. As I understand it, US citizens have to quarantine 14 days when they come into Canada. Am I correct?
All that to say – if the ferry is running, the trip through the Inside Passage is great!

CTK
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

You will just love your Alaska trip! I would suggest taking your time on the AL-CAN highway. Could not understand the people who were late arrivals to campgrounds and first to leave in the morning. Also, would suggest a detour to Dawson City in the Yukon, then travel the Top of the World Hwy to Chicken, AK. Just do NOT attempt it if there is rain. To this day, we still reminisce about this detour.