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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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.
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
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Electrical connector maintenance
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
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.
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How much exercise are you getting now compared to before the pandemic? Find out what fellow RVers said here.
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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.
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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.
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 success. When 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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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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