RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Issue 1345
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

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Strawberries & Cream Day!



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Tip of the Day

How to prevent your LP gas valve from getting stuck

Gas valves on LP bottles can stick “shut” after refilling, even if the valve handle is opened to full. There are a couple of reasons, and usually the fix is simple. Here’s a routine that will help you figure out if your tank is acting out of sorts and not passing gas as it should. Read more.

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Trailer users — Here’s a front/rear leveling tip

When you’re logging long miles and pull into a campsite for the night, the last thing you want to do is take the time to unhitch, just to hitch back up to leave the next morning. If you have a level campsite you can just stay hooked up, but what do you do when the campsite slopes to the front or rear so much that you are unable to level the RV without unhitching? Here’s a quick tip.

Yesterday’s featured article: Make your RV life better – with a scissor jack adapter tool!



Reader poll

When you wash your hands, what order do you add soap and water?
Please respond here.


Quick Tip

Important “rest stop” safety checks

Do a safety walk-around at every “rest stop”: Thump your tires – they should all “sound” the same. Feel the wheel hubs – excessive heat is a warning. Check lighting, hitch, safety chains, breakaway cable. Look for “loose stuff,” like a bumper-stored dump hose. Save time, save money, maybe save someone’s life.


Need a new place to walk? Try this easy trail-finding trick with Google Maps
Here’s an easy way to find trails nearby for walking, hiking, biking, or whatever else you’re into. Click here to see how it’s done.


Random RV Thought

Instead of buying your fruits and veggies at a grocery store, try picking your own. It’s a wonderful way to get outside, and you’ll probably save yourself some money. We wrote an article about it a few years back, read it here.


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Website of the day

Vintage trailer resorts
The website here isn’t much, but this list of neat retro RV resorts you can stay at is great! Wouldn’t it be fun to stay in an old retro RV with the kids or grandkids? See if any of these resorts are near you.


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:

• 7 percent say their RV has at least three air conditioners
• 19 percent do not lock their RV when they take a quick walk around the campground
• 23 percent of passengers say their RV’s driver is pretty good but could use some improvements.


Stay cool this summer!
Boondockers: Run your A/C with the power of only a small portable generator! No kidding!


Trivia

New York resident Ashrita Furman holds the record for the most world record titles. He’s broken more than 600 Guinness World Records in his lifetime ranging from the heaviest shoes walked in (323 lbs.) to the most baseballs held in a baseball glove (26).

*At Cornell University, which of the following can you obtain a degree in?
A.) Winemaking
B.) Cattle farming
C.) Candy making
We told you yesterday.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here is a picture of our two rescue dogs, Willow and Pandy. Willow is a Belgian Malinois and Pandy is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV). We adopted Willow from our local animal shelter in 2014 after she was found running in the countryside. Pandy joined us in 2015 so Willow could have someone to play with. What a great team they make! Pandy has no hesitation getting out there and trying new things, but Willow is always a little hesitant until she sees that Pandy can do it! We are training Willow to be a service dog, able to pick up things we drop. We all fit comfortably living full-time in our travel trailer continuing our journey around the country.” — Joann and Doug 
Send us a photo of your pet (dog, cat, parrot, goldfish. . . whatever), with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. 

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jillie
6 months ago

I did not find leave with a laugh very funny. Too many people dump babies in trash cans and forget that they can drop them off at fire stations, hospitals or police stations with no questions. So I feel an apology is duly noted.

butch morgan
6 months ago

I have a 16 foot dump trailer, the fenders are 1/4 in. steel.At50 mph the rt . rear tire let go and bent the fender up in the wheel well! When I dumped the load I tried to straighten the fender back in place with a sledgehammer.NO GO!!!!!!!

Bluebird Bob
6 months ago

On Harvest Hosts, your ad says “Stay for Free” after joining. I don’t believe this to be true as the Hosts would like you to buy some of what they have to sell. That means you are not getting the site for “free” but paying to stay there.
Of course, they deserve the business, but the ad is misleading.

John
6 months ago
Reply to  Bluebird Bob

The key word here is “would like” you to buy something. You dont have to…. and even if you do what you purchase has value. If you use their restaurant you pay for the value you receive. If you play a round of golf you still get the value for what you receive. Its not misleading.. it is very simple… The camping is free… you dont have to buy anything but I believe most people would… you buy a bottle of wine, a meal or a round of golf…. if you dont spend the night the price for the wine, meal or golf is the same…. In my book that means the camping is “free”….

anne
6 months ago
Reply to  Bluebird Bob

Why would anything be free? How do you think any place would stay in business? People that don’t want to pay anything to camp in their expensive RV’s are one of my biggest pet pees.

Dale
6 months ago

My 2-bits on your Poll on washing hands…I know… you’re going to do what you want to, or have always done irregardless. In todays pandemic world it should be obvious what is the Correct way, considering how many times the media tell us, also I’ve learned;
The only CORRECT answer is the first one.
Last year to work concessions at baseball spring training I had to get an Arizona food handlers permit. 1st lesson was on washing hands, then 1st question on the test was, what is the correct way to wash your hands.
1. wet both hands and wrists
2. soap your hands
3. scrub hands and wrists throughly fronts, back, and between fingers.
4. rinse
5. wipe with disposable paper towel.
Ever been in a restroom in an establishment where food is sold or served. They will have and use paper towels, if not … run away from that place as fast as you can.

Billy Bob Thornton
6 months ago
Reply to  Dale

“In today’s pandemic world” oh boy.

Phil Atterbery
6 months ago

The article about RV cylinder locks is good but doesn’t go far enough after you open the rest of it. Through forum discussions I’ve noticed other lock numbers being used on multiple coaches from the same OEM. I’m not worried about my coach in particular. If this subject concerned a new owner by all means get the locks rekeyed by a pro. Then they can be assured unique locks.

Kenn
6 months ago

Today’s laugh was NOT funny at all.

Beth
6 months ago
Reply to  Kenn

I actually thought it was funny. Lighten up and enjoy humor when you can find it.

Rich Edmonston
6 months ago

Depends, is it liquid or bar soap?

Billy Bob Thornton
6 months ago
Reply to  Rich Edmonston

Bar soap, oh the memories….

DAVE TELENKO
6 months ago

I didn’t find your” Leave here with a laugh” funny at all, actually it was revolting to say the least!
Snoopy

Beth
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

Lighten up and don’t take it so personal.

John
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

Actually it was more stupid than funny but I am surprised someone didn’t say it was racist! LOL

Tommy Molnar
6 months ago

“7 percent say their RV has at least three air conditioners”.

Huh? HOW MANY? “At least”? Do some RV’s have more than three air conditioners?

William M Combs
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I have seen some high end prevost or marathons with four and even five a/cs

Ron H.
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

If someone needs three or more air conditioners, they might consider going somewhere else, or a different season.

Bluebird Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Well, our 1984 Bluebird Wanderlodge has 2 roof airs and 3 basement airs. We use the roof airs when traveling. Noisy as they are. We use the basement airs for quiet when we are camped. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Eddie
6 months ago

Comparing a new born infant to a burrito is just sick.

Beth
6 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

No, it was meant to be funny, and it was. If you take life that serious, then you are in trouble.

Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

I read it to my wife and we (OK mostly me) broke out laughing! I added “at least it (burrito) wasn’t wearing a face mask”. naked

john1470
6 months ago

….and sing happy birthday

Donald N Wright
6 months ago

Chuck, safety question. Many trailers are damaged when a tire blows out and the steel cords shred the trailer. Do you recommend installing steel fenders inside the tire wells of trailers ?

Bob p
6 months ago

It would take some heavier gauge steel than what most trailer fenders are made of and they would have to be wider than the normal fender well, if you’ve never seen a blown out tire they literally explode in all directions and the speed shreds the tire completely. That’s what damages the trailer when it shreds while you are stopping. Proper inflation is the key to prevent blow outs and inspections to check for knots or cuts or bruises from curbing a tire. Running over a curb can damage cords weakening the tire for a blowout at speed.

Alpenliter
6 months ago

Roger, the Tire Guy answered that question a couple of weeks ago here, with a video showing the forces exerted. A large steel cage was designed for inflating large tires was demolished by the tire blowing up! So no, it isn’t practical to build a fender shield. Just check your inflations and do visual checks at rest stops.

Judy WIEMER
6 months ago

Enchanted Trails in Albuquerque is another fun retro place to stay. They have some beautiful retro trailers you can rent. Also it is a Passport America park for your own trailer/motorhome. On the west side of Albuquerque just off Route 40.

Debra Rohm
6 months ago

Today’s Pups, WILLOW and PANDY are beautiful. Thank you for rescuing!!

Jeb
6 months ago
Reply to  Debra Rohm

Willow must have lived in a high end neighborhood. What a beautiful dog and what ugly people for abandoning both Willow and Pandy.