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Tip of the Day
“Been there” decal U.S. maps – A view of RVer philosophy
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Driving through the campground, keep your eyes open. It’s dollars to donuts that you’ll spot at least one rig with one of those U.S. maps with the “stick on decals” stuck to the side of the unit. These things do raise the occasional campfire discussion on two points: truth and resale.
In the neighborhood of the truth – just what constitutes a valid time to put your decal on the map? Do you have to travel with your RV into that state to count the coup? If you just went there some time – even without the rig – can you still stick the sticker? One RVer observed, “If you were in the state long enough to hit the bathroom, you left your mark, so go ahead and stick!” Read more.
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Installing a magnetic-mount antenna on a rubber roof
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Website of the day
The coolest building in every state
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
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We have been travelers for may years, before during and after raising children. Haven’t always had a RV. We have driven, flown and sailed (some really sailed and some on ships). We don’t have a sticker. We have a large magnetic map in our main hallway. It has sticky arrows and lots of souvenir refrigerator magnets on it. When I want less, there is are several websites that can create a “States Visited” maps with great ease. Then you can add them to postings or sigfiles as you chose. We also have a laminated one that travels in the coach. I have never felt any need for a conversation starter at a campground, but we already have that with a 40+ year old coach.
When submitting a comment in this part of the newsletter you’ve been solicited as a “penny for your thoughts”. So you put in your “2 cents”. Where did the other penny go?
Thanks, any place to ask this question of the site owner/editor?
Well, people give you a penny for your thoughts when they’re curious what you’re thinking because you’re thinking something interesting. So when you offer your thoughts to someone else and you say they’re your “two cents” what you’re really saying is that someone else gave you a penny for those thoughts before, so people should REALLY pay attention.
People only care about things other people care about, after all. And before you ask, no, you shouldn’t start offering “three cents” to people because that would make you part of the 1%, and everyone hates them.
How do you get editorial staff attention regarding question I asked in this space yesterday ?
What affect does the Bowl Sparkle toilet bowl cleaner have on rubber sealing ring in the toilet and on drain valve parts? Have these types of products been tested and verified as Rv safe before they are allowed to be advertise in this news letter or is the posture caveat emptor ?
Hi, Howard. Here is my reply to you from yesterday, which I posted at 1:31 p.m.:
“Caveat emptor is always a good idea, Howard — especially since Bowl Sparkle is not one of our advertisers, per se, but it is probably an automatically inserted ad from Google. So we can’t say one way or another whether it is a good product. Any products from our paid advertisers we do recommend or we would not run their ads. The Amazon ads are either items we have used and can recommend, or they have very high ratings from users. Thank you for asking. Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com”
I’m sorry you missed my comment yesterday. I hope you get it this time. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
The RV must stay at least one night to get a sticker.
My personal requirement is 3 nights in a state to get a sticker. You still don’t get to see everything, but you get to see enough to know you want to come to see more. If you polled 100 people you will get many different answers.
Putting a small metal plate on a non-metallic surface does not meet the need for a ground reflection of the antenna. You need to purchase an antenna that does not need a ground plane for effective operation on non-metallic surfaces.
I don’t believe that is correct.
Or you can buy an antenna that has a built in ground plane.
I don’t think the intent was for a ground plane just a place to attach a magnetic antenna base. I did this to add an extension antenna for my rear camera.
The question pertained to a “magnetic mount” cb antenna….I don’t think it said anything about a ground plane equipment. You guys are reading something that isn’t there.
Tom is correct. The typical vertical whip magnet mount antenna is built assuming that the surrounding metal surface is sufficient in area to provide the “missing half” of the antenna. (Google “quarter wavelength vertical antenna” for the explanation.) A rubber-roof coach does not provide the necessary metallic area and the antenna will perform very poorly. To compensate, one should install either an array of taped-down ground-plane conductors connected to the metal base plate, or install a half-wave antenna.
You are correctamundo!
I totally agree with the RV Map sticker thing. I need to put Indiana on ours as well. We visit the state so much but never camped there. Hawaii is off the map. I have no desire to go there. Otherwise Except for 5 states we have been to all 50 states.
Our map is on the inside of the door, my wife thought it would be nice to have a handy reference of our travels. Instead of map stickers I bought a 10 pack of erasable multi-colored dry erase markers that I color in the state. Now when we decide to sell the MH it’ll be easy to remove our travels and leave the map for the new owner.
That is a good looking pup!
WRT the “Quick Tip”, I used Eternabond tape around the edges of my base plate and it works great.