RV Daily Tips. Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Issue 1355
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 said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” ― Terry Pratchett

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Day!



Tip of the Day

When should you service your transmission?

If you are undecided about whether or not you should service your transmission, or when to service it, consider this: Transmission failure is most often due to fluid failure. Mechanical parts failure is in the minority when blame is laid. The breakdown and failure of transmission fluid is precipitated by two elements: contaminants and heat — with heat winning the race for worst/biggest contributor. Learn more.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Sparkling-clean RV window screens without water

Here’s a quick tip from Jim Twamley about cleaning dusty RV window screens without using water. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV essential tools: Rivet guns



Reader poll

Do you like to dance?
Pick up the beat and tell us over here.


Quick Tip

Don’t allow antenna “wings” to contact RV roof

Add this to your inspection list: Are your roof-top antenna “wings” coming in contact with the roof when in travel position? If so, they may rub against the roof with road vibration and can actually chew a hole in your rubber roof. If it looks as if they are, GENTLY bend and flex them upward enough that they lose contact with the roof.


Sales of RVs are booming. Why? What does it mean?
Find out here.


Random RV Thought

Do not assume that a public campground where you are headed has a dump station based on what you read in a directory or other literature. Sometimes you will find it has been closed for repairs or even for good. If you show up with full holding tanks, expecting to dump on arrival, you have a problem. It’s always a good idea to seek out a location to dump before you arrive … just in case.



Website of the day

How to keep an RV cool in the summer
It’s getting hot across the country and you may have already had to use your RV’s air conditioner. Here are a few simple tips for keeping your RV cool in the summer.


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:

• 79 percent carry an air compressor in their RV
• 36 percent say their RV is their only home
• 40 percent prefer to sleep with a nightlight, or some other light source
Recent poll: Did you watch the Space X rocket launch? Vote here.

Trivia

While Rhode Island might be the smallest state in terms of size, Wyoming is the least populated state. Funny that all the people in Wyoming could fit into Rhode Island, no problem, isn’t it?

*How many glasses of milk does a dairy cow produce in a lifetime?
A.) 100,000
B.) 200,000
C.) 600,000
We told you yesterday.


Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

Here is my little 10 lb. RV travel companion, Chico. He is almost a year-and-a-half old and does what mom does, even if it means wearing a mask into the stores. I am a nurse and saw too many families entering the stores with their children, none wearing any PPE. I figured if they saw my little guy wearing a mask then the kids and hopefully their parents could relate to the importance of wearing a mask. Chico waits patiently for me to put his mask on in the car before we enter any public area. It has become second nature to him. — Cheryl D. 

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.


Leave here with a laugh

With the rise of self-driving vehicles, it’s only a matter of time before we get a country song where a guy’s truck leaves him too.

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h goff
24 days ago

as far as transmissions go – when you do decide to get service be aware that some places simply filter your existing fluid and return it to the vehicle – i like fresh – never-used fluid.

as far as staying cool – living in the eastern half of flyover country- you NEED an AC – not an option. i don’t care where you park.

Cindy
29 days ago

UMMM, the nurse is worried about people wearing PPE in a store, yet she brings her dog in? I HOPE it’s not being brought into food stores as that’s not acceptable in any State I know of. I don’t think it’s a problem, but now that COVID is on the wane, neither is not wearing masks.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
29 days ago
Reply to  Cindy

Hi, Cindy. Federal law allows people to take their service dogs into grocery stores and other public places, including restaurants. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ken
29 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Legally licensed and registered service dogs only. Not pets or emotional support dogs, or other animals. They also must be under control of the owner. We went to a restaurant once and one owner allowed his small dog to run free, including on the bench seats and table! It only takes a few to spoil it for all.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
29 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Yep, I realize that, Ken. That’s why I specified “service dogs.” Maybe Chico is Cheryl’s service dog for a medical condition like seizures, low blood sugar, or whatever. I don’t know. All I know is I’ve never had a dog who would allow me to put a face mask on them like Chico does! 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Waldo
26 days ago
Reply to  Cindy

COVID is not on the “wane” in USA yet.

Mike Albert
25 days ago
Reply to  Cindy

In Florida, dogs are allowed in grocery stores. I’ve seen them in shopping carts in the basket along with food as well as the seat. The owners place towels or blankets so their feet don’t fall through the openings.
These definitely are not service dogs.

George
29 days ago

Never heard of an under bench air conditioner. Anyone used one?

ARB
28 days ago
Reply to  George

Yes, before air conditioners were common in cars you could buy add on units, part of the system, blowers and vents were mounted under the “dash”. This was back in the late 40s and early 50s if my memory is correct.

Ron H.
29 days ago

How many times have you seen someone pass by the shady spot to park in the open for TV satellite access? A matter of priorities, I suppose.

Michael
29 days ago

Boy, that article for keeping cool was amazing. I read all the headings to my wife because I didn’t want her to miss the nuanced meanings. Parking in the shade? Who’da thunk? My favorite was the ‘areas of glazing’. I guess windows wasn’t a fancy enough word.

Kinda reminds me of the time my son asked me to accompany him to see an Army recruiter. He threw acronyms around constantly. When talking about the M.O.S. available, I had to stop him and ask what that meant. He told me it meant ‘Military Occupational Specialty’. I asked him if that was like a J.O.B. He didn’t know what that was.

On the other hand…Cute doggy!

Sink Jaxon
29 days ago

“How To Keep an RV Cool in the Summer” They tell you to park in the shade…SMH…

Debra Rohm
29 days ago

Chico is adorable!!! Great idea with the mask!

Brian Jensen
29 days ago

Why would you drive all day with the extra weight of full holding tanks? We always dump first thing in the morning before we leave.

Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  Brian Jensen

I bet the writer means check for alternative dump station locations near your designated campsite just in case one is not available there. That is how I took it.

Joe
29 days ago

I always get a laugh when I see articles on how to keep my RV cooler in the summer. The articles always mention keeping large windows and the rig out of direct sun, like I have a choice when pulling into a campsite. It would be nice to pull in front first to avoid the sun coming into the drivers window but I don’t carry 40-50 feet of sewer hose and possibly the same in extension cords.

Barry
29 days ago

I lost interest in the article about keeping your RV cool when I read the first two words…”climate change”. However, I typically enjoy reading the daily missives.

Peter
29 days ago
Reply to  Barry

re: climate change. Here is my take on it ( not that anyone is asking ). The earth’s climate has been changing as long as the planet has existed. Before the last Ice age, the north was a warm lush place inhabited by many animals ( giant beavers, mastodons etc ) that became extinct when the ice came. We have been referring to that area as permafrost. After the last ice age ended and the ice started melting, the planet has slowly warmed up. And as the glaciers melt, sea levels rise. This was happening long before we figured out engines and started burning fossil fuel. As we approach the last remnants of the glaciers, they are melting faster ( much like an ice cube does when left outside on a warm day ). A few clever entrepreneurs figure out how to create mass hysteria and convince people we need ” green ” technology to save the planet ( cough B.S, cough ). I could go on, but I won’t. Happy Trails

Barry
29 days ago
Reply to  Peter

I’m not gonna use any terms like “tree hugger”, but this article reeked of someone who just might enjoy hugging a healthy tree…the Sierra Club, maybe? OK, I did read the article, but still lost interest. On the other hand, I do believe there are things we can do to keep our planet healthy and clean, without going to extremes. Because it is so easy and convenient, I even recycle and feel guilty for throwing that empty Shiner Bock bottle in the trash instead of recycling. God save us all !!

Ralph Pinney
29 days ago

Question for the person who wrote the article on transmission fluid temperatures…..
Do these figures apply to a truck pulling a 5th wheel or travel trailer? We’ve traveled the mountains of Colorado and I can only remember one time it reached 185.

Thanks

Bob Weinfurt
29 days ago
Reply to  Ralph Pinney

Every automatic transmission is subject to getting hot. In your case, adding an extra or larger cooler might help keep its temperature down.

Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  Ralph Pinney

185° is not hot … if you have a temp guage always connected you will be able to determine what normal is just by keeping an eye on it during ‘normal’ driving conditions and using that temp as your baseline.

Wayne
29 days ago
Reply to  Ralph Pinney

It sounds like your rig is properly equipped for pulling with a tow package, ie trans cooler and larger radiator. Getting the correct vehicle in the first place solves many problems. I agree with Bill, 185° is not hot and according to the article the fluid should be good for more than 70,000 miles. I know you said the question was For “the person who wrote the article” but I couldn’t help myself.

Jeb
29 days ago

As to the laugh of the day, I can hear the pens scratching now. i poured my money into an f150, it took my money and run…

Jim Matchullis
29 days ago

My question is about clicking on links or other stories. They used to open in a separate window. Why did you change that?

Ed Fogle
29 days ago
Reply to  Jim Matchullis

I had trouble with that. Are you using an Apple device or the Safari browser? In my iPad and iPhone I used to tap and hold a link to get options for the link. One of those was “Open in a new tab”. I thought the last operating system or browser update must have taken that out. I wasn’t happy but after some time I went back and looked at those options again. One of them is “Open in background”. Just for the heck of it I tried that. Bingo, the link opened in a new tab. Now the only question is what who thought “Open in background” makes more sense than “Open in new tab”?

Diane Mc
29 days ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

Thank you! Although when I checked “open in background” was checked. Unchecked it and rechecked and it worked! Also, I tried “tap and hold” and it worked too.

Lee Ensminger
29 days ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

If you’re using an Apple product, holding down the “command” key as you click on a link will cause the link to open in a new tab.

Lynwood
29 days ago
Reply to  Jim Matchullis

Sometimes this can be changed via a setting in your browser.

Ran
29 days ago

Couldn’t get any of the links to work on the recommended fans, on the website of the day article!

Richard Clay
29 days ago

Chico should be an inspiration to all of us to wear our masks, thanks Chico.

Donald N Wright
29 days ago

Keeping cool in your RV. Since my Aliner has a peak roof, just leaving the fantastic Fan on in the low setting and a couple of windows cracked open, does a pretty good job. I was unable to find the link to the solar fans. Oh, trees, do not park under them. Critter drop nuts and stuff all night long, and the weight of your RV may damage surface roots. Park in the shade beside the tree.

Roland Hyatt Jr
1 month ago

Good morning!!!

Mike Albert
29 days ago

I think that any morning that one can respond, is a Good Morning!

Chuck Dunn
29 days ago

Any morning you wake up on the top side of the grass is a good morning