RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 10, 2020

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Issue 1381
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

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.


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

On this day in history: 1890 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.



Tip of the Day

Stay safe on your RV roof

The first rule of anything you do with an RV roof, even if to just check it out on a ladder, is to know your limitations and your comfort zone. And actually, most of what you need to do with a roof, such as inspections, cleaning and minor repairs, can be done with ladders and scaffolding that allow you to work from the sides of your RV.
When you think you do need to get on the roof, here are a few safety precautions that are worth your time to follow.

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Oh, there’s one vacation ruined!

It doesn’t appear any harm came to humans in this travel trailer wipeout (we hope), but the RV surely didn’t fare well. You can’t tell exactly what caused this accident, but the driver obviously didn’t deal well with the situation. Let this be a reminder to you why passengers are not allowed to ride in moving travel trailers. Watch the short video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?



You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

No poll today.


Quick Tip

Easy campfire starters

Want fire starters for your campfire? Get a single one of those premanufactured fire logs, cut it up in pieces, and use the pieces for fire starters.


Camco vent insulator keeps you cool…or warm!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.


Random RV thought fun fact

The average RV owner, according to RV Life, is 48 years old, is married, has an annual income of $68,000 and travels in their RV three weeks each year.


Website of the day

Interstate Rest Areas
An excellent guide to rest stops across the U.S. In just a few moments you can use their maps to see how close you are to your next bathroom break – now how’s that for handy?


Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Be like Mike Sokol, use silicone!
Mike says: Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and disintegrate. Use anything silicone-based instead. You can get some of your own here.


Trivia

IKEA is an acronym that stands for: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder’s name, the farm where he grew up, and hometown.

*The world’s diet is produced by 75% of just how many plant and animal-based products? You might be surprised… See yesterday’s trivia to find out. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Dolly is an almost-3-year-old Maltese Poodle who rescued us in November in Little Rock, Arkansas.” — Karen Grace

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.


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Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

https://localstealsanddeals.com/products/blink-xt2-outdoor-indoor-smart-security-camera-with-cloud-storage-included-2-way-audio-2-year-battery-life-3-camera-kit

This might be something you want to look into. It does not need a dedicated monitoring service, only a wireless/internet connection. So you could use phone as hot spot, and it saves recordings to the cloud. I am not expert with it, but on surface seems to be a good idea.

Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

Hello Mike & All. Yes, dry silicone lubricant is wonderful stuff. But, the absolute best one is made by 3M=08897, and it’s a dry propellant based silicone. No petroleum products in it. HWH used to recommend it for their hydraulic jacks as a cleaner and mild lubricant, then they switched to WD-40. You can get it on Amazon and I keep one can in MH, one can in House and one spare can in case one empty’s out. It will not harm gaskets, but don’t use on leather or imitation surfaces. Use it to lubricate things. You can use it on the hinges on the vents, and windows. Wipe up the excess, and please note: if overspray on floor, it will make it very slick, so be careful and clean it up with alcohol or mild soap solution. You do not want to fall.

Joe
1 month ago

Using a ladder to access the RV roof? Make sure it is tied off to something first even if you have to run rope from both sides of the top to something on the ground. I usually tie it off to the ladder on the motor home as I do not trust the one they installed. Also make sure your ladder extends 2-3 feet past the roof line so you can step off instead of crawling off, another reason not to use the installed ladder.

KellyR
1 month ago

Poll or no Poll, the readers have your back. What a tribute to RV Travel for the family of readers that it has developed..

Bob p
1 month ago

We talk while I’m driving, of course it interrupts her word game she’s playing on her iPad.

Graybyrd
1 month ago

Spouse has super-sensitive hearing. I have severe hi-frequency hearing loss. We drive in silence. Sometimes I glance over to see her lips moving.

Jay Gartner
1 month ago

Want an easy and free fire starter? Take the cardboard tube from a used up paper towel or toilet paper roll and stuff with clothes dryer lint.

Ronald Payne
1 month ago

Looks like E.Woodbury was unable to have a poll,so i thought i would ask a question.
Who picks the music or social median in your RV?
1-man
2-woman
3-drive in silence

Ian C
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Drive in silence.
I am hard of hearing, my wife is not, so you know the answer to that question..

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

3-drive in silence

Judy S
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Or, do you alternate.

But that would be 4 questions. I guess it could be phrased as: “For those who play music…”

I was thinking it would be fun to ask readers for poll suggestions, but I know I’d need to look at all 1500 prior polls first!

Mike Albert
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

I normally pick the station if music and she ends up changing it or turning it down since I have it up to drown out the road noise. Then, we seem to drive in silence until I turn it up again.
And so the story goes….

Berny
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

3- Drive in silence

Les
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Rule: Driver gets to pick the music.

cee
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

2 – woman
I travel solo 95% of the time & I gotta have tunes. It’s not a road trip without Bob Seger, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Mahalia Jackson, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

impavid
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

#1 – Sirius radio then I never need to search for stations between Canada and Arizona. Usually classic country until there’s too much twang then 50’s music.

James R Teal
1 month ago
Reply to  impavid

Old Time Radio Show on Sirius radio Channel 148 for me

Michael Gore
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Compromise

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Where’s the ‘Audiobook’ option?

Kite
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Who ever is driving

LiVan_Life
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

3 – silence (sometimes wife (me) wears headphones to listen to Audible books.

Nora
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Drive in silence

Sharon Boehmer
1 month ago

Nice Tip today, but wished it came 2 weeks ago. I just finished some roof repair and did everything on this list except check the bottom of my shoes……well just another hole to fix.