RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Issue 1395
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

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” — Oscar Wilde


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

On this day in history: 1962 – The Trans-Canada Highway, the longest national highway in the world, is officially opened.

New Facebook Group: RVing During the Pandemic. Life has changed. We’ve changed. Let’s discuss how we as RVers are adapting. Learn more or join.



Tip of the Day

Don’t feed the mosquitoes – Protecting yourself from insects

By Greg Illes
Let’s face it – the lovely forests and streams that we all enjoy when we are out-and-about are fantastic havens for all manner of obnoxious bugs. Flies, ticks and mosquitoes are not only at the top of the annoying list, but also the most likely to spread uncomfortable or even serious diseases.

Whether it’s peace or health or both, we all strive to keep those pesky bugs away from ourselves and our loved ones — but it’s not always an easy task. Get some tips here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Can you be shocked by camping near high power lines?

Mike Sokol has the answer in this short video. You’ll be surprised at what he says. Hint: If you park your RV beneath some really high power lines it could be electrified to 10,000 volts or so. Sound scary? Watch the two-minute video to see if you should be concerned.

Yesterday’s featured article: Avoiding “mysterious” RV battery deaths



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Today’s secret phrase: Millie tried to eat the goat soap.


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Reader poll

How good is your singing voice?
Belt it out over here.



Quick Tip

Use a fan against mosquitoes

Daniel P. adds new ammunition to the war on mosquitoes. Daniel says he spotted information in a publication that suggests you ditch the DEET and just turn on a fan. Not only does the breeze make it hard for the mosquito to land and start a drilling operation, it also minimizes the concentration of carbon dioxide in your area – a “calling card” for the nasty little insects. Thanks, Daniel!


Website of the day

The best craft brewery in each state
Love beer? This is the list for you! Find the best craft brewery in all 50 states, and start collecting those cool pint glasses. Just remember, you probably have to back up the rig (not to mention drive it too) when you leave, so watch that beer intake!


Important warning! A bad RV door part can lock your loved one(s) inside your RV. Read more about it here.


Temperature gun is ‘essential equipment’ for many RVers!tempgun-682
Just aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.


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:

• 15 percent do not wear gloves while dumping their holding tank
• 14 percent listen to podcasts often
• 42 percent believe that humans will travel to Mars within the next 20 years

Recent poll: Did you ever go on a blind date?


Trivia

Malta is the only European country to have never experienced below-freezing temperatures (anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit). Sounds like we’ve found your next winter destination!

*Where did Mountain Dew soda get its name? It’s probably not what you think. Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Meet RIGBY (male) & RORY (female). Joy beyond explanation. They are always hungry & never miss an opportunity to snatch food. We had bought a half dozen bagels & they were in a paper bag. We ran a quick errand & returned home only to find our bagels were gone as well as the bag! These fur babies shed beyond belief; if I could have attached permanently their hair to my head I could have dreadlocks to the floor. That said, we would not trade them for the world.” — Mac

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.


Mini dehumidifier removes moisture from RV
This mini dehumidifier from Pro Breeze quickly and efficiently removes moisture from the air. It is perfect for use in small areas like RVs. It extracts up to 9 ounces of moisture per day with a large 16-ounce capacity water tank that will automatically shut off when full. Very quiet, too. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

If you see me talking to myself this week, I’m having a parent-teacher conference.

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Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

You know it even snows in Hawaii! Personally I like the seasons.

Last edited 1 month ago by Vanessa Simmons
Tony Grigg
1 month ago

Something has changed. For the last 10 days to 2 weeks or so the daily Reader Poll will not show up on my phone. I’ve seen others comment on this lately also. Any ideas on what’s different?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the polls, Tony. I’m going to copy my response to Charlie here: We haven’t changed anything so I’m not sure why you’re just recently having issues. As Jessica, one of our IT folks, explains: “Sometimes script blockers and ad blockers interfere with our polls since they are from a 3rd party site. If you have one of these try and turn it off and see if that fixes the issue.” Maybe some setting on your phone has changed? Or can you click on something to allow popups for just that page with the poll on it? Good luck! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

The mini dehumidifiers look like a good idea. can a tube be attached to drain outside the RV ?

Bob p
1 month ago

These are extremely small capacity, we have two running in the rv constantly, I empty them about once every week and a half. I guess you could attach a drain tube to them but it seems to me it wouldn’t be worth the effort, besides you would have to have some place to run the tube out side. If these were removing even a pint a day it would be worthwhile, but at 6 oz. per week, it’s a waste of money, but my wife thought it was a good idea so we got them. If DW ain’t happy I’m not going to be happy!

Gyro TooManyNames
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Mine removes a quart/day… obviously it depends how humid it is.

Jim A RINI
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Put it in the shower

Todd Nighswonger
1 month ago

We have two, I don’t think there’s a way to add a drain tube. They shut off when full.

Mary
1 month ago

Last year I could feel dampness on surfaces in rv. Within 1 week of using dehumidifier all damp was gone. No problem to empty once a week or less. Would recommend everyone have one of these in rv.

Rob
1 month ago

I stole this idea from another blog.

Drilled drain hole in container so it would not “shut off when full”, let it run while it drains in sink or shower or both, leave Grey Water valve open and hose cap off. Water drains outside on the ground. Runs for 5 months this way. Keeps my 16LD Casita bone dry inside.

Cletus
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Exactly what I do. I have it sitting on a small stool placed in the doorway between the living area and the bath/bedroom with the tube fed into the shower drain. Hose cap off outside with gray tank open. Made an electrical cord for outside supply out of an extension cord so my 50 amp supply cord wouldn’t “disappear” during the months we are up north. Cost us about $5-6/month to run the 1 liter model. Now we return to a dry nice smelling 5th wheel.
Huh! I thought I invented this.

Gyro TooManyNames
1 month ago

As made, generally not. With trivial drilling, generally doable (“1/4 bulkhead fitting”). I have one in my safe, and attaching a tube to the tank was much easier than getting the tube to a drain. SOME units allow just removing the tank and letting it drip into a sink.

Gyro TooManyNames
1 month ago

Looking at my 2nd unit, one drips into the tank from a nipple that conspicuously fits a PVC tube if you just leave the tank out. The one that I DO use a tube with, I just drilled a tight enough hole that the PVC tubing is pretty watertight, and then added a dab of SealAll…

One note to ALL these, remember that there’s usually no humidistat… they turn off if the tank is full, but not when the room is dry. While efficient running, they never STOP running.