RV Daily Tips. Monday, August 10, 2020

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Today’s thought

“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” — Roman Payne


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

On this day in history: 1793 – The Musée du Louvre is officially opened in Paris, France.


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Tip of the Day

Solar RVing in the shade

By Bob Difley
If you like to boondock away from the beaten track, summertime camping often means looking for a bit of shade to help keep cool. But if your power comes by way of solar panels, you’ll be in the world of trade-offs – shade means less solar power. Continue reading.

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Can I swap in a lithium battery?

Dear Mike,
The sales guy at the local RV shop tells me I can just drop in a lithium battery to replace my pair of old Trojan lead-acid batteries, but I’m suspicious. Is there anything else I should check to make sure this works? Can I replace two 6-volt batteries with a single 12-volt battery, and will it give me more power, as this guy suggests? —Derick

Read Mike’s answer.

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Nine easy steps to holding down fuel costs

In an article in the Financial Edge newsletter from Investopedia.com, Jean Folger points out these nine effective ways to increase your gas mileage by driving more efficiently. This can be even more timely and important as projections for fuel prices appear to be on the rise, and unexpected “outside” events and forces of nature can dramatically alter the fuel price landscape overnight. Learn more.


Reader poll

Do you believe your astrological sign affects your personality?
Read your horoscope then tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.


micro-2-762Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
micro-2-flatWhen heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — perfect for RVers: It pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer! Learn more or order.


Quick Tip

Sanitize that faucet!

Before you connect your water hose to the RV park’s water faucet be sure to sanitize the faucet first. I use a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and bleach. I run some water out it then spray it real well then run some more water. Then I connect my hose.
In the photo, you can see that our neighbor had their dog tied up to a tree within reach of our faucet and pedestal (and you know what that means!). Thanks for the tip, Howard Sc8


Website of the day

The Dyrt Magazine
The Dyrt is also a great resource for finding campgrounds, but their magazine (blog) has some helpful articles about everything camping related. You might learn a few things!


Stuck inside? We put together this COVID-19-friendly DIY list of projects to do while you’re quarantined. Check it out.


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It’s about time you cleaned those headlights…
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 916When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Trivia

The U.S. is the only country that has all five of Earth’s climate zones: dry, temperate, tropical, continental and polar.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My two English Springer Spaniels. The black/white one is Walt, he’s 1 year old. The brown/white one is Disney and she just turned 4. They love each other and hate each other. Anyone with two dogs knows exactly what I mean. They travel with us all the time in our RV and love camping as much as we do. Happy Travels!” — Debbie Murphy, San Antonio, Texas

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Tom
1 month ago

From Clorox website: To clean and disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces. Mix ½ cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® per gallon of water. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes. Rinse well. As always IRMV.

Tony King
1 month ago

I never dreamed there would so many different methods/ways to spray Bleach on a faucet.🤷🏻‍♂️

MrDisaster
1 month ago

You could use a disinfectant spray. Just follow the directions, spray it on wait a few minutes and connect. Easier than making a bleach solution for each move and you could clean your bathroom with it. I use the lemon scented stuff from Walmart works fine.

Mike Albert
1 month ago

I have to submit water samples to a certified lab for testing well water once a quarter in Florida. The Board of Health states to run the water at full force for at least 30 seconds, turn off water, then spray the interior and exterior of the spigot at the well head, with alcohol, let dry/evaporate then turn on spigot and then collect sample. I also let the water dry before spraying. The test is for bacterial coliform as well as
E-coli and other contaminants.
I have a spray bottle that I use for this and now the motor home.
My feeling if the testing lab feels that this spray is sufficient for testing, it must be good for killing everything on the spigot.

M. Will
1 month ago

Do you know that a bottle of bleach has a shelf life??

Sink Jaxon
1 month ago
Reply to  M. Will

YES! The active ingredient in bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which naturally breaks down into salt and water. The breakdown increases rapidly when it’s stored in extreme hot or cold temps, or when it’s more than a year old. If it doesn’t smell like bleach anymore, it’s no good.

Rod
1 month ago

Worse than a dog, I saw a person breaking down their site to leave and after disconnecting the waste tank drain hose hold the end up to the fresh water faucet to rinse it out. I vowed right then to always disinfect the fresh water faucet before connecting to it.

D C
1 month ago

How to sanitize surfaces with bleach/water solution, per NIH, or How I was trained to use bleach/H2O solution as a USN corpsman and EMT.
1) Clear away dirt and debris. Soap and water is okay for this step. At very minimum pick up stuff and sweep away dirt/dust or you will only be sanitizing the stuff and dirt/dust.
2) Spray surface completely with bleach solution of 1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water OR 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water. Make new solution DAILY.
3) Do not rinse. Allow surface to dry completely. This step is important. Allowing the surface to dry completely gives the bleach solution time to do its very important job.
Make sure you have plenty of fresh air when using bleach solution. There are common household chemicals such as ammonia and even Dawn dish soap which can combine with bleach to make deadly gases. Don’t use scented bleach on surfaces you intend to prepare food on.

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  D C

PS There are easier to use, less noxious sanitizers but they tend to be more difficult to get hold of and are considerably more expensive. Bleach is what most people can get hold of.

Deborah
1 month ago

Beautiful dogs, I know what you mean about the love hate relationship. I loved the joke. When I taught VBS 3-5yr olds, I would tell the kitchen nothing Red or blue. Red makes my kids hipper and blue made my kids need the bathroom too much. This was a proven fact year after year.

Jeb
1 month ago

1:22 is the recommended ratio of bleach to water to disinfect food contact surfaces. 50:50 is overkill and would result in a corrosive concentration.

Don
1 month ago

I have never given it a thought about sanitizing the water spigot. I will from now on. It is an easy spot for a dog to lift his leg. Thanks for the tip!

S M Jenkins
1 month ago

I used to use bleach for that purpose, but after the wind blew it onto a couple pair of pants (and ruined them) I quit. Use alcohol instead.

Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  S M Jenkins

Exactly what happened to me. I now use Lysol spray and no more discolored pants.

Al Kemp
1 month ago

Bleach is a good disinfectant however the use of it on Laminate will remove the plastic finish you feel and eventually you’ll have white spots. Laminate is made of compressed paper and once the finish is removed the paper will stain easily which means your only option is bleach to remove the stains. Try other products on the stains, Varsol, Lacquer thinner and Acetone don’t have the damaging effects. Remember to read the label even Vim has bleach. But better yet try natural products first.

PennyPA
1 month ago
Reply to  Al Kemp

How many water spigots are laminated?

M. Will
1 month ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Thats what I was wondering??

Bob Thompson
1 month ago

Morning, just read quick tip about sanitizing water connections.
i have always read that bleach quickly loses its sanitizing ability once it is mixed with water.
does anyone know if this is true?
would hate to be relying on this only to find it is a waste of time.
also, just a quick thanks for all the hard work you folks do putting this together.
stay safe
Bob

John Hicks
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Thompson

Bleach solution sanitizing ability depends on dilution; the 50/50 mix is more than sufficient. The formula for food-service sanitizing is 200ppm, or about 1 TBSP standard bleach per gallon water. Let it soak a couple of minutes. Bleach is killed by sunlight; that’s why pool chlorine tabs or powders contain stabilizer.
https://waterandhealth.org/disinfect/food_safety/sanitizing-food-contact-surfaces-with-bleach-solutions-in-restaurants-and-institutions/

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Thompson

Make new solution daily. 1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water OR 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water.

Lois Zillmer
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Thompson

Replace the bleach water everyday

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Thompson

Think of it another way. Clorox bleach is 6% solution (4% other chemicals and 90% water). Clorox sanitizing spray is 2% Chlorine mostly water. So these would be useless if water was a criteria. If the mix was left unsealed then the chlorine would degass from the solution. If in sealed container (like clorox sanitizing spray), it should last a little longer.

Robert
1 month ago

when sanitizing a faucet as mentioned above, you need to spray the chlorine and wait a few minutes, If you spray and rinse right away your not giving enough time for the clorox to work, I’d wait at least two -three minutes. Same goes when disinfecting surfaces etc.

Joe Testa
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

People rinse it off? I never have, just spray and go, also I am not quite sure about the 50/50 mixture, Here is what I do and mixture ratio: Sanitize the water supply spigot before connecting your freshwater hose to it. I use a spray bottle containing a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach to 8 parts water and I always thoroughly spray the spigot and the end of my hose before connecting, so I am wondering about the mixture.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe Testa
D C
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Spray. Do not rinse. Allow surface To dry completely before using.