RV Daily Tips. Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Issue 1410
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’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” ― Arthur C. Clarke


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

On this day in history: (Speaking of National Radio Day…) 1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.



Tip of the Day

Another easy way to check propane tank levels

“The gizmos, stickers and gauges never seem to be very accurate to check the propane tank levels. So I got a fisherman’s scale at the hardware store (you can find them online here). For my little tanks, 18 pounds is empty, 38 pounds is full, and you can easily figure the in-between proportions. So easy!” Thanks for the tip, Nikki Harnish!

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


No smoking – especially in shore power connections

Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor which began as follows: “A couple weekends ago, we were using close to the rated 30-amp draw on our trailer with fridge, water heater, periodic microwave, HVAC, etc., when my son suddenly told me that the power plug outside was smoking slightly. When I looked, sure enough, it was melting in the socket!” Read the rest of the letter and Chris’ response.

Yesterday’s featured article: Add-on small shelves can organize or display



Reader poll

Will you travel for the holidays to see friends/family this year?
Think about it, then vote here.


Quick Tip

Hold bath towels in place with a shower rod

Every RVer has a unique way of storing their shower products, but here’s a neat trick: Use a short shower rod to hold your bottles and soaps in place. Now you won’t hear anything fall in the shower while you’re driving down the road. We found this tip on RVshare.com – thanks!


Website of the day

Buy your hunting or fishing license online!
Here’s a social-distancing-friendly link! Buy your hunting or fishing license online – no need to go to a store and buy one in person.


Make an omelette in seconds!
Tired of making omelettes and dealing with the mess, cleanup, and timely preparation? This microwaveable omelette maker saves the day! This handy gadget makes omelettes in just three easy steps: beat eggs and milk, add ingredients, microwave and eat! It promotes healthy eating by cutting out butter, oil and grease. Buy this breakfast-saver here.


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:

• 19 percent say they watch television sitcoms on a regular basis
• For a snack, 67 percent would rather have something savory over something sweet
• 10 percent fall asleep at night using an over-the-counter sleep aid

Recent poll: Do you believe there will be a normal NFL football season this fall? Tell us here.


The most popular roadside assistance program
More than 1.5 million successful roadside rescues. There are many programs available for RVers, but the Good Sam program remains the most popular year after year.  Learn more.


Trivia

Afraid of spiders? Stop reading! There are, on average, about 50,000 spiders per acre in natural areas. Does anyone want to tent camp now?

*Yesterday we told you a small city in the U.S. where the population increases from 30,000 in the winter to 350,000 in the summer. Know which city it is? Find out by scrolling down here


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Everyone uses the tablet!” — Mike Pardina

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 brand new 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.


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Gary Finneman
1 month ago

In regards to the post above about weighing your propane tank, I guess you could do that or just go to Amazon or Harbor Freight and buy an inline gauge seems simple!

Another tip. I am spending my second summer In Mesa, Arizona and I was getting a lot of heat thru my roof vents. So I bought the heavy duty aluminum foil 18 inch wide.Cover the vent cover and tuck it under the three sides and tape it on the hinge side and it will last from spring to fall and no more coming in!

Tom
1 month ago

Where was the rake tip last week for somores day 😊

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom
impavid
1 month ago

For greater accuracy when weighing your propane tank, look on the collar for the letters “TW”. TW stands for Tare Weight and the number following TW is the weight of the tank empty. Not all tanks are created equal….but close.

DAVE TELENKO
1 month ago

I just noticed that in your comment section (here) that you have a place to vote either + or -. Trouble is you don’t actually see all the votes, one cancels out the other. What I mean is you could have a plus 100 votes & minus 100 votes & you would see “O”, any chance of adding a plus & minus column, so we can actually see ALL the votes.
Snoopy

BILLY Bob Thronton
30 days ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

The result of a Representative Republic my friend

DAVE TELENKO
1 month ago

Todays laugh, I was thinking the laugh would be when you “flipped” over the rake to brown the other side of the marshmallows, NO more crackers & chocolate! Actually I thought it was a great idea heating the cracker & chocolate over the coals!
Snoopy

Joe Allen
1 month ago

We will not be intimidated by the fear that has possessed the many out there! We bought this coach to travel in and travel we will. We do take protection seriously and will wear our masks when it requires us too. We are working here in Yellowstone NP right now and you wouldn’t know a virus is out there with all the people coming here. We greet and assist many everyday and no issues here! Bottom line, we all only have a short time on this earth to live an it goes too quickly now, let’s not put ourselves in a corner and shrink away!

Sink Jaxon
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Joe, I agree about a short time on this earth! I just retired and have many plans for the future then this Covid thing hits! Ugh! This is the best time of my life, right now…Blessed in so many ways, and I don’t want to lose all that. So I’ll wear a mask and take precautions and hope for a vaccine to arrive soon. Good luck Joe, stay healthy. We’ll get through this!

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

It’s not fear. It’s being responsible.

Roger
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Yes, and we don’t have to stay home to be responsible.

BILLY Bob Thronton
30 days ago
Reply to  John

I respectful.y disagree. Older Americans have a fear of this virus, because statistically it effects their generation greater. Due to government mis-steps, it is estimated that up to 15, 000 died in nursing homes, when known sick were released back into that captive environment. It pains me to see many of my friends, who I never would have thought, have an actual fear of this virus.

The good news is, as of Dateline yesterday, two American drug companies are going into third stage clinical trials with approx. 30,000 people signed up for the trial. If successful, then the President has already put the military in position, to distribute the potential vaccine to the nation. It is estimated that through the hard work of many people, and the resilience of the American people, we may finally have a solution on the horizon. The vaccine will require a two shot step, for the best immunity, with herd immunity coming mid Spring next year.

So PLEASE believe in good, and live your life.

Roy Christensen
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

You are confusing fear with intelligence. Would you go visit a volcano that scientists predict will erupt at any moment? Life is too short so I’m here at the volcano So I’m going to visit it and not be scared. That makes no sense. Why make your life and possibly others even shorter? Are 170,000 deaths not enough to convince you that following medical precautions is just being smart. Why do you equate being cautious with being fearful in a corner. That is insulting. I have gone on a few RV trips lately, but if I see a crowd, I don’t stop there. I’m not afraid, I’m being smart. I want to enjoy my RV and retirement for a long time so I avoid busy places for the time being.

Rob Sorensen
1 month ago

You make A very strong and logical point.
I am now one year short of 70, and getting ready to buy our first Class A DP, and we are signing up fo every possible ap or site that will help us.
I told my family and fellow employee’s, we have another 10 years at best, to be able to navigate 5he National Park and see what We have not been able to see together.
Gues typing hS never need my strong point !
Rob and MJ

Be not been able to, as my wife has, years and tears ago.

MARVIN CORNELISON
1 month ago

Your comment seems to assume that the 170,000 reported deaths is accurate, I learn everyday of someone else who died of totally unrelated causes but is reported as Covid 19, such as Suicide. I don’t believe that the real count is even half what has been reported. And even if it is accurate, it doesn’t justify the overreaction of our government. Oh, and the inaccurate reporting I have learned about came from medical personnel who know what they are talking about. Notice I’m not saying Covid 19 is a good thing or totally faked. People die everyday from one disease or the other. Many of the reported Covid-19 Deaths would have occured anyway.

Do the math. Look at the actual data and consider what a reasonable response would have been. We have more people killed every day in automobile accidents. Maybe we should do away with our cars.

It is not reasonable to ban church Worship services but condone and encourage huge demonstrations where no one practices social distancing.

H Goff
1 month ago

Wow – totally apolitical – love it. You are exactly right. When this first started it all dire predictions. Now we understand it not nearly as bad as it was projected. But the politicians can’t back off. What if we micromanaged smoking deaths – especially second-hand smoke. Or obesity? Or the regular flue? it would all be the same – but we accept those risks. Just a political maneuver.

MARVIN CORNELISON
1 month ago
Reply to  H Goff

Careful, You will get kicked off this site. They don’t like conservatives or anyone who questions the leftist agenda.

BILLY Bob Thronton
30 days ago
Reply to  H Goff

Dude, you nailed it. The negative votes will demonstrate just that. We will never know the truth about how many, only what you believe it to be. Well said my friend and let the negative votes show same.

BILLY Bob Thronton
30 days ago

A lot was learned about the power of the government over the people. What needs to be relearned is, it is the people who govern by electing representatives they believe hold their values. An I’ll informed electorate is never a good thing.

The people will decide which way this country goes in a few short months. If you have seen enough, then I implore you to vote. Since this is an RV related site, and we all know you need to be on your game to navigate to accomplish your expeirence. Take the time to request an absentee ballot, and cast your ballot as a Proud American, who believes in good over darkness.

Jim
1 month ago

My newsletter was pretty much blank. Lots of XXXXXXXXXs

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Emily (@emily)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Sorry about that, Jim. Nothing like some early morning technical difficulties, huh? We’ve fixed the newsletter and published the correct one – whew! Thanks for letting us know. –Emily, RVtravel.com

Connie VH
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily

I’m just now getting to mine, and it’s perfect…. no problems whatsoever.
Thanks, Emily.

J.R.
1 month ago

Leave Here WIth A Laugh… Hopefully the paint on the rake has been burnt already. :-0

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  J.R.

I thought the same thing about the rake.

BILLY Bob Thronton
30 days ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Hope that dude didn’t have dogs!!

John R. Wilkins
1 month ago

Tip of the Day?

looks like it wasn’t published properly

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Emily (@emily)
1 month ago

Hi, John. Thanks for letting us know. We went in and published the correct newsletter this time (whoops!), so the tip is in there now. Thanks for alerting us! Happy reading! -Emily, Rvtravel.com