RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Issue 1444
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

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National LED Light Day!

On this day in history: 1919 – KLM, the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.



Tip of the Day

Prepping your RV for storage

By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®

When preparing the RV for storage, I always wash the exterior and thoroughly clean the interior. Make sure all of the awning fabrics are clean and dry before stowing the awnings.

This is a good time to inspect all of the roof seams, body seams and window sealants for any cracks or openings that could allow water to penetrate the surface. Water can get in the smallest openings, so it’s important you closely inspect all of the sealants. Consult your RV owner’s manual or RV dealer for sealants compatible with any surfaces you are resealing.

ONLINE TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
Winterizing & Storing Your RV

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Refrigerator failure: Replace or repair?

“While visiting Jackson, Mississippi, I noticed things were not as cold in my RV refrigerator or freezer. After an Internet search, I learned about high temperature switches installed on Norcold refrigerators. Apparently some Norcold models had a bad habit of bursting into flames, and this recall box shuts the refrigerator off when the boiler gets too hot. According to many web articles, the switch has been known to trip when there is no overheating. There is a hack for that, which could save the expense of a service call.” Read the rest of this informative (and entertaining) article by Tammy Williams.

Yesterday’s featured article: Got a lemon RV? Help is available (sometimes)



Reader poll

Are you consuming more alcohol since the pandemic began?
Take a sip, then respond 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.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Quick Tip

Wireless thermometer to monitor plumbing pipe temps

I use the wireless thermometer to monitor how cold my rig gets around the RV’s critical plumbing areas. This way I know if I need to take action to prevent a freeze-up in my pipes. Thanks to Ray Burr at Love Your RV!


Device keeps fresh water tank clean
RV inline tank sanitizerTony Barthel writes: “The RV Inline Sanitizer is the simplest of solutions. It’s essentially a reservoir in which you put bleach and then use a source hose and a delivery hose to fill your fresh water tank. The sanitizer effectively adds the bleach as you fill the tank. It is truly that simple.” Read more about this nifty device here.


Website of the day

Now I Know
Now I Know is a fantastic newsletter by Dan Lewis. Sign up, and you’ll receive a fascinating fun fact (or story) delivered to your inbox every day. Keep that brain growin’!


SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

Fireproof bag

There was an error with the secret phrase. We apologize for the confusion and will re-run this contest next week.

How would you like to win this Fire-resistant document bag? Well, this might be your lucky day! In one of this past week’s Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletters, we published a secret phrase. Simply email the phrase to us at RVcontests@gmail.com . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (October 7, 2020) by 11 a.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER of the Happy Camper Coffee Mug was Herb Lagoski of Overland Park, Kansas. The week before, the winner of the No∼Shock∼Zone RV Electrical Safety book by Mike Sokol was Joseph Yergin of Toccoa, Georgia.


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Trivia

The cast of the TV show “Friends” still earns about $20 million dollars each year. The cast still receives a percentage of the revenue from the show (2 percent) from reruns airing all around the world. The much-loved TV show still pulls in about $1 billion dollars each year, leaving each cast member to earn about $20 million. Wow!

*For 100 years maps have shown an island that doesn’t exist. Read how this can be in yesterday’s trivia.


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An alternative to RV parks: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations with Harvest Hosts. Save 15% on membership. Learn more.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gator at the Beach” —Gene Savage

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

Check out these hilarious photos of “creative camping” … er, perhaps it should be called “failed camping…” Thanks to George Bliss for sending this to us!


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Tony
14 days ago

I use the canister type water filter. If I removed the filter and poured the measured mix amount of bleach in the canister and run the water, wouldn’t it be going through the same process as the Inline Sanitizer?

Karin S.
15 days ago

The “RV Inline Water Sanitizer.” I would like to see this newsletter to check out the products they advertise about, BEFORE you tell us about them. A smiple check/read of the Amazon ratings would be prudent. This water sanitizer seems like a good product. Easier to use then the small piece of hose and a funnel. After I read the user comments, everyone complained it leaks. They all liked the idea, but were disappointed in the results. I’ve seen this before with other products you advertise.

Ron L.
15 days ago
Reply to  Karin S.

It’s my understanding that the ones that leak are those that were shipped without the hose washer (rubber gasket) in one end. You can take one from any other hose you might have and insert it into the end of the unit that doesn’t have one and the leak is fixed. Simple, and I’m sure everyone has already done this who reported that theirs initially leaked.

Tony
15 days ago
Reply to  Karin S.

I use the canister type water filter. If I removed the filter and poured the measured mix amount of bleach in the canister and run the water, wouldn’t it be going through the same process as the Inline Sanitizer?

Last edited 15 days ago by Tony
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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
14 days ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Hi, Karin. You’ll notice at the end of the ad there’s a link to “Read more about this nifty device here” — which goes to our writer Tony Barthel’s review of the product, and which the ad was based on. Here’s the link to his article/review: https://www.rvtravel.com/rvinlinesanitizer967/ 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Herb Zechman
15 days ago

Remote thermometer a great idea when winter camping, Thanks Not happy that contest is only on Beginners newsletter! Keep up great newsletter.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
15 days ago

The top picture in “Creative Camping” is NOT of a family man taking all his office gadgets from home out to a tent in a field. However. what you see is a Ham Radio Operator operating out in the middle of a field during a world wide contest called FIELD DAYS. As a Ham Operator myself I have participated for many years out in the boonies to demonstrate the emergency use of Ham Radio Communications under simulated emergency conditions. On the table is a radio transceiver, a computer keyboard and a computer monitor, NOT a TV set. The computer is in the tent out of the elements. Off camera will be a portable generator and the radio antenna. These tests last 48 hours under all kinds of conditions. And it is Creative Camping with a purpose.

Stay safe, Stay well.

Chuck
14 days ago

You are absolutely correct.
I too have participated in field day since becoming a ham. de: KøWAG

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
14 days ago
Reply to  Chuck

Hi, Chuck. I remember being fascinated watching my grandpa on his Ham radio (and doing really fast Morse Code), 65+ years ago. His call sign, or whatever you call it, was K7SD. Not sure why I can still remember that. Oh, yeah. It’s because I’m 74 and my long-term memory is soooooo much better than my short-term memory. (Now, what did I get the paper and pencil for to write something down before I forgot?!) 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Cheter Brede
15 days ago

2% of 2 billion is 20 million total, not each.

Frank
15 days ago
Reply to  Cheter Brede

Cheter, did you do that on a calculator ?

Jeb
15 days ago
Reply to  Cheter Brede

I thought that too but then thought each person may get 2%. Either way I could live rather well on an individual portion.

WEB
15 days ago
Reply to  Cheter Brede

Did you have a typo? That answer is wrong in all regards.

From 2015…

dnCook
14 days ago
Reply to  Cheter Brede

So you have raised it from 1 to $2 billion? Well, what ever it is, they are almost making as much as you and me.

john1470
15 days ago

It’s 5 pm somewhere during Corona19 time!