RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Issue 1449
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

“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”―Voltaire


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fossil Day! [Diane raises hand. 😆 ]

On this day in history: 1582 – Because of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, this day (October 14) does not exist in this year in Austria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.



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Tip of the Day

Appropriate RV cover material. RV Education 101®

More tips on RV storage

By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®

When you store your RV outside for extended periods of time it begins to show signs of wear, caused by the constant exposure to the elements. Eventually the paint starts to fade and products like rubber and vinyl dry out, crack and start to deteriorate.

The best storage scenario is to store your RV indoors or under a covered area, but that is not always possible. If the RV is stored outside, avoid parking it under trees or in tall grass and weeds. The best investment you can make for an RV stored outside is a quality RV cover. The cover should be made of a breathable and water-resistant material to help promote air circulation and prevent mold and mildew.

ONLINE TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
Winterizing & Storing Your RV

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Buying an RV in a business’s name could void warranty

If you’ve considered buying your dream RV in your business’s name or plan to use it for business you might want to give it a second thought. Learn from this person’s expensive mistake.

Yesterday’s featured article: Do you need a special RV driver’s license? You might!



Reader poll

How would you describe the condition of your RV?
Think for a minute, 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.

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


Quick Tip

Always keep the battery fully charged

Take the batteries out of the rig and store them in the garage over winter? It’s an old-wives’ tale, provided you make sure the battery is kept charged. Use a battery maintainer to ensure the charge. It’s when a battery falls below full charge that you’d need to worry about it freezing.


Add an outdoor water faucet to your RV!
This lead-free outdoor faucet is really handy. If you don’t have one, here’s a super inexpensive way to add one. No tools required and it installs in a minute (just screw it on). Brass T included with the plastic faucet, just as it’s shown in the product photo. Learn more or order here.


Website of the day

Luxury RV resorts
Ah, resort life: the wind in your hair, martini in hand, your husband’s snores coming from the couch inside … some things don’t change no matter where you are. Whether you’re looking for a place to stay, or just window shopping, check out these beautiful resorts.


SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

Fireproof bagHow 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 14, 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.


Psst: It’s still Amazon Prime Day! Thousands of items are on sale! Last day to save!
Need something for your RV? Need to update an electronic device? Stock up now while things are on sale! Get holiday shopping done early with these amazing sales!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• How to add an instant bathtub to your shower.
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Trivia

Did you know the Twitter bird, its widely recognized icon, has a name? Yup. It’s Larry!

*Which U.S. state borders just one other state? Think about it. If you can’t figure it out, yesterday’s trivia told you the answer. 


Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires!
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Maddie, a Jack Russell-beagle-Basenji mix, and Reggie, a Border Terrier-pug mix, are inseparable buddies – even when they’re resting after a long hike.” —Julie Custer

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

*You gotta read this one out loud!*

What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals?
Phillipe Phillop

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Matt
11 days ago

Regarding the question of the day about condition of your RV. Even though we have a top of the line 2020 solitude that looks great, its falling apart. Between two different water leaks, a sewage leak, the rubber roof peeling off, almost every window valences falling off or apart and a couple of installed components not working anywhere near correct. It’s sad a trailer that costs about as much as some houses has major problems with build quality.

Bob P
13 days ago

Taking your battery(ies) out is a good idea but do not let them sit on the concrete floor as this will totally discharge them. Set them on a wooden surface to store for the winter, also either hook them up to a trickle charger or check the voltage every month to keep them charged. If a battery becomes discharged it may never hold a charge again.

Irv
14 days ago

If I remember to disconnect the fully charged battery in my trailer it doesn’t drop below 12 volts for at least 4 months. I then take my generator and a battery charger to the trailer to recharge it. That only takes a couple of hours. Using the built-in Converter/Charger it takes all day and the charging voltage never gets to the recommended charging voltage of 14.8.

I use a GPC smart battery charger. Pick an AmpHour size based on your batteries AmpHour rating.
• A charger with 25% of that rating won’t charge quickly, but the battery will last a little longer.
• A charger with 50% of that rating will charge almost twice as fast, but the battery won’t last quite as long.

Lewis
14 days ago

What is the concept of Class A only parks. Especially ones that will go to 24ft long. There are plenty of trailers that are great looking compared to some Class As.

Connie VH
14 days ago
Reply to  Lewis

And lots of Class A’s a heckuva lot longer than 24 feet.

Ron L.
14 days ago
Reply to  Lewis

Look at the average age of a motorhome owner and I think you’ll find your answer.

Rory R
13 days ago
Reply to  Lewis

Those class A’s you refer to as looking tacky, probably won’t get into a class A only park, and the owner of such a rig, wouldn’t want to pay the rates in such a park…

Donald N Wright
14 days ago

Storing an Aliner or an Aframe can be a problem, storing them down may damage the roof springs while storing them set up you need a cover that is light in weight, yet will not tear and shred on the sharp corners.

impavid
14 days ago

When I cover my boat, I take two old bath towels, fold them several times and place one over each sharp corner of the windshield before covering the boat with a canvas tarp. Have not had a tear since doing this.

Tony Grigg
14 days ago

Pool noodles, split length wise can be used to cover a variety of sharp edges. I use them on my boat windshield, as the other responder mentioned, and on an awning window on my yard shed that is right at head height. At this moment my neighbor in this county RV campground has them on the edges of his slide out to save HIS head. I used them on my rear ladder to prevent it from tearing my RV storage cover. So many protective uses.