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Tip of the Day
Some basic tips for winter RVing
By Greg Illes
Winter can be cold, rainy, snowy and miserable. Many of us usually choose to “run and hide” from the winter, fleeing into more temperate zones. But even if you’re snowbirding in the South, occasional wiggling of the jet stream can still drive those temperatures well below the comfort zone. So what’s a sad, shivering RVer to do? Here are some basic tips for winter RVing — and some caveats. Continue reading.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Wildcat 368MB Mid-Bunk Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “With a big, comfortable upper bedroom and a convenient, flexible mid-bunk room, this could be a unit that might make sense to change your permanent address to.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2020 Black Series Classic12 Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
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You’ve heard of sleepwalking, but what about sleep-driving?
We RVers spend a lot of time driving. We’ve, sadly, gotten good at “distracted driving.” Anyone who drives knows all about this. But I’ll bet you have never heard of something a whole lot more dangerous. I’m talking about sleep-driving! Driving while asleep? Yeah, right. Not possible. Well, don’t laugh! It’s no joke. It happens, and usually to people taking Ambien, a sedative prescribed to combat insomnia. Learn more.
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Retired or retiring soon and thinking about full-timing? This book is for you!
A Practical Guide to Full-Time RV Living: Motorhome & RV Retirement Startup by Jack and Shirley Freeman is a wonderful guide to how to get started full-timing after retirement, and how to live an affordable life on the road. They’ve done a wonderful job answering any questions you may have about this next chapter in your life. Check it out here.
Replace your kitchen/bathroom RV faucets for less
You don’t need to go to an RV dealer for a limited selection at a high price when you need a new faucet. Any faucet that fits the sink pattern (number of openings through the counter and the distance between them) will work in your RV. Yes, there are a variety of different connectors, but you can find an appropriate adapter, if needed. Here’s the ticket: Take the old faucet out and take it down to the Big Box hardware store and shop for what you really want. Size it up for both counter fit, and water connections.
Website of the day
Keep scrolling on this page and you’ll find tons of adorable (not to mention creative) crafts that both children and adults will have fun making. Check ’em out and make your Thanksgiving table a little more festive!
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:
• If they could turn back time, 64 percent would not go through high school again
• 11 percent are very afraid of spiders
• 48 percent say their RV has automatic levelers
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On March 23, 1839, Boston Morning Post readers noticed an abbreviation, “o.k.,” next to the words “oll korrect” (a funny misspelling of “all correct”). Three days later, “OK” reappeared in another Boston Morning Post article, and slowly it seeped into the American vocabulary.
*Yesterday’s trivia taught you something pretty neat you can do with your phone’s dial pad. Did you see it? You’ll want to.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
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From new the 1/2 bathroom sink had a low flow issue however the shower, kitchen and full bath was fine. I took apart the aerator and found that it had at least 5 screens in it, I removed them all but 1 and all is good.
I replaced the bath sink faucet with a bar style faucet. Now, you can actually get your hands under the faucet for washing them. The other faucet was so low, it was almost impossible to use. Looked pretty, but almost useless.
For faucets, Ikea is your friend.
I installed the same kitchen sink faucet in my RV that I have in my home. I needed a pair of adapters for the supply lines. It took some research to understand the two different thread types before I found the correct adapter. Our local mom & pop hardware store is great at helping find things like this.
Yes, the mom & pop hardware stores usually are the most help. Some of the big box stores have people who don’t know how to help with homeowner issues!
A lot of that has to do with the age factor both of the manager and the employees they put into these positions. I’ve experienced a situation where the employee didn’t know and neither did the manager, that’s sorry. They don’t apply themselves to learn, maybe it’s because they never had to, life’s been served on a silver platter.
Some people show up for work JUST for the paycheck. I’ve learned something on every “stupid” job I’ve had, and it has paid off. Mom told me: “If you didn’t learn something today, you have wasted the day.”
I did the same with a pull out faucet, several months later my water flow became a trickle, turned out some debris in the hot water heater had gotten trapped in the 2 back flow preventive devices that were in the flexible line. Luckily I was able to remove them and have had no further issues.
The purpose was if the spray head was lying in a sink of water and somehow water pressure dropped, dirty sink water could back flow and contaminate your water source. In our camper I am not concerned with this happening.