Issue 863 • March 12, 2018
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Keep your food cool
with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this! Learn more or order from Amazon.com.
“Whitening” discolored exterior plastic
Exterior plastic on your RV discolored? Some RVers say if it’s white plastic, try spraying it with water with a little bit of Rit brand blue dye. Be sure to mask off any unaffected areas with shop towels taped into place to keep the solution from drooling down where it shouldn’t.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Part 1: Don’t just exercise the pooch, exercise the generator, too. Fire it up and run it at half-load (or more) for two hours each month. Part 2: The best way to exercise your generator is with a high-load device like an electric heater. A standard 1,500-watt ceramic heater that you can buy for about $30 (the last we checked) is a great load. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to drain and run out the last of the gasoline at the end of the season, or add the proper amount of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer.
Cut down on interior condensation
Winter condensation issues driving you out of your RV? You can’t stop breathing, so cut it off somewhere else. One way is to avoid using a non-vented space heater (Blue flame or catalytic) – each gallon of LP burned releases three quarts of water into your interior atmosphere!
HOT TOPIC AT RV TRAVEL.COM
Astronomy for RVers: Catch a shooting star.
Endorsed by RV tire safety authority Roger Marble
An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn off the gauge, don’t worry, it will automatically shut off. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. And all this for about $11! Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
National Park Service
You’re probably already familiar with the NPS website, but have you ever really explored all that it has to offer? There’s lots of good information, not just about our beautiful parks, but about future events, trip ideas/advice, and informative articles.
Cairn is a monthly subscription box. Each month you’ll receive a box full of great outdoor gear. Everything from snacks, to clothing or accessories to sunscreens and chapsticks to survival gear. We’ve been subscribers for a while and look forward to our box every month. (Yep, they’ll send it to your campsite!)
Join these parents as they show their kids what the great outdoors is all about. Great website for informative articles, finding new gear, and kid-friendly recipes.
Protect your RV’s slideout
with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order
Counteract the campground slobs
Alan Warren, the host of the syndicated radio show The RV Show USA, offers a one-minute tip about something you can do to clean up after those slobs who think a campground (and probably everywhere else) is their personal wastebasket.
See all of our videos on our YouTube Channel.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Important “rest stop” safety checks
Do a safety walk-around at every “rest stop”: Thump your tires – they should all “sound” the same. Feel the wheel hubs – excessive heat is a warning. Check lighting, hitch, safety chains, breakaway cable. Look for “loose stuff,” like a bumper-stored dump hose. Save time, save money, maybe save someone’s life.
Ever had a sliding window “stick” when trying to open or close it? Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. Reader Fred Campbell says his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” says Fred – the “smoother operator.” Thanks, Fred!
Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at Amazon.com.
Pot of Gold. Did you win?
Here are today’s Zip and Postal Codes. If you’re the winner, let us know immediately. If you are, you’ll win $108. Good luck!
RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Deanna Tolliver, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.
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