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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 874


Issue 874 • March 29, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day

Traveling? Let the locals be your guide
By Bob Difley
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RVing into a new and unfamiliar area, how can you figure out the “best” of the local attractions, eats, etc? Here’s a tip: After you’ve settled into your campsite, take a walk through the park and look for local license plates.
Look especially for plate holders from local RV dealers, which may indicate that the owner is from that part of the state. When you find one, strike up a conversation and ask questions about the area.
Most people (RVers are people, too) like to talk about their local area, and you will likely come away with restaurant recommendations, scenic attractions, unusual or quirky venues, and maybe even some good boondocking locations. Locals can produce information and often steer you to places you’ll never hear about at the visitor center.
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Read yesterday’s tip: Can your RV park help if you have a heart attack?

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.

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Don’t count on WiFi at the RV park
Depend on the internet for your living? Don’t always count on the advertised WiFi service at the RV park. Have an alternative plan or carry your own cellular “hotspot.”

Always check windshield fluid levels
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol 
Be sure to add “check windshield fluid levels” to your preflight checklist. Not being able to clear your windshield during a misting rain is not only distracting, it’s very dangerous and potentially lethal. I keep a spare jug of washer fluid behind my middle seat and have used it many times when driving across the country, especially the northern states, which seem to have at least 100 miles between gas stations and rest stops.

Lube your bat-wing antenna
Got a Winegard bat-wing antenna? Shoot a little silicone lubricant down the crank shaft that leads down into your rig. It’s a twice-a-year job that will not only help keep the sealing ring from drying out so it moves easily, but will also help keep the rain outside your rig.

Fact Check: Open your tailgate for better fuel economy?

Multipurpose Microfiber Duster
No more car wipes to dry up — this duster replaces all interior car products. The 10-inch dusting head is big enough to get your dash dust-free quickly, but small enough to leave in your glove box. The back of the duster doubles as a scrubbing sponge. Great for interior or exterior use on cars, RVs, motorcycles or in the home! Learn more or order.


Lonely Planet
What if that great guidebook you’ve been using for years came to life on a website? Oh, wait, it did! Lonely Planet has thousands of guides for nearly every country. Watch videos, read itineraries and get recommendations for “must see” places all over the world. 

Repair Clinic
If you think you can fix it, you probably can. Repair Clinic allows you to type in any appliance (general or specific model numbers) and then will show you ways to repair it at home. Users say this website has saved them thousands. We believe it! 

This neat-looking map shows wind patterns and strength all across the country. We all know it’s no fun to drive in severe wind! Save your drive by checking this map first. 

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The positive reviews on this make it a best bet for keeping your RV rodent-free. This is the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 100 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets so no safety warning is required. 98% biodegradable. Used effectively by the RV Travel staff. Learn more or order.


RV awning care 101
There are two types of RV awnings, vinyl and acrylic. Each has advantages and disadvantages. In this two-minute video Mark Polk shows you how to keep each type of awning in tip-top shape.

See all of our videos on our YouTube Channel.

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.


Be careful when putting on spare tire
Had to put on a spare tire? If you don’t have a torque wrench, stop by a tire shop and have them torque the lug nuts to specification. Read more on torque wrenches in yesterday’s RV Daily Tips.

Maintain toilet bowl’s rubber ring
Black water smells getting back into your RV? Turn off water to the toilet and empty the bowl of all water. Put on disposable gloves, then keeping your foot on the “empty” valve, rub Soft Scrub on the rubber ring at the bottom of the bowl and across the flapper valve. Now apply petroleum jelly to the rubber ring. We do this about every three weeks on the road. Our thanks to J. Hazard.
[Note from editor: Readers Tina and Jennifer (comments below) are correct. There are RV toilet seal lubricants which are safer to use. Here are some at Amazon.]
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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.

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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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Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
4 years ago

My wife gets local information in the laundromats, and says there is that pleasure in doing laundry. She has 2 of our 3 overflowing junk drawers. Sheesh!

4 years ago

My junk drawer is actually a large plastic bin that i keep in one of my slide out trays marked “Misc”. The tray also has 9 other large plastic bins where we store all our needs and wants.

Marilyn R.
4 years ago

I have also relied on Yelp and TripAdvisor to find out where to eat (or not!)

4 years ago

Another one? Don’t you research anything before you post? You don’t use petroleum on rubber.

4 years ago

Re: the rubber ring in the toilet: I learned years ago that petroleum jelly degrades rubber. Is the ring made of a material other than rubber, or has there been a change in thinking?

4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

This is still unclear, Diane. I will not use petroleum jelly on rubber. Petroleum products degrade rubber. I will continue to use silicone as all expert sites I’ve consulted recommend.

4 years ago

Since I own a trailer is there anyone who writes a trailer blog. Many of your articles are worth reading and usful to me. BUT when you say RV people only think of motorhomes.

Al Simons
4 years ago

Another wind and more website: Click on the word “earth” to get to the settings.

Tom Fitch
4 years ago
Reply to  Al Simons

Cool map, Al. Is it in real time?