Issue 877 • April 4, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
Read yesterday’s tip: Get your rig “toad” out of trouble!
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It’s spring: Time to change your water filter!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100 micron fiber filter. Its durable in-line, exterior mount filter has a wider body to increase flow. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and to improve the taste and smell of your drinking water for a whole season. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.
An additional type of fire extinguisher may be worthwhile
Consider fire extinguisher “aerosol spray” systems for your tow vehicle, and extras for inside your RV. Less expensive and lighter than conventional blasters, they’re said to discharge much longer, too. These won’t substitute for a good powder-type extinguisher, but may be the backup that saves your bacon.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Hydraulic jacks are great for changing a tire, but since a hydraulic pressure leak can cause them to drop their load unexpectedly, you always want to back them up with a mechanical jack stand. But this requires a second lifting point under your vehicle which isn’t always convenient. However, there’s now a hydraulic bottle jack that includes a mechanical jack stand in the same package. Available in several weight ratings, the Unijack allows you to safely jack up your vehicle for a tire change with the extra safety of a ratchet action stand. However, if I’m crawling around underneath a vehicle, I still insist on a separate jack stand for extra stability. I’m a belt-and-suspenders kind of guy when it comes to safety. Oven misbehaving?
RV oven burning stuff? Get an oven thermometer to verify the actual temperature and try cooking your stuff on top of a pizza stone to even out the heat.
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Are you a burden on the national park system?
Fire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
National Park Maps
Matt Holly, a park ranger with the NPS, has collected 1,704 high-resolution National Park maps and posted them on this site. You can view, download and save PDF and image files of any map. Now that’s what we call helpful! Thanks, Matt!
Forest Camping – Become A Host!
Have some free time? Become a campground host! Forest Camping shows all the current camp host openings.
Best Spring Flower Festivals
Nine locations around the U.S. to see dazzling displays of spring flowers. We also highly recommend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, WA, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year to view millions of vibrant tulips, and runs from April 1 to 30. (Psst: We’ll be there!)
Is it okay to use an RV air conditioner and hair dryer at the same time on 30 amps?
In this episode of Ask the RV Experts from RVtravel.com, certified RV technician Chris Dougherty and RV electricity expert Mike Sokol answer a question about using an air conditioner and hair dryer at the same time on a 30-amp coach.
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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 $12! Learn more or order.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Take it easy when dumping your RV’s tanks
Dumping tanks? Don’t “slam open” the dump valve – ease it open, and make sure the hose doesn’t come loose from the dump station port. It could save you a real mess!
Use walkie-talkies in and around camp? Some users report rechargeable batteries just don’t seem to cut it; alkaline throwaways reportedly last longer. Do you have a preference?
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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went camping. They set up their tent and fell asleep. Two hours later, Holmes woke up his friend. “Watson, look up at the sky. What do you see?” Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.” “What does that tell you?” asked Holmes. “Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets,” he responded. “Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time-wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past one. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?” Dr. Watson asked Holmes. Holmes shook his head, then spoke. “Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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