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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 882

Issue 882 • April 12, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day 

RV dress for any occasion
By Greg Illes 
My wife and I have a running joke – she asks me how the weather will be, and I tell her that it will be either warm, cold or balmy. Should be sunny, but it might rain. (Sometimes I reverse that last one.)
On any given day, we can find ourselves in almost any kind of weather and traversing any imaginable terrain. We’ve taken spontaneous hikes while headed for the supermarket; we’ve been snowed on in August; we’ve been sunburned on what promised to be an overcast, rainy day. These things have occurred while traveling in our RV, in our toad, on foot and in our inflatable kayak.
Contrary to Mark Twain’s lament, we do talk a lot about the weather, but we actually do something about it too. We know that the most common advice for versatile wardrobing is “layering,” and we take this to the ultimate.
We layer our clothing, for sure, but in addition, we “layer” our entire ensemble. Zip-off pants are hardly elegant, but they can accommodate a wide variety of wind and weather. Lightweight nylon long-sleeve shirts afford great sun protection. They can be buttoned up tight for cold winds, or unbuttoned and sleeves rolled up when temps rise. Down vests are light, compact, and surprisingly warm under a windbreaker.
WE ALSO KEEP EXTRA COPIES of essentials in the toad, just in case an unplanned impulse strikes us. What essentials? Sun hat, wool cap, hiking staff, windbreaker and a rain poncho. In winter or cold climes, a warm vest. Always a pair of good-fitting gloves for work or warmth. If we start out the day wearing “comfortable” shoes, we make a point of keeping our hiking boots and sandals in the toad. That way, we’re ready for a troop through the woods or wading along the shoreline, whatever comes our way.
And one last item. Although it’s not exactly a piece of clothing, we also keep a ground pad in the toad. If I need to get underneath for a mechanical problem or rough-road issue, I can keep all my carefully crafted clothing layers relatively clean and reusable by lying on the ground pad instead of dirt/leaves/mud/rocks. It can even double as a “picnic blanket” for an impromptu relaxing snack on a hillside.
You probably have your own ideas about a versatile trousseau. Be creative, let your imagination be your guide, and know that whatever you start out wearing in the morning doesn’t have to be what you are wearing that night. And remember, anything is in style when you’re camping.
Greg Illes is a retired systems engineer who loves thinking up RV upgrades and modifications. When he’s not working on his motorhome, he’s traveling in it. You can follow his blog at

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Only put tire valve extenders on when necessary
Does your rig’s tires need valve extenders? You may find that, with time, the extenders leak. So keep the extenders with your tire gauge and put them on the tire only when you need to check and/or adjust tire pressure.

Testing 1…2…3…
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
While a 3-light outlet tester is a good basic check of AC power, it really can’t tell you everything about the condition of an outlet. You should still measure any outlet first with a digital multimeter, or better yet use a smart surge suppressor to confirm that the receptacle power is within limits BEFORE plugging in your RV’s shorepower cordset. Don’t let your $50,000 RV become a statistic.

Easy way to line cabinet shelves
Cabinet shelves bare and unlined? Here’s an alternative to contact paper: peel-and-stick floor tiles. Cut them to fit cabinets with utility knife, even stout utility scissors. They add a little cushioning, too.

Fulltime RVing – Plan ahead for “hanging up the keys.”

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.


Scenic summer road trips for a small budget
If you haven’t already planned your summer road trip, get on it! Here are 25 great suggestions for budget-friendly drives. 

The best all-you-can-eat restaurant in every state
Do you ever get hungry — and we mean really hungry — on the road but just don’t feel like cooking? Delish set out to find the best all-you-can-eat joint in every state and came up with this list, which includes a huge variety of cuisines. And have you ever heard of all-you-can-eat lobster and filet mignon? Oh, my!

Go Pet Friendly
Not only does this website show you every single place (yup) you can bring Fido, but it also gives you great tips and advice about traveling with pets. 

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Cut your head just once on a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Black RV Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts (think about kids running by!). Simply place them on each corner of the slide to provide a cushion. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.



Does your RV have this seal? If so, that’s a good thing
Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, explains why a seal on the exterior of your RV near the entry door is important to ensure that the RV meets industry standards of construction and safety.

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2018 Large Scale Road Atlas now available
This 2018 Rand McNally Large Scale Road Atlas has maps of every U.S. state that are 35% larger than the standard atlas version plus over 350 city inset & national park maps & a comprehensive index. Road construction & conditions contact info is located above maps. Mileage chart shows distances & drive time between 77 North American cities & national parks. Tough spiral binding allows the atlas to lay open easily. Learn more.


Easily clean and sanitize your plastic cutting board
RV kitchen plastic cutting board looking a bit tacky? A build-up of “organic” material can make it look dingy and harbor bugs. Soak it in a solution of one part bleach to 20 parts water for several hours. Rinse off well.

Recycle old awning arms
Here’s a recycle use for old awning arms: They make great sewer hose supports. Just scope ’em out the length you need and put them “channel side” up. Don’t have one? Check with an RV dealer – they may have a couple of “junkers” you can have.
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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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Bruce H Pedersen
4 years ago

I click on selling my RV for a free evaluation and they called me and emailed me. I called them and it was National Vehicle and I was not impressed. Very high pressure sales in my opinion. Oh yes, I did not get the evaluation!

Paul Rider
4 years ago

A tip on April 12 suggested, “Only put tire valve extenders on when necessary. Does your rig’s tires need valve extenders? …. So keep the extenders with your tire gauge and put them on the tire only when you need to check and/or adjust tire pressure.” This tipster apparently does not understand that the sole purpose of extenders is to make it possible or perhaps much easier to check the air pressure. If I can reach the valve stem to remove a valve cap and install an extender, then I can reach the valve stem to check the air and don’t need extenders in the first place! A straight head gauge and/or air chuck can reach through that little hole much easier than your hand can.

Bert Knepper
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Rider

exactly , i couldn’t have said it better.