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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 891

Issue 891 • April 30, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day     

Make that screen door grab handle easier to reach

By Jim Twamley
Unless you have telescoping arms, if you’re like most RVers you may struggle to reach out and grab that RV screen door to close it. Kelly Melfi is quite an innovator and is a lot like the rest of us. Grabbing the screen door was a hassle; but as an innovator, Kelly couldn’t just let it go.

With Kelly’s idea you can easily reach your screen door from inside your coach. He simply used a 1/2-inch piece of PVC and two “elbow” connectors as the handle. He cleverly attached the handle diagonally across the slider bars with sheet metal screws through the center of the elbows. This allows the handle slide cover to freely slide back and forth on its tracks.

Editor’s note: If you don’t want to build it yourself, here’s a screen door cross bar from Amazon.

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Water regulator tip
Use a water regulator at the campground hookup to prevent too high of pressure from damaging your rig’s pumping. I use one that keeps pressure at 50-55 PSI. Thanks to Ray Burr at RV Happy Hour.

Keep this tester on hand
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
A Non-Contact Voltage Tester (NCVT) is a great way to test your RV for a hot-skin voltage condition. It only takes a few seconds to pull one out of your pocket, turn it on and verify it’s working by testing it on the live outlet first, then placing it on any part of your RV’s frame. It beeps when you have at least 40 volts AC on your RV, which qualifies as a hot-skin condition – which can be very dangerous if your hands or feet are wet and you touch the RV while standing on the ground. If you do find a hot skin, turn off the pedestal breaker and pull your shore power plug immediately, then find someone to test the pedestal and your RV for the problem. Or better yet, learn how to test for it yourself.

Protect your RV shower from hard water stains
Hard water leaving it’s mark on your RV shower? You may be able to chase it away with a product like “Lime-A-Way,” and once it’s gone, banish it by “polishing” the shower walls with car wax. Putting it on the shower floor could lead to a dangerous slip, so be careful.

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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.


Hotel Tonight
Yikes! The RV broke down and the shop says they’ll need to keep it for three days to fix it! Where will you stay? Hotel Tonight shows you last-minute hotel deals and shows you hotels that are available that night (at the best price). 

NY Times, 36 Hours
If you’re unfamiliar with this column in the Times, now’s the time to familiarize yourself! What to do when you have 36 hours in a city? These guides will tell you. Ready, set, go! 

We might usually have the comforts of our bathroom just a few feet away from our driver or passenger seat, but for those days where we day-trip away from the campsite? Nope. No bathroom. SitOrSquat is an app that finds you nearby public restrooms. The bathrooms will show up green in color on the map if it’s clean enough to sit, and if it’s red, well, you’re going to want to squat. Ha. 

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from


Buying a new RV? How to know how much weight it can carry.
Chris Dougherty shows you where to look on your RV — or one you are thinking of purchasing — to learn how much weight it can carry (and how much it “can’t carry”).

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Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best-seller and costs about $8. Learn more or order.


An alternative to holes in RV walls for hanging pictures
Florette and Jeffrey Schilkraut suggest the following for hanging pictures in an RV: “We used two Command Strips Picture Hangers on each side of [our large] painting to hang it on the wall of our Tiffin Allegro. We’ve had no problems with it on the road, did not have to make holes in the wall and can change it’s location easily if we choose to.” Thanks for the suggestion, Schilkrauts!

Freshen your fridge
Here are a couple tips for removing smells from the fridge, such as when you forget to leave your fridge doors open when in lay-up. You may be able to chase that “stale odor” by leaving a small saucer or dish of vanilla on a reefer shelf with the door closed. Best to dump the vanilla before you travel! Buzzelectric suggests: “Straight vanilla extract wiped onto the plastic walls of the refrigerator. I’ve been doing this for over 50 years to ice chests.”

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A cowboy and a biker are on Death Row and are to be executed on the same day. The day comes, and they are brought out together. The warden asks the cowboy if he has a last request, to which the cowboy replies, “I sure do, Warden. I’d be mighty grateful if you’d play ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ for me before I go.” “Sure enough. We can do that,” says the warden. He turns to the biker. “And you, what’s your last request?” The biker replies, “That you kill me first.”

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IAntoine Berthiaume
4 years ago

I would like to donate to your magazine. Do you have a special way for Canadians.

4 years ago

The app HotelTonight looks nice, but it only shows hotels, not motels. Why not? Also, most repair places will suggest a place nearby and, often, give you a ride if you are not towing a car.

Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jon

Jon, I think it’s because the word motel is not really used anymore except for Mom and Pop places. Everything is a hotel these days, it seems to me.

4 years ago

Years ago before the handles were popular, we saw a guy with a homemade one. Ours is made of 28 inch long heavy aluminum pipe with both ends smashed with a hole drilled for the screws. It starts at the lower left corner of the upper screen and angles across to about 12 inches up on the right. The screws go right into the metal and never had a problem in 14 years with the screws coming loose. We have never had problems with and is at the right height to grab. The one shown in your picture would be too low and too small to use for me.

4 years ago

Yup, I gotta agree with the biker. Shoot me now.