Issue 893 • May 2, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
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Check your battery shutoff switch
From reader Joe Brignolo: “If you have a battery shutoff switch, as I do, make sure that switch is ON. More than once I have started the troubleshooting process only to find that switch in the OFF position. Inadvertent operation of that switch when looking for the compartment lights could leave you in the dark.” Thanks, Joe!
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
No, we’re not talking football. Make yourself a “punt-kit” for the road. A punt is what you do when you’ve run out of all other options. A punt-kit is a box with all the bits and pieces you need to get things running. It’s invaluable when you’re sitting on the side of the road out of cell range and your RV won’t move. My pro-audio punt-kits are a thing of beauty with dozens of strange connectors, spare power supplies, etc. For your RV punt-kit, you just need to carry the spare parts that might be damaged or lost. So think spare fuses, bulbs, serpentine fan belt, fuel filters, hose clamps, jumper cables, an LED flashlight with spare batteries, gaff tape, WD-40, etc. – basically, anything you can use for a quick fix. Hey, I even carry a pop-rivet gun with an assortment of various size rivets, and every color electrical tape you can imagine.
Important air conditioner maintenance reminder
Tom Buchholzer sent in a tip on air conditioner maintenance: “I had a leak which stained the ceiling of my RV because the drain holes in the air conditioner pan were plugged. It is VERY important to be sure that the drains are clear and open while servicing the unit.” Good reminder, Tom.
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Readers’ Favorite Recipes!
Did you know we feature our readers’ favorite recipes in our RV Travel Newsletter? See what our readers are cookin’ and try one of their recipes for yourself! Want to be featured? Send your favorite RV recipes to emily (at) rvtravel.com.
DIY Natural Bug Repellent
Wellness Mama is at it again with a great article on homemade bug sprays. Make your own repellent in just five minutes! You’ll sure smell better (to humans) than you would with that store-bought stuff.
National Geographic, National Parks
We trust that National Geographic will deliver us cute animal photos and amazing landscapes, right? But did you know that they also have the best guides to our National Parks? Mhmm! Use this great information to plan your visits to the parks.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Important, easy, electric safety tip
Switch off the circuit breaker at the shore power before plugging in! When leaving, switch the circuit breaker off before unplugging. Just for fun, note the times that you pull into a campsite and the breaker is still on. That tells you that the previous occupant really didn’t know what he was doing, was living dangerously, and had not read this tip! Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Torque wrench torture
The particular type of wrench I have should be stored at it’s lowest setting, or the calibration may go out. I suggest people who own torque wrenches check with the manufacturer to see if there are specific storage recommendations. Thanks to Russ for the tip.
RVing news from around the Web
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•Travel nursing in an RV — Pros and Cons.
•Amarillo museum honors joys of RV travel.
•Airstream unveils tiny travel trailer.
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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