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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 897

Issue 897 • May 9, 2018
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Stinky holding tank odors? Here’s the solution
Eliminate disgusting tank odors for less than $1 per treatment with formaldehyde-free Unique RV Digest-It. Unique’s highly concentrated, non-toxic blend of tank cleaning microbes maintains clean sensors, eliminates odors and liquefies the solids in your tank, ensuring no backups. All without harsh chemicals or dangerous ingredients. Try it once and you’ll be shocked at how clean your tank can be! Learn more or order.


Have a rivet gun in your RV’s tool arsenal
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
While I’m not a full-time RVer, I’ve done extended road tours where I’m dragging a trailer around the country for up to two months and 20,000 miles at a time. After a while screws loosen and rivets pop. While you can put the screws back with a screwdriver, you’ll want a good pop rivet gun to help keep it all together. Here’s what I have in my own road kit and it works great. While you’re at it, get an assortment of different size rivets, like these.

RV co-pilot provides second set of eyes
Having a co-pilot can be especially helpful when driving along narrow city streets. Something important for your co-pilot to watch for are signs that sort of “lean” into the right-hand traffic lane. Oversized temporary construction signs often stick out into the driving lane, too. These can damage a side mirror or scratch your RV. Thanks to Ron Jones,

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.


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Ok, this is an app, not a website, but we still highly recommend it for the procrastinators out there. Timebound takes your tasks, puts them in order, and creates deadlines for you. Simple as that. Tick. Tick. Tick. …..Tick. 

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with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order


Keep an extra set of RV door keys very handy
Concerned about “losing” their RV door keys, Bernie Turner and his wife got extra keys made. Each one now has the appropriate keys on lanyards – hanging around their necks. Great, also, for those who are “pocketless.” Thanks, Bernie!

Test the RV’s features for noise before you buy
While in the final process of buying an RV, be sure to test the rig’s water pump and furnace to see how noisy they are. On some less expensive RVs, the water pump may be poorly insulated and make a horribly loud sound. The furnace fan may be noisy as well. Also check for the placement of electrical outlets. On some units their locations will make little sense and prove inconvenient once you are on the road.

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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.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Associate editor: Deanna Tolliver. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.

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4 years ago

WRT checking a potential rig for outlets, I’m sure most folks are thinking primarily of 120VAC receptacles. Unless you’re a mostly stationary RVer who won’t mind *as* much, the greater paucity is usually 12V “cigarette lighters.” If you camp much away from hookups, or even drive between hookups, you’re likely to want a surprisingly high number of 12V gizmos that don’t require generators and inverters for trivial tasks. Both of my rigs, I’ve installed shallow 12V plugs in each room and even two on the outside (near dump valves for my 12V macerator, and inside a storage bay for a worklight and to connect my smart/float charger easier.

Note that last as it’s own tip — I don’t have to open up my battery boxes to externally charge, and don’t worry about the converter boiling batteries.

Just be careful of what circuit(s) you’re tapping into if adding receptacles — most light circuits aren’t made for really heavy 12V loads. Battery chargers and most small electronics will be fine anywhere, but don’t go plugging in 12V coffeemakers and heaters without running your own adequate wiring to the battery or distribution panel.

4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I installed a couple of these next to the bed for charging the phones at night. We had 110 outlets in that area but they were useless without hookups.