Issue 900 • May 15, 2018
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RV boot camps are highly recommended
For “newbies” and those just thinking about the RV lifestyle, find and attend a special basic education program for new RVers. The Escapees RV Club runs a popular RVers’ Boot Camp, often over a weekend. The RV Education and Safety Foundation (RVSEF) sponsors an annual program, the next one is this coming September 27 to October 1 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. FMCA offers an excellent RV Basics program at the start of each of its national rallies. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and sometimes dangerous. The time and money spent attending an RV basic education course will be a wise investment!
License plate alert!
“Two thousand miles away from home, somebody stole our back license plate from our truck. We implore our fellow RVers to purchase Torx screws to help frustrate thieves.” —Thanks to AF in Reno!
Getting rid of carpenter ants
From Roger Marble: “Carpenter ants are a special problem as they are not attracted to normal ant poison that is based on food and sweets. I had an infestation and after lots of research I discovered that powdered boric acid sprinkled on entrance and anywhere I could find them eventually (1 to 2 weeks) killed the nest. Boric acid used to be easier to find as it was used as an eye wash so you could get it at a pharmacy, but box stores like CVS, Walgreens near me do not stock.” [Editor: A Google search indicates it is available at most box stores (sometimes as roach and ant killer), and sometimes even at dollar stores. And, of course, you can get it at Amazon.com.
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Stinky holding tank odors? Here’s the solution
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Cushioned steps to bed loft
Lloyd Pilant passed along this great tip: “The rungs on our ladder in our Winnebago View hurt our feet when climbing up to the over-cab sleeping area. My wife suggested we try putting some foam pipe insulation on the rungs to see if that helps. We did, and it does. I used some Gaffer tape to help hold the insulation on the rungs.” Thanks, Lloyd!
Don’t pop your air mattress!
Pat Gerard advises if you have an air mattress on your bed, be sure to let some of the air out before heading up to higher altitudes. That’ll ensure you don’t have a sudden and unwanted pop due to the change in altitude and pressure. Thanks, Pat!
“We travel in a motorhome which is typical in that the bedroom is in the rear and the exit door is in the front. The fire extinguisher is mounted by the exit door. I bought another fire extinguisher that I mounted next to the bed. If a fire is severe then we will bail out of a bedroom window, but for anything else I would rather fight the fire on the way to the exit door. The prospect of climbing out the window and dropping six feet to the ground is something that I would rather avoid. I also keep a fire extinguisher in one of my storage bays.” Thanks to Bill Olsen.
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Propane running low? This will tell you!
With this Dometic LPGC10 LP Gas Checker you can instantly monitor your LP tank’s level. It uses ultrasonic technology to tell you in just a few seconds how full – or empty – a propane tank is. It’s about the size of a writing pen and weighs less than ounce, so it’s easy to store. For use on steel and aluminum liquid propane tanks. Learn more or order
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Wonder if your daughter read your email yet? GetNotify tells you when your emails are opened! It even goes a step beyond that and tells you what browser the email was opened on, the IP address, and the location of the computer. Wow!
This National Weather Service page gives you all the information you need to stay safe during a lightning storm. Did you know lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit?!
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday. She said, “Nothing would make me happier than a 24-carat gold ring.” So that’s what I got her — nothing.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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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