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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 903

Issue 903 • May 21, 2018
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Effortlessly get water off your slideout
In wet conditions, before retracting your slides, raise or lower the front end of your trailer and almost all the water will run off the slide before it comes in. Thanks to George Bliss, Casey Piton, and others who mentioned they do this when their slide doesn’t automatically tilt when being retracted.

Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls
Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of 1/2-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a 1/4-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.

Cleaning black tank and its sprayer heads
We received this tip from Tim Slack: “Awhile ago I read a tip in your newsletter about dumping a black tank as normal then filling it with clean water, maybe with Dawn detergent, letting it sit for 24 or more hours, and then dumping. It worked well, so I do it periodically. The tank sprayer heads were blocked when we bought our used Tiffin Open Road. The last time I did the clean water trick, I discovered that the water had softened the dried blockage in my tank sprayer heads and they work again! So, thanks for that earlier tip, and please pass along my addendum for others to try.” Thanks, Tim!

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Many reasons to have two-way radios
From Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, N.Y.: One tip we learned very early in our RVing (that started over 50 years ago) was not to arrive or set up in a campsite at night, unless there are absolutely no other options. When entering campgrounds, setting up, etc., we started out, like everyone else, shouting out directions or using hand signals. Then we changed to cell phones, but they don’t always work. So we learned to use two-way radios when entering and leaving, or setting up and breaking down camping spots. We also use them when entering and leaving tight parking spots, fueling, setting up at dump stations, or when separated at campgrounds or public events. Some are available with weather radio frequencies. There are many uses and reasons for having a good set of two-way radios. Great advice, Dick and Sandy!

Save water when cleaning “real” dishes while boondocking
Hubby and I don’t like the paper and plastic waste involved in using paper plates to eat and plastic bags to mix stuff. We simply use a rubber spatula to scrape away food scraps, then spray the plates and bowls with a mixture of mostly water and a bit of dishwashing liquid that we keep in a spray bottle., then wipe with one half of a paper towel. We put the dishes in a dish tub, let them pile up until we’re ready to wash, spray again with the bottle, use the sponge, then rinse with boiling water. Works like a charm, saves water and paper. Boondocking is the best way to camp! 🙂 Thanks, Karen and Hubby
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Bruce B (@guest_25294)
5 years ago

The answer “Not important” on the survey about cable TV is misleading. Both people that just plain don’t watch TV and those that have satellite have the same choice.

Rory (@guest_25272)
5 years ago

WE always use walkie-Talkies for giving each other directions when docking, pulling into tight spaces and even backing up. One reason I didn’t see mentioned here is that it is a surefire relationship saver. The spoken word is so much better than often misuderstood hand signals. And you position yourself to better see,if you don’t have to stay where you can be seen in the mirror or on the camera screen…

Doug Renken (@guest_25258)
5 years ago

You should NOT use a plunger on an RV toilet. The pressure will knock the seal loose and it can then get stuck in your black tank.

Ron (@guest_25257)
5 years ago

If you lower the front of your rv to drain water off of the slide out topper, make sure you re-level before you bring the slide back in.

And if you are traveling, the Dawn trick (or any laundry detergent) will work better if you have the soapy solution in your tank when on the road.

Drew (@guest_25255)
5 years ago

Hi John,

Sounds like a plunger…sorry to sound ignorant but where do you use that to clean out the tanks? Also- here’s a video about ice cube flushing…enjoy:

Jon M (@guest_25270)
5 years ago
Reply to  Drew

I think he was referring to the vertically challenged campers trying to turn the fan on and open the roof vent.

Booneyrat (@guest_25247)
5 years ago

Kudos on using two way radios for RV parking,works well on the road also…sometimes better than the old CB radio.

John Crawford (@guest_25242)
5 years ago

Speaking of the black tank, I tried the bag of ice and driving around for awhile. Then when I dumped the tank it REALLY cleaned it great. Also a suction cup on the end of a dowel will do both, open the vent and turn on the fan.

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