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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 908

Issue 908 • May 29, 2018
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Snapped shade strings?
From reader Tim Slack: Constant traveling, pulling shades up-and-down, up-and-down, really wears out the strings, doesn’t it? I sent a few of our blinds to Tiffin to restring (cost $15 each, plus freight) but within a couple of months, some had broken strings—again! I then thought, “Hmmm, maybe I’ll try fishline.” I got the highest pound-test line I could find—80 pound—and strung away. Here’s how: Lay the blind flat on a work surface, drawing a diagram as you take it apart showing how the strings run to create the tension in the blind. Now follow that diagram with your high-tensile fishline. Use braided line or Spyderwire, not monofilament line! Use at least 60 pound; 80 or 100 pound is even better. Smooth any roughness on the metal eyelets of the blind to eliminate early wear. Be sure to leave sufficient line to put tension in the strings when you remount the repaired unit. It’s smart to use two tie-off posts for each line instead of just one; that fishline is slippery stuff! The fishline runs smoothly through the labyrinth of the blind, and I haven’t needed to restring any of my ‘fishy’ blinds in the last four years. Our thanks to Tim Slack for the inexpensive—and long lasting—solution to a snarly problem!

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Easy windshield de-bugger
Bugs making suicide runs on your windshield? Get an 8-ounce (or so) container of Rain-X washer fluid additive and just add it to your windshield wiper fluid – works great without all that work! There’s also Rain-X Bug Remover (not concentrated) that does the job. Driving down the road and collecting bugs? Don’t wait for the next fuel stop – just use the windshield wipers!  Thanks to A. Fisher!

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In case your pet wanders off in a campground
From Cheryl and Dennis DeNoi: In addition to keeping a permanent tag with our cell phone numbers on it for our Shih Tzu, Tiki, we take one additional step to ensure his safety. Whenever we stop at a campground, be it one night or an extended period of time, we attach a paper tag with the name of the campground and what site number we are in. This is an added level of safety for him in case he wanders off or we are away from our cell phones. Fortunately, we haven’t had Tiki wander off in 10 years but the tags give us that extra peace of mind. Thanks, Cheryl and Dennis!

Avoid burning food in the gas oven 
When baking, to even out the cooking, here’s another suggestion for using gas RV ovens. Mary Lowe suggests using a heat deflector. If you can’t find one at a kitchen supply store, take a cookie sheet, turn it wrong side up on the oven rack and place your baking dish/pan on top of it. This eliminates food burned to bottom of dish. Thanks, Mary!

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25 best American beaches!
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4 years ago

Keurig Mini coffeemakers are very environmentally unfriendly!! That said use a french press or a Mileta coffee filter!

Jay French
4 years ago
Reply to  Merrily

I have used a Keurig coffee maker since they were brought out on the market. Have also never purchased a single plastic K cup.
Bought an adapter reusable k type cup from Walmart, not the cheap screen but the more expensive stainless variety for around $15.
Brew single cups for years & about once a month take a wire brush to the K reusable adapter cup. To be even more environmentally friendly, the Leeks in my garden love used coffee grounds. Saving coffee grounds to use as a soil amendment is very difficult when you use a paper filter.

Marilyn R.
4 years ago

For tagging your pet I have another method (slightly more expensive) put that piece of paper inside a luggage tag and attach it to the collar. Won’t get destroyed if it gets wet.

4 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn R.

I don’t know about the commenters here, but many of the rv parks and campgrounds I visit are adjacent to a wild area (forest land, desert, etc), which means if a pet gets away, he or she may not be coming back. It is always best to make sure Pets are in some way limited as to where they can go when outside the rig. The tags are a great idea, but follow the rules of the campground and keep your dear pets on a leash when outside the rig. It sounds like a nasty thing to do, until you consider the alternative. There are lots of wild animals out there just trying to survive.

Jay French
4 years ago
Reply to  Rory

You are so correct.
Was running yoyo’s for channel catfish in a fresh backwater feeder bayou when I heard a pack of coyote’s kill & eat a house dog who had become stray. They will also kill cats who have run off.
Owls & hawks will attack small dogs also.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

While that fish line blind repair sounds like it fixes the problem, it also sounds like one HECK of a project. Luckily our ‘blinds’ are hand movable and don’t require pull cords. Whew!