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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 909

Issue 909 • May 30, 2018
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Don’t kill the good bacteria in your RV’s black tank  
Reader Mike Buchanan advises: “When cleaning your RV toilet, be careful what you clean with. Any cleaner than contains bleach, peroxide or germicides of any kind will not only kill surface bacteria, but will also kill all the good bacteria that is contained in your waste water treatment. It’s that good bacteria that is eating up and breaking down that solid waste.” He adds, “If you want to kill surface bacteria, use a disposable germicidal wipe such as Lysol and dispose of it in your regular waste.” Thanks, Mike!

Limit your use of outlet multipliers
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Don’t be tempted to add a bunch of outlet multipliers to your RV electrical outlets. While these can be OK for low-power appliances, as soon as you plug in anything with a significant load such as a hair dryer or space heater, the possibility of overheating the outlet goes way up. And as I’ve often noted, an overheated electrical outlet or plug can easily lead to a fire.

If you do need more outlets, then a power strip with its own circuit breaker is a much better choice. Plus you can get them with USB power outlets as well. As in all things electrical, don’t go for the cheapest one on the rack. You get what you pay for in the electrical world, and the safety of you and your family is dependent on your choices.

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No space to carry a ladder on your RV? 
If your RV doesn’t have a ladder or you don’t have room to carry one (or you just need an extra ladder), then here’s your easy, inexpensive solution — a telescoping ladder from Wolfwise. It’s constructed from corrosion-resistant quality aluminum alloy, is lightweight, and can support up to 330 pounds. Learn more or order. 


Slideout tip
“Inspect slideout hydraulic systems occasionally for any sign of hydraulic fluid. There should never be any oily spots below the mechanism. Repairs should be made at the first sign of a leak.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy

Neat tip for parking your RV 
From David Crymes, in a comment on our Fifth Wheelin’ Blog post “How to back up a trailer or fiver”: “I went to Harbor Freight Tools and bought some cheap orange colored straps. I marked the length of my driver side slide so I would know where to place it. I then stretch them out so I have a visual where I want the tires. I put these straps right behind the driver seat for quick access. Parking is so much easier. The only time I have problems is when I get too lazy to pull them out thinking ‘this will be easy.’ I usually end up cockeyed in the site with no reference line.” Thanks, David!

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Get rid of stinky toilet odors in your RV
The 360 Siphon Vent is amazing. Toss the cheap sewer and gray tank roof vents that come on most RVs and replace them with this miracle invention. It literally prevents odors and gases from invading your RV living space and helps speed waste breakdown, eliminating the need for chemicals. The RV Travel motorhome has had this device and we’re raving. Endorsed by the RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer. Many RVs now come with these as standard equipment — they are THAT good! Learn more or order.


40 garden ideas for small spaces
We know it’s hard to have a garden with an RV, but we found some pretty interesting ideas on this website and think some of them might work for a campsite. Take a look! 

The best ice cream in every state!
If you’re on a diet, we apologize for showing you this list…kind of. What’s a summer road trip without ice cream? 

88 weird tourist attractions
If you’re looking for something to do that’s off the beaten path, consult this list. We’ve found some things to add to our list for this summer…

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4 years ago

I still prefer the hardcopy. There’s just something about the physical act of having a good book, and a quiet space. My library is greatly reduced for convenience, a very few being in storage (I used to have whole rooms devoted to reading materials). I have many favorites downloaded, but still wander to pen and ink. Lots of library cards. Book trade stalker. Bribe my children to keep books for me. And digital archives of things that I find that are no longer in print (that I actually make myself).
I can travel with nothing but what’s in my pockets sometimes, as long as one pocket is large enough for a small book or journal. Pathetic, really…

Eric Meslin
4 years ago

Like Bill Haas, we listen to audio books. Surveys are difficult to trust when they don’t include other major categories. I run into this a lot with these surveys. I use a Kindle when I read, but not often. I can get audio books at my library through the Overdrive app worldwide and listen on my phone while driving for hours. We also belong to Audible for new releases. These productions are so much more enjoyable than just reading.

Jim Baird
4 years ago

I also used to download books to my eReaders but then the publishing companies got too greedy. An ebook is almost expensive as a hard cover. Now I buy most of my books at Costco in paperback or at flee markets.

Bill Haas
4 years ago

I would like to comment on reading books. I use audio books. I get books on cd’s when I am at home from the librarys in my area. When I am traveling I down load books to my phone and play them on the radio.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago

I highly recommend a Kindle for anyone who loves reading. It took over a year for me to finally convince my wife that she would use a Kindle at all. But once I showed her I could buy books while I was halfway across the country and they would automatically show up on her Kindle in seconds via Whispernet. she was hooked and is now on her second Kindle with the white back light. Not only is the Kindle itself cool technology, the book ordering and network delivery system is incredibly slick.

4 years ago

Mike Sokol, re the use of outlet multipliers, I do use them in many of my outlets at home, but I have only one accessory at a time actually running. In the bathroom, I have both my hairdryer and Waterpik plugged into the same outlet multiplier, but I would need 4 arms to run them at the same time. And my electric toothbrush charger is plugged in, but the toothbrush is only put in it to charge about every 3 weeks overnight, when nothing else is running. Is it dangerous just to leave these items plugged in at the same time, even if I’m not actually running multiple accessories? I’ll definitely take your advice–I don’t want to set my RV on fire, but I plan to take these same items with me on my travels.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  lelia

Yes, as I noted they’re safe for small wattage appliances. However, the ones with a non-folding plug on the back are safer than the folding type that have limited contact area that can overheat and melt internally, even with a single high-wattage appliance like a hair dryer. I have examples of fires caused by these things so it’s best to be careful with them.

William Bulkley
4 years ago

I use both, I have a kindle and have the morning paper delivered. Enjoy the feeling of the paper in my hand, and don’t need a WiFi signal to read.

4 years ago

I’m amazed (though not surprised) by the number of people carrying bulky paper books in the space limited RV… My smallest Kindle holds 2000 to 200,000* books in a quarter of the space of one paperback.

The huge “I don’t read books” response is equally shocking… I’m still waiting for the day i have nothing more to learn. Then again, I think there may be a survey error there since the concept of book media has changed… People who mostly read informational websites/blogs like RVT would not show up on this survey, but are still reading.

*200K books: i recompress the cover graphics, which are often 99% of the filesize. I only want the icon, not study the hires cover!