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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 911

Issue 911 • June 4, 2018
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Frozen food safety tip in case of a power outage 
If you’ve been away for an extended period of time and come home and realize there’s been a power outage, how do you know how long the outage lasted and if the food in your freezer is still good? Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on Facebook for anyone who was forced to evacuate their home during Hurricane Matthew. Sheila wrote: “For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer, freeze it solid, then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. … If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup, your food may still be OK. It would be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time. Then, if you lose power for any reason, you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe.” Simple, effective and definitely a money saver because you don’t have to toss loads of food unnecessarily. Thank you, Mel Goddard, for passing this along for our readers! And another thing, don’t use a glass jar for the trick–one of our editors tried it and found a cracked jar when he came home.

High altitude generator woes
When operating your generator at altitudes above 5,000 feet, it may be necessary to make an adjustment to the automatic choke on the generator engine. Learn how to do this before you need to do it. –From Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy

Keep your RV vents open — even during a hot summer rain
Imagine this: You’re dry camping in the rain in July. Stuck in your RV, you can’t run the air conditioner, and because it’s raining you can’t open the roof vents. So there is almost no ventilation. In the middle of summer, even a rainy day can be hot and steamy inside the RV. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have that roof vent open, even when you’re away from the coach? Well, you can with a MaxxAir vent. Learn more.

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Ask Mark Polk: How long will our propane supply last? 
There is a way to roughly calculate propane usage. You need to know how much propane is in your RV when it is full. An RV propane tank is full at 80 percent of its capacity to allow for expansion. Multiply your propane container capacity using one of these formulas, (gallons or pounds), to determine container BTU capacity. BTUs per gallon equal 91,502. BTUs per pound equal 21,548. Divide your container BTU capacity by the total BTU demand of the appliances you are using. BTU appliance demand can normally be found on the appliance or in the appliance owner’s manual. This will give you an idea of how long you can expect your LP gas to last. For example, if your RV propane container holds 14 gallons of LP gas when it’s full, you multiply 14 X 91,502. The result is 128,1028. You divide this figure by the total BTU demand of appliances, let’s say 43,800 BTUs, which gives you approximately 29 hours of use. Learn more about Mark Polk at

“Address book” back-up plan
Before you leave on a trip, write down all important phone numbers you will need while away and store them in a safe place. Most cell phone users store the numbers in their phones. But if the phone should malfunction or get lost, it’s unlikely they’ll know the phone numbers by memory. Nothin’ like good ol’ handwriting to bail you out. 

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DIY Air Conditioner
Well, this is pretty cool….literally! Up for a fun project? Build yourself an air conditioner! 

67 summer salad recipes
Your body will thank you later. Here’s Bon Appetite’s list of great salad recipes to keep you cool and refreshed this summer. 

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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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Eric Meslin (@guest_26011)
5 years ago

I thought the very light font was my phone’s fault. It would be great if I could read my comments before posting. Thanks Sherry.

Sherry Dawson (@guest_26003)
5 years ago

Chuck and/or Deanna::

Is possible to give us the ability to edit our own comments? Most of us know how to spell, punctuate, and finish a sentence, but we all make typos when post on this forum, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Then, as soon as we hit the send button!, we see the error(s).

Also, this site shows our comments while we type in a pale grey font that is hard to read (at least for those of us who wear glasses). Could you give us any help?

As always, I enjoyed reading this newsletter today (the parts in black ink).

Chuck Woodbury
5 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Sherry, I will see what we can do about this. There must be a way. I agree that you should be able to edit your comments.

Larry (@guest_25996)
5 years ago

It’s not good form to correct someone’s grammar when they are trying to help you.

Scott Krugerud (@guest_25989)
5 years ago

Re: the frozen food safety tip…. inflation has gone up everywhere. I remember using a penny in my freezer. Now I have to use a quarter? ;D

John Crawford (@guest_26118)
5 years ago
Reply to  Scott Krugerud

Very good Scott I got a laugh out of that!

Bob (@guest_25987)
5 years ago

Mark Polk needs to learn where to put his commas in his answer to how long can our propane last

Sherry Dawson (@guest_26001)
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Yes, plus the propane article is missing an important calculation. Most of us cook with a propane stovetop. How would we calculate how much propane we use when cooking on it? There is nothing on my appliance or in the owner’s manual to help.

I don’t have a propane oven (wish I did). Have those of you who have propane ovens found the propane usage information on the appliance? I plan to add one to my unit as an electric

Sherry Dawson (@guest_26002)
5 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Oops! Hit the button too soon. . .

I was trying to say, an electric combination microwave and convection oven aren’t much use when boondocking, so I want a propane oven.

Rory (@guest_26025)
5 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

I have seen this comment several times about a microwave/convection oven being useless when boondocking. I boondock about 25% of the time I spend on the road and I use my convection oven all the time. I don’t understand the comment, would someone please clear that up for me?

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