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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 934

Issue 934 • July 12, 2018

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Tilted dump station? Level up the playing field
You’d think you’ve seen everything until you get to the dump station where the pavement is tilted off and away from the dump port. How will you ever get all the stuff out of your holding tanks, if it’s cowering on the opposite side of the tank? If your rig is equipped with leveling jacks, it’s time for manual deployment. Gently set down the appropriate pad(s) and lift your rig up to overcome the effects of gravity.

Be gentle when cleaning plumbing fixtures
Got a sink, shower or toilet to clean? Whatever you use will end up in the holding tank. Some stuff will create problems if it gets down there, so be choosy with your cleansers. Non-abrasive, non-bleach cleansers are best. Many RVers swear by Bar Keepers Friend. Others simply use a microfiber cloth with plain water, or at the strongest, vinegar water. Wet wipes can do a quick job of shining up chrome fixtures!

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No oven in your rig? Here’s an alternative
“Since our RV does not have an oven we find a toaster oven, a medium one, does a great job baking and cooking foods that otherwise you would have to use a stove or microwave for. I don’t microwave food unless in a hurry.” Another hot tip, thanks to Jillie.

RV parking restrictions in front of your house?
Some that live in homeowner association areas, or have towns with parking restrictions, feel they’ve hit a brick wall when they need to do a repair or maintenance job. If you’re limited to a 24-hour restriction, it’ll really cramp your style. One RVer says when he has a longer-than-a-day job to do, he simply approaches his neighbors in advance, spells out the problem he’s having, and gives an estimate as to how long he’ll need to get the job done, promising to “vamoose” as soon as possible. Says it’s worked every time – no complaints, no problems.

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4 years ago

Just an off topic suggestion: Could we please stop asking the same old questions re what class and what size of MH to buy? These are very personal and objective choices. Yes choices, if there was not a market for small, med or large rigs, they wouldn’t be made. Imagine a world where everyone from a solo FT’er to a weekend warrior with a family of 6, all had the same rig, same color, same size. Yup one size fits all. That is just one of the topics that vloggers do to elicit debate. And it is all for naught, because the “smart” buyer is going to purchase the rig that fits his/her lifestyle…….

shirley m casimates
4 years ago

Does anyone use murphys oil soap to clean wood in rv have a momentum fifth wheel lots of dark wood I think its wood

4 years ago

Been doing a toaster oven for years. Much easier. Although there are some new ones out there that are big enough yet small enough to use in a camper to cook a pizza. My newest toy is a Cuisinart Griddler. Would replace my stove in a minute if I didn’t need to boil water or stir fry. But need to check out this new toy. I also have a mini travel size K cup coffee maker. These three things make camping and/or RV so much easier.

Lynnette -
4 years ago

Thank you for including us as one of your best RV websites of the day! 😀

4 years ago

I guess you don’t have that one neighbor that goes all around town and reports anyone to the police if you parked your Rv One second to long. I bought my RV to be parked in front of my house before there were any time limits so I could use it to transport my wife that has M.S. No one cares! She is pretty much homebound. She needs the built in restroom to be mobile.

Liz , GA
4 years ago

We always carried fishing rods before my husband passed. Now I don’t but I do carry my fishing license that expires in 2399, just in case I’m on a boat when someone else is fishing.

4 years ago

So Barkeepers friend is safe on the plastic sinks and showers used in RV and Travel Trailers?

4 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Been using that stuff for years. Parents grandparents and on down the line. Great for metal without scratching. I use Dawn dish soap and a soft brush to scrub down my camper with. I figured if it is safe to clean oil covered birds? It is safe to use on grimy campers. After the Valdez oil spill Dawn was mentioned. Haven’t used anything else since.
Good luck.

4 years ago

We’re full-timers so our fishing rods are always with us.

Michael McCracken
4 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

We are full-timers also for the last 6 yrs. I always have my rods with me. I have fished in several states.

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