Issue 936 • July 17, 2018
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Monitor that charge!
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
Hey, I’m not just an AC voltage guy. I also do a lot with DC battery systems. If you don’t have a dedicated house battery monitor, or maybe you need a second one in a more visible place, then consider a plug-in battery voltage monitor. It can tell you if your converter or charger is working, the basic state of charge of the batteries, and even if there’s a sudden load that you weren’t aware of. Here’s a nice one!
Know how your RV “measures up”
The importance of knowing how “tall” your RV is can’t be understated. But how to do it? Here’s a suggestion from Bob. He suggests getting a 2 x 4 or a thick piece of Styrofoam, even firm cardboard. Put your choice up on top of your air conditioning unit so it extends over the side of the RV, then use a tape measure to measure from the ground up to the bottom of the object. That way, you’ll have (hopefully) the figure for the tallest point of your RV.
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Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: Neither, it’s a paradox. If the first is true, then the second must be false, which makes the first false; it doesn’t work.
MORE QUICK TIPS
“Pirate” light stealing your precious gas?
“Unless you are using your oven a lot, leave the pilot light turned off when you are not cooking. It uses a surprising amount of propane.” From Motorhomes Made Easy
No-bonk awning arms
Pity those of us who aren’t always aware of our surroundings, or walk about in the dark. Smack into a deployed awning arm, it can really bruise you. Make “bumpers” for your awning arms by slitting a large “swim noodle” lengthwise and fitting it over the arm. Or try large foam pipe insulation – it’s already slit.
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Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle-free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
National Park Maps
This website from the National Park Service offers all the park maps for free. It’s an app too, so you can have them on your phone when you need them!
35 delicious dutch-oven camping recipes
We’re drooling just looking at these! Anyone feel up to cooking? We can be there in 10!
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
From Johnny Carson: “The bad news is that aliens have landed… the good news is that they pee gasoline.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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