Issue 944 • July 31, 2018
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Mike Sokol on TV tomorrow tonight
Our electricity expert Mike Sokol will appear tomorrow night, Wednesday, on the 6 p.m. edition of the news on WDVM-TV 25 in Hagerstown, Maryland, discussing potentially dangerous RV Hot Skin conditions. We will show you the segment in next Saturday’s RV Travel Newsletter.
Grease up your electrical connections
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
The bolt making the -12V to chassis bonding point failed on my RV, so I have to redo it. I want to prevent (minimize) oxidation of this copper, tinned copper, and steel connection over time. I haven’t needed to make this kind of repair for a long time (been out of RVing), but back then I would have used Noalox for something like this. Is there something better that you’d recommend? Thanks! —Al
Here’s what you need, NO-OX-ID, which is a conductive electrical grease that improves contact and reduces corrosion on all kinds of aluminum and copper electrical connections. It’s even good for your lead battery terminals. Find it here. —Mike
Ice is nice – Try a portable ice maker
Many RVers have commented on portable ice makers. Not a great deal for boondockers, as they chew up shore power. But if you are where shore power is available, people swear by them. Most make ice very quickly, that is, in a matter of minutes. And of course, most make bold claims about how much ice they’ll make. But when you look at the ice reservoir, you’ll begin to wonder. Here’s the trick: Let the machine make your ice, pull it out, and store it in your RV freezer. That way, you’ll get plenty of ice. What about cleaning them? One RVer says she simply dumps vinegar into hers, lets it make “vinny-cubes,” then cycles a few flushes of water through before making more ice. Here’s one available on Amazon.
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Carefree of Colorado Wireless Control for 12V Awnings
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Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: Silence
MORE QUICK TIPS
Winter windshield wiper no-stick trick
If you do any winter camping with your motorhome, you may wonder what will happen when you try to pry your windshield wipers loose from the glass in freezing weather. The thought of tearing up those expensive wiper blades could wipe the smile off your face. Just get two tennis balls and “serve them” under the windshield wipers when you park. They’ll hold that precious rubber off the glass, and even if frost, ice or snow attacks the windshield, they’ll be safely suspended in air. Take the tennis balls loose and you’re ready to roll.
“Don’t run a new tire next to an old baldy on your duals. Ditto on front tires.” —Thanks to Bill’s Hints.
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Amazon Deals of the Day!
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
How to garden anywhere
Sunset Magazine has put together a great list of ways to garden in small spaces. There are plenty of ways to garden while RVing – start with this list for inspiration.
Work For RVers
Looking for some work while on the road? This website shows current job postings you can do from your RV, or while you’re on the road passing through. Worth checking out!
Make popcorn in minutes with this collapsible popcorn maker!
Virtually fat-free, no cholesterol, full of fiber and vitamins – popcorn is the best snack! Pop it in minutes in your RV with this handy collapsible popcorn maker. Simply pour the kernels in the bowl, add your favorite seasonings, microwave for a couple of minutes and the perfect bowl of popcorn will emerge! Pretty hard to resist if you ask me… Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
We have a strange custom in our office, the food is named! Yesterday, for example, I got a sandwich out of the fridge and its name was “Michael.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis.
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