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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 949

Issue 949 • August 8, 2018

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Lightning strikes
An RVer complained that his RV had been parked near a tree that was struck by lightning. Now a lot of “stuff” in his rig doesn’t work, and he found a burned hole in his rig’s shore power cord. What’s he to do? Hope he has good insurance! A surge suppressor might have helped, but many RVers report that when lightning strikes, a surge suppressor often sacrifices itself, but still some things in the rig are toasted. Often the damage is taken by control boards, as in your refrigerator. If the appliance won’t operate, shut down all power to the unit, both shore-supplied and battery. After a minute, try bringing the power back online and see if your appliance will work. Sometimes this “reboot” is all that’s required, but count yourself very fortunate if it does.

Lighten up that BBQ!
Got a bum back but still like to grill? Here’s a tip from Robert McBride: “I bought a Weber Q2000 grill for camping use, thinking how great it would be to store it in the camper or, I’m my case, the pickup bed. I found my back going out on me from lifting and moving it more than once, prompting me to buy a smaller, lighter unit. My son suggested that I should remove the cast iron grill plates and replace them with something lighter! Presto, I found a lightweight ceramic coated aluminum grill at a local supermarket for under $10 that fits in just right. It has cut the weight of the grill in half, works great, and is actually easier to clean than the original grill plates. I have been using it now for four months and my back thanks me for it.” Thanks, Robert, and we’re sure a cheer of thanks comes from the “back acres” crowd!

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Unwanted showers? Tame that slideout swimming pool!
A new RVer complained that when he pulled in his motorhome slideouts, he got a bath. What happened? Rain had accumulated on the slideout and it came right on in with the slide. Yes, slide-toppers will help prevent some of this, but winds can blow rain in underneath slide-toppers and leave you with the same soaking feeling. If it’s been raining, consider unleveling your rig, forward or back, to allow gravity to dump some of this collected rain off your slideouts before pulling them in. You may still get a bit of water, but it’s better than a bath!

Recycled fire starters
Keeping the bad guys at bay by shredding all those documents with sensitive information? Line your shredder receptacle with gallon-size garbage bags – maybe even T-shirt bags from the grocery store. When they’re filled up, tie them off and squirrel them away. When it’s time to start a fire, use the whole kit and caboodle to start that campfire glow by tearing the bag open and lighting the contents.

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The most beautiful golf courses in the U.S. 
This one is for the golfers out there. If you’re not already a golfer, you may become one after you see this list of beautiful courses. Wow!

10 amazing RV makeovers
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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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4 years ago

Barbara Streisand once said she got a bit nervous before a performance. She said that if a person doesn’t feel a bit uncomfortable they aren’t a good performer.

I work in Latin America and speak to crowds of up to 1000 people. I love my work and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. A bit of sweat on the brow in the beginning always ends in a good performance.

The key is to know, understand and believe in what you speak, sing or play about. It has to come from inside.

4 years ago

I was a Navy instructor for years and it was tougher instructing/teachings my peers than a large group. In a Navy classroom the instructor is in charge but respect to all peers is always required . The respect from peers is clear as the instructor is an expert on the subject matter and has the the full support of all in classroom. The instructor/speaker must first establish a warm Introduction & Approach and let all get comfortable then the speech or instruction comes considerable easier and far more satisfying for the group. If the group feels comfortable then it is very effective session.. Usually open up to questions and that relaxes the group every time.

4 years ago

Any chance of specifying who makes an aluminum grill to fit the Weber Q 100? That is a great idea, ut I can’t find anything that fits right.

Gary W.
4 years ago

I used to be very frightened and nervous to speak to a crowd until I took a course in public speaking at the local community college. A great confidence builder which has been extremely valuable to me over the past 40+ years.

4 years ago

Scrolling through the sidebar, I noticed 4 recalls for Jayco motorhomes and trailers. Is today just a “Jayco recall” day? Jayco used to have a good name when it came to trailers.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Chuck posts the recalls as he receives the notices. We don’t control the order of the recalls that we list (i.e., if today looks like “Jayco recall” day, that’s because those are the recalls which have just been issued). Thanks for asking, PennyPA. —Diane at

4 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

PennyPA, Jayco used to have a good name. But now they belong to Thor Ind., and they ruin everything they touch.

4 years ago

Our manual states that, in our 40′ Fleetwood Discovery 40X, we should only level with the slides fully in rather than extended. We have an electric leveling system. I wonder if the above advice would damage the leveling system.

John Crawford
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim

The water will still drain with the slides in.

Steve Shields
4 years ago

About using shedder contents for fire starting: If you use paper bags rather than plastic to store the shredded material, you can just light the paper bag, which doesn’t leave a melted plastic residue.

Iris Krisch
4 years ago
Reply to  Steve Shields

Burning paper is ok but burning plastic bags is toxic to both you and neighboring campers. Please don’t do it.

4 years ago

My favorite camping grill

We have had this for several years and it has perform very well, is lightweight and does not take up much storage space. My only complaint is that you need to have a lighter to get it started. The side burner is nice for keeping the mess of frying food out of the camper.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Snayte, looks really nice and says it has self-ignition. Does it really need a flame/lighter to get it started?

4 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Looks like the rear end of a ’64 Ford Galaxy…I’d buy it for that alone!

Bob p
4 years ago

Concerning the tip about draining the water from the slide out, it’s best to relevel before retracting the slide as if it’s too much out of level it can cause the slide to bind and hang up. If you’re lucky it can be extended back out and level it, but if you’re unlucky it can be jammed badly enough to require professional help that’s expensive. Don’t ask how I know this.

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