Issue 951 • August 13, 2018
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Bugs in the bumper
Reader “Bd2” spoke up on the matter of bugs in your bumper – the place where you store dump hoses. “I have two of these [magnetic bumper plugs] for both ends of my aft hose storage bumper. Drains just fine and keeps the buggers out.” Thanks, Bd2! Here’s where he got them.
Put it back together right – with these tips
Fixing broken “RV stuff” doesn’t always mean you need to know the “stuff” inside-out. Many RV technicians know how every assembly in a rig is put together. But when you do tackle that “something” that isn’t right that requires disassembly, it’s critical you do put it back together the right way. A digital camera, tablet or cell phone cam is just the ticket. Take plenty of pictures as you go through the process of taking something apart. Try and track down a service manual for your item – the internet is full of manuals folks have kindly scanned and posted. Can’t find it? Drop a request on an internet RV forum and ask – somebody may just have one.
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Having Trouble Connecting? Not Anymore!
Connect in a tight space without bending, kinking, or straining your hose. Our 90° Hose Adaptor is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” items that you should always have on hand! To shop now, click here.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: A coat of paint
MORE QUICK TIPS
Skylight a heat trap?
Too much hot air coming out of your skylight? Creating a “dead space” below the skylight can help insulate and stop that nasty heat transfer. Aluminum angle metal can be fashioned to make brackets to hold a piece of acrylic sheeting (“plexiglass”) below the skylight, forming a sort of “storm window” effect. Darkened acrylic will reduce the radiant heat transmission from the light rays.
Electrical wiring labels
Label your cables, especially on a travel trailer. There is a tendency among RV manufacturers to use a black wire and a white wire to connect to the battery. Label yours to be sure. From “100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).” Available on amazon.com
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Restore them overnight with Caravan Sensor Cleaner
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
A global heatmap of your last name
This article on Motherboard links to a website, Forebears, that maps out mentions of 11 million surnames around the world. Want to know who else has your last name (or versions of it) and where they’re living? Spend some time exploring here to find out.
ZocDoc is a great website to bookmark. If you’re in a new place and need a doctor (for anything) simply type in what you need, your zip code and your insurance, and the website will match you up with a doctor nearby. Click on an appointment time, schedule your appointment and fill out paperwork, all right there! Couldn’t be easier.
Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
What’s the difference between the bird flu and the swine flu?
One requires tweetment and the other requires oinkment.
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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