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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 952

Issue 952 • August 14, 2018

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Motorhome temperature reporting
If you’re using the dash air while driving to keep the cockpit area cool, that’s great. But if you’re concerned about the living area of the coach getting too hot, here’s a monitoring trick. Get yourself a wireless remote reporting thermometer (with digital display) and mount the transmitter in the back of the coach, with the monitor up front in view of the driver seat. If the “outside” (living area) reading climbs too high, pull over and fire up the roof air with your generator.

That’s the last straw!
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
We all know that using a new plastic straw every day is wasteful, and paper straws just won’t stand up to sitting in your Yeti container of iced tea all day. That was exactly my wife’s problem, until I did my research and got her a set of six stainless steel drinking straws in different diameters and bends. But these aren’t ordinary stainless steel straws which can get cold on your lips or chip a tooth. These straws include removable silicon lip/tooth protectors as well as a pair of bottle-brush style cleaners. My wife recommends this set highly, and she’s never far from her iced tea.

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Boondocking safety tips
Whether in an urban or rural setting, when away from organized campgrounds you need to take responsibility for your safety and security. Although we’ve never had a problem, apart from a love rub from a moose, we’ve developed our danger detector so that we never camp where there could be problems. Here are some ideas to boost your own safety-consciousness and have a pleasant trip without any security incidents: Let the dog bark. The best burglar alarm and deterrent is a barking dog and, unless you can train Rover to do impressions, it pays to let Rover or Fifi get vocal now and again. That doesn’t mean you want to deafen the neighborhood, but a few barks let people know that you’re traveling with something with teeth. Inspect the spot for garbage associated with drinking or drug use; people who leave this will most likely return after dark. Empty cans, bottles and syringes (even condoms) will tell you if you’ve chosen a risky site. From “RV Living: An Essential Guide to Full-time RVing and Motorhome Living.” Available here.

Don’t let your toilet paper abandon you
Debbie has been following our roll-out on how to keep rolled paper goods in place. Here’s her TP tip: “We just tuck the end of the toilet paper inside the roll itself. Easy prey. No rolling on our end.” Thanks Debbie.

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Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Missing your favorite recliner? Miss it no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ soccer game (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.

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Instead of “the John,” I call my toilet “the Jim.” That way it sounds better when I say, “I go to the Jim first thing every morning.”

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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

I have tried several times to sign up for the email with no ads. I get this message:
The feed does not have subscriptions by emailed enabled.
Also I must not understand how to click the squares as I click “skip” or “verify” after clicking the squares with the object in the text and I continue to get another picture to select.

4 years ago

I don’t have a problem with my TP unrolling, but my paper towels holder is hung right next to the kitchen window in my rig and if there is any breeze the paper towels will unroll themselves.
A year or so ago your website was advertising these slap bracelet type RV reminder things:
and I bought a set. (they work great for their intended purpose, btw!) There are usually a couple of extra minders hanging around, and I’ll slap one of those over my roll of paper towels. Keeps them from unrolling, even in the breeze from my open window. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for TP too.

Vanessa Simmons
4 years ago

Oh another thing. Love the metal straws. I used them before the turtle video came out. Makes drinking out of those metal thermos cups much easier. I find they have a hole in the lid (or is it in my lip) when I try to drink through their lids. Plus I don’t have to take my eye off the road when driving.

Vanessa Simmons
4 years ago

Depends…(no not on them :-} ) If there are no towels Yes after shaking them off. If the towels are as thin as toilet paper Yes after using a few of them. If there is a blower Yes after a few seconds of blowing them off. If there are good sturdy towels and one or two will do the job then NO.

Hale Lemmer
4 years ago

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