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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 954

Issue 954 • August 16, 2018

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Safety during a storm
When you arrive at a campground ask at the check-in desk about an emergency plan in case of a bad storm, i.e., tornado or high winds. If they don’t have a plan, make your own. Locate a structure that is safer than your RV, like a bathhouse or the campground office. Brief everybody with you on your plan. RVs are not safe in damaging storms! From Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

RV roof support your weight?
Responding to earlier cautions about moving about on your rig’s roof, our reader Wolfe says: “When I asked my local dealer, his response was that ‘All RV roofs should be walkable, with or without an attached ladder, because someone will need to do maintenance up there eventually.’ This would be the same dealer who said a [Chevrolet] K1500 can tow a 10-12,000 pound trailer – so weigh their expertise accordingly. Considering most REAL construction ladders bounce and weave under my… er…less than svelte frame, and peeking inside my roof looks like it’s made of toothpicks and saran wrap, I wouldn’t attempt roof work without thick plywood, spread out on my belly, moving very carefully.” Thanks Wolfe!

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Answer to today’s brain teaser: Erica

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Give your RV a name
Naming your RV and making it part of the family will change your attitude towards your rig. That’s important because your RV will be part of your life. It will take care of you and you will have to take care of it. Just like your dog, your RV will need annual checkups, an occasional bath, a lot of feeding (gas), and from time to time there will be trips to the vet (I mean the RV shop). Don’t think of your RV as the enemy or the cause of all of your troubles. (Yes, it will break down or need maintenance at the most inconvenient times. And it will need expensive work done sometimes when it doesn’t fit your budget or your schedule. Your kids probably needed braces at a time when it didn’t fit into your budget too).
From “RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget.” Available here.

Are you on the blink?
A study by the Society of Automotive Engineers says nationwide drivers miss using turn signals two billion times a day. By their account, the missed signals account for an estimated two million crashes per year. In comparison, distracted driving accounts for 950,000 accidents each year. Think – then Blink!

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Brown Eyed Baker
Staff writer, Emily, says this is one of her favorite websites for easy weeknight recipes. Not only does the Brown Eyed Baker feature her own dishes, but she compiles recipes from other websites too, so it’s all at your fingertips. 

Outdoor organizations
This is a great list of all outdoor organizations that strive to protect our beautiful American landscape. 

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Eric Meslin
5 years ago

I could go on and on about the use of turn signals. It’s a pet peeve. We live in Florida and I think less than 50% of drivers there use them. It makes me a little crazy.

I have a facebook account that my wife and I both use to pretty much only read postings and comments regularly. We have only posted once in the last 6 or 7 years.

5 years ago

Love all the names. I had the 1st year Ford Pinto called it Death Mobile. Animal House was a favorite movie and because it was.

5 years ago

“Jeff is younger than Rodney but older than Debbie. Larry is older than Erica who is older than Jeff. Rodney is older than Larry. Who is the middle child?”

J <R
Therefore: rules 2435 chain into DJELR and rule 1 adds no new info.

RV Staff
5 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Whatever, Wolfe. I was the middle of three, luckily, or I never would have been able to figure out the lineup. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Phyllis Avella
5 years ago

With our current motor home, we are not very original. We have a THOR Challenger and so his name is THOR and we have a THOR doll standing guard. Our last motor home was a Georgetown so his name was G/G (for grandpa/grandma).

Carole Sterner
5 years ago

Our 40′ Country Coach is Happy and our Jeep Commander is Max, so we travel with Max Happy!!!!

5 years ago

MH name is Thirsty

SFC Dennis R Strope, USA, RET
5 years ago

Two tone brown f350 dually – Franco
Two tone brown 38′ Rushmore – Harris

Barry Zeidman
5 years ago

My wife was in the computer/internet security business and because of how unsafe Facebook is were never allowed to have an account. Thank God. Sometimes it is hard to get around not using Facebook because it is so pervasive, but life does go on.
We have named our vehicles over the years. My truck that pulled my boat was called Betsey, the boat Wetsey. Our Class A Bounder is called “Lu Lu” after the idea that the English call a toilet a “Lew”, and the Bounder is our mobile toilet.

5 years ago

Today’s type of brain teaser: Jeff is younger than Rod but older than Deb drives me crazy because I haven’t had a method to solve them. Today, I played around on a notepad without success.

Finally, I wrote each name down on it’s own piece of paper and started timelines. That made it easy

Deb Jeff Rod

Anyone have a better method?

Tony King
5 years ago

It is…especially as we get older (gasp!) a good thing to write down the Campground information/address and have it handy in case of a emergency. If you need to call 911 in the middle of the night having that information readily available could/might make a big difference. My wife does all the checking in at the Campgrounds but I normally don’t have that information at hand and most of the time she directs me where to go in the park so I don’t even know our site number. We are always on the move in our Class B so usually we only spend 1 night at any Campground. I need to make some changes myself in my routine.

5 years ago

With regard to weather warnings. NOAA often indicates areas by counties and roads. Trying to find what county you are in or road that is near can be trying in an area in which you are unfamiliar and skies are dark and threatening. The app WhereAmI will indicate the county you are in helping you narrow down your decision to stay or head for a shelter.

John Snell
5 years ago

Some things I name aren’t printable!!

Tommy Molnar
5 years ago

We name EVERYTHING! Trailer, cars, trucks, ATV’s, boats, side-by-side – EVERYTHING. Doesn’t everyone . . . . . . ? [grin]

5 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, of course they do!

Bullwinkle = Motorhome
Rocky = Toad
Boris = ATV
Natasha = ATV trailer

You have to be a certain age to understand these, but it makes communication pretty easy.

5 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Great names! My 1953 camper is Bucky because I’m from Wisconsin and I have the Bucky Badger thing going on.

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