Issue 956 • August 21, 2018
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No-stick vent lids
Tony King makes this suggestion: “Most lubricant you spray on vent cranks, etc., attracts dust, so keep that in mind. Sometimes cleaning it free of everything doesn’t attract anything and works just as good. Use a degreaser on a cloth to clean the rubber seal, let dry completely and then wipe talcum powder on to prevent lid from sticking.” Thanks for venting on this matter, Tony!
Not a fan of Grease? Tell me more, tell me more…
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
My son Kevin, the pastry chef and teacher, came home the other day (don’t they always) looking for the bar of “yellow lye soap” to get a big grease stain out of his pants. I remember my grandmother using a yellow bar of Fels-Naptha lye soap on my grandfather’s work clothes (he was a coal miner), and on our skin if we got into the poison ivy. According to Chef Kevin, many kitchens and bakeries still keep a bar of Fels-Naptha soap handy for serious grease stain removal. Now they warn you not to get it in your eyes and limit skin contact, but it sure does cut the grease and seemed to be great at removing poison ivy toxins. I looked it up and it’s still available at a lot of grocery stores as well as online on Amazon (of course). Here’s a link if you can’t find it locally.
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Never Leave Home Without Two!
Everyone agrees a waste water hose is the most important item to have on board your RV, but what happens when your current one breaks? We recommend ALWAYS having a spare on hand in case you have cracks or leaks, or have forgotten to repack. Don’t let this minor repair slow you down! To shop your waste removal needs, click here.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: An echo
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Keep your entire RV safe with surge protection
Don’t take the chance of frying the appliances in your RV because of low or high voltage in your RV, or a nearby lightning strike that spikes the power sky high. And protect yourself, too. Every year RVers are shocked, even killed by what are called RV Hot Skin Conditions. Don’t be a victim. Check out the huge selection of surge protectors at Amazon.com.
MORE QUICK TIPS
BBQ grill flare suppressor
A plain water bottle with a small hole punched in the cap can dampen a flaring charcoal grill fire or campfire equally well. Squeeze the bottle to generate a high-pressure spray of water towards the base of the fire. From “100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).” Available on Amazon.com.
Black water dump trick for boondockers
“We were fulltimers for about 12 years, so I emptied many black tanks. A tip: After I drain, flush, and close the valve, I continue the flush for 30 to 60 seconds so the tank is not dry (usually up one dot on the tank meter). This lets me be stingy with my precious fresh water when boondocking.” —Thanks to Fred & Judy Ceppa
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AND MAKE MORE ROOM UNDER YOUR SINKS
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Go RVing Canada
We’re sure you know about Go RVing, but do you know they have a Canadian site for all your moose-viewing, maple-syrup slurping adventures? There’s a whole other world up there – go explore it!
Want to know what the weather is like in New York right now? Want to see how many people are at the Eiffel Tower? EarthCam has live webcams all over the world to help you moderate some of your wanderlust.
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Today’s Coupons at Amazon.com
Do you love coupons, those handy things that save you lots o’ money? Did you know Amazon publishes a whole bunch of them every day? There are pages and pages of them on food products, clothing, sundries, toys, electronics, tools, even RV accessories. So go ahead, save some money! Check ’em out.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
This morning, my grandpa walked into my room with a young bearded guy wearing skinny jeans and a cool T-shirt. I said, “Who is this guy?” My grandpa replied, “My hip replacement.”
Essential for big RVs!
2018 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas
If you drive a big RV — extra long or extra tall — then this is for you. The truck driver’s road atlas shows all the highways you can drive without encountering a low bridge or getting stuck hanging over a cliff. This is an essential aid even if you have a GPS! Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more or order.
RV Daily Tips Staff
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