Issue 958 • August 23, 2018
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Run your fridge on an inverter?
Back in the “old days” some RV refrigerators had a “12-volt option,” allowing the refrigerator to run on 12 volts when motoring down the highway. Not many these days, so some ask, “Can I run my fridge on “shore power” via an inverter?” Technically, yes. In practice? The typical RV fridge cooling unit operated via an inverter will take a 30+ amp draw from your battery system – a pretty hefty load. It’s unlikely your vehicle engine will pump that kind of power back to your coach batteries, particularly if you’re talking about a towable rig. Unless you’re in an extremely hot country, your food will likely survive a day’s travel without the cooling unit operating. Just keep the fridge doors shut.
Stained “carpeted” ceiling?
An RVer with an off-white carpeted ceiling reported it was stained by water and mold. They wondered now that the leak was fixed what to “fix” the stains with? Others reported successfully using Kilz brand primer, applied with a roller. Fair warning: “It took 22 gallons of Kilz, and I painted all summer. It was a pain in the butt,” says one who did the paint job in a large Class A motorhome.
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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.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: A shower
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Tank level switch fix
If you find the rocker switch that you push to view the fluid levels in your fresh water and holding tanks gives up the ghost, don’t give up hope. They’re hard to find (maybe industry just wants you to replace the whole assembly). However, a small, push-button “momentary contact, normally open” switch can be glued onto the assembly. Take the wires off the hold switch and connect them to the new. Here’s a pair on Amazon.
Meals prepared in advance – veggie tip
Preparing vegetables for meals in advance and freezing them? “Always undercook vegetables slightly. This way once you reheat them, they don’t get mushy and disgusting.” From “RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.” Available on Amazon.com.
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Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Favorite camping gadgets
Wondering what camping gadgets and accessories are hot on the market right now? Check out Amazon’s list of neat items that you may want for your RV.
Caves to explore in the U.S.
How many of these caves have you been to? This list of 15 incredible caves in the U.S. will surely bring out your inner explorer. Plus, who doesn’t love going into a cold cave this hot time of year?
You loved the spray; DEET-free mosquito repellent wipes really work!
Back by popular demand, these DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent wipes really work! We had previously recommended the spray, but for those of you who don’t need it that often, or like the convenience of throwing a wipe or two in your day pack, these are perfect. Like we said before, as RVers, we’re going to need this stuff! Learn more or order here.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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