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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 964


Issue 964 • September 4, 2018

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Cat got your tongue? Not with this!
If you’re really interested in loading your trailer correctly, you need to be able to measure the tongue weight. That’s because the tongue weight should be between 10% and 15% of the loaded trailer weight so it handles correctly. But how to measure tongue weight? Well with a tongue weight scale, of course. While these aren’t cheap at $150 to $160, I think they’re a great investment for the safety of your family while towing. There are two basic models: one that goes up to 1,000 lbs., and one that goes up to 2,000 lbs. The 1,000 lb. version would be a little better if you have a trailer under 7,500 lbs. GVW. But the 2,000 lb. version would be good for any large trailer over 7,500 lbs. GVW that you could fit on a ball hitch. Here’s the 1,000# version and here’s the 2,000# version.

“De-mess-tify” oil filter removal
Changing your own oil? Oil filter removal can be a real mess. After loosening the filter enough to move it by hand, cover the filter with a one-gallon freezer bag. Oozy oil goes in the bag, along with the filter. Sealed up, it’s ready to take to the appropriate disposal/recycle center. 

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Answer to today’s brain teaser: Incorrectly

Hey guys! Store your stuff in your belly! No kidding — really! Some women find a big belly attractive. And when you have plenty of room in those bellies to store things. . . hey, that’s special! Learn more


“Polish” off those pesky ants
Here’s a “one we haven’t tried, but” tip: Faithful reader PennyPA swears by the use of Glade furniture spray — not just for quick dust-ups, but for chasing pesky ants out of your rig. Says our informant, “(1) It’s safer to use around pets (but still follow the instructions); (2) It kills the ants immediately and if you spray along a trail of them, it kills the ants on the trail and acts as a repellent for almost a week; (3) It’s much less expensive than ant spray; and (4) It smells so much better than ant spray! We currently are using apple/cinnamon but, so far, it appears any fragrance will work.” She adds a cautionary note — unless you like the sound of your smoke alarm, keep the spray away from it. Thanks, PennyPA!

Hints for downsizing to fulltime RVing
Pick up each item you own and ask yourself if it sparks joy. In other words, does it make you happy? If not get rid of it. Sort by category, not location: Don’t start with the bedrooms, and then the study, and then the kitchen, etc.; do all of your clothes and then all your books, and so on. Tidy each category all at one time. Don’t do a little bit today and more tomorrow. You’ll never get finished. Go through all of your clothes at one time and then all of your books at one time. Don’t keep gifts just because you would feel guilty if you threw them away. After you have experienced the joy of the gift-giving moment, you can donate the gift without feeling guilty. The gift has served its purpose. From “Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income.” Available here. 

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Keep gray tank odors away
HepvO is a unique self-sealing waste valve that prevents the escape of foul sewer air from waste discharge systems, and actively maintains the pressure equilibrium in soil and waste installations. As a dry sealing valve, HepvO utilizes a purpose designed membrane to create an airtight seal between the living space and the drainage system. Learn more.


Tired of hearing ambulances out the window? Your neighbor’s new puppy driving you nuts? ParkTracks, from the National Park Service, plays a track of sounds from our National Parks to relax you. Sit back, close your windows, then your eyes, and transport yourself to paradise. 

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As I was walking down the street, I noted a man with a large pole in his hand and stopped to ask, “Are you a pole-vaulter?” His response was, “No, I’m German, but how did you know my name was Walter?”

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Ronnie cardy
4 years ago

I saw a ghost. And hurd one r 2 talking at the VFW post we belong to. Ghost was at the old house I owned we had a graveyard behind it

4 years ago

Hey! Don’t knock belly’s. My husband has a little belly and it’s like my security blanket. When I’m stressed out I just rub his belly and it soothes me!??

4 years ago

We didn’t really think of it as a ghost but as a visual human form for sure. My husband and I were asleep in our bedroom in a rent house in Gresham, Or in 1982. At exactly the same moment we quickly sat up to see a dark figure step into our room from the hallway to the end of our bed. As quickly as we saw it it just vanished. We just sat there stunned then looked at each other suddenly, both of us asking “did you see that?!!! I would always yell at the tv telling the “living” to just leave @ get the “H” out of there! Forget the family photo album! Don’t look back, don’t ever go back%#!. It was definitely unnerving but it didn’t take long for us to settle down and try to get back to sleep. Neither of us felt threatened in any way. Never happened again. That’s our ghost story.

Don G
4 years ago

I purchased a Sherline trailer tongue scale several years ago. Have used it many times to determine tongue weight. It is very accurate. I was also surprised to find out that my tongue weight was several pounds heavier than I had estimated. I recommend it for anyone “guessing” their trailer tongue weight.

4 years ago

I do believe the ghost but never will see it but it may move stuff around for no cause.

4 years ago

We’ve found that a teaspoon of 50/50 powdered sugar and borax sprinkled on an ant trail or mound will move the ants in about 24 hours. This even works on fire ants.

4 years ago

Ewwww! The ‘belly’ bag, really?! ???

4 years ago
Reply to  Linda

Um, let me say as an officially “non-svelt” man, absolutely NO LADY EVER has said “Ooooooh, that round gut is just SO sexy I can’t control myself!” One of the polls showed RVers are often loners — this bag would ensure that.

4 years ago
Reply to  Linda

Good catch Linda! I missed that advertisement but found it after you mentioned it… I am now going to wash my eyes out with soap……

4 years ago
Reply to  Linda

I am with you Linda…..ewwww gross!

4 years ago

In before someone grouses about the poll not being RV related…

4 years ago
Reply to  squeakytiki

OK, Sqeaky — While I’ve seen apparitions, vicious poltergeists and arguably possessed people and houses, my RV doesn’t allow demon possessed people inside. There, now it’s RV related!

Actually, I do think my RV may have been built by some demons, but that’s another issue…