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.
MORE QUICK TIPS
“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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AND MAKE MORE ROOM UNDER YOUR SINKS
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
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.
Viewbug photo contests
Visit this site and win yourself a new camera! Viewbug lists tons of current photo contests with prizes like cash, cameras, printers, and other neat tech gadgets. Good luck!
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Cordless vac gets sky-high rating
More than 12,000 Amazon customers have given this Black and Decker CHV1410L cordless hand vacuum an excellent rating. It boasts lithium technology, strong suction and fade-free power. With a translucent bagless dirt bowl, the dirt is easy to see and empty. Ever-ready, the hand vac can hold a charge for up to 18 months. Perfect for the RV! Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
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?”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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