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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 965

Issue 965 • September 5, 2018

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Warning about LP appliances in slide-out
A reader, who asked to remain anonymous, passed this along: “Do you have any propane appliances in a slide-out? If so, most likely there’s a rubber propane hose that flexes every time you put your slide out or bring it in. Over time the rubber can dry out and can start to leak. The hose can also become kinked, preventing propane from flowing to the appliance(s). You should periodically check for problems before it becomes serious.” We’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to the anonymity request! Thanks, Anon E. Mouse!

Temporary fix for blown skylight
Here’s a “hope it never happens to you, but . . .” suggestion. An RVer had the misfortune of meeting up with a particularly difficult hailstorm, which broke out a skylight. With no available RV repair tech available, what to do? The RVer got an umbrella, pushed it from inside the RV up to roof level, then hit the “deploy” button, then pulled it back down tight and secured the handle. Might not be too great if a lot of wind shows up, but hey, for a short spell it may be a solution.

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RV check-out procedure
Reader Al Butler has an interesting approach to ensuring that all things are secured before breaking camp. Al and his wife write the subject of concern on a key tag – for example, “Awning Out” or “A/C–Furnace” – to note that the awning is extended or the furnace turned on. A separate tag is used for all issues, and these tags are hung on a hook. When the awning is rolled in, the furnace turned off, etc., then the key tag is removed from the hook and put away. A quick look at the hook before starting up the rig ensures that all is taken care of. Thanks, Al.

Help your RV reefer cool down quicker
Assist your fridge with ice bottles: You can fill it with ice water bottles (three or four in the freezer and in the fridge section) to cool it down. A bottle of frozen water lasts three times as long as any blue frozen pak, and when it does thaw you have drinking water. From “100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook.Available here.

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Where to camp near the Hershey RV Show
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Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
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A dad coming back to his campsite for sunscreen while the rest of his family plays at the lake notices a van pulling up into a neighboring empty site. As soon as the engine dies, the doors fly open and four children of varying ages burst out and fly into a frenzy of activity. Their parents follow quickly behind them, with the mom and dad unloading gear as the kids rake the area, set up the tent, and arrange the fire pit. Amazed at their efficiency, the dad with the sunscreen walks over and watches for a moment more before commenting to the other father, “I’ve never seen a family work so well together—or so fast. I’m amazed!” “Yeah,” the other dad says while unrolling a sleeping bag. “We live a few hours away and our policy is that nobody gets to go to the bathroom after the drive until the camp is set up.”

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3 years ago

Many email apps these days allow for categories. You can even add edits which will look for addresses, phrases, sender’s names, etc. and it will direct unwanted mail directly to the trash, without any further intervention from you, or direct it to one of several groups I.E Business, Family, Friends, Social, etc. I have been using Mozilla firefox for years and it works great for me. Don’t like Firefox there are others with the same options. Six different email accounts could get hard to keep up with…

John T
3 years ago
Reply to  Rory

Firefox is a browser, not an email app.

3 years ago

That is not a joke. It is a fact of real life. It worked with my kids and now they do the same with their kids. Of course now that I am older it would never work. Mother Nature won’t let me wait.

3 years ago

May have more than 50 but many I don’t read – just delete – depends on my mood. But, I have 6 email addresses used for various reasons, so that adds up. One I use when surfing the web and to receive info you need to give email address, so I call that my junk email.

Dave Telenko
3 years ago

Great idea about those LP lines that go in & out on your slide! Might want to check the water inlet hoses & the drain line, actually anything that moves back & forth enough times will brake! Remember the old beer can when you used to bend it back & forth till it broke in half, same principal I’m sooooo happy that my bathroom doesn’t have a slide!

Kim Christiansen(@imkimc)
3 years ago

Sorry about the forums, there was just that ONE last box to check off.

You can register at RV Travel now and start posting to the forums!

Sherry Dawson
3 years ago

I searched the forum page and can’t find how to register. I think I remember that the forum is for readers who have made a donation to support newsletter. I’ve been a contributor for several years.

Also, I recommend tht you give the forum a bit of fanfare in Saturday’s newsletter. I didn’t quite know what it was until I got a look at the page today. You might get more contributors as a result.

3 years ago

Kind of cruel to have the forum login on the page but it’s not usable yet. Can’t wait for this feature to happen so I can learn from RVers on this site rather than other sites. Hurry, hurry, hurry!

3 years ago

We have found that Google Keep makes a great checklist or shopping list app. You can create a list with checkboxes and then add your significant other or anyone really as a collaborator. As either of you update the list the other sees those updates in real time.

We have even used it to plan and pack for a day trip with camping friends. We simply added things that we thought of that would be nice to take the day before then they were checked off as they were packed.

John Crawford
3 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

And after you check off the boxes in Google Keep, you can just tell it to regenerate the list from the delete list and it’s ready for the next trip.

John Karlson
3 years ago

Check out app, Works to stop unwanted emails.

3 years ago

Minimizing emails is as difficult as keeping those items out of the RV that I thought I needed and haven’t used. Email now falls in the “necessary evil” category (with the exception of RV Travel of course).