Issue 966 • September 6, 2018
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OUR READER FORUM IS LIVE
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More help with after-dark RV backing
“I try to never arrive after dark, but when I do I place four LED camping lanterns out: two at the back corners, one on the slide side where I need to mark any obstruction, one on the opposite side so I can see the direction I need to go.” You’ll find them on Amazon. Thanks, Joseph Weinstein!
Buy a musty-smelling RV?
We often hear of RVers who want to know what magic potion can eliminate “that musty smell in an RV.” If you’re shopping for an RV and smell that musty odor, STOP! Musty odors are often attached to water damage – a terminal issue. Look closely for signs of water stains, including inside every single cabinet. If you find water stains or feel a “soft” wall or ceiling, RUN, don’t walk, away from that rig.
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West Coast RV Camping Guide
It’s hard to beat a Moon Handbook for information and accuracy. Camp with your RV anywhere from Mission Bay near San Diego to Orcas Island near the Canadian border. The thick guidebook includes a variety of RV parks and campgrounds from scenic state parks to convenient roadside stopovers, including dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible options. Plus maps, and guides to what to do in each area. Published July 2018. Learn more or order.
Answer to today’s brain teaser: A is D’s aunt
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Another take on holding tank chemicals
“In eight plus years of fulltiming, I never put any chemicals in my holding tanks. After about a week all the smell was all gone and I have been chemical free in my tanks ever since.” Thanks to Fred & Judy Ceppa
Route planning tips
By Matt Jones
Plan your route ahead of time. We discovered that we could get free maps from state Tourist Boards and good advice from local Chambers of Commerce. From the latter you can learn about local, free attractions as well as the best sites within their borders; they may also send you coupons for everything from restaurants to museums. They’re a good source for info on free festivals and fairs that may tickle your fancy. From “RV Living: An Essential Guide to Full-time RVing and Motorhome Living.” Available here.
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Amazon Deals of the Day!
Here are more than 1,000 special deals, just for today. And the items just keep on changing. If you can’t find a great deal here on something you want, then, well, you must not need anything. If nothing else, it sure is fun to poke around here to see the incredible array of cool stuff that’s available at this very moment at bargain prices! Click here for today’s deals!
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
The Foliage Network
This website shows you all the foliage maps around the U.S. Start planning your road trips to see the beautiful colors! See photos, places to stay, foliage routes and live webcams.
Little Vintage Trailers
Even if you don’t want to buy a little vintage trailer (even though we all wish we could!), this website shows off the cutest trailers for sale. Read articles about vintage trailers, buy art prints, view campgrounds and “glampgrounds” and learn how to decorate your trailer to make it just as cute.
Oh, it’s so cute:
Your doggie’s very own backpack!
Click to see it and learn more.
Clean your CPAP machine with this!
Our survey last week revealed that 51% of you (or your partner) use a CPAP machine. Wow! When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your machine? They get dirty inside. This highly rated cleaning kit will remove all those yucky germs and bacteria. The extendable brush expands to 7 feet, but folds up into a small plastic bag to conserve space. If you use a CPAP, you’ll want this.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
If you’re an American and go into the bathroom to use the urinal and you come out of bathroom as an American, what are you while you’re in the bathroom?
RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis.
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