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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 970

Issue 970 • September 13, 2018

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Heat pump versus regular furnace
New to RV heat pumps? They work pretty well until temps drop into the 30s. If frost is in the weather forecast, best to use your regular furnace – they usually pump heat to the plumbing system, where the heat pump only warms up the interior of the coach. You don’t want frozen pipes!

Winterizing – more than just RV plumbing
Winterizing the plumbing system is what most people think about, but what about the rest of it?
• Have you removed all the freezables from inside the coach?
• Is the inside clean and free of any food debris? Think mice.
• Have you removed or sealed any materials that can be made into nests? Think mice.
• Is the roof and its seals in good condition? Think melting snow in the spring.
• Have you covered your RV? This really helps to protect the RV and extend its life.

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If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order.

Today’s brain teaser (answer below): What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away the last four of its five letters? 

Please meet with in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this week at the country’s largest RV show. It’s underway now and continues through the weekend. If you attend, please stop by the Power Play Room in Giant Arena at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday, for a one-hour RV Travel Meetup. Editor Chuck Woodbury will be there along with some of his staff.


Measure your RV at its full height
Responding to a tip on measuring the height of your RV for safety, Terry Weymouth writes to remind us: “It should go without saying – but often it doesn’t – in the case of 5th wheels and even travel trailers, measure the height when connected to the tow vehicle.” Point well taken, Terry – Thanks!.

Freezing leftovers?
Never put hot food in the freezer. That can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria. Always let your food cool down to room temp. This will also allow for the food to have room to properly expand once frozen. —From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.

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Make an omelette in seconds! 
Tired of making omelettes and dealing with the mess, cleanup, and timely preparation? This microwaveable omelette maker saves the day! This handy gadget makes omelettes in just three easy steps: beat eggs and milk, add ingredients, microwave and eat! It promotes healthy eating by cutting out butter, oil and grease. Buy this breakfast-saver here.


Best fall festivals in the U.S. 
The Travel Channel has spoken! These are the best fall festivals in the U.S. Start planning!

37 RV hacks
We’re pretty amazed by all the neat stuff on here! Most of these projects are pretty easy too! Read this list to get inspired and start saving space in your RV. 

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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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4 years ago

Lavender mothballs and pink stuff. We use dawn dish soap since if it is effective and safe to use in cleaning grease and ducks? Good enough for me. Plus a cover to boot. Waiting for next summer.

Michael McCracken
4 years ago

We spend our winters in the Arizona desert. No need to winterize.

David Bulkley
4 years ago

To get the pink stuff in the fresh water tank I use a skimmer pump, sump pump with a garden hose out put.,to put the antifreeze in the tank. Works well to sanitize the water hoses in the spring. Put solution in a bucket and hook all the hoses to gether and add bleach and water to fill the bucket with the pump running.

Chuck Dunn
4 years ago

It takes us about 27 hours to Winterize our coach. That’s how long it takes us to Drive to Mesa, AZ

William Barnett
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Dunn

You had me for a second!!!!!!

4 years ago

We clean out, blow out and pink out every water line in the coach. Have had no rodent problems or bad pipes yet. We have tried to cover the RV but it is too expensive since we get down slope high winds where we live in the Rockies and the covers shred too quickly. Probably going to add a RV garage in the near future.

Tina Snell
4 years ago

Besides ensuring our trailer is clean before winter arrives, we lay out dryer sheets around the interior to keep mice away. On the beds, in cupboards and closets, under sinks and more. Works well. We also do the same when putting the pontoon away for the season. The little critters do not like the smell.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tina Snell

My wife places dryer sheets everywhere in our trailer.

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