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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 971

Issue 971 • September 17, 2018

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Burner too hot? Lift up the pot!
If your gas range burner still won’t turn “low” enough for some stuff not to burn, here’s a hint from one enterprising RVer. She takes the rack out of her convection oven, puts it over the burner, and puts her cooking pot on top of the rack. The additional “lift” above the burner is enough to keep the pot from getting too hot.

Use windshield “shades” for your RV skylight
RV skylight giving off too much heat or light? Hit the auto parts store and buy some windshield “shades.” Attach them to the ceiling under the offending skylight using double-stick Velcro tape.

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Disaster at the back door
From Mike Sherman: We had a camper at our RV park with a 30′ travel trailer that had 2 doors. They only used one door for entry and exit, the stairs for the second door remained tucked away, not in use. Well, the elderly wife got up in the middle of the night and was apparently slightly disoriented, and walked out of the rig using the ‘non-operational’ door and ended up on the ground, injured, and had to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. So: #1) Open the stairs, even if you don’t plan on using that door, and #2) make all doors operational for safety reasons in the event a quick exit is mandatory due to an emergency. Comment here.

Now Your Hose Goes the Distance!
Dump station too far? Easily combine two waste hoses to extend your reach. Road & Home™’s Waste Hose Coupler connects two waste hoses with barbed ends which slide into the hose and create a seal. To shop your waste removal needs, click here.

Today’s brain teaser (answer below): A thief enters a shop and threatens the clerk, trying to force him to open the safe. The clerk says, “The code for the safe is different every day, and if you hurt me, you’ll never get the code.” The thief hears this and manages to guess the code on his own. How was he able to do it? 

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Some possible financial help to buy an RV
In the market for an RV but aren’t sure you can afford it? Check with your tax consultant – you may be able to write off the loan interest on your tax return. The money you save there might be the edge you need if you’re getting an RV loan.

RV journal writing
A journal is not a diary with your innermost thoughts. It’s a chronological list of what happened in your life. Not everything, of course, just the things and events that you think you might possibly want to know a year from now.

Here is a partial list of the kind of things and events that you should consider recording. What went wrong with your rig. What you did to fix the problem with your rig. What date you installed that new refrigerator. When you replaced that tire that blew out and how much you paid for it. (Of course, if you keep a maintenance log for your RV, you don’t need to put this information in your journal. There’s no need to list things in two places.) When you bought that new keyboard and how much you paid for it. The names of the camp hosts where you stayed when you were in AZ. The names of people and the names of their dogs you met at different campgrounds. Nothing impresses people and makes them feel like you really remember them than knowing their dog’s name.

Basically, jot down anything you think you might possibly want to know a year from now. Three to five minutes a day is all it will take, and you will be surprised how much you will use and appreciate this information. From — RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget.

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Resources for RVers with problem RVs
Fed up with your defective RV? We’ve created a page for you! Visit this page to find resources to report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Online resources for RVers
If you’d like to learn about a whole bunch of great online resources for RVers, this is a great place to start. 

Have a website you like and think other RVers might like it too? Send it to emily (at) rvtravel.com . Thanks!

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Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you find yourself using your computer on your lap, reading your Kindle on the couch, or having a hard time holding that heavy hardback, you need this lap desk! Staff writer Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. The desk has eight adjustable levels and even has a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those who have lower back pain or terrible posture (ahem, Emily). Learn more or order.

Answer to today’s brain teaser: The code to the safe was the word “different.”

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4 years ago

I’m not educated on gas mileage for towables. I have a class A with a 150 gal fresh water tank, and I travel with my fresh water tank full. My gas mileage barely changes whether the tank is full or empty. Due to all the people who told me early on, that traveling with your tank full cuts down on your mileage, I tried it both ways and the difference was so minute, that the convenience of having water available overrode what little change in gas mileage there was. So I will continue to drive with a full tank. My wife has the convenience of available water while we are traveling, and I can pull over or pull into a rest stop and use my own facilities knowing that it’s clean, without any concerns. Then I can go for a walk and stretch before I hit the road again. I spend a total of nine months on the road, staying in one place usually 3 – 5 days, so I do a lot of traveling. I’ll take convenience and peace of mind over gas mileage any day….

4 years ago

Regarding the tip to keep a journal, I keep mine on my laptop, using a MS Word document. In this way, when I want to find out when a particular event happened, all I have to do it use the “Search” function. For instance, if I want to find out when I replaced a tire, I’d search for “tire.”

4 years ago

How do you ask a question? Several months ago when I first joined, you used to advertise a product for detering mice. I no longer see it and wondering can you tell me what it is and where to purchase?
Thank you so much.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Linda

Thanks for asking, Linda. Here’s a link to the Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent that we sometimes advertise: https://amzn.to/2D390kA Good luck with your unwanted visitors! —Diane at RVtravel.com

Timothy Hertz
4 years ago

One of the frustrating things with the industry is the service backlog at dealers. Had the gas side of our water heater fail and after dozens of calls the best I could do was 3 weeks down the road for probably no more than the 15 minute replacement of a thermal cut off under warranty. Most were 4-5 weeks out. Then it was interesting as they said we needed to pay for it and when I revealed Atwood Customer Service said otherwise they relinquished.

Might make a interesting survey, length of time to get a appointment for service.

4 years ago

We generally park a distance from the bathrooms at rest areas and want to stretch our legs and get a bit of exercise as well as use the facilities. That being said if the bathrooms are not clean we use our own.

4 years ago

Another possible answer to the brain teaser could be the date.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Yep, Bob. That would work as well. Good thinking! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tony King
4 years ago

I’m convinced that you cannot tell if your water tank is full or not by just normal driving. I would challenge anybody to let me fill or empty their tank 4 different times and drive a 5 mile loop and then you tell me which trip was full…I would win. My Bounder holds 100 gallons and I’ve owned/used it for nearly 20 years and I still wouldn’t know. That being said…living in So Cal both of my Motorhomes are always full because that’s part/most of my Earthquake supplies and I drive them everywhere that way. At Rest Stops I’ll usually get out to stretch my legs and use their bathroom but if it looks bad I’ll just use my own.

4 years ago

While traveling one day, we came upon a very bad accident and were stopped on the highway for over 3 hours We were sure glad we always carry water to flush. Oh, so was the lady in front of us !!!!

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

I know, Wally. I don’t get that. Even when we plan to do an RV park, we ALWAYS carry enough water for flushing and cleaning any lunch dishes. Or, for that unforseen emergency where you’re forced to stay somewhere not in ‘the plan’.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Dittos — I understand the desire to always travel with empty fresh tanks to keep from carrying that appreciable weight in addition to the 20,000lbs of rig, but I’ve felt REALLY stupid when I had to use a bathroom or rinse my hands and couldn’t use my own plumbing even AFTER towing that 20,000lbs…

For Pete’s sake, if 10-20 gallons really pushes you over your tow rating/mileage, you’re carrying WAY too much already. Any ONE of my toolboxes (I carry several) weighs more than 80lbs. Throw a kid overboard, but keep the water.

4 years ago

“In the market for an RV but aren’t sure you can afford it?” If you have to ask how much..you can’t afford it.People need to learn again to live within their means.

4 years ago
Reply to  Booneyrat

Booneyrat, it’s nice to know you have enough $$ to shell out for an RV (and more power to you) but not everyone has that much “disposable” cash. They can, however, often fit the cost of one into their budget by making payments on it over several years. BTW, my grandfather, who was extremely astute in financial matters, once told me, “NEVER buy anything until you know the full cost of the item.” I’m not too sure how that would fit into your situation of not asking the cost of something before you buy it.

4 years ago

The reason most trailer RVs use public restrooms is because they don’t carry any water to flush with. Dumb as it sounds.

4 years ago
Reply to  Wally

That is not why we use the public restrooms. We use them to make sure we don’t run out of the water we are carrying (we only fill the tank about 1/4 full) and that we do not fill up the holding tanks. Water weighs a lot which cuts down on the gas mileage.

4 years ago
Reply to  Wally

That is not why we use the public restrooms. We use them to make sure we don’t run out of the water we are carrying (we only fill the tank about 1/4 full) and that we do not fill up the holding tanks. Water weighs a lot which cuts down on the gas mileage.