RV Daily Tips Newsletter 974

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Issue 974 • September 20, 2018

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QUICK TIPS 

Bring your bedroom slide-out in at night
Here’s a double-header sleeping solution for folks with bedroom slide-outs. Bill and Wanda Kearny tell us they roll their slide-out in at night (when necessary) to reduce traffic noise – and if the weather is exceptionally cold. Either way, it dampens the noise factor and reduces the need for heat. Thanks, folks!

Installing a magnetic mount antenna on a rubber roof 
If you’ve ever tried to install a magnetic mount-style antenna on an RV’s rubber roof, you know it just won’t happen. A piece of galvanized metal – for example, an electrical junction box cover – is a great “base” for such antennas. How to attach it? Some screw it down to the roof using roof-compatible sealant under it. Others have used heavy-duty double-stick tape to hold the plate down.


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Today’s brain teaser (answer below): A man is condemned to death and has to choose among three rooms; the first is on fire, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions who haven’t eaten in years. Which room is the safest? 


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MORE QUICK TIPS

Parking in busy, crowded parking lots
When parking across several spaces, make certain your toad’s rear end is not sticking out in the traffic lane. Make sure it also sits inside the lines of the parking spaces. Judge from the front and back to be sure. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.

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Save money in your RV kitchen
Don’t waste food by putting leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days and then tossing them out. Food is one of the biggest expenses in your budget so, naturally, it presents one of the biggest opportunities to save money. One of the best ways to save money is to not waste food by throwing it out. Plan most meals by looking at the leftovers that are in the refrigerator and then deciding what you will need to go with those leftovers to make a meal. If you don’t want the same thing two meals in a row, at least plan to use the leftovers at the following meal. By all means, don’t just put leftovers in the back of the refrigerator and forget about them for a few days. After all, RV refrigerators are small and it doesn’t take many half-empty bowls to take up all of the room. Look at it this way: the more leftovers you eat, the more money there will be in the budget to go out to eat. — From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income

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Monocular telescope connects to phone, wow!
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone, so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 10x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or shows, fishing, boating, or any sporting event; you’ll get the best shot and impress everyone! We already bought one! Learn more or order.


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The 10 coolest Airstream hotels
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The 10 best Canadian road trips
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Answer to today’s brain teaser: The third room. The poor lions starved to death years ago. 


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For the leftover food. Put it in a ziplock bag with the date and contents and you can plan to use it a few days (or a week) later when you do up a new weekly menu! Yes, I know, I could be considered a bit OCD or even anal but it saves me money!!

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I was born in the Fall, was married in the Fall on my birthday (just happened that way) and spent my honeymoon camped in a tent along the river in the San Juan mountains in Colorado. It got down in the 20’s that night. Got up in the a.m. with a sheet of ice covering our tent and ice along the banks of the river. So exhilarating! A Texas Fall day can mean a cool night in the 60’s! Maybe it is because I grew up in Texas with the insufferable neverending months of intense heat that makes Fall my… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

We carry a 30” tall orange road cone that we place a minimum of one parking space in front of the coach. This keeps someone from using the parking space and allows us to pull out, otherwise you would have to (can’t back up) unhook the toad. Learned that one the hard way.

Snayte
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Snayte

Fall… The season where everything dies, including my will to live. 😉

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Sorry to hear that, Snayte. Anything we can do to help? Just keep in mind that spring will be back before you know it. Take care. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Gene Bjerke
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Gene Bjerke

You need a fifth option to the seasons quiz. I don’t have any favorite season (though spring and fall come close). My favorite is whatever season it is when I am traveling.

Doug W
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Doug W

I just read on another Rv site about a 5th wheel which was very close to the lightning strike at Grand Marais, Minn on Sunday nite 16 Sept.. It was noted the electrical cord was blown out of the pedestal, however only a small burn at the trailer in port. No damage to the accessories or equipment. I wonder what sort of surge protection he may or may not have or had?

Dennis
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Dennis

Under; “why didn’t I think of that?” Retracting bedroom slide at night to reduce noise and for heat, as needed!

Wolfe Rose
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Wolfe Rose

I’ve never retracted my slides for noise (Wally- parking I don’t deploy them in the first place, and destinations are generally quiet), but I’ve pulled them in for heat many cold nights. This makes the difference of a small quiet electric heater being enough, or having to turn on the noisier LP furnace — electric that’s already included in site fee, or LP that’s sometimes fairly expensive to refill.

George
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George

Antennas with built in ground planes are available. Often used on fiberglass boats.

Bob Weinfurt
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Bob Weinfurt

Screwing the plate to the RV would enable the body to be the ground plane.

Bd2
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Bd2

A metal electrical cover for the antenna mounting may be too small. For max. range, you often need a larger ground plane.

Bob p
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Bob p

My thoughts precisely, the antenna is only 1/2 of the antenna, it has to have a metal ground plane to be effective. A suggestion for a ground plane would be to use aluminum screen wire approximately 3-4 ft square under the antenna if your roof has that large of a space open. It can be held in place with roof sealant by placing a small dab of sealant and pushing the screen into it. When I dries it won’t come loose.