Issue 979 • October 1, 2018
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Use an electrical adapter at the RV park?
Reader Karin S. wondered about advice she read that suggested that because of oxidation, it might be best to use a 50-amp RV park outlet, with the appropriate adapter (if needed). Was this good advice? Our resident electrical expert, Mike Sokol, shared his thoughts: “If the 30-amp outlet on the pedestal is beat up, then far better to use a 50-to-30 amp dog-bone adapter that matches your RV’s TT-30 cordset. It should be safe from overload since there’s a 30-amp master circuit breaker in your RV’s circuit panel. While this is technically a code violation (sort-of/kind-of) I don’t think any electrical inspector would bat an eye at it… Just be sure to keep your own cordset and RV twist-lock connector (if you have one) clean and free of oxidation.” —Thanks to Karin for the Q, and Mike for the A!
Water hoses in winter
Water supply hoses will freeze if left pressurized and connected to the RV pressure fitting. For prolonged fresh water hook-ups in cold weather, use a stiff high-pressure polyethylene hose that can be used with low-voltage “heat tape” to keep from freezing. —Thanks to Bill’s Hints.
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Today’s brain teaser (answer below): This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching! Can you do it?
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Using the roof air while driving serves two purposes
Most big motorhome owners realize that using the dashboard air often doesn’t cut it to keep cool while driving. Firing up the generator and using the roof air keeps the rig cool easily — with an added benefit: Since generators need to be “exercised” regularly, running the roof air while underway is a great way to get in that generator maintenance time.
Tie down your microwave turntable
Secure your microwave plate and ring – a simple dishtowel wrapped around them will do. Don’t risk breaking your microwave plate or the rotation ring by letting them bounce around inside the microwave while you are towing it. —From “100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).“
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Answer to today’s brain teaser: The letter e, the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the paragraph.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Two pirates, Morty and Sol, meet
in a bar. Sol has a patch over one eye,
a hook for a hand, and a wooden peg leg. “Ye gads, matey,” says Morty. “What happened to ya?”
Sol says, “Me pirate ship was attacked, and a lucky shot lopped off me leg. So now I got me a wooden peg.”
“And yer hand?” asks Marty.
“When me ship sank, a shark bit me hand off. So now I got me a hook.”
“OK, but what’s with the eye patch?”
“I was standin’ on a dock, and the biggest seagull I ever saw poops right in me eye.”
“But ya don’t go blind from no seagull poop.”
“True,” says Sol. “But it was me first day with the hook.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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