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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 980


Issue 980 • October 2, 2018

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Protect your dump valves from freezing
Beware the freezing weather, and if you’ve a smaller RV where your dump valves are “low and outside,” you may want to pitch them a protection in the form of a quart or two of “pink” antifreeze. Just pour the stuff down the drains and toilet after you’ve dumped your tanks. The RV antifreeze will migrate to the valve slider to help keep it from freezing shut. Thanks to Steve Willey for the thaw-tfull tip.

You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
How many of you know what a Fox and Hound is regarding electrical testing? Well, they work by injecting a tone or signal on a wire using the Fox, while the Hound sniffs out where the wire run is going INSIDE of the walls. I’ve used one from Triplett for at least 25 years, and it’s a great way to figure out where the wire disappears to inside of the walls of your RV. Just make sure the power is off before you connect, and you can hear the tone get louder as the Hound gets closer to the trail of the hidden wire. This is the newest model from Triplett, which looks like it should work as well as my original one. Available here.

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RV horror stories less common for Class A and C?
From reader RV4Dogs
When I look at the group RV Horror stories Facebook posts there a lot of posts about travel trailers and far fewer posts about Class motorhome horrors. Is this because there are many more TTs or is it possible that there are fewer issues with class A and C RVs than with TTs?
What do you think? Comment here.

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Keep gray tank odors away
HepvO is a unique self-sealing waste valve that prevents the escape of foul sewer air from waste discharge systems, and actively maintains the pressure equilibrium in soil and waste installations. As a dry sealing valve, HepvO utilizes a purpose designed membrane to create an airtight seal between the living space and the drainage system. Learn more.

Today’s brain teaser (answer below): SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY: What day comes three days after the day which comes two days after the day which comes immediately after the day which comes two days after Monday? 

*Your comments asked for harder riddles…

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Easy fix for sticky sliding windows
Ever had a sliding window “stick” when trying to open or close it? Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. Reader Fred Campbell says his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” says Fred – the “smoother operator.” Thanks, Fred! If you’re interested, you can buy it here.

Buy within your budget
Depending on what type of RV you want to buy, the price of an RV can go into the millions of dollars (Class A motorhomes). Consider the type of RV you want to buy. What is your budget? Can you get your ideal RV for the budget you have? If a Class A motorhome is out of your budget it may be helpful to avoid looking at these RVs. This can help avoid wishful thinking or despondency. Decide if you want to buy new or used. If new, please realize that your RV is not an asset but a liability given the amount of depreciation a new RV will experience in its value the first several months. At the end of the day, you need an RV that you can comfortably live in while enjoying the freedom to travel. A big RV isn’t necessarily best. —FromRV Living: An Essential Guide to Full-time RVing and Motorhome Living.”

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The EASY way to buy window shades
Carefree‘s Simply Shade Window Awning is the first cash and carry complete window awning system that can be bought off of dealer shelves and installed the same day! Simply Shade Awnings fit windows up to 36″ tall. Click here to learn more. 


Cleaning hacks for your RV
Well, it says “spring cleaning” but, hey, autumn needs a good clean too! There are some great, easy tips on here on ways to keep your RV spick and span. 

Any dog fans out there? This is your site for everything dog-related. Tons of advice about owning Fido, breed information, best gear out there, dog-friendly spots in major cities, etc. If it’s about dogs, you’ll find it on this totally pawsome site. 

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Answer to today’s brain teaser: Work backward from Monday. Two days after Monday is Wednesday. The day immediately after Wednesday is Thursday. Two days after Thursday is Saturday. Three days after Saturday is Tuesday. The answer is Tuesday.

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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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Tommy B
4 years ago

I recently bought a truck camper and sold my 30ft fifth wheel.Now I can go and park where any car can. We were at Devils Tower and kinda felt sorry for the big class A’s and fifth wheels as they had to do a lot of walking or NO place to park. Down side, too easy to drive into a Fairy Queen.

4 years ago

My cousin got a motor home that is upwards of 500,00. They just got thru traveling from California to Ohio and back. And here I have a 21 foot TT and paying off the loan. Wow. Must be nice to have the money. If you watch the outdoor channel and watch RV you will be amazed at what is in these things these days. I love watching this show next to air disasters.

4 years ago
Reply to  jillie

Like most things in life, it’s not the size of the rv as you will have the same experience. Having a 21ft TT allows you to go places others can’t. Ours is 24 ft and we love the freedom it gives us.

4 years ago

Though I don’t buy newspapers on the road I do subscribe to three digital daily newspapers; my local newspaper, the Wall Street Journal and the NYT.