Issue 985 • October 10, 2018
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Boost your cellular distance factor
Do you RV at a distance from “civilization” and need cellular service? Here’s badwolfe’s experience: “I added a cell booster from Wilson Electronics. It picks up a tower some 50 miles away. Had multiple times we have needed cell service while remote like this and only the use of the booster helped.” —Thanks badwolfe!
Scraping bottom when exiting a parking lot?
If your RV bumper scrapes when entering or exiting a parking lot or other driveway, try taking the exit with your rig at an angle rather than straight on. Still no help? You may want to add skid wheels to the back of your trailer. Two types: bolt on and weld on. The former sometimes tear off, so the added hassle of finding a welding shop may be worth the trouble.
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Today’s brain teaser (answer below): There is a three digit number. The second digit is four times as big as the third digit, while the first digit is three less than the second digit. What is the number?
MORE QUICK TIPS
Handy hint for using a gas oven
If your oven at home is electric, adjusting to a gas stove in the RV can be a trick. Gas ovens usually don’t heat as evenly and may have hot spots. Turn your items several times when baking to even out the cooking.
Motorhome shopping most wanted checklist
by Bill Myers
Has great curb appeal. Looks good and is something you can be proud to own and drive. Feels modern when you step into it. No purple velour on the walls or seats. No puke green shag carpet, no burnt orange refrigerator. Has no unusual odors – no tobacco smells, no food smells, no pets odors, and absolutely no wet, mildewy smell.
Has a real bathroom, one that you can stand up in without bumping your head. And a real sink with a vanity. Has a real shower – large enough to stand up and move around in. Has a full-size refrigerator that runs on electric and propane. With enough room in the freezer to hold at least six microwave dinners. Has a large kitchen area with enough counter space to prepare food. Has a dinette where you can sit and eat meals or use a computer. Has a comfortable couch with reading lights above and long enough to stretch out on.
Has a side entry door – no rear door entry for me. Has enough room inside for me and my traveling companion, with sufficient storage space for all that we carry. Is new enough that it has modern safety features like driver and passenger airbags. Has less than 40,000 miles. Is easy to drive, easy to park, has no squeaks or strange noises, handles well on the highway, in the wind and when big trucks pass by. Is not so long or wide that it is difficult to drive and restricted from some national parks. Is mechanically reliable – with a wide availability of parts and can be worked on just about anywhere in the country. When I find a motorhome that satisfies all the above, I can be pretty sure it will be one I’ll enjoy. And when I get ready to sell it, it’ll likely appeal to a lot of potential buyers, and will sell quickly. —From “Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned“
Saturday Before the Game – Is Your RV Tailgate Ready?
Tailgating and RVs go together like fall weekends and football. Enjoy the comforts of home and the company of the crowd! Ensure your RV is ready for the big game by tackling those minor repair jobs before they turn into big ones. Visit your local Lowe’s to stock up on Road & Home™ RV repair and replace parts today.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
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More than 50 recipes to make with your favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin! Impress your neighbors, and please your significant other!
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Answer to today’s brain teaser: 141
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they went in their tent and laid down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.
“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.” “What does that tell you?” Watson pondered for a minute. “Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”
Holmes was silent for a minute as he looked around, then spoke. “It tells me that someone has stolen our tent.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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