Cheap device prevents accidental RV sewer overflow

  Doug Swarts (Drainmaster.com) and Chuck Woodbury of RVtravel.com discuss how a simple, inexpensive device can save the day (as well as a lot of money on a major repair) when cleaning out an RV’s black (sewer) tank. A variety of the devices mentioned in the video are available for around $10 to $20 at Amazon.com. ##RVT776

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Contest Issue 776

  We have a winner. The correct answer is “A” — to create ruffles, etc. What was this device from the late 1800s used for? A. To create ruffles, or flutters, in dress sleeves and skirts. B. Used in shoe making to strengthen and add texture to leather. C. Mothers used it to remove wrinkles from cloth diapers. D. To create edging for pie crust and…

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Your input wanted: Bring Grizzly Bears to the Cascades?

  SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash, Jan. 12, 2017 — The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are inviting the public to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. The alternatives are described in the draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement…

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Wants to boondock but nervous about isolation

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking. Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com . Hi, Bob, I have always wanted to try boondocking, but my husband is nervous about being out in the “boonies” away from all support when we’ve never tried it and don’t know what to expect. Is there a way to…

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Organizing and safely storing your photos

  by Chris Guld I count on Google Photos to keep ALL my photos together, in one place with no effort on my part. Once I’ve installed the Google Photos app on my mobile devices, and the Desktop Uploader on my computers, I no longer need to manage my library of photos. No more worries. I know that they are…

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Okay to overnight in an RV at a truck stop?

  Video from the RV Travel Channel. . . Many RVers routinely stay overnight in truck stops. Some do it only as a last resort when an RV park is not nearby. Is staying in these places okay? Jim O’Briant of OvernightRVparking.com says that yes, it is okay to stay at some truck stops, which he names. But there are ways to…

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RV generator cannot carry a load

  Dear Gary, I read your column with much interest and one question regarding inexpensive water heater bypass valves caught my attention as I had a similar problem with my fifth-wheel. In my unit the hot water pressure was very low and flow was slow but the cold water was full bore at all taps. Living here in Calgary, I…

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Gun-shy about boondocking near Mexico border

  Dear RV Shrink: This is our first year living in our RV. We are not looking for the next RV resort with a pickleball team; we prefer the wide-open spaces. The problem is one you have talked about before: border safety. We have never camped down near the border on boondock BLM land because of all the stories we’ve…

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Intellitec Battery Disconnect Relay prevents dead batteries

  By Bob Difley It is not a pleasant surprise to find dead batteries in your RV after storing it for a few weeks. The phantom discharges will do that, and Ghost Busters are no help. However, you can prevent your batteries from becoming discharged with a switch-controlled battery disconnect. The Intellitec Battery Disconnect Relay is at the heart of…

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Brighten or dim your RV’s interior lights with 3-way switch

    By Bob Difley You can now vary the brightness of your cabin lights with the simple flip of a switch – no dimmer required, a press release from SalVinCo reports. Bee Green LED’s new Three Way G4 bi-pin LED bulbs offer you the option to choose among three levels of lighting from one bulb. Just by toggling the…

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The readers write — Hammer-toss at poor-quality RVs

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris In a hilarious and sad-but-true fashion, a YouTube feature we highlighted showed just how bad things can be for folks buying new RVs. What a nerve that struck with you. Here’s just a SMALL sample of the many responses that came rushing in. Wayne wonders, “Why is Thor still in business? Maybe…

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