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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Take the RV WIndshield Postmortem Bug Idenification Quiz

Show me an RV that doesn’t have bugs on the front and I’ll show you a rig that is operating in cold weather or hasn’t been anywhere recently. I try to clean the bug-guts off the front of my motorhome whenever we stop long enough to allow me to do it. Most of the time I try to keep them off the windshield, but it's a constant battle. If you're anything like me, you pull into a fueling stop and use one of those long handled window washers to clean the bugs off your windshield. After you’ve paid the bill and climb back into the cockpit you admire the nice clean window, taking note that you left a streak near the mirror on the passenger side. Nevertheless, you pull onto the highway with a good feeling knowing you can see out the window again. Then it happens, the first bug strikes the glass and you think to yourself, “Oh man, I just cleaned this and that stinking bug ruined it!” Next a dragonfly gets stuck in your windshield wiper, wings flapping away, an annoying reminder the window was once clean. Next you hit an entire colony of bees as they cross the road loaded with pollen. The sound is maddening as hundreds of these little creatures thump and splat onto the front of your coach. Come on now, you know what I’m talking about here. It's the dark side of RVing. The Professor has come up with a remedy for this unpleasant drama that plays out every time you travel. Instead of cursing the bugs embrace them. That’s right, look at it as a new game. Try to identify the kind of bug it was that just gave up it’s life to paint itself in unique designs on your windshield. To help you make this mental adjustment, I’ve assembled a postmortem bug identification quiz below. Try to determine what kind of bugs these are - the answers appear at the bottom:
Answers: 1. Oreo Beetle 2. Common Honey Bee 3. Dragonfly

If you got one out of three correct, you're semi-rational and still have a sense of humor. If you scored two out of three you've been on the road too long and need a day off. If you guessed three out of three, you shouldn't drive again until your Doctor says it's OK.
Keep smiling - Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing



  • OOOOOOOh........ You're sooooooooo Funny 8^)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 27, 2007 4:32:00 AM PDT  

  • Been there; done that. Humor is great, but I really need a "solution" to put on the windshield. Not to keep the bugs for splatting, but to make it easier to scrub them off. Sort of a Teflon coating (or whatever).

    By Blogger Wayne and Margaret, at October 27, 2007 5:06:00 AM PDT  

  • Cute, but I expected a way to keep the darn things off my RV, besides not driving........

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 27, 2007 5:26:00 AM PDT  

  • I got all three right!! Guess I'll be seeing my Dr. this week. :)

    By Anonymous RamblinRose, at October 27, 2007 7:35:00 AM PDT  

  • My Dad used to keep a plug of tobacco, wrapped, under his seat, and when we would stop, he would wet it if it wasn't raining, and run it across the windshield. Using the wipers for a second or two not only got rid of the bugs, but kept the windshield clear. Sure made me think twice about ever smoking!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 27, 2007 10:44:00 AM PDT  

  • We've found that cleaning the glass real good with 0000 steel wool and two coats of RainX really helps to get the bugs off easier when they come :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 27, 2007 12:37:00 PM PDT  

  • My wife accidently found a cure for dead bugs on the windshield. Bounce dryer sheets. Get them wet, they soap up, and they do a great job taking off bugs. Of course you have to spray your windshield afterward to get the soap off. Try it.

    By Blogger Bob & Melba, at October 28, 2007 9:46:00 PM PDT  

  • On our recent trip of 29,000 kms we found that the best bug remover was the rain!!!! I'm not sure if it was acid rain or just the right ph but it was the sure fire way to remove the guts that the windshield bug remover couldn't get!

    By Anonymous Randy, at November 16, 2007 9:35:00 AM PST  

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