Issue 847 • February 12, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
By Chuck Woodbury
Welcome to the 847th edition of our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. No, this is not issue #1. We’re just picking up publishing after putting the newsletter into hibernation for awhile. We used the time to rebuild our websites and for me to prepare for a full-time RV life after decades of RVing for a few months a year.
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Every issue, we’ll bring you a great tip in this space from one of our many expert writers and others with special knowledge about RVing. In addition, we’ll present a whole bunch of bite-sized information and advice that will both educate and entertain you.
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All that said, it’s on with the show — installment numero uno in the new, improved RV Daily Tips Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it, and that you will return tomorrow (and again and again and again).
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“SafetyStruts™ Prevent RV Bumper Failure”
Sales of the innovative SafetyStruts™ RV Bumper Support Brackets exploded in 2014 after the US-based start-up was profiled by RVTravel.com. The product line has grown with 5 types of SafetyStruts, 4-inch & 6-inch aluminum replacement bumpers, generator trays, hitches, etc. Watch the video or visit Mount-n-Lock.com to learn more.
Staying safe: Sewage overflow
If your black water tank overflows, you are dealing with human waste, which carries microorganisms that can make you sick if ingested. Be careful to use a disinfectant to thoroughly clean your hands and anything else that gets contaminated by the waste.
Your oven pilot light
Unless you are using your oven a lot, leave the pilot light turned off when you are not cooking. It uses a surprising amount of propane.
Cool ice tip
Make your ice at night – the box works better. Besides, unfrozen water will splash out of the trays if you are traveling.
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
The most underrated tourist attraction in all 50 states
Each state has its own iconic tourist attractions, but here is a list of underrated hidden treasures that are well worth the visit.
Trailer Life Towing Guides, 1999 through 2018
Whether choosing a travel trailer or a fifth-wheel for your RVing lifestyle, the first place to start should be the vehicle you plan to use to tow. If you own a truck or SUV, you probably already know its tow rating; but if you’re buying an all-new tow rig and trailer, the tow vehicle will dictate how much trailer you’ll be able to pull safely.
Thirty-three-year-old Becky Schade travels full-time in a 17-foot Casita travel trailer. “Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual travel, exploration, and adventure,” she writes. Her blog is excellent.
City and U.S. maps
A GPS is great, but there’s nothing like a folded map to plan a trip or guide you where you’re going once you’re underway. Just about every folded map you would ever need is here. Most sell from about $2 to $6. Check ’em out or order.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Airstream is not just about towables anymore
During the recent RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida, The Gadget Guru, Andy Pargh, spoke with Justin Humphreys, Airstream’s VP of Sales (promoted to Chief Operating Officer on Feb. 16, 2018), to discuss its fastest growing sector, Mercedes Benz Sprinter platform-based touring coaches. Humphreys addressed the challenges owners face in obtaining timely service while traveling, and the solution may surprise you.
See all of our videos on our YouTube Channel.
2018 Large Scale Road Atlas now available
This 2018 Rand McNally Large Scale Road Atlas has maps of every U.S. state that are 35% larger than the standard atlas version plus over 350 city inset & national park maps & a comprehensive index. Road construction & conditions contact info is located above maps. Mileage chart shows distances & drive time between 77 North American cities & national parks. Tough spiral binding allows the atlas to lay open easily. Learn more.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Checking battery condition
When you check the condition of your battery using the monitor panel make sure the RV is not plugged into shore power. If so, you will get a false reading (fully charged). To get a more accurate reading of the battery’s condition, check the monitor panel when the unit is not plugged in and turn on a couple of overhead lights to place a small load on the battery. —Mark Polk, RVeducation 101
Power tools galore!
If it’s not at Amazon.com it’s probably not easily available anywhere! Check out this huge selection of power tools — drills, saws, air compressors, impact wrenches, car vacuums, sanders, polishers, tool boxes — the list goes on! See what’s available and maybe pick up a great deal!
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Marriage counselor to female client: “Maybe your problem is that you’ve been waking up grumpy in the morning.” Client: “No, I always let him sleep.”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Deanna Tolliver, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.
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