Issue 860 • March 6, 2018
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Reduce back and leg strain with a Tailgate Ladder
The Traxion Tailgate Ladder is easy to install on pretty much any truck. It provides a nearly universal fit, deploys in a couple of seconds and greatly reduces the strain of getting into the back of a truck. When not in use the tailgate ladder folds and secures neatly against the tailgate, out of the way of valuable cargo space. Heavy-duty construction ensures durability. Learn more or order.
Watch your step (literally) at night
For just a few bucks at your local Walmart you can by a “spotlight” style solar-charged patio light. Pound a short length of rebar into the ground near your RV and slap the spotlight over the rebar stake and you have a no-batteries night light to guide your feet. Also, staked solar spotlights as well as staked solar walkway lights (cute and practical!) are available at Amazon.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Are your trailer’s running lights not running? Are your turn signals not turning you on? The first step to troubleshooting the problem is to test the 7-way connector on your tow vehicle for proper voltages. While you CAN use a meter to probe the connections, it’s much easier to use a dedicated tester with LED lights like this one from Curt Manufacturing. Just plug it in, have your significant other work the brakes, lights and turn signals, and watch the LEDs to make sure you’re sending the proper signals to your trailer.
How to use a basement storage door as a table
You can use a basement storage door as a table, provided you can open it to “level” and then support it. Hit the thrift shops and buy a used photo tripod – the three legs make it sturdy and you can set and lock it at nearly any desired height.
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Couple having trouble downsizing to RV full time.
‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Quakehold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or or at Amazon.com.
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Learn how taking care of your tires can help you save money, reduce fuel consumption and protect yourself and your family on the road.
Best-selling vent cover!
Keep rain out and fresh air inside your RV
Few add-ons are more enthusiastically endorsed by RVers as MaxxAir vents. This is the original and best-selling model. Install this over your RV vents, then keep them open in any weather. On rainy days, air from inside your RV can exit without a single drop of rain coming inside. Keep your vents open during storage and while driving. Learn more or order.
A review of the Comfort Step for your RV
Here from the RVProject YouTube Channel is a review of the RV Comfort Step, which turns a three-step entrance to an RV into four. The reviewer provides mixed reviews. If you are thinking about ordering this $300 accessory, this review will help you make a decision.
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Solar Suitcase can keep you powered up
Looking for the perfect off-grid product? Renogy’s 100W Solar Suitcase is a whole system in one! It comes equipped with two 50W monocrystalline panels, a 15-inch set of wires with MC4 connectors, and a protective casing for safe portability. Its folded size is 19.9 x 27.2 x 2.8 inches. Ideal output: 500 watt hours per day (depends on sunlight availability). Learn more or order.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Quick way to sanitize the public water hose connection
Worried about what the last guy may have done to the water hose connection at your site or at the filling area? Get yourself a bottle of “spray Clorox” and spritz the water tap threads before hooking on your own hose.
“Here is a tip I use while driving down the highway. I installed a Fresnel lens on the rear window of my 31-foot Class C motorhome to enable me to see close to the rear of the rig. Doing this gives me the added advantage of being able to know when I’ve passed another vehicle and it’s far enough behind to allow me to change lanes. When I can see the headlights of the overtaken vehicle in the Fresnel lens, it’s safe to go. The normal rearview or side-view mirrors do not give a good estimate of how far ahead of the overtaken vehicle you are.” Thanks to Fred C.!
Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at Amazon.com.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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