Issue 883 • April 16, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
Add an outdoor water faucet to your RV!
This lead-free outdoor faucet is really handy. If you don’t have one, here’s a super inexpensive way to add one. No tools required and it installs in a minute (just screw it on). Brass T included with the plastic faucet, just as it’s shown in the product photo. Learn more or order.
Easier cleanups for possible spills while traveling
Don’t let your plants go to pot while traveling. Put potted plants (and other “messy” items) in the shower stall. If they tip over, it’s a much easier cleanup. Carole corrals the plants in disposable aluminum baking pans so no dirt will spill down the drain. Depending on the number of plants she’s put in the shower, she’ll stuff dirty laundry around them to keep them steady over those road bumps. Thanks, Carole!
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Toss your old tungsten flashlight and get a new LED one. Not only is an LED bulb way brighter than its tungsten counterpart, it will light up at least 10 to 20 times longer on the same batteries compared to Edison’s original invention. Plus it can use a few AA batteries rather than three or four big D cells, which makes it much cheaper to feed. Yes, LEDs can be up to 20 times more efficient than old-school tungsten bulbs.
Protect the microwave oven’s glass turntable
Rattling down the road could cause a crash for your microwave oven’s glass turntable. To keep everything safe, Mike Feldman says his family wedges a piece of swimming pool noodle between the turntable and the top of the oven’s insides. Thanks, Mike!
HOT TOPIC AT RV TRAVEL.COM
Park Service responds to public backlash on proposed fee hikes.
Camco Wheel Chocks. Two Pack
Wheel chocks are one of those “must have” basic items for all RVers. Hey, who wants to go rolling outta their campsite at 3 a.m.? For trailer owners, the chocks are designed to keep your RV in place so that you can re-hitch with confidence. The chocks are constructed of durable hard plastic with UV inhibitors and are easy to use. Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Can you tell we’re a fan of subscription boxes? What’s more fun than getting a surprise box of gear (or whatever it is) delivered to your RV door every month? BattlBox sends you a huge box of outdoor survival gear every month. Let me just say, I was VERY impressed with my first box. We think you will be too!
36 RV hacks you should DEFINITELY know about
OK, so this is an article, not a website (though Sliptalk does have some interesting stuff), but we really think you should know about it. Whoever thought of these hacks are prettttty smart people. [Tip #14 is one we published in our newsletter in 2016 from long-time RVtravel.com reader, and tip contributor, George Bliss. Yep, he’s pretty smart!]
If you drive a motorhome and don’t tow a car, Zipcar might be exactly what you need. Once you join (a one-time membership fee) you have access to thousands of cars all over the U.S. Reserve a car and go!
and keep your RV steps safe
The RV Save-A-Step Brace is designed to be placed under RV entry steps for safety. It stabilizes the RV steps and helps keep the coach from rocking — preventing sag and wear. The brace is made of heavy-gauge steel with a 3/4″ solid metal screw thread, 1000-pound load rating and 7-5/8″ to 14″ adjustment range. Learn more or order at Amazon.com.
Review of the Amprobe PK-110 kit for testing RV electricity
Mike Sokol reviews the Amprobe PK-110 Electrical Test Kit for verifying the proper voltage and ground of RV pedestals before plugging in shore power, checking RV wiring, discovering hot skin voltage conditions and ensuring RV electrical safety.
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Fire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Easy tip to really shine up your wheel covers
Wheel covers on your RV look a little dull? Here’s a tip from David Norris: “After cleaning the wheel covers on my RV, I wipe them off with a chamois dampened with a vinegar and water solution. There are no water spots and the vinegar brings out the stainless steel shine!” Our thanks to David.
Hankering for cold water during your days of travel? Toss a few small bottles of water in the freezer. Once opened, it will take several hours for the frozen water to completely melt, and you will have ongoing sips of cold water. (Especially refreshing on a hot day.) Thanks to Helen and Ken Kirkwood!
New & interesting finds at Amazon.com
See what really cool stuff Amazon is featuring today. It’s a whole lot of fun just browsing through all these great items. The selection changes every day, so check back often. You never know what you will find, which is part of the fun of visiting here. Check it out.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
“My Darling,” said a husband to his wife, “I invited a friend for dinner.”
“What?! Are you crazy?!” the wife snapped. “The house is a mess, I haven’t been shopping, and I don’t feel like cooking.”
“I know that,” the husband replied.
“Then why did you invite him?”
“Because the poor guy is talking about getting married.”
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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