Issue 873 • March 28, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
Read yesterday’s tip: Beef up your towable/camper charge wiring.
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Murphy’s Law regarding RVs
Putting off RV repairs will catch up with you in a hurry. The RV corollary to Murphy’s Law says that little problem will become your biggest problem when you have the least time, or you’re in the worst location, to fix it.
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
Everyone is obsessed with tire pressure, but I never see much mention of the proper torque for lug nuts. I’ll sometimes hear stories about how they just loosened up and the wheel fell off on an exit ramp or whatever. Sorry, but lug nuts don’t “just loosen up” unexpectedly. If you do have a tire changed you should not only tighten the lug nuts to the correct torque for the installation, but you should recheck them a few hundred miles later, too. You’ll be surprised that a few of the lug nuts may have loosened up a bit just from settling in. I suggest you buy a torque wrench. Find the correct torque for your exact vehicle with aluminum or steel wheels (yes, the torque values are different) and check your lug nut (or bolt) torque at least once a season and preferably before any major trip. Don’t expect the kid down at the Jiffy Tire shop to do this correctly. Your life is literally riding on your tires and wheels, so take them seriously.
Mesh laundry bags for running delicate items in the wash make great shower-house totes to carry your towel, shampoo, etc. Tie a ribbon on it so once you’re back at the RV you can hang it up to dry. Our thanks to Wendy W.
HOT TOPIC AT RV TRAVEL.COM
How to handle water needs when boondocking.
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.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Spotted By Locals
If you’re traveling somewhere new and want to see what the locals like, this is the site for you. Locals list their favorite places, restaurants, bars, parks, etc., so you can stay away from the more “touristy” spots.
Everything you’ll ever want to know about food news. Going to a new city and want to know where to eat? Consult Eater. Actually, just consult Eater for everything. It’s the best.
Waiting 49 minutes to speak to a human about a customer service issue isn’t exactly how you planned on spending your afternoon, right? GetHuman does all the hard work for you. They’ll give you the direct phone number, or email, for a human to contact at hundreds of companies so you can avoid all those robots.
Essential for big RVs!
2018 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas
If you drive a big RV — extra long or extra tall — then this truck driver’s road atlas will be a huge help in knowing where you can drive without encountering a low bridge or getting stuck hanging over a cliff. This is an essential aid even if you have a GPS! Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more or order.
The importance of matching dual tires
Tire expert Roger Marble discusses why dual tires should be matched and how to determine if they are.
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Summer is coming! Protect your tires
Tires are expensive. So get as much life as you can from them. One guaranteed way to shorten their life is to keep them exposed to the sun. So here’s the no-brainer advice of the day: Cover them. The price you pay for the covers will save you far more in the long run. Learn more or order.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Be prepared for loose screws
It seems like most RVs have a few screws loose. Road vibration tends to loosen anything with a thread to it, so be sure to keep a set of screwdrivers and wrenches with you no matter how short the trip.
In addition to loose screws, lug nuts or whatever, plumbing fittings can come loose with road shaking. Check and tighten them all, including those in the “basement.” It’ll save you a lot of grief and expense.
BRAND NEW EDITION FOR 2018
“The” guide to services at Interstate exits
Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2018 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name), shopping malls, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas & more. Very helpful even if you have a GPS. Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A man and a giraffe walk into a bar. “A beer for me and one for my giraffe,” the man says, and he then orders another round and another. Eventually, the giraffe passes out on the floor. The man pays his tab and gets up to leave. The bartender asks, “Hey, you’re not going to leave that lyin’ on the floor are you?” The man replies, “That’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe.”
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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