Issue 880 • April 10, 2018
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Keep emergency contact information in several locations
Have several copies of your emergency contact list with road service, insurance, family and health contacts, etc. Both RVers should have a copy, and additional copies should be left in the rig (glove box, bedside table), maybe even in “basement storage.” If anything happens, your information is always readily available.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
If you drive a Sprinter van or RV, you’ll want to carry any special tools it needs for a quick fix on the road. For instance, even something as simple as adjusting a door hinge on a Sprinter needs a special metric Torx bit, and just about everything else needs a Torx socket of some sort. Don’t be left hanging at a rest stop or campground, when a few basic hand tools would bail you out of a jam. This is similar to the Torx set I keep in my own Sprinter van for quick fixes on the road.
Safely remove a broken lightbulb from socket
Did you break off a 12-volt lightbulb and can’t figure out how to remove the base? Use a wine bottle cork to shove in the base and twist it out. Saves the fingers.
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Save your RV battery! How to install a battery disconnect switch
Mark Polk with RV Education 101 demonstrates how to install a battery disconnect switch directly on the deep cycle RV battery to prevent the battery from discharging due to parasitic loads. This is a simple installation that should take less than 30 minutes.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Clean the wiper blades before a trip to prevent scratching windshield
Keep your windshield from getting scratched up. If you store your motorhome between trips, put “clean wiper blades” on your preflight checklist. A little soapy water, a little glass cleaner and a soft rag run up and down the length of the blades can keep scratch-producing dirt off those blades.
If you use bleach water to spray down water fittings when you set up camp, listen up. Diluted bleach has a short life, so it’s best to do a small batch for spraying each time you make camp, rather than relying on old diluted stuff to protect you from bugs.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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