Issue 886 • April 19, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
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It looks like a key, but it’s a folding knife
Wow! Could this come in handy those times you wish you had a small pocket knife along? It looks just like a regular key, but when unfolded it turns into a pocket knife. Just remember to remove it from the keychain before you hop on your plane flight. Learn more or order!
Simple, soothing sleep aid
Noisy campground and earplugs just don’t cut it for trying to sleep? Dan Bakke recommends turning on a fan — the soft droning can lull you right off to sleep. Thanks, Dan!
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Any inverter generator will probably have a floating neutral which will fool your smart surge protector into thinking it has an open ground. You need a G-N bonding plug which I designed a few years ago and which will soon be available from a major RV electrical supplier. In the meantime, you can wire your own bonding plug using the directions from my No~Shock~Zone blog here. Inexpensive “designer” tablecloths that will stay put on your picnic table
Need a tablecloth for the picnic table, or maybe a few in a variety of designer colors and patterns? Whip out a “single” fitted sheet. Easier to fold than flannel-backed table cloths, too. Wraps on easily, stays on well, and easy to clean – just drop it in the washing machine. Find them in thrift stores – even in your linen closet. Thanks to reader Poula!
HOT TOPIC AT RV TRAVEL.COM
RV tires may have caused 95 deaths or injuries.
Tasty coffee, great deal
Costco’s Kirkland brand of coffee, 100% Colombian dark roast, gets rave reviews from those who drink it. And the cost is probably far less per pound than what you’re currently paying for your brand. Maybe it’s time to give this a try and save some money. Learn more or order.
WEBSITES OF THE DAY
NADA RV pricing.
Find prices and values for every type of RV. Helpful if you’re looking to buy or sell!
The 50 best tips to get your home (or RV) super organized
Some of these ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them! We bet you’ll find more than one to try (we sure did).
If you need to track a flight, this is the site to do so. Enter in the flight information (either origin/destination or flight number) and see exactly where in the world it is, how fast it’s going, how many miles until the destination, exactly when it will land and when it will pull into the gate … everything! Handy when you’re picking up guests at the airport.
Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order
When a traditional RV refrigerator is better than a residential fridge
One thing that virtually all RVs have in common is a refrigerator. But these days, many are equipped with residential models, which are usually larger. But is a residential fridge best for you? Maybe. Maybe not.
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Removes black streaks, cleans tires, degreases. And more
It’s almost as easy to say what this doesn’t do than what it does do. It works great on engines, wheels, tires, diesel exhaust and for removing ugly black streaks. Spray on, wipe dry – it’s that easy. It’s water based, biodegradable and ammonia free. It’s so good it meets the standards of Boeing and Airbus. Learn more or order at a really great price.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Take care of your transmission
Don’t ignore your automatic transmission. Check the fluid level regularly. If you find the level going down, it could be a leak or (gulp!) a malfunction. Check with a transmission mechanic – and don’t hesitate to get a second opinion if the suggestion involves big money.
Worried about a “blind alley” situation when taking your rig into a parking lot? Reader Bob Cook suggests you use Google Maps Street View to take a quick peek in advance to see if you can maneuver, park and then make an escape. Thanks, Bob!
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.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A Texan farmer travels to Australia on vacation and meets a local farmer. They get to talking. The Aussie shows off his huge wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields twice as large!” Then the farmer shows off his cattle. “We have longhorns twice as large as those,” boasts the Texan. A few minutes later the Texan spots some kangaroos hopping through the field. “And what are those?” he asks.” “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?” asks the Aussie.
RV Daily Tips Staff
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