Issue 896 • May 8, 2018
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Put your insurance on pause
If your motorhome, tow vehicle or truck camper is stored on private property for long periods of time, you may be able to save money by canceling the liability, collision, medical and uninsured portions of your insurance policy until you head back on the road (provided your insurance carrier allows this practice). But keep the comprehensive coverage active. If you allow this coverage to lapse and your rig is financed, your lending institution will likely send you a nasty note and then tack on its own expensive coverage to your monthly payment.
Portable ‘fridge’ to the rescue
Sometimes a trip to the supermarket can be a long-distance adventure. On hot days, keeping the frozen foods solid while getting back to the RV can be a problem. Styrofoam coolers with bags of ice work, but the cheap chests get mauled easily. We finally found a “low voltage” cooler chest that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket. While it isn’t actually a freezer, if we pack the frozen goods together and precool the cooler, our stuff gets back to the RV just fine. It works great, too, when you have to “bring a dish” to a potluck and want to be sure nobody gets sick from the potato salad! —Russ De Maris
Easy way to customize your bathroom
RV bathrooms are usually more functional than pretty, but that’s easy to change. Some RV dealers sell costly toilet seat and rug sets, but it’s easy and economical to make your own. For a pretty seat cover, simply sew the sides of a folded hand towel, tuck in the corners, stitch and then place over the seat. Add a matching rug from a discount store. I spray paint small baskets to hold ‘stuff’ to match my bathroom decor. In my current RV a Plexiglas shelf sits on brass supports on a blank wall above the toilet. The local auto glass shop cut it to my specs and heat-curled a front edge. I added car striping for a decorative effect. With this in place, my makeup and a Kleenex box stay in place while traveling. We added a silk plant below to make it pretty as well as functional. To avoid an avalanche when I open the medicine cabinet, I inserted two-inch-high strips of Plexiglas to the front of each shelf, secured at the bottom of each with a piece of wide, clear postal tape. —Peggi McDonald
Know your height
Know what the overall height of your RV is and constantly be aware of road clearances, gas stations, bridges, underpasses and low-hanging obstacles like overhead wires and tree branches. Post the height of your RV where it is easy to see to serve as a reminder. —Mark Polk
Black tank dumping tip
The best time to empty the black (sewer) tank is when it’s nearly full. That way, there’s enough liquid to flush all the solids from the tank. Emptying a partially full tank may leave the undissolved material in the tank. If you must dump before a long voyage, fill the tank with water first and then dump the tank. Be sure to monitor the tank closely as you add water (don’t walk away to take a phone call, for example) so the tank does not overfill and overflow (really, really bad news).
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
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Temperature gun is ‘essential equipment’ for many RVers!
Just aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It reads the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a great price.
RVing news from around the Web
•RVtravel.com’s Mike Sokol alerting RVers to electrical shock dangers.
•Man seriously burned after trying to start RV with jumper cables.
•Louisiana community approves zoning change for 242-site RV park.
•Ozark parks recover after historic 2017 flood.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
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Man: “Bath, Kitchen, Living room…”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Associate editor: Deanna Tolliver. 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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