RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 910

Issue 910 • May 31, 2018
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QUICK TIPS

Are you an insurance claim waiting to happen?  
Camping season is nearly here and that means lots of folks are driving RVs and towing trailers. MBA insurance, a leading RV rental insurance company, says the five most common insurance claims for RVs include hitting concrete islands at gas pumps, hitting obstacles when making right turns, hitting overhead obstructions, backing the RV into something, and side swipe damage to the RV. Watch out, and don’t become a statistic. —Mark Polk

Burner goes out?
“If you have trouble getting your propane burner to light (or stay lit) after long storage, clean the burner with a thin bottle brush to get rid of rust flakes and carbon particles that are blocking the orifice.” From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy 

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MORE QUICK TIPS

Always retract your steps when parked temporarily! 
“NEVER leave your steps extended in a public place where cars and people are moving around. I pulled into a gas station and jumped out to see if I had pulled far enough forward to reach the fuel filler with the hose. Seconds later as I came back around the RV to get in, a car was trying to squeeze in between my RV and the pumps and ran over my steps! In my hurry I had not flipped the switch to retract the steps when the door was closed.” —Thanks to Jimmie Crawford for letting us learn from his painful lesson!

Where’s that dratted awning pull loop? 

Time to open your awning? Sometimes finding the awning pull loop at the end of the strap can be difficult. Get a large, colorful carabiner like those used by climbers and sailors. The “snap lock” hardware makes it easier to find the end of the strap, and you can grab it with your awning hook. Find them at outdoor stores, hardware stores, even ship chandleries. (Or, hey, how about at Amazon.com?)

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water-filter-677It’s Spring: Time to change your water filter!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100 micron fiber filter. Its durable in-line, exterior mount filter has a wider body to increase flow. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and to improve the taste and smell of your drinking water for a whole season. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a great price.


WEBSITES OF THE DAY

Slang across America
What the heck did that guy just say? He’s going to “wrench” the chicken? I hope not! This is an entertaining list of slang terms used across the country. 

Elkhart RV factory tours
We recently took a few factory tours in Elkhart and highly recommend taking the time to do so if you’re in the area. Here’s a PDF of all the factories and times you can tour them. 

LifeWire
This is a great website for those of us who need a little help learning new technology. There are lots of articles on here that make learning new phones, computers, programs and applications simple. 

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Keurig Mini coffeemaker perfect for RV
Once you use a Keurig coffee maker it’s hard to go back to making coffee any other way. This compact single service K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker will brew your perfect amount with a cup size between six and 10 ounces. Not only is it small to fit limited counter space, but its platinum look is super attractive. Learn more or order.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Associate editor: Deanna Tolliver. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.

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12 Thoughts to “RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 910”

  1. Jillie

    Since our RV does not have an oven we find a toaster oven, the medium ones do a great job baking and cooking foods that otherwise you would have to use a stove or microwave for. I don’t microwave food unless in a hurry. As for the Kurig? Way ahead of you. Been doing that for over a year. Love it. Wuldn’t do it any other way. Gotta have the brew.

  2. Robert

    How about something on trailer tires?

    Texas

    1. Hi, Robert. Here is a link to tire expert Roger Marble’s blog on RV Tire Safety: http://www.rvtiresafety.net/ If you look at the menu on the left side of the page, there is a category for Trailers, which has several posts regarding trailer tires. I hope that helps. Thanks for writing. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

  3. Sherry Dawson

    Chuck/Deanna: I’m grateful to you and the rest of the staff who take the time to send out these daily newsletters. I do learn a lot. But today (and other days) your “Quick Tips” are repeats of two that were used very recently. I know it’s more trouble, but if you need to recycle content, could you go back further into the archives?

    But even if you repeat yourselves sometimes, I’ll still be an avid reader!

  4. rob

    Adding a carabiner to the end of the pull could cause damage to the side of your rv as you go down the road and that thing is flopping about

  5. Michael McCracken

    There are so many so called free software companies advertising “free software downloads” of their product. I find after reading the terms, most are limited trials. After a period of time they will hit you with a yearly or monthly charge.

    1. Rory

      Whenever you see “free downloads”, that what it is, an opportunity download a copy of free software. The free software is usually a subset of the paid version. When you pay you get a “code” that unlocks the rest of the software. When I see free download I just pass, because you’ll be bombarded with reminders to buy the “free software”…..

  6. Robbie

    Wonder how that carabiner sounds as it slaps against the wall of the RV as you drive down the road? Rather than replacing paint, think I’ll spend an extra second to find the awning strap hole.

    1. Ron

      Not to mention rubbing all the paint off. This is a really bad idea.

    2. Rick

      I used a large loop using a plastic tie wrap.

  7. Tommy Molnar

    The best thing I got out of the “slang” article was a link to an article about why you shouldn’t wash chicken before preparing it. I don’t necessarily “wash” it but put a bunch of frozen wings (from the big Costco sized bag) into the sink with water to thaw them out. So far, after years of this practice, wifey and I are still above ground and enjoying life.

  8. Nels

    In your “slang across America” article, they say There is no plural for for the word ‘you.
    If you grew up in Newfoundland, Canada you would use the old English ‘ye’, pronounced ‘yee’ as yhe plural of you. This was always used in the King James version of the Bible.

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