Issue 938 • July 19, 2018
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Low temperature: Propane versus butane
If you and your RV travel south of the U.S. border, when you fill up your “LP” containers, beware – you probably aren’t getting propane. In many countries south of the U.S., butane is the standard for refilling LP containers. That’s not typically a problem, unless you try to use butane in cold weather. The boiling point of these two commodities is quite different: Propane boils, that is, gives off vapor, at -43.6 F, while butane’s boiling point is +30.2 F. Bring your motorhome tank home full of butane and try using it in cold weather and it just won’t vaporize – leaving you with a real problem.
Older motorhome entrance steps
“If you leave the master switch OFF when you drive away, the step should retract when you turn the ignition key ON. But when you park and turn the ignition OFF, guess what? The step is UP and the master switch is still OFF. The step may NOT extend until the master control switch is turned back ON. Watch that first step: It’s a big one! Newer RVs “remember” to extend the step, even if the master switch is OFF, after driving.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Overzealous LP detector?
Sometimes RVers complain that their LP detectors alarm for no obvious reason. While these electronic sniffers are designed to alert when they sense LP gas, there are other things that can cause them to launch into that ear-irritating behavior. Hair spray, cooking odors, even dog farts can create “false alarms.” Try opening a window when you blast the hair spray, and be sure to run the range fan when cooking. As to Bowser? We’ll leave that one to our readers to make a suggestion.
Better RV reefer organization
Confounded RV refrigerators are soooo small! That dozen eggs not wanting to fit? Cut the egg carton in half and stack one on top of the other!
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Save your teeth, get that corn off the cob!
Nobody likes eating corn on the cob with a group of people, only to find out later they’ve got half the cob still stuck in their teeth. Not to mention, for some of us it’s hard to hold the whole cob, and it hurts our teeth! This easy-to-use corn stripper takes all the corn off the cob in one easy gesture. Your hands and teeth will thank you! Easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Order here for a great price.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
From Jerry Seinfeld: “They have the greeting cards with the couples on the front. They photograph them. These hazy focus people. They’re always having picnics. There’s always a tree, a pond… who are these people? I don’t know them. I don’t want them on my card either. What am I going to write inside there anyway? ‘Here’s another couple having a better relationship than us.’ ”
RV Daily Tips Staff
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