Issue 945 • August 1, 2018
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Redirecting a/c drip
Use your roof-mounted air conditioner in humid weather and you’ll soon have a stream of water coming off the roof from the a/c unit. If it’s leaking down where you don’t want it to, redirect it! Pop the shroud (outer cover) from your a/c unit and you’ll spot the drip pan that catches the moisture. In the drip pan is hole that allows the pan to drain and usually the hole has a lip on it, like a glass measuring cup. Stick an appropriately sized funnel under the spout, hook a piece of tubing to the funnel output, and reroute the liquid to elsewhere – perhaps a roof edge gutter. If your roof is flat, an alternative to the tubing is aluminum “U” channel, carefully adhered to the roof with a sealant appropriate to your roof material.
Big batteries for your RV?
“Large capacity 12 volt batteries, 4Ds and 8Ds, are designed for starting trucks, tractors, and generators in emergency power situations. Some are designed for deep cycling applications, but many are just starting batteries, so ask before your purchase to ensure that the batteries are deep cycle. The deep cycle batteries feature the same construction details found in golf cart batteries including multi-rib separators that increase battery life dramatically. The case is large, rugged, heavy and bulky. If maintained properly, these batteries give good service for years.” From “Managing 12 Volts. How to upgrade, operate, and troubleshoot 12 volt electrical systems.” Available on Amazon.
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Totally, 100% compostable K-cup pods
If you love your Keurig coffee maker but are concerned about tossing away so much plastic, here’s a solution, the one used by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury: Faro Roasters Blend 100% Compostable Rainforest Alliance single serve pods. After you make your coffee, toss the pod in your compost bin and it will quickly decompose back into the soil. Learn more or order.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Don’t get hit with a leaky holding tank valve surprise
Ever pull the cap off your holding tank drain and get an unwelcome shower? Tom Prevost has a suggestion: “How to make sure that both valves are closed before removing the sewer connection cap? I put a Camco clear 45 degree connection on my dump outlet and put my cap on that. That way I can see if a valve is leaking or possibly open before I get ready to connect my hose.” Thanks for keeping us dry, Tom!
Shopping for a wind turbine? Rotor size makes a difference
“To produce usable power, smaller wind turbines spin at a much faster rate than larger ones. The faster the spin rate, the greater the potential for noise. To add to the issue, when a turbine comes close to its maximum power output, that noise may become intense. Will that noise be more than you can tolerate? That’s a personal question. The best way to check this out is to visit wind turbine owners when their machines are operating. Listen closely, particularly when the winds are high, and see for yourself if the noise is acceptable or not.” From “RV Boondocking Basics. A guide to living without hookups.” Available on Amazon.
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WEBSITES OF THE DAY
Safe Travel USA
This handy website from Iteris, Inc. puts together DOT and other state travel information to help you see road, traffic and weather conditions ahead. A good one to consult before long drives.
RV Destinations for fall colors
Hard to believe we can already be talking about fall, right? But it’s almost August and, as we know, parks are booking up very fast. Here from tripsavvy.com are some of the most beautiful destinations to see those magnificent colors.
Electrical roadblocks? Not anymore!
Connect your electronics no matter where you park with an easy-to-use adapter. These adapters, built for secure outdoor use, are weather resistant and work best with a similar extension cord. They are also designed with pull-out handles for easy removal when charging is complete. Available in 15-to-30 Amp and 30-to-15 Amp. Shop all adapters here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Police officer: “Sir, I don’t understand. You lost the credit card a year ago; why are you reporting it now?”
Guy: “The thief wasn’t spending nearly as much as my wife used to so it wasn’t so bad…”
Police officer: “But why report it now?”
Guy: “I think the thief’s wife got ahold of it.”
RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis.
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