Monday, October 21, 2019
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Tip of the Day
Some basic tools to carry in your RV
Carrying tools in your RV is as important as filling the tank with gas. Tools can be handy because sometimes a simple fix can get your rig going again. But you should only carry those tools that you are capable of using and willing to use. The following are some things you should include in your RV tool box:
- Tire pressure gauge: Buy a good quality tire pressure gauge. Also be sure that it can get to your valve stems. A long-handled dual-head (push-pull) tire gauge will allow you to get at both valve stems on a set of duals.
- Screwdriver/ratcheting set: Rather than just a set of screwdrivers, purchase a ratcheting kit that accepts interchangeable tips.
- Electrical repair tools: There are a number of multi-purpose electrical tools that perform a wide variety of functions. Don’t forget a utility knife and needle nose pliers.
- Wrenches: An adjustable wrench can be used in a variety of situations.
- Accessories: Get a 12-volt fuse kit, light bulbs, electrical tape, duct tape, motor oil, engine coolant, windshield washer fluid, and some screws, nuts and bolts.
- Tire changing tools: You may want to eschew the tire iron and invest in a good 3/4″ drive T bar handle and socket for your lug nuts. Be sure to get the hardened impact sockets to keep from splitting the standard 12-point chrome sockets.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Generator neutral bonding – Part deux. A reader asks Mike why his 2000-watt Honda generator doesn’t power his RV at all.
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Sometimes an RV spare tire isn’t necessary
RV tire safety expert Roger Marble answers the question, “Do RVers need to carry a spare tire?” This applies to owners of motorhomes and other RVs that are towed. Watch the video.
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Staying organized is important in a small space like an RV. Click here for the best small-space organizers.
Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
Cut your head just once on the corner of a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts. Simply place them on each exterior corner of the slide to provide a cushion zone. They’re made of advanced UV-stabilized resin for long life. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.
Put a quarter on a glass of frozen water
In the event that you lose power, always keep a quarter on top of a frozen cup of water in your freezer. When you return from a long day away from the RV, open your freezer door and make sure the water is frozen and the quarter is still on top of the cup. If the quarter is at the bottom of the cup, you’ll know your fridge and freezer turned off, allowing the ice to melt.
Random RV Thought
One way to see if your RV is level is to place a marble, golf ball or another round object on your dinette table or kitchen countertop. Watch which direction it rolls and see where your RV is the lowest. Of course, we’re assuming your table is level.
Where to camp for free or less than $20. Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.
Website of the day
10 of the best cities to go geocaching
If you’re not familiar with geocaching, which is essentially a worldwide treasure hunt, click here to visit the official website. Once you’re familiar, though, check out these 10 best cities for geocaching.
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Save money with these reusable silicone bags
Never waste money on plastic bags again! This 4-pack of reusable silicone food bags have an airtight seal and are leak-proof, keeping food fresh for longer. Easily freeze the bags, and even run them through the dishwasher once you’re done using them. This plastic bag alternative won’t harm the environment, and instead provides a solution that you can wash, rinse, and reuse to your heart’s content! Learn more or order.
Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, a portion of his ashes were buried in one per his request, because he was so proud of his design of the can.
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