Now we have some actually essential RV Security Suggestions we have to move on to you, together with some useful journey data coping with Nationwide Parks.
We had a lot viewers suggestions this week that each one of Episode 407 of the RV Podcast offers with the information we acquired, together with RV information of the week and your questions.
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RV Information of the Week
Fuel costs fell nation-wide for the sixth week in a row, averaging $4.22 a gallon nationally.
Some elements of the nation, like California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, and Maine, have costs as excessive as $5.61 per gallon, whereas different states reminiscent of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma are reporting costs as little as $3.72 per gallon.
New reviews state a few of the value drop is as a result of Individuals are altering their driving habits. Many are driving much less, combining errands, carpooling, and canceling holidays.
One in all Jen and my favourite elements of tenting is trying up on the stars on a transparent, darkish evening. The view is totally wonderful. And one of many summer season highlights is watching the Perseid meteor bathe.
The annual meteor bathe will probably be at its peak Aug. 11-12 this yr although there will probably be some competitors from a full moon.
The Perseid meteor bathe occurs each summer season because the earth passes by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This summer season the bathe began to be seen July 17 and can proceed to be seen via Aug. 24 with the spotlight Aug. 11-12 when in previous years as many as 150-200 “falling stars” per hour may be seen.
For recommendations on the place to seek out prime star gazing spots, click on right here.
If you’re planning on boondocking in California’s Huge Sur, be sure to stick with the designated campsites or you could face a hefty tremendous.
Monterey County is cracking down on unlawful tenting alongside California’s epic stretch of Freeway 1, and now unlawful campers can face fines of $200 to $1,000 per day efficient instantly.
Unlawful locations to camp now embody 72-miles of Freeway 1 within the Huge Sur space together with 3.5 miles alongside any facet highway maintained by the county. Officers hope it should tackle a rising challenge of individuals boondocking illegally within the space.
RV Security Suggestions – Tamera’s story
RVers face distinctly particular challenges and to fulfill them, we’d like as many RV security ideas as attainable. One in all our followers named Tamera despatched us this chilling account of what occurred to her this previous week and the RV security tools that in all probability saved her.
“We had been in a foul accident Friday evening 25 miles from our dwelling in Port St. Lucie, Florida. We had been touring on the Florida turnpike when a automobile touring at a excessive price of pace (at the very least 100 mph) determined to go between us and a supply truck.
“Thoughts you that is 2 lanes!!!
“As they flew previous us the extreme quantity of air motion precipitated us to begin to sway. We had been touring between 60/65mph when this occurred. This precipitated us to lose management, hit the guard rail after which fish tail forwards and backwards on the highway.
“At one level my spouse was parallel to the highway as we had been virtually laying on the drivers facet. We ended up on the far proper facet of the ditch.
“The camper by no means got here off of the truck however the camper rolled and ended up in 2 sections. The camper lastly got here off of the ball a small quantity as soon as we got here to a cease. Huge again wheels elevated a superb 3 toes or so within the air.
“The purpose of all of that is that the police officer and tow truck drivers each stated if we had not had our sway bars on we’d not have walked away from this accident.
“It’s by the grace of God that we did stroll away. I wish to simply share in order that others use their sway bars as effectively. I see so many touring with out them.
“Simply be sure to use these sway bars!”
RV Security Suggestions – Joann’s Story
JoAnn and John Neely from Alabama had been two of the attendees at our latest Elkhart Encounter, held final month on the grounds of the RV/MH Corridor of Fame. On the primary evening, John skilled a medical emergency that despatched him to the hospital for 2 days.
Due to remedy, he was unable to drive again dwelling. Physician’s orders. However JoAnn had by no means earlier than pushed the RV.
On the day they had been discharged, they returned to our gathering. JoAnn was a nervous wreck about having to drive the RV again. But it surely simply so occurred that at that very time, we had been having the RV driving faculty. The teacher, Cortni Anderson, in any other case often called the Flipping Nomad was instructing the session.
Cortni focuses on designing and customizing RV interiors. In actual fact, she additionally teaches an superior on-line course on RV renovation that we extremely suggest. And in reality, we’ll have an entire video about Corni on our RV Way of life YouTube Channel in a few weeks. However at Elkhart, Corni was the trainer of the RV driving Faculty and Joann took it, even getting a free one-on-one session from Cortni.
Afterward, JoAnn was capable of drive their RV dwelling with confidence. She despatched us this observe, which presents a number of RV Security Suggestions each RVer ought to evaluation.
From Corni Armstrong, the Flippin Nomad, she realized:
- First, set the facet mirrors in order that they present 1/3 of your rig and a pair of/3 of the lane subsequent to you. When you have separate backside mirrors, set these so that they present your tire on the bottom.
- Subsequent, at all times keep in mind, it will take far longer to cease your rig than your private automobile as a result of rig’s weight. It is advisable to go just below the pace restrict until you get comfy. Not so gradual that you’re a highway hazard, however gradual sufficient to get stopped.
- At all times permit as a lot distance as you may behind the automobile forward. After all, others are going to chop in, however on that very first drive, you could be critically observant of what’s going on in entrance of you and beside you, so you have got time to react.
- Take a fast break, and stroll each hour. Loosen up these tense muscle groups
From Mike, she realized:
- At first, let merging site visitors determine methods to merge in with you. Don’t attempt to maneuver your driving to make it simpler on them.
- On 4 lane+ roads, keep in the proper lane. If passing via a serious metropolis, you may wish to go one lane to the left to keep away from fixed oncoming and exiting site visitors.
- Keep assured…you are able to do this!
From Jill, a retired Psychiatrist and Elkhart Encounter attendee, she adopted this recommendation:
- Say again and again…I’ve acquired this!
And after really doing the 500-mile drive dwelling herself, she realized:
- It was simpler on interstates than state highways or again roads. Wider lanes, much less fixed site visitors.
- I preferred going via main cities at rush hour! Others had been driving 35-45 versus 65-75! After I moved one lane to the left, I averted coming into and exiting automobiles.
- Most necessary, don’t wait until you have got an emergency like I did. LEARN NOW!
RV Journey Information
Tim and Sarah, two of our California followers, shared this data for these touring to Glacier Nationwide Park. It additionally applies to different Nationwide Parks, the place getting an entry move could be a problem.
Tim and Sarah stated this a few extremely popular RV vacation spot:
“We simply acquired again from a month-long RV journey with our household the place our vacation spot was Glacier nationwide park!!’ It was completely unimaginable.
There have been just a few challenges that we confronted and I believed perhaps it will be good for the RV neighborhood to know methods to get round these challenges at Glacier.
To begin with, they’re requiring a timed entrance to your automobile. These are given away every single day at 8 AM and there are solely 151 spots out there. From what I perceive, there are about 1500 folks attempting to get these spots every single day.
Additionally, I heard that there are journey businesses which can be swooping in and grabbing a ton of these spots. Due to this, we had been there for every week and by no means had been capable of get an entrance for our automobile. However all was not misplaced.
We discovered a means round it.
If you happen to’re in Glacier and also you don’t get a automobile move that is what you do: to start with, you may go into the park earlier than 6 AM and be there all day. Second of all, you may as well go into the park after 4 PM. Montana proper now doesn’t get darkish till about 10:30 PM so that provides you loads of time to get pleasure from going to the Solar Street and any of the mountaineering trails.
There’s yet another means round it. If you happen to get your self a reservation for something, then you may go in through the day. Reservations embody a ship journey, a kayak rental, or any sort of tour. Though we by no means had been capable of get a reservation for our automobile, we had been nonetheless capable of do every little thing we needed to do by utilizing these totally different methods.”
The Kindness of different RVers
Dave from Waterford, MI, needed to share the kindness of different RVers when he and his spouse suffered a breakdown on the highway:
“My spouse and I bought our first journey trailer a few yr in the past. I’ve been studying a ton out of your web site and podcasts over the last yr. We took our first actual journey final week as much as the Leelanau Peninsula.
We had a good time till our truck broke down on the journey dwelling simply outdoors Traverse Metropolis.
We had been compelled to have our truck towed to a seller. We weren’t positive precisely what we had been going to do with our trailer that was sitting on the shoulder of M-72.
Whereas we waited for the tow truck, we had 4 totally different teams of individuals cease (all campers) and supply to assist us. One couple supplied, and we agreed to permit them to tow our trailer to a close-by on line casino car parking zone whereas we handled the truck.
“The breakdown was undoubtedly irritating, however the kindness of all the campers that supplied to assist made a foul scenario a lot better.“
Mike and Jennifer’s Summer time T-Shirts to your subsequent journey
We answered the next questions this week. The detailed solutions may be heard on the podcast. However we’ll summarize our responses.
Query: I’m new to the RV way of life. Was questioning when storing my RV for just a few weeks in between outings ought to I depart my black tank empty or full with clear handled water? – Robert
Reply: Regardless of how a lot you empty it – until you flush it out with a high-pressure wand or black take flusher, as they’re referred to as – these tanks will nonetheless have some residual matter in them. It is going to doubtless dry and coat the partitions of the tank, the sensors and the underside. And it’ll stink.
After the again tank has been dumped and is comparatively empty of all human waste, we suggest that you just retailer your RV with a black tank stuffed with recent water and a remedy of a high-quality product that fights micro organism and enzyme like Comfortable Camper or RV Digest-IT that has completely dissolved within the water.
You wish to make certain and never simply depart untreated water within the black tank. That’s as a result of even with clear water, there’s sufficient residual matter in that tank to throughly contaminate it.
While you take the RV out of storage and earlier than you begin touring once more, make sure to empty the black tank once more. Then put a pair gallons of unpolluted water in, deal with it, and begin in your means. Bear in mind water is the very best buddy you have got in holding your black tank odor free.
Mike and Jennifer’s RV Way of life hat assortment
Who wants a hat? You do! Dad hats aren’t only for dads. This comfortable one’s acquired a low profile with an adjustable strap and curved visor. Simply the factor to put on in your subsequent RV Way of life journey.
Query: We’re questioning what sensible makes use of and experiences you’ve had with ham radio and the “on the transfer” RV way of life. Now we have been pondering of outfitting our truck w/ cell VHF 2m and UHF 70cm & carrying two dual-band HTs. Extra particularly, do you discover it helpful for mining ideas from locals coming into a brand new space? Or do you discover it a extra environment friendly utilization of time to principally depend on conventional RV planning instruments (together with web searches and evaluations, telephone app data) and phrase of mouth within the new space? – Jim and Pam
Reply: Frankly, we’ve got discovered novice radio to supply no actual sensible worth in studying about an space, being knowledgeable of freeway and site visitors points or alternate routes. RV planning apps do a a lot better job than ham radio. And GPS is the easiest way to seek out alternate routes.
That stated, ham radio is enjoyable and entertaining however frankly, cell telephones and GPS techniques are extra sensible. As emergency backup communications if the mobile community failed for any cause, I discover it an excellent security blanket. Some hams like to do all types of technical issues with it, like sending alerts to different hams on the place they’re.
However in actual, day-to-day sensible use, there are higher methods to do this. Except all different methods of communication fail. I at all times have it with me. I simply don’t use it that a lot, aside from pure interest functions now and again.
Query: I’m seeking to buy a used RV and promote mine. Are you able to suggest a web-based website to analysis RVs by VIN quantity? I’ve googled and located a number of websites however all of them ask for cost which I wouldn’t thoughts however I don’t wish to give my bank card quantity on any web site. So I’m questioning if you understand of a good website that may give me that sort of data. – Elaine
Reply: There are certainly a number of pay-for-use websites that lure you in pondering it to be free however then wish to cost you a price or make you join a membership to get the outcomes.
However there are three free ones we will suggest. They’re good for looking out the VIN quantity on vehicles, vehicles, all courses of RVs and towables.
VehicleHistory.com is a complete useful resource. from theNational Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA). It returns data on recollects for that VIN.
The NHTSA Recall Database tracks automobiles which have a VIN quantity and likewise exhibits if there are any open recollects that haven’t been repaired.
The NICB VINCHECK database tracks automobiles that had been stolen, salvaged or reported as a complete loss by an Insurance coverage Firm who’s a member of the Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau.
New e-book from Mike and Jennifer Wendland – the Natchez Hint
The Natchez Hint Parkway will seize your creativeness, soothe your jangled journey nerves, open your thoughts and encourage you with the historical past that unfolded alongside its 444 miles.
Every of the 7 Days of the e-book has:
- Advised Mileposts to discover
- Locations to Eat in every space of the 7 sections
- Campground descriptions and hyperlinks
- Hyperlinks to all of the particular locations and data
- Hyperlinks to movies that present extra intimately
- and a number of highlighted data for every part
PLEASE NOTE: That is NOT a printed, onerous copy information.
Whether or not you wish to observe the footsteps of explorers, uncover pure magnificence, or go to historic websites, the Hint has one thing to seize your consideration and depart you desperate to see what’s on the subsequent milepost.
You possibly can see why that is one in all our favourite US routes to discover. We’ve traveled it a half dozen instances!