Thursday, July 5, 2012

RV: Tank Vent. FMCA Ramble. Bottle Ban. Steel Wool Burns. Are You Sagging? Alcan’s 70th. Sticky Hitch. Cabinet Opens? Teddy Bears. Free CG. Polarity. Salvation Army. Bikini.

For “tRaVersing or RV Day”:

No more sewer smell inside your RV
“New roof siphon cap improves on old Shark Fin roof vents! No moving parts!
Are you fed up with smelling sewer odors in your RV? If so, this is for you. Odors can only go one way with this new product -- up and out of your RV, not inside the living area. If RV manufacturers really cared about their customers they'd install these instead of cheap vents that simply cover your sewer vent, allowing odors to stink up your rig. Click the video to see how this works. Easy installation. Fits all RVs. Learn more or order.”


The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has announced that its 29th Rocky Mountain Ramble rally will be held next September 11-16 at Gillette Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyoming.


Bottle Ban

“Three more national parks have joined Arizona's Grand Canyon in banning disposable water bottle sales: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas), Saguaro National Park (Arizona) and Zion National Park (Utah).” 

If they have to carry water bottles: and keep millions of disposable bottles out of the landfills.


Danger! Be careful using steel wool in your RV
“Steel wool dangerous? Yes, if used in a way that some RVers use it. Read this article by the RVgeeks, and then watch the short video demonstation. Knowing this could save you a lot of grief later. Read the article and watch the video.

We recently heard from an RVer who was using steel wool to stop pests from coming in near the water heater, and we realized that it might not be common knowledge that fine steel wool is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and burns readily.

We're outside in the dark to clearly demonstrate how easily a fire can start by allowing fine steel wool to come in contact with any source of ignition, including a 9-volt battery. Be sure to store and use steel wool away from any possible source of ignition.”



Reinforcing interior storage floors

“Last year Rich Miller, the Wanderman, noticed a distinct sagging on the floor of his wardrobe closet. The closet was doing double duty as a place to store canned goods and other foods. So his choice was to stick with the sag or do something about it. Being a handyman, he chose the later. Learn what he did to fix his sagging floor.”


Happy 70th birthday, Alaska Highway

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the historic Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan, which connects Alaska to the Yukon and British Columbia, and is a common passage for road travelers driving to and from the contiguous 48 states. For many RVers, driving it is the dream trip of a lifetime. Read more.”


Lubricate sticky fifth wheel hitches

“One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a "stuck" hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Plenty of fifth-wheel owners already use a plastic "hitch disc" so they don't have to worry about lubricating the skid plate surface. But that's not the only lubrication concern.”



Keep your RV medicine cabinet from popping open
“These two fulltime RVers regularly come up with simple repairs and modifications that make life easier in their fifth-wheel trailer. Here's how they solved the problem of a bathroom medicine cabinet that kept popping open when they traveled.”


Bring the teddy bears on a camping trip!

“Sometimes it’s fun to have a “theme” on a family RV trip. If you have young kids or grandkids, they’ll love having including their teddy bears on the trip. Here are a few ideas to make your time together extra fun:
•Have all the kids bring their favorite teddy bear (or stuffed animal) and line them up for a group photograph. Take photos of the bears in typical camping situations such as next to a campfire, by a creek or peeking out the RV door.
•Put all the bears in a box and cover with a towel. See if kids can reach in and identify their bear just by feel.
•Get everyone involved in singing and acting out the song, "The Bear Went over the Mountain." ( ) Yes, your fellow campers will wonder what you are up to, but they’ll also enjoy hearing all the laughter coming from your site.

•Play the Teddy Bear Memory Game. First person says, “I’m going on a camping trip with my bear and I’m bringing along an Alligator.” The next person repeats that sentence and then adds what he/she is bringing along that starts with the letter B. Then C. Continue adding items until someone has a memory lapse. (Which will probably be an adult!)
•Make simple teddy bear cupcakes by frosting cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Put two half vanilla wafers on the top edge of the cupcake to form the ears. Put another vanilla wafer in the center of the cupcake for the nose. Use M&M’s to add eyes. Munch away!”

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Essential equipment
“Carry a "polarity tester," available in RV stores. Use it before plugging in at a strange campground. It is small, inexpensive, and displays two green or amber lights when plugged into a properly wired outlet. Using one of your adapters, you can test the campground outlet before you plug in.”


On This Day:

Salvation Army founded, Jul 5, 1865:

“In the East End of London, revivalist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission, later known as the Salvation Army. Determined to wage war against the evils of poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency, Booth modeled his Methodist sect after the British army, labeling uniformed ministers as "officers" and new members as "recruits."

The Christian Mission, in which women were given ranks equal with men, launched "campaigns" into London's most forsaken neighborhoods. Soup kitchens were the first in a long line of various projects designed to provide physical and spiritual assistance to the destitute. In the early years, many in Britain were critical of the Christian Mission and its tactics, and the members were often subjected to fines and imprisonment as breakers of the peace.

In 1878, the organization was renamed the Salvation Army, and two years later the first U.S. branch opened in Pennsylvania. During the Great Depression, the Salvation Army provided food and lodging for those in need, and during both world wars it distinguished itself through its work with the armed forces. By then, it had come to be appreciated as an important international charity organization.

Today, the Salvation Army, still based in London, has branches in more than 75 countries. The Army operates evangelical centers, hospitals, emergency and disaster services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, community centers, social work centers, secondhand stores, and recreation facilities. Voluntary contributions and profits from the sale of its publications fund the organization.”


And from the sublime to the “cor blimey”:

Bikini introduced, Jul 5, 1946:

“On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed "bikini," inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

Before long, bold young women in bikinis were causing a sensation along the Mediterranean coast. Spain and Italy passed measures prohibiting bikinis on public beaches but later capitulated to the changing times when the swimsuit grew into a mainstay of European beaches in the 1950s. Reard's business soared, and in advertisements he kept the bikini mystique alive by declaring that a two-piece suit wasn't a genuine bikini "unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring."

In prudish America, the bikini was successfully resisted until the early 1960s, when a new emphasis on youthful liberation brought the swimsuit en masse to U.S. beaches. It was immortalized by the pop singer Brian Hyland, who sang "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" in 1960, by the teenage "beach blanket" movies of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and by the California surfing culture celebrated by rock groups like the Beach Boys. Since then, the popularity of the bikini has only continued to grow.”



No sense in going on my usual Wednesday shopping trip to the next town, as a lot of stores would be closed for the 4th.  Jay didn’t call, but Ray wanted to work.   First, we had to go over the parts we were ordering for his car, to make sure they were exactly what he wanted.  Now they should be on their way.  He has had the use of his son’s car for the last few weeks, so he hasn't been in a hurry.  

Then we did a few odd jobs around here for a little while.  One job was to put a new 12v. end on the fridge that stays in the van for bringing home cold stuff from the store in the TX heat.   Now it works again.   We staged several items in front of my white garage door so I could take photos for selling. The sun was so glaring that even with sunglasses and a visor, I couldn’t stay out there long.

To sell, you must tell!  The cargo trailer drapes didn’t get sewn today, as I spent a lot of time advertising different things on Craigslist, and   Also, I had to renew some ads that had expired.  Everything sells eventually, usually when you least expect it.

We had another shower, just long enough to water everything, but not so long that Misty couldn’t go out on her little schedule.  I am sure she and Prime have clocks in their heads for either taking Misty out, or feeding them.   They come and tell me what I am supposed to be doing for them just about the same times during each day. 


Dizzy-Dick said...

yes, I believe animals have clocks and some have GPS in there, too. They need both to survive.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

I am stealing that cupcake idea for the grandkids!!!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

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