Tip #6: Keep a reusable shopping bag in your RV so that when you find something in your RV that is useless, unneeded, redundant, or just a dumb idea toss it in. Then when you get back home just grab that bag and find everything inside a new home. This can be an especially good idea for full-timers although finding it a new home may take some creativity when on the road all the time. Donation boxes, campground and municipal recycling centers, or a new-found friend on the road can all be that “new home”. Making use of a reusable shopping bag to collect your excess stuff will help you live large within the confines of the precious space of your RV.
Tip #5: Creating a ditch bag for your RV is a fantastic tip I read about in an article by Ron Jones of www.aboutrving.com. Ditch bags that can float have long been used by boaters. The idea for RV owners is to have a bag to grab when you have to ditch your RV in an emergency such as a fire, which can spread rapidly in a RV. The ditch bag holds some of your most important stuff and Ron suggests it sit by the doorway during the day and bedroom at night. What you put in it will be unique to each person, but Ron suggests, “copies of your insurance policies, a copy of your driver’s license, list of emergency phone numbers, some cash, extra set of keys for the truck/car and coach (including compartments), an LED flashlight (the tiny ones are great), cheap plastic ponchos, a throw-away cell phone, and (if you spend time way off the road parked in BLM lands) maybe a signal mirror, bottle of water, power (energy) bars, and on and on.” Other items I am going to put in my ditch bag are copies of my emergency road service plan, credit card information, my dog’s license, and my passport (for traveling in Canada). As Ron says, “It’s what you are left with when everything else is gone!” Keeping it small and with you is key—not in tow vehicle—whether you are inside or outside your RV. And Ron also suggests keeping your shoes by the exit door just in case.
Tip #4: Rachel suggests using Clean Screens by Ettore (25 wipes, 8″ x 10″) to clean screens “in a flash” in a Fantastic Fan or window screens in your RV or home. She says “these little wipes are incredibly strong and don’t disintegrate against the screen”, and you don’t have to take the screens out to clean them. When she had trouble locating these wipes, her local hardware store ordered a case because of the convenience of the product.
Tip #3: Grace cautions about the “Go Home” button on your GPS. If your RV or car is stolen while you’re traveling, the thief can get directions to your home and they know you are not there because they have your vehicle (and possibly a garage-door opener). Grace suggests that because once in your own community you don’t need directions to your house so just enter a generic address such as police department, fire department, gas station, government building, etc., as “Home”. Also, do others a favor and don’t save addresses on your GPS. When I (Karen V.) first heard about this precaution I drove right to my local police station and saved that location as “Home” on my GPS :-).
Tip #2: Using channel-lock pliers, tightly attach a quick-release water connector (left image) to the campsite water supply. Next attach a water-pressure regulator (right image) to the quick-release then attach your drinking-water hose to the regulator. While the regulator will importantly prevent water surges from ruining your RV’s plumbing, the quick-release will allow you to quickly connect and disconnect your drinking-water hose without having to get out your channel-lock pliers or remove the water-pressure regulator from your hose. The result is that you can disconnect the quick-release connector in a flash to go to town, store the hose with quick-release and regular still attached, and easily reconnect when you return. Pick up a couple velcro straps to secure your hose before slipping it into a plastic bag to store in your RV.
Tip #1: Grace Haddad suggests RVing Women fill up their RV’s gas tank before settling in for the night at a campground or dry camping. Grace described a situation where power outages had meant there was no gasoline to be had and only those not needing gasoline could get out and go on their way.