LTRVD0358 RV Tips


RV Tips is the focus on this week’s show. We cover quite a few including some safety tire tips.

We kick off this session of RV Tips with a short history of Camping. This is a collection of interesting facts and dates for items such as Campgrounds, Tents, Lanterns, Stoves, Cooler Chests, Air Mattress, and Sleeping Bags. Funny how the military had such a hand in equipment development.

Kathy discusses some items that should be in a campground store. This came from a discussion on the Living the RV Dream Facebook group.

Next we talk tire safety and especially as pertains to steel sidewall tires. These can explode when they have been damaged by being under inflated by as little as 20% below normal pressure. There is some really good advice here.

We also discuss how to handle your rig when a tire blows. Yes, you eventually want to stop, but first you accelerate to regain forward momentum and control. Then slow down and pull over.

Kathy discusses parking at Walmart and other big box stores over night. She also brings up the Escapees overnight parking RVer’s Good Neighbor Policy.

Next we again discuss personal safety during heavy weather conditions including tornado warnings.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.