Monday, December 30, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Day-4,5,6,7 - Christmas and Such!



Yep! That's what it has been, 4 days of "and Such"

We had a great Christmas! The last several days I have been surrounded with relatives and friends. Some of whom I have not seen in a very long time.

And that's been a good thing! At least my hearts says so. Of course, my nerves say otherwise. We have been running from one place to another every day and especially on Christmas Eve and Day.
We have collected a lot of great memories over this period and the trip has been something special for us.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Day 3 - Weather changes a few plans


As you can tell by the photo the Day-3 started out dreary. If you look back in my older posts, I have this identical picture but it was Autumn and the colors were fantastic.

But, its OK, I grew up here in Lynchburg, so I'm quite familiar with what a real winter of dormant nature is like.

 No Problem for me.

The weather itself, is crazy warm for this time of year, but I'm not complaining about that either.
In fact, just to show people that I now come from the tropical world of Florida, I waked around in shorts, a T-Shirt and flip-flops. The rest of the 'Burg was wrapped up as if they were just waiting for the next cold snap to hit.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Day-1 thru 3


Day 1 and 2
Well, we got here. But, it was a punishing trip.
My wife and I have made some long trips before, but with this one, we finally overdid it.

You see, we left Home in Florida at 3-AM, heading to Myrtle Beach, SC. My wife had an appointment with a Doctor of hers, so we detoured there and then we went through Raleigh, NC to pick up our grand-daughter. After that stop we continued on to our campsite in Lynchburg VA.

The whole idea was to save on a hotel room on the way up.

Oh, we traded off with the driving, several times, and we made a number of rest are stops just to stretch relax a little. But, we ended up spending over twenty hours in the car, just driving.

Never again! By the time we got to the camper, my son-in-law had everything set up for us, so we just unloaded the overnight necessities, but we were WHIPPED! And wound up on caffeine, of course.

We had a glass of wine, put on our PJ's and crashed for the night.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Day-0 - Loading Up for the Road


Wow! This is the day before we hit the road and it is going to be a busy one.

Over the years, we have found that we need to make the day before we leave on a camping trip a special one.

Because our drive is going to be a long one, we know that we need to do things in a certain order.

As I mentioned in a previous article, we have most of what we are going to take with us kind of, well, piled in the floor of our spare bedroom. So there will be no last minute searches for articles that we might need.

Here are some of the things that we will do that makes our trip packing a lot more efficient;

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-7

Free Time Entertainment

As I have mentioned in my other posts, once you build a calendar of things that you are going to do when you are out and about, you will then see that you still have a lot of free time left on your calendar.

Every Camper is different in that we all have our favorite ways to entertain ourselves while camping.

Hobbies

Some of us love to read, some just like to work puzzles, while some love to keep journals of their travels. And there are many of us who have hobbies were we build crafts while others love to crochet or knit or paint with oils or water-colors.

Working while Camping

If you travel much in your camper, you will have noticed that there are some campers who have special skills and they can offer help to other campers if they need repairs of one kind or another. Some common support that you can find in a campground are; window shade repairs, camper washing and waxing, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, oil changes, and much more.

Television

Also, many of us resort to electronic forms of entertainment. Our camper is large enough that we have television built in with a fold-down antenna on the roof. So, we get the local TV channels wherever we happen to be camping. Other camper often even have satellite antennas and receivers installed for an even wider range of entertainment.

Internet

Probably the most common form of electronic entertainment is to have some form of WIFI service that allows the camper to connect to the internet. With an internet connection, you have access to a world of services and information as well as other forms of unbounded entertainment and communication.

Planning ahead and having some of these other forms of entertainment available will make that rainy day or just cold day a time to entertain yourself, your way.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-6

Snow in the 'Burg - pic by Don

Planning your Time while on site.

Family and Friends

Entertainment-102;

Remember, if you are camping anywhere, that you might have family or friends living nearby, of if you just happen to know someone who has been to the area where you are camping, they can all have valuable information for you about the area.

Call or drop an email to all of these friends and relatives and ask them if they know of any events that you can go to while camping in the area.
Often, they will quickly catch you up to date on people you both know, and how everyone is doing overall during the conversation.
So do keep in touch with these important people in your life.

And, you should remember that these are your family and friends and you will likely get invitations to dinner or to just stop by and chat.
You should always try to comply, especially with relatives, and add these "Get-Together" dates and times onto your second calendar.

So at this point, what you now have are two calendar pages that have quite a few things that you want to do while you are camping at your site.
Although in the Winter, some of these tentative plans may be affected by foul weather but what you really have at hand are;


  • A calendar of interesting events that you can attend, and 
  • A calendar of dates that you can visit your old friends and relatives. 
And these friends are all happy when they see you. This is because you are not just "dropping in" but you have talked with them and worked out a date and time to meet that is mutually agreeable.
Put the two calendars together and you now have a schedule of special events, times and dates that you can do things. And you can see the free time available for you to perform any chores you might need to perform while you are at your campsite

Also, now you can see the open dates and times that you have available for planning your own self-entertainment.

by DON Bobbitt, 2013
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Monday, December 9, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-5

Don and Helen

I know, I have written four posts so far and I am just getting to a very useful level of information.

So let;s talk about;

Planning your time while on site!

Entertainment-101

When we go camping and are going to be at a site for longer than 1-2 days we have learned to over plan our time rather than just land at a campground and figure things out day by day.

Now, having a loose and carefree camping experience is a great thing also, and we have ended up doing this often in our travels. But, we have learned to do our research and plan, plan, plan.

Calendar Search

Probably one of the smartest things you can do before a camping trip is spend a couple of days on the internet and the telephone.
While on the internet, search out what is really going on in the area you will be visiting.

Write down everything, large and small, that you might find; local festivals, museum showings, historical celebrations, local sports events, grand openings for business', church socials, and anything else you might think of.
Write down the event, the address' the dates, and any fees that might be charged along with any phone numbers or websites that you might need if you decide to go to these events.

Making a Trip Calendar

Now, after a few days of research, emails and telephone calls, you can probably already see that there is more to do than you have time for while camping..

Once I get to this point, I actually print out two blank calendar pages for my detailed planning. Here is also where I put on my optimists hat and tell myself; Every Day is going to be beautiful! 

One thing that we campers know is the fact that we have no control over the local weather, and with that in mind, we always assume that we may have put down some events that could be canceled or that we just do not want to gout in any bad weather to attend.

My wife and I go over my research and we place everything that we may even remotely like to do onto our first activity calender. Now, our 2-3 week trip has a number of days locked down with interesting events for us to attend, if we really want to.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-4

Don and Helen - Just Chillin'
We have done this packing thing a lot of times over the years and there are certain things that we have learned the hard way.

Here is a rule for traveling to your second home that I think everyone should all keep in mind;

PACK ONLY what you absolutely know you will need. 

Superfluous Crap is Superfluous Crap and it will drag you down hauling things that you do not need back and forth for every visit!

And, if you really end up needing certain other things in your camper, either buy one while camping or make a note to purchase one before your next trip.

You are not a long-haul trucker, you are going camping so only take the least number of items back and forth that you can get away with.

Here are some things that we do not haul to and from our Camper;

Fresh Foods - We only take a cooler with Sodas and a couple of sandwiches on our trips back and forth. There are too many supermarkets that we can go to when we need to stock up for our stay, once we get there.
Bathroom Items - I mean really! Just how much do such things as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap and other such bath items cost? Keep some of these items in your camper.
Casual Clothes - My wife and I are old enough that we have plenty of clothes that are no longer fashionable but are in great shape. These extra clothes stay in the camper. We don't go to many fancy affairs when back in our camper, so why hauls your newest clothes back and forth.. We are there to enjoy life and ours is a casual life.
Kitchen Items -  Dishes, good knives, coffee pots, beer mugs, and other such common and typically cheap items. Again, over the years we have collected way too many of these anyway, so we have plenty to leave in the camper.
Other Items - An old pair of walking shoes, old bath towels, old bed linens, old salt and pepper shakers, old flip-flops, old robe to wear to bathhouse, old socks, old underwear, old throw rugs, all go into our camper permanently and get a new lease on life as we start using them longer.

This list includes just a few of the things we do not not haul back and forth to our camper but handle by keeping them in the camper all of the time..

by DON Bobbitt, 2013

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-3

Snow in Lynchburg - pic by DON Bobbitt

When you decide to use your camp year round round, but only occasionally during the Winter season, there is a certain amount of forethought required when you consider what to leave in your camper.

FULL-TIME CAMPERS

If you are a full-timer then there is no problem with your camper "stuff"..
Once you pull out, that's it! You are going to get by with what you have, once you pull out and it sinks in that you are not coming back to the old home place.
AS you travel, those first few days, you find out what you really need.
If you use and need a coffee pot, then you get one. If you like to watch TV, then you get one installed. If you need a pair of long-john underwear, then, the same thing, you get a pair.
In other words, you will get whatever you really need and can still get into your Camper.
A Full-Timer, at least after a couple of months on the road, is set up and prepared with what they really need to enjoy their life on the road..

PART-TIME CAMPERS

If you are a part-timer then the problem is a little more complicated, but you still get to load up your :"stuff" while your camper is near your home.
Oh, you might have to make a number of trips as you ready your camper for your vacation trip or even for an extended trip, but you do eventually get your camper loaded before you pull out.

2ND HOME CAMPING

OK, I just coined a new phrase for what I am actually doing. 2ND HOME CAMPING!

Having my Camper set up on what is essentially a Home Site four states and over 700 miles away forces you to take a very careful look at exactly what stays where. The thought process is similar to having a second home with only a small amount of floor space and storage available.

And therein lies my problem. We have a number of things in the camper that stays there all of the time. Things like dishes, linens, some of our seasonal clothing, and other such items that we feel we would not need in out Florida home.

And of course, rather than just hopping into a car and running to the camper, we do have certain things that we need to take with us on each visit.

Our method of preparation might seem a little strange. We have officially started a pile of "stuff" in the middle of the floor of our second bedroom. This pile, that will end up going with us, must meet two constraints.

First, it must all fit into the car along with my Wife and I. Secondly, it must include everything we will want to wear or use over our 2-3 weeks in Lynchburg Virginia.

Oh, and one other thing will be complicating what is in categories 1 and 2.
We will be there over Christmas. So God help us, our SUV will be packed tighter than a Tick on an Elephants Ass!

by DON BOBBITT

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-2

Lynchburg Snow - pic by DON Bobbitt

OK! After a few hours of chewing on the whole camping trip thing, there are several things that I definitely need to be prepared for if we are going to be problem free while there.

By the way, I have to mention that after our Autumn trip to Lynchburg, and before the temperatures really dropped down to freezing regularly, I asked my son-in-law to partially winterize my Camper for me.
  1. He drained the Hot and Cold water lines to avoid the chance of any damage from frozen water lines.
  2. He drained my fresh water tank for the same reason.
  3. He had a friend come by and empty my Grey and Black Sewage storage tanks.
  4. He drained my fresh water tank.
  5. He checked that all of the slides were closed along with all windows and roof vents.
And, most importantly, he placed a 60-watt light bulb on an extension cord into the compartment where my Sewage and water tanks reside. Because I have my own AC power at my campsite, this will provide just enough heat to be my backup insurance policy against there being any kind of frozen water line or tank problems even under the worst weather conditions.

It is a great thing to have someone you can trust, to shut down and open up your camper for you. As I have mentioned in my article about Year-Round Camping, by strategically placing my camper near family and old friends, I have a second home to go to throughout the year and I also get someone I trust to look out for my camper.

Top that with the fact that my son-in-law has a camper of his own near mine in the same campground and I can have him "open up" my camper and have it ready for us to move right in the day we arrive.

On the negative side, with my camper sitting for the next year or so on a remote site, we did not leave a lot of our essential "stuff" in the camper.  So, my trip up will require us to pack a lot more "stuff" for our visit.

by DON BOBBITT, 2013

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Monday, December 2, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Pre-Planning Day-1

Lynchburg Snow - Pic by DON Bobbitt

Camping in the Winter
As you may remember from my other posts, I placed my 5th-wheel camper on a site in Lynchburg Virginia so that I could use it in the Winter.
Our goal was to visit our Kids and Grandchildren more often and at the same time save money by avoiding the high costs of hotel rooms and eating out far too often.

A Year Round Campsite
By placing our camper on a site, we got the best of both worlds. Our camper is getting used when it would normally be winterized, which is a great thing in itself, and  my wife and I essentially have ourselves a 2nd home to run away to for the cold half of the year.

And, oh yeah, we are retired to Florida, so we also have a place that we can go to, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and get a break from some of those HOT summer days.

PLANNING a WINTER STAY:
So, we will be wintering in our camper for a little over two weeks during the Christmas holidays.
What we will be doing until we leave, of course is the detailed planning that you need to do so that your trip is a comfortable one, even in the cold and that there are no surprises that might disrupt our stay.

For your entertainment, I will be writing a series of Blog Posts that I hope will be helpful to my fellow winter campers.

So, for the next few days, I will be sitting with my iPad next to me and writing down notes not only about the trip and the stay, but also a calendar of what we are going to do for entertainment in my old Home town.

by DON BOBBITT, 2013


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Building a HOME-BASE Campsite - Part-1

Our New USED Camper on our new HOME-BASE Site

My wife and I recently accepted one of those inevitable facts of life as a traveling Camper.
That fact is that we have grown older and we are no longer in the physical condition to continue running around the country. Age has caught up with us and we had to make some hard decisions.

Changing our Camping Lifestyle

Don and Helen checking out a Tiki Bar

We realized that we had to get rid of our Motorhome.

And, even though that decision hurt and depressed us, we had to accept the fact that we are not the people we were ten years ago.
We couldn't jump from campground to campground anytime we wanted.
We now had to plan our trips more around our doctor appointments than just going wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted.

But, we have loved camping for decades and we want to continue doing so for as long as we can.

A Camping Home-Base


To that end, we decided to drop back and get ourselves a nice used camper and place it on a Home-base site. Then, we could use our camper, while at the same time we could plan less trips but still visit those places we have grown to love as campers

Our children and grand-children live in Virginia and one of our requirements was that we wanted to be able to see them as much as possible.  So we shopped around and finally we found a campground that we could rent a site full-time that had a reasonable annual cost.

Once I had a site, we had been shopping for a good but reasonable priced camper to use when we wanted to get out. It took several months of shopping and a lot of disappointing deals that fell through, but we finally got a camper that filled our needs and had hauled to our new Home-Base.

Oh, I guess I should mention that for campers to have a Home-Base campground is not a new idea. In fact , over the years, I have met numerous older campers who had decided on doing the very same thing. And I don't just mean Full-Timers who who usually do not own a fixed home anymore. I mean Most-Timers and even Part-Timers.

The concept of having a Home-Base just seems to suit a lot of campers, to go to a Home-Base rather than hop around the more commercial campgrounds.

Anyway, the picture you see here, was taken a few weeks after I had my camper placed onto my site. As you can see, the only thing that I have done, so far, is have my Son-in-Law build me a temporary set of steps to make getting in and out of our camper more easily.

I actually plan to improve my site even more over the next year, and I will be writing supplemental Posts on my progress and why.

More to come;

by Don Bobbitt

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Current Surge vs. Running Current in Campers

Surge Current-

Normally, when an electrical appliance is running normally, it draws a steady level of current. The thing you need to remember is that, sometimes, under certain conditions, appliances can draw 2 or 3 times as much current for a short period of time than they normally do. Usually this happens when it starts up or cycles and this is called Surge Current.
Here are some examples;
For instance a Roof Air Conditioner unit might draw 3-5 Amps when running, but when it is turned on, or the compressor cycles, the Surge Current can be as high as 13 to 15-Amps.
Also, he heating element in your Hot Water Heater does not stay on all of the time. It has circuitry that controls the water temperature, by cycling the heating element on for short periods of time to maintain the waters temperature. If you take a shower, all that water you used must be replaced and heated to temperature before the element turns off, which draws more current than when it is at temperature.
And, in case you didn't know it, one of the major power culprits in a Camper is the Coffee Pot. It draws several Amps when started up (remember, it is boiling water, and doing it pretty fast) and then the temperature drops back and just keeps the Pot warm, but even this pulls a steady couple of Amps depending on the type of coffee pot.
Other Current pigs include; Hair Dryers, Curling Irons, and Toasters, among many other of your handy electrical devices. 
Then there are your many Low-current drawing devices whose power consumption, although minimal individually, will stack up to a significant load, such as; Cell Phone Chargers, PC's, Music Players, Fans, Electric Toothbrushes, and on and on.
And remember a Convection Microwave oven operates as a microwave heater, but some versions can also operate as a regular oven with a Convection blower system which re-circulated the air in the oven past a special heating element and back over the food in order to actually bake; similar to your electric oven at home. In this mode it draws a lot more current than when in the Microwave mode of operation.

Peak Surge Current:

 At times, you will get a certain Current Stack-up in your RV. This occurs when everything is running normally, and then at certain times of the day (mornings and Dinner Time usually), you will mysteriously experience a problem with your Camper's Circuit Breakers kicking out on you.
As an example: There you are sitting there in your RV. It’s around 5PM, you have just taken a shower, and have settled down in front of the TV to catch the end of that ball game you want to see. 
Your wife looks at you and senses that no serious cooking on the Grill is going to happen this day, and she decides to warm up the left-over Pizza in your Fridge for dinner. Man… Life is good on the road.
Then all of a sudden, the AC units both quit, the TV's die, and you wife turns to you and says that the Convection Microwave is not heating. You have just experienced one of the many cases of “PEAK SURGE CURRENT”.
You see,……. typically, your 110 Volt AC power source coming into your RV has a peak current capacity of either 15-Amps, 30-Amps, or 50-Amps. If you exceed this, the exterior CG Breakers kick out, but more than likely, your RV breakers are designed for lower levels of current and they kick out first. 
You have just had a Peak Current stack-up for a short period of time, that in total was enough to shut your Power system down, or at least part of it..
Let me explain another way. For instance your roof AC units were on. You had just taken a shower, and your Hot Water Heater was probably drawing it's peak current re-heating the fresh water in it's tank. 
Your TV, Satellite System, Voltage Converter System (which powers your DC lights, the Fridge and other DC accessories), are all drawing a steady current of several Amps. Normally, you have plenty of excess capacity, but when the Convection Oven was turned ON, it started drawing high current, and at the same time the AC units cycled back on. So, momentarily your total surge current exceeded your breakers capability. That is how Surge Current can affect you in your RV.

How to Reduce Surge Current problems-

Now, nothing was really wrong, and it is not that hard to find a kicked Circuit Breaker, and reset it, But there are several lessons to be learned here.
One fact is, accept it, over time you have built up a collection of too much Electrical Stuff in your Camper, and you need to take a serious look at what is drawing current, and can any of it be replaced with newer, more efficient stuff. Or can I do something else?
I know, you love that old Stereo, and your old Tube-type TV that came in the RV still works great, and your Mom gave you that old Coffee Pot ten years ago, and your wife Blow-dries her hair every morning with that old 1500-watt dryer and has no plans to change. 
And you love your home-made waffles for breakfast that uses your old Waffle maker, and on, and on, and on.
Fact Two is, have you taken a good look at your major appliances like the Fridge, Microwave, TV's, and Air Conditioners, etc. When was the last time they were serviced is one question you must ask yourself, 
 Often, if serviced properly, many of these will not only operate more efficiently, but often they will draw less current.
Another question you might ask yourself wehn looking around your camper is; If this appliance died, would I spend the money to fix it, or go ahead and replace it? 
This can help give you a good perspective on going ahead and spending money on a new one. Invariably, the new units will be much more efficient than the older ones.
Third, you and the Family must work together and plan when to do certain things throughout the day. You should try to spread out the times when you are getting these Current Surge situations.

Current Consumption reduction Tips;

1- Plan your Hot Water usage during the day so the How Water Heater is used at non-peak times, or if you have a dual heating water heater, most RV manufacturers suggest that you turn on your Propane Water heating system about 5-minutes before you need Hot Water. 
 This gives you Quick Hot Water in the Tank. Then you should turn the Propane Hot Water system OFF and turn the Electrical Hot Water system ON for keeping the water Hot while you are using Hot Water. 
 Oh, and when you do not need Hot Water, Turn the darn system OFF, you are just wasting energy, and bringing your How Water systems closer to their End Of Life (ie. EOL).
2- Make your Coffee the first thing, so the Pot will only be keeping the Coffee warm during breakfast preparation. And don't wait for the Automatic TURN-OFF to happen as with most Coffee Pots. 
Turn the Darn thing OFF, when done. 
 My Wife and I, in our older Rigs, poured the whole Pot, when done, into a large Thermos, and drank the still hot Coffee over the next couple of hours, without using extra electricity. 
 We also use the Thermos when on the Road.
3-Make your Toast or Muffins, before firing up the Convection Oven or Electric Frying Pan to prepare the meal itself. 
 Remember in the Old Days, you went to GrandMa's house for dinner and she already had hot biscuits and buns cooked and wrapped in a Towel in a basket. 
 Take the Hint, make the Bread and keep it warm the old-fashioned way. It will not kill you to eat bread that does not put blisters on your tongue.
4- Buy lower wattage Blow-Dryers and Curling Irons, and other small appliances, and if you must keep using them wait until mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
5- And, the best tip of all; if the Campgrond has Bathrooms with showers, sinks and power receptacles, and of course if they are clean, utilize these whenever possible instead of the camper's whenever possible.
6- Charge your Cell Phones, 2-Way Radios, and other small battery powered devices at night, which is a low current usage part of the day, and keep them off of the chargers during the day. 
These and other such ideas can help you run without kicked breakers.
NOTE: You also need to realize that your RV Breakers, including your Ground-Fault Breakers, are initially designed to kick OFF at a certain level of Current. Once a breaker has kicked OFF several times, it will not be as robust as it was originally. In other words, it will be susceptible to kick OFF at a lower current than it was originally designed for. SO, if you continue to load these breakers at or near their limits, you will just be compounding your problem over time.

DON BOBBITT
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How to Get Started in Camping?


The link below will take you to an article I wrote on my HubPages domain for people who want to get into camping but really do not know how or where to start.

How to Get Started in Camping?

This article provides information on such subjects as;

  1. the World of Campers or Recreational Vehicles, 
  2. the different Types of Campers on the Market, 
  3. the proper Accessories and other equipment needed, and 
  4. the Capabilities of each type of camper.


Check it out!
DON
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Home Remedies for You and your RV when on the road


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Red Cross Emblem, pic by Don Bobbitt

When you're traveling, you sometimes need to be creative when dealing with household and health situations.

The reality is that you just cannot carry everything in your RV that you have in your home. 

Of course, it goes without saying that you should never leave home without your required medications, as well as a well-prepared First Aid Kit.
But many times you will have situations pop up, that you need a remedy for. Things that you did not prepare for, but happen anyway.

The following is a collection home remedies and alternatives from various magazines, other campers, manufacturers, etc. for improving or eliminating pesky problems or temporarily relieving some simple health issues.
CAUTION: You still need to read the labels of all items carefully, for your safety ,and always use common sense, Please!
 As a disclaimer, I do not accept any responsibility for whatever happens (good or bad) if you try any of these remedies listed in this document.
 If you try one of these, and it works or if it does not, let me know. Also, If you have a Remedy of your own that works for you, send it to me and I will probably add it to this list.

Problem:
Proposed Remedy/Solution:


Anti-Fog Glasses and Goggles
Coat the lens’ with Colgate Toothpaste and then wipe off.
Arthritis
Spray WD-40 on the area of pain and rub it in.
Athletes Feet
Mix Cornstarch and Hot water, and soak feet.
Baked on Food
Soak overnight in water with 2 Efferdent tablets.
Bee Stings
Apply a Meat Tenderizer to a Bee Sting for relief
Bicycle Chain sticking
Use PAM cooking spray if no other lubricant is available.
Burn (Minor)
Colgate or Crest toothpaste works well for temporary relief.
Burnt Tongue
Pour some sugar on it for relief.
CD scratches
Apply Peanut Butter (Smooth), and then wipe it off with a Coffee Filter.
Chigger Bite
Apply Preparation H for relief
Chigger Bite
Place Fingernail polish onto the bite, and the larvae will suffocate within a day and you can pop it off to heal.
Clean Toilet stains
Use a mixture of Kool-Aid and water to clean stubborn Toilet stains.
Dandruff (Heavy)
Pour Vinegar on your scalp to loosen and remove dandruff.
Diarrhea
Make a Tea of Ginger (1-tbs Ginger & Hot water) and drink it 3 times daily to stop Diarrhea.
Diarrhea
For relief of Diarrhea, boil some Rice and drink the water.
Dirty Grout
Use Listerine to cut the dirt and/or place some toothpaste on a moist rag or sponge and scrub.
Facial Treatment
Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and you will see the dead skin and blackheads lifted off.
(To Dry) Fingernail Polish
Use PAM Cooking Spray
Fleas in the Carpet
Use 20-Mule Team Borax and let it sit for 24 hours before removing.
Fungus (on Toenails or fingernails)
Use Vicks Vapor-Rub on the nails to reduce or kill the Fungus.
Grass Stains
Karo Syrup will break grass stains down, but can present a job removing the Syrup later, so do not leave it on too long.
Grease Stains
Coca Cola will clean many grease stains
Hair Conditioner
Budweiser Beer.
Hair Conditioner
Cool Whip works well, but will take about 15 minutes to soak in.
Hair Conditioner
If your hair is really Dry then try Mayonnaise as a Conditioner to get some oils back into your hair.
Headaches
Drink some Ginger tea (1-tbs Ginger Powder and Hot water) to sooth Headaches.
Immune System
Eat Garlic regularly to boost your Immune System.
Insect Stings
WD-40 will ease the pain.
Inflamed Eyes
If ou have any Carrots, cook them to a mush, place this in a moist cloth, and place this over your eyes to sooth them.
Lice
Mayonnaise will kill lice.
Menstrual Cramps
Chamomile Tea will help reduce Menstrual Cramps.
Mice
First, cut up a small cheap sponge into 1-inch squares. If you then place a few drops of Peppermint Oil on the Sponges, and place them in the Baggage Compartments, the Mice will go away. Re-juvenate the Peppermint Oil on the sponges every 6-8 weeks, for an ongoing solution.
Mosquitoes
First of all, If you are going outside, be sure you are clean, as Mosquitoes love sweat.
Mosquitoes
If possible, head for high, dry ground, also a nice wind also helps keep them away.
Mosquitoes
Mouth Wash. Putting a little Listerine in a spritzer, and spraying your legs and arms will keep them away for a while.
Mosquitoes
To ease the itching from Mosquito bites, rub the sites with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.
Paper Cut
Super Glue or ChapStick. Glue is used instead of sutures in many hospitals, and works well with cuts to protect them from germs, and .seal them for healing
Poison Ivy Rash
To prevent the rash from Poison Ivy, if you brush against the plant, immediately wash the area with warm water and soap, then wipe the cleaned area with Alcohol pads
Puffy Eyes
Apply a little Preparation-H to the eyelids, keeping away from the eyes.
Paint removal from hands
Use PAM cooking spray.
Remove Labels from glassware
Rub with Peanut Butter
(For) Shiny Hair
Use Brewed Lipton Tea
Sore Throat
Steep Sage leaves in hot water, and make a tea. Drink the Tea to sooth a sore throat.
Spiders
It seems that a good temporary remedy for Spiders, and some other insects is the good old Flea-&-Tick collar. If you cut a new collar up into small 1-inch pieces, and place them in the corners of all of your rooms in your RV, it will keep the Spiders away. Of course, they need to be replaced regularly, just as they would on your pet.
Stains on Clothes
Use toothpaste on a cloth to rub stains and wash off.
Stinky Feet
Soak your feet in a Jello mixture.
Stomach Gas
Chamomile Tea will help reduce Stomach Gas.
Sunburn
Empty a large Jar of Instant Nestea into your bath water and soak.
Swollen Eyes
Place wet teabags on the bags under your eyes to help reduce the swelling.
Tick Removal
Do not “rip” the Tick loose, or cover the site with Nail Polish, as you could end up with an infection. You should grasp the Ticks body with a pair of tweezers and pull gently and it will eventually release it’s hold. Then clean the site with Alcohol or an Antibiotic if you have it.
Toothache
For temporary relief of a toothache, suck on a Tea Bag as the pain can be reduced by the Tannins in Tea.
Upset Stomach
Chamomile Tea or Ginger Tea will sooth an upset stomach.
Urinary Tract Infection
Drink 3-4 cups of Cranberry Juice a day to help reduce Urinary Tract infections.
Vomiting
Chamomile Tea will help reduce Vomiting.
Wine Stain
Pour granulated salt on the stain and it will soak up the stain. Then clean.

Wound Infections
Apply Honey to a wound to discourage infections. The moisture is good for a wound and the Hydrogen-Peroxide in Honey acts as an antibacterial.





Again, as a disclaimer, I do not accept any responsibility for whatever happens (good or bad) if you try any of these remedies listed in this document.

DON

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