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February 8, 2020 
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Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Gail and I have been on the road now for almost three months and will likely remain away from our Seattle home for another two months.

As you may know, our motorhome is of modest size, 32 feet with two slideouts (one a full-wall). We often remark how easy it is to live in it, despite the limited space. It’s wide enough so that we don’t bump into each other walking from one end to the other. The RV has two big rooms, living room/kitchen and a 100-square-foot bedroom in the back with a door that closes allowing some private time when either of us need it. And there’s the little bathroom, just big enough to attend to our duties.

This is NOT my motorhome, perhaps eight feet or so longer. But just look at it! Could you live in this? I could. I’ll take a wild guess and say this is probably more attractive per square foot than most North American homes.

Our landlocked home back in the Northwest is about six times larger than the RV. But when I think about it, we only occupy a small part of it except when passing through it from, say, the bedroom to the kitchen.

MY IDEA FOR AN EXPERIMENT
I would love to conduct an experiment in which Gail and I would wear a tracking device in our home for one month. It would chart our whereabouts 24/7. At the end of the month, a computer printout of our home’s floorplan would show where we spent our time. Areas we occupied the longest – the bed, for example – would show up in dark red. The couch in the living room where we watch TV would be red, but slightly lighter. Areas we used less, like the kitchen table, shower and living room (which we seldom use), would be a very light red. Areas where we spend little or no time would be white.

I believe what we would see is that we spend 95% of our time in a relatively small area. The hallway, and the center of rooms with no seating, would simply be “passing through” zones that we might only occupy a few minutes in an entire month.

What we would learn, I think, would explain why we are so content in our little RV, where the only area that’s missing is “passing through zones.” The distance from the kitchen to the bedroom, for example, is about eight feet, not 40 feet like at home.

I have never understood why some couples or small families choose to live in homes of 3,000, 4,000 square feet or larger. If they entertain a lot, hosting many people at once, then maybe the big home makes sense. Otherwise, what do you do with all that space except walk through it getting to where you need to go?

I have visited royal castles in Scotland, Germany, Austria and elsewhere that were bigger than department stores. I’m telling you, I’d take my RV any day. Castles are way overrated if you ask me. And talk about wasted space!!

Honestly, I do not feel a bit space-deprived in my RV. It’s just right. It’s my happy place, too.

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Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Do campgrounds need immunity from “frivolous lawsuits” from campers? Apparently so, at least in Ohio.
• Falling oak tree crushes travel trailer, leaving RVer trapped inside.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Upcoming RV shows • Latest RV recalls • Stolen RV report • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …



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Keep informed
Current Wildfire Report.
National Hurricane Center.

Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips
Ask the RV Tech: How much value is there in RV forum advice?
Got a toy hauler? Get your stuff off the floor – and on the wall.
Make a safe U-turn when the road goes the wrong way.
Traveling? Get the inside scoop on local attractions.
Boondocking and running low on liquid? Bring water to your rig.



The peace and satisfaction of “living small”

RVer Jimmy Smith reflects on how “living small” in the 100-square-foot RV he shares with his partner, Julianne, has brought him peace and contentment. You will enjoy this short essay.

Is it safe to leave a deposit with an RV dealer?

RVtravel.com recently posted a message from a reader which was titled, “Is novice RV buyer being ‘taken’ by dealer? Your input requested.” Dave Helgeson, a former RV dealer and avid RVer, not to mention the show director for three popular Northwest RV shows including the Seattle RV Show, explains why it is not only safe but in your best interest to leave a deposit with an RV dealer when looking to purchase an RV. Learn more. (Then, if you’re in the area, go to the Seattle RV Show. Hey … We’re not snowed in like we were last year!)

Readers’ favorite RV parks and campgrounds. Stayed at any of these?

We recently asked you: Do you have a favorite RV park or campground? Here are some of your answers, organized by state.

The importance of a good RV water filter

Clean water. Every RVer wants it and needs it. No sane RVer would consider embarking on a trip of any length without clean water onboard – or a way to generate it. In fact, clean water may arguably be the most important item for your RV, next to your keys and a full tank of gas. … Therefore, depending on what you’re using the water for, the question is: How clean is clean enough? Read more in this very informative article.


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles:

Murders and other crime in the RV park
RVers: To arm or not to arm
Who is this old man?
What happened to the blue mailboxes?
Me and an ugly tent trailer a long time ago


Reader Poll

Do you have a really good friend you can talk with about anything?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.



What we learned about you last week

How concerned are you with catching coronavirus? Would you pay $17 for a bundle of firewood? Do you like your first name? Do you ever hum or whistle a tune without thinking about it? Who would you rather be stranded with on a desert island for three months? What flavor milkshake is your favorite? Fifth wheel owners: How many months a year do you occupy your RV? All this and more, right here.

Pipe thread tape: Use the right color, the right way

When plumbing water or gas lines, many RVers use thread seal tape, or “Teflon tape” as it’s commonly called. … Since it comes on a spool, it’s easy to wind around pipe threads, not only to seal them against leakage but also, since the stuff acts like a lubricant, it makes it easier to tighten up the connection. Russ and Tiña De Maris talk about the different kinds of thread tape and when to use them here.

Readers report their favorite “mods” and RV “add-ons”

We asked you last week about the favorite thing you’ve added or done that is far and away the best tweak to your RV. We received dozens of letters from readers who explained their favorite modifications or additions. Here, in the first installment, are a few.


Disposable fly traps do the catching for you
Every RVer knows the annoyance of flies around the campsite. This 2-pack of disposable fly catchers is easy to use, sanitary, and uses water instead of any poisons or killing agents. Each catcher can catch up to 20,000 flies. Throw it away when full. Get ready for summer fly season now at a great price.


New lightweight, dishwasher-safe grill perfect for RVers

You’ve just finished your delicious dinner of grilled steaks and asparagus. Your used dinner plates and glasses are in the dishwasher, but you’ve still got to go back outside to scrub clean the dang grill. Ugh. Does that sound familiar? Well, things have changed, friends. The HERO grill is here to save the day! It’s far different from what an RVer normally sees and we think you’re really going to like it. Emily explains what makes this grill different.

This RV has its very own fire truck

This RV comes with its own fire truck. Or, I guess to be more accurate we’d have to say the fire truck comes with its own RV. Reader Gary Jones spotted this recently in Quartzsite, Arizona. Check it out.

How to add an instant bathtub to your shower

Some people are just plain creative. They see opportunities where others see obstacles (or more likely don’t see anything special at all). If you have a shower in your RV that doesn’t double as a bathtub and you crave a bath, then here’s a quick, simple way to allow your shower to do double-duty. This is so cool!



Brain teaser:

Which vehicle is spelled the same way forward and backward? (Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter.)


You won’t “wine” about this!
Well, it’s official. We have a new RV accessory that we’re obsessed with. How cute are these?! This motorhome wine stopper (and this trailer one) belongs in every wine drinker’s RV! It would also make a cute Valentine’s Day gift…hint hint.


Popular articles from last week

Winter driving: Forget snow chains, use socks!
New developments in slayings of Texas RVers.
New Thor subsidiary to use European manufacturing methods.
Boondocking and running low on liquid? Bring water to your rig.
RVer stuck with bad toilet. Dealers won’t do warranty work.
RV and RV-related recalls for January 2020.
The ER is busy after the Super Bowl, but it’s not why you think.
Have you remodeled your RV? These folks have, and it’s gorgeous!
RVs in Japan are a lot different.
You will never see another 5th wheel trailer like this!
RVers fight insurance company over damaged RV and get $85,000.
RV Shrink: Size matters – Clarify RVing goals before choosing RV.
What we learned about you last week (January 25-31).


Resources

Our Facebook and RVillage GroupsRV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsNEW Budget RV Travel and RV Videos. Plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping. And please join our group on RVillage (like Facebook except just for RVers).

Stolen RVs: Here are some of the many RVs reported stolen in the last month. This report is updated the first of each month.

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

The RV Show USA
Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

The RV Death Spiral
Read the eight-part series of editorials by Greg Gerber that the RV industry never wanted written. Download the PDF.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

Motorhomes on Fire
This is not pretty – dozens of videos of RVs burning up. But the point is to help viewers understand that RVs burn fast, and they need to practice good fire-prevention habits and practice an escape plan … just in case.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Save bandwidth while watching YouTube videos
How to watch YouTube videos using very little bandwidth.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


NEW! 2020 edition is here! 
Learn what’s along the 
Interstate

Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate. The brand-new 2020 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and lists what you’ll find: gas stations (including those with diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, retail stores (by name), malls, factory outlets, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas & more. Very helpful even if you have a GPS. Learn more or order.


Ask the RV Shrink

RV awning – Use it, don’t lose it!

Dear RV Shrink:
This might sound petty, but my traveling partner and I are always arguing about rolling up the awning. In my opinion, RV awnings are not designed to be left out all the time. … My partner is always giving me a hard time when I insist we roll it up. Should I just give in and hope for the best?

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s advice.


Do you subscribe to our RV Daily Tips Newsletter?
Every Monday through Friday you get a short, informational email from us delivered straight to your inbox. Inside each issue you’ll find: quick RV tips, popular articles, reader polls, RV thoughts, helpful resources, a website of the day, RV clubs and organizations, trivia, jokes and more! If you don’t like it, you can easily unsubscribe, but we doubt you’ll want to. Read the latest issue here and then sign up here.


We’ll have a report about this disaster in tomorrow’s news edition of this newsletter. Don’t miss it!


Ask the RV Doctor

Why is no water coming out of hot water faucet?

Dear Gary,
The 10-gallon water heater in my Holiday Rambler is still producing hot water but there is nothing coming out of the faucets. It is as if there is no water pressure, but there is no leak evident. When I turn the bypass valve to the “off” position, I noticed that water is still flowing into the water heater because I pulled the plastic drain plug. Either way, the water was flowing into the heater and draining out the drain hole. If the valve is bad would this be the answer as to why there is no pressure coming out of the faucet? —Kevin

Read Gary’s response.


For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)


RV Electricity

Finding short circuits in dead 120-volt AC systems, Part 3A

After a brief respite last week, we’re now moving into Part 3A of my series on diagnosing short circuits. Today we’ll focus on troubleshooting short circuits on dead (unpowered) 120-volts AC RV electrical systems. Learn more.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Battery bank accounts – deposits and withdrawals. Mike explains charging and discharging batteries in RVs by using a bank account analogy. (Yep, Mike makes it make sense.)

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.


ADVERTISEMENT
Be like Mike Sokol, use a torque screwdriver!
Most overheated wiring situations in transfer switches are due to loose screws in the terminal connections on the contactor/relays. This is simply due to road vibration and heating/cooling cycles. The solution? A torque screwdriver to safely tighten these screws. Read Mike’s post about these screwdrivers, and order one for yourself here.


RV Tire Safety

Air compressor – How big do you need?

From Roger Marble: “While air volume output might be a consideration, IMO if you are properly inflating your tires and properly monitoring inflation with a TPMS, I don’t understand how anyone can get in a position of needing more than about 5 psi unless you have an active leak. … Monitor your tire pressure and don’t let the pressure drop more than 10% before you reinflate your tires.” Learn more.



RV Short Stop

Maple will flow soon in Vermont

Help celebrate the first crop of Vermont’s maple season at the “Maple Open House.” It takes place March 20-22. About 140 sugarmakers will open their sugarhouse doors, … with free samples, tours of the sugarhouse and the sugarbush. Then, April 24-26, the Vermont Maple Festival is held in St. Albans, with many maple exhibits and food demonstrations, parade, live entertainment for the family, an antique show, craft and specialty food show, and much more. Info here.


Tax Corner

Amending your tax return

Question: “I found some deductions that I forgot to claim on my 2018 income tax return. Can I claim them now or do I need to change the return that I filed last year?”
Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA, explains why, when and how to make changes to your already-filed tax return here.


The funniest sign for your RV (and a best-seller with RVtravel.com readers!). Click here to laugh.


RV Fire Safety

Check the flue after storing RV

If you store your coach, be sure to check the flue before starting your refrigerator on propane. Birds and insects can build nests and clog the flue, causing a fire or excess carbon monoxide to enter your coach.


Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.


Museum of the Week

Chaffee Barbershop Museum

Fort Smith, Arkansas

On March 25, 1958, Elvis Presley received “the haircut heard round the world” at the Fort Chaffee Barbershop in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Elvis’ iconic haircut, the G.I. buzzcut, was first cut in this barbershop, now a museum dedicated to the legend himself. Since the shop was turned into a museum in 2008, it has attracted visitors from all over the world. Inside this 1950s era barbershop (which looks exactly the same as it did the day Elvis walked in), you’ll find the camera used to take photos that day, television news coverage and other memorabilia dedicated to the King. Learn more here.


Trivia

Eighty-five percent of households in the U.S. and Canada are an average of five minutes away from a Goodwill store. —Source: Goodwill Industries

WHAT IS THIS? Answer below staff box.

Bumper sticker of the week

“Give me ambiguity or give me something else.”

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)RVtravel.com

Joke of the Week

Tesco is a big supermarket chain in the U.K. Within hours of the news that Tesco’s “all beef hamburgers” contained 30% horse meat (in 2013), these quips hit the Internet (Part 4 of 4):
• A woman has been taken to a hospital after eating horse meat burgers from Tesco. Her condition is listed as stable.
• I said to my spouse, “These Tesco burgers give me the trots….”
• At first, I thought, “Oh great, I’ve been saddled with another email to forward, but something spurred me on.”
• These Tesco burger jokes are going on a bit. Talk about flogging a dead horse.
Thanks to George Bliss!

Worth Pondering

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller


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WHAT IS IT? It’s an antique cast iron sausage press.

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Pat Pettersen
1 year ago

I am interested in the unknown fire hazard, but can’t find the article about it.

Shredder J.
1 year ago

I think that most folks think they need a big house or RV because they picture themselves living a life that they don’t really live. My hubs and I have had the giant house (6K square feet) and now live in a 1500 sq foot house. Truth is, we use the kitchen, living room, bath and bedroom the most – and although we have a 2nd bedroom and a small dining room – we rarely use them. When we purchase our RV it will be a van with one slide out. We’ll be fine and I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks for your wonderful and interesting newsletter.

akgourmet
1 year ago

I can’t read the casting, but I think its an antique duck press.

jillie
1 year ago

O the junk a house is for. We cleaned out a study and built a murphy bed. Ended up with 6 boxes of crap I need to go thru. Cleaned out study and now a bed in a box sits in that room. Looks ten times better then it has in the 20 years we have lived here. I plan to give it all away or toss it all away. Going RV FT and a house for storage is not what I want to come home to. We have a 1000 sq foot house. It is like a mini RV in of itself. So if you do not need the space? Sell and travel. I know what rooms I use and it is not much.

livingboondockingmexico
1 year ago

Big houses are bad for the environment. They require a lot of maintenance (chemical-based products), yard fertilizers (chemicals again), use a ton of heating and air conditioning (fossil fuel consumption and carbon footprint). It’s generally a sign of power. We live in a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath, with a studio under 1000 sq feet. The second bedroom is used as closet space and the studio, well I am sitting next to it right now and I haven’t been in it since last October. I could easily live in our 24ft two slideout travel trailer.

Abe Loughin
1 year ago

The answer to the brain teaser is “racecar’

Colin Flagg
1 year ago

Modification I have made:
I noticed my drawers didn’t come out all the way or even half way. I found the drawer slides only come out 3/4 of the way. I measured the drawers and then measured how deep the drawer could be. what a surprise. I bought drawer boxes closer to size they could be. I bought full travel slides. a new problem came up, the drawers came out at every turn, and even parked at camp. To fix this I installed 1/4-20 threaded inserts above drawer, modified 1/4-20 J-hooks (cut 1/2″ off the hook) as drawer locks.

Anne
1 year ago

I not only know it is a sausage stuffer, I own one and use it every year.

Wolfe
1 year ago

The editorial is right on… I’ve owned a (!) McMansion with my exwife — and many rooms I didn’t go into for WEEKS. We had rooms for storing stuff we didn’t use, and rooms for guests that didn’t visit (no one liked my exwife, literally…) including a 1200sf entertaining room and 600sf kitchen.
Total waste, and so was the house. Safe to say, it did not produce happiness.

I’ve owned a 19′ RV with current wife and two sons. We constantly crashed into one another, got in one another’s way, and squeezed into every activity. That was too small, but much happier even with the rubs. I kept the lesson, just upgraded the passing room slightly to current 35′ trailer. I’ve often marvelled at how “not too small” it feels even after weeks on the road — all the essentials are right on board including my very unusual ones.

My current house is typical size, and I enter every room every day. It keeps my ever expanding crudpile rotating with Craigslist to get rid of it when it’s in my way. Sometimes I miss my McMansion 4 bay woodshop and being able to park inside, but on the balance, it’s good enough. I don’t think I’ll be able to live in JUST the RV anytime in the next few decades, but doing so much RVing has taught me to be more efficient and appreciative even when home.

Linda & David
1 year ago

Brain teaser answer: RACECAR

Ed & Cindy
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda & David

Civic

Dan Kimble
1 year ago

Is it safe to leave a deposit at an RV dealer…beware!!! Not all dealers are honest. When we started our search for a motorhome we visited a large well known dealer to get a feel of what’s available, what type and our campers trade in value. We met with a salesman and were honest we are not ready to commit right now. The salesman assured us he understood our position and offered a test drive and to work with us. Our first time driving or being in a motorhome happened, we knew at that point we wanted to explore our options! After our test drive we were brought into a tiny office and the pressure started…we were clear we were not ready and would need to speak with our financial advisor before considering any purchase. My husband wanted to know how much our 3 yr old Outback trade-in value was. That’s when the scam started. In order for the dealer to work up the trade they we would need to sign a “trade-in” document and supply a credit card number, nothing would be charged until they could see the trailer in person. Multiple people came in applying the pressure…we stuck to our guns, got our initial deal to think about it until we got our ducks in a row. We left with a lot to think about! Two days later I received an alert from my credit card co that a 5,000 charge was made on our card…the dealer went ahead and charged the card! We rejected the payment as unauthorized! Within 3 hours we received a call from the dealer stating when we signed the document for the trade in value we committed to the deal, We argued that we in no way agreed to the deal! Worse in the fine print it stated if we did not take delivery we would be responsible for $25,000 (lawsuit)!! The month long nightmare began!! Thankfully, I had sent the salesman an email after our initial visit detailing our visit and that we had not agreed to the deal until the trailer could be seen and that the cc would not be charged, which he agreed to in writing. We had to get an attorney and luckily came out ok. Not to say all dealers are bad, we ended up purchasing a new MH at a different dealer with no issues. Cautionary tale,,,buyer beware!!!

John
1 year ago

Its an Apple cider press

Gray
1 year ago
Reply to  John

No… an apple cider press has an iron-strap wooden slat crush basket, underneath a hopper-mounted shredding drum. I and friends have literally hundreds of hours making cider in fall orchards, collecting and pressing all the downfalls. (No livestock grazed in the orchard, so no worries about e-coli or other nasties. Plus, we must have been far more hardy back in those days.)

Corkey
1 year ago

Allstays was always our go to app when looking for campgrounds and planning stops. BUT NO MORE….. they have stopped aupport for the Android version and it will no longer run on our phones. This has become one of many apps that no longer support Android phones (some never did).
This is the USA, why are we being FORCED to use one manufacture’s products. I for one will not be FORCED. If necessary, i will go back to using a laptop in the vehicle. Thank goodness we aren’t forced to drive a certain manufacture’s vehicle or shop at only one store.

Einar
1 year ago

I spent 5 months living in my 168 square foot hybrid. And found it to be very comfortable. I spent most of my time outside until it was time to turn in. When I went back home to our BIG House I felt lost in it. After having everything I needed just a few steps away. Plus keeping it clean inside was a snap. Done in minutes instead of spending a couple hours. I have been to some houses that were so big that I thought you needed roller skates to get from place to place in them. What a waste.

friz
1 year ago

“I have visited royal castles in Scotland, Germany, Austria and elsewhere that were bigger than department stores. I’m telling you, I’d take my RV any day. Castles are way overrated if you ask me.” Sour grapes?

Richard
1 year ago
Reply to  friz

Castles are just like mansions. No one needs one, they incredibly costly to maintain and operate and they really aren’t that comfortable.

I have a 2,000 square foot house with a basement. It is too large and filled with literally junk that we have accumulated over 20 years of living here. We could do just fine in a house half this size and still have room to spare.

This is why I like my RV. It’s a 35 foot fifth wheel that is large enough not to run into each other and we have plenty of room to relax and enjoy life.

No sour grapes here. Even if I had millions of dollars I am fairly certain that I wouldn’t have an overly large house.

Jeff
1 year ago

The reason why my wife and I had a 3,600 square foot house is we had 3 daughters. Once our 3 daughters moved out of the house we sold our house and down sized to a double wide trailer house with 1800 square feet.
We did have a hard time selling our 3600 square foot house because the house was too big for most people.

Frank
1 year ago

It’s a sausage maker.

Tim.kyfl
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

Stuffer

N'tan Gilpin
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

lard press

Dale
1 year ago
Reply to  N'tan Gilpin

it is a lard press my mother one I saw it used a couple of times.

Bd2
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

I have one. No way is this a sausage maker….
I have a sausage maker and the meat is pressed out in the direction of the spout [wher you would slide on the skin]. The one you show the spout is by the side of the press so it would always jam up. There is a very small museum in a small mountain community in northern CO with this explained.
I have used mine to press cheese curds. Most others have used it to crush apples for cider [mine has a sheet metal spout on it with an attach point lip on output to collect the juice.