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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1000

Issue 1000 • November 6, 2018

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Welcome to issue 1,000 of RV Daily Tips from We appreciate you reading and hope you’ll stick around until we reach issue 2,000. That’ll be about 5 years from now! Will we run out of tips? Nope … won’t happen! Too much to write about in the Wonderful World of RVing!

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Chuck Woodbury

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Don’t trip the breaker!
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol 
One of our readers sent this in and I think it’s a great quick tip. Here’s what George has to say: “Take small colored sticker dots and put one on each outlet that corresponds in color to a dot placed on a breaker in your electrical panel. When you plug in an appliance to one color dotted outlet such as a toaster, don’t plug your kettle into an outlet with the same color. This way you can avoid having two heavy-drawing appliances drawing current through the same breaker, thus avoiding a tripped breaker. In the event a breaker does trip, this should make it easier to find the thrown breaker knowing which outlet you were using.” Thanks to George Bliss! These 1/4″ diameter neon colored dots should do the trick and be visible in low light.

Protecting your tires when parking
Ale suggests this construct for putting under your parked RV tires: “Two-by-eight treated boards with leftover fiberglass shingles stapled to the boards. Shingles are great moisture barriers – most of us live under them.” Thanks for the water-shed idea, Ale!

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.

Keep gray tank odors away
HepvO is a unique self-sealing waste valve that prevents the escape of foul sewer air from waste discharge systems, and actively maintains the pressure equilibrium in soil and waste installations. As a dry sealing valve, HepvO utilizes a purpose designed membrane to create an airtight seal between the living space and the drainage system. Learn more.

Today’s brain teaser (answer below): Two fathers and two sons walk into a candy store. They all buy candy for 50 cents but all together they only spend $1.50. How is this possible? 


trailer trash can
We found this handmade trailer trash can at What a great gift for the holidays! Learn more about it and similar ones by clicking here.

Faster internet speeds?
Leslie Rolsheim shares her experience. “My husband and I have been RVing for over 20 years. We have experienced very S-L-O-W internet due to people streaming movies in campgrounds and other locations. Ten years ago we did a survey with other RVers and came to the conclusion that a personal Hot Spot WiFi is the best for us. We switched to Verizon for our Internet and phones. Have never had a problem with reception AND it doesn’t have to be plugged in to work. I use it with my iPad for navigation and checking email while on the road. (My husband does all the driving.) We just have to charge it when necessary. When we are boondocking, we use our portable chargers. We also have Dish Network for our TV. We take our Dish Box and portable dish antenna.” Thanks, Leslie!

Winter RV storage prep
Storing your trailer for severe cold requires draining the fresh water AND the water heater. Install a water heater by-pass kit and then drain the water heater. The entire water distribution system should be drained through a low point drain or by blowing the pipes clean, using compressed air. Don’t forget the water supply to the toilet. Kitchen, shower and washbasin traps should be filled with nontoxic antifreeze. Batteries should be removed or kept fully charged.

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This handy website is a fuel stop directory for trucks (though works the same for RVs) and gives you the nearest fuel stations with diesel, overnight parking locations, truck stops and rest areas. It’s a good site to bookmark!

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Answer to today’s brain teaser: One father, one grandfather and one son makes two fathers and two sons! 3 x $0.50 = $1.50 

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Three ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich.” The second lady chimed in with, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.” The third one responded, “Well, ladies, I’m glad I don’t have that problem. Knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table and then said, “Oh! That must be the door, I’ll get it!”

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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4 years ago

On the Brain Teaser: If they “all” bought for 50 cents then they spent only 50 cents. If they EACH bought candy for 50 cents then it could come out at a $1.50.

4 years ago

Afraid of being unable to be active and having to rely on others. If I am not having fun I just as soon would die. Hope it is quick.

4 years ago

Afraid of drowning, tornadoes, and fires.

4 years ago

I fear having to bury another one of my children.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Jean

So sorry, Jean. 🙁 —Diane at

4 years ago

Afraid of: The wife!

Diane M
4 years ago

I’m most afraid of a slow decline in health that would leave me unable to care for myself and make me a burden on my family. Hope I get to die quick when it’s my time.

4 years ago

I’m not afraid to die…….I just don’t want to be there when it happens!

Bob Weinfurt
4 years ago

The only thing I’m majorly concerned and being careful about is running out of money before I die.

Roger White
4 years ago

Could you please modify the RV Travel Forum Rules
to include “no political comments”? Those should be made inside the voting booth. Thank you.

4 years ago

Wasps~ very allergic~

John Karlson
4 years ago

Afraid of outliving my $$$$.

4 years ago

1,000 copy, good job all !!

Michael Galvin, PhD
4 years ago

The survey omitted the Universal Phobia: public speaking.

And right, insects and snakes don’t belong in the same category.

4 years ago

Funny thing: I used to think I was morbidly afraid of public speaking — it could literally kill me the way my heart would pound in my ears. Somewhere in college, a professor challenged me to “talk about something – anything – you know a lot about,” and I spoke for almost an hour laughing and taking questions and almost even enjoying it.

Apparently(!), the secret is to actually know what you’re talking about, instead of “the socio-economic impact of Federalist wombats in a post-marsupial socialist confederation…” I don’t mind sharing my knowledge, as long as I’m not pressed into sharing my ignorance… 🙂

4 years ago

I am most afraid of almost dying, ie. a vegetative state.

Jim Schrankel
4 years ago

Congratulations Chuck on the 1,000th issue of RV Tips! It’s my first stop every morning!

4 years ago

I don’t have much that I’m afraid of, maybe burning to death in a fire, but death itself doesn’t bother me.

Bob T
4 years ago

In your survey I chose “spiders, bees, insects, snakes”, but am only afraid of spiders. I love snakes.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob T

Here’s a song that wraps it all up:
I don’t like Spiders and Snakes….

Bob Weinfurt
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

They’re more afraid of you than you are them.

Eric Meslin
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob T

Can’t say I love snakes, but I can keep my eye on them and avoid them. They don’t normally stray into my space. Spiders on the other hand seem to come out of nowhere and escape under/behind things. I go into a murderous rampage when one is spotted. Don’t worry, only the spider is in danger. More than once I’ve had a spider drop down from the sun visor area in the car. Fortunately, this hasn’t happened while towing the trailer. I afraid it would cause terminal swaying while trying to avoid/kill the spider. I killed a big hairy one in the kitchen one day. The “hairiness” turned out to be babies; hundreds of them that scattered. I sprayed the house with so much poison, it’s a wonder we’re still alive. Don’t get me started about spiders.

4 years ago

Ey am afraid of stupid RV drivers and stupid people who leave comments on this forum. Yes, Ey am afraid of myself most of the time.

Dave Telenko
4 years ago

Awesome idea about putting colored stickers on outlets & circuit breakers, but buying 3300 of them! But I’m sure there are lots of uses for them!

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

That’s the smallest bundle they come in. There must be something else you can do with a few thousand tiny dots….

Bob p
4 years ago

Flying is #1 because I have no control of my destiny, I know statistically it’s very safe, but how do I know if the pilots time is up? I also put small spaces because I’m claustrophobic. It doesn’t have to be a small space. One time in the Marines I was walking guard duty and entered an aircraft hangar and when the door closed i found it locked and I couldn’t get out, I was going into panic mode when someone opened the door from outside and I was able to get out.

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