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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1008

Issue 1008 • November 27, 2018

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Super sticky gel pad to the rescue

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol 

I saw a discussion a while back about how to attach your cell phone to a dashboard, and here is what I use: the iOttie Easy One Touch holder. This has a special sticky gel pad which adheres to almost anything, even the pebble-grain dashboard on my Nissan pickup, for months at a time in all kinds of heat and sun. There are lots of ways to adjust the holder so I can get my iPhone in the just the right position for roadmap software. No need to stick it to your window or glue down a suction cup landing pad. When the sticky gel pad gets dirty, just wash it off in water to rejuvenate it. The telescopic arm adds 2 inches to allow for closer device viewing.

Plethora of pots?

How many pots and pans do you carry in your RV? Which ones have you used in recent times? Those you have not used you likely don’t need. Leave them at home from now on – they’re just extra weight.

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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.


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Replacing RV carpet

RV manufacturers – when will they ever learn? Sure, those light colors look great at the show – but buy it, use it a few months, and every stinking speck of dirt jumps up and screams. When it’s time to replace the carpet, consider going to a darker color, or at least a carpet with several shades of color, or maybe even multiple colors.

Shopping for an RV loan? Read this

It is possible to get almost any kind of RV loan if you have good credit. You will pay more interest if your credit score isn’t 700 and above. There are lending institutions that won’t lend money on low-end RVs because of the rapid depreciation. The same thing applies to rigs older than 7 to 10 years old. Tell the loan officer what type and age of an RV you’re considering before you fill out the application. Keep in mind that every application you submit will affect your credit score from 5 to 10 points. Don’t bother with companies that will not loan on your chosen RV type. You can get several finance quotes, but do not pay an application fee. If they want money up front, walk away. All the reputable companies can complete your loan application within an hour or so. They may want to work out the terms later. Don’t fall into this trap! Get all the numbers and know exactly what you will pay up front in down payment and exactly what the monthly payment will be. Also, insist on no pre-payment penalties in case you decide to pay off the loan early or make larger payments.
— From So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]

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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

I guess I am an old fashioned gal at heart. I like the old news letter best. This one seems too sparse and missing something. O well. As for an RV loan? We ended up with a 5% on ours. Hoping to get it paid off within 3 years.

4 years ago

Where’s the riddlers?

Michael O
4 years ago

I like the new website, but I miss the brain teasers.

Tom Fitch
4 years ago

You guys have done a beautiful job on the new site!

Andy Prescott
4 years ago

For the length of stay question: We do campground hosting for Washington State Parks. We get to enjoy the park and its surrounding for a month or three.

sharon B
4 years ago

I clicked on the word Website to see where the Christmas lights are being displayed in the states, but it does not take me anywhere. It’s just a blank page.

Jessica Sarvis
4 years ago
Reply to  sharon B

Sorry about that! We’ve fixed the issue!

Patti Panuccio
4 years ago

I guess I need new glasses, love the layout but I am having a hard time reading the type. Maybe try bold.

4 years ago
Reply to  Patti Panuccio

I too have a little bit of a problem…however, I just expand the whole page to make the letters larger and more legible.

4 years ago
Reply to  Patti Panuccio

Same here, I agree that a bold type may be easier to read.

Mike Brown
4 years ago

Love the new website layout. Great job.

Tim Slack
4 years ago

Re: your question of length of stay, I had a hard time answering because you stipulated ‘campgrounds’. My wife & I workamp (as do many other RVers) and stay 6 mo (or sometimes more) in our provided site – but it’s not a campground per se; it’s a free site exchanged for our work. Some of our sites are on land managed or owned by the organization we work for: NOS, USFWS, Nature Conservancy, or state/federal/regional parks, but still not campgrounds in the conventional sense. Just sayin’…

4 years ago
Reply to  Tim Slack

Along the same line, we don’t stay at “campgrounds”, but do stay at rv parks. In fact, we own our own site at an rv resort and stay there from mid May thru mid Oct. It takes us three nights to travel the distance between our home and our resort and always stay at well developed rv parks. At 44′ plus toad, “campgrounds” are not in our future.

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