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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1009


Issue 1009 • November 28, 2018

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If you plan on boondocking in one of BLM’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) this winter, be especially sensitive to your neighbors when you set up camp. If you plan on running your generator a lot (because you don’t have solar panels or a wind turbine), park far enough away from others so the frequent running of the generator doesn’t impact their solitude. Many boondockers like peace and quiet, and not the drone of a generator. Or look for others who have their generators running and park near them since a running generator will be less offensive to those who are already running theirs.
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Be concerned about your RV’s cargo carrying capacity

You should be aware that a typical couple’s clothes and other things, once loaded into their RV, can easily add 1000 to 2000 pounds of extra cargo weight. Just consider these things alone: Your water holding tank might hold 60-100 gallons of fresh water and at 8 pounds a gallon that is 480-800 extra pounds by itself. Add another 400-500 pounds for canned goods, pantry items and all of the foods you packed into your fridge. Then add another 100-200 pounds for clothes, linens, etc. And, all of those folding chairs, barbecue grills, tools, folding tables, lights, power cords, water, and sewage hoses and other connectors, and such, you will stuff into your storage compartments could easily add another 400-500 pounds. As you can see from this example, I ended up with over 1500 pounds and I didn’t even try to add the many other items a couple might take on a vacation trip
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Don’t fudge on the fridge

Always double-check that your refrigerator is shut tight before hitting the road. If not, you could have a mess on your hands.

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Collapsible laundry baskets are great as temporary garbage cans when at your camping site. Pop it up, put a garbage bag in it, and voila!

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4 years ago

I disagree with the storage capacity. Unless you are a pack rat and need enough food to survive armageddon you really don’t need all that stuff. Just do a grocery shop once at the site. I plan to make a food list so we can cook on the road. I don’t do canned unless I need to. I do pack stuff from home to make meals once there but after that I go to the grocery store to plan the meals. So no, I don’t travel with water in the tank and no I don’t pack like it is going to snow in July. Although I was in Toronto one year and it did snow. July 1, 1 inch. If you pack to match you got it made. Happy camping. As for the mattress? It does its job.

Bob Weinfurt
4 years ago

I picked up a used queen size futon mattress at an auction and put it over the cushions. Now my old motorhome has a pretty comfy bed.

4 years ago

Our diesel pusher motorhome came with a Sealy mattress that’s
as comfortable as the mattress on our bed at home. Always a good night’s sleep!

Pat B
4 years ago

The jackknife sofa bed was so uncomfortable that I took it out, built a wooden platform, and put in a custom foam mattress. Now it’s very comfortable.

Pat G
4 years ago

We have had 4 5th wheelers, this last one is the only one we did not have to replace the mattress. super comfortable.

Marilyn R
4 years ago

Agree with almost all of those who said that they took out the mattress that came with their RV and that due to the replacement one it is NOW very comfortable.

4 years ago

Miss the Brainteasers, please bring them back.

Mitch Stevens
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Agree with Bill… Please bring back the brain teasers!

Linda Hagan
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I also agree… miss the brain teasers. I feel so smart when I get them right.

4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

We like the Math riddles

4 years ago

I marked uncomfortable due to the fact that after six years of summer use, the 8″ foam mattress has deteriorated and now sags. It started out very comfortable. We’ll be getting a new one prior to this coming summer.

4 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Check out Wal Mart on line. I got a really nice full for a really decent price. It is firm and does its job and did in fit perfect.

4 years ago

We replaced the RV mattress in our travel trailer with a 10 inch memory foam from Amazon and when we upgraded to a new TT the dealer swapped our mattress. The guys (3 of them) had a heck of a time getting our mattress in the new trailer. Those things they put in travel trailers shouldn’t even be considered a mattress

4 years ago

I replaced the mattress that came with my recently purchased used MH with a 10″ memory foam mattress. So comfortable.

Dave Telenko
4 years ago

When we were looking at our M/H the beautiful brochure said it had a pillow top mattress, oh boy what luxury! No so when we picked it up, my wife said where is the mattress that we’re supposed to have, it sure isn’t this one? After complaining they, Forest River, gave us what was supposed to be there in the first place. They made a big deal out of it by giving us a FREE up grade.

Neson Needham
4 years ago

RV Bed only comfortable after adding a 4 inch memory foam topper. NOW it’s great, before not even close.

Mke Micikas
4 years ago
Reply to  Neson Needham

where did you get your 4 inch memory foam and how soft is it

g l huff
4 years ago

Good try but you really need to use a more readable serif typeface…can the sans serif.

4 years ago

Our rv mattress sucks to be honest. We added a 3” memory foam topper and it is better. To totally solve the problem we need to replace the mattress with a full sized model. In the cards for the next season.

4 years ago
Reply to  Scooter

Same here.

Ronald Schulz
4 years ago

Our RV bed is very comfortable only because I added an extension onto the bed frame and installed a new full queen mattress. Just as comfy as home now.

Eric Meslin
4 years ago

We replaced our bed with an inexpensive inner spring mattress topped with a more expensive 3″ memory foam mattress. Very comfy. Just not too thrilled with the closed in feeling in the front bedroom of our travel trailer.

4 years ago
Reply to  Eric Meslin

We added the topper as well and it helps. DW is not too fond of the closed in overhead but I have gotten used to it and I hate tight spaces.

Edd Langdon
4 years ago

The original bed was not good so we replaced it with a memory foam.

4 years ago

The bed that came with my coach was uncomfortable. I gave it away and took my memory foam instead.

Joe Allen
4 years ago

Chuck, there is something wrong internally with your server. When I try and log into the RV Forums, it gives me an internal error. I even tried a new password and still no go. I also tried to send you a private email at: and it comes back as no such email. Hopefully, you will receive this one and can fix the problem.
Regards, Joe Allen

Tom Monville
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Same here

Tom Fitch
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

me too.