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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1014

Issue 1014 • December 6, 2018

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Maintaining slide out seals

If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, especially after it’s been sitting for a while, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! There are seals on both the inside and the outside of the slide outs to help keep you dry and comfortable. The exterior seals keep the rain out, and the interior seals keep the heat and cool air in. If these start to crack due to being pulled on when sticking, you will get leaks and end up an unhappy camper. Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm!

Start with your slide out fully retracted. This will make sure the seals that actually seal it while it’s extended are as accessible as possible. On the inside, if you feel around the top and sides of the slide, you will be able to locate the rubber seal. Spray your Thetford seal conditioner on the top and side seals and allow to dry. No wiping needed! Now you want to extend your slide out so that you can get to the outside seals that keep water out while the slide out is retracted. The seals on the outside are a bit easier to see. You’ll want to get a ladder so you can reach the seals on the top. Again, using your Thetford conditioner, spray all the way around the side and top seals. It can become difficult at the top to reach all the way to the middle of the slide, but get as far in as you can. Coating the outer seals keeps them from sticking to the exterior and having chunks ripped out of the rubber as the slide is moved in and out. It’s also going to help give you a coating that will repel water to help ensure there are no leaks. –From Lakeshore RV Center

How often to check
your battery electrolyte?

If you have new “lead acid” batteries, they should be checked for “fill-up” about twice a month. If they’re older, check once a week. After you’ve done it a few times, you’ll get the “feel” for how often your babies need feeding.

Today’s brain teaser: I am the beginning of sorrow, and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me, yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always at risk, yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but never out of darkness. What am I?

Worth pondering:

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison


Grease in the gray water tank?

As good as we try to be, sometimes grease gets down the galley sink drain. Over time it can create a nasty mess in the holding tank. If that’s a problem for you, just before you break camp and motor down the road, dump some white vinegar down the sink drain. Sloshing around in the tank, it’ll help cut the grease.

Thinking about work camping?

Some basic principles to remember when you decide that work camping will be part of your RV lifestyle. The main thing is: You are not starting a new career. These are part-time seasonal jobs. The pay, if any, will be at or near minimum wage. Secondly, unless you have been hired as a manager, do not try to be one. This can quickly lead to problems between you and management, and can just as quickly lead to dismissal. If you can keep these basics in mind, and keep a good work ethic and attitude, you will be successful. — From “So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]” Available on

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Christmas DogPaws-itively perfect gifts for dogs, cats, and their parents

This list from Country Living has the 50 best gifts for Fido, Fifi, and their pup-parents. The holiday wreath toy is a personal favorite, but the RV dog house is a close second…

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from

No bathtub? No problem!

Here’s an easy, inexpensive way to add a bathtub to your RV — just buy a kid’s swimming pool, blow it up, fill with water — and you’re in business. Great for bathing children or pets, and pretty good as a makeshift bathtub for grown ups, too. —Instagram


The best phone mount for an RV
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Answer to today’s brain teaser: The letter S


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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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2 years ago

My husband is like the IKEA commercial. I paid what? OMG Get the car before they come after us. Between coupons and sales I can easily walk out of a grocery store with savings any where from 30 to 100 dollars at check out. As for that bath tub idea? Seriously? Those things can handle hot water? I wouldn’t go there. Just go to the bath house and do it there. Seriously.

2 years ago

When using store or manufacture coupons before I clip I ask myself. “Is this something I would normally buy?” Usually the answer is “no” so I don’t clip or download to my store grocery cards. Really most of it is just data mining and I get enough junk mail

2 years ago

I would never put a pool in our shower. However, for years now, through our own 3 kids and then grandson I have carried a cheap inflatable pool. Works great for washing and cleaning up little bodies between 6 months and 5 years. No soap needed, no matter how dirty, and down right fun to put the babies in the middle of adults under the canopy and let them play away, clean up and cool off at the same time. These have been some happy camping memories. Soap is bad for the environment so dont use because in the end we just dump the water on the plants.

t hartman
2 years ago

For the pool in the shower stall….. might work fine if you only put in 2 inches of water. Pretty much no deeper than the shower pan lip, but enough to wash a small child. 50 gallons is absurd, shouldn’t use that much even in your home !!! That would be filling a standard tub almost to the top!

2 years ago

We clip coupons and shop BY what’s on sale strictly. My wife generally expects 55% off at the register (eg. $330 pre-coupons for $150 final), without eating anything weird. We also try to stock up slightly while on sale.

Earl Balentine
2 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I find that most coupons are for name brand products. We usually buy the store brand which is cheaper than the coupons. Almost all coupons don’t discount anything we usually buy. So for me it’s just a waste of time.

Larry Lang
2 years ago

I use online coupons (“Just-for-U” at Safeway) but I don’t clip coupons. When I click on an online coupon it is added to my account. When and if I buy the product the discount is automatically applied at the register.

2 years ago

Sorry, but the tub/pool is a really poor idea. Some very good reasons have already been mentioned below, but please consider the horrific damage that will occur should the pool rupture. Also, I don’t know about your RV, but my water heater isn’t large enough to support a warm bath anyway. My suggestion is if you or your spouse has a desire to sit in a bathtub, rent a room for the day.

Larry V
2 years ago

Its refreshing to see common sense comments from RV owners.

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry V

What’s NOT common sense about putting your dog’s sharp nails into an inflatable pool filled with 30 gallons of water, surrounded by weak plastic, and blocking the drain? I can’t see anything going wrong there…

Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Wolfe, that’s one way of looking at it. That said, I seem to recall seeing dogs playing in similar backyard swimming pools many times. I don’t think this is meant as a permanent thing. Thirty gallons of water? That’s 240 pounds plus the dog. There are lot of RVers out there who exceed that weight. And, why 30 gallons? Bathing a dog would take far less, ten gallons maybe. So just keep your St. Bernards out of there, but a poodle or two would seem to work fine. Pretty pessimistic there, Wolfe.

Wayne R
2 years ago

Also, if the pool is blocking the shower drain with 50 to 60 lbs of water …how do you empty it!!! Start baling into the little vanity sink ….I guess.

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago

Noticed your “tip” for rubber seal care and I’m wondering what the ingredient is in that $17 can. Can you simply use silicone spray which is much cheaper? When I search the internet for rubber O-ring lubricant everything comes up as silicone so why do I need to spend $17 for a $5 can of silicone?

Larry Lang
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Main ingredient is graphite.

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Lang


2 years ago

As far as the children’s pool in the shower, sounds a bit risky. The glass/plastic enclosure is not designed to be weight bearing, and as you fill the pool, and start “splashing around like a child in your backyard “, all that weight is pushing out on the enclosure. ??. Probably better off going to the campgrounds REAL pool, or hot tub, and “splashing around like a adult in your backyard “ You owe me a penny!