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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1019

Issue 1019 • December 17, 2018

Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, road trip stops, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.

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Is your RV amenable to this outside shower hack?

If there are kids and beaches in your RVing life, we may have a way to keep down the sand migration into your rig. A user dubbed chilipyro share’s their approach to cleaning up kids: “The Jayco 32BHDS, like many others with similar floorplans, has an outside shower between slides. The space between is a comfortable shower size and it occurred to me that it would be simple to add some privacy, just by adding a curtain across the opening. So, I picked up an expandable shower rod (one with rubber feet on both ends), a shower curtain, and (for extra comfort) a wood slat shower base. The result came in VERY handy on a beach trip over the summer. The kids are old enough to be shy about taking their swimsuits off outside, but still young enough to come back from the beach with sand packed in every crevice.” This posting is from the forum.

Find those hidden ticks before they find you!

If you’re RVing in tick country and like hiking in the brush, you want to give ticks the “brush off” before they can latch onto your skin. Of course, you’ll have already doused yourself liberally with tick repellent before you set out, but on your return, the nasty critters can be hiding out on your clothing. Here’s the ticket: Use a lint roller over all clothing surfaces to snag the blood-sucking beasties before they can move. An idea snagged by Ashley Smith on pinterest.

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The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.


Keep those dirty shoes from messing up your RV

If you’re a fan of wet-weather (or beach) RVing, you know that the junk that can get tracked in on your floors can be enough to make you cry. Sure, you can tell everyone to take off their shoes or sandals before they come in, but at the end of the stay, where do you put the fouled footwear until you get it home for cleaning? Pick up a few cheap shower caps at Walmart and stuff ’em inside. Lightweight, cheap, easily obtainable, and best of all, it keeps that crud contained! Thanks to The Brighter Writer blog!

Adjusting the mirrors on your motorhome properly

The proper adjustment of the mirrors on your RV is critical for “on the road” safety and can make the difference between avoiding or being in an accident. Your motorhome generally has 2-piece mirrors on each side, extended on two adjustable arms near the front of the rig and situated for optimum use by the driver. Before adjusting the mirrors, you must realize that these mirror bodies extend outside of a very wide vehicle. With this in mind, look down the edge of your Rig, and always adjust the body of your mirrors to have their edge aligned right at the very side of your Rig, and no further out than necessary. A typical Class-A motorhome will be close to or right at 8-feet, 6-inches wide. And, remember, these mirrors, that extend beyond that limit will be the first things to get hit by, or to hit, other vehicles or objects when you are driving or parking your RV.
–From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.

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Campground Reviews – Printable Journal Pages

This handy page from the blog All Those Details gives you printable journal pages to keep track of all the RV parks and campgrounds you’ve stayed at. Write down info about the campground, what site number you stayed at (and if you’d stay again), where the nearest gas station was, etc. Pretty dang handy, if you ask us!

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Any RVer that has been on the road for awhile likely has a dog-eared and ragged copy of Don Wright’s “Guide to Free Campgrounds.” It’s been four years since the latest edition, and much has changed and been added. Read more about it here, and maybe order a copy of the brand-new 832-page guide for yourself or for a Christmas gift for your RVing friends.


A man runs into the vet’s office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.
The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog’s body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail and finally looks at the vet and meows.
The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead too.” The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead, so the vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks at the vet and barks. The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead too.” The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes.
The vet answers, “$650.” “$650 to tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man. “Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $600 was for the cat scan and lab tests.

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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

Had a accident when guy changing lane cut the left front side too close and hit the front left quarter panel. Sent him flying into the center devide.

Erinn Mayer
4 years ago

Regarding using shower caps as shoe covers – a great idea, but real, actual shoe covers are available on Amazon. You can get 100 of them (FIFTY pairs) for less than twelve bucks.

Ron Jewell
4 years ago

I tore the roof on my trailer entering Pippy Park in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They told me someone hits the overhang of their toll building every year. I can’t understand why they don’t change the design if someone hits it every year. No accidents on the road, so far.

Rory Roberts
4 years ago

In the poll I replied no because I have had no accidents involving another vehicle. But I did while backing into a site overlook a low hanging branch and damaged my AC case. AC was not damaged but the case was gone. I had it replaced and pleased to say I have had no other accidents or incidents thru 3 RV’s and 8 years.

4 years ago

If not for the heaters in that alcove (mine are opposite side) , the shower between the slides photo could be my trailer. Similar Jayco 32BHDS, same springbar, plain curtain, wood mat. From my experiences with outdoor showering, you have to be fairly careful not spraying the coach wall with water – although the coach is supposedly raintight, shower water is propelled more sideways and can bounce into the 30A cord opening. Also, account for height differences – people in neighboring or your own coach easily look down over your curtain, and the slides/curtain may not be long enough for shorter bathers. Of course if you don’t care about those last points, don’t bother with a curtain in the first place… 🙂

Gene Bjerke
4 years ago

I haven’t had any actual wrecks (so far) but the back of my motorhome has lots of little dents where I backed into things, does that count?

Richard O'Kelly
4 years ago

A driver ran a red light while looking down at his radio. He was driving a new Cadillac company car. Totaled the car. $7,500 to motorhome.

Larry Lang
4 years ago

Welded joint on trailer hitch broke causing travel trailer to dangle on chains. Finally totaled the trailer and SUV tow vehicle. No one hurt and no other vehicles involved. Wrote an article on “RV Travel” describing this 2015 accident.

4 years ago

I chose serious damage to my rv. But really when I went the wrong way going through a drive-thru ( there was no other way out) I tore out the order speaker and damaged my steps. Then I hit my roof of my trailer on height warning sign.

Morrie J Estrada
4 years ago
Reply to  Monty

A drive-thru seriously? Can’t fix stupid.

4 years ago

That’s hurtful.

J. Russell
4 years ago

I am concerned about recommendation for the aerosol fire extinguisher. The description does say ok for grease fires but my past safety training and Consumer Reports says otherwise.

Doug W.
4 years ago
Reply to  J. Russell

Very informative article. I wonder if any improvements have been made to them since that report, (?) just a couple days ago, I mentioned to my wife I was planning on two of the spray units for the motorhome to replace 2 dry powder units – come spring! Thanks for posting.

4 years ago

I have had self-induced “accidents” with my coach while in campgrounds and RV Parks but never while out on the road. No category for that one so I voted NO.

4 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

That was my husband, but I checked yes to our MH. CG parking “help” sent him back out park to come down row different direction than we ever had for 10 years. I was parking the tow car so didn’t know what was going on until I heard a very loud noise. The entrance is narrow and there was a CG 4 seater golf cart parked in his path. While trying to maneuver 40ft coach to avoid it he hit the Palapa at entrance (one they had been planning on removing!). One of the log posts went into the motorhome, fortunately between the slideouts. Manager had to saw it out. We used gorilla tape, lots of it, to cover the hole since rain was coming. Next day my husband ordered bear bond (like they use in NASCAR) from a racing company. That stuff is great. Expensive, but great. Drove 3,000 miles home with no problems with rain, wind, cold. Provided entertainment for the other RV’ers, many of whom came to help out patch up the hole.

4 years ago

I wonder if getting stuck in the mud at a campground would be an accident? We saw two different rigs (a large Class A and an extra large 5th wheel with semi-truck) try to make a too-tight turn to get in the site next to us. Both required a very large wrecker to extract them. We witnessed the ‘show’ for the Class A extraction, but left before the 5th wheel was pulled out. FYI: Don’t reserve spot VIP-1 at Misty Mountain RV Resort near Charlottesville, VA if you have a large rig. Our 45-ft Class A fit in VIP-2 fine.

4 years ago

What simple security devices are people using to protect the RV when traveling

Dave J
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Taurus in 9 mm is fairly effective if used properly.

4 years ago
Reply to  Rob

12 gauge loaded with 00 buckshot.Go big or go home.

Doug W.
4 years ago
Reply to  Booneyrat

Motion activated lights and a dead bolt lock.

4 years ago
Reply to  Booneyrat

If you cant run with the big dogs stay on the porch Right.

4 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Two territorial Labrador retrievers! Although if someone was stupid enough to come in anyway when they’re barking, they’d probably lick the intruder to death.

Kevin in MN
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I just steer clear from other campers who are armed to the teeth, munitions and fear is a deadly combination in old guys…….