RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1024


Issue 1024 • December 31, 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, 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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Five tips for a safer downgrade trip

Big rig driver burned up his rig when his brakes caught fire on a downgrade.

1. DO: Pay attention to road signs. When you see a mountain grade warning sign, prepare to change your driving habits. Get into the slow lane and let other drivers pass you while you ease off the gas pedal. 2. DON’T: Keep your foot on the brakes. Apply firm pressure to slow down a few miles per hour, release your brakes, then move on to downshifting. 3. DO: Downshift into a lower gear. Your goal is to be at least 10 miles-per-hour below posted speed limits. 4. DON’T: Let your transmission rev up too high. Sometimes downshifting into a lower gear when you’re going too fast will cause your transmission to rev up too high, which can also cause damage. That’s when using your RV’s brakes makes sense. Once again, apply firm but brief brake pressure until your transmission returns to safer operating levels. 5. DO: Put your ego aside, look for pull-outs and let others pass. From doityourselfrv.com

Dealing with the smell that won’t go away

There are occasions when there’s an unpleasant odor that just won’t seem to go away from your RV. Here’s a “final option” idea from rvtailgatelife.com: “You’ve probably seen these satchels on Pinterest, as I did. I decided to test out this little project with some of the leftover laundry boosters after I washed the sheets. The little mesh organza wedding bags … are filled with the laundry booster and then left inside the RV. I have put a couple of them around the RV: one hangs from a hat hook over the sofa (see picture) for maximum air circulation, and another in the over-the-door organizer in the intersection between the kitchen, the bathroom, and the closet. They do work to provide a pleasant scent without overpowering the small space.

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Waste valve out of reach? Build a reach extender!

Ever wish RV designers were forced to use their own products? Might make life a bit easier! For example, how about a waste dump valve located under your slide-out? You end up crawling under the slide to dump the tank – yuck! Here’s a trick from loveyourrv.com that “extends” your reach: “A simple yet effective solution. I bought a section of PVC plumbing pipe and notched out the end in such a way that I can now open and close the galley waste valve from a distance.” Here’s another trick for its use: “Add a line on it at the point where your slide extends too. Now you can use it when arriving at the campground to see if it’s safe to open the slide without hitting anything.”

More heat for the basement (storage)

Reader Seann Fox noted our suggestion on using 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to keep the basement storage area from freezing in cold weather. Will those old-style bulbs remain available in the future? A good question, but he writes, “I found using a 75-watt infrared heat lamp also known as a Peppa lamp or a breeder’s lamp is just as good and those are going to remain on the market because their main thing is to produce heat.” Thanks, Seann!


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The strangest New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world

Here are the top 25 strangest New Year’s Eve traditions from around the globe. Apparently, in Spain, if you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight you’ll have good luck for the rest of the year.

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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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Give the site a chance. Did everything you tried to change go right the first minute. If you don’t like the site, go to another. Some people might have taken a day off over the holidays. Are you a paid subscriber? Just saying.

Jim O'Briant

Regarding today’s article on descending steep grades safely. Professional truckers have an adage that applies to all of us: “You can go up a mountain too fast as many times as you like. You can go down a mountain too fast only once.”


I love my traditional oven and would be lost without it. I have never used a convection oven so cannot comment on that. We did replace our puny microwave with a much better one and are happy with that.


When you provide a link to other articles, extended comments, etc, could you make them open in a separate browser tab? That makes it easier to return back to the main page at the same point we left. Thanks

Bob p

It’s not the transmission you have to worry about, it’s the engine. If you over rev the engine and it blows up then the only brakes you have is inside the wheels. You should slow down and downshift to a lower gear before starting the downgrade. If you wait until you are already going too fast that will cause an over revving condition.


The new tips newsletter is now showing less helpful information. This site is going way downhill, quickly, and today’s offering is a prime example.


One good rule of thumb that’s been used for years..use the same gear descending a steep grade that you use going up a steep grade.Live longer and use common sense.


Happy New Year.


As usual I had a liitle trouble deciding the survey question. I like a little light, but a nightlight is not perfect. I prefer natural light, or even outside streetlights.


What happened to your poll question that you had daily?

Starr Tyroff

Am I the only one missing the riddle in every issue?