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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1034


Issue 1034 • January 16, 2019

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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Thoughts on electronic control boards

Refrigerators, water heaters, all sorts of RV appliances have “smart boards.” Here are some tips from Dinosaur Electronics. “I assume the circuit board is bad because it is the most complex part of the equipment. Besides I have a friend who seems to replace a board every year. Fact? Unfortunately, you might be right. The board is made up of 50 or more parts which don’t really like temperature extremes, vibration or weird voltages etc. The rest of the equipment has a few wires, two or three switches, and safety devices. When a board is replaced, the rest of these items should be checked for proper operation before the job is finished.

“Fuses: A significant percentage of circuit boards returned under warranty have no failure or only a blown fuse. That means the equipment they were removed from probably still has a problem somewhere! When replacing a fuse, use one that has the current and voltage rating specified by the equipment manufacturer: The last person might have installed the wrong value. Visual inspection of a fuse is not always adequate! You should remove the fuse and check the continuity with a meter. If a replacement fuse BLOWS when the equipment is turned on, troubleshoot the equipment for short circuits or overloads before again replacing the fuse. DO NOT continue to install higher and higher rated fuses until a smoke cloud indicates where the real problem might be!”

Towel bar adds towel storage

If you don’t have enough cabinet space to stash your bath towels (or you’ve got better uses for the cabinet), here’s a storage idea saved by pinterest user Tina Arias. Use a towel bar to store rolled up towels. Mount the bar vertically, rather than horizontally, in some unused patch of wall space.

The smallest town in the U.S.

Buford, WYIf you’ve ever visited Buford, Wyoming, you probably didn’t find much there, other than former mayor Don Sammons, who’s been the only inhabitant of the town since 2008 when his son moved away. Buford, WY. Population: 1. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, it’s the town with the highest altitude along Interstate 80 between New York and San Francisco. Don said he used to get up to 1,000 visitors a day at his General Store, which has since closed. Now a traveling motivational speaker, Don has written an inspirational book (which you can buy here), in which he explains how (and why) he built the nation’s smallest town. Visit Don’s website here.


Hung up on trash bag storage? Hang ’em up!

If you carry rolls of plastic garbage bags or kitchen trash bags, here’s a “hack” to take advantage of empty wall space in a cabinet or other area. Grab a pair of suitably-sized curtain rod hangers and a piece of wooden dowel. Cut the dowel to fit the width of your rolled bags, stuff the dowel through it, then screw in place the curtain rod holders to hold your new bag-roller. Thanks to for the tip.

Clean that rubber roof!

Rubber roofs on RVs should be cleaned three to four times a year and, depending on where you park or store your RV, it may need to be cleaned more often. Regardless of the type of rubber roof you have, NEVER use any cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citrus ingredients. These types of cleaners can cause permanent damage to any rubber or vinyl surface. Most manufacturers of rubber roofs recommend you use a medium bristle brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. For light cleaning, you can use warm water and a mild detergent like Dawn dishwashing liquid. Hard-to-clean areas like stubborn stains caused by leaves, sap, mold or mildew may require a second treatment. Use caution to prevent the cleaners from getting on the sides of the RV. ALWAYS rinse the sides, front and back of your RV before rinsing the roof to prevent streaking or damage to the finish on your RV. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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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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3 years ago

I had CPR training about 45 years ago. Does that count?

3 years ago

I used to volunteer on our local ambulance (15 yrs) I was a CPR instructor, I also had a defibrillation save on Christmas day. Merry Christmas to that family!

Ed D
3 years ago

How does one login to vote on a comment?

3 years ago
Reply to  Ed D

A half dozen people have asked about this, and it used to work for a brief time… I’m assuming it’s been disabled for some reason. Would sure cut down on “me too” posts…

Karen Willis
3 years ago
Reply to  Ed D

I found that, on the first page that opens when you click on Read Today’s Issue, go to RV Forums on the blue bar near the top. Log in there, then go to Home, find the RV Daily Tips Newsletter with the most recent date, click on that and you will be back to this page, or here. I hope this is somewhat clearer than mud!

3 years ago
Reply to  Karen Willis

But first you have to register to RV Travel

3 years ago
Reply to  Karen Willis

They sure don’t make it easy.

Tony King
3 years ago

I would recommend if you are on your roof and going to use a Rubber Roof cleaner is to be especially careful not to let anything run over the side. As a backup it best to have the water hose up there with you…always ready. If you make a mistake and some cleaner runs over and down the sidewall grab the hose and rinse it immediately ! Those Rubber Roof Cleaners are harsh and will leave a streak mark almost immediately. Usually if you take your coach to a RV dealer to have this done they tape and hang plastic all the way around the RV as insurance nothing will get on the sidewall because most times you can’t make streak go completely away. I spray the surface away from the edge and use sponge to bring cleaner liquid close to edge but never have so much cleaner liquid that sponge is dripping. I’ve never gotten a streak but have quick drawn that hose a number of times so fast that Doc Holiday would of been proud…

3 years ago
Reply to  Tony King

If you use Dawn and warm water as suggested, don’t worry about it running over the side. Just rinse the sides, back and front frequently as you wash the roof, and remember to hose down the sides, back and front before starting on the roof and after you have finished. There is NO NEED to seal off the sides with plastic.

George Shafer
3 years ago

Since soliciting donations I think you have a lot more ads

Carol Blank
3 years ago

Buford, WY is not the only 1 person town in the US. The only incorporated town in the US with a population of 1 is Monowi, NE. Buford is unincorporated. An incorporated town in the United States is a municipality, that is, one with a charter received from the state, similar to a city. An incorporated town has elected officials, as differentiated from an unincorporated community, which exists only by tradition and does not have elected officials at the town level. Elsie Eiler is the lone inhabitant of Monowi. There’s a nice write-up on her here: We had the pleasure of meeting Elsie when we stopped in Monowi last year on a 2 month RV swing through the states.

Ed D
3 years ago
Reply to  Carol Blank

In the the last week I saw a story of Monowi, NE. I’m not sure if I saw it on 60 Minutes.

Ed D
3 years ago
Reply to  Ed D

No, it was on an insurance commercial.