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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1036

Issue 1036 • January 21, 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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Alternative sewer hose caddy

Plenty of us stuff our sewer hose in the convenient rear bumper. Trouble is, according to, the bumper will eventually rust, leaving your hose with nasty little pin-prick leaks. They bought a six-foot PVC fence post at a big box lumber store along with two end caps. Using plumber’s hanging tape, the new carrier was tied to the RV frame, close to the dump port. See more here.

Keep the outdoor dog food dish from tipping

Does Rover roll-over his water or food dish when parked outside? Here’s a tip from the vspotblog: “We usually camp in the mountains and Corsa’s ‘spot’ is often on a slope.” Corsa’s folks put down two bundt pans, with a stake driven through the center. “The stakes keep her dishes from sliding away and from getting tipped over. If you don’t have extra stakes, even a stick will do. Check out your local thrift shops or yard sales to pick up a couple of old pans.”


Crickets can tell you the outside temperature. It’s true! In 1897 physicist Amos Dolbear claimed that the outdoor temperature determined the number of cricket “chirps” one would hear, but a few years later, that theory was flip-flopped; the number of cricket “chirps” would identify the temperature. To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get the temperature. Example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F. It’s been proven, try it yourself!


Don’t let moisture add to your daily [seasoning] grind

For those of us who love fresh ground pepper and fresh ground sea salt on our food but worry about moisture getting in while RVing, I found some great grinders that really do the job! They have stainless steel lids on top that keep moisture out, plus the grinding mechanisms are on the top as well, so no more messes all over your table. They have fully adjustable grinds (from fine to coarse), and even come with a cute little stand – I highly recommend. Less than $20 for the set, on Amazon. Thanks to Erinn Mayer 

Inverter information for newbies

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Inverters are nice to have at times when you are dry camping and/or when you don’t have access to 120 volts AC. Batteries produce power in Direct Current (DC) that run at low voltages. Power companies and AC generators produce sine wave Alternating Current (AC), which is used to operate 120-volt appliances and electronic equipment. An inverter takes 12-volt DC power from your RV batteries and electronically changes it to 120-volt AC. Some RVers use an inverter just to watch TV or for their personal computer. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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4 years ago

I add a300watt inverter above my power box and remove a 12 volt 15 amp fuse, Re install in series with my inverter to fuze box and I can run low wattage appliances while bondocking or traveling or overnight Walmart stopps

4 years ago

I drill 3/4 inch holes in rear bumper and insert a 6 in 3/4 boltthis keeps sewer Hose from getting out dragging or losing it by adding sewer caps no odder or contaminants enters rear bumper

Bob Weinfurt
4 years ago

While the efficiency of power inverters has dramatically improved in recent years, it’s still more efficient to have a 12 volt flatscreen and some laptops computers also run on 12 volts. (It’s not enough to recharge the battery) My 13 inch TV draws just over one amp. Be sure to disconnect the TV when it’s not going to be used for a while as they do pull a little power even when they’re not turned on.

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

Very true. It’s always best to run what you brung, if possible. So if you have 120-volts AC to begin with, then 120-volts will generally be the most efficient. And if you have 12-volts DC available, then 12-volts will probably be the most efficient method. That is, unless you have to move that 12 volts DC a long distance (more than a few feet), and with lots of amperage (more than 5 or 10 amperes). In that case, it’s far better to invert (step it up) it to 120-volts AC, move it 30 or 40 feet, then step it back down to 12-volts DC. If not, then you’ll be running starter motor sized cables all over the place. Thomas Edison found this out the hard way when he lost his grip on DC power distribution.

Sharon Baron
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

Thanks for that info.

4 years ago

Other than writing a comment how do you check in to vote for a comment.

4 years ago
Reply to  BuzzElectric

Congratulations! You’re the 10,000th person to ask that question. You’ve won: a free subscription to the free newsletter! SMH

If i had to guess, i’d think it got disabled to avoid the popularity contest affect. Editors?

4 years ago
Reply to  BuzzElectric

As you see you got an upvote from me. Click on RV Forums above on this page. On the right side log in to the forum. First you have to registered. Then click on CATEGORIES at the top of the page. Then click on Daily Tips Newsletter. Pick the Newsletter you want to vote on.

4 years ago
Reply to  Monarch

It would be nice if they included this in a cookie or something so you did not need to login every time.

4 years ago
Reply to  Monarch

What a inefficient non user friendly way of implementing that. The new system just plain sucks.

4 years ago

Our 2008 Ram 2500 diesel truck is still going strong after 160,000 miles, hauling a 34-foot HitchHiker fiver for two years and a heavier 36-foot Carriage Cameo the last nine years all over N. America (including two summers in Alaska). We’ll do what we can to keep her goin’ as long as we have the Cameo. Jim does most of the maintenance himself on all of our vehicles. He kept a 2002 Honda Odyssey running smoothly for 160,000 miles, too; we replaced it with an SUV last year primarily for more safety features.

4 years ago

The photo is of a grass hopper not a cricket

4 years ago
Reply to  Rebecca


4 years ago
Reply to  Rebecca

I thought that, but didn’t want to say it. Now, the picture of the “inverter” which is actually a refrigerator…

You looked, didn’t you? 🙂

4 years ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Nope, it’s a cricket. Google “crickets” and look at the pictures of crickets to confirm.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark

It was updated. Thanks, Mark, and everyone who commented. —Diane at

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

I bought a length of plastic rain gutter and slid it into our trailer bumper. The hose slides in nicely, and slides out just as nicely. No rust.

Stuart Syme
4 years ago

that’s not a cricket

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago
Reply to  Stuart Syme

C’mon you guys. Lighten up. Though I already knew about the cricket temperature thing, it’s still an interesting fact. Not a lot of crickets here in the Nevada desert but when we’re anywhere where crickets reside, we try to remember to see how accurate the little fellas are.

Larry Watkins
4 years ago
Reply to  Stuart Syme

Why do you have to be so negative. If you don’t like what you read quit reading it but don’t leave negative remarks on here please.

4 years ago
Reply to  Stuart Syme

Aah Grasshoppah!

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