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 rvroadtrip.us, 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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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


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

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.


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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.


The photo is of a grass hopper not a cricket

Tommy Molnar

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

that’s not a cricket