RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1039


Issue 1039 • January 24, 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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Don’t use wheel chocks as speed bumps

Ray over at loveyourrv.com set out a list of “dumb things” he’s done. Here’s one many of us can relate to – and a suggestion to stop it. “I have a mental chock block. This became comical. I must have run over our first set of chocks five to six times and eventually lost one. With one squashed chock left, I sheepishly had to head to the RV parts store and buy a couple more. Next time out I ran over them! Finally I came up with a system that works for me. I use the two new chocks to secure the trailer then place the squashed one on the dash board. Hey, whatever works?”

Include metric when measuring your RV’s height

After reading an earlier tip recommending all RVers know the height of their rig, reader Bill Lampkin added this sage advice: “Make sure to note the height you measured in feet and inches (USA) AND in meters (Canada, Mexico). To convert feet to meters multiply by 0.3048. You only have to calculate this number once if you post it on your windshield. If you see a sign in Canada that says 3.8 meters, you might be in trouble if your rig is 13’ or taller! (13’ is 3.96m).” Thanks, Bill, for the “double” long and short of it!


Even though it isn’t beach season yet, many RVers head to warmer, sunnier places during the winter. Make aloe vera ice cubes for quickly relieving sunburn pain. Keep them in your freezer, bring a few in a cooler to the beach or in the car on your day trip. Read more about them here.

2019 guide to Firearm Laws now available
If you travel with a firearm, you need this to avoid breaking state laws. This details the firearm laws of all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and how to prepare, carry, and transport your weapons. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another! Essential for RVers who cross state lines. Learn more or order.


No room for shower goop? Hang it all!

Seems like there’s just too many things to take in the shower. Shampoo, conditioner, liquid body lotions, notions and potions. Where do you put it all when you trek off to the campground shower, or even in your own rig if space is at a premium? Here’s one possibility, a portable shower lanyard. Hangs around your neck or the showerhead. Teeny bottles have pre-printed labels to help ID what’s inside, and special thick-layered caps prevent goop leakage. You can buy a four-pack here.

Add extra battery capacity to your RV

This will allow you to go farther off the grid to those hard to get to spots, for longer periods of time.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living 

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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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I do enjoy a good cigar once in a while but I answered “none of the above”


Hello Chuck. Hello Diane. Ey usually send RVTravel $20. a year, but this year Ey sent $40. To show in a small way how much Ey appreciate the whole staff. You and and entire staff crank out a really fun and informative newsletter. On the road 4 years and having a great time burnin’ diesel and using paper plates. 2015 F350 diesel, 4by, duelly, with a Fox on top.
Ey will have reached my destination when my foot hits the accelerator.

Tom Gutzke

I started smoking at age 14 [1959] when I had a “sleepover” with a fellow classmate. I quit at age 28 when I learned that men who smoke frequently have a low sperm count. Quitting worked because six months later my wife became pregnant. Don’t miss smoking a bit and wish that I had never started. That’s why I selected the “other” reply to the survey.


Chuck, you may want to delete this, but it needs to be said.

With all the information about how dangerous it is to smoke, I have absolutely no sympathy for those who get cancer or heart disease from smoking. Anyone who smokes today is a complete fool. Raise the price to $100 per cigarette/cigar with 99.9999% tax to pay for health treatments to those who get cancer and/or heart disease from 2nd hand smoke. You smoke around me and I’ll call you a fool to your face!!!

Bob Weinfurt

Why add another battery/more weight for longer off grid power? I have an older RV with just one battery for the camper and one for the engine. I’ve changed all my lighting to LED bulbs and also have a 12 volt TV. I find that running the engine for ten minutes ever other day replenishes my battery. If you use more, run it once a day. The cost of the fuel used is minimal and it’s one less thing to have to maintain. Just don’t let the battery voltage drop under 11.9 volts before charging it. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as practical as a partially discharged battery will deteriorate.

Gene Bjerke

I read and enjoy the newsletter. I guess I am one of the freebies — I contribute whenever I can (not very often) and use the link when I buy something from Amazon. I am living with (suffering with?) the dumbest possible way to own an RV according to Chuck (I never claimed to be the brightest bulb in the marquee), but I am living the lifestyle and loving it. We all have to live with the choices we make, and while I might have done things in a more financially clever way, I don’t worry about such things when we are enjoying our Cuba Libres in a beautiful, natural setting.

Janie Russell

Regarding the measurements of the rig: I made an insert for a clip on name tag holder that has the rig height and width in feet, total inches, and meters. it also has a reminder to engage the TOW mode on the truck. We clip it on to the dashboard cover. its been a handy reminder.

Danette McAfee

Thanks again for another great newsletter.

Bob p

It seems that this newsletter is becoming an advertising arm for Amazon as everyone who submits a helpful tip has a link for Amazon to solve your problem. I started to notice this after you updated your site, it was small then, but it’s steadily increasing. Plus you have their ads, personally I subscribed to get unbiased information not an ad on every item. Just saying!

Bob p

Well the obvious solution to the height measurement is never leave this beautiful country, you could spend 2 lifetimes and never see it all.

Bert Blanchette

Chocks forever… Harbor Freight has Black Hard Rubber Chocks you won’t crush and will be hard to drive over and will last forever.