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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1044

Issue 1044 • February 4, 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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Questions for fulltime wannabes – Part 1 of 2

Kenny and Sabrina Phillips are fulltime RVers and have posted some questions for those who are wondering about getting into the lifestyle to consider. Here is the first set of questions to ponder:

Do you bend, or do you break? I think it is important to know your tolerance level for when things go wrong. Sabrina and I are exact opposites when it comes to RVing. The whole world needs to be crashing down around us before I even sit up to pay attention; Sabrina not so much. The better you are at going with the flow, the easier it will be to enjoy and even laugh when there are things going wrong with your RV, campsites, road, traffic or even the weather. Not every day will go as planned, and we feel it’s important to be able to make small adjustments quickly to stay on track.

“How are you with downsizing and living small? This can be a big hurdle. Some people go ‘all in’ by selling or donating most of their belongings and some put stuff in storage just in case. Either way, you will have to get accustomed to living with less. Sabrina and I decided to let go of nearly all of our possessions, meaning everything we now own fits in our RV and tow car. When we first started downsizing it seemed easy, but as time went on and we had fewer items to choose from it became more difficult to figure out what stayed and what had to go. Our best advice on this subject is to give yourself plenty of time to downsize. Even now, we look around and say we have too much stuff!” Check out their full post here.

Healthy snacks for the RV road

Trying to stay fit while RVing? Here are some snack ideas from “Every road warrior knows that snacks are a must for long drives. So here are some healthy road trip snacks that we have found to love. They’ll keep your mouth busy, which helps pass the time, and are either high in protein to fill you up, and/or low in calories so it’s okay if you eat a few too many: cherries, edamame, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, mixed nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews – but don’t go too crazy, nuts are high in fat), carrots and celery (dip in hummus for extra flavor!), popcorn (without the salt and butter!), beef jerky, kale or coconut chips and sparkling water (because plain water can get boring!).”


Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze on Pier 39 in beautiful San Fransisco. Remember the old funhouse mirror mazes you did as a kid? Well, here’s your chance to relive those memories and do one again! This “psychedelic labyrinth” is described by its founder as “one part art, and one part science,” and is sure to amaze (and probably make you dizzy). On the same pier you can go to an aquarium and see many sea lions, you can watch street performers, and you can grab lunch. There’s also a bar, and nobody said you couldn’t have a glass of wine before attempting the maze… Visit the official website here.


Towing system limits

Every component in a towing system has a weight rating. Never exceed the lowest rated component in the system. For example, your tow vehicle might be rated to tow 7,000 pounds, but if the hitch receiver on the tow vehicle is rated for 5,000 pounds, that is the most you can tow. This can be especially true on motorhomes. The motorhome might be rated to tow 6,000 pounds, but until recently most receivers on motorhomes were rated for 3,500 pounds. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

RV park game room sanitation?

“Most of the time, you and your family are as safe in the game rooms of a campground as they are in any other such public business that you might go to for entertainment. But, once again, remember that I am talking about the peak season for a campground. During these times, overall cleanliness throughout the campground facilities can suffer, as barefoot children, teens and adults are constantly traipsing from the pool to the bathrooms and to the game rooms in a steady flow of possibly wet and contaminated bodies. So, when you put your quarters into that electronic driving game, think about who may have just finished using it.” From The Ultimate RV Owner’s Reference

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Gastro Obscura

Gastro Obscura is part of the well-known site, Atlas Obscura. There are tons of wacky food-related articles that will surely entertain you. For example, here’s a particularly interesting article about a man who collects banana varieties, and here’s another article about a church made from wine. See what I mean? Hey, it’s interesting though, so have fun poking around!

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from

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3 years ago

So how do you find out what your hitch can tow? I know my jeep can tow 5500 but I bought the jeep with an aftermarket part. The hitch. So how much can it tow and do I need to replace it? I am towing ok so far. Now I am concerned. More worries.

Rory R
3 years ago

I replied Never to the question of going to church. It’s not because I don’t believe in and pray to God, It’s because I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need someone to interpret the bible for me, I don’t need the so-called structure of a “church”. Televangelists are perfect examples of “man” leading man down the trail of “do as I say and not as I do”. I am compassionate, kind and I do know right from wrong. I don’t need to support a self promoted “holy man” to inspire me. There is a televangelist late of Houston via Long Beach, Ca, whose rectory was burgularized. He lost the weekends take of $500,000.00. He didn’t blink, the insurance company made the amount public. Now if that money was being used for something like helping the homeless, or for something charitable and not for building huge temples, so they can herd more members of his flock into one place, I wouldn’t mind being a member. But those tax free millions annually are used for self promotion, and to support their lifestyle. So whether you mind or not, I’ll use mine to support my not so lavish lifestyle and keep my bills and TAXES paid.

3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

Amen – Right on Rory! I have Calif. relatives who belong to one of these mega’s! Hard to believe! (PS: They don’t have flags either!)

John R Crawford
3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

Sorry but you have no idea what is done with the money they received. It sounds like you just need an excuse not to attend.

Thomas Kainz
3 years ago

Though I am a fallen sinner as every other human on earth is, I am saved by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. He died for all mankind’s sin and took our punishment so that we may have life with God in Heaven. A Church is not a building but a gathering of Christians to worship, learn the true word, and serve. These things come when you become a Christian. Salvation is available to all people on earth. Jesus is the only salvation and it is gift that you accept and believe he is the Son of God who was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven. I pray for all men to come to know my Savoir.

John R Crawford
3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Kainz

Amen Thomas,!

3 years ago

Sadly, we stopped church attendance when they removed the Christian and the US flags from the sanctuary. It appears, in our church, they have forgotten who or what has given them the right to be a church in the first place. It dishonors the veteran’s who have insured the Freedom of Religion in this country. Enuf is Enuf! I don’t understand this war on the OUR flag and the Pledge of Allegiance! Enlighten me – the pastor won’t! (PS: our church’in now is from Tv and radio!)

Diane M
3 years ago

If half the people in the U.S. never go to church services, it means our country is in trouble.

3 years ago
Reply to  Diane M

One should not judge another’s personal spiritual journey by whether one attends church.

3 years ago
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3 years ago
Reply to  Diane M

WHAT does going to church services, have to do with YOUR perception that our country “is in trouble?” Absolutely ludicrous!!

Dave Telenko
3 years ago

Wondering why you ask so many personal question’s about what, who & when we do things. Seems to me that you are keeping tracking us! I stopped answering them a while ago, just too personal! So what is opinion stage & what do they do with our information?

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

Hi Dave, we have no clue who answers the questions in our polls. If 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 people answer a poll, all we see are the number of people who participated and the cumulative poll results tally. In a million years we could not identify even one person who participated. We are not spying on you — never have, never will. Opinion Stage is just a widget “interactive content creation platform” that we use to set up our polls. They do not collect any information about people who respond. If they did, we wouldn’t use that service. The information is used only for our readers’ (and our) edification and entertainment.

3 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

IF you fear the questions “too personal” (DAVE), don’t partake in the surveys; seems pretty plain and simple to me?!

Dietrich Kanzler
3 years ago

It could be useful to be able to search for previous articles.

Bob p
3 years ago

The blue banner across the top accesses all kinds of info

RV Staff
3 years ago

Hi, Dietrich. In the blue banner at the top of the page (like Bob p mentioned) you can click on the Category section to choose any category you’re interested in. Also, on the right side of each newsletter and article there is a blue sign for “Search by Category.” In the box below that, where it says “Select Topic,” just click on the down arrow and it has everything sorted by, yep, topic. We hope this helps you find what you’re looking for. 😀 —Diane at

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I think there’s a bit too much germaphobia going around.

Jim collins
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Agree Tommy