RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047


Issue 1047 • February 7, 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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RV tips for upgrade and downgrade driving

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• Be patient – Accept that you’re going to be driving slow and other drivers will be expecting you to be driving slow, so just be patient.
• Use hazard lights – Anytime you are driving say 20-30 mph below the posted speed limit, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers you are going extra slow, as a good safety precaution.
• Downshift before ascending – Before you even start going up the hill, downshift to a lower gear so you have some extra power.
• Use Tow Haul Mode – Put your transmission in Tow Haul Mode, which uses different gear shifting to keep the engine in a more optimal range (we leave our RV in Tow Haul Mode almost all the time).
• Descend slowly – When preparing to go down the mountain pass, bring your speed way down (even as low as 30 mph, depending on the length and steepness of grade of the hill) before you even begin your descent and stay in Tow Haul Mode. This allows you to use more engine braking and gives you room to increase your speed safely. If you start driving down the hill at a high speed and try to come down to a lower speed, it’s going to be a lot harder on your brakes.
• Downshift before descending – If the RV doesn’t automatically downshift itself when going downhill, firmly press the brake to force the transmission to downshift. This will increase your engine speed (and rpm) so the engine will be doing some of the braking for you, minimizing the amount of time you need to use your brakes.
• Minimize braking – When braking, aim to press the pedal for only 15-20 seconds each time and allow time in between so you don’t cook your brakes. The last thing you want is hot, mushy brakes when you need them!
• Don’t overwork it – There’s no sense in working your RV too hard with a screaming engine or overheating brakes. Take it nice and slow and you’ll get better longevity on your vehicle.
• Enjoy the drive – There’s nothing better than the expansive views from the top of a tall hill or mountain, so take your time, relax, enjoy the drive and take in the beautiful scenery! From rvlove.com.

Use essential oils to repel RV pests

RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047Get any essential oil that repulses insects such as peppermint or citronella oil. They are usually sweet smelling so you don’t have to worry about getting a bad smell in your RV. For even more effective results you can use an essential oil diffuser for essential oils and place them in strategic areas of your RV. If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser, you can use a small spray bottle and use 10 to 20 drops of peppermint or citronella oil mixed with distilled water, vodka or witch hazel. Shake the mixture. Spraying this in places pests like to hide can help you repel them. From everything-about-rving.com


How far above Earth’s sea level is officially known as outer space?
Answer below. No Googling (or peeking) allowed!

Speaking of the planet, save it!
Use these mesh produce bags and these reusable storage bags! In the long run, you’ll save tons of money by not buying Ziploc (or similar) plastic bags, and you’ll help reduce plastic waste.


Save insurance money when your rig’s off the road

RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047If your motorhome, tow vehicle or truck camper is stored on private property for long periods of time, you may be able to save money by canceling the liability, collision, medical and uninsured portions of the policy until you head back on the road (provided your insurance carrier allows this practice). But keep the comprehensive coverage active. If you allow this coverage to lapse and your rig is financed, your lending institution will likely send you a nasty note and then tack on its own expensive coverage to your monthly payment. Before making any changes to your policy, check with your insurance company.

Newbie corner: RV refrigerators – they’re different!

RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047RV refrigerators are much different than the one in your house. They don’t have compressors and they work off the principle of absorption. You should turn the RV refrigerator on several hours before putting food in it. It is best to leave it on overnight and put your food in it just prior to leaving. Always keep a small thermometer in your RV refrigerator so you can monitor the temperature. Food can begin to go bad at about 40 degrees. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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@nationalparkpaws, Instagram

National Park Paws

Here’s a website for the dog owners out there. National Park Paws tells you pet policies for every National Park and other nationally protected public lands in the U.S. Know where Fido can, and can’t, go!

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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047The Kármán line, or Karman line, is the line that defines the boundary between Earth and space. The World Air Sports Federation, an international standard-setting and record-keeping body, says this line occurs 62 miles, 330,000 feet, above Earth’s sea level; however, NASA and the U.S. Air Force define the line at 50 miles above Earth’s sea level.
How close was your guess?

RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047This isn’t corny – it’ll really hide your valuables! 
Odds are, if a burglar breaks into your RV, they’re going to look in the obvious places for valuables: a safe, dresser drawers, the glove compartment, but a can of corn? Nope. This “can” is actually a hidden security container made to hold valuables such as jewelry, keys, and even up to 10k cash! Screw off the bottom (the top just looks like a regular ol’ can) and hide away! Fool those burglars and hide your valuables in plain sight. Learn more or order.


RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1047In retrospect, I’m embarrassed that I had a prosthetic leg made for my three-legged dog.
Faux paw.

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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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You might first check with the Motor Vehicle Department where your RV is registered to make certain they will not cancel the tags if you suspend insurance while in storage.


I found it odd that you did not include zero as an option on today’s poll. Is it an assumption that if you’re an Rv’r that you must own a pet? Not a hater, I love animals especially dogs. I just choose not to own one. Maybe someday but for now one does not fit in with my lifestyle.

Jim O'Briant

Regarding the ascent and descent of grades, I’ve read that long-haul truckers have this saying: “You can go up a mountain too fast as many times as you like. You can go down a mountain too fast only once.”

Scott Sleight

That annoying Blue Book ad banner is appearing at the bottom of your page again. Is there a way to stop that?


I believe it’s illegal in Florida to drive with your flashers on.


Thanks for the newsletter! Thought I would just post a quick thank you to help counter all the negativity I see in the comments. People sure expect a lot for free anymore.


Thanks for the tip on Corn cans. Saves time for the robbers.


2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds.


Hey, on your article Essential oils. I think you meant to say “drink the Vodka” not mix it in your oils!!!!

Bob p

We didn’t find the leave here with a laugh one bit funny as we travel with our 3 leg dog. I failed to see any humor in it.


Where is the space for zero?

Robert Olson

Your survey on pets doesn’t include “None”

Donna Malerba

We travel with 4 cats & 17 birds! We have travel cages in the bunks of our 39’ Expedition. They all enjoy it!

Dave Matthews

We travel with 6 wonderful cats. They are all Siamese and fantastic travelers.


The article on no insurance while your RV isn’t on the road doesn’t work in Arizona. If you cancel the insurance the state will deregister your vehicle.

Sharon B

Thanks for showing us those mesh bags to replace those plastic ones. Even though I believe we may be past the time to reverse the trash destruction of our oceans at least we can try to do what we can. Been diving over 53 years and have watched the trash build up on some of the most previously pristine waters and beaches. It tears me up to see how sea creatures and birds have suffered. We protested in 1960’s thru early 1970’s about recycling but unfortunately due to greed no one listened.


Great tips on upgrade downgrade driving. A possible future article is a deeper technical explaination of Tow Haul Mode. Thanks


I read RV Travel Tips everyday and trying not to be too critical, RV Travel needs to find some better JOKES! The last few issues have had some really lame ones!


On the dog question what about a space for 0 animals.


One of the choices for the number of animals should have been ‘none’.