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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1049

Issue 1049 • February 12, 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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Cheap and easy does the trick

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Looking for an inexpensive and quick way to test a 30-amp outlet at a campground before plugging in your RV, but not comfortable using a meter with probes? While an intelligent surge protector is another way to do this test, there’s a cheaper way that can do the initial voltage test on a pedestal before you pull your RV into a spot. Here’s how you do it: First, get a Prime Products outlet tester, which indicates the voltage as well as proper polarity, then add a Camco 30-amp to 15-amp adapter. Plug the adapter into the 30-amp outlet on the pedestal, then plug the outlet tester into it and voila, a quick 30-amp outlet tester for not a lot of bucks.  

Adjusting to the fulltime lifestyle (part 2 of 2)

Olivia and Kyle jumped into the fulltime RV life – moving into a 16-foot RV. They learned in a hurry that doing the fulltime life isn’t as easy as it might first appear. Here is the second of a two-part “tip” of some things they feel might help others:

“FIND YOUR TRIBE! We spent the first few months on the road navigating this new life by ourselves. We learned a lot in those months, but I can’t even describe how much we grew once we found our place in the RVing community. We found our tribe with the Xscapers and we met like-minded individuals who understood the joys and struggles we faced. They helped us learn the ropes of boondocking; we learned about generators and solar and so much more. We shared stories, campfires and meals together and we still meet up every chance we get. We had no idea how important this was to us, until we found it. We encourage you to find your tribe. Join a club, attend a rally, invite your neighbors over to your campfire. Just put yourself out there – you won’t regret it.

“NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIP! This may not apply to you, but if it does it’s very important. Your partner is not your enemy. It will feel like it at times (ahem … backing up the trailer), but they are going to be your biggest support system. You’re a team and it requires both of you for the ship to run smoothly. It will take a while to figure out your individual jobs, but once you do you will be unstoppable! We tend to take our frustrations out on the ones closest to us, so it’s very important to communicate openly with your partner. Improving our communication skills has been key to avoiding conflict in our tiny space.

“ENJOY THE RIDE! Your confidence will grow day by day and the experiences you have will be priceless. RV Life is filled with beautiful natural wonders and the most kindhearted people. Enjoy the journey and know that you made it happen. As you grow and learn, don’t be afraid to help others who are just beginning. They may need advice or they may just need a friend, but it will mean the world to them. We had others show us the way and now it’s our duty to pass it on.” Read more from their blog here.


Do you know what the tallest mountain in the world is? Hint: It’s not Mt. Everest!

Well, okay, it’s kind of a trick question. If asked “What’s the highest mountain in the world?” the answer would be Mt. Everest, at 29,029 feet above sea level. However, the tallest mountain in the world is a dormant volcano in Hawaii, Mauna Kea, which sits 19,700 feet under the Pacific Ocean, below sea level. From base to tip, Mauna Kea measures 33,465 feet.

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Lukewarm “hot” water? Check this out

George Bliss (click image to enlarge)

One of our regular tip contributing pals, George Bliss, mentioned a problem he’d run into. Seems the brother-in-law’s RV hot water wasn’t anything close to hot. An investigation “under the hood” revealed a problem you, too, might be having.

“Once he removed the cover over the thermostats (see left side of photo), you could see that the female push-on quick disconnect, on the electrical side, was scorched. This was caused by the rub-through of the insulation of the black wire (see right side of photo) where it passes next to the flange, pointed to by the “red” arrow. The flange has a very sharp edge.”

Solution? “The old quick connect was cut off, the wire was stripped back to where the insulation had been compromised and a new quick connect was added. After this, the new quick connect, and the tab it connected to, was pushed back to keep the wire away from the sharp flange. Another option would be to put some type of non-flammable material between the wire and flange so that rubbing did not recur. Several layers of electrical tape may do the trick. Before doing any work, be sure to turn the power off as this is on a 120-volt circuit.” Well, usually we don’t applaud efforts of folks to get us into hot water, but we’ll make an exception this time, George. Thanks!

Good road food

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On the road, some of the best food I’ve ever had has been at greasy spoons and roadside diners. Be sure to experience it for yourself.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.

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National Geographic Store

We could spend hours “window shopping” at the online National Geographic Store. There are so many neat products here including books, DVDs, maps and globes, travel gear and clothing, home decor, a children’s store, and more.

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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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3 years ago

Not much of a farm gal but I think the rooster has a problem. He doesn’t seem to be physically all there

3 years ago

My wife has medical issues. We have to have cell service, in case of emergencies.

Tony King
3 years ago

I don’t like not having Internet in a Campground because in the evenings is when I search/plan what’s ahead in our travels even though I know mostly what’s ahead there is always more if you dig deep enough. We normally only stay 1 night in a Campground and are off again in the morning. We just like sightseeing rather than sitting in a Campground. We are not in a hurry and just cruise down the road enjoying life and retirement.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
3 years ago

I have an outlet tester identical to the one shown in tips, except for brand name. If I test plugged into 30 amps., will the result be valid for the 50 amp side?

Mike Sokol(@mike)
3 years ago

No, you need to test both sides of the 50-amp outlet. But that’s possible as long as you use the correct type of adapter cable. I’ll write that up soon as another quick tip.

3 years ago

Do you all know your website has some type of triggered “blue bar” ad for “blue book values” that actively moves up into the web page?

Dick and Sandy
3 years ago

Tommy is correct. Truckers go where they can park, not necessarily where the good food is. So sometimes you have to give an eatery where truckers congregate a try to see if the food is to your liking. Our guide is to ask the management where we are staying where they go to eat. We have found the suggestions from the “locals” has proved the best food most of the time.

3 years ago
Reply to  Dick and Sandy

I agree. I like to ask locals where to eat and grocery shop. We’ve learned this also kept us from wandering into unsafe areas.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

When I was a kid my father used to say “Look for the restaurants where the truckers are. They know good food”. When I grew up and later became a “trucker” myself I found out truckers go where there’s room to park. Period.

Mike Sokol(@mike)
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

So true. One time when I was driving from coast to coast I pulled into a truck stop around Denver to get out of the horrible weather for a while. I took one look at the buffet in the restaurant and decided against that option, and ordered fried eggs and bacon instead. The logic was how can anyone mess up eggs and bacon. Well, the grease on the grill must have been there for years because my eggs tasted like diesel exhaust. Yuk!

Richard Martin
3 years ago

The campground cell service is not an issue for us because our truck is a hot spot that can be used in an emergency or while on the road. We kiddingly say we get 3 MB per gallon.

Frank Lawlor
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard Martin

Your truck hot spot needs cell service to work. No cell service in the camp ground, no hot spot.

3 years ago

My mobile has Internet Calling so if the RV Park has Internet access then I can make and take calls without any actually cellular service. I have had to do that a few times while traveling.

Ardy Mattox
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I always have to have good cell service since I’m still working (82 this summer) (i didn’t work enough when young).. i have to be able to hook up and work with my verizon card and cell phone (at & t). wish i could quit work, but life isn’t always perfect.

3 years ago

When I drive into a new town I always search for the local eaterys that are full of cars, that’s a sure sign of good food and friendly folks. Always go to where your home towners go and you will never be wrong