RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1054


Issue 1054 • February 20, 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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Better personal illumination at night

Here’s another entry from Erinn “The Zealous” Mayer. Erinn saw an earlier post regarding flashlight hats. If ever there were a knee-jerk reaction, here it is: “Yes, I have an even better (and more cost-effective) idea. Want to be seen REALLY WELL at night?! When we go for evening walks with our dogs, I’ve always worried about ‘being seen,’ especially by passing vehicles! We were wearing the ‘flashlight hats,’ but I found an even better (BRIGHTER) way to be seen – I purchased two ‘Rechargeable LED Headlamps’ and OMG, these things are soo bright! They are easily adjustable and you can wear them alone (like a headband), or over a cap or hat. They have both white and red LEDs, FIVE different settings (dim, bright, flash, etc), and a control button for each light. The light angle is adjustable, and they come with charging cables (but not chargers). The ‘flashlight hats’ range from about $10-15 and most have just one small light. These ‘headlamps’ were only $10.99 on Amazon – for anyone who walks/jogs/hikes after dark, I highly recommend!!!” Whew! Thanks, Erinn. Your review is glowing!

Easier RV bed making – tile it!

Putting a fitted sheet on a mattress is made infinitely easier when you can slide the mattress out away from the wall. Unfortunately, many RV beds are on unfinished plywood platforms. These platforms snag the mattress if you attempt to slide it, making it difficult to move. By installing some peel and stick tiles on the platform, you can eliminate the snagging issue and make sliding your mattress a breeze. Don’t worry, though – the mattress does stay in place while you’re sleeping. From doityourselfrv.com

Taking the kids or grandkids camping? Here’s a scavenger hunt from The Creative Homemaker that looks like lots of fun. The kiddos will be occupied (which means it’s wine around the campfire time for you!), and you can think of fun prizes to award once they’re finished.

Wow! Now that’s a deal!
Did you know that every day Amazon features more than 1,000 special deals on items? Even if you don’t need anything, it’s fun to poke around and see the new interesting products on sale. There’s always stuff you can use in the RV, so take a look here.

Photo by @donstevanov, Instagram


Do not steer clear of Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska, because this place is wheel-y cool! Carhenge, built by Jim Reinders in 1987, is a replica of England’s Stonehenge, only it’s built out of 38 vintage American automobiles and covered in gray spray paint. You can visit the official Carhenge website here to read more about it and plan your visit.


What some have done to quiet a noisy generator

Here’s a quick review of what some have done … with a big disclaimer: “All of the suggestions below are what other RVers and campers have claimed to do to quiet down their generators. I have not personally tested any of these solutions to see if they actually work. Some of these solutions could damage your generator as well as void the warranty on a new generator.” Keeping that in mind, here goes: “1. Some folks have retrofitted motorcycle mufflers to their generator with some success. 2. Some people attach a hose to the exhaust of the generator and put the other end of the hose in a 5-gallon bucket of water to dampen the exhaust sound. They suggest that you put a small hole at the high point of the hose so that your generator does not suck any water into it.” —From everything-about-rving.com.
[Editor: Electricity expert Mike Sokol advises against trying #2.]

On buying a new RV

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Obviously, if you want something brand new, you’ll need to visit a dealer or an RV show. However, do NOT buy new. I say this from experience after I ignored the advice of full-timers before us. Rigs “off the line” are often riddled with problems. I’ve heard this about every manufacturer, though some are better than others. Most full-timers I know recommend buying something at least two years old, as someone else has worked out the kinks at that point. Armed with this knowledge, we expected a few visits for service, and we’ve made over a dozen in the past 18 months. It’s been incredibly frustrating, especially when service departments aren’t known for great service. Trust me, don’t buy new! Plus, with the rapid depreciation of RVs and the steep cost, it’s less of a financial burden to buy used. —From Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America.

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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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Do a factory tour, buy from the factory. Extremely happy we bought new from Phoenix Cruiser.

Bill Massicotte

Diane at RV travel :You must get a real kick out of some of these comments. Some are really funny and others informative. Stay tuned
Love this forum

Rory R

I have heard that saying so many times, and there is no garantee that the previous owner cleared up all or most of the issues in a new RV. Quick question, if all the issues were cleared up why would a two year old RV be for sale. Remember there is more than one way to go. One size does not fit all. There are manufacturers that do great builds and there are more happy owners than owners who have been shafted. I’m not saying there is no problem, but I’m saying that no matter which way you decide to go, you have to do your due diligence. Do not let the bling blind you…


Both my parents were only children so we didn’t have any aunt, uncles, or cousins.

Tom Gutzke

J am closer to my in-laws than I ever was to my brother. This includes ny wife’s aunts, uncles,and cousins.

Dan Tull

On my third TT, following my wife at an Atlanta RV show, I told the owner of the Winnebago dealership I did not want New. Depreciation and bugs being the reason. He said he would have all the bugs worked out before he gave it to us. Put my finger in his face and said I would hold him to that. He did. Three years in, almost no problems.

Pat G

My Dad and his sister were orphaned when very young. His sister died when I was 1 his foster dad died before I was born and his foster mom died when I was 10. they all lived in Ill, I live in California..We still keep in contact/visit with my cousins on my moms side, they still live in Ill, we still live in California..We are all in our 70s & 80.


By the way – if no one buys new rigs – where are the used rigs coming from? Hmmm?

Merrily Robinson

My father only had one relative and he died only a few days after my dad!

Jim Langley

Good joke today – “soap opera” – made me laugh 😉

Bill T.

Re: On Buying a New RV;

“Rigs “off the line” are often riddled with problems” True, but that is still no excuse or reason not to buy new. Weather buying new, or inheriting other peoples junk by buying used, the onus is always on the buyer.

If you do a thorough and I mean really take your time, to do a good pre delivery inspection (PDI) and have the dealer make ALL repairs, to those issues found, BEFORE you leave the lot, then any mechanical or cosmetic issues that happen, after you take possession, would most likely have happen anyway.

Don’t be pressured buy flashy sales or marketing tricks. Find a rig that suits most of you immediate needs, floor plan layout, etc. Buying new, if you can afford it and financially plan properly, is a great feeling to know you are the only ones to sleep in the bed or use any of the other services in that rig.

We have neighbours who bought a 2 year old rig, that had issues right off the dealer lot. There was no more factory warranty and cosmetically it looked great, but they didn’t do a PDI before signing, and were left making payments on a piece of junk. Buying used is not always the go-to solution when looking for an RV. I understand that money is an issue with us all, but I only wanted to say that buying new is not as bad as some say it is.

Joe Huston

Regarding today’s question. I answered “Other” since both my parents were only children. Hence, I have no aunts, uncles or cousins.


I know you are trying hard to keep this Newsletter clean and not Offend anyone, but, is it possible to maybe find some better “Leave them with a Laugh” Jokes! Thanks.


Before putting stick-on floor tile on a bare plywood bed platform, sand the plywood and apply two coats of a stick-on tile bond enhancer. Otherwise, the tiles will eventually shift and/or lift. A quart of it isn’t expensive and will be more than enough for two coats on even king size platforms. Henry makes a good one.


I’ve learned through personal (frustrating) experience that attempts to quiet a generator are generally disappointing, and possibly harmful. 1) Much of the generator noise is not actually from the muffler, but engine noise reverberating from the generator frame & structure. 2) attempts to further muffle the exhaust outlet risks increasing engine back-pressure, causing a multitude of harmful engine problems. 3) Adding layers of sound insulation, or an enclosure may cause insufficient air circulation for engine cooling, causing failure or a fire hazard. 4) The exhaust hose terminated in a bucket of water? Really? Does this water bucket hang under the generator’s RV frame to accomodate a Rube Goldberg exhaust extension? Or does one remove and discard the mandatory spark arrestor portion of the portable genny muffler to attach a jury-rigged extension tube? And where does one discard the toxic oil slick and exhaust waste water later?

Perhaps a more effective way (for portable gennies) is a simple three-sided sound enclosure, with the open side facing the most noise-tolerant direction. Lay another sheet across the top, but be sure all side clearances are adequate for good air circulation. Also, distance is our friend. Get a longer, heavier gauge extension cord. The square law applies. Double the distance; quarter the noise level. (Not so good in a crowded campsite. But there, no level of generator noise is well received.)


Re: generators

There is no excuse not to get rid of that noisy generator and go solar! We have 375 wstts of solar on the roof, 540 AH of AGM batteries, a 2,000 watt inverter, and right-sized our electrical appliance to work within our electrical storage capacity.

Right now we’re a month into a winter camping trip in Colorado and have had no problems with our electrical needs.

Go solar, you won’t regret it!