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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1059

Issue 1059 • February 28, 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 peacekeeping: Install a headphone jack by your chair

To keep the peace in the small living space that is an RV I often use headphones when watching TV. It was kind of a pain having a long cord from the TV to me draped around the rig. I looked at wireless headphones but the last thing I need is more wires and things that take batteries to run. I did a bit of poking around in the bowels of the fifth wheel and found a path to run a wire and installed a headphone jack right beside my recliner at the back of the RV. Thanks to!

What’s it like to be a campground host

Liz and her family are fulltimers and took the plunge to work as campground hosts. She shares a few points learned on

Work camping doesn’t really mean ‘free’ anything. We received our ‘free’ full hookup campsite in exchange for providing the following services as work campers: Cleaning the bathhouse: men’s and ladies’ rooms with showers, toilets, urinals, garbage cans and sinks. Leaf blowing, cleaning the floors and walls. Cleaning and continuously monitoring all 36 campsites for garbage, downed branches, leaks or frozen pipes. Being the on-site campground points of contact for the state park rangers. Being the “face” of the campground and answering questions from campers, fishermen and curious visitors. Contacting local police if campers or visitors got out of hand! Of course, we did not pay a fee for our site. But some days had us rethinking the whole endeavor! The campground wasn’t small, and the bathhouse could sometimes be a real disaster! There were times it took a lot of time to straighten up and disinfect… And let’s not forget those bad weather days. Even if the campers are inside their RVs, work camping must go on! You’ve got chores to tend to and things to check on…even in the freezing rain or snow.

“People who ‘love the outdoors’ can be very disappointing. Evidently, many people think that a fire ring can be used as a trash can. But who doesn’t love the smell of burning trash, picking up shards of broken glass, or handling burnt beer cans? And let’s not forget that mystery plastic! Cigarettes are apparently just as good as mulch and other landscaping decor. While we could never think of just leaving whatever garbage we have around the campsite, you might be surprised that many people do. And it doesn’t stop there. We discovered people also use the floor of the bathroom, the street, or even their own campsites as dumpsters. I think the nastiest trash were adhesive bandages in the showers…Yikes. We have learned that there are plenty of visitors that think this stuff magically disappears. And it was our work camping job to be the magical fairies to clean it all up!

“On the other hand, people can be very kind. So yes, we had to clean up our fair share of garbage. But I can’t tell you the number of people that apologized for asking us questions. ‘I’m so sorry to bother you!’ ‘Sorry for the questions but….’ No worries, people! It’s my job to answer your questions and help you. And let me tell you, answering questions was much more pleasant than cleaning up wet band-aids in the shower! You can also expect ‘regulars.’ The postman and local cyclists that came through the campground to use the facilities were always waving and smiling at us. The park rangers were also super amazing, kind, responsive and understanding. It was really nice to have that little community during our work camp stay. There’s nothing like knowing you have a whole team there to help you out…or plunge the toilets for you.”

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Newbie motorhomer? Wait to turn the steering wheel

A motorhome driver needs all of the road space they can get when making a turn at an intersection. Whether you’re driving a diesel pusher or a big gas-powered motorhome, you must remember that you are probably sitting directly over the front wheel, which is unlike the situation when you are driving an automobile and the front wheels are in front of your feet. So, regardless of whether you are turning left or right at an intersection, pull straight forward until your butt [the one in the driver seat] is at the point where you need to turn, THEN turn the wheel. Everyone is used to driving their car, where they are sitting behind the front wheels, and turning the front end before “their butt” gets to the turn location. You need to turn your Big Rig as mentioned here if you want to make the turn without taking out stop signs and other paraphernalia installed at the intersection. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.

Flat tire while driving? Do this!

R&T De Maris

In the event of a flat tire, avoid heavy brake action, slow down gradually, hold the steering wheel firmly and move slowly to a safe area off of the road. Try to park on a hard, level surface and turn your emergency flashers on. DO NOT attempt to change a motorhome tire by yourself. RVs do not come equipped with jacks. Some motorhome tires can weigh in excess of 100 pounds. Call for professional help.

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3 years ago

I was a job jumper. If I got bored with one job I did something else. Then I became a parapro in a school and then well, ended up a school bus driver. No I never thought I would be doing this 13 years later. I retire with a full pension in 5 years. And yes the children are more out of control now then ever before. As for working camping? I know you do not have to do bathrooms if the RV park provides them. Otherwise I won’t work camp. I don’t do bathrooms.

3 years ago

On the question “Did you end up in a profession you never imagined when you were young?” I’d say “NO, I ended up in a profession I dreamed of since I was 12 years old.”

3 years ago
Reply to  Impavid

Impavid. What was your profession? It sounds dreamy. As a 67 year old, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I worked for 5 decades for the local school district in several jobs but mostly as a custodian. I started out as a school bus driver, moved to an educator for the U.S. Youth Conservation Corps, and ended up as a custodian because Ronald Reagan cut the funds to the school district. I stayed because of the defined pension that I was vested in, promised me my pay check with raises to me and my wife for the rest of our lives. I hated being a custodian. I’m sure it was as bad as some camp host jobs. I’ll never clean up anyone else’s mess again. As in a lot of service jobs you are used and abused and treated as a second class citizen. I am college educated. I know, boo hoo.

Thomas Becher
3 years ago

I too wonder about carrying a spare tire for my pickup with truck camper. I sure could use the reduced weight. Bought a camper that says it weighs xXxX pounds and after getting it home and on a scale find it weighs almost 600 pounds more. Tires on truck are very close to max carrying capacity. There should be a law that the nameplate on the RV is the real weight as it leave the factory door. As far as changing a tire, I can and did on interstate 10 in Texas last year. Not again. People don’t pull over to give you room and twice cops drove by. Could have used a little protection with flashing lights I think.
Late for donuts?

3 years ago

I think someone goofed on the Survey question at least to me, the yes answers Should have said no and the one no should have been a yes according to way question was worded.

Michael Galvin
3 years ago
Reply to  Terry

Correct. Looks like this is one of the surveys that wasn’t beta tested.

3 years ago

We’ve been volunteer campground hosts several times, and know that everything said in the article is absolutely true. We have never volunteered where we were required to clean bathrooms….it’s called volunteering!

3 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

These work camping situations have been ruined by people who don’t need the money taking positions as squatters for a free space. “Volunteering”. Big deal. The campgrounds that ding your hours to the tune of a grand or more a month for a $400. campsite should be hauled before the labor commission. Then on top of that you are supposed to declare the space compensation to the IRS and pay taxes on the “free site”. Wow. It should be a free space AND normal wages due to the demands and responsibilities. Maybe then, they would get more takers who treat it like a real job.

3 years ago

I think the survey question is flawed. It looks like the question should be:

Did you end up in a profession you imagined when you were young?

The word “never” doesn’t work with the response choices.

3 years ago

Our local state park CG host we’ve met is a pleasant person, knowledgeable and helpful. We look forward to seeing her each time we stay overnight for a beach camp outing. We’d miss her. Our local SP would surely miss her. She’s a keeper.

That spare tire thing is a conundrum: I’ve always carried a spare tire/wheel tucked away under our truck camper, but in a number of years with a 1/2-ton pickup & 8-ft cabover camper I never had a flat. Spouse & I roamed all over the West from CA to CA (Death Valley, CA to Lund, BC, CA) and I spent weeks on primitive oilfield tracks exploring SE Utah’s ‘Book Cliffs’ region seeking pictographs and petroglyphs. Never a flat. Then, with our “new” ’82 diesel C-20 pulling a Bigfoot trailer… several years back and forth from Idaho to WA… never a flat. Now, same truck carrying a 3,000-lb (wet) 9.5-ft camper, to north Idaho border & back… no flats.

Now, on the cusp of 80, I have the spare & wrench & hydraulic jack… but I severely question whether I wish to crawl under the truck, wrestle the tire out of that under-bed cradle, and then crawl under again to place a jack and lift the truck and wrestle that heavy wheel in place. You get the picture.

So given the odds I’ve enjoyed of “no flats” (easy: watch tire pressures and drive reasonable speeds) dare I dispense with that useless weight and leave it home? And call ERS from the boonies if Murphy strikes ‘cuz I ain’t got that spare? Damned decisions!

3 years ago

Headphone jack: good idea if you’re determined to not go wireless. That said, $2 gets you an USB-rechargeable Bluetooth transmitter (which can be left plugged in charging) and another $2 gets you a similarly rechargeable receiver to make your wired headphones wireless, if you don’t have Bluetooth headphones already. Compared to running wires, I’d go with my setup. Which I did. And Do.

Work Camping: I think Diane or Gail at RVT have a sense of humor, since the “hosting is WORK camping” article was surrounded by ads for HarvestHosts and free camping by work camping… LOL

Flat tires: I’d say don’t change your own tire if you’re not equipped or healthy enough to do so… Otherwise, get equipped and learn to do it in your driveway before you need to do it roadside with semis clipping your butt. DIY is 1/5th the cost and 1/8th the time of road service, if you’re lucky with the service.

Professions: Ventures like my published writing, orbital computer programming, and patented inventions were all pretty predictable… The red herring on my resume is that I ***hated*** public speaking the first 30 years of my life, and now travel and speak to hundreds at a time in auditoriums — safe to say not what I would have predicted! Life has a way of disobeying your intentions… :-S