RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1062


Issue 1062 • March 6, 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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Choosing a solar charge controller

If you’re thinking about installing or upgrading your RV solar system, just what kind of charge controller will you install? MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) or the less expensive PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) style? Without going into great depths, here are some thoughts from loveyourrv.com:

“MPPT are good for larger systems (over 700 watts) and when using high voltage panels. Don’t fall for the idea you can run your panels in series (24-volts) so you can have smaller transmission wires down to the controller. All transformers (like electronic ones in an MPPT controller) have a power loss, and even the MPPT circuitry is not 100% efficient. The power gain by running in 24V down to the controller you then lose by running it through a transformer. Whatever controller you choose, put it as close as possible to your battery bank with the shortest wiring run as possible with the properly sized wire. This is where the resistance of the wiring will kill your amps coming into your batteries. The longer it takes to get the power the less you can store.” For more information on solar power planning, check this out.

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Have you ever stood on a glass floor?

Photo by @vladan90, Instagram

Glass floors are all the rage these days. Buildings are adding them to their observation decks and tourist attractions are jumping on board to install them. Here are a few places you can experience one for yourself:


Looking for the best 4G signal on the road?

Download and install the Open Signal app for your phone or tablet. This gives the most up to date and the most accurate coverage map for 4G LTE carriers, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Today’s RV newbies want Internet access and phone signal, and most RV parks and campgrounds have horrible Wi-Fi. Find out more info at opensignal.com. Advice from Steve Johnson – Road Pickle – on rvingplanet.com.

Drinking water safety when traveling

You never know the condition or quality of potable water at various campgrounds. Always use a water filtration system to filter the drinking water in your RV, or take bottled water with you for drinking water. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Tax Time: Does an RV qualify for tax deductions?

Read this informative article about RV tax deductions. The article answers questions like: Does it matter what kind of RV I have? Do I need an engine like a Class A or Class C, or can I claim my fifth wheel or travel trailer?
[Caveat: This was written in 2018 and updated in 2019, but not completely. So, just use this for general information purposes but don’t rely 100% on what it says. —Editor]

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A German man was packing his luggage for a vacation when his wife interrupts him and says, “I hope you’re not going to bring sausages again. They exploded everywhere last time and caused a frightful scene!”

“It’ll be fine,” he says. “Stop worrying about the wurst case scenario.”

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Mike in Texas

If you’re not swearing while driving, you’re not paying enough attention to the road and other drivers.


If you ever joined the Navy you swear, no way could you not, hard to shut it off after getting out, always tried to leave it and not bring it home.


The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario has the world’s highest glass floor at 342 metres (1,122 ft) above the downtown. I believe it has the highest steel staircase.The world’s highest glass floored elevator measuring at 346 metres (1,135 ft). The world’s highest and largest revolving restaurant, 351 metres (1,152 ft).
You can also walk all the way around the perimeter edge of the tower only connected by a safety line, this at the 356 m (1,168.0 ft) level.

Diane M

I hate profanity and vulgarity. It’s degrading and demeaning, both to those who use it and those who hear it. As a retired teacher, I fought a (losing) battle against foul language almost every day. Its widespread acceptance is more evidence of the moral decline in our country.

Zeb Chase

Reversing falls in Saint John, NB, Canada. Also has a glass floor on it’s observation deck,called the Sky Walk

Gene Bjerke

As to swearing (or using impolite words): I always think of a friend of mine who is a very sweet woman and never uses coarse language. She also has a gorgeous head of red hair. We were in a situation where another friend was arguing that he could give her a great haircut. She said “no thanks” several times but he persisted. Finally she looked him in the eye and said, “No f***ing way!). Which not only stopped him but stopped all other conversation in the area for a minute. Lesson: such language can be very effective, but only if used rarely.

John Karlson

Yeah I swear, but then it’s Because I did something stupid – or someone
Did something stupid to me. Either way I swear st myself or someone else. Love to swear in German, they know some great “swears”.,,


The Calgary Tower (formerly known as the Husky Tower) in Calgary, AB, Canada, has a glass floor extension on one side of its observation deck.


I own an RV – how could I not swear!


In the right place at the right time, some (not all) swear words add color to the language as well as self-expression. As a language teacher with young adults and adults that is the first thing they want to learn. I don’t teach them, they can find it on the internet.


Rv tax deductibility. The new tax code, as explained to me by the cpa, does nothing for this. With the total tax deduction of 24,000 for family of two, by the time you add the deductions, if it’s under the stated amount for deductions, it doesn’t matter. Will see what next year brings since the tax laws are changing


It’s amazing to me when I listen to some people talk and I wonder how they eat with that mouth. Especially, when they are sitting at a small town cafe for breakfast and a 4 year old is sitting there with them at the same table; and yet again, “they” say a study shows that people who swear more show higher intelligence. Another study states that people who swear a lot don’t know how to articulate their thoughts and are less educated. So confusing.


With almost 200,000 words in the dictionary to choose from, why would I need to use swear words?


So… open signal uses my phone and connection to measure how good connections are?

I think I might pass.

Bill T.

How often do I swear? What possible stats, could you gather from that question, to be relevant to your audience? I am sure there are more important and useful questions to poll your readers on.