RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1063


Issue 1063 • March 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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WiFi endoscope lets you peep where your eyes won’t go

Ever wondered what the inside of your black water tank looked like? Is that “tank blaster” really doing the job, or are there Klingons lurking on the insides of your tank? You can’t just eyeball the inside of the tank – or can you? With a flexible endoscope, you can run a tiny camera down for a “look around,” and get an eyeful of information on your tablet or phone. There are, no doubt, other places where you might want to “see” but the limitations of your old body just don’t permit it. It’s no stretch to envision peeping down in those dead spaces of your recliner or couch to find missing keys, remotes, small dogs, etc. Here’s a ‘scope you can pick up for less than $40 on Amazon.

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Stop losing those remotes!

Seems like anytime you have “entertainment” in your rig, you’ve got to have at least two, if not three or even more, remote controls. Blasted things are equipped with batteries, and like the Energizer Bunny, they keep on going – anywhere but where they should. So get a piece of double-stick Velcro-back tape and stick those critters where they belong – and stop having to go looking for them.

The pros of flat-towing

It just takes a minute to hook up the car for towing (plus a couple minutes of running the engine). We have a much better turn radius while flat towing versus the dolly. I’m not worried about our car falling off the tow dolly and smashing into someone. It’s less stressful knowing we have a Brake Buddy auxiliary braking system that will pump the brakes when we drive downhill and stop the car should it, for whatever reason, detach from the tow bar. Conclusion: Towing flat behind the RV is our clear winner because we can’t think of any cons. —From Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America

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The best campgrounds in National Parks

This article from Fodor’s Travel shows the 25 best campgrounds in America’s National Parks. We’d like to set up shop (er, the RV) at Lower Pines Campgrounds – looks beautiful!

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Marilyn R

WRT food allergies. According to my very in-your-face, rude-as-heck doctor I have a sensitivity to walnuts (throat feels as though it’s closing, tongue and lips tingle) if it was an allergy I’d be dead.

Bob Weinfurt

I’m on a seefood diet. I see food and just have to eat it.


I am jealous of the 92% of you that do not have a food allergy. I found out about my 4 a little over a year ago. One is legumes which includes soy. Very difficult to find foods that do not contain soy other than “raw”.


We have had a tow dolly and we also flat tow, but I don’t think the endorsement that there are no cons is unfair. Here are a few off the top of my head:

1. It requires addition of equipment to the car. A tow dolly with brakes can tow many more cars.
2. The list of flat towable cars is much shorter than the list of cars that be towed on a dolly.
3. The cost of a tow bar, auxiliary brakes, and lights can be much more expensive than a tow dolly.


We have been flat towing our Honda CR-V since 2007 with no problems. It’s a front wheel drive automatic and the odometer does not work when towing. Be sure to check the manual before towing anything to be sure it’s safe and if there are any restrictions.

John Karlson

How come no pictures for last two days?


If one flat tows, does the odometer move on the towed vehicle?


Would love to be able to flat tow, but that would mean buying a different car, most front wheel drive vehicles aren’t flat towable

Bill T.

The Pros of Flat Towing.

I too enjoy flat towing, for all the reasons listed above. The only thing. I don’t like is that you can’t back up and I need to always keep this in mind when traveling. For example, I was at a gas station, where it didn’t show the newly installed “island” layout upgrade on Google maps. I thought I could make the turnout but it was too tight. I had to un-hitch the Jeep so I could back up to clear the new islands, after refuelling. It is also more difficult to get the hitch pins out when the tow vehicle is not straight behind the rig.


Yes allergy to all citrus, haven’t been able to even have an orange since I was fifteen, can’t even touch any, and I live in Florida


I don’t have any food allergy rather a food addiction especially Thai food. My Thai wife is one excellent cook when it comes to authentic Thai food. We will succumb to an awesome steak dinner on rare occasions at the only steak house we prefer, the Texas Roadhouse. Their bone-in Rib-Eye is the best!


I picked up an endoscope similar to the one featured around Christmas, and it is indeed very useful for peeking into tanks and pipes and chimneys and chainsaw cylinders… Mine is a little different in that the camera is a USB webcam in its own right, with the transmitter in the battery pack, and I have found that the video is clearer and higher frame-rate plugged directly into laptop or phone instead of going through the Wi-Fi. I got the 1600×1200 camera, battery/ transmitter, 3 end tips, and a 4′ telescoping wand all for $20.