RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1063

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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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QUICK TIPS

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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MORE QUICK TIPS

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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WEBSITE OF THE DAY

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!

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from RVtravel.com.



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See what really cool stuff Amazon is featuring today. It’s a whole lot of fun just browsing through all these great items. The selection changes every day, so check back often. You never know what you will find, which is part of the fun of visiting here. Check it out.


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Sirs, as a new reader I thought you were a no BS company. With great anticipation I read the following and was surprised to find all of these items listed in your above blog. I’m about to regret subscribing as they find these things would be most interesting but not found! ….SEE YOUR EMAIL TO ME > March 9, 2019 RV Travel Newsletter Issue 887 PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO FIND THE FOLLOWING: noted with “XXXX”….. Cover story * Good Sam Club drops basic member benefit. PLUS * Poll: Where are you reading this newsletter? XXXX * What we learned… Read more »

RV Staff

Hi, Tommy, We apologize for the confusion. The email you receive, which advises of the newest newsletter which has been published, includes a link to the newsletter (just click on it to go to the entire newsletter), as well as listing some of the articles to be found in that newsletter. So the email you described is for our Saturday RV Travel Newsletter. In the email it also includes a link at the bottom to the most recent RV Daily Tips newsletter (from the Thursday just prior to the Saturday email) — for anyone who may be interested. I hope… Read more »

Marilyn R
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
Bob Weinfurt

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

Kaeleen
Kaeleen

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”.

michael
michael

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.

Lauren Baker
Lauren Baker

But in most states and provinces the dolly has to have insurance and a plate. If neither and it is stolen you are out of pocket and if for some reason either the dolly of the car hit something you are on the hook for the damages

Ron
Ron

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
John Karlson

How come no pictures for last two days?

RV Staff

Good question, John. Thanks! I’ll ask our IT folks. In the copies we’re looking at while working on the newsletters the images show up, but I just went into the issues “anonymously” and the images are missing. Yikes! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Monty
Monty

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

John Carey
John Carey

Mine does not. With all the electronics these days, most if not all will not.

Wolfe

That’s a concern I hadn’t thought of… there is wear and tear to rolling that wouldn’t be “recorded.” Imagine buying a “low milage” car with only 30K on the odometer, but actually was dragged 200K… no thanks!

Chris Kittilson
Chris Kittilson

Not on a 2013 Kia. Soul m/t.

Leslie Rolsheim
Leslie Rolsheim

Yes. We towed our 1988 Samari “rock crawler” behind our 22 ft Lazy Daze for 10 years. We had to prove that 90% of the miles were tow miles to our insurance co.
Now we have our 37ft “live aboard” and she gets to ride in the toy hauler.

Jim
Jim

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

tom
tom

try Honda HRV. most automobiles with manual transmission are towable. Check FMCA’s towing guide, updated yearly. I tow my Honda Fit easily, friends tow Kia Soul just as easily. May have to relearn old skills.

Wolfe

I prefer a standard, and usually drive my automatic car in electric shift manual-ish mode. Its getting hard to get real manual cars since clutch drivers are a dying breed. BTW, my AWD car shouldn’t be towed with ANY wheels down… flatbed only according to factory.

Bill T.
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… Read more »

John R Crawford

One of the best tips I have read on RV daily tips is how to free up the pins on my tow when they get I in a bind. Just turn the tow car wheels to the left and right and it will give you enough slak to pull the pins out. I use it all the time.

Chuck Dunn
Chuck Dunn

I wish this worked all the time. For my set-up it very seldom works and I have to pry or beat them out.
Another question, how do you see any responses to your answers?

RV Staff

Chuck, are you asking RVtravel.com how to see responses to your answers? If so, go to the bottom of the article that you commented on, below where it says to Leave a Reply and above the first comment. Click on the Subscribe down-arrow, select “new replies to my comments” and then insert your email address and click the arrow. You will be notified by email if anyone replies to your comment. You can unsubscribe from that option if you change your mind. Another way would just be to check back under the comments in the article and see if anyone… Read more »

Jim
Jim

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

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

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!

Wolfe

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.

Mitch Stevens
Mitch Stevens

Wolfe,

Would you please post a link for this. Thx!

Wolfe

I have been asked by RVT not to post direct links outside Amazon’s affiliate program.

With a little googling, Mohammed ALI would get just the camera EXPRESS for $4 with a $3 new customer coupon (yes, $1 delivered free in 3 weeks!), or the whole kit I got for $14 ($11…).

Dave Telenko
Dave Telenko

I guess I understand, but not really about not posting! Please email me if you can:
davtel@dslextreme.com I hope I dont start an avalanche!
Thanks Dave

RV Staff

Wolfe shops at AliExpress, an online retail service based in China that is owned by Alibaba. We do not include their links on RVtravel.com because we don’t know anything about their products or service other than what we hear from Wolfe. So if he recommends something, the recommendation is strictly from Wolfe and not from RVtravel.com. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mitch Stevens
Mitch Stevens

Thanks Wolfe… Was able to decipher your cryptographic code! Now, can you share the model you chose to order…there are quite a few to choose from. Would appreciate any help you could provide.

And for RVT staff… I will price compare/shop on Amazon using the link on this web-site for best deal. No reason to ask people not to share their product purchases and ideas on this forum, regardless of where they were purchased.

RV Staff

Thanks, Mitch. We don’t mind so much when people share their product purchases and ideas, so long as our readers understand that the recommendations and referrals are not from RVtravel.com since we can’t vouch for those products and sources. But we don’t want outside links posted, for one reason, because that is sending people off our website and to an outside website, which we also can’t vouch for, and possibly exposing them to spam or whatever. We have our hands full just keeping our website free from spam and nonstop hackers, and keeping our readers “safe.” Unknown links posted on… Read more »

Mitch Stevens
Mitch Stevens

Understood…thanks for taking the time to explain

RV Staff

You’re welcome, Mitch. Have a good evening. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sherry Dawson
Sherry Dawson

Thanks for the thorough explanation, Diane.

RV Staff

You’re welcome, Sherry. We just try to watch out for our readers and tend to err on the side of caution. Better safe than sorry. (All right. That’s enough cliches for now. 😯 ) Have a good night. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Wolfe

That rationale seems peculiar… readers go off RVT linking to Amazon et al too. Ironically, Amazon is a reseller for AE (not Prime eligible? 3 week ETA? Arrives in a white bag? Yep!!!). The difference is a 4X markup, of course. The goods are generally Chinese made, but these days you can’t escape that anyway most times. Its a lot better quality than Chinese used to mean, though… in probably a thousand items from them, I’ve only had a dozen disappointments, and they’ve cheerfully refunded under “not as represented.” Spam… almost none. Amazon bugs you if you leave things in… Read more »

Wolfe

Instead of a bunch of links, just go to the general site, search “endoscope” and scroll down the item descriptions. You can filter by seller ratings and item options just like ebay. For this scope, you can get different resolutions, cable lengths, tips and rods, USB/WiFi/both, etc. Just read carefully so you get what you want (the $1 endoscope I mentioned was only 640×480, but should work for many things… think where you send this and whether you want to clean it for a buck!) Ordering other items, pay attention to international options (you probably want 110V and US plugs,… Read more »

Dave Telenko
Dave Telenko

Yes please post the site where it can be purchased, your not shy are you! LOL
Dave