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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1077


April 2, 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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Come out of the dark…

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Caterpillar builds some really tough stuff. They make everything from the diesel engines in our pusher RVs, to huge earth-moving equipment we see along the highway, to even something as small as an LED work light for your pocket. I bought one of these Cat CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times, and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.

Our new website has a bit of a smoking problem…
MotorhomesOnFire.com is a reminder to always be fire-safe with your RV and have an escape plan just in case. These videos are scary, but it’s a reality. Estimates range from 6,300 to 20,000 RVs burn up a year. You don’t want yours to be one of them.


Let your a/c get a jump on the heat

“Even before it starts getting hot outside, turn on your air conditioner to cool the walls, floors and ceilings of your coach. Its more beneficial to do this than to try to cool a hot RV.” From alwaysonliberty.com

Enjoying RVing while retired

Living the RV lifestyle on your Social Security is whatever you want it to be (within your budget). And by mixing in some free boondocking days, some work camping, and some frugal living, you can have a lot of flexibility and enjoyment while still staying within your budget. –From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income.

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Breathtaking places to view wildflowers this spring

Who doesn’t love this time of year when the snow melts and the flower buds blossom? Get that RV out on the road and head towards one of these five beautiful places to see the flowers.

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

Cheap tire tool can save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.


Photo by @serkansolmaz, Instagram

Two friends are walking their dogs, a Dalmatian and a Chihuahua, when they smell something delicious coming from a nearby restaurant. The guy with the Dalmatian says, “Let’s get something to eat.” But the guy with the Chihuahua says, “We can’t go in there, we have dogs with us.” The first guy responds, “It’s OK, just follow my lead.” He puts on a pair of sunglasses and walks into the restaurant.
“Sorry,” says the owner, “no pets allowed.”
“But this is my seeing-eye dog,” the guy with the Dalmatian says.
“A Dalmatian?”
“Yes, they’re using them now.”
The owner says, “Very well, then, come on in.”
The guy with the Chihuahua repeats the process and gets the same response from the owner: “Sorry, pal, no pets allowed.”
“But this is my seeing-eye dog,” says the second guy.
“A Chihuahua?” asks the incredulous owner.
“A Chihuahua?!,” says the man in the dark glasses. “They gave me a Chihuahua?!”

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Doug / ND
3 years ago

Chuck & Staff: Thank you for drawing attention to the fire hazards. I am a bit suspicious of the numbers posted – but 1 would be too many! I would like to know the “causes” – parked, on the road, in storage; gas vs diesel? Electrical? Mice? So many possibles. We need an investigation into these – especially with the numbers shown!

3 years ago
Reply to  Doug / ND

Number one is propane fridge.

Doug / ND
3 years ago

Wow! I love a potato! Any way it can be made! But the very special ones are red potatoes grown in the Red River Valley of North Dakota/Minnesota! Full flavored! Baked or mashed covered in butter or just savor raw. eerr wash first! Question should have include “all of the above”!

Dave Telenko
3 years ago

Well its not my favorite, but we have several members in our 4 wheel drive club that just throw their russet potato into the raging campfire. They let them burn till well done & black on the outside. Hmmmmm to my amazement they are delicious! Not the burned part, but the potato meat, sounds wrong, but live & learn.

3 years ago

My favorite potato is fried, with NO onions.

3 years ago

Emily, is there a website that shows fruit producing regions and the months when fruit ripens in the US? Apples, strawberries, cherries, etc. A similar site for vegetables? A wonderful trip providing destinations to visit to see fruits/vegetables growing, and to attend local farmers markets. Thanks

Diane Mc
3 years ago

I’m stunned at the number of RV’s that supposedly burn up. Is it a typo? That equates to 17 go 54 a day!

3 years ago

Potato question? Answer: All of the above. (Silly question!!)

Bob p
3 years ago

Sorry Mike, Caterpillar got out of over the road diesels in 2009. They couldn’t meet emissions regulations so now all their engines are for off road applications, the contracted with International for a few years to build construction trucks but they didn’t sell very well so that’s gone too.

Mike Sokol(@mike)
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Oh no. Say it isn’t so….

Tim Bear
3 years ago

Used to be red potatoes but now I’ve switched to Yukon Gold, boiled, and then cubed in a bowl w/ a little salt & butter. ??

3 years ago

I agree with the all the above

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I told my wife when we first got married, “The only potato that is to get into our house is a red potato.” 32 years later, that’s STILL the rule. 🙂 😉

Tom Hudson
3 years ago

Yep, all of the above, and then some! I used to eat them raw, as a snack, with a little salt!

3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Hudson

Me too. I’d forgotten all about that.

Jim c
3 years ago

My thoughts exactly all of the above is what I was looking for

3 years ago

I don’t like potatoe salad. But everything else has its equal time and meal.

3 years ago
Reply to  BuzzElectric

There are many options under “potato salad”… no one makes it like my gramma and now I do, heavy on celery (seed and chunks), dill pickles, garlic, and onion — crisp, cold and creamy. “Hot bland mush” isn’t my spud salad!

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

My grandma made it the same way! Mmmmm mmmmm!!

3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Me, too!