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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1080


April 8, 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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Chase away decal “ghosts”

If you have a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts”– shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. Here’s a ghost-busting suggestion from Truck Camper

“We determined that the best solution for this ghosting was a heavy-duty oxidation remover for marine and RV applications by Meguiar’s. The theory was to remove the oxidized yellow haze from the surrounding Filon so it would essentially match the whiter and brighter ghosting areas. After all, the ghosting showed us not only how white our camper Filon had once been, but also how faded and yellow our camper had become from eleven years of exposure to the sun and elements.

“The trick was to pour a line of Meguiar’s oxidization remover onto the rough side of a scrubbing sponge and gently scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation haze came right up as did any remnants of the brand decals. It was great to see the yellow color give way to a whiter and brighter Filon exterior.

“Another important trick was to wipe off the Meguair’s oxidation remover with a cloth before it dried. For this purpose, we had two packs of microfiber cleaning cloths and made sure to use fresh cloths when they got caked with the oxidation remover.

“Once we were done, the ghosting was about 99% removed by our Karate Kid cleaning. The ghosting is still there, but only if you look at our camper from a certain angle, in the right light. Most of the time, all you see is a nice white camper. The Meguair’s worked like a charm, and we are very pleased with the results.”

You can pick up a bottle of Meguiar’s M4916 Marine/RV heavy duty oxidation remover here.

How many of these essential road trip songs do you know? Better yet, how many of these road trip songs do you know all the words to? See the list here, and start belting ’em out!

Free Classes “All About RV Roofs.” Seven RV Station RV dealerships, six in Texas and one in Oklahoma, are offering free classes this Wednesday evening, April 10. Zero sales pressure, just information to help you understand the different types of RV roofs and how to maintain them. Learn more.

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Wash up time? Vinegar and baby shampoo!

If you’re ready to wash the old RV, here’s just one of several suggestions from “RV owners have all sorts of favorite products to wash RVs. Some, including many dealers, recommend RV washing with simple baby shampoo, with small amounts of distilled vinegar added to the water. The baby shampoo won’t leave a film and by adding vinegar, you’ll boost the washing power of the shampoo and eliminate water spots.”

Newbies ask: What’s a military shower?

Step into the shower, turn the water on and wet themselves down. Then they would turn the water off, and soap up their body. Then they would step back into the shower, and quickly rinse the soap off of their body. If washing your hair, repeat the steps. This tried and true procedure is the most efficient way to bathe using your fresh water. It minimizes wasted water and you get just as clean as with a long drawn-out shower.
—From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.

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Airbnb Experiences

You probably know Airbnb as a platform to book a vacation rental, but did you know you can book amazing experiences too? In Seattle, you can sail on a restored wood yacht, or play with wolves at a wolf sanctuary; in Phoenix you can take flight lessons in an open cockpit biplane; and in Atlanta there’s a beekeeping 101 class which is sure to be pretty sweet. 

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


Yikes! Thanks to Stephen G. Barr on Flickr for the hilarious sign!

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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. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Rory R
3 years ago

Speaking of signs and labels warnings, I once read a label on a pair of pants which read, “Remove pants before ironing”. Now how’s that for common sense!

3 years ago

We have Dish satellite service at home. When we jump in the RV we take our Dish 211 receiver from home and hook into the Tailgater Dish and continue to receive all the channels we get at home. When we travel outside the local region we have to call Dish with the local Zip code to receive the network channels.

Vanessa Simmons
3 years ago
Reply to  Tony

You can do that with the my dish app. Click on account, manage local channels and it will bring up a map showing where you are and list the local channels available.

Greg Colby
3 years ago

Any recommendations on satellite systems? Been camping for 6 years however we are finding less cable hook-ups at rv parks. Even if they offer cable, not usually that good. We have an antenna however we do not like the stations we get. Do not have Direct TV or Dish at our home. Where is the best place to go to learn the options?

Vanessa Simmons
3 years ago
Reply to  Greg Colby

Dish tailgater, not installed on the top so you can move it to get a signal if parked under trees. You pay by the month. If you aren’t camping for 3 months you don’t pay. With Direct you have to sign a contract and pay every month (I think if you have it at home you get a reduced price)

Sharon B
3 years ago

Thanks for the baby shampoo and vinegar wash. Seems more gentle without residue

3 years ago

When I was working in a southern state, there was an ad campaign along the lines of “We’re looking for a few men.” The problem was a prominent graphic of a chain gang behind the text. People weren’t quite sure if inmates had escaped, or if it was dark humor reminding people to be lawful.

Apparently it was a hiring event of the local Sheriff Department…

3 years ago

It’s called a Navy Shower not a military shower.

3 years ago
Reply to  John

If you are in the Navy they are called ‘Navy’ showers. If you are in any other branch of service they are called ‘Sea’ showers or ‘Military’ showers.

3 years ago
Reply to  Corkey

But if you’re in the Air Force, as I was, it was called a long, relaxing shower.

3 years ago
Reply to  Alpenliter

Having been in the Air Force myself I can confidently say this is a true story.

3 years ago
Reply to  Corkey

I am a retired Navy Seabee and we always called them G.I. showers. For those of you who don’t know what G.I. means it stands for ” government issue”

Tom Gudgel
3 years ago
Reply to  John

Being a Marine (former) we obviously called it by their “proper name – you guessed it (a “Marine” shower) ?. It’s all good though as we who refer to it by its military name know it’s a shower taken to conserve water. However I have to say I wonder if the Air Force has ever used this phrase? ?

3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Gudgel

I was in the AF and did not know what a military/navy/marine shower was until I started RV camping.

3 years ago

Have an extra receiver and dish to take along for satellite services

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I don’t know the words to ANY of those songs, but I can sing “99 bottles of beer on the wall” all the way down to 1. Now THAT’S a road song . . .

3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, now that’s funny. On top of your beer song I can sing the worm song.

3 years ago

In reference to the ghost decal cure, I’d want to caution folks particularly with older rigs to go slow and light using any abrasive on those old surfaces, as they’ve already been scrubbed by years and miles of travel. Removing the oxidization is one thing having to live with an RV without any or very little protective paint may be worse than looking at a ghost where a decal had been, I strongly suggest going to a good vinyl Graphics store and getting them to make you up a decal of your choosing or one that matches the original, if one can’t be obtained from the dealer. I spend 40 years in the automobile refinishing biz and have seen some home remedies go real bad – and expensive to fix.

3 years ago

We stream our TV using a Roko device. We simply unplug them and a hot spot from our home TV’s and take them with us. We also have a cell phone booster on the motor home that helps out with the signal for our phone and hot spot.

3 years ago

What’s funny about that sign? It’s common sense not to pick up prison escapees.

3 years ago
Reply to  Irv

Besides common sense not being all that common anymore, you can’t always tell someone is an escapee by just looking a them. They could have changed out of the traditional prison orange before or after escaping.

West of Blight (aka Blythe), CA are similar signs on I-10. What’s “interesting” is CA, in its infinite wisdom, located one of its roadside rest areas on the same road the prison is on within sight of the prison.

Doug / ND
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

Now that rest area location was brilliant! Like an invitation to a free ride! Like the rest of California!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

If you look at the bottom of signs in California, in really, really small font, it says “This sign is known to cause cancer.” Not that I’ve actually seen it myself, but everything else in California is thus marked. It’s so common people don’t even pay attention to that anymore.

3 years ago
Reply to  impavid

I reserved a rental car in CA for an upcoming trip and web page took me to a Prop 65 warning.
I wonder if visiting CA is going to make me cause cancer.

3 years ago
Reply to  Irv

That sign is common. Whoever thought it was funny has not traveled much.

Paul Terry
3 years ago

We have satellite tv service while we travel, it is the same as at home. We are able to keep up on local happenings this way.

3 years ago

The “Funny” wasn’t to me because in my travels I’ve seen a lot of these signs. They just bother me. Sorry. However I do understand that it could be funny to others.

3 years ago
Reply to  BuzzElectric

Holy Cow! Lighten up a little in life! To me it’s comical because it could be added to a list of “Only in America”, with a smile. You are entitled to your own opinion though.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn

These same type of signs are posted at every prison I’ve driven past, as a retired truck driver I’ve driven past many. As previously noted with today’s generations common sense doesn’t seem to exist therefore the signs might prevent a tragedy.

3 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn

I did say it could be funny to others! It was just a comment not a condemnation. I too can laugh.