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 Magazine.com.

“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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SECRET WORD: banana. Remember this for next Saturday’s RV Travel Newsletter.


Wash up time? Vinegar and baby shampoo!

If you’re ready to wash the old RV, here’s just one of several suggestions from doityourselfrv.com. “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 RVtravel.com.


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Rory R

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!


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.

Greg Colby

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?

Sharon B

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


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…


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


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

Tommy Molnar

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 . . .


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.


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.


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

Paul Terry

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.


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.