RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1081


April 9, 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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Get the lead in…

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

OK, this is a quick tip for you electronic hobbyists and repair guys and gals. A few years ago traditional 60/40-Tin/Lead Rosin Core solder was banned from manufacturing use since too much lead was ending up in landfills from old circuit boards being thrown away, so it was replaced with lead-free solder. Ugh! Lead-free solder is really hard to use and requires extra cleaning and flux chemistry to make a good solder joint. So I’ve stocked up on good old 60/40 Tin-Lead Rosin Core solder for my electronic repair projects. I generally stick with Kester Brand Solder as that’s what I used back in the ’80s when I was building nuclear missile guidance systems (no kidding). Get it in 1 lb. spools here or if a 1 lb. spool of solder is too much, there are also smaller pocket versions available here.

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.

Join our new RV Electricity Facebook group.


Campground etiquette: Scoop your poop!

We totally get that Fido and Fifi don’t “poop on demand,” so always bring your puppy poop bags and clean up after your pets. No excuses. Not only is it unsanitary, but it’s also nasty to have to clean up after your dog’s land mines or smelling it. Don’t walk away from it thinking we (collectively speaking) don’t notice. Try to use specified pet areas or dog parks but if your pup can’t wait, scoop it! Speaking of pets, please leash your pets and never leave them unattended outside. Can you imagine if everyone didn’t leash their pet(s)? Oy! Appreciate the fact that not everyone likes your dog or cat (or gerbil, bird, ferret, etc.). Be a responsible pet owner. It’s just one suggestion from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.

Dress up your rig’s screen door

Looking for a short but cute “dress up” mod for your RV? Here’s an interesting one – stencil your screen door. Yep, with an easily obtainable stencil, a bit of paint, and a few minutes, you too can make your RV unique. And as our source, Mrs. Padilly found out, not only does your new screen spruce-up look good with the front door open, if you’ve got the typical door glass, it’ll welcome visitors even with the door closed. Click here for detailed instructions.

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A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent that works! 
*An RVtravel.com staff favorite!
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately). If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this) this product is for you. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’re going to need it. Learn more or order here.


Ocearch Tracker

Well, if you want to see something neat, click on this website and spend some time exploring. This site tracks every shark, turtle, seal and whale that’s currently tagged around the world. See where Jefferson, a 12-foot 7-inch White shark, is and where he’s been swimming this morning. Trust us, this is jawsome.

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

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Keep your food cool with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this! Learn more or order here.

Photo by @dreamoutshot, Instagram


Q: Why don’t they allow dogs in bars?
A: Because most of them can’t hold their licker!

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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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Reading further on, the dog pee problem erupted. We’ve had people walking their dogs by our site stop let them pee on the tires of our rig! I always stick my head out the window and castigate at will. In case anyone thinks it ridiculous to expect your dog to hold it until you’re at a certain area, it’s not. Walk your pup on a short leash in a business like manner until you get to the poo/pee area away from other rigs, then give your command. My dog knew “time to potty” meant it was time to go. In case you want to know how I trained for that— when I got her as a puppy I carried her to the potty spot, put her down and said “time to go potty”. As she was going potty, I said the same thing. Easy


Yeah, our favorite park puts out bags for the dog owners, too. Here’s what happens—either the poop lays right where it was deposited, or the owner scoops up the poop ( hurrah) then tosses it over the fence where the trash cans live where it lays on the ground until the campground owner or a person who has the misfortune to have the site near the trash containers, picks it up and puts it in the dumpster. Lovely. As dog owners, we need to get it together and police one another to get this poo problem under control. There are WAY too many lazy dog owners. Don’t even get me started on cats….

Dave Telenko

Solder, why are you promoting a banned substance like 60/40 tin/lead solder. Doesn’t banned mean Not to use the product? Not only is it banned in electrical products, but also any copper pipe that carries water!

Doug / ND

We had a beautiful, 50 lb. female Dalmatian. Their reputation isn’t the best – but she was a sweetheart and very friendly. Of course, because of the movie “101 Dal…” kids would always want to pet her. Being cautious of any animal, I would give the kid a doggie treat to give to her by laying it flat on his/her hand and let her take it. I also had my hand close to her muzzle – just in case! She made a lot of kids happy and never threatened anyone – except other dogs who came near me! Rest her soul……..

Doug / ND

Dog clean-up tip: I found that a regular sandwich bag works really nice. Just slip it on, use it, grasp the flap and pull it off inside out. Nice clean and easy and inexpensive – protection and a throw away bag – all in one.

Glen Scofield

Are the classes in Texas about RV roofs live-streamed or recorded for later access on line?

Dave Telenko

Speaking of picking up the poop! WE used to travel with 2 dogs, some parks charge a fee for each dog for each night, some even charge as much as $5.00 per. I’ve asked about why & they say so they can pay someone to pick up the poop! Really they seem to be the parks with the most poop that are not picked up, I think its just another way to get more money out of us animal lovers! We have always picked up our dogs poop, even when we camp in the desert!

Vanessa Simmons

I have been reading some of the discussions and going “where was that story?” Did I not get the entire newsletter? Then I looked back and realized that people are commenting on the ads. But where are the daily survey questions?

Sharon b

I am disappointed to see an add that encourages products that are known toxins to humans and to the environment. We have witnessed tremendous decline in all aspects of the planet and human sicknesses caused by these known distructive and products that have been banned.
Kester 60/40 tin lead solder was banned with a less toxic replacement. How can you promote the sale of this banned original product when we as RV’S should be mindful to protect the environment!!


As a 2 dog owner I am very aware of dogs poop and pee. Boys and girls you not ownly own the dog; you also own what they “deposit” – pick it up!
Remember, it’s yours, no matter what it is – and if you don’t – more and more places will not allow us if we have animals.


60/40 solder is still quite available. Maybe not made in USA(?), but easy to buy.

“Trained to poop on demand” – Well…actually… that IS one of the commands I teach dogs. No, I dont get a perfect 5 second response, but dogs will hold whenever they can, and try/go within a minute when told its OK. I thought this was common at least for service dogs? I can’t imagine someone in a chair wants their service critter going randomly.

Soda quiz – whenever possible, I get real SUGAR soda. Really don’t like corn syrup, but increasingly hard to avoid.


Re: the joke — We live in a city of 35,000 residents in Georgia where there is one registered golf cart for every three people. Not all of us golf, but folks often use the carts instead of cars/trucks to shop, go to school, visit friends, etc. on the 100+-mile network of cart paths. Our two Labrador retrievers love to ride in our cart. Labs are notoriously friendly, so we made a sign for our cart windshield that says, “Caution! Dog can’t hold its licker!” The sign and dogs get lots of smiles. We never used the sign on our RV but could have.

Gary Machholz

If you click the link to Always on Liberty they talk about not cutting through other people’s sites. A young (stupid) boy learned the hard way two years ago at Bear Lake KOA in northern Utah when he tried running between the picnic table of our site and our TT. I was reading outside and my German Shepherd was asleep on a long lead by my chair. He heard the boy coming and was up like lightning thinking I was in danger. He had the boy pinned against the neighbor’s TT before I even knew what was happening. The poor boy threw his swim floats up in the air and was in shock. He was old enough to know better at 12 +/-. Teach your kids and grandchildren some etiquette and respect.


We were at a park in Mobile and the posted signs said pick up or hook up. Meaning pick up after your pet or hook up your RV and leave. Simple and to the point.


The article on DOGGIE POOP is a Great Reminder for Dog Owners to Pick up after their Dogs, Especially the SAINT BERNARD CRAPOLA!

This just happened to me the other day in Pigeon Forge, TN. On my RV Space, a young woman was walking her pet and doing his business and she just keeps walking like nothing is wrong. I opened my RV door and TOLD HER to Pick up the POOPOLA! She didn’t have any bags, so I graciously gave her one of mine! She acted like I was bothering her and didn’t care! But, she picked it up reluctantly!

Try to be considerate of the other Campers and RVers around you!