RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1085


April 16, 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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Breathe, breathe in the air….

With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

This morning I was reminded about providing adequate ventilation to electronic gear when my Internet access went down. My computer could still get to the router, but the cable modem was offline since there was no connection to the Internet. Hmmm… I quickly discovered that my wife had surrounded the cable modem with a tissue box, DVD storage box and a few other boxes to block a very annoying blue light on the front panel. But in the process of “going dark,” she had cut off all air flow to the modem which was REALLY hot.

Heat is the enemy of electronics and can, at first, cause what appears to be random problems, followed by a shutdown. Do this often enough and it can destroy the gear. Ouch! The lesson? Make sure you leave sufficient air flow around anything that plugs in and don’t bury it in a cabinet that has no ventilation at all. That includes shore power cordsets that shouldn’t be left coiled up in a small storage compartment when they’re supplying power to your RV. If it feels hot to the touch, then there isn’t enough air flow.

You’ve probably visited a small park before, but what about the world’s smallest park in Portland, Oregon? Read all about Mill Ends Park here. Oh, we should also mention that it’s the only other “leprechaun colony” outside of Ireland.


Busting boondocking myths: You can’t boondock without solar

Opting Out of Normal says: I’m here to tell you first hand, we did it [boondocked without solar] for eight months very successfully. We did, however, equip our fifth wheel with six lead-acid batteries and two generators to help with the important things like blow drying my hair, and running the vacuum. Ha! Small, lead-acid batteries are not too expensive, and to this day, they are still the ones we are using even though we have installed our own solar. We do hope to upgrade to Lithium, but we are having no problem with the ones we have now.

One big pro to fulltime RV living

• Freedom. You can live where you want to and move with the seasons. You are not tied down. You can change your mind tonight and live somewhere else tomorrow night. You can go wherever whim and chance might take you. • One of the things I like even more than going to different places is the freedom to know that I can go if I want to. • If you change your mind about the RV lifestyle, you can sell an RV in a matter of days or weeks instead of the months or years it can take to sell a house. • If you don’t like your neighbors, you can move to another location in a matter of minutes. —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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The Ultimate Guide to RVing

From Outsideonline.com, here’s a guide to RVing with some great information. Even if this seems a little basic, spend some time exploring some of the other excellent articles on this site.

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An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a German are all standing watching an American street performer do some juggling. The juggler notices the four gentlemen have a very poor view, so he stands up on a wooden crate and calls out, “Can you all see me now?”

(*Say it out loud!)

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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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Vanessa Simmons

Fortunately I get dental through the VA so I don’t have to pay anything.


I had a serious shock when I went on my jobs free dental and vision. When I dropped off my husbands plan because it was so expensive I discovered why mine was free. You pay half for everything. And I mean everything. This includes half of the dental cleanings. Can’t wait to see what I pay out of pocket for a vision check which is long over due. Just gotta love health insurance.


To me, it doesn’t make sense to pay for dental insurance. They may provide 2 free cleanings a year, but then you have out of pocket expenses for most everything else. We keep our money in our own account and allocate an amount every month towards dental. That way, we have money on hand whenever we need it. Plus, many of the places we went to had cash discounts or first time patient discounts. Since we are always first time patients, we always find good deals and don’t have to wait for appts since we can use anyone we want. We’ve heard great things about going to Mexico and we want to try that.


Has anyone looked at, tried or have Metlife’s “Take Along” dental coverage?

Doug / ND

We have Delta Dental which we have had for several years. Works well for us. Last December, as retired military we had options for several supplemental policies. Comparing them all – we stayed with Delta mostly due to past experience.


Again, the poll did not show up when I first opened this page. This is the second time I’ve been reading comments and knew something was missing from my page. I refreshed my screen and then it showed up. Interesting.


Lots of people are happy with the work and cost of dental work they get in Los Algodones, Mexico.


Even the best dental insurance is limited (low annual coverage, maximum is usually $2,000) and still requires out of pocket costs. Sometimes the out of pocket costs can really add up. You always have to play the game of trying to maximize the annual coverage regarding any major work to be done, i.e., try to straddle end of year with new year so as to get as much covered as possible. Crowns, inlays, root canals, implants are not far and few between for many seniors. I’ve never had a good answer as to why the mouth and teeth are not considered part of the body and covered by medical insurance.

Rebecca K

I went to the UT Dental College in San Antonio for my extensive dental work. You are assigned to one student for all the work you need under the supervision of the Drs. It was a good experience for a fraction of the cost of a local Dentist.

John Pedrioli

I have Kaiser senior advantage coverage for the basics. I also have a great dentist that greatly discounts price on procedures for cash payment. It is amazing how much of a discount you can get when they don’t have to deal with insurance companies


I am permanently and totally disabled by VA guidelines. This entitles me to dental care. The only problem is trying to get an appointment. Any work I need has to be scheduled well in advance. A minor inconvenience compared to the cost of dental care.


Re dental – retired on MediCare. United Health Care supplementary plan has pretty good dental care, does’t cover big buck stuff – but worth a look at.


I have Met-Life Dental which is a left-over plan from working at Kodak which used to be employee sponsored. But when Kodak went bankrupt all retirement benefits disappeared. Met-Life gave us the choice to continue on our own dollar or quit. I chose to continue. The only Kodak benefit I have left is a survivor income which will go to my wife after I pass but it is a fixed amount over a very specified amount of time. That is called SIB.


For the people that have dental insurance. What companies do you use and are they worth it. The ones that I have looked at have looser dentist and dental groups. They don’t seem to cover very much for the premium. I use to have employer coverage and can’t seem to find anything like it since I retired. Please be nice and if you don’t have anything constructive to add, don’t.