RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1086


April 17, 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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Newbie boondockers: Make the most of your water

Bloggers from exploringthelocallife say: Our travel trailer has a 35-gallon fresh-water tank that is heavily taxed by the thirst and needs of us four people and two cats. Before heading out, we like to fill up that fresh water tank. You can fill at RV parks (we filled up after dumping our tanks for a small fee), gas stations, and rest stops.

You can also bring extra water with you in jugs or collapsible reusable containers. We have found that using reusable water bottles (that we do not wash daily) and paper plates cuts down on water usage. When we do not use paper plates, we try to reuse the plates before washing (PB&Js don’t really dirty plates) or wash them with as little water as possible.

We keep a small cup by the sink to reduce water use when brushing our teeth. And to keep from getting stinky when showers are all but off limits … We like to use Epic Wipes when we need to freshen up. They are really big, smell great, and can handle any job. The gigantic wipes can be found here… provided you have an “epic” wallet. 


Footwear in the park bathroom?

Everyone should wear their “bath house” flip-flops when they go to the toilets in a campground. Of course, if you remember, the floor in the toilet area in bathhouses are often wet, and you need to wonder if they are wet because maybe someone from the pool needed to go, or were the floor drains just recently stopped up and the overflow residue mopped up. Wearing your bathhouse flip-flops is at least a small defense against picking up this kind of bacteria in an improperly cleaned toilet area. Over the years, I have had a lot of strange malfunctions happen in the toilets of campgrounds, from being stopped up, to there being no water when you flush, to there being strange objects floating in them. So, I have my own sanitation procedure when I use a toilet in a campground, or pretty much any public toilet. —From The Ultimate RV Owners Reference.

Three quick safe driving tips

(1) Don’t speed. Driving at a moderate speed will put less stress and strain on the drive train components of your tow vehicle. It will also reduce the likelihood of the trailer becoming unstable and starting to sway. (2) Monitor the gauges on the tow vehicle or motorhome instrument panel. If a gauge does not read in the normal range pull over as soon as it is safe, and call for help. (3) Use the proper gear for driving conditions. If the transmission continues to shift in and out of overdrive you need to turn the overdrive off. Reducing gears can help to slow the trailer or motorhome down when descending inclines and give you the additional power you may need when ascending inclines. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Reader’s Digest best places to camp in National Parks

Boy, set up our camp at Yosemite Pines and leave us there – we’ll be fine! Check out this list of the best places to camp in our beautiful National Parks. We’ll bet you can’t get through this list without wanting to reserve a spot!

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Come into the light!

Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “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.” It easily clips on to your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Learn more or order.

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One’s a crusty bus station, the other is a busty crustacean!

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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

One of the perks of the decision I made, is I have a shower that is large and comfortable enough, so I don’t have to look for and use CG or public bathrooms. I also optioned in a stacked washer/dryer, which I know some don’t like and others swear by. I;m one of those who swear by it, not having to deal with the occasional laundry room nazi is well worth it. My holding tanks are large, so even when I’m boondocking I don’t have to skimp on water, just be conscious of waste, and I always bring bottled water for cooking and drinking when I boondock…

Rory R

My favorite way to cook and eat eggs are fried (basted easy), that’s sunny side up with fully cooked eggwhites. But I also love scrambled, Omelettes, and hard-boiled eggs, and there was no mention of deviled eggs. I like them anyway but poached or soft-boiled….


As a campground host in the largest state park campground in Maine I can tell you that we cleaned and disinfected the bathouses and showers daily. And they are checked during the day and tidied up as needed.

Unfortunately you always have a few slobs both male and female that make a mess of things for everyone.


Is there any way to put the “Join the Discussion” section BELOW the actual discussions? It’s such a pain to have to scroll all the way to the beginning of the discussions … especially when there are a large number of comments!

Thomas Becher

Two different things,I love omelets,so I answered omelets but because of the work involved( I’m the cook) we end up eating scrambled or fried. Eating out and ordering an omelet means $10/12 plus tips. Too much for 2/3 eggs a little cheese and maybe a few veggies.

Danny Wells

All the below would have been my choice


Eggs any way you fix em please.


Deviled eggs! Yummy.


Dirty bathrooms, haha? Please, don’t get me started on ignorant people who handle their black tank hoses without gloves.

Bill Bateman

Babywipes and giant babywipes work well but we can consider that we are putting yet more hard to degrade stuff into the endless stream of garbage that we throw “away”. (does anyone know where “away” is?


I can’t say I’ve never used public facilities, but I didn’t buy and tow 10,000lbs to use a pitty potty. NOT using public scumpits is why i bought a trailer…

I also have to wonder about folks afraid to use their own bathrooms to avoid dealing with their own septic, which i’m pretty sure is less infectious than the public bathroom. Dumping tanks is a predictable clean thing…

Sharon B

Don’t sit on public toilet seats. Stoop only. Just wiping the seat with toilet paper does not kill the bacteria and viruses on the seat. It’s hard for those of us who are older, but you may improvise by holding on to something in the stall. Have your bundle or toilet paper ready before you get into your position. If there is a paper liner available wipe the seat first prior to placing the liner down.
Just a recommendation from an RN. Living in a large international city I have seen it all.
Just use good common sense.

Bill Bateman

Nothing beats a nice headlamp … some are COB and some regular LED. The “bulb” type from Harbor Freight are almost useless.
I got a 3 pack of multi LED headlamps at Costco a couple of years back for $10.
Grocery outlet here in Oregon sells COB headlamps for under $5.


We bought our RV with the express purpose of traveling with our OWN bed, bath & kitchen. When out sightseeing, we must use public facilities, but I’m always careful to put down a barrier on the toilet seat and wash my hands well. I always carry wet wipes. As far as the poll, I could have really said ‘all of the above’ but I put scrambled bc those are the easiest to cook.


For decades I have been using my crocks/flip-flops on my feet in public places, pools, toilets, anywhere the public uses facilities, and remain amazed at how many folks miss the importance and do not. Equally I am amazed at how few people wash their hands at all or properly after using public facilities.
I am not amazed that germs travel so far and people are hampered along the way in life with diseases that are perfectly controllable with a little care and common sense.

Ron Hough

My wife uses our RV bathroom exclusively while I prefer the extra space of RV park or campground showers and other facilities. Some are excellent while others are to be avoided. Check them out first. I take the normal precautions and, in 12 years of RVing, I’ve never had a problem or contracted any diseases (that I’m aware of).

Tommy Molnar

$25 for ten wipes seems a bit much. I don’t care HOW “massive” they are. But the premise is good. Getting clean without ‘wasting’ fresh onboard water takes ingenuity, but can be done.

Just the fact that Reader’s Digest has a book out about where to camp ensures you won’t be able to get in. Just sayin’.

Tony King

We have traveled nearly 100,000 miles in our Class B since 2012. We use Campground Bathrooms & showers probably 95% of the time. We have our own way of using them without any concerns. Yes some are better than others but they get the jobs done. I spent 37 years in freeway bridge construction so I know how to use portable bathrooms when they are filthy. To us it’s all part of the adventure of being out on the road. Not everyday is perfect and neither are some of the things we encounter at times but it’s still way better than working !


The one comment I would make about USING Campground Restrooms and Bath Houses! Simply: DON’T! Unless you absolutely have to use them, avoid them at all costs. Always, wear some foot protection and take along some form of disinfectant (Anti-Bacterial Wipes), etc. Campground facilities are the filthiest places on earth. State and National Parks are even worse! They rarely get cleaned once a week and the term Cleaned is not even close! NEVER ENTER one of these bathhouses or restrooms with cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs either! Just some tips for those compelled to use these campground facilities! You all take care and always be SAFE!


Great tips, keep um coming !