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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!

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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

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
3 years ago

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….

3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

I use an empty tomato paste can to ‘punch’ a hole in the center of a slice of bread. A bit of butter in the skillet and an egg cracked into the hole, fry until the white is firmed up, flop and fry the other side… yowsa! Toad in a hole… delicious.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

All the below would have been my choice

3 years ago

Eggs any way you fix em please.

3 years ago

Deviled eggs! Yummy.

3 years ago

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

3 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Interesting… I’m one of those who never wear gloves for draining my own septic. I know what’s in my tanks because i made it, so draining it shouldn’t be any more infectious than using the toilet in the first place. I wash my hands after either end of the toilet.

Now, using a public pot, i have no idea whose rotting derriere perched on my pot, most likely missing and splattering where my shoes or pants are now soaking it up. Even if the ambulatory pustulence washed their hands, i’m sure the towel dispenser or exit door will reinfect me anyway…

People might think it odd for me to wear hip waders into the shower… maybe I’ll just dump in some liquid soap and hula to slosh?

Bill Bateman
3 years ago

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?

3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Bateman

Away, is a giant landfill. In Central Florida you can be assured that any ‘hill” is or was a landfill. Surely, if our engineers can figure out a way for the space station to have reduced debris, we can adapt those principles here.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Bateman

If I could vote up more than once I would! I totally agree Bill. Thank you for being aware ?

3 years ago

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…

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

First thing spouse & I did was buy & install a composting biffy in our 9.5-ft truck camper. We’re totally free of the holding tank & dump station trap. And since we ‘made’ the contents, we’re not squeamish about emptying the bin. Public showers? No. We ‘navy shower’ in our camper. I was raised going to primitive mountain camps: no toilet, no shower… just a fire ring of rocks and a white-water creek nearby. Self-sufficiency seems to be a moving target these days.

Sharon B
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I use to be a truck driver and personally witnessed a truck driver come out of the commode stall, head straight to the buffet where he handled not only his eating utensils but all the large spoons used in getting the food. I never ate from the buffet again.

Sharon B
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

YUK. I would have said something and also to the restaurant.

Bob Godfrey
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Another very scary place is the restroom on an airplane. I’ve witnessed many people over the years walking barefoot on the airplane and proceed in and out of the bathroom that way. Thousands of people use that facility over the years and they are disgusting even after a cleaning and then those same people are the ones who will put their feet on the furniture in the aircraft too!

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

It is great when people wear socks or bedroom slippers in the aircraft lavatory. They mop up the mess and for the record that is not water on the floor.

Ron Hough
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

$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’.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

When I was a truck driver and couldn’t shower everyday baby wipes are great. It’ll take a few but you do get clean.

Tony King
3 years ago

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 !

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

WI State park bathrooms are cleaned daily and are rarely in bad condition, if they are it is usually from some slob that doesn’t know how to coexist.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

The shower facilities at Yellowstone are cleaned twice a day with disinfectant, scrub brushes and hot water. But I would still wear the flip flops and wipe the bench seat or just use a towel to sit on.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Not sure where you go camping, but I’ve found most ( over 95% ) campgrounds we have ever stayed at to be very clean, typically closed for cleaning once or twice a day. We live in BC, so I’m referring to parks from Yukon south to California, including Alberta. We have stayed at State and National parks in Washington, Oregon and California that were all very clean. Happy Trails.

3 years ago

Great tips, keep um coming !