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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1089

April 23, 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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Am I feeling blue?

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

If you want to get a good night’s sleep, turn off the blue lights! Yes, many pieces of electronic gear have LED indicators showing power and operation, but the blue LEDs are not only annoying, they can also keep you from getting a restful night’s sleep. What to do?

Well, standard electrical tape is completely opaque and won’t allow you to see the lights at all, and gaff tape is even worse. But there’s something called “console tape” which is the same stuff as the “board tape” that I originally used some 45 years ago to hold down drafting paper when I started as a mechanical engineer. Just put a layer or two of this white-paper tape over the offending LED lights, and voila – the shocking blue LEDs are tamed down. You can even add a second layer if you need to attenuate the light a bit more.

Console tape is great since it’s not only just opaque enough to block nearly all of the light from an indicator LED, it can be left on a surface for years and will easily peel off with no residue. And that’s also why you never want to use masking tape on a surface as it will bake on into a gooey mess that’s nearly impossible to clean off.

Console tape is also great for temporarily marking electrical wires along with a black Sharpie (in the official tool kits of pro-sound engineers everywhere). But that’s another Quick Tip for another day. Get a roll of this good stuff here.


“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
Jack Kerouac


Trailer depreciation

Thinking about buying a towable RV? The folks at Camper Trailer Report have done some math homework to show the depreciation of value on a fifth wheel or travel trailer purchase. While the chart is technically for both, they comment that high-end fifth wheels tend to depreciate a bit faster than other towables.

One year old – it is around 21% depreciation
Two years old – it is the same as one year old
Three years old – 25% depreciation
Four years old – 29.2% depreciation
Five years old – 37% depreciation
Six years old – it is almost the same as five years old
Seven years old – 38.2% depreciation
Eight years old – 40% depreciation

Campground etiquette: Don’t start a REVolution

If you have motorized adventure toys like us, we certainly appreciate needing to warm up the engines … but only for a couple of minutes. Likewise, don’t allow your diesel engines (motorhomes and dually trucks) idle for more than a few minutes. Not only is the sound nauseating but so are those exhaust fumes. Good etiquette is to run them enough to get their engines warm and then take them outside of the RV park. Courtesy suggestions from the folks at More later.

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Top 8 RV Camping Tips for Seniors

A few little reminders never hurt anyone, right? Here’s a basic list from Journal Enterprise that will nudge you in the right direction.

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


Photo by @shonawaygood, Instagram. Great shot!

When Mozart passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple of days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried.
Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.
When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, “Ah, yes, that’s Mozart’s Ninth Symphony, being played backwards.”
He listened a while longer, and said, “There’s the Eighth Symphony, and it’s backwards, too. Most puzzling.”
So the magistrate kept listening; “There’s the Seventh… the Sixth… the Fifth…”
Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, “My fellow citizens, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just Mozart decomposing.”

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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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Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago

One of the best laughs I’ve ever seen here.

3 years ago

Having some restaurant and hospitality industry experience I try my hardest to avoid any place where the food is not being prepared by folks with strong credentials in that industry. You wouldn’t hire a high school kid to prepare your taxes, trust him with your bank account, or repair the air system on the class A, so why are we not running like hell from joints that hire kids most with zero food handling experience and little or no supervision to handle the food we put in our bodies. It’s a mystery to me!

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago

Blue lights are the most annoying because the blue end of the spectrum is the highest energy part. As a demonstration, we were sailing a couple of miles out into Chesapeake Bay at dusk and the blue lights on the bug zappers in people’s back yards were quite bright (as compared to the house lights).

Mike Sokol
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Yes, and the even shorter (and more energetic) wavelengths of ultraviolet light is what causes sun tans, sun burns, and skin cancer. Of course, there’s not enough UV energy in a blue LED panel light to be physically dangerous, but it really does interrupt your sleep cycle.

3 years ago

When traveling I put Dairy Queen in the GPS so I can get my wife a M&M Blizzard for lunch

Sharon B
3 years ago

It’s hard to stay away from a Wendy’s Frosty.

Tony King
3 years ago

Everyday traveling in our Class B is different. We love that part..nothing is routine in the traveling part. The living part is pretty routine. Some days we want something quick, easy to eat and to get out of the Motorhome for a little bit so that’s when Fast Food comes into play. Like everyone you learn what’s good, what’s a bargain etc at Fast Food places. We’ve had good and bad in all kinds/types of Restaurants so you can’t catagorize and say it’s only Fast Food and just because you pay more and get waited on doesn’t mean it’s anymore healthy for you either….so bring on the Tacos !
Life’s a adventure…Live it !

3 years ago

Regarding “warming up” your gasoline or diesel engine. There is absolutely no reason to warm up more than 30 seconds. In fact, a diesel engine will warm up only under load. To run more than 30 seconds is not only a waste of fuel but it rude to your neighbors.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim, you obviously don’t have a diesel motorhome that has air suspension/brakes that requires running the engine long enough to fill air tanks and bags. This does definitely take longer than 30 seconds but probably no more than 3 or 4 minutes.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jim

My diesel airs up enough to release the air brakes in about 5 minutes, closer to 10 minutes for full air to be fully safe.

Judy G
3 years ago

Re fast food restaurants: My travels started with a big truck and a fifth-wheel. On travel days, I would stop to use the ‘facilities’ at a McDs, for example. Feeling guilty for taking advantage, I would buy lunch there. Now with a motor-home, kitchen and facilities are only a few steps away.