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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1090


April 24, 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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RV pros and cons: Travel trailers

Travel trailers are RVs that hitch up to a tow vehicle’s rear bumper using a ball or coupler hitch. They are usually anywhere from 15′-35’ long and can normally sleep between 4-8 people. You can pick up a nice travel trailer for as low as $15,000.

• Most are very lightweight for easy towing and great mpg’s
• Less expensive than fifth wheels
• Hitch onto the rear bumper of the tow vehicle, so no need for a king-pin hitch
• Many models can be towed with an SUV or a ½-ton truck
• Because it’s separate from the tow vehicle, you have local transportation once you’re at your destination
• Can easily strap items (canoe, paddleboards, kayaks) to the roof since it has low clearance
• Since it’s not motorized, it won’t have any mechanical problems
• Better resale value than a motorized RV

• These RVs are the least stable on the road and require more skill to drive and back up
• Less storage space than a fifth wheel because it doesn’t have a raised front section
• Takes time to set up and break down at a campsite
• These can be difficult to maneuver into tight spaces
• Need a large, dedicated storage space for a travel trailer when it’s not in use
• You don’t have access to the living area while you’re moving.
From Lake Shore RV Center Blog.

A bug repellent and table centerpiece? Voila! This all-natural Mason jar bug repellent is something you’ll want at your campsite. Learn how to make it here.


Rig too big for Washington, D.C.? Park and bike!

The folks at WinnebagoLife say, “Bike tours of the city are a great way to see a lot in a short amount of time. When we visited Washington, D.C., last fall, we only had a couple of days and a long list of things we wanted to see and do. We parked our RV at the Greenbelt Metro Station and took our bikes with us on the subway. Each train can accommodate three bikes inside the doors at either end of each car. We then took the Green Line straight to L’Enfant Plaza and explored the National Mall by bike – a great way to cover a lot of ground quickly. If you don’t have your own bikes with you, there are stands everywhere downtown that allow you to rent a bike by the hour or for the whole day.”

RV generator shopping

When looking to purchase a generator, the best way to determine the proper size generator is to add the total amount of wattage you plan to use at the same time and size the generator based on your needs. There are generator sizing charts to assist with this. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Bird Sounds

This website has the sounds of 602 species of birds. Make yourself sound fancy when your campground neighbor complains about a loud 5 a.m. chirper. You can respond, “Oh that? That’s just a Plumbeous Vireo!”

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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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Bill Bateman
3 years ago

I bet most people who picked ‘gray’ did not read the question properly.
Also, ‘no mechanical problems’ with TT? What do you call brakes, bearings, springs and hitch parts as well as jacks, awnings, windows and doors?
3 years ago

I’ve never owned anything but a travel trailer and find the description a bit off target. We don’t always unhitch and find we can set up just as fast as almost any other rv. They all need to be leveled and unless you have auto-level that can take some time in itself. We are also self-contained like any other and don’t always need to hook up to power or water. Some have a generator mounted on the tongue with self-start. Well, you get the idea. The only other thing I would consider owning is a Class B. Our TT is only 24ft with two slideouts, low profile so we can tuck under just about anything. Being primarily boondockers it works great for us.

3 years ago

I found it interesting that you made “grey” a hair color that people dye their hair to: “If you dye it, answer what color you dye it.” As I turn more grey myself naturally, I am interested to learn how many dye their hair to get there.

3 years ago

From Britannica: “If color is solely the way physics describes it, the visible spectrum of light waves, then black and white are outcasts and don’t count as true, physical colors.”

So if black was excluded from the coloUr list, then white should have been too!

Stay cool

Vanessa Simmons
3 years ago

Strawberry blonde…couldn’t check two so I did red.

3 years ago

Hair color? Mine is clear.

Mike in Texas
3 years ago

I don’t have gray hair. It is silver, to match the celebration of my 25th birthday a half century earlier.

3 years ago

Add one more to the list of people asking why you left off black as a hair color?

Roy Bertolucci
3 years ago

Some may call my hair gray, I choose to call it light black.

3 years ago

My hair is black/brown/gray!
We prefer the Kijaro XXL camp chairs. They sit higher for taller folks – way easy to get in and out of, they are nice and wide, and they rate at 400lbs! They fold down pretty slim and there’s a carrying strap on the chair as well as the case! They also lock/unlock in place. Originally purchased at Dick’s, but found them at Home Depot as well as different websites. Make sure you go for the XXL model!

JR Thornton
3 years ago

Question of the day re hair color. Why wasn’t black listed? Ageist? Dare I say against the races of Hispanic, Asian & others? Just saying.

3 years ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

I wondered that too.. Perhaps black hair indicated youth?

3 years ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

You have the choice of “Other”.

Sheila Brewer
3 years ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

Let’s make everything about race. Geez!

3 years ago
Reply to  Sheila Brewer

I would be interested in the demographics of this group. I’ll start. I am caucasian.

3 years ago

Salt & pepper hair!
I have had numerous strongback chairs!!
I believe they should be made much more sturdily! My first two were replaced because of failed rivets! I take really good care of my equipment!! These chairs fell apart very quickly 🙁
When the second one broke quickly -they did replace it but told me they would not replace them again!!
I had taken very good care of my chairs and I only weighed 180 lbs! These chairs should be made better for the price!
Maybe as time went on their quality has gotten better but I was in the first and second generation of these chairs!
As for comfort, the best!

Larry Flory
3 years ago

We have had the Strongback chairs for 5 years and they are the most comfortable camp chairs we have ever owned, when we need to replace these it be with another Strongback.

3 years ago

Bummer, no poll option for brown/grey/white/bald!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Bald is in there.

3 years ago

The cost of insurance is different between a trailer and motor home.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Deb

Duh, no kidding

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

Who in the world came up with that goofy description of a travel trailer? “Hitch onto the rear bumper of the tow vehicle, so no need for a king-pin hitch”? I haven’t seen a hitch that actually hooks onto a bumper since the 60’s when you rented a U-Haul trailer and they supplied a “true” bumper hitch. Of course, that was back when bumpers were made of steel! If you’re a boondocker, a travel trailer is much less likely to crush the bed of your pickup in uneven pavement situations. So I surfed on over to the “” to see what they’re all about. All of their descriptions are pretty much the same.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I recently saw a redneck here in TN pulling a 25’-28’ travel trailer hitched to a ball on his factory bumper. The nose of the trailer was at least 8” higher than the rear, anyone who has experience pulling very much knows a nose high trailer is inherently prone to sway, I imagined he had a very exciting time towing that rig. He was coming off the interstate so I didn’t see him going down the highway. He may have been using the same 2” ball he pulls his boat with, it’s amazing what some people do.

3 years ago

Had to change my vote. I marked brown, and then remembered I was gray. LOL

3 years ago

I think Barry had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek when he made the weight comment.

S M Jenkins
3 years ago

Most chairs of the strong back design are very hard to fold and unfold. They also take up too much space in storage. Better by far are chairs that quickly and simply fold flat and open quickly with a small table to the side attached. I gave away our strong back chairs.

3 years ago

I have had a Strong Back chair for 6 years and I could not live without it. I have a herniated disk in my lower back that requires I have a good lumbar support. The chairs have been amazing and has held up very well. They are worth the money for the longevity alone. I have had camping friends go through 2 or 3, fifty dollar chairs from Cabella’s in the time that we have had our Strong backs and ours still do not show any signs of failure.