RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1092

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April 29, 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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FEATURED TIP

Motorhome depreciation

Thinking about buying a motorhome? The folks at Camper Trailer Report have done some math homework to show the depreciation of value on a motorhome purchase.

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Class A motorhome depreciation
One year old – it is around 20% depreciation
Two years old – 24% depreciation
Three years old – 26.7% depreciation
Four years old – 30.27% depreciation
Five years old – 35.98% depreciation
Six years old – 39.54% depreciation
Seven years old – 41.15% depreciation
Eight years old – 43.16% depreciation

Class C motorhome depreciation
One year old – it is around 21% depreciation
Two years old – 23% depreciation
Three years old – 26.5% depreciation
Four years old – 28.27% depreciation
Five years old – 36% depreciation
Six years old – 39.54% depreciation
Seven years old – 40% depreciation
Eight years old – 45% depreciation



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MORE QUICK TIPS

Can freezing temps damage your LCD TV?

If your RV is stored with your LCD TV inside during a cold winter, can you damage the TV? Here’s a response from RV Roadtrips–the Funtimes Guide.

“Safe operating temperatures for LCD televisions generally range from +40 F to well over +100 F. This means that if your LCD TV is kept in an environment below this range, you must allow it at least 24 hours to acclimate to the proper operating range before you plug it in or turn it on. Why? When something cold is brought into a warm environment, condensation (or moisture) will be present throughout the device. Plugging it in or turning it on could result in short circuits, shock, or other catastrophic failures of the unit. If the LCD screen is chilled, even though not frozen, it could fail as well. Manufacturer limitations on cold storage of their LCD TVs vary all over the map. Some are rated to handle temps as low as -15 F to -20 F, while others are barely rated to be stored. I was unable to find a single supplier of LCD televisions that would stand behind their product when stored in temperatures lower than the -20 F mark.” Always check your owner guide!

Campsite check-in

When you first check into a campground, locate your site and conduct a site survey. Identify where the campground connections are and where to locate the RV so you have easy access to all connections. If you have a slideout make sure there are no obstacles in the way. Allow plenty of room for extending the awning. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Bob p
Bob p

Save it for my old age, I’m 76 now. Lol

Bob Schilling
Bob Schilling

Pay off bills and invest the rest.

JBC
JBC

Sit down with a financial pro. After taxes, etc. take some to set up a scholarship program at a local school. As for the rest: spend some on things we enjoy, share some with family and set some aside to ensure we have choices concerning our comfort in later years.

Cal
Cal

I told my pain Doc today that we had just bought a 5th wheel and that when my wife retires in 18 months we Were were going to become full time RVers. He said I have some disturbing news, I can’t write a script across the state line. How does a person suffering from Chronic pain travel outside their home state for morn than 30 days? I have stopped taking pain killers before but some relief does make life more enjoyable. Any suggestions would be helpful. I could get out my soapbox and go off on Elected officials making political… Read more »

Bob p
Bob p

Stock up before you leave

Cal
Cal

Traveling in pain

Dpsdebi7
Dpsdebi7

Whatever was left after government took their big bite, I’d tithe, pay remaining debt and then travel!!

Brian & Joyce Burry
Brian & Joyce Burry

I’m new to the RV life and just going to be buying used diesel pusher in August I’m being educated very well from all your wonderful articles and tips. It truly is a buyer beware and be educated type of issue with one’s life Purchasing and using/enjoying an RV. I truly thank you and your readers and subscribers so much .

Eric
Eric

Almost all of the above at varying levels.

John Karlson
John Karlson

After state and federal taxes, you will have about 530k. Pay debt down, bank 200k in 3.2 per cent cd’s – live off rest for as long as it lasts.

Bob
Bob

On the money, all apply but (obviously) #5.

Three Quarterton
Three Quarterton

I would sit on it for a while, to see what the tax bite would be, and while looking for a Quality investment with a decent return ! Then decide what to do with the rest of it.

Rvgrandma
Rvgrandma

After paying off bills, tithing and moving my husband to a better memory care facility, I would take my time in deciding how to spend the rest.

Bonnie
Bonnie

If there is caution using a too cold LCD TV, is there concern with storing an LCD TV in too hot a temperature? We close up our park model in AZ and leave our TVs there. I’m sure it gets way over 120 degrees inside. Should we be bringing these home with us?

Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons

I have always wanted to set up scholarship funds in the names of my parents and inlaws. One for nursing in my mother’s name, aviation in dads, special education mil, pre veterinary fil. Maybe that would cut down on the taxes I’d have to pay so there would be more left. Put money aside for grands and save the rest.

www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com

100,000 for me and the rest to create a scholarship fund for extended family members as well as those in need.

Ed D
Ed D

Invest.

Alvin
Alvin

If I won a million I’d lose myself on a Cliffside abode overlooking the ocean somewhere in Portugal, leaving far far behind the outrageous taxes Canadians in a socialist society are plagued with! Oh, did I hear someone ask “what about the free medical care” I ask “are you kidding me” Mice fall for the trap, because they don’t understand why the cheese is free – remember that.

Ron
Ron

Concerning the depreciation tables. Are they based on sticker (MSRP) or actual selling price?

As for the million bucks…. first of all, after Uncle Sam got his share and the Gov got his, it would only be about half of that. Personally, I’d pay off debts first and what’s left over, I would use to enjoy the rest of my golden years.

Wolfe
Wolfe

Half? Try 20% of face value. Game shows are notorious for people NOT accepting their prizes. That 50K new car pays 30K in “gambling taxes”, 8-10% sales tax, possibly capital gains or property taxes. You “win” 40K of tax debt with the 10K worth you actually got free, so you’re “buying” a car you didn’t even choose for 40K. No thanks?!

jillie
jillie

If I won a million dollars I would hire an investment counselor, an attorney and a good tax account. Then live off the interest. As for working? Your nuts. Travel is key. We don’t play the lottery but if I did one time and won that is what I would do.

ken mcgregor
ken mcgregor

I would think that if you hired an investment counselor, an attorney and a good tax accountant, they would have most, if not all, the rest of your money after the government takes the first half.

Charles
Charles

My wife and I have talked about this and we would set up an educational trust.

cahriad
cahriad

Spend most of it on wine, women and song, the rest I would probably just waste!!

Diane Mc
Diane Mc

Donate some and give some to family members.

Bart
Bart

One million dollars? Definitely a combination of savings, donate to dog rescue, and a treat vacation for my family.

Bob Weinfurt
Bob Weinfurt

No solid state electronic device should be powered up if it is cold (below 40 degrees F) as thermal shock can and at times will damage internal components plus the condensation factor. I recommend putting anything cold you bring into a warm environment in plastic bag for 24 hours. Helps eliminate condensation and allows it to slowly warm. It’s best if you store it in a cool, dry place in a plastic bag as it also keeps dust away from it.

Bd2
Bd2

You are spot on, Bob. No civilian electronics are designed for the thermal shock & condensation as are some military and aerospace equipment.

Snayte
Snayte

HUH? Aren’t there a ton of solid state electronics in my vehicle?

Bob Weinfurt
Bob Weinfurt

The
electronics in your car are designed to function in the the temperature extremes, Consumer electronics don’t need to be so they aren’t.

Bob p
Bob p

No probably about 100 lbs.

catontrumpShead
catontrumpShead

I’d save about 1/2 for retirement, 1/4 to pay off debts, 1/8 for a shopping spree and 1/8 donate to organizations such as Family Planning, Salvation Army, and the US debt.

Dan Kooienga
Dan Kooienga

I would use it to help expecting mothers and save their precious babies.

Sharon B
Sharon B

My will is set for environmental and animal anti abuse causes

Vern Sams
Vern Sams

On the poll, I’d payoff my kid’s college debt.

Gigi
Gigi

Set up some annuities with Nature conservatory for myself and family.

robert
robert

We would of course travel more but also save some for future and also set up some donations. Its called budgeting and not blowing it.

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

Pay income taxes FIRST! Then payoff ALL my debts, share with family and invest the balance for future income.

Jai
Jai

Open a no kill shelter for cats and help cat owners that need expensive medical care for their cats.

Jim c
Jim c

Numbers 2&3

Zipper
Zipper

2 & 8

Rory R
Rory R

The depreciation rates in those tables, look to be pretty close to Automotive depreciation. Just goes to show that anything on wheels depreciates. Anyone purchasing a MH or towable should understand that they are not making a financial investment, but rather an investment in life…

Bill T.
Bill T.

Absolutely. If someone is buying and RV, just to “keep up with the Jones” or are worried about what they can get for it, if/when they sell it, perhaps can’t really afford it and should not be buying it in the first place. I agree with you when you say it is an investment in life. I can’t put a price on the joy I have shared with my wife and family on all the camping trips we have had and are still having.

Rory R
Rory R

In re: to the poll I answered Other, because I would become debt free and continue to FT (travel).

WEB
WEB

So why did you select “Other” when you could have selected “Pay off bills” AND “Travel”? (You can select more than one answer.)

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