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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1093


April 30, 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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The times they are a-changin’…

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Did you replace the batteries in your smoke alarms when the clocks changed to daylight saving time? While many modern buildings (and RVs) are now required to be built using smoke detector technology with non-replaceable 10-year batteries and 120-volt power, there must be millions of old-school smoke alarms still in operation that use 9-volt batteries. Both are effective technologies that will save lives, but only if their batteries are operational. And many combination smoke/CO alarms still require replaceable batteries or 120-volt power to operate.

So, please test all smoke alarms (as well as CO – carbon monoxide detectors) at the beginning of the camping season, and once a month while camping (as per manufacturer recommendation). It only takes a minute and it could save your life. And if you have versions of these alarms with replaceable batteries, make sure you have spare batteries with you. Don’t be tempted to pull the batteries out of a chirping alarm that’s giving you a low-battery warning and wait until the next day to replace them. The next day could be too late.
Here’s a source for the latest smoke/CO alarms from Kidde that should work in your RV (or bricks-and-sticks home).


Early American settlers called bison “buffalo” due to the similar appearance between the two animals, and the name “buffalo” stuck for the American variety. But it’s wrong. The American bison (Bison bison) lives only in North America, while the two main buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. Read more about this here.


DIY wiring harness

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If you’re running wires, maybe for a new solar installation, all those individual wires can make quite a mess. Using a few wire zip ties – done properly – can make your installation “substantial and workmanlike.” Above is a photo that explains it.

Campground etiquette: Tie it down!

Some say, “It’s my site, I’ll do whatever I want with it!” – but seriously, this is a safety issue. Stow and secure your gear; especially if you leave for the day or before turning in for the night. Storms can pop up leaving your gear a wind storm’s craving.

Canopies and camp chairs become projectiles that can damage RVs or hurt fellow RVers. Same bar, different note – no one wants to live next to the site that looks like a Walmart toy aisle at Christmas. Keep your site picked up and tidy…or try to.
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National and State Park RV and Trailer Guides

Our friends at Outdoorsy have put out this very helpful list of guides for RVs and trailers in both national and state parks. You’ll find information about campgrounds, things to do, maps, and even see available RV rentals in the area.

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


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A man went into work one day and turned on his computer. The computer took a long time to start up, and once it did, the screen was very fuzzy and kept shutting off. He clicked the mouse a few times, tapped on the keyboard, but the computer kept falling back asleep. Frustrated, the man hit the space bar a few more times and the computer popped up with a message that read, “Sorry. Rough night. I took too many screenshots.”

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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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3 years ago

Young men shower at night and old men shower in the morning…think about it…young men want to get “lucky”, old men know they won’t. LOL

3 years ago

Seems like the older I get, the more I like my shower at night. Seems to make for a better sleep.

3 years ago

I’ve always assumed you would have to REMOVE the Depends either way morning or night shower

3 years ago

We have 3 combined CO2 / smoke dectors at home that announce where the smoke or CO2 problem is located and also to each other via WiFi. We have 2 in RV

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom

When one of our smoke detectors goes off I can never tell where it’s at as the noise is deafening all over the house.

3 years ago

Pretty clever idea that DIY wire harness.

3 years ago
Reply to  alvin.e

So you basically create a flat cable.
How do you tie it down since regular clamps and able ties work on round harnesses ?
Also, how do you protect it since all I ever seen are round coverings ?

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Bd2

Use another wire tie

3 years ago

I never have understood how someone can go to bed with a dirty body…one that has dirt, sweat, and whatever else on the skin that you can’t see. Wallow around on clean sheets all night and then get up the next morning and take a shower. Repeat the same thing the next night and the sheets just get dirtier and dirtier…can you imagine the germs and dirt on them after a couple of nights and then you just add to it each night.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

I agree with you. I like the feeling of being clean and sleeping in clean sheets. Too many nights in Navy when we couldn’t shower due to fresh water shortage.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom

With all that water around you? Lol

3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

I too never could understand why people would go to bed without showering after a full day of activity , whether it be work or play. By taking a shower before bedtime, I’m still clean when I get up the next morning.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

But you do save on soap and water because most of the crud has been rubbed off by the sheets. Lol

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

We check our smoke alarm regularly, almost every time we cook. The darned thing goes off like clockwork. It’s almost a regular occurrence. So now we just automatically take it down off the ceiling and put it under a pillow in the bedroom while we cook.

I don’t agree with the “cheap heat” principle. Nothing is free. SOMEone is paying for it. As RV’s go from one air conditioner to two, and now three, it’s only natural RV parks are going to raise their fees, or charge per site with a meter. They are, after all, in business to make money.

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

They all ready do, we don’t stop overnight very often as we are traveling to our destination, at our destination all the sites have meters on them. The sites that they reserve for temporary guests are automatically calculated for electric usage in the over nite rates. We pay a monthly electric bill while we are there.

Herbert Zechman
3 years ago

On a positive note. I had an issue with the lights in my Dometic Refrigerator in our Forest River fifthwheel camper. I contacted Dometic thru e-mails on their web site. Each time thru the process i received a reply by the next day. Thru three different associates I received the needed part and when promised! They could not have been more helpful. This a very positive experience after having four different campers in 22+years with Dometic products and no failures.

Michael Flank
3 years ago

It’s really more of supply and demand economics. Now that there are more RV users than there are campground facilities it is an opportunity for the campground business owner to use any excuse that he wants to raise rates. What choice does the RV owner have, pay or stop camping!

3 years ago

If too many people switch to electric heaters then the campgrounds will be forced to up the rates for all of us to make up the difference!!!

Just me..
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

There upping the rates no matter what heat source were using. The two main parks we use raise their fee’s 50. – 75.oo a season. So Ya, I’m paying dearly for what little I use my Electric heaters as I see it. in fact I think it is time to upgrade to a larger heater or two, and run them a lot more then I have ran my little area heater. There is no reason were having to pay as much as we do as it is. Were feeling we are being forced to give up the RV life It was cheeper to make our house payment, with taxes, ins. Then what were now paying for lot rent. So Ya, Turn up them elect heaters, WERE PAYING DEARLY FOR USING THEM ANYWAY.