RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1096


May 6, 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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What to do when your speedo dies

No, not that one you put on that makes your wife cringe when you head to the swimming pool. The speedo-meter on your dashboard. If you drive an “experienced” motorhome, particularly those that are orphaned, a dead speedometer can present a real issue. Unless you can dig one up at an RV parts graveyard, you’ll likely be driving by the “by guess and by golly” method, hoping you don’t run into an enthusiastic cop short on his ticket quota.

Hang on, here’s a workaround. Thanks to the miracle of the GPS satellite system, for the price of about 10 trips into Starbucks, you can buy a speedometer-odometer that will keep you up on your speed, and your distance traveled.

Most are simple to install – the hardest part may be figuring out where to put the readout. We’ve taken similar-sized instruments down to the hardware store and, prowling in the plumbing section, found just the pipe (or rubber sewer fitting) to stick one in, then used double-stick tape to glue it to the dashboard. Here’s a GPS speedometer/odometer from Amazon for way less than $100.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Is a Hot Skin possible on a fiberglass RV?

BONUS TIP: If you’re at the beach in the summer and want to take a dip in the water but don’t want to leave your valuables on the beach towel, take note: Get your hands on a diaper (a clean one, of course) and wrap your valuables in it. Leave it on your blanket or in your beach bag. Trust us, nobody is going to touch it!



RV “dog runner” system

Need a tie-out system to allow your dog to run a bit, yet not get into trouble? Here’s Jeff’s RV Page and their take on how to clip a cable to each end of your RV for a tie-off for Not-So-Rover. “I drilled a ½” hole at the edge of the bumper for a dog tie out. I added another ½” hole at the front frame rail.”

Do your passengers have the right confidence?

Make sure other adults who travel with you are capable and confident in driving the motorhome or towing the trailer. It’s better to share the driving duties or, at a minimum, have the ability to drive if the need presents itself. Are you confident in driving or towing? Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Dog-friendly Utah

Take Fido to Utah with you! This page lists the most dog-friendly monuments, parks and dog parks for your pooch. There are also many more interesting Utah-related articles on this site too! 

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A middle-aged woman was in surgery for a heart attack, when she had a vision of God by her bedside.
“Will I die?” she asks.
God says, “No. You have 30 more years to live.”
With 30 years to look forward to, she decides to make the best of it. Since she’s in the hospital, she gets breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, hair transplants, and collagen injections in her lips. She looks great!
The day she’s discharged, she exits the hospital with a swagger, crosses the street, and is immediately hit by a car and killed. Up in Heaven, she sees God.
“You said I had 30 more years to live,” she complains.
“Oh…I see. I guess I did,” says God.
“So what happened?” she asks.
God shrugs. “I didn’t recognize you.”

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I love your Wonder Woman pic for the “Confident Passenger” article. It is definitely a skill well worth learning!


There is a free app on your phone called speedometer . Check it out

Michele Beckler

Love the diaper idea!!!

Doug / ND

Our Rand McNally GPS for Trucks and RV’s also shows speed limit, with voice warning if exceeded, as well as the current speed. A great tool – like a redundant (Backup) system!


If the speedometer dies or bounces around, look for sensor on the transmission with 2 wires [you probably can find location on youtube]. It is usually toward the rear of the trans. Mine was a 3/4″ open end wrench to remove and install. Cost about $26 dollars. They sense the slotted wheel on the output shaft and “count” the revolutions – they are magnetic and pickup small metal bits as the trans wears and they give false readings [bouncing and then dead on gage].


I keep a free app called “Speedometer” on my cell phone. Would be a fine temporary free fix for a busted vehicle speedo. Also works to see how fast you’re pedaling and paddling…. Did I mention it’s free?


I also use my Garmin for the speed, it seems easier to glance at then the speedo. The other benefit is it shows the prevailing speed limit cause there is not always a sign when I need one.


My Garmin Navigation also has the RV speed on it

Phil Smith

The GPS speedometer is neat, but I just wanted to note that if you use Waze for navigation, it has a speed readout as well.