RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1097

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May 7, 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

Get a grip, don’t slip…

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

I just thought of this while navigating the dark stairs in my basement the other day. I use non-skid safety tape all the time for production stages, so why not for RV steps. I have seen a few modern RVs with this, so perhaps you already have it on yours. But if you don’t, then this will really help you see the steps in the dark, and keep you from slipping at the same time. This one includes a peel-off back and is weather rated for all surfaces, so it should work great on your RV steps, or even at your sticks-and-bricks home. You can buy some here.


TAKE A NAP! But only for 15 minutes! A nap should be about 15 to 30-minutes in duration. If you nap longer than 30 minutes your body lapses into a deep sleep. Deep sleep is difficult to wake from and if interrupted or just completed, can leave you feeling terribly groggy.



MORE QUICK TIPS

Got Michelins? Take advantage of a safety offer

Stephencdickson on wikimedia

If your RV rides the road on Michelin tires, you can do more to beef up your safety. Here’s an offer from the company:  “Michelin cares about you and your tires. When your tires are registered, we are able to provide important product-related information to you if it is ever necessary…. You can register your tires and view our privacy policy at this page. They add that your information will be kept safe and never sold.

Put your beer in “suspended animation”

Like a good cold bottle of beer? Or a good cold bottle of soda? Horsing them out of those nasty cardboard cartons is a hassle – and it takes up so much space. Put the bottles loose in your RV fridge – well, who knows if they’ll jump out when you open the door. Solve the whole problem and free up shelf space with BottleLoft, magnetic bottle hangers, that stick to the top of your fridge. Find a set on Amazon for less than $30.

Do you have a tip? Send it to Russ (at) rvtravel.com


Ouch! Poison Oak is all over California. Read more about this here and learn how to stay away from this poisonous, itchy plant.



WEBSITE OF THE DAY

Drone Blog

Everything you ever wanted to know about drones, and more! How are drones changing the shipping industry? How are they changing manufacturing? Drone search and rescue? As we said, there’s everything drone-related on this site.

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



Make the whole RV park laugh
You’ll want this shirt if you’re on a family vacation, this one if you own (or are buying) a Class C, this shirt if you haven’t mastered backing up yet, and this one you’ll want just because. It made us laugh out loud.


REMEMBER THIS FOR TOMORROW’S CONTEST: The correct answer is “radioactive material.” Tomorrow’s prize: a very cool solar powered weather radio. 


LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

I can’t take my dog to the park anymore because the ducks keep attacking him.
Guess that’s what I get for buying a purebread dog. (okay, time to groan!).

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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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Carol
Carol

Question, I am a solo RVer. When ready to take off in my trailable Mini Lite, I want to check the brake lights on the back of my rig to make sure they work. I have no one to step on the car brakes while I check. Any solutions to this problem? Please don’t tell me to get a partner. Thx

Wayne R.
Wayne R.

Turn on your 4-way emergency flashers. If they use the same “red” lights as your brake lights…. then they work. If your flashers use your amber color lights, then cut a piece of wooden dowel just long enough to fit between your brake paddle and the driver’s seat. Wedge the dowel between and bump the seat forward to activate the brake lights.

Keith Jobe
Keith Jobe

Yes Carol I am a retired mechanic and I had to check brake lights many times a day, they make brake depresses tools. Just go in to the local auto parts store and ask them about the tool, you can also check online. I hope this helps you with your problem.

squeakytiki
squeakytiki

I never got an allowance….if I wanted money I had to polish my dad’s Chrysler Imperial. And I mean polish, he got me a rotary tool to do a good job. I was actually happy to get my first part time job, it paid better than my dad and was an easier job.

Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

As far as the information in this newsletter is concerned, yes, there is a lot of basic information. But I assume a significant number of subscribers are newbies. When I was just starting, I found that information useful. Now that I have a few years of experience, I just say, “yeah, I know that” and move on. The longer you are on the road, the harder it gets to come across new information, but the new stuff is just as important as the basic stuff was when you were just starting. I keep reading this newsletter because it still has… Read more »

chipper
chipper

I was given a quarter a week for maybe a year after my dad landed a decent job back in ’66. Then I rode my bike to work pumping gas until I was able to get a car.

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

We weren’t given an allowance. I started working when I was 11 years old cutting grass, shoveling snow, odd jobs in the neighborhood. At 15 years old I took care of 35 horses and an elephant at the Kansas City zoo. I was told never to ask for or borrow money from anyone. My dad loaned me $250 when I was 18, I had to sign a promissory note and make monthly payments. Last time I asked him for money.

LionRampant
LionRampant

I painted my steps with a pickup bed liner, similar to Rhino lining. Works great as a slip free surface, very durable as well.

Bd2
Bd2

re. “Take a Nap”
I never nap over 15 minutes – my wife’s screaming at me while the RV is on cruise control wakes me up every time !!

Randall Stapleton
Randall Stapleton

I don’t remember a allowance, although I worked on our family farm as soon as I was old enough to steer a pickup or tractor sitting on grandpa’s lap. Always had what we needed and don’t remember wanting anything. My reward was getting to go swimming at our hometown swimming pool.

Tina
Tina

My brother and I would receive our small allowance Saturday mornings and our parents would get it back during the Saturday night poker games. It was always our choice if we wanted to participate, but by doing so it would mean we were broke for the next week.

Larry Z.
Larry Z.

Allowance when I was a child was 10 to 25 cents a week in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, nowhere near what kids demand today.

robin
robin

I approach this newsletter as I do RV adventures. If I like it I stay and if I don’t I move on.

George
George

It would be interesting to know the ages of those who responded to the question of the day. I wonder if those who didn’t get an allowance, is an older crowd.

daniel mcgreevy
daniel mcgreevy

71 years old got a 1.00 a week and we also had a poker game on Saturday night broke sunday

Tom
Tom

Chores yes, allowance nope. Food on the table and roof over my head. Chores included mow grass, rake lawn of leaves in fall, shovel snow on our sidewalks and of the elderly on the same block. Got a job delivering newspapers at 14 and had to put 50% of in a savings account in bank. I think this made a good foundation for savings as I got older and started working different jobs.

Bill Jeffrey
Bill Jeffrey

Allowance? In the mid-50’s, my folks gave me an allowance of 15 cents a week, every Saturday morning. The amount was chosen because our small-town movie theater played a kids’ matinee every Saturday afternoon. Admission was 12 cents, leaving 3 cents that I could pool with a friend to get a 5 cent bag of popcorn. The theater was more than a mile from my house, and like every other kid in town, I was allowed to ride my bike there. As for chores, every kid had them. Mow the lawn, shovel snow, help my Dad in the garden, clear… Read more »

John
John

I got a nickel for each year old. Had many chores to do for that ‘allowance’. Dry dishes, vacuum, dust, keep my room ready for inspection(military brat) later rake leaves, mow grass (push mower) wash car.

Mike
Mike

Once a month my mother would make a trip to the city for grocery’s. She would give us kids anywhere from a nickel to a quarter depending on what she had to give. Some trips there was nothing.

Bob p
Bob p

I think I got $.75 a week when I became a teenager, parents didn’t make enough money for allowances before then, I worked at my chores for that. I think today’s young people who are “given” an allowance are getting the wrong training. Their parents are not requiring them to do anything to earn the money therefore they don’t learn that you must “work” in order to get paid. That’s why as they become adults they think everything should be given to them. The allowance inspired me to caddy at the golf course at 14, and that inspired me to… Read more »

Patti Panuccio
Patti Panuccio

No allowance, wages. I grew up in a FL Tourist Camp in family biz you work as soon as you are old enough.

Ron H.
Ron H.

Can’t imagine how the suspended bottle idea could work in an RV. We have barely enough room between shelves for bottles to stand upright, but letting them dangle from magnets might result in an interesting wind chime effect.

JTorsrud
JTorsrud

And a huge mess, leaking all over your floor, when they come crashing down!

Wolfe
Wolfe

I gotta agree this looks CRAZY in an RV. I have 200lb pull RE magnets and I still wouldn’t trust them to hold onto the ferrous bottlecap well enough to keep the beer from detaching, and as noted even without actually falling the bottles would bash against one another.

KellyR
KellyR

Yep, hanging beer bottles seems dumb – OH! thanks for tip – I think they will work great to keep some of the wrenches I keep in my outside storage that I want handy for my different hook-ups. Now I won’t have to scrounge around to find them. Keep sending me dumb tips.

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

No allowance. Mowed lawns, rake leaves, shoveled snow then eventually got a newspaper route.

tom
tom

Safety strip can also be located on your roof where the ladder lands. A fall from the roof could be fatal.

Deanna
Deanna

50 cents a week back in the early to mid 60’s. I had chores, including starting supper for my single mom. My mom had a Sunday early morning newspaper route (as a part-time job) and my brother and I did the running, taking the papers to each customers porch.

Sharon B
Sharon B

Hmmm beer. I’ll take a Blue Moon with 2 slices of orange😋

John W
John W

I’m not sure about anyone else, but does this newsletter seem to have become less of a newsletter and more a Amazon advertising program? And like one of the other responders said, do the products being recommended actually get tested in RV’s for safety and practicality? Of the Amazon products being recommended, many often have poor customer ratings. Now don’t take me wrong, I like to learn about new useful products and I make a ton of my purchases through Amazon, but shouldn’t this be an RV newsletter more than an Amazon selling tool?

Ron
Ron

I certainly agree. Seems as Mike Sokol has joined the team to help this cause. My other gripe is that there is too much begging for money. Seems to have accelerated since Gail M. has joined the team. Is she really Chuck’s wife using a maiden name?

Peter
Peter

I guess I missed the begging for money bits, even though I read every edition top to bottom . I did make a contribution. Chuck and his team put a lot of time and effort into putting this out every day. You can unsubscribe or stop reading it. So many RV’ers expect everything for free.

Chuck Woodbury

Gail uses her maiden name. What does Gail’s marital status have to do with what we publish here? We do not beg.

Rex Korden
Rex Korden

Yeah, Chuck and his team do a great job and are informative, as well as entertaining. There are so many people out there that are ungrateful and skeptical of every motive that it never ceases to amaze me. It seems like the RV universe is less infected with those types than the general public, though.

Wolfe
Wolfe

Gotta agree with Chuck — any such “begging” is similar to churches asking for donations, and RVT has a better product in my opinion. I think it’s fair to remind folks to support a free newsletter…

Wolfe
Wolfe

An optimist would say RVT wants to limit their recommendations to presumed safer website. A pessimist would say RVT is motivated to collect commissions from those referrals to fund an otherwise free newsletter. Both are probably true. Historically, Wanderman recommends a lot of cool/funky/strange products he has found at dollar stores, and demos them in use in his rig. Mike doesn’t seem to do that, and exclusively recommends Amazon affiliated products, but that could be complete coincidence — Amazon IS the biggest game in town, and recommendations without a source for you to get one are interesting but useless. Smart… Read more »

Wolfe
Wolfe

Boo! My first wife didn’t change her name, turned into a dragon, and now she’s an EXwife but I assure you her name was not the critical issue. My second wife changed her name and 12 years later is STILL running into stupid problems when she renews passports and deeds and titles. After decades of living under a maiden name, it’s a royal PAIN to re-establish under a new name, especially with Patriot Act ignorance theater.

I believe Gail *is* RVT’s ad coordinator(?), so you’re complaining she’s doing her job?

Bob Godfrey
Bob Godfrey

I think you might not understand how much it costs to simply organize and publish a newsletter such as this. Although I don’t have much experience in that dept. I think Chuck & family still have to eat etc. I simply ignore the ads if I choose to do so.

Robbie
Robbie

I’ve been reading RV Travel for at least 14 years, and the USABLE content has gone way downhill, and on some days it is just non-existent …sorry Chuck! This newsletter Just continues to be a repeat after repeat of the same old thing. There is only so many tips you can talk about on a weekly basis to keep the interest alive, and this newsletter is suffering terribly. I really hate the opening that says: Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter.” Gives a new definition to the word fabulous.

Chuck Woodbury

Robbie, you think we can publish for 14 years and not repeat ourselves? Give us a break. We provide a huge amount of new information — more than ever! Not to mention all of the readers we have gained in the past year or two (especially in just the past few months!) who have not been reading RVtravel.com (or even RVing!) for 14 years.

LionRampant
LionRampant

One simple solution. Unsubscribe.

George
George

I haven’t contributed, so I have no standing to judge the value of this newsletter. It’s free and I enjoy getting it. However, I do agree that publishers have a responsibility to filter out bad products. This author often complains the business tactics of Lemonis, harms RV customers by putting money ahead of all else. I suggest this newsletter should avoid that same trap.

Chuck Woodbury

We do our best to avoid publicizing bad products. Can you imagine in a year’s time, when we have written about 1,500 products, that we could possibly afford to buy them all to review? Or maybe we could take them for free, which almost always comes with strings attached. Please do not compare us with Marcus Lemonis, which is an insult.

Wolfe
Wolfe

I’ve seen sleazy “5 stars is expected!” type promo-review offers, but most don’t have hard strings. I DO occasionally review a freebie item from established vendors, and I always make it clear to the vendor that I will review *honestly* and they may not like that, and make it clear IN the review that I got the product free for review. I also compare freebies to similar items I’ve used and paid for, removing any freebie bias. *Reputable* vendors still sent products because they’re confident. So, maybe I’m just a jerk for occasionally saying “This thing stank and broke in… Read more »

KellyR
KellyR

Come on people. In every magazine I get, 50% or more is advertising – and I pay for the magazine. I just flip past those pages. At least in this news letter, you do not have to go thru that. You just don’t click on it (Amazon). You don’t have to look for “continued on page 64” either. Oh, and if I don’t like a magazine, I don’t subscribe to it, or even pick it up in the doctor’s office. When did Americans decide that they can complain when they get something FREE?

Chuck Woodbury

KellyR, you understand publishing, but most of the people who complain about too many ads are clueless how the process works. We do our best, and that’s all we can do with our small staff. We sleep well at night.

Chuck Woodbury

The business we get from the Amazon ads provide about 15 percent of our income, but it helps. Any free publication is supported either by advertising or donors (think Consumer Reports). We provide a lot of useful information and we take pride in that.

billyd
billyd

My allowance was food on the table; a bed; and a roof over my head.

Gary Reed
Gary Reed

And for those lugeres I was also allow to cut the grass, rake leaves, clean the garage, shovel snow, help my dad with his projects and help my mom clean a huge house.

Judy G
Judy G

Allowance? Yes, 25 cents a week…and I had to do certain chores to earn it.

JTorsrud
JTorsrud

Put your beer in “suspended animation”???
Has anyone actually tested this in an RV??
I can see bottles falling all over the inside of the FRIDGE with the First Major BUMP you hit!
These holders probably work very well in a Stationary Fridge, but not one that is Rocking and Rolling down the road.

Plus the COST is ridiculous!

Sorry, just my 3 Cents worth.

Rick
Rick

No way am I trusting my beer bottles to a magnet

Chuck Woodbury

Would someone do this while moving? That would be crazy.