RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1099


May 9, 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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More pros of fulltime RV living

• You can travel internationally and not have to still be paying living expenses back home while you’re gone. Just put your RV in storage while you’re gone. In fact, most RV insurance policies allow you to drop your liability insurance when you’re not driving your RV and then reinstate the policy when you hit the road again.

• When I was between houses, condos and RVs, I spent six months living in Costa Rica. It was a fun and interesting experience. It was very inexpensive, but it wouldn’t have been so inexpensive if I had been paying for rent (or a mortgage payment), electricity, cable TV, Internet, taxes, etc., back home. When you’re living in an RV, you have the freedom to almost totally eliminate expenses back home while you travel abroad. Whether you ever do it or not doesn’t matter. Just having the freedom to do it is a good feeling.

• Having everything I need handy is one thing I really like. I know where all of my tools are. I know where my books and my clothes are. Nothing is in storage or somewhere out in the garage or somewhere up in the attic. It’s all right here.

• I like the idea of arranging my travels so that I can stop and see friends and family who live in different parts of the country. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income Available on Amazon.com

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Tonight, Thursday, May 9, watch electrical expert Mike Sokol on a live webcast at our Facebook Group RV Electricity. He will continue his show regarding RV campground pedestal hookups that he began Sunday, April 28, that was interrupted by a local Internet failure. Watch it here on May 9 starting at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 Pacific). (You need to be a member of the Facebook RV Electricity group to participate, but any Facebook member can watch.)

Then Mike will be back with another live webcast on the RV Electricity FB group on Sunday, May 12, at the same time, with great information about portable generators. You won’t want to miss it!


Campground etiquette: No corner cutting!

Remember when our parents told us to stay on the sidewalk and not to cut between people’s yards? Well, the same manners apply to campground or park sites. When RVers and campers pay their site fees, they’re essentially paying for their own little yard. Site cutting can be interpreted as intrusive, speculative and rude. It’s disrupting to pet owners, meal times, etc.

Typically, the unspoken rule is a site is from utility box to utility box. Do not park your vehicles in someone else’s site boxing them in. Also, you and your guests should not park vehicles that will stick out into the roadway making it difficult for incoming or outgoing RVs to navigate through the park. or park their RV, or prevent emergency vehicles necessary passage. —Courtesy suggestions from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.

Mini finger hot pads great in the RV

Maybe being a man in the kitchen is the ultimate recipe for disaster but, hey, if you want to know how to burn your fingers with food, just ask me. That’s why I was kind of amazed to see that there are others out there who have my talent.

Enter these clever silicon pot holders. Not big, but just right to grab a heated dish out of the microwave or grab a hot pan handle – anything that’s light enough to lift with your fingers and thumb. And since they’re so small, they’re easy to slip in the drawer next to the stove and have ’em handy when you need ’em. Pinch a set of these “pinch grips” from Amazon for less than $8.00.

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Storm headed toward your RV park? What do you do?
TornadoWhere do you go when you’re in an RV park and a dangerous storm is headed your way — a tornado, hurricane or other dangerous weather? It’s a hopeless feeling when you have nowhere to go to protect yourself. Join our new Facebook group RV Parks with Storm Shelters to tell about such a park you know about, or to find one.


How to play piano

We know your fifth wheel is big, but maybe it’s not quite grand-piano big. Either way, though, if you or someone you know wants to learn how to play the piano, this site will teach you everything…for free!

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

New edition!
RV Camping in Corps of Engineers Parks

Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


My wife is so frustrated with me. I’m always making wordplay jokes and it’s driving her crazy. One day she asked me, “Why don’t you write a book instead?” I got so excited and replied, “Why that’s a novel idea!”

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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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Took me a month to decide if the price was worth it for the strongback chair. Came yesterday and I love it. Wished it had 2 cup holders but I will survive. I am not a employee, just another camper who likes to sit outside. Thanks for the discount.

Pat H. Smith

We have the max covers so unless there is a strong wind behind us, we travel with the vents open for fresh air. We have never had damage to our RVs

Tim Bear

Before retiring, I was a licensed ins agent for a Medicare-related company. We did all our business on phone and web. Our IT Dept absolutely prohibited ? any unauthorized sites to be accessed on company computers—especially Facebook! They reported that 75%+ of malware & computer virus was carried & spread by & on Facebook – whether innocently or maliciously is immaterial. Besides — I’d rather LIVE my life than spend the time documenting it or reading about other peoples’ lives.

Doug / ND

Roof vents: I removed and replaced my standard vents with MaxxAir remote controlled vents. They have the cover built in and can be controlled while driving. They also have temperature settings and fans which can be reversed for in or out flow of air – or use like a ceiling fan with the vent cover closed. Solved all our problems with heavy vent covers and sudden rain showers etc.. and they QUIET too. Whisper Quiet and they are sleek and low profile too!


I agree with the campground etiquette but with the spots in the CG getting smaller and close together parking our toad is becoming a challenge. Our current CG takes us about 10min to get our toad angled in front of the motorhome so it doesn’t stick out in the street . I feel sorry for the people on our street with duallys. They are doing the best they can to get them off the street but no way could an emergency vehicle get down this street. We are packed in tight but this is a resort outside a national park


We now leave our roof vents open when traveling in warm and hot weather. I installed vent covers, before that we would close them when traveling or raining.

Jeff Arthur

Campground etiquette, sounds like your preaching to the choir.


I have vent covers, so I can leave my vents open while traveling.


Campground etiquette. Recently we watched a guy wedge a too-large travel trailer into a too-small BLM campsite in Utah. During the backing circus, he blocked the only road in the campground for ten minutes, then he unhitched and parked his F-250 on the side of the same access road over night. When the family finally settled in I could see that their personal habits matched their camping habits. Yep, quite a slovenly bunch.

That is only topped by the two gals driving a Class A who blocked the access road in Kings Canyon NP last fall while they topped off their fresh water tank from the dishwashing sink next to the bathroom. Yep, I kid you not.


We travel with our roof vents open except in the winter. All our roof vents have covers so we do not worry about damage to the vents. The RV is several degrees cooler inside when we stop.


I really try hard to limit my comments to positive things. Unfortunately, I wish Mike Sokol would find a different PLATFORM to discuss his RV Electricity information.

I, along with many others, DO NOT USE Facebook (Fakebook) under any circumstances! And I’ll leave it at that!

Please Mike, try to find a different Forum to discuss RV Electricity. Thank You.

Larry Copeland

We leave our roof vents cracked open in hot weather, but only after I installed roof vent covers. Before that we traveled with them closed.