RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1108


May 27, 2019

Welcome to another 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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Fear not freezing your outside shower

If you’re a fan of winter RVing, you may be concerned about freezing up the plumbing. One sensitive area: The outside shower – just waiting for that frigid air to slip past that thin plastic door and zap the mixing valve. Sean Engle is a winter RV fan, and rarely uses his outside shower – so he fixed his so it would be a lot harder to “put it on ice.” Do it yourself by
removing the hose and mixer faucet handles. Cut a piece of insulated board from the hardware store to go over the top of the mixing faucet. Now stick the handles back on to hold the board in place. Cut another insul-board to cover the whole mixer faucet assembly, this time with an appropriate notch for the door hold-closed mechanism to work, and hey, Presto! You’ve kept Old Man Winter away. More details at Truck Camper Magazine.

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

Is there a cheap and quiet generator?

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Having three sets of keys means not losing all

“I have three complete sets of RV keys. One is in my pocket, one is in a secret but accessible place on the outside of the coach, and one is with my son (or friend) in a Fed-X envelope filled out with my account number ready to address and send to me in an emergency.” —Thanks to Joe Brignolo.

The “long and short” of trailer backing

Is it easier to back a shorter trailer than a longer trailer? No. A shorter trailer reacts much quicker to steering movements than a longer trailer – because the trailer’s axles are the pivot point and on a shorter trailer the axles are closer to the hitch ball mount on the tow vehicle. Backing up a pop-up or short travel trailer will require slower reactions and movements in the steering wheel than a longer trailer will. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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If Fido is hot in the summer, give him a treat to cool him off! Here are 13 great frozen dog treat recipes Fido will love. Woof, woof! (That’s “thank you” in dog.)


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Richard H

Regarding generator noise:

To Curtis and his question: ” does anyone really care about generator noise?”

Having stayed in many RV parks and other places all across the country I can absolutely assert that generator noise can be a big problem. It seems that there is often some one running their noisy contractor generator, totally ignorant of how annoying it is to all their neighbors – even those not right next to them.

So yes, many, many people do care about generator noise and appreciate those who buy the insulated quiet models.


Re: extra keys — I keep a backup keyring hidden inside a storage compartment, which itself is locked with a combination lock. You can get 3-dial combi-locks for a couple bucks, so get rid of your CH751’s for under $10 on most rigs.

Re: actually using keys — this may surprise folks, but keys are less effective than you think. A honest man won’t check if you locked; a mildly interested crook will barely pause to kick a door or break a window. So, only the most casual vandal will be slowed by a locked door. Meanwhile, you’ll have been stopped thousands of times per year.

Rory R

I love the fact that my newmar has no “keyed” locks on the compartment or basement doors, they are all elctronic. As long as I have battery power or 50 amp power, I can get in and they automatically lock as soon as I put the rig into gear…


Half the outside compartments on our S&S truck camper require the stamped steel Deco “D” key, of which I have only one, and it’s proven impossible to find another. The fellow we bought the camper from said, “no sweat.. a flat-blade screwdriver will open those locks!” I’ve tried to avoid that. In searching for Deco “D” blanks, I’ve come across multiple suppliers offering to sell most common RV keys by the bucketful (!) meaning not only is the CH751 key no protection at all, but probably most of the others as well. So, in truth, it’s only the owner who misplaces a key ring who is locked out… !


We keep a spare key in our Hitch Lock…and have had to use it several times! Also keep a small amount of cash. Will add a trailer key to that also.

Tony King

Class A has ladder ( I won’t use) and Class B has no ladder
Our extra keys are “ hidden” in the non locking Propane door area in our Class A and in magnetic box inside Frig vent in our Class B. They can’t fall off to the ground…America’s highways & roads has enough Potholes to test that all the time !
I’m surprised more Trailer owners haven’t learned “The Swoop” method for getting ready to back into your site. It makes such a difference, but as we travel across America every year I watch so many struggle and struggle to back up.


on inspecting a new to him GMC motorhome, a friend found 5 complete sets of hidden keys.
my hidden spare key only will open rv door, no hidden automotive key, spare key inside rv.
consider changing out your common as dirt ‘751’ locks on your compartment doors. get cyclinder style lock sets. no sense in having all your storage compartments raided.

Gary Reed

When backing up a long trailer always set your steering wheel at a almost full turn in the opposite direction you want the trailer to BEFORE you start moving.

Dave Telenko

I keep a extra set of ALL my keys in my motor home, I keep them hidden in a false cabinet. I hide a key to the door outside, hidden in one of those magnetic key boxes. Recently we had a couple come into our camp to join us & were setting up camp & one of them was out with a flash light looking for their keys to their camper that they had lost. Lucky for them one of our members was a retired lock smith & picked his camper lock. Thats when I decided I needed a way to have extra keys for every thing available! I also showed my wife my set up, just in case I forget where I put them. LOL


Probably the most important item to consider when backing any trailer up, is to find a good spot at the back of a supermarket parking lot and practice. Over five decades of RV’ing I have witnessed the hilarious to the tragic when it comes to RV’ers not having a dam clue about backing their rig into a spot.
If it were up to me there’d be a category of licensing for RV operation like governments mandate for motorcycles, ambulances, big rigs and so on -you’d have to know a lot about what you were doing and have a good understanding of that rig before hitting the road. I estimate about 75% of everyone operating RV’s of every kind haven’t a clue how to use their exterior mirrors,

Joe Allen

One more thing that will help with trailer backing for any size trailer is a 5 foot tongue instead of the normal 4 foot. Having a trailer built, go with the 5 footer!