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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1110

May 29, 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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Transitioning to fulltime RV living?

I believe it’s best when planning to transition from your home to your RV that you develop a calendar which lists your steps during the transition. You can start by setting a take-off date. While this might seem a bit far in the future, having a departure date will help set the pace and keep you on track during your planning phase. Along with a calendar, you can also create a checklist of things you need to do before you hit the road. You will want to write down everything you can think of from finding a realtor to sell your house to researching RVs and campsites to canceling utilities. —From RV Living for Senior Citizens: How to Start and Manage Full Time RV Living as a Retiree Over the age of 60. (Published March 2019)

Whiskey pineapple grilled chicken? Yup. You heard that right. Get the recipe here and invite your new friends at the campground over for dinner. 

Keep your brain sharp and your knives sharper!
Tired of dull knives in the kitchen? This easy-to-use knife sharpener (used by staff writer, Emily) sharpens your knives with a few quick strokes. You’ll feel like a professional! The sharpener has two settings: one for fine blades and another for coarse. Its small size is perfect for an RV, and under $6. Learn more or order here.


Meal planning made easy

Prepare more complicated meals when you have full hookups. It’s easy to clean up afterwards because you have plenty of water and don’t have to worry about filling up holding tanks. Consider making a double portion and freeze half for a future meal. When boondocking, keep recipes simple and use paper plates, which you can burn later to start your campfire.

Dampen holding tank odors

One secret to controlling odors and extending the life of your RV holding tanks is to add plenty of water to the black water tank every time you empty it. You want the bottom of the tank to be completely covered by water, and depending on the size of the tank this might require three toilet bowls of water or it might take five or more. Another thing to keep in mind is to add plenty of water to the bowl every time you flush the toilet so there is enough water in the tank at all times to help control holding tank odors. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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The best walks in America

Here’s a list of the best walks in all 50 states. Look at that amazing bridge in Iowa!
Be right back…we’re buying a plane ticket to Ohio to explore those falls!

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A man had a job at the post office to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read, “Dear God, I am an 83-year-old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with and you are my only hope. Can you please help me? Sincerely, Edna.”

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into their wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $90, which they put into an envelope and sent to Edna. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.

After Christmas, another letter came from Edna to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. “Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough for what you did? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends and I told them of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $10 missing. I think it might have been those awful thieves at the post office. I can’t stand those people. Sincerely, Edna.”

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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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Brian Burry
2 years ago

More and more people are now OFF of Facebook and all social media. PLEASE have a way for your discussion groups, like RV Horror Stories, to be available WITHOUT having to be on that darn Facebook site?!

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

We have started a new routine regarding dumping the tanks. This came about when I noticed that the total capacity of our sewage tanks was slightly more than the capacity of our fresh water. Since for a number of reasons we don’t hook up to campground water, I realized that basically all the water in the fresh tank ends up in the holding tanks (some of it passing through the crew on the way), I dump holding tanks when I fill the fresh tank. And yes, I start out with a gallon in the just dumped black tank and add digester.

Sharon B
2 years ago

I’m assuming the reason for having water in the tank is so the sensor is covered clean so it does not get stuck from the dryness??

2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Water in the bottom of the tank prior to toilet use will prevent solids from ‘piling up’ and sticking to the bottom of the tank, which will then resist liquefying and flowing out when the tank is emptied. This is also the reason for never leaving the tank valve open and outlet hose connected to the sewer while parked at an RV site. The solids will pile up without sufficient water to dissolve and carry them away.

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Actually you need water in the tank to prevent tissue from clumping, dissolve the additive (black tank), and help control odors…

Tony King
2 years ago

It’s funny and crazy that there is a million different ways/ideas to Dump/Clean/Store RV holding tanks. We’ve been Motorhome Owners over 40 years and I won’t share/bore everyone with what/how we do it because then it would be a million + 1

Shirley C
2 years ago

On black tank issue, dont you need to make sure its empty for winter storage? Or do you still add water with antifreeze?. Why does having water in tank keep it from smelling? Or do you also add toilet chemicals?

David C
2 years ago
Reply to  Shirley C


Don’t put water in your black tank when storing. If your holding tanks are empty, that’s all you really need to do for storage.

Extra water in the black tank (during the season) really helps with the flushing of the tank when it’s time to empty it. Having extra water in the tank after flushing the tank helps keep stuff from sticking to the bottom of the tank too.

2 years ago
Reply to  David C

We’ve never once had a problem with holding tanks, at least the tanks themselves. We dump when there’re full or close to being full (we rarely ever connect pull the valves and leave them open during our stay – that’s when you get settling).
At end of season I drain completely, and that’s it.
Does anyone have a monitoring system that worked past the first year of ownership, we certainly haven’t? Like the fuel gauge in the car they all register different, giving only an approximation of level.

Ron Lane
2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I add liquid Oxy-Clean laundry detergent to both my tanks along with about 5 gallons of water and a cap full of Calgon water softener every time I travel. This not only keeps my tanks clean but also keeps my tank monitoring sensors free of gunk that allows them to work as designed. If yours doesn’t work past the first year, it simply because you’re not keeping them clean. Your fault, not the sensors.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ron Lane

Ron, How much OxyClean to you put in your tank?

2 years ago

While recovering from a mild stroke, my doctor recommended playing games to help with my memory loss. Now I play a variety of games and at least one every day. I have an easier time recalling things now.

2 years ago

The ‘game’ question should have phone and computer separate. Never play game on my phone, but do play Solitaire on the computer a few times a week.

Judy G
2 years ago

I answered ‘most days’ but not sure if my ‘gaming’ counts – I do USA Today puzzles (-:

2 years ago
Reply to  Judy G

Hi Judy G, we answered Never. We’ve never been able to figure out why people leave the warm safe confines of their brick and mortar home somewhere to sit and play games, watch TV or whatever inside their mobile home ( I understand the difference if you’re a full timer) We leave that behind, so we can get out, enjoy the sunsets, the sunrises, the people we meet, and even the rain, under the umbrella. You’d be surprised if you haven’t tried it, how blessedly wonderful a walk in the rain under the protection of an umbrella is.
Yes we’re different, we don’t meet many people walking in the rain . lol.