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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1111


May 30, 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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Help for RV consignment selling

How it works: You and the consignment operator agree on a sale price. From there, the dealer keeps anything above your minimum. The dealer may also require a “commission” or percentage fee of your “bottom line price.” You ask $50,000, the dealer keeps a percentage of the $50,000 — above what he sells the rig for. He may also require a “dealer fee” of a set amount.

Here’s how this might work out:
Your asking price: $50,000
Dealer sells the RV for: $70,000
Dealer commission percentage (10%): $5,000 (based on your asking price).
Dealer Fee: $100

Bottom line: Dealer gets $25,100; you get $44,900

No matter your “asking” price, the dealer will probably tell you it’s too high, that you’ll need to lower it. You can counter by doing your homework before bargaining. Check out Internet prices and NADA guides; walk RV dealer lots for a similar rig and try to establish a fair price. It’s subjective: We all tend to figure our “stuff” is worth more than the next guy’s. And watch out for crooks. “Fly by nights” are known to take RVs on consignment, sell them, take the cash and vanish. Before you consign, check with the Better Business Bureau and your state’s Attorney General for complaints.

Another shady trick: They have a buyer for your rig! But (“sigh”) the customer is offering the exact price that you want to walk away with. However, if you’d be willing to give us X-dollars for our trouble, we’ll waive the commission percentage. No, you won’t get your exact asking price, but, hey, you’ve still sold that rig! The trick is, the customer came in with a good offer, above your asking price. The dealer is selling you a fish story to pad his pocket. Either refuse to buy his story — don’t budge on your sales price — or tell the dealer you’ll come look at his “customer’s” signed purchase offer. If he refuses to show the offer, you know there’s a problem. If it’s legitimate, you’ll need to decide whether the deal is worth it to you. —From Russ and Tiña De Maris

EDITOR’S NOTE: Recommended consignment dealer: PPL motorhomes. Strongly not recommended: consigning an RV with Camping World.

Camco vent insulator keeps you cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.

Do you and the hubby play cards in the RV often? Grandkids like playing Go Fish? Did you know you can make a custom deck of cards with your own photo(s) on them? Snapfish makes custom playing cards, and we think this is a fun, unique gift. Check it out here.


Drive straight and slow over speed bumps

Try to hit speed bumps straight on (both wheels over at the same time) and very slowly. If you drive over them at an angle (one wheel over slightly ahead of the other), your coach will rock back and forth, from side to side, especially in the back. Even going dead slow (creeping), driving over the speed bumps at an angle may cause the coach to rock enough to actually cause things to fly out of the upper cabinets! This is true with the small speed bumps, too. —From Ron Jones, About RVing. [Editor’s note, Ron’s site doesn’t yet provide https security, so we aren’t directly linking to it.]

“No-see-um” battery cells?

RV coach batteries “tucked away underneath” and hard to check fluid level? Use a hand mirror to hold over the top of the battery and angle the view back to you. Shine a flashlight onto the mirror to spot light down into those dark cells.

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Must-visit museums in Southern California

If you find yourself in beautiful, sunny Southern California, you must stop at one of these 28 funky museums. There’s something for everyone on this list, so put your learning cap on and get on over to the Golden State.

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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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Rory R
3 years ago

RE: RV’ing thru Canada When we took our trip to Alaska, we did some extensive exploring and discovering in Western Canada, it is a beautiful country with lots of friendly people. The exchange rate is great, but Canadian prices on everything from fuel to food, eats up the savings. One thing though, I will not let that stop me from visiting Canada again. I liked what I saw and as usual, we didn’t get a chance to see everything we wanted to experience. We are planning to go to Niagra Falls late this summer or early fall, both the American and Canadian sides. The plan is to then travel thru southeast Canada and take the ferry from Canada to the UP. Then do discovery in Mi, before heading to Ca.

Lauren Baker
3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

As a Canadian I feel that way when I travel into the USA when our dollar is so low. Many things are the same price but when you put the exchange rate on it really adds up. Right now I had to pay $.30 on the dollar. $1.00 US = $1.30 CDN. So it works both ways

3 years ago

Just my opinion, but when it comes to selling anything, there’s one thing most people look for – even those who live dirty- they want a clean, well cared for unit. I spent my life in a large dealer environment, and can tell you every trick in the book used by pretty much every salesperson alive, Although I was on the repair side of the dealership, over 40 years exposed me to a lot. I have sold so many vehicles I cannot recall the numbers. Never once had trouble selling most at the fair price I was asking. Clean clean clean, maintained to the Nth degree, sells them every time, quickly. Take care of your rig, don’t treat it like a toilet and you don’t need a consignor, a place I’ll never visit

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago

When I clicked on the link for the website of interesting museums in LA, it quickly brought up a window that blocked the text asking to subscribe. When I clicked on “no thanks,” the window went away but all the text on the page was blurred and unreadable.

3 years ago

In today’s survey, I put we wouldn’t be visiting other countries. Not because of wanting, but because I’m on a drug this year that won’t allow me. Hey, where are the sad faced emojis?

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

With all the beautiful things to see in this great country a person couldn’t see it all if you spent a whole lifetime full timing, I’ll never understand why a person would want to spend time in another country as none I’ve seen are as nice as ours. Granted all my time outside this country was compliments of the USMC, but I’ve seen some that were not third world countries that were still substandard to the USA.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Have been traveling this country since the 1950s with my folks. There is a whole lot I have yet to see. Since Uncle Sam sent me to Southeast Asia 52 years ago, I have never wanted to leave this country again.

Garry Hammond
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Hey! Come to Canada Eh? – Everyone!
Your rather large US dollars are worth $1.35 (at least) here!
There are plenty of nice things to see here too.
…and Cannabis is legal! – In case that is a medical requirement, of course. 🙂

Richard H
3 years ago

Re: Consignment Selling/Buying – In June 2016 bought our 2005 RV from PPL, Houston because they had a large selection, a great website describing & showing their consignment RV’s for sale, and they treated us with consideration & respect throughout the entire shopping & buying process. No additional hard sells or any shenanigans. We agreed on a price and that was it. Drove it back to our home in California – live in it full time to this day.
To buyers – know what you want. Know what it’s market price is. Know how to thoroughly inspect an RV & be willing to spend all day climbing all over it. In other words – be an informed buyer. Very happy with PPL.

3 years ago

Re: consignment to sell an RV — We did a lot of research earlier this year about the various ways to sell our Carriage Cameo 5th-wheel and ended up not going the consignment route either locally (GA) or PPL for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is hearing from other people “in the industry” that the rigs on consignment aren’t a high priority for the business selling them and often they are just left open for people to traipse in and out. We had relatively quick results selling our rig ourselves on Craig’s List (used several free online methods to list it) to someone who lives near us. Priced it reasonably and got our full asking price — no commissions, no hassles. Try this first!

Kounty Ken from Kanada eh?
3 years ago

Realizing the greatest percentage of viewers here, are Americans, the results for going out of the country don’t surprise me. We’ve met lots of our U.S. friends along the way, but are continually amazed at how many don’t venture into our home, Canada. And in case you’re not aware…..with the current exchange rate, EVERYTHING in Canada is more than 30% OFF. Meals, fuel, accommodations, camping….everything.
Would you walk past the stores at the shopping mall if they had EVERYTHING 30% OFF?

3 years ago

Factor in the hassle of needing to pass through a border security check and obtaining a passport which costs nearly $150 per person. There are so many beautiful places in the USA to visit for the cost of fuel without the restrictions of border security checks. More things to see than any person can visit in a lifetime. Why go anywhere else. I have no reason to leave this wonderful country.

3 years ago

We’ve gone into BC many times driving, and I’ve gone solo even more on my cruising sailboat, up the BC coast as far as Princess Louisa inlet (multiple trips). Each time was a joy. It’s a beautiful country full of welcoming and helpful folks. Now we’re enjoying our (old? errr, “antique!”) truck camper. But I’m very reluctant to visit Canada again. Not because of the folks up there, but because getting BACK into the US is becoming an unpleasant experience. Canadian officials have unfailingly been polite, professional, and friendly when responding to questions or comments. US border officials, not so much: cold, sometimes rude, and usually suspicious. And totally without humor.
3 years ago

Our first major adventure was to Canada in 2014. One of the best trips we have ever taken with the rv. From Mexico to the western U.S., Vancouver Island heading east, down around the great lakes and back up and over to Nova Scotia. What a great country Canada is. Same as Mexico.

Roy Christensen
3 years ago

My wife and I have travelled toCanada several times. The last time we used our enhanced New York licenses to gain entry (no passport required). We have greatly enjoyed our visits to Quebec City, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The friendly Canadians have added to our enjoyment. The 30% discount is a bonus!

3 years ago

Sorry but Country Ken is feeding you a line. We spend every second of our free time in America, and for good reason. We don’t have to book a campsite a year in advance (EG-Banff National Park SOLD OUT in hours after opening the lines to registration early 2019), we don’t feel gouged in America.. Even with the exchange rate which today is 37 cents on the dollar, we pay about the same or less for fuel and accommodations etc.

.Americans coming here are shocked to pay $25 for 12 beers, over $5.00 for a jug of milk, and so on. That exchange advantage disappears quick once you cross that 49th parallel. Do your homework my USA friends and you might just decide to stay home.

3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Thanks Alvin… I was wondering whether rate vs. price wins since I haven’t stayed long enough in Canada to really measure it well (I do mostly day trips, so don’t need fuel IN Canada). Yes, $3/gallon of gas would beat $2/liter… $1.50 gallon of milk, $8-12 for cheaper 12pack beers here, and NY is one of the MOST expensive states. 🙂

3 years ago

Here’s a curveball — my family routinely buys Canadian plane tickets to go everywhere else… We’re on the other side of the big lake, but it’s worth driving around Watertown or Buffalo to fly out of Canada for *direct* flights at fractions of US flight pricing out of our “own” airport 20 minutes away. So, no matter where we’re going, we go to Canada first… 🙂 “Five legs for $2000 each, or drive an hour into Canada and fly direct for $500 each… hmmm…”

Phyllis Avella
3 years ago

The survey doesn’t say how traveling. Taking two cruises, one throughout the Baltic Sea and one in the Caribbean.

3 years ago

Little surprised there is no mention about RV Daily Report shutting down next month tbh.

3 years ago
Reply to  squeakytiki

Sad to see it go.