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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1113

June 4, 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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Bye bye petroleum!

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will eventually break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is anything silicone-based. We use a lot of the CRC Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication, and it’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such.

If you will be near Hagerstown, MD, on June 8 you might want to consider taking one or both of Mike Sokol’s classes on RV electricity. The details are here.

In case you missed it: Should you plug into an RV park pedestal that was submerged during a flood? Mike has the answer in his RV Electricity Newsletter, published Sunday.

Wonder if those As Seen On TV products really work? Here’s a video from Household Hacker testing the most popular As Seen On TV automobile gadgets (most of which would work in your RV too). Click the image to play.


Freshen up your face after a long drive day

“Here’s a tip from my days of long-distance airplane travel that works wonderfully after a day of long-distance RV travel. Buy a single serving size of your favorite yogurt, plain or flavored/nonfat or regular, and smear about a teaspoon to tablespoon all over your face and neck. Sit down and either eat the remaining yogurt or read some of your travel literature and relax until the yogurt has dried completely. Now rinse with cool water. See how good your skin feels?” —Thanks to Suzy Dow with Forest Camping.

Roof vent runaway

Remind yourself about an open, uncovered vent. Posting a picture of a flooded, ruined camper after a summer rainstorm next to where you keep your keys would be helpful. Better yet, hang your keys from the vent and that way you can’t forget. —From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook)

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


Photo by @tuxburytinyhouse, Instagram

Tiny Houses that may convince you to downsize…even more!

Can you say adorable? These Tiny Homes are sooooo cute (and some are downright gorgeous!). Flip through these 84 tiny homes and get ready to want one of your own.

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

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Comic by Mark Parisi

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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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squeakytiki (@guest_47422)
4 years ago

I recycle, but now that China is no longer accepting shipments of our plastic a lot of it winds up in landfills anyway, even if you put it in ‘recycling’.

Linda (@guest_47390)
4 years ago

We recycle everything we can, so don’t really think about it all that much. Even on trips, I bag up recyclables and find a proper place for them.

Rory R (@guest_47366)
4 years ago

This seems to be a “lose lose” situation. First we complain about all the plastic bags ending up in the landfills, Ocean, etc., so it’s outlawed. Now we complain about the loss of the free pooper scoopers we used the bags for…. Like I said Lose Lose…..

robert (@guest_47353)
4 years ago

I just clicked the read more button and it did not work

George (@guest_47344)
4 years ago

I can remember when California mandated using plastic bags over paper. Now that its blown up for them, they ‘banned’ the use of free plastic bags and now mandate 10 cents for a plastic bag that is three times thicker. Like that will help. Go figure!

Dave (@guest_47346)
4 years ago
Reply to  George


Ron (@guest_47347)
4 years ago
Reply to  George

The “three times thicker” bags are reusable and should be used as such. Of course there will always be those non-believers who think it’s bunk and anything else California comes up with.

George (@guest_47350)
4 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Because it is bunk. The old bags are reusable as well. I have seen very few having their groceries bagged with the new ‘reusable’ bags. FYI … I and many others take material bags.
Also, the CA Jim Jones ‘believers’ crowds are moving out of State in droves, now that they ruined it.

Rory R (@guest_47365)
4 years ago
Reply to  George

You see, it did reduce your use of plastic bags…..which was the original reason for doing that…

Bob p (@guest_47364)
4 years ago
Reply to  George

Everything about California is politicians getting money out of your pocket, look who the majority of Californians vote to represent them.

John (@guest_47340)
4 years ago

State of CT outlawing use of plastic bags when new state budget is signed by governor
this week. Me, I reuse them in waste baskets and use to pick up dog “droppings” – but now they will be outlawed!

Alvin (@guest_47363)
4 years ago
Reply to  John

Isn’t it funny John that they’re only banned until you buy them then they’re not banned, What a charade. I come from a car repair background and let me tell you all, if you could see the automotive fluff (that’s predominately plastics that come out of a car truck whatever when they’re ground up after their useful life) you’d sure change your mind about concentrating/banning simple dam plastic bags. There’s got to be the equivalent of millions of plastic bags in the multitudes of plastic types contained in one modern vehicle and nobody -NOBODY – seems to be making a fuss about any of it. There are literally mountains of this junk scattered around the world with nowhere to go but pollute..

Jeannie (@guest_47339)
4 years ago

The “more” button at the end of posts that are longer than some arbitrary display limit that is supposed to display the rest of the post has been broken for at least a couple of days now.

Robbie (@guest_47342)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

Yep, same problem here.

Emily Woodbury
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

Hi, Jeannie,

Can you specify what “more” button you’re referring to? We’re trying to look into the problem but can’t seem to find exactly what you and Robbie are talking about.

Thanks! –Emily, RVtravel.com

robert (@guest_47352)
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I just clicked a read more button and it did not again today

Jeannie (@guest_47355)
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

That’s the button and it is still NOT working for me.

Jeannie (@guest_47356)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

It gets weirder. I just checked on yesterday’s posts and the button is now working there but still not here. Also, there seems to be a post missing here because, right now, one of my posts is the only one with the “read more” button whereas there was another one earlier today.

Also, when I post anything, it seems to do nothing until I refresh the page.

Jeannie (@guest_47358)
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Try another browser. I’ve tried it in Brave (the old Muon version) and IE11 with the same lack of results.

Jeannie (@guest_47361)
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Try it in IE11. Btw, Google Chrome is a bad browser to use. Anything Google is going to harvest personal data for Google’s use or to sell to others.

Marilyn (@guest_47367)
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Hasn’t worked for me on my iPhone for the last 2 days.

Dr4Film (@guest_47380)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

I won’t use any browser except for FireFox and their add-ons. That has been my goto browser for years without any problems or the background garbage and collecting of data.

Dr4Film (@guest_47337)
4 years ago

The CRC Heavy Duty Silicone is a great product for special application areas where needed. However for general purpose lubrication I use a product called Tri-Flow. It is 100 times better than WD-40 which is a water dispersion product, hence WD. Even the folks at PacBrake have approved Tri-Flow for lubricating the Exhaust Brake. I use it for almost everything except where the CRC Heavy Duty Silicone is warranted. Here is a web site for the PDF file on Tri-Flow. https://tinyurl.com/yy6r8dtl

Jeannie (@guest_47354)
4 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I’m also a fan of Tri-Flow. It is a fantastic lubricant (technically, WD-40 is not a lubricant) but it will attract dirt. I prefer the CRC Silicone where the lube will be exposed to dirt or sawdust.

Jeannie (@guest_47336)
4 years ago

I agree with Mike Sokol about the CRC Silicone. That stuff is handy and is the best silicone product I’ve ever used (3-in-1 is the absolute worst! It claims to be fast drying but it never does.). I saturate nail-on felt furniture glides with it to make furniture much easier to move on hard flooring (the silicone I applied last summer is still going strong). It’s also a fairly good dry lube. I even use it on hard plastic mouse desk pads to slick them up. Just spray it on the pad, use some toilet tissue to spread it around, then let it dry a few minutes. It’s amazing how much dirt the tissue will pick up (it’s mostly fine dirt that causes a mouse to drag). I get mine from Ace Hardware.

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