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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1115


June 6, 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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De-stink holding tanks with Pine Sol?

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Reader John Leach suggests using Pine Sol in black water holding tanks to hold down odors. Referring to a holding tank cleaning expert’s advice, he says, “He highly recommends using Pine Sol after each dump especially when [the RV is] sitting for an extended time. One cup per 40-gallon tank. Since it is a degreaser it helps keep any unwanted buildup in the tank. Also adding sufficient water after each dump. Large tanks should take at least 5 gals. I have used this method and it really works.

RVers have been touting the virtues of Pine Sol for smelly tanks for ages. Keep in mind if you want to try it, the advice of a different holding tank service company. They too used to recommend Pine Sol, but have since stopped recommending it out of concern for potential damage to holding tank valve seals caused by its use.

Glow-in-the-dark tape is brilliant for help at night
One of our readers recommended glow-in-the-dark tape to stick on things to see at night. We love this idea! Use glow-in-the-dark tape on light switches and slide out switches so they’re easy to see in the dark. The tape also works great to help find your door and lock at night, as well as your RV steps. Learn more or order here.


Hot weather AC tip

When the temperature gets hot, some boondockers fire up their generator to run the AC system. Make sure you get your money’s worth from that expensive generator fuel (and noise). If the fins on the outside of the air conditioner unit are bent, they’re not efficiently pumping off that hot air. Straighten the fins out with a small screwdriver, or get a fin comb from an air conditioner repair shop. Then be sure to cover the AC unit when not in use. Can’t find a cover to fit your unit? Get thee to an upholstery shop and have them custom make you one with high-quality vinyl upholstery material. We recommend you avoid the “soft” vinyl that has a backing that looks like cotton wool – use a commercial grade vinyl with a backing that resembles a woven material. Don’t use a “protectant” on your new cover for it will simply harden it up and actually reduce its useful life span. —Russ and Tina De Maris

Packing tips

When you are packing items in your RV it is much easier if you use various sizes of see-through plastic containers. It is more organized and will prevent items from moving and falling while you travel. You can also look and see what is in each container without removing everything from the cabinet. Do you have any packing tips? Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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Instead of buying ice packs to keep the food and drinks in your cooler cold, freeze a gallon (or two) of water and keep that in the cooler instead. Voila! You’ve got an ice pack, and a jug of water (once it melts).


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RV Propane/LP Gas Alarm may save your life
This Safe T Alert Propane/LP Gas Alarm is designed specifically for your RV. It features advanced technology with an “Alarm Mute” button that silences the alarm when the RV is ventilated and a rapid recovery sensor that resets when silenced or reactivates if dangerous levels of propane remain. An easy 12-volt installation means there will be no missing or dead batteries to replace. Learn more or order.


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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

I’m 74, and had to retire early because of health issues. I’m a type II diabetic (under control), high blood pressure (under control), but the one that hit me hard and took 3 yrs to recover from and get back to normal was CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) It took the Drs. 3 years of playing with different medicines and dosages before they got it right. But when they got it right, almost overnight the symptoms disappeared. I and my medications, now lead a happy productive and active life. The practice of medicine is sometimes a exercise in trial and error. But once they get it right, times and things look up. Since then I have been on the road for 10 yrs, and looking forward to at least 10 more…..

3 years ago

Could someone shed some light on the air conditioning cover. Never heard of covering the air conditioning cover “when not in use” Am I missing something, or has there been a mistake in the telling? Thanks in advance. Alvin.

Bill & Kitty BATEMAN
3 years ago

We’ve found that clear soft storage bags come in many sizes and usually give much more access to free space than hard sided see through. Check your nearby ‘dollar’ store (not dollar general).

3 years ago

Ok, posts are definitely being deleted. About half of them disappeared since early this morning.

Btw, thanks for fixing the “read more” function.

3 years ago

At 74 have normal aches and pains, depending on weather my knees and shoulders tell me the forecast. Keep shots up to date, physical yearly, watch my diet, exercise and keep a smile on most of the time. Stay well and be safe.

Bob p
3 years ago

Concerning the tip about pinesol I think I’ll use something that is safe for the seals as that doesn’t sound like the most pleasant job changing black tank seals. My motorhome is 17 years old and still has the same seals due to proper care.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Strange article about Pine Sol. In the beginning it touts how well it works for smells and then says don’t use it because it ruins the seals? Now there’s some worthwhile information..NOT