RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1117


June 11, 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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Keep your cool out there …

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

I just did the sound for an outside concert last week where it was really hot – like 90+ degrees in the shade. Luckily, one of the stage crew brought along a bucket top misting fan from Arctic Cove, and it was great! While this type of fan would be a poor choice for inside of your RV (think mold), if the campground power went out and you needed a little respite from the heat in your RV one of these misting fans would be a welcome addition to your pack. Just sit in the shade and enjoy the cool misting breeze for hours from its own rechargeable battery. This version lets you use a bucket of water (with a bag of ice for a super chill) or hook it up to a water line for no-fuss misting. FYI: Kids love these things. Find it at Home Depot or get it online from Amazon.com.

OK, this napkin or tissue holder is a bit pricey, but we still think it’s just about the cutest darned thing for your RV.


Roof ladder storage

If your RV is equipped with a roof access ladder it’s always a temptation to use it to store extra stuff on. Not a bad idea – just make sure that whatever you hang on the ladder doesn’t obstruct your tail lights. Drivers behind you can unwittingly get a bit too close if they don’t see your intentions clearly signaled. And make sure that the items are well secured – a stepladder bouncing down the freeway can create a whale of a lot of trouble.

Save money: Buy your RV at the end of the season

Usually, campers don’t sell well during certain parts of the year, such as fall. Dealerships are usually interested in making a quick sale before the weather starts to turn cold, which makes them more willing to negotiate a lower price. You want to also watch out for the quota times. Dealerships often operate on an annual or monthly basis. If they haven’t sold enough RVs by the end of the cycle, they will want to sell some at a cheaper price to get rid of them.
—From RV Living for Senior Citizens: How to Start and Manage Full Time RV Living as a Retiree Over the age of 60.

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Thomas Becher

Next survey question. For you that tow, how much was your tow vehicle and gas or diesel?

Tony King

I think if your going to use and carrying things on your ladder it’s best to switch out Factory screws with a little bigger, longer and Stainless Steel Screws. Screw new screw almost all the way in and then remove and squirt some silicone in the hole then fully tighten new screw down. Then put a dab of silicone over screw head so it won’t come loose. Pretty easy and cheap upgrade to replace weak Factory hex head screws.


Interesting survey. It appears that amount paid for an RV is much lower than I’d have anticipated – even taking into account buying used. That said, I’m wondering why so much is written about the big rigs (motorhomes and RV) and/or those with BIG space, slide-outs, etc. I had been concerned for a while that there was so little information about C class motorhomes in the 22′-29′ range that have no slide-outs. This kind of living provides different challenges as ‘configuration’ changes are much tougher and yet we are looking for examples and suggestions too. So much about big rig mechanical issues and so little about the smaller rig configurations. Really lacking with regard to the interior too. How to re-configure ‘U’ dining seating over water tanks to get more comfort? Where to find an affordable place to get dinette cushions re-upholstered? These are real issues affecting our daily lives and yet the C class configurations get little attention. Yes, a lot of the information does apply to everyone but I’m not feeling the love for C class owners.


Regarding the survey today about how much we paid for our Recreational Vehicle. I have been watching a lot of van, school bus, vintage trailer restoration items on Youtube and the more I watch, and the more I witness the RV industry turning out absolute crap, I think those taking old rigs and rebuilding them arguably at much less cost – probably ending up with a better product have got it right.
Big plus here is that they are dialing in their pleasure vehicle to exactly what they want and need.

I think of myself pretty dam dumb for buying new, BUT then there’s the lady of the house here who put up with me restoring and customizing cars and trucks for a living for over 4 decades, so I guess for me, ahhhh shucks she (we) deserve a break from the mess, the dust , the uncertainty or………….hmmm on second thoughts, we actually avoided none of that.

I’ve made no less than two dozen needed repairs/adjustments (some serious safety related) to my new Forest River product, repairs that if I hadn’t made would have landed us in a never ending queue, at the dealership. Good bye summer.
I think they build these things with a chain saw (to cut the holes) and help with an IQ ,no bigger than their shoe size. What’s your thoughts?