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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

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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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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Thomas Becher
3 years ago

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

3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Becher

My 2003 F-250 6.0 diesel was $11,500 with 115000 exactly on the clock. Upgrades (EGR delete, oil cooler, radiator, alternator and 2 injectors). I also had a new front end with new Bilstein shocks. Total was under $6k and now has 205000 without any concerns. I’m not getting rid of it because it’s paid for!
3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Becher

Paid $15,000 for our 2005 Durango Hemi 5.7 in 2007 and our travel trailer was purchased new (returned to the factory on a dealer bankruptcy) 2008 in 2010 all in the box for $8000. Total was $23,000. You can’t beat that and they are both doing just fine with 250,000 miles on the Durango. I think we got our monies worth.

Tony King
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago
Reply to  JBC

My 35′ TT is probably not what you’d think of as a “smaller” rig, but I have done several reconfiguration projects all the same (office vs. vacation, kids vs. alone, etc).

I optionally invert my kitchen table, putting a stool chair into the normal table socket and putting a U-shaped desk over the benches.

My upper rear bunk folds against the wall and lower bunk removes to bare carpet, leaving me a 8×10 “box” for storage, desks, workstations, whatever.

My dinette cushions get re-upholstered by my wife (it’s NOT hard) when needed. Try it, you might be surprised how easy it is.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I would love to do the cushions myself but being a U shaped configuration the curved pieces prove to be difficult, especially since I have only a very light duty sewing machine. I really appreciate your suggestions – yes, you have 12 more feet than I have. Re-thinking the dinette seating (over water tanks that cannot be moved) with a table are a real challenge. Would like more comfortable, relaxed seating but must still have water tanks readily accessible, etc. Table is important but not needed all the time. We have no couch and no option for captain chairs anywhere. Any one have thoughts on this desire that works within a realistic budget? The best idea I’ve had is making two ottoman that fit in the floor/foot space (layered/folding units). When not in use, flatten out and put them in the bunk space above the cab. Not perfect but may offer additional comfort.

3 years ago
Reply to  JBC

We didn’t spend a lot on our new-to-us motorhome and I love seeing any and all articles about them. Keep the big rig information coming!

3 years ago

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?

Ed Willis
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

We bought new and I am shocked at the number of issues we have had with poor workmanship and faulty parts, both with the camper and the chassis, but I do have to say the local dealer has been great at resolving them. Mercedies not quite as good.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ed Willis

I’m so sorry for the situation you’ve found yourselves in. I have a “C” ’05 and get the itch to get newer, but I’ve never had a bit of trouble, quality-wise and manufacturing-wise with my Itasca. That said, would I buy a new Itasca with all manufactures’ lack of quality assurance they’re performing currently? No. I do get the itch, though. Maybe you can work through some of the problems with a helpful service crew and get things right. Good luck.

3 years ago
Reply to  Lori

Hi Lori: Not to be to critical, but your thinking is the problem. People to resolved that “with a helpful service crew” THEY”LL get “things right” in my practice I (ME) tried to get things right for my customers so THEY could go on their way, and not linger in my shop while I got things right for them. Yes things do go wrong as time goes by but we shouldn’t put up with new crap falling apart with dozens of built in faults and flaws right from the factory. Adjust thinking please.

3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I’m not putting up with it, and will never buy new again.

3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

We bought new, had a lot of problems, and were fortunate enough to have sold it with minimal loss of funds. We then ordered a plain Sundowner cargo trailer. Sundowner is known for making quality horse trailers. They also make cargo trailers and RVs. They have an 8-year structural warranty! You won’t find that anywhere in the RV world. We then built out our own RV. We built a secondary floor in it. The basement holds our Hobie kayaks, solar components and personal gear. The upstairs is our living quarters. We are fulltimers and love our trailer. We know it is built well!