RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1120


June 17, 2019

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Is your carbon monoxide detector “past due”?

Having carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in our RVs makes us feel better. After all, if that insidious gas were to creep in, we’d be warned to take action and get out. Right? Not necessarily. These little detectors have a limited lifespan. Do you know how long they’re good for?

Ten years? Maybe. But in some cases, detectors may have a useful lifespan that’s far shorter, say five to seven years. It all depends on the manufacturer. The information on how long yours should last is buried somewhere in the manual. But if you don’t read the manual and replace as suggested, you could be buried somewhere too.

“But I hit the test button religiously, and it still beeps!” Those could be famous last words. The test button only ensures the battery and horn work. The test button DOES NOT show whether the detector is still sensitive to CO. Detectors manufactured after August 1, 2009, are required by Underwriter Laboratories to provide an “End of Life” signal. Sometimes they will beep, others will provide a clue in their digital display. But beware: Once the End of Life signal indicates the alarm should be replaced, IT NO LONGER detects carbon monoxide. Don’t delay, replace it right away! [Thanks to JS T for the reminder!]

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

The Name Game for 100-amp campsites.

Campfire grilled nachos? Yes, please! You can find this recipe and more delicious ones here on the Let’s Camp S’more blog.


Saving money is about attitude

Another way to save money big-time is to realize that things don’t make you happy. Think about all of the stuff that you will have to get rid of if you switch to the RV lifestyle. Think about all of the items you have bought that you don’t use. When you’re considering a purchase (whether it’s an expensive item or a relatively inexpensive one), stop and think about whether you will really use it all that much and whether you will actually be happier a week or a month from now because you have it. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income.

What’s riding on your tires?

Every weight rating on an RV is based on the weakest link in the system. The tires on your RV are by far the most important and most neglected link in the system. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that the tires on their RV were defective, or my tires only had 12,000 miles on them when I had a blowout. In the majority of cases, the truth of the matter is that tire maintenance has been neglected. The only thing between your RV and the road surface is your tires and the air that is in them. Some of the leading causes of premature tire failure are: overloading the tires, under-inflated tires, ozone and UV rays, the age of the tires, rotating tires. —Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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The best places to watch the sunrise in the U.S.

Sunrise, sunrise… Here’s a list of the 20 best places to watch the sunrise in the U.S. Waking up early for sunrise also helps you beat the crowds in popular tourist destinations.

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An elderly couple is sitting together in church. The wife leans over and whispers to her husband, “I just let out a long, silent toot but it really smells! What should I do?” The husband replies, “First of all, replace the batteries in your hearing aid!”

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Rory R

We have 3, two inside and one outside. I don’t mind admitting that I still watch TV, I’m an avid sport fan, and I use it to keep up with the local weather. I don’t camp, but I do spend lots of time doing outdoor activities. We do watch occasional movies and we watch still binge watch (probably one episode per day) a few favorite episodic shows open Netflix. It is still important for me to remain up to date on what’s happening in our world as far as news. It’s a roll my eyes moment when I hear so many people say “I don’t watch TV”. and later see that tell tale glow coming from the cracks around their blinds. I don’t go hiking or 4 wheelin’ after dark. I shower and climb onto the bed and relax, and sometimes I watch TV….


I got the television installed in case we get stuck in it for rain or need to get caught up on the news. As for sunrises? Wow. 3 places we already are visiting in 3 weeks. Thanks for the heads up. And as for the rest? Yeah, a few of those we have already been there. Can’t wait to see the ones in Colorado, Utah and AZ.

Diane M

We have one TV but have never watched it while camping!


We have one TV and only watch local stations with the antenna (plus DVDs on occasion). The mounting space in the bedroom we used for a fan that plugs into the ceiling outlet.

Chuck Dunn

I have 4 inside and one outside. Funny thing is, we don’t watch the things.

Sharon Stoops

One TV…and we have maybe watched 10 dvds and 2-3 hrs of actual tv with it since we got the trailer new in 2012. It’s really quite useless.

Rich Wielechowski

Had one TV in our camper till last winter when someone needed it worse than we did.


TV – really? What has happened to us? This constant need to be entertained (by devices) and engaged (by devices).

Diane Mc

We have 3. One is in the box in a bay under the motorhome. For outside viewing. And yes, we make sure we keep the sound down so we don’t bother others. We have taken 2 trips since January, for a total of 12, 000 miles. Hasn’t come out of the box. We only use it if there is an auto race or major golf tournament & we don’t want to be inside. We never watch live TV (unless a major news event). We DVR everything. That way we can go where we like, when we want, then watch at our leisure. We only watch racing, golf & some news. This is true even at home.

Bill Bateman

Does the expiration date notification apply to those devices that came with the rig wired t directly to the house battery? Mine has no date on it nor any advice in the manual.

Bill King

Although we have two TV’s in the RV we only watch one of them. A better question question would have been how many tv’s do you have and how many do you actually watch or use.


Thanks to Mark Polk for his advice on tires. Excellent.

My experience in an automotive dealership of 40 plus years told me that a tires worse enemy is the owner of the vehicle tires are installed on.

When Mark proclaims “tire maintenance has be neglected” he hits the nail squarely on the head.

If asked what the leading cause of tire failure is I give a tie to speeds run and physical neglect (mostly underinflated) Followed closely by crap some manufacturers put on new RV’s. Base tires – beware. Educate yourselves – not that hard – ask questions – insist on the crap be taken off and the best tires installed – it’s the dealers responsibility to you and it is your responsibility to everyone coming down the road at you. You should want to meet in passing not crashing.
And we have two TV’s neither have been used. We don’t hit the road to watch TV, we hit the road to see stuff we can’t see at home in our living rooms. And manufactures of CO detectors should be taken to task for making crap that lasts a few years, then needs to be thrown away. Did any one think of the pile this plastic waste represents in the plastic waste stream and it is completely unnecessary????


When replacing the LP GAS or Smoke Detectors put the expiration date in you Smart Phone calendar. That way you’ll have an additional reminder to replace.


My motorhome came with 3 TVs. Otherwise, we’d only have 2.


As a follow-up to my TIP for LP GAS Detectors. Most Detectors have the Date of manufacture stamped on the unit, or there is a Sticker printed on the back of the unit. 5 years is the usual time frame to replace these units, unless the “CHIRP” sounds sooner.

Thanks Russ for posting!


In response to Mark Polks article on Tires and Tire Safety: I just read, YET ANOTHER article on how many RVers let Air out of their tires to get a smoother ride! I find this laughable. While there are manufacturer tables that indicate the load factors of your tires, letting air out to obtain a smoother ride is ridiculous! Letting Air out of the tires for that smoother ride, only wears those tires out that much faster.

Using the Manufacturers Recommended Cold Tire pressure is your best bet. Plus, doing regular visual inspections. AND GET A TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor) for your RIG.

As I always say, “Safety should NEVER be Compromised”!