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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1123

June 20, 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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Money-saving tips on the road

Here are some ways to save money on the road:

• Stay longer in campgrounds with low rates. Stay a week for an even better rate.
• Drive 55 mph for better gas mileage.
• Use a gas app for cheapest service stations.
• Avoid jack-rabbit starts and sudden stops. It’s all about torque and kinetic energy.
• Keep tires properly inflated — your mileage will suffer otherwise.
• Lighten your load. Do not carry extra weight — it will cost you in mileage.
• Take advantage of tailwinds to improve fuel mileage. Avoid headwinds.
• Avoid ATM fees by getting cash with store purchases.
• Install CFL or LED interior lights. They last much longer and use less energy.
• Boondock more often.
• Install a solar or wind turbine system for renewable free power.
• Maintain your RV to save on repair bills.
• Eat out less — prepare your own meals.
• Treat your batteries right so they last longer.
• Buy from farmers markets, roadside farm stands, U-pick farms and orchards.
• Barter for a campsite if you have something to offer.
• Check out Overnight RV Parking to find free or low-cost campgrounds. For membership information (modest membership fee required) and a free demo of the site, click here.
• Reduce food costs by buying from bulk bins.
• Eat right and exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) to cut down on meds and doctor visits.
• Volunteer or become a camp host, which usually comes with a free campsite.
• Take a caretaking position for free rent. The Caretaker Gazette is a good resource.
• Shop at charity/thrift stores to save on just about everything.
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Listen up! Here are ten great podcasts for the long drive ahead of you. Take a listen and learn something new!


Rig looking tacky? Try Blue Beacon

Been on the road a bit too long and the grime is sticking to your motorhome or trailer? There’s probably a Blue Beacon Truck Wash near you. Are they worth it? Many RVers say they do a good job, and prices starting at $26.50 for a trailer and topping out at $37.50 for a BIG motorhome are seemingly reasonable. They won’t wash (but will rinse) your roof. Many RVers suggest you ask them to only use the brush on tires and wheels. Drying? That’s the 60-miles-per-hour down the interstate method, but hey, compared to a couple hundred or better for the guy to come to your site and do it, what do you want? Here’s their website. —Russ and Tiña De Maris

Elevation and engine performance

A gasoline engine will lose three to four percent of its available power for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Ford Motor Company recommends a reduction in Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and Gross Combined Weight (GCW) of two percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level to maintain engine performance. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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The complete list of U.S. National Parks

You know the big ones, but do you know all of the National Parks? This comprehensive list from Travel & Leisure mentions each and every one of ’em, so start planning those visits!

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

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An elderly woman gives her bus driver a bag of peanuts every day.
At first, the bus driver enjoyed the peanuts but after a week straight of eating them, he said, “Please don’t bring me these anymore. Have them yourself. I’m a little tired of peanuts now.”
The old woman answers, “I’d love to eat the peanuts but I don’t have teeth anymore. I just prefer to suck the chocolate around them then give them to you.”

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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2 years ago

The lady and I would NEVER, never consider buying from a bulk bin, after what we’ve seen happen in these places years ago when they first got going. The gal who obviously hadn’t washed her hands in years, with the long scraggly hair, sampling the almonds, then picking around for the nicest ones did it for us.

As for farmers markets and the entire organic thing. Well folks for the most part unless you happen upon a farmer in his yard selling you corn the kids are bringing in from the field as you stand there – you’re likely being smoked big time most of the time . Most of what you think as “farm fresh” or “Organic (and what exactly do those terms mean anyway) probably isn’t “organic” or farm fresh in the purest sense and just may not be coming from the wonderful little hobby farm you think it is. Real farmers I know are to busy farming to sell produce on the side of the road.

Travel insurance! As Canadians we can’t leave our home province without a package of insurance. It is plumb dangerous to “leave your yard and cross lines without it” There’s been lots of doctors and health car providers who’ve ended up cleaning the unprepared and the unprotected, out of life & home. This should be the subject of an intense study, there’s a very large segment of the RV travelling public who do not have a clue what they are covered for or if they are.

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I’m confused, I was under the impression that Medical and Hospital care in Canada was socialized.

2 years ago

“• Take advantage of tailwinds to improve fuel mileage. Avoid headwinds.”

So wait for the winds? Or only travel downwind every time?? LOL!!!!!!

2 years ago

Blue Beacon sounds good for folks who physically can’t or are not allowed to clean their RV themselves… But I still use a $15 hose-fed brush on my RV which seems to get great results in my driveway. Soap, bleach or wax at will, too.

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Chuck Dunn
2 years ago

Blue Beacon looks good. Wish there were more on the west coast. We are halfway between Portland and Corning CA, about 300 miles to either. Bit of a drive for a wash, no matter how good. Still printed out the map incase.

Jim Van Namee
2 years ago

A carburetor fed engine loses 3 percent of its power every 1000’. A turbocharged or supercharged engine does not.

2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Van Namee

If the supercharger is directly tied to engine speed, it too will lose power at higher altitudes as it would then be working with thinner air at the same engine speed.

2 years ago

For health insurance we have Medicare and Tri Care. Tri Care is great. It makes me feel smart for spending so many weekends at reserve meeting after my active duty time. Of course, there were two fairly short safe trips to the Persian Gulf.

Becky Yu
2 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Thank You for Your Service!

2 years ago

To save money on the road I’ll pass on farmer markets and bulk bin. Although you’d think this should save you money, in my experience and price checking, these places always seem to cost more. The road side veggie booths, I’ve found, are usually a good bargain and everything is very fresh.
2 years ago
Reply to  impavid

There is a very good documentary that shows many of the farmers’ markets are actually purchased product from corporate farms. Although they advertise as farm fresh, organic, free range, etc. they are not. I am sure there are many that are legitimate but buyer beware.

2 years ago

Blue Beacon is not good, it’s great. I wash my truck and 40 ft 5th wheel for $45. Three guys on each side of the rig with sprayers and one guy going around with a flashlight (I kid you not) to make sure all the spots are clean. Always friendly and easy to deal with. You can add in extras like citrus orange on the wheels to really make them glow or add in a wax if you like. We come down I-15 from Canada and our first Las Vegas stop is Blue Beacon.

Sharon B
2 years ago

One thing I like about using my travel trailer is that I know where everything is and I have so much less to deal with than in a house. I look forward to the day I sell the house to get a breath of fresh air. If I really decide to purchase an RV to live and work in I really have to be careful not to load it too much.
There is a book “The Life Changing Magic or Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. I uploaded it a long time ago and do you think I have read it? Not yet. Why is my problem?? The problem is the Clutter holding me back from breathing and living the good life free from the over load of crap!

HT Morgan
2 years ago

I have used Beacon and other truck wash stations with great results. I always ask them to pressure wash straight on the slide outs, not at an angle, as to not get water under the seals and inside the motorhome. I even get my toad washed at the same time. The max I’ve paid is $50. It’s great and very convenient when your on the road a long time and still want to look good. I have one nearby and usually get it washed when I come home.

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