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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1124

June 24, 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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Cons of fulltime RV living

Here are some things that may be considered cons [about full-time RVing] for some people:

You don’t have as much privacy in campgrounds (sometimes you do, particularly in state parks, but not always).

• Sometimes there are noises like barking dogs, RVs pulling in and out, traffic from busy highways, or trains on nearby railroad tracks.

• You won’t have your “back home” friends nearby to enjoy and spend time with.

• Your regular doctors may not be close by.

• Most RVs have a “one-butt kitchen.”

• In a conventional home the water, electricity, WiFi, and TV signal just come out of the holes in the walls that they’re supposed to and the poop disappears to… well, I don’t know or care where. I set the trash bags outside and they disappear. I don’t worry about any of those things. In the RV I have to worry about all of those things to make sure that they don’t run out or run over. If either one of these things happens, it’s a big problem–  so I’ve heard. Yeah, right.

• In 10 minutes flat, the whole place can become trashed. Of course, in 15 minutes I can vacuum, wipe everything down, pick things up, clean the bathroom, and have the place back in order.

–From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income

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

AC and DC trailer hookups.

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Play Pacman online!
Did you know that Google has tons of free games for you to play? Here’s where you can find Pacman (just type “Play Pacman” into the Google search bar), but you’ll see more free games beneath it.


Wake up your reefer – with coffee!

Coffee keeps the fridge fresh and free of mold, etc. Put some fresh coffee grounds – not used – in a man’s handkerchief or perhaps cheesecloth, tie it up, and hang it in the fridge. Works like a charm in any fridge! —Thanks to Carol Love for the tip.

Surefire jackknife recipe

“Applying tow vehicle brakes hard while the trailer is in the middle of a swerve will almost guarantee a jackknife and a rollover.” —From Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy

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Incredible places to see wildlife in every state

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Well, actually, it’s more like, “Birds and iguanas and whales, oh my!” Flip through this great list of where to see the best wildlife in every state; there’s tons of great information here!

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

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• Best Club for RVers: Escapees. All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay free at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
No park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.


A man walks into a bar with a pork pie on his head. The barman asks, “Why are you wearing a pork pie on your head?” The man replies, “It’s a family tradition. We always wear pork pies on our heads on Tuesday.”

The barman remarks, “But it’s Wednesday.” Sheepishly, the man says, “Man, I must look like a real fool.”

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Cook faster with Instant Pot
This best-selling instant pot combines six kitchen appliances in one — pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer and warmer. It prepares dishes up to 70% faster, which is really handy when using your RV’s limited counter space. Instant pots are all the rage right now. They come in different sizes, too. Check ’em out or order.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, 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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Kenny Goss
3 years ago

The majority of my spendable income comes from my current job, City Letter Carrier. The rest comes from my Marine Corps retirement and VA compensation.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kenny Goss

Semper Fi! I have the latter two, but I haven’t started working yet since I retired almost two years ago!

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago

I am retired. All my spendable income comes from when I used to work, does that count?

3 years ago

Talk about negative nellie with the cons. You folks sound like Ann Arbor. Reason? They are complaining about trains blaring horns when they pass thru town. Might want to consider a National Park. Won’t be near anything and talk about tranquility. As for something going wrong? This is what insurance is for. I have seen campers and class A campers that would make your house pale in comparison. My cousin has a class A that can be compared to her house. Wow. If you can learn to live simply like our ancestors did you can live the life of ease. Yes you may leave the comforts of home but this is what living is really like. Go and explore. Enjoy. The memories will last a life time. Friends will not. Just a thought.

Debi Pitzer
3 years ago

All of my spendable income comes from retirement, savings from employment and Social Security…thus all income comes from employment.

3 years ago

I said none to the survey but being that I’m on social security and that is based on employment, it should be 100%.

DeeAnne Antolik
3 years ago

The website of the day takes me to the weather channel-is that right?

3 years ago

My income is retirement money so really it came from employment. 47 years of employment.

3 years ago

Interesting how the intent of words take a different meaning depending who looks at it. I interpreted the question as current employment as opposed to saved or earned from previous employment such as pensions, savings, social security.

Kenny Goss
3 years ago
Reply to  Zeet

That’s how I interpreted the question too.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kenny Goss

Me 2

3 years ago

All of our money came from employment, so I don’t get the question of the day. I suppose some of us got money from some source other than employment -,like natives or immigrants, but I don’t see many of this demographic in our travels, so maybe they didn’t.don’t do to well.
On another note, we checked out the free download from OvernightRVParking .com. and also read what the founder had to say about what differentiates his effort from others. The main one being he keeps things up to date. That we didn’t find. Most of the sites we visited hadn’t been updated in years. They’re not getting our $25.00
Boondockers Welcome YES YES YES – they’re wonderful, simply wonderful.

Jim Schrankel
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I’ve used Overnight RV Parking extensively over the years and have found its listings to be up to date and accurate. At each stay, I would drop Jim a note with any changes I’ve noticed. The sites can only be updated by the users information feedback. As far as the annual fee of $25, it pays for itself in one nights stay.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Schrankel

I agree with Jim. I use Overnight RV Parking extensively, and always update the list. My membership keeps extending because I send in the updates. I don’t have to pay the renewal fee, and some of the sites have been real gems.

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

Technically all of our income comes from the Federal Government in that my bride is Civil Service at our local (35 miles away) military installation and I contribute with my Air Force retirement and Social Security.

Pat Cleveland
3 years ago

Re: employment income, answered none as retired. Suppose I could have said 100% since Social Security, pension and savings derived from prior employment.

John Arlo Massengale
3 years ago
Reply to  Pat Cleveland

Where Your Income comes From All income most likely comes from employment unless it was given to you

3 years ago

Well then, I guess SS would be from employment since it certainly isn’t just given to us.

There was an email a number of years ago that showed if we had taken that money we donated to SS each pay and put it in a fund earning x percent interest over the years, we’d be getting about $3000 a month at retirement age. That sure is better than what we’re getting today! (I’m getting old; can’t remember the numbers accurately!)

3 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Over history, SS has averaged about a 2.6% interest rate on “ultrasafe” funds, while even conservative index funds have averaged 4X that. That’s not 4X the income at the end, but 4X the compounded growth rate — for every dollar invested 50 years ago, the government has $3.61 to pay you from today. If YOU invested that dollar “safely” but privately, you’d have $140.75 today. Now, remember that you’d keep that $141, while you pool the $3.61 with everyone else collecting from SS, including those who never contributed.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Hey Mr. Wolf, any chance I could borrow your calculator, if I could use that for my investments I would be worth around 25 mill!
Dave (AKA Snoopy)

3 years ago

Kludgey estimator… multiply 1.1^50 x your average savings/investment. More precisely, model it on a spreadsheet for yourself.

“7/10 rule” – as a quick estimate, 7% interest (low risk) doubles your money in 10 years and 10% (medium risk) doubles in 7 years. So, most investors see 7 doublings (128x) during their 50yr career, while the government sees 2 (4x roi)

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Of course, that assumes no one takes that money (like Johnson did) to add to the “general fund” where it never gets paid back.

2 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

How do you qualify for SS if you never contributed?

2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

it could go the other way also.a recession comes along and you could lose half or more of your money. ss is one of the best things ever.