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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1131

July 4, 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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Fulltiming in your future? How to leave sentimental objects behind

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First of all, decide who you want to have each of these things when you’re dead and gone. (I know, you consider that to be a long way off, but think about it this way anyway.) Then give the items to that person now. If they won’t take the things now, you know what will happen to them as soon as you’re gone. They will give them to Goodwill, sell them in a garage sale or just throw them away. If you have a few items that you want your grandchildren to have when they’re grown (and you don’t trust your children to keep the items for them), you can put these items in storage, but think about how expensive five or ten years of storage will be before you do this.

I know that it’s hard to accept the fact that a lot of things you cherish will not even be considered worth keeping by other people when you’re gone. That’s just the facts. Don’t blame your children or relatives. It’s not their responsibility or duty to like or value the same things you like. Remember, when you give someone something, it now belongs to them. Be sure to tell them this. If they want to sell it in a garage sale, that’s fine with you. Of course, that’s probably not the way you feel, but there’s no need to lay a guilt trip on them and insist that they keep the item and cherish it. Even if they do keep it for a while, it may get thrown away later.

A lot of the things you will be giving people will be things that they will love and really enjoy having. By giving them the items now, you will get to see them enjoy these things and you’ll know the items went to the people you wanted to have them.
—From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income

Happy 4th of July! 


• John Hancock was the only one who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
• The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
• Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who suggested the bald eagle.
• Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on the 4th of July.

Read more fun facts about the 4th of July here.


Using your noodle to keep the fridge dried out

When the old RV is in a rest-cycle, it just makes sense to keep the fridge doors propped open to let the fresh air roll in. Not only do things smell better when it’s time to hit the road again, but any “misses” in your cleaning efforts are less likely to turn into a mold-rearing farm. We’ve had various suggestions on how to keep the doors open, but here’s yet another take on the issue: Swim noodles, cut to the appropriate length, then a slot sliced lengthwise to fit over fridge hardware. Thanks to vanchitecture.

Precooked pleasures

If you’ll be boondocking for a few days away from home, there’s no need to give up nice meals nor spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Precook some of your favorite dishes, then pack them up in aluminum foil containers or aluminum pouches. Popped in the freezer, they’ll be ready for you to reheat in your range or even outside on the gas grill.

The beauty is, you won’t have a lot of washing up to do afterward — just toss the containers in the trash. Surprisingly, pasta dishes work quite well on the reheat cycle. To determine appropriate amounts, when you cook up your meals, use a standard serving plate. Place the amount you’d serve at a meal on the plate, then transfer to your freezing containers. —Russ and Tiña De Maris

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A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent … that works! 
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately.) If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this), this product is for you. A very impressive number of five-star reviews. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’ll probably need this. Learn more or order here.


How come there’s no Knock Knock joke about America?
Because freedom rings.

Why did the duck say bang?
Because he was a firequacker.

Which colonists told the most jokes?

What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1772?
The Boston Flea Party.

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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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Rory R
2 years ago

We are Full-timers, as least we consider ourselves to be FT’ers. We spend about a total of 9 months out of a year on the road, and the balance at our sticks and bricks in So Cal, usually during the winter months. We take all our “precious” possessions which are packed in plastic airtight containers and store them in public storage, until we get home. All of our pictures (prints) are stored there, and we do have digital albums online in two places so we have access to them. We have been doing this for ten yrs now and it works for us.We are constantly adding to our online albums and over the yrs we have added descriptions and labels which we can search for (since there are so many pics) and we can get right to what we are looking for. I guess it all depends on what your needs are….

Leslie Rolsheim
2 years ago

My main concern was 42 years of family photos. The first thing I did was take them all out of photo albums and frames. I took pictures on my phone that I wanted to have easy access to. Then I sorted them all…me, my husband, and both of us. One for each of our boys and both of them together. We have always been a camping family. So we have a camping file. One file for generations of family…including reunions! All of the files fit into two file boxes. I kept a few frames to change out pics.
We put seasonal clothes in “suck’em up bags as well as bedding for the sofa bed. Under the bed storage is for extra towels, and everyday things like framed photos, etc.
We have storage under the nook benches for small appliances and food.
We have done several cross country 6 month trips since retiring 11 years ago. Now we have our home on wheels and don’t have to come back to California!

Mitch Reeves
2 years ago

I agree, it is difficult to see things from your life that you have collected and cherished for many years go to a stranger for a dollar (or less) when you know their actual worth. We went fulltime in 2013 and were able to give to our children and friends many of those items and it is with joy, that when we visit them, we see those things being used around their home. We decided that there were some items we would want in our life when it came time to come off the road. We purchased a 40 ft. shipping container ($3000+) and had it delivered to property owned by one of our children. So, when the time comes to settle back into living in a sticks `n bricks again, we will have some furniture to furnish a new place. The initial investment was cheaper when you consider rental space for $100 a month and the fact that the container can be resold for almost what we paid for it. A very good point to remember that those things that you cherish today may not hold the same value for your children or grandchildren. The other point to remember is “The best things in life are NOT things”.

2 years ago

I’m going to start off with “I am not a tax advisor” so check every thing I suggest on a income tax website like or etax.comThey have deductible charts showing the value of items are to the IRS.
Most folks need a tax break, I know we do because our son the CPA tax accountant tells us that every year. Our tithe just doesn’t cut it. I did learn though that donations to charities such as the DAV can be worth a bundle, but starting this year you need to document those donations with a simple picture of the donated item. The DAV (I use the DAV because they are strictly in the business to help vets and not to line their own pockets like Good Will or similar companies. The Salvation Army is another stellar organization )for example will only give you a blank card to show that you donated. You need to snap a pic of each item and attach to the copy of your return that you keep. This way you have proof of what you donated. Here’s why donating is worth so much more than a garage sale. Are you going to get $25 for that pair of worn out jeans you were going to throw away? What about an A/V receiver you bought 10 years ago for $750. If you donate it you can be looking at hundreds of dollars instead of $25. Anyway, check out one of those websites and then snap those pics and load up those things the kids don’t want and drive yourself to some significant tax savings and in the process help out those deserving servicemen and women or those folks who need some help.

2 years ago

“Have you ever rented an RV to travel outside North America?”

No, but we car/tent camped across Europe.

Sharon B
2 years ago

Friends of mine went to Germany and rented a van type like a Pleasureway. They loved it. They own a Pleasure way so it fit them fine.

2 years ago

Have not “rented” an RV outside the US, but did purchase one in Australia and sold it back to the dealer one year later.

Bill Bateman
2 years ago

Good idea R & T … but considering that “tossing the containers in the trash” is not the small footprint we are striving for. If I don’t want to use water washing a reusable plastic container or bag I can stow it until I get to a water source. (takes up the same space as “trash”.)

2 years ago

Another way to ‘keep’ your prized possessions that no one else wants is to photograph them and keep an album (digital or hands on). I did this when we sold our house. Our kids didn’t want most of it so I have a digital album (backed up in 3 places) and we had garage sales and donated the rest. We’re not full time but it was better to do it while we could rather than leave it for others to manage later. We have a small apartment and travel as much as we can but still have a place to come back to.

2 years ago
Reply to  Brooke

I think Brooke has the ideal situation fitting many folks. I agree fully with handing off your prizes to appreciative people, while you can rather than leaving it all to someone else to dispose of later. This came home to us years ago while attending a flea market where we came upon an apple box full of a life time of someone’s photographs. I bought them for the vintage car pictures, but weeding through someone’s life in that way sure changed the way we looked at our situation. I still can’t give up my garage and car restoration hobby though. you can’t duplicate that on the road, and neither the misses nor I fit the golf, bridge, in the exercise pool, at ten out at eleven, pot luck supper tonight paradigm – YET.

2 years ago

One of the major reason my lady and I could never dump our lives and go full time is spoken of in the lead piece today. Definitely our children do not want 99% of our stuff. Most of lifes necessities we bought over the course of our long marriage 51 years we picked for longevity, Today people don’t necessarily want anything to last, they follow trends and so on, they thrown away good stuff and rebuy new, remodel. We’ older set are asked not to “judge” what’s going on in this world, but it is really tough to sit back and watch the lack of interest in history, good value, and a life that never seems to be settled. I admire greatly those who have been able to give it all up and hit the road. I however couldn’t do that. I’m a hobbyist, with hobby’s that need a garage. My wife loves to homemake keep our nice home nice. We’d both go nuts no matter how large or well equipped our mobile home was or what form it took. We love to travel though and do so each summer, enjoying meeting people along the way, but always glad to go home.

2 years ago

Never rented an RV out of country, but borrowed one in Norway from a relative.

Bill J
2 years ago

Years ago, when the kids were younger, we rented a Class C in Perth, Australia, and spent a few weeks crossing the country. Since we intended to go through the Big Red Center, largely unpopulated, an RV made a lot more sense than trying to find a hotel each night. Our most memorable camp site was in a place called Simpson’s Gap. So wild and remote that the dingoes kept us up at night, and the Southern Cross was so bright it nearly knocked us out of bed. Would love to go back.

Diane Mc
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill J

Small world. So glad to hear someone else experienced Australia in this way. We didn’t have to rent because our Australian friends had a Land Cruiser that we towed a “jumbuck” behind. This was our tent/camper. Friends towed a ruggedized “caravan” or trailer with most of our supplies. We traveled for 6 weeks and spent time in the Outback, where only 10% of Australians have even been. Unbelievable trip. So many stories & experiences.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill J

I said yes to rent although what we did was buy and sell. We spent 5 months touring around Australia in a 1985 Toyota pop-top camper van that we bought and sold online. There are hundreds of them in all ages, shapes, sizes and conditions on there. We have also spent the better part of three years touring Europe by motorcycle. The longest single trip during that time was 8 months. We towed a cargo trailer and camped out in a tent.

2 years ago

Happy Birthday America!

Bob p
2 years ago

Happy Birthday America, May everyone hav a safe holiday!

2 years ago

For those of us who have traveled extensivily and acquired historic items, find a museum that might be willing to take them. I have several Imperial Japanese Military sake cups that are dated to the Manchurian War Era. These are earmarked for the WWII museum in Fredricksburg, Texas. If you have never been to this one, put it on your bucket list.
Even small items help fill out the story.

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago
Reply to  tom,

Terrific museum!

2 years ago
Reply to  tom,

tom, good idea, and we have been doing just that. Still to find a suitable place (or willing) to accept my grandmothers bibles (in German) which were with her family when they landed in Nebraska from Europe a long long time ago. She used them each week during their trek across America ending up in North Dakota, then into Saskatchewan and Alberta Canada. I estimate these artifacts to be about 150 years old and in good shape considering their usage and rough travels over that time.