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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1143


Thursday, August 1, 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 you.

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Today’s Thought

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Girlfriends Day!

Tip of the day

Save water when no sewer hookup
Many state, county, public utility and Corps of Engineers campgrounds provide water and electrical hookups, but not a sewer hookup. You can extend the time periods considerably between when you have to drive to the dump station by avoiding adding waste water to your gray water tank, the chief limitation you will face.

You can accomplish this by washing hands, showering and using the toilet in the campground’s facilities whenever possible, drain the water from your gray tank into a portable waste tank (sometimes called a “Blue Boy”) and empty it into the dump station, don’t let water run when brushing teeth or rinsing dishes (use a dishpan of water), and if you have children or teenagers, monitor and teach them about water conservation.

Join editor Chuck Woodbury starting today through Sunday at the Enumclaw RV Show (near Seattle and Mt. Rainier). If you’d like to camp with us, contact the show. Each site comes with show admission for two for each day. Request to be located in the area, which has 30-amp hookups (most others are 20 amp). Those sites may already be sold out, so act fast to grab what may be left. Mike Sokol will teach three classes on RV Electricity, one per day. See his topics and the schedule here. For locals, a day pass to the show includes admission to these seminars and others.

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Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 states. Essential reference.

RV club of the day

RV Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program for RVers to participate in Habitat for Humanity where they meet and work with families on their house and help them create a place they can call home. It starts with recreation, but ends with a relationship.

Reader Poll


During World War II, the United States experimented with bat bombs. The idea was that incendiary devices would be attached to bats, which would then be released in Japan where they would roost and later blow up, igniting fires. Ultimately, it proved to be a “bat” idea.

Website of the day

Traffic Speedtraps: lists more than 80,000 speed trap locations around the USA and Canada. Don’t get stopped in one of these traps and then watch your insurance rates climb later.

And the survey says. . .

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• Eighteen percent never wear gloves when dumping their holding tanks.
• Nearly 70 percent describe themselves as a “morning person.”
• The most important consideration in choosing a campground (42%) is a neat, spacious campsite. For 20%, it’s price.

Clean your microwave with no hassle! 
Is it hard to scrub off all that crusty gunk in your microwave? Admit it, when was the last time you cleaned it? Angry Mama, the miracle microwave cleaner, is here to do the dirty job for you! Add water and vinegar (maybe some lemon too) to this feisty lady and watch her steam away the mess. Within minutes your microwave will be sparkling! Click the image to watch video. Be right back, we’re buying one here!

Leave here with a laugh

The defense attorney tells his client, “I have some good news and some bad news.” “What’s the bad news?” asks the accused. “The bad news is, your blood 
is all over the crime scene, and the DNA tests prove you did it.” “What’s the good news?” asks the accused. “Your cholesterol is 130.”

Seen on old motorhome: Honk if parts fall off.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Kurt Shoemaker Sr
3 years ago

On major highways law enforcement officers usually allow a tolerance of 5-9 mph over the posted limit. If not they would go home each night with writer’s cramp.
However, in a residential or populated business district, you better be obeying the speed limit very closely.

Jim Wise
3 years ago

Just a quick comment on the Speed Traps. I occurs to me there wouldn’t be any speed traps if we all drove at or below the posted speed limits. But that will never happen – it seems to get worse every year.

Bob Godfrey
3 years ago

RE: website. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply obey the speed limit? Just sayin’.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Sounds like a good answer but not realistic. If that is true, why are cars made to go up to 120 mph or more? Legislators have a handle on this and it is backed by state, county, and local governments who make their money by enforcing said limits.

“The state of Illinois is noted for passing a law banning the implementation of traffic ticket quotas, but plenty of other cities and towns say that’s simply not an option. They need the money they collect from all those tickets, and the more money they get accustomed to racking up, the more they’ll need in the future, so this practice is unlikely to change anytime soon.”

Funny that the toll highway from San Antonio to Austin has a speed limit of 85. Why? Because you pay for the privilege.

Pete Greig
3 years ago

RE: Cover page – Do we really have to have 15 , that’s right, I just counted 15 images of a couple having juice and coffee on the front page. I appreciate all the hard work y’all put in the new format, but please clean up the opening message page. Thanks, and keep up the god work/job.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Pete Greig

Sorry, Pete. We have no idea what could have caused “15 images of a couple having juice and coffee on the front page.” Wow! If you see that again, can you maybe get a screenshot and send it to ? We’ve never seen/heard of anything like that so don’t know what to tell you and/or what to do about it. 😯 Thanks! —Diane at

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Nobody on MY front page drinking anything.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Thanks, Tommy. I think Pete must have gremlins in his computer. We’ve never heard of anything like that. (At least this wasn’t porn, like sneaked in there recently! OY! 😯 ) 😀 —Diane at

3 years ago

Re: Bat bombs, there have been a lot of wildlife-based war efforts. We used dogs to lay phone wires, for a while strapped bombs to carrier pigeons, and of course used homing pigeons for messaging and medicine delivery.

Perhaps one of the more interesting usages was Nikola Tesla using pigeons up to 1943 to evade foreign and US (would-become-CIA) spies. The man who created the modern power grid, radio control, wireless power, namesake “Tesla coil” transformers, massively advanced radio communication and generally made much of modern life possible — resorted to pigeons to evade the tech of his own creation!

3 years ago

Love to dance but at my age and the arthritic feet and knees prevent me from enjoying it anymore

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I think many of us have all sorts of ‘secrets’ regarding greywater, but it’s a topic never whispered in polite society. Ahem . . .

3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Secret: filling an ornate two gallon watering-can with greywater and walking around the campsite, cheerfully watering the shrubs and wildflowers.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Graybyrd

I LOVE THAT! Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I love your avatar, being old enough to remember The Treasure of Sierra Madre.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Haha. Watch it Gene, you’re showing your age . . .

3 years ago

The Bumper Sticker of the Day, could be used on any NEW RV rolling down the road today. Since so many of them are so poorly constructed!

Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

My motorhome is 42 years old and was built much better than anything today.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

Tell us how much better Bob, it wouldn’t have to be much better to be better.
I worked on this stuff 50 years ago, and guess what? – folks just like you and I were saying, “man they sure don’t make em like they used to”

However, I agree with you, I picked the best of the junk built today, 2 years ago and just now am I getting the thing sorted out. The other day a lower draw came out and stayed out during a trip. When I took the think off the track. I found just one screw holding the track onto a thin wooden rail. Like I said this thing is just becoming livable now.

The last one I returned and got my money back after one week of ownership. My ace in the hole was that I hadn’t registered it. I pity the poor fella who ended up with that piece of junk. The present RV industry for the most part should be a shamed of themselves, something I think you’s agree with.

Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

My ex saw it listed on Craigslist. Paid $400 for it five years ago. Sure, there was some damage from water leakage but overall the rig just needed some light repair work. Everything is just so basic and well constructed that fixing it up was pretty easy. Now I’m just enjoying running the wheels off it. No problems and everything works.