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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1145


Tuesday, August 6, 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

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir

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Tip of the day

For want of a screwdriver, the kingdom was lost
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol

While I’m a staunch advocate for having exactly the right tool for the job, sometimes when I’m out and about I don’t have my full tool kit with me. So I never go too far without a good multi-tool in my backpack or on my belt. You can put one in the glove box of your tow vehicle, keep one in your backpack on a hike, or even stick it in the kitchen drawer. A good multi-tool can help you open the back of a clock radio to change the batteries, twist an adjustment knob just a little bit (don’t go crazy), or even slice open the packaging of some new item that just arrived. This Gerber Suspension NXT-Multi-tool looks especially promising, and at under $30 it won’t break the bank. You can get one on

Reader Poll

Helpful resources


Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.


Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They used crushed gemstones to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Cleopatra, an Egyptian, crushed bugs to create a color of red on her lips. —Wikipedia

Website of the day

Dog Danger in Hot Cars
Dozens of dogs die every summer after being left in a parked car “for just a few minutes.” Cracking windows does nothing to alter a car’s internal temperature. Many states allow concerned citizens (Good Samaritans) to break a car window to save an animal. If you see an animal inside a hot car, call 911. Print out a poster at this website to place in public places to warn others of this danger.

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:
• Twenty-one percent rate the workmanship on their RV as poor or terrible.
• Seven-one percent never give money to beggars on a street corner.
• Approximately 70% have owned three or more RVs.

Leave here with a laugh

A cement mixer and a prison bus crashed on the highway. Police advised citizens to look out for a group of hardened criminals.

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3 years ago

The whole reason we bought a 40′ motorhome was so that we had our own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We will on rare occasion sample some of the local cuisine but never ever use public bathrooms or sleep in a bed that’s been slept in by others.

Alex Davie
3 years ago
Reply to  BruceinAZ

Boy Howdy, does that ever ring true for me and the DW….that and not flying ever again…had my fill of flying when I was working

Diane M
3 years ago

Southerners call it supper, not dinner. To us, dinner is the midday meal. Lunch is what you have in the school cafeteria or what you pack in a bag to grab at work. Just a little regional info!

Peter Boyce
3 years ago

As much as I prefer having one of my 8 billion proper-sized tools handy, often a multi- tool is all I need. Whether its a Swiss army knife ( either official brand ) , a Gerber or a Leatherman. All are good tools to have handy ( glovebox or drawer ) , not to mention a great gift for just about anyone.

3 years ago

Used Swiss Army knife for years, then moved to Leatherman Multi-Tool. Leatherman stayed in

my Battle-rattle as I went to places for My Country’s duties.

3 years ago

Love my Gerber multi tool, does what I want when I want. Worth the price and wear it with pride.

3 years ago

I grew up with Victorinox as a “swiss army knife” and Leatherman as a multitool. I still have 3 of the first and 4 of the second, along with several clones people have given me. I would still always go to my toolbox if I had it handy, and I do carry a decent size toolbox in my RV, but nothing beats having SOME tool with you when the toolbox isn’t available.

*this post has been properly researched and vetted. I do in fact own the aforementioned tools, and they hold no political affiliation.

3 years ago

I got one of those as a gift, was never able to open it

3 years ago
Reply to  Pierre

If only you had another multitool to open the first multitool… 🙂

3 years ago

I have had a few multi tools over the years and have found them to be the most useless waste of money. The quality of even the expensive ones is terrible.

3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Well, I’ve used the Gerber many times and works great. The replica ones not so good!

Robert C
3 years ago
Reply to  Ran

As a General Contractor/Handyman, I have carried and used my Gerber “Diesel” multiplier tool for over 30 years. I, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I use this tool every single day for something! Many days I have used it more than 5 times. I have found Gerber to be the best and the most useful tool I have ever had. I keep one in my Harley saddlebag as well as on my belt daily( except when dating my wife 🙂 )

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I have used a Gerber for 18 yrs still works good.

Sharon B
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

For tent hike camping you can’t beat the multi tool, but for an RV the singular tools are the only acceptable ones. I fix most things myself and I have more tools than most men…many were my father’s. Most times I need tools that are longer and stronger with a good handle for strength. The multi tool does not enable me to get that.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I’ve had a “Swiss Army Knife” for decades. Several of them. I carry the biggest one they make and use it almost EVERY day of my life. 30 years of trucking and six years of retirement, and don’t know how I’d get through a day of life without it. Honestly!