RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1152


From the editors of RVtravel.com, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Monday, August 19, 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, tips on 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

The minute that you’re not learning, I believe that you’re dead.” —Jack Nicholson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day.

Tip of the day

Which fuse operates what?
Every RV comes with a fuse panel, but not all of them are adequately marked. Lighting circuits can be oh, so clearly marked: “Lighting 1,” “Lighting 2,” etcetera. If you do blow a fuse then it’s a matter of not knowing which circuit is which, and pulling fuses until you get the right one. In some rigs it’s even worse: Fuses without identification. 

Here’s a simple identification assignment: Shut off everything that runs on 12-volt — lights, water pump, et al. Now pull out a single fuse and see which appliances don’t work. Label the fuse appropriately and repeat until you know which fuse operates what. Keeping a batch of spare fuses close (or inside) the fuse box really helps.

How many RV Travel readers got their Good Sam membership for free rather than paying for it? If you had read last week’s Monday’s newsletter you would know.

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

Can an RPBG happen on a 30-amp outlet?

Join Mike in Hershey in September
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Helpful resources


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Website of the day

Big list of senior discounts
Wow! If you’re over 55 or 60, you can save a bundle of money at hundreds of businesses across the USA. Here’s an exhaustive list of restaurants, grocery stores and retail establishments. And, just as an example, if you’re 55 or older, don’t pay “retail” for a cup of coffee at McDonald’s.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

California city tries new approach to “RV homelessness.”
• Do you know who your RV park neighbors are?
Campground neighbor runs noisy generator more than necessary.


Big Nose George, George Parrott, was a Wild West crook who was lynched in 1881 for his crimes. His body was claimed by physician John Osborne, who two years later had a pair of shoes made from his skin. The doctor became the governor of Wyoming and reportedly wore “Big Nose” to the inauguration ball. See the shoes in the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins.

Leave here with a laugh

Wife: “Our new neighbor always kisses his wife when he leaves for work. Why don’t you do that?”
Husband: “How can I? I don’t even know her.”

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Wayne J

I play both guitar and mountain dulcimer and sing. I have played with a band for 10+ years so yes always carry with me when camping in or motor home. Very often get invited to play on stage and around camp fires which I really enjoy. Getting folks to sing along with the old songs is great. Find my age groups 60 & 70 like the 50s thru 70 tunes the most. I enjoy this and if others enjoy it then its a win win. If at times folks don’t want to hear it I keep it to myself


Yep, I agree…turn ON all the 12-volt things in your trailer FIRST then start pulling fuses…one by one. SO much easier that way!!


We always have my girlfriend’s electric piano with us. Wish she would play it more often.


Just reread that article on work campers, and the last line saying the future doesn’t look bright regarding enough campgrounds to hold us all sure looks to be true. And yes we have noticed a lot of old folks working their way across the land. Glad we don’t have that probelme, if indeed it is a problem, maybe some want to work until they drop – not us- we worked 40 years of 12/14 hour days that’s enough for us – we had a plan beyond that.

This trip into the northwest we’ve found a couple gems somewhat off the beaten path, on pavement, power/water, though, as the lady doesn’t want to camp rough anymore, or have the appliances fall out of their hole in the rig.

One such great spot is heaven each spot either looking over the lake or in full view of a mountain with significant historic values. The nearby town is one lost in time, a place where you can still “belly up to the bar” and have a good old conversation with a Real live human being, not a cell phone tablet or “device” we saw in sight. I’m not telling anyone where this one is. Selfish YES! LOL.

Hot tip for anyone who thinks like we do – If accommodation providers list “good” internet service (they probably don’t) expect the “device” people to descend upon you., surround you, appear to be talking to themselves etc etc.


Thanks for big list of discounts special for us “old farts” ..,


There’s a note in the popular articles missed section talking about LED lights. If someone has a solution for these eye blinders let me know. I’m planning on replacing every one of them in my new Forest River rig. I have never been able to figure why we need to have such blinding light to navigate life with. Everyone’s home/rig we go into have all the TV’s on and nearly always every light. Not us, one light over the table so we can see each other or read the paper is all we need, and we don’t seem, even at our age, to need one like the landing lights on a 747 either.

The other item is in response to work campers. They come “home” in droves, occupy every shower, BBQ, etc make a cacophonic racket you can hear in the next county, party hard , wake you up at five in the morning with their stinking diesels when they leave, repeat next day. We do all we can to review where we stay to avoid this, but still get caught in it.

Wayne Caldwell

I’ve considered taking a tuba with me and setting it on the picnic table outside the camper.

Tony King

To me it’s just as easy to wait until a fuse blows then take a multi meter just touch the tab on the back of each side of all the fuses until you find the one blown.

Wish I could play a instrument !

bill bateman

Does a harmonica count? Maybe only if I can make listenable music?

Sharon B

Something I want to share. I was at Aldi’s the other day and saw this nice medium size fan by Easy Home. First thing I did was look at the watts. It was a surprising 30 watts! I bought it or the camper to save on the wattage use especially for solar.


Wouldn’t it be easier to turn every 12 volt thing on and see what quits then your suggestion?

Nancy Michaels

My husband is a wonderful guitarist and singer!! HONEST! It is something he enjoys tremendously and so do the campground neighbors, according to the new friends we make. Never too early or too late – he’s considerate!


I bring my string bass, electric bass guitar and amp, keyboard, two flutes, violin, viola, cello and euphonium with me. I also have a string instrument from Greece with me called a lyra, 3 native American flutes and a Autoharp.
My piano tuning kit is also in my motorhome. We have an 04 Newmar 40′ Mountain Aire diesel pusher.


Buy a label maker and label all fuses/circuit breakers. Also, when you buy new eletronics, label the wall warts as to what they operate or charge. I have a large box of unidentified wall warts, afraid to dispose of them because they might be needed.


I don’t bring a musical instrument along because if I did I would be tempted to sing. If I sang neighbors would be tempted to lynch me and turn me into boots.