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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1155

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

Thursday, August 22, 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

“To be alive at all is to have scars. ” —John Steinbeck

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tooth Fairy Day.

Tip of the day

Can you leave your RV’s refrigerator running on propane while traveling?

ANSWER: While some RVers do, most RV safety experts as well as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recommend turning off a traditional RV absorption refrigerator at the tank when traveling. By all means, do not leave the refrigerator operating on propane at a gas station. One gas fume blown across the fridge’s pilot light could blow up your RV and everything and everybody in it, not to mention the gas station. This does happen. For many years, a gas station in Lone Pine, Calif., posted photos of such an incident — not a pretty sight.

Don’t take a break on your brakes!
Every RVer needs one of these!
Wonder what it would be like to have your brakes go out while you’re going down a long, steep grade? You might find out if your brake fluid is moisture-contaminated. Water in brake fluid boils and can wipe out your braking ability! Buy yourself a brake-fluid tester for less than $10 that warns you if there’s too much water in your fluid. Simply dip the tester into your rig’s brake fluid, and you’ll be able to see where you stand. Learn more or order.

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Today’s featured category with many interesting articles:
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Website of the day

States that require a special license to drive an RV
While you don’t need a special driver’s license to drive most kinds of RVs, there are exceptions. Here’s a rundown of state-by-state rules from

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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:
• Fifty-four percent couldn’t remember ever checking beneath their RVs for loose nuts and bolts.
• Only about 6 percent of Good Sam members participate in any chapter activities.
• Just about half our readers’ RVs have either two or three slideouts.

Random RV Thought

“If you get a splinter, here’s a way to remove it without using a needle. Simply lay duct tape over the splinter, or over the sore spot if you can’t see it. Pulling the tape upward and to the side should pull the splinter out. Hey, it’s worth a try.

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Which rock group has four guys who can’t sing or play instruments? Mount Rushmore.

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4 years ago

I agree with others that have stated that the DL requirements list is inacurate, maybe even next to useless. It doesn’t seem to include any of the rules for trailers (TT or 5ers) either.

Joe k
4 years ago

Regarding the link explaining the 2017 RV drivers license requirements. Individual states may vary but in Pa it is not what the vehicle(s) weigh but what the vehicle’s weight class it is registered at. Certainly exceeding mfg or registered max GVW or GVWC would also be a violation. The article’s frequent term “weigh” may be misleading.

4 years ago

Re: grills: I probably carry a ridiculous number of “cookers” at this point — RoadTrip LP grill for family cooking, mini-LP grill for just 1-2 folks, tank-top 1 burner LP stove, foldout 2 burner LP stove, tiny electric pancake and waffle makers, a pressure cooker… OK, no wonder I’m getting bigger… :-S

Re: splinter tape — heck no. Pushing duct tape on the splinter will likely drive it deeper. Besides actually carrying several proper tweezers in my medkit, *IF* I wanted to ad-hoc “peel” splinters, I’d cover it in Elmers’ Glue and let dry… just like we did as schoolkids, it peels off in a sheet of “skin” and really DOES lift any splinters it can reach, WITHOUT the push-it-deeper stage.

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Shar Stoops
4 years ago

I marked as using a gas grill, but I use butane, not propane. I can use it indoors, if necessary

4 years ago
Reply to  Shar Stoops

Combustion is toxic regardless of the fuel used. I wouldn’t use it indoors any more than I’d use a propane stove indoors (which is to say, either in moderation). Then there is the question of cooking fumes — my burgers smoke too much to cook indoors, regardless.

4 years ago

Re: Special license requirements. Just for kicks I opened the list and noticed that the first state (California) required a Class B NCDL if driving a vehicle over 26,000 lbs. I then clicked on “California” and read the requirements which had absolutely no listing of a Class B NCDL for driving a vehicle over 26000 lbs. It did however, stipulate if driving a “housecar” over 40 feet in length….. but that’s not listed in the initial page that has the individual state requirements.

Notice that it says any housecar over 40′ in length….does that mean that all model 40 motorhomes (that are definitely longer than 40′) need this license?

I didn’t try any of the other states, but I bet there are errors in those also.

4 years ago

Duplicate post

4 years ago

Has anyone ever tried one of the Zen Coolers? How much ice/water does it hold? They had a similar one on QVC or HSN a while ago.

4 years ago

I use a pellet smoker grill which doesn’t fit any of your categories, so I did not answer. Green Mountain Grills has one designed for tailgating so it fits in the basement nicely.

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