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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1160


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

Monday, September 2, 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

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” —Jacob Riis, social activist

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Labor Day (but everybody knows that!)

Tip of the Day

How to use slide-out room stabilizers

You may have noticed that RV parts stores sell “Slide-out room stabilizers.” The slides on your RVs are designed to carry a lot of weight and normally don’t need extra support. But if you are more comfortable with additional support, these products are not a bad idea – if used properly.

The slide-out stabilizers are a telescoping device that you place under the slide rails, then adjust to the height and tension you want. You should tighten them until they just touch the bottom of the slide and maybe just a tad more. If you over-tighten them, they will lift the outside of the slide, causing its top seal to open. We’ve seen this cause an inch gap. One RVer couldn’t understand why his furnace wouldn’t keep his place warm until a technician pointed out the gap.

Also, if you are parked for a long time, the RV will settle faster than the stabilizers. So check them often for the right tension.

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

Powering fridge in RV 40 ft. from house outlet. How do you power up your refrigerator in the RV out in your driveway from your house outlet that’s 40 feet away? Easy!

Join Mike in Hershey next week!
Just a reminder that Mike will be presenting free seminars at the Hershey RV Show September 11-15, as well as offering a 3-hour advanced electricity seminar just off campus in Grantville, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Cost for his Advanced RV Electricity seminar is $125, but discounted to $100 for paid members. Register HERE, but do it soon since the room only seats 50.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

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Helpful resources


Random RV Thought

Dumping the holding tanks on an RV sounds like a disgusting job. But it’s normally fast, easy and seldom unpleasant. Just wear gloves.

  • Camco Water Bandit connects standard water hose to various water sources. Click.
  • Camco 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates stress/strain on RV water intake hose fittings. Click.
  • Camco Plastic Water Pressure Regulator prevents damage to RV water hoses and pumps. Click.

Website of the day

Route 66 Map
Here, from the National Park Service, is a map of the Mother Road. Click various locations on the map to learn more. Traveling Route 66 is on the bucket list of many RVers. This is a great trip for researching what to see and do on a journal down America’s most famous highway.

Popular articles you may have missed at

Article and Video: Why Camping World is not an RVer’s friend.
Another example of how slobs are ruining our camping.
Letter to editor: New type of RVer putting squeeze on RV park spaces.
• Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans.
RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist.

What’s on sale?
Check out Amazon’s daily deals page to see the hundreds of items on sale.


The number-one selling ice cream at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial is made by Pride Dairy in Bottineau, North Dakota. The vanilla ice cream is from a 1780 recipe by Thomas Jefferson that exists in the Library of Congress. It requires vanilla beans grown in Madagascar, the same place Jefferson would have acquired them in his time. Dairy Pride is the surviving commercial ice cream maker in North Dakota.

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What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.

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3 years ago

I see you got that Route 66 map from NPS. I searched every where for a map like that. I am printing it out so I can see it. BTW if you stay in Williams AZ just south of I 40 is the original 66. Boy do they have a town devoted to Route 66. I also plan to do the route as well.

3 years ago
Reply to  jillie

As an addendum it is like Michigan Avenue. Chicago to Detroit corridor. Wow. We did that. Michigan and Route 66 meet. Now to start a travel plan.

3 years ago

Boy it the question of the day a tough one. The lady here and I started travelling (albeit with tent) in 1968) when we as kids got hitched. We’re still together having wheels under us (RV’ing) every year since then. Currently have been on the road since June 2019, returning to our home in Alberta Canada mid Sept. To add up all the thousands of trips and time involved that we’ve made over the half century, is simply not possible, but it would be some years for sure. It’s been a ball, still having a ball, and we still amaze ourselves each and every time a neighbour in the next site handles his sewer lines sans gloves – why we disinfect the water hydrant (tap) every time before hooking up to line. Also amazes me how few people actually wash their hands PROPERLY (if at all) after using the bathroom/restroom – a health concern for certain that likely will never change. Happy trails to you all.

3 years ago

not sure about the trivia statement. Vanilla was not cultivated in Madagascar until 1841

3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Good catch, appears you are right and after reading the original (online) recipe, there is only the mention of “a stick of vanilla”, nothing on where it is from.

Stay cool

Kaeleen Buckingham
3 years ago

I am assuming the question of the day is to add up all your trips and how much time would that be. Otherwise I have been “RVing” my entire life. It didn’t start when I became an adult some mffmff years ago.

3 years ago


3 years ago

33-yrs and counting. the last 4 have been character builders. 25+ issues with our ‘16 Itasca Suncruiser.