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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1163

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

Thursday, September 5, 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

“True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” —Dave Tyson Gentry

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Pizza Day.

Tip of the Day

Ways to spot drunk drivers

On any given day, one of 50 cars is being driven by a driver under the influence of alcohol. The number rises to one in 20 on weeknights and one in ten Friday and Saturday nights. That’s what a California author of a book about drunk driving says. Doug Thornburn believes accidents could be dramatically reduced if more motorists knew the subtle signs that a driver is drunk. Among the most common:

• Driving straight in a turn-only lane.
• Making obscene gestures.
• Accelerating or braking erratically.
• Tossing litter out the car window.
• Tailgating, particularly while speeding and trying to get through
• Not yielding the right of way, including cutting in line.
• Driving at night with the headlights off.
• Speeding excessively or driving recklessly in inclement weather
or with a child in the car.

Should you spot a motorist engaging in such behavior, Thornburn suggests a multi-pronged strategy: hang back, get out of his or her way and call 911 with your cell phone.

We’ve read and used them all. These are the books we recommend for you.
Oh, and don’t forget this Road Atlas for the kids!

Brighten your taillights

Taillights dim? First, check to make sure the electrical contacts on bulbs and sockets are free of crud (use steel wool or fine sandpaper). Plastic lenses clean? One more option: Stick aluminum foil behind the bulbs to push more light out of the lens.

Propane running low? This will tell you!
With this Dometic LPGC10 LP Gas Checker you can instantly monitor your LP tank’s level. It uses ultrasonic technology to tell you in just a few seconds how full – or empty – a propane tank is. It’s about the size of a writing pen and weighs less than two ounces, so it’s easy to store. For use on steel and aluminum liquid propane tanks. Learn more or order.

Reader poll

Helpful resources


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Random RV Thought

When driving in or with an RV, a crosswind can be dangerous. A headwind is no fun because it destroys mileage and slows you down. But a tailwind is very good for speed and mileage. On a travel day when headwinds are in the forecast, leave as early as possible in the day while the air is still calm.

Website of the day

Crocodile talk
Crocodiles are the most vocal of all reptiles, and calls vary widely depending on species, age, size and sex. Context is also very important, and some species can communicate more than 20 different messages through sound alone. Hear them “talk” at this website. Sorry, there’s no sound for “Hey, you stupid human. Stay away from me because if you don’t I will eat you.”

Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.

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:
• Four percent own a home but travel full-time with their RV.
• Fifty percent paid cash for their RV.
• Eighty-one percent described the condition of their RV as very good or excellent.


The top 10 dog names in 2018 were, in order: For males: Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Duke, Bear, Tucker and Oliver. For females: Bella, Lucy, Luna, Daisy, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Maggie and Stella. —SOURCE:

TRIVIA QUESTION: In what year did the final first-run episode of the TV show “Adventures of Superman” starring George Reeves air? A) 1952, B) 1958, C) 1964. Click to see the answer.

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Sharon B
2 years ago

I don’t use a razor I wax. Have been waxing since 1979. 🙂

Rory R
2 years ago

I have been wearing a beard since my mid 20’s and I’m now 74. I trim with clippers and shave under my chin with a blade and soap, usually in the shower to keep thair and ingrown hairs on the skin under my chin and neck. For me even with a beard, it is necessary to shave…

2 years ago

I have had a beard for more then forty-two years. I use a pair of fine clippers for my neck.

2 years ago

Re: de-furring the wookie, I go with a bare metal blade after the shower. No shaving creams, gels, etc. I don’t know anyone else who chooses this (or can without rash?), but it draws stares around camp when observed. Not a macho thing either, I apparently just have a very scrape-tolerant face, and never bothered with goops.

2 years ago

re: spotting drunk drivers
Most of this list includes people texting and driving. Also in Colorado, people smoking weed fit into this list too.

Jim Langley
2 years ago

Boy, those ways to spot a drunk driver seem to me all things lots of drivers do, not just drunk drivers. I spotted a DD because he stopped 100 feet from a green light. Must’ve thought it was red – was really lucky he wasn’t rear-ended. Swerving is another thing that they do or wandering slowly from one line to the other. Another one is driving way too slow compared to other traffic. And, they can pass way too closely to parked cars.

I haven’t figured out what you’re supposed to do about it, though. If you’re even legally equipped to make a phone call in your car, by the time the cops find the drunk driver, they may have killed somebody.

2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Langley

Ayup! Driving too slowly is a dead give-away for drunk drivers, along with weaving from side to side. Years ago during a long period of perpetual freeway connector construction and re-construction (the infamous “Flying Y”) in Boise, ID, authorities were startled to learn that as many as one in four drivers coming through the construction zones were DUI. Some traffic flaggers were killed, prompting Idaho authorities to finally realize the scope of the problem. Seems it wasn’t just a “good ol’ boy” problem that judges were typically giving a scolding and a hand-slap.

Phil Atterbery
2 years ago

Along that same line with Corkey, I do not own a razor of any type. Been wearing a beard since I don’t remember when.

Thomas Becher
2 years ago

Out of the 20 names for dogs listed, I only know of one (Bear) and I know 3 Lady’s which was not even on the list.

2 years ago

Blades and handles from Harry’s and not only are they cheaper – but seem to me to last longer.

Bob p
2 years ago

In regards to the poll I use both. If I have just showered I use the blade, if I just need to trim before my shower then I’ll quickly grab the electric for a quick shave.

2 years ago

I use an electric beard trimmer to keep my beard closely shaped but use a disposable blade to shave my neck. So my choice would be BOTH.

2 years ago

According to the list, everyone in my city is drunk! That explains a lot.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Well said!My city too……Dont even feel safe walking on the sidewalk,oh brother…….

Judy G.
2 years ago

And we women have to make the same choice, too.

2 years ago
Reply to  Judy G.

And more! There is the Lily hair remover, creams such as Veet or Neet, Epi Smooth type, waxes and on and on.
Think of the carnage that would happen if they did not include all those in *that* poll. :-/

Stay cool

2 years ago

The poll does not give an option for those of us that wear a beard.

2 years ago
Reply to  Corkey

What makes you think the poll is about facial hair? 😛

Stay cool

2 years ago
Reply to  Corkey

I consider it a proof that there is a God (and she’s a real cutie!) who has a sense of humour. Why else can an old geezer grow a beard while going bald on top?