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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1167


Beginning next week we will add a Friday edition to RV Daily Tips.

Thursday, September 12, 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

“Who else wants to shut off their phone, drive to the beach, forget everything, and just listen to the sound of waves crashing?” —Anon.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Tip of the Day

How to help ensure a pet’s safety in a campground

From readers Cheryl and Dennis DeNoi … We keep a permanent tag on our dog’s collar with our cell phone numbers. But we go one step further to ensure his safety. Whenever we stop at a campground, be it for one night or an extended period, we attach a paper tag with the name of the campground and our site number. This provides an added level of safety for him in case he wanders off or we are away from our cell phones. Fortunately, Tiki hasn’t wandered off in 10 years, but the tags give us extra peace of mind. 

Reader poll

Helpful resources


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Roof vents are a terrific feature of RVs, but they also have their drawbacks. During hot and cold days and nights, without insulation they are like having a hole in the roof that lets unwanted heat or cold in when you don’t want it, or heat out when you’re trying to stay warm inside. However, the Sunshield Vent “pillow” helps to resolve some of these comfort zone dilemma. Read more.

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Random RV Thought

On a cold and rainy day, it is satisfying to camp with an RV, even though some people may think it’s best in warm, tamer weather. When the weather is foul, it’s a nice feeling to be inside, sheltered from the storm, warm and cozy, maybe with a good book or your special someone.

Website of the day

Oregon’s Scenic Drives
Oregon has more scenic byways and tour routes than any other state. Here’s a directory of all of them, along with what to expect along each one.

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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:
• Forty-two percent believe National Parks should accept reservations to enter.
• Three percent have had their absorption refrigerator catch fire.
• Twenty-seven percent do not have grandchildren.

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At least 20,000 African elephants are killed for their ivory each year, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Though China has closed its legal ivory markets and Hong Kong has plans to do so in 2021, critics argue that the black markets pose just as much of a problem.

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Bob Schilling
3 years ago

You need another answer, either “I never stay in an area that requires winterizing.”, or “I’m a full-timer and don’t stay in areas that require winterizing.”

Chuck Dunn
3 years ago

I winterize this way. Close all the windows, fill up the gas tank, start the engine, turn south and drive 1200 miles to Mesa, AZ. Stay warm !!!!

R Hall
3 years ago

Lately whenever I respond to the survey, I get sent to a completely unrelated site :-((.
I then have to start over logging on your site.
Any thoughts?? My end or yours?? Thx

Jessica Sarvis(@jessica)
3 years ago
Reply to  R Hall

I’m sorry your having issues! I’m not able to recreate the problem. What site is it sending you to?

3 years ago
Reply to  R Hall

Download and run an antivirus program called Malwarebites. It sounds like your browser has been hijacked. Also delete all the saved cookies and history in your browser.

Michele Beckler
3 years ago

Love the idea of the paper tag for the dog with site info on it. Just have to keep Mr. Frankie from eating it!!

3 years ago

I said I would winterize… however, my winterization only consists of draining tanks/lines.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

We just spent a month touring around Nevada (our home state) and EVERY night we camped there was NO cell or web access. It wasn’t intentional, but it was WONDERFUL! We usually had access when on the road but I’m not one to pull over just to check email or do any Facebook stuff. Then, when we got home it took several days to ‘fall’ back into old habits and start checking email and Facebook. Can’t wait to get ‘out of Dodge’ again!

Steve - Alaska
3 years ago

Already winterized the coach and all camping gear. Our class A might not be too warm in the cold winters here, not like our old truck camper where we had camped many times at -20 (F). And not wanting to go outside for the winter means that the only camping we will do this winter is at hotels within Alaska!

Bob and Charlotte Champlin
3 years ago

No need to winterize. We are full-timers and will be wintering in the Rio Grande Valley.

Diane Mc
3 years ago

We live in California. So, no need. Plus we go to Florida for 2 to 3 month Feb-Mar.

3 years ago

My husband will not travel anywhere in our 5th wheel when the temperature might fall below 32 degrees. What are the chances of water lines freezing at slightly below the freezing point?

3 years ago
Reply to  Cheryl

Not likely at 32 unless pipe is directly exposed. The longer it stays at 32 the better the chance. How old is RV and what kind of pipe makes a difference also. My classbA has basement heat to prevent hours from freezing but even it it did freeze we have pex pipe that will not burst when frozen. The real problem we have winter camping in condensate inside, you need a dehumidifier. We also remove the water feed and use RV pump. 16 degrees is the coldest we have camped in. Happy Trails.

3 years ago
Reply to  Cheryl

We have camped in a Class C in 14 and 4 degrees. Disconnect the water hose. Open sink cabinets so pipes get heat. isolate the cab. We are lucky to have heating pads under the grey and black tanks. We were on shore power every time. Used space heater with furnace backup if temp got too low.

3 years ago

Better to be held back than spineless!

Sharon B
3 years ago

Winterizing an RV in Florida?? Not me, but. when I take off to a colder climate and will be staying for a while…probably.

3 years ago

if dogs are leashed there’d be no need for paper tags.

3 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Sometimes they get loose, be safe.

Michele Beckler
3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas

Too true! I had one escape artist who could get out of any collar, harness and lead I’d ever use on her. Gave me fits keeping her in her place!

3 years ago

We do the paper tag with site number for our dogs. A pack if paper key tags is an inexpensive way to add some extra piece of mind just in case.

Bob p
3 years ago

I winterize by hiding it from the cold, last year in south Texas, the year before and this year Florida, one month away from leaving.

Joe Eafrati
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Same here

3 years ago

The poll had me thinking “Will I Winterize…” or possibly just watch the RV explode in -20F January… before I remembered some folks drive south and dont have to winterize between winter usages. I usually head slightly north to ski in the winter…

David & Linda
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Or we live in the Deep South…what’s ‘winter’?

Susan Fucci
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Or we full-time… 😉

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Brrrr cold and snow, two four letter words I don’t even think about, since moving away from the Chicago area in 1985 I haven’t looked back, will not go back to that weather.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Perspective is funny…. I’ll grant you winter travel in a trailer can be troublesome, but I literally can’t stand being out over 75-80F or so… effectively heat stroke. While based in VA, I’d flee north every chance I’d get all Summer. Cold doesn’t bug me a bit until my clothes freeze stiff from my own breathing, so until I have to shovel a wide path to tow out the trailer, I love stepping out into fresh deep snow. Of course, since my rig is not meant for winter use, it can mean limiting water or *multiple* winterizings (between trips), but temporarily frozen tank valves have been my only issue while occupied.

Maybe RVT wants to do an article on 4 season use in a 1 season trailer…tank heaters, pipe maintenance, icey towing… I can’t be the only freak… 🙂