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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1169

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and 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. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” —Sir Isaac Newton

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Apple Dumpling Day.

Tip of the Day

Fixing a stuck black tank valve
A stuck or malfunctioning black tank valve is something we’d all like to avoid. Fixing the valve can be a stinky, messy nightmare if the tank is full. Some RV repair shops will refuse to fix or replace the valve. So that leaves you to undertake what could be a disgusting task. But good news! Here’s a tip that can make the repair much easier, with hardly any mess.

Here’s what to do. Raise the “valve” side of the RV (typically the driver’s side) as high as you can so the valve is uphill. Gravity will force some of the contents back down into the tank, leaving the very end of the drain pipe empty. When the valve is then opened to repair or replace, only a few drops of sewage will spill out, making the task fairly routine.

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Random RV Thought

Never consider using an RV’s leveling jack to lift a wheel off the ground to change a flat tire. They are not strong enough for that purpose.

California Camping: Moon Handbook guide profiles 1,400 campgrounds. Updated 2019.

Website of the day

Colorado Mountain Passes
Colorado’s mountain passes are the highest in the country. Trail Ridge, U.S. 34, in Rocky Mountain National Park, is the highest continuous auto road in the country reaching 12,183 feet. Here’s a guide to this spectacular road and others.

Affordable tire tool will save you tons of troubleRV Travel Newsletter Issue 912
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.

How to protect trailer hitch from rust, corrosion with WD-40

Trailer hitches get a lot of exposure to the elements on highways, even when stored outside, leaving them at risk for developing rust and corrosion. Protect your hitch and receiver with WD-40 Big Blast by spraying as you see in the short video.

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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:

• Ninety-two percent carry a first aid kit in their RV.
• Seventeen percent never read a printed RV magazine.
• Eighty-four percent find it more challenging to find space in an RV park than ten years ago.


A baguette means wand, stick or baton in French, which refers to the shape of its long, narrow loaf. No one knows why the baguette is the shape it is, but one story is that Napoleon Bonaparte insisted that all bread baked for his soldiers should fit into the pocket of their uniforms. It’s an interesting theory and could be true. If not, it sounds good!

Leave here with a laugh

A woman goes to a psychic and contacts her recently dead husband. “Are you happy?” she asks. “Yes,” says the husband, “I’m in a field surrounded by beautiful cows.” “Can you see any angels?” asks the woman. “No, but there’s a prize-winning cow standing in front of me, a real stunner.” “Have you seen God?” asks the woman. “No,” replies the husband. “But the cows are spectacular.” “Why do you keep going on about cows?” shouts the woman, irritated. “Sorry,” says the husband, “I forgot to mention – I’m in Wisconsin. I’ve come back as a bull.”

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Richard Hubert
3 years ago

Re Use of Leveling Jacks – I know that all manufacturers say that the jacks are not to be used for work or tire changing. But it is an obvious legal CYA situation. As full timers in a 38′ Class A I always use my jacks for at least stability and minor leveling in every spot we stay at. But there are also often situations where more leveling is required, and the jacks have no problem in taking any wheel right off the ground if necessary. If needed I do make sure the rear tires maintain ground contact so the parking brake is effective, but have no problem taking the front tires up as necessary. The jacks have no problem doing that, and I have stayed that way for several weeks with no hydraulic leakage or change in jack heights.

I think that as with most RV systems they work best if used continually. So using them at each site helps ensure the motors & valves are exercised, as well as keeping the jack pistons and seals better lubricated.

Sharon B
3 years ago

Yes it is easy to haul a small trailer. I love mine and it has everything I need..shower, toilet, 2 burner stove, gaucho sofa turns into a full size bed, dining table also good in a bed, A/C, refrig, and other goodies that make me happy. The ONLY problem is that it has 2 wheels. If I should have a blow out I am doomed. Any recommendations on how to balance this trailer if I should have a blow out? I wish there was something I could attach on the frame that would drop down a small tire to balance the trailer if that should happen. I know that is a pipe dream but I still feel optimistic that there will be something sold at the shows that would work.

Rich Wielechowski
3 years ago

Thinking about trading for smaller camper. Have a 32 foot TT. Finding out would be a lot easier pulling and parking a smaller rig.

Sally G
3 years ago

I wish more RVers understood that the leveling jacks are NOT intended to bear the weight of a coach! I’m always horrified to see people in campgrounds who have the entire front section of their coach supported only by the front leveling jacks, with the wheels way up in the air.
What do other readers do when they see this – is it appropriate to mention to the RVer that what they are doing is unsafe, and likely to void any warranty on the jacks??

3 years ago
Reply to  Sally G

Experience is the best teacher.

3 years ago

Many times I have seen Motorhomes at RV parks with at least 2 wheels completely off the ground. Just recently after taking the time to make sure that my front tires were supported by blocking my RV neighbor next to me asked why I was concerned. After I explained it he told me that’s what the jacks are supposed to do. All week long whenever someone moved around their RV wiggled and shifted.

3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

one campground we frequent I have to raise the camper tires off the ground on one side to put blocks under he tires to get it level cause its beyond the stroke length of the pistons Id change a tire using the levelers but I wouldnt put any body parts under the camper without a jack stand. I believe the warnings are for people that would try and change a tire on a sloping grade that would put a side load on the pistons and that would be dangerous wouldnt it. There would be to much potential liability to give you a maximum grade you could use the levelers for any use other than straight up given the number of brainless ones out there. You know the saying ” you can`t fix stupid “.

3 years ago

I subscribed, when does the no advertisements version start?

3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

I think it’s just the weekly newsletter for subscribers that has no advertisements.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Thank you very much for subscribing, Karen. We certainly appreciate it! The RV Daily Tips still have the ads, but the main newsletter, Saturday’s RV Travel, does not have advertisements for those contributing members who do not wish to see ads. We apologize for the confusion. —Diane at

Judy G
3 years ago

Actually I did just sell my RV.

3 years ago
Reply to  Judy G

ME too…and I will NEVER buy another new RV…especially anything built by Grand Design.

3 years ago

I am glad that someone finally said something about using your leveling jacks to change Flat Tires. Lippert Industries who makes most Leveling systems on RVs, specifically DOES NOT recommend using Leveling jacks to raise the RV to change a Flat Tire. It is NOT only dangerous, but can damage the Leveling system and void any warranty that may exist!

Your best bet for changing FLATS is to invest in a ROAD SIDE Assistance Service, (and NOT GOOD SAMS). COACH NET is the best one going!

Let’s be safe out there!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I asked the factory service center about using the leveler jacks to change the tires. They said Lippert’ lawyers puts the “Dont’t use the jacks to change tires” clause in as a CYA statement in case some idiot tries to use the jacks to change a tire on a steep ditch and the coach falls on him. They used the coach jacks to work on my brakes right there in the shop.
The Lippert jacks on my coach are rated at 6000 pounds each. 6X6000=36000pounds of capacity. My coach fully loaded only weights 18,7000. To keep the coach from shaking when the jacks are deployed I have use a 3 point brace system.
As for your roadside assistance solution (AAA) We had occasion to need their tow in service 2 times this year. The first instance was a engine failure at 15,000 miles. 2 hours and 15 minutes later and 6 phone calls finally got the tow truck there. 2 months later 38 miles from home in the middle of the Flint Hills a new belt failed only this time the temps were 102 degrees the truck took 3 hours and 8 phone calls and my wife had to be treated for heat exhaustion. Talk about an unsafe solution, that’s roadside assistance. I now carry drinking water in the trunk along with our first aid kit, blankets, etc. I only call roadside assistance if I can’t take care of the problem myself.

Dave Telenko
3 years ago
Reply to  bisonwings

Curious to what type of jack system you have that uses 6 jacks? I’ve seen 3 jack systems, but not 6!

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I store my fifth wheel trailer with all four wheels off the ground all winter using the lippert leveling system. It takes the weight off the springs and enables wheel bearing work. The auto level system routinely lifts one or more tires off the ground when camping on uneven terrain. There is a difference between leveling jacks and stabilizers which cannot support the trailer weight.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

It’s not Good Sams…. the name is only Good Sam. Why people insist on calling it good sams, I’ll never know.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Maybe Jeff was referring to “Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance Service” and just forgot the apostrophe. Hmm? —Diane at