RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1179


Tuesday, October 1, 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

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Eat-Fruit-At-Work Day.

Tip of the Day

Facelift for your RV: Try new carpet or flooring

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
One of the best ways to make your older RV feel new is to install new floor coverings. Face it, after a fair amount of living in your RV, those “show every spot of dirt” carpets that manufacturers so thoughtfully install begin to look a bit doggy. Can you replace it, or will you need a professional to help? Much depends on the design of your rig.

Rigs without slideouts aren’t usually too difficult for the careful do-it-yourselfer. Slideouts can create problems, depending on how they operate. In our rig, where our slideouts drop down even with the main floor, an overlap of carpet from the slideout covers over the seam where the two floors meet. The overlap is a factory-hemmed edge – if we replace the carpet, we may need to get someone to install a hem for us. Your rig may have an entirely different setup. It’s best to examine everything cautiously before undertaking a carpeting job. Read more.

Did you miss yesterday’s tip? Tilting solar panels for winter use.

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

What are inverters and converters?

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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Want cold food and drinks? Keep your refrigerator happy!

Read what certified RV technician Chris Dougherty says about what you can do to help keep your refrigerator running at peak efficiency for many years. Click here.

Reader poll

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

Look around before you leave

From reader Scott Hunter: I read your tip on having someone watch you leave a campsite to make sure things aren’t left behind. My wife always watches me pull out. But, in addition, I stop several hundred feet away and do another walk around the rig. I have found an open outside storage bin and a chain I had forgotten to attach. I check all the connections, sway bars, make sure the locking pin is in the trailer coupler, etc. (Great advice, Scott. Thanks for the tip!)

Essential items for daily living
ToothpasteLaundry soapHand soap  • Shampoo • Razor bladesShave creamPain reliever pillsPain creams  • Low dose aspirinAntacid reliefLipstickToilet paperBreakfast cerealPet foodCoffeeTeaBottled waterSoft drinks • CandyHalloween storeUmbrellas

Random RV Thought

Don’t bring your firewood from home with you to a distant campground. It could carry bad bugs. Many campgrounds these days do not allow such “imported” firewood.

Graphite keeps your locks workingRV Travel Newsletter Issue 800
Keep your RV’s locks (and other locks, too) working the way they should. This product from AGS will keep them lubricated and working smoothly and will guard against sticking and dirt buildup. Also reduces wear and corrosion. This should be essential equipment on all RVs. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club
Club members all own a Holiday Rambler recreational vehicle or one manufactured by Holiday Rambler and live throughout the United States and Canada. There are also several special interest chapters.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• Seven-five percent said their financial situation was better or much better than two years before (asked in 2018).
• Forty-eight percent mostly use their computer to access the Internet.
• Only nine percent have ever “camped” with an RV at a NASCAR event.

Our favorite tire pressure gauge. Used by the RV Travel staff. Click.
Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one and loves it! More.


The Louisiana town of Rayne is the “Frog Capital of the World.”

Leave here with a laugh

Q: How much room is needed for fungi to grow?
A: As mushroom as possible!

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Phil Atterbery

. . . and that’s why you see the reminder signs as you leave a KOA, “got the spouse”

Rory R

When on the road I watch a variety of satellite news channels, because they are 24 hr sources and I don’t have to consider what time zone I’m in. At my stick and bricks home base, I watch local news (all the dreary car chases, gunfights, etc.) and also the satellite news channels. No network news, basically because, they consider themselves analysts instead of reporters. I don’t need anyone to analyze the news for me, that I can do myself…….


I never watch the big three any more. They are so biased I cannot watch them. I watch other venues that seem to be unbiased and provide news not biased commentary.
This poll has the risk of getting very politically charged. 😉

Robert C

HOW DO I EDIT MY TYPOS ON MY REVIEW? Used to be able to do it one time but, not seeing that opttthis morning?
Thank you.

Robert C

In regards to this WiFi booster you have an advertisement for: Thisbis the second time I have seen it advertised it here. I’m disappointed you have put it on here, again. It has so many bad reviews from buyers if this product. So many believe it’s a scam operation. I tried the product, personally and sent it back the next day. It did NOT work. IMO: junk item. Consume (affairs, I believe) rated INE star after many reviews and many complaints.
Please, look further into this product before subjecting your readers to it.
Thank you.


Camped in central Texas from 11/1 to 4/1 each year, I could not get my Norcold fridge in my 2015 Jayco TT to stay below 40 degrees reliably. I always used a battery powered fan inside the fridge but it didn’t prevent the spikes to 42-45. Last winter I installed a Titan double rack mount 12V fan assembly to the upper outside vent, blowing out, which greatly increased airflow across the back of the fridge. Now my Norcold works perfectly.

Sharon B

I listen to several news programs from Al Jazera, Sky News, PBS, BBC World News, Frontline on PBS, and several other news programs. Not much for the common US news that does not give you the world news. To listen to world news is to know your country and how it compares and its level in the world.

Ron H.

I like to know what’s going on in my community and the other side of the world, so I like a variety of news sources. Watching a Canadian newscast provides another angle on U.S. activities. The first 10 or 15 min. of local news is usually full of car wrecks, shootings, robberies, etc., and it’s more of the same every day.

Ed Stephens

Get news from differing sources. Shut off Network News several years ago. Watch weather and read local paper most days.


Watch local news and weather, skip over lots of BS stuff (IMHO).


As to your poll, I feel bad that 48% of you watch the propaganda that passes for news today. I got rid of a ton of stress when I stopped watching the TV news.


Try to watch local area weather and news via internet – works sometimes, but lately been real edgy. Get most of my news off AM radio.


With all the Political Non-Sense going on these days, I have pretty much QUIT watching any Broadcast News, Local or otherwise. We no longer have Cable or Satellite in our home, but use over the air HD to watch TV. IT’S FREE! And FREE is Good!

Bob p

We just finished refurbishing our motorhome flooring, tile in the kitchen/living room, and outdoor carpeting in the big slide out, it looks beautiful and so much easier to clean.

Judy G

My PBS station has a satellite station that broadcasts World View with news for across the world, not just the ‘big four’ here. So I watch that and PBS news most days.