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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1181

Thursday, October 3, 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

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare

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Tip of the Day

Your first stop when entering a new state should be . . .

When traveling about the country, make the State Welcome Center or Visitor Center your first stop. They are typically at the first exit off the Interstate after you cross the border.

Your checklist of items to pick up should include: state visitor guide, state and/or local maps, list of all campgrounds from primitive to RV resorts, discount coupons and promotional offerings for visitors (and campground discounts for RVers), lists of attractions and scenic areas, schedules of special or seasonal events, and a restaurant guide that includes senior or other special discounts.

Many welcome centers will include a free copy of the local newspapers and other periodicals, so be sure to look for those. And fire away with your questions – the staff, often volunteers, are eager to share their knowledge. Free WiFi is usually available, so take advantage of that to catch up on email.

If it’s running near the end of your driving day, ask if it’s okay to spend the night with your RV in the parking lot. There’s an excellent chance the answer will be yes.

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Ten simple ways to make your RVing safer

You might have heard the phrase “Better safe than sorry.” With a few minutes of your time and a safety checklist for things to do before hitting the road that day, you can prevent many mishaps or even serious accidents later. Learn more.

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Quick Tip

Easy tip to really shine up your wheel covers

Wheel covers on your RV look a little dull? Here’s a tip from David Norris: “After cleaning the wheel covers on my RV, I wipe them off with a chamois dampened with a vinegar-and-water solution. There are no water spots and the vinegar brings out the stainless steel shine!” Thanks, David!

Random RV Thought

If you are forced to park close to another RV for the night and plan to use your generator, make sure your exhaust is not shooting right into your neighbor’s rig. That could lead to a disaster.

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Website of the day

This is a unique tent that you can easily attach to your car, campervan or small travel trailer that can expand its living space.

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:

• Nineteen percent have owned more than five RVs in their life.
• Thirty-nine percent have had to rush their pet to an emergency vet while RVing.
• Fifty-one percent do not buy special “RV toilet paper.”

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Leave here with a laugh

A 92-year-old man is walking through a park and sees a talking frog. He picks up the frog and the frogs says, “If you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and be yours for a week.” The old man puts the frog in his pocket. The frog screams, “Hey! If you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and make love to you for a whole month.” The old man looks at the frog and says, “At my age, I’d rather have a talking frog.”

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2 years ago

Bedding? If we’re talking sheets, it’s once a week. Now the rest, blankets, mattress pads, and the like are more like every 4 to 6 months.

2 years ago

We have been Rving in excess of 20 years. We use Cottonelle tissue and have not had one problem with it. Take a few sheets, put it in your sink with some water – wait 10-15 seconds and pick it up! (And this is laying static without any motion or movement). Low cost and effective too!!

2 years ago

Since we NEVER put paper down thw toilet, we use regular paper. Putting any paper down the toilet in an RV can lead to big problems along with it getting hung up on the level sensors.

2 years ago
Reply to  Corkey

With all due respect…. your reasoning is old and out dated… not to mention your procedure is very unsanitary and disgusting. Most, if not all tank sensors are now on the outside of your probes sticking in for paper to lodge on. Using plenty of water will keep your tanks and sensors operating normally.

Debbie Peterson Jenson
2 years ago

Sheets once a week- bedding every few months as needed. The 1% who doesn’t remember when last done????

2 years ago

We buy our RV toilet paper at the dollar store, (never had a problem with it) and use the savings on aviation/automotive/history museum entrances fees.

2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Just use any septic safe toilet paper. RV toilet paper is soooooo overpriced and unnecessary.

2 years ago

Regarding the first stop travellers should make when crossing state (or if in Canada Provincial) line. Another item to consider is where the nearest dump station might be (if you need that) you’d be surprised how close one may be sometimes. Coming back across the border at Kingsgate )Idaho into British Columbia, we landed mid afternoon in Cranbrook, B.C. (BC is code for bring cash)
Anyway we stopped at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors center and lo and behold when asking about the nearest dump station were told “right here”. That small city offered a dump station right behind the Chamber office – free and nice too.
Travelling the Northwest mainly in Washington/Oregon/Idaho/Montana, we find that Idaho has the slickest Campground guide. They really have the model everyone else should follow.
Oregon.Wash is lacking severely. We went into the Visitors center in Coos Bay, staffed by some really nice old folks but who didn’t/couldn’t help us much at all, and had no explanation why their state didn’t have a neat concise travellers CG guide like Idaho’s

You really have to feel your way around, and as has been talked about here before, CG’s are rapidly disappearing to full timers or long stay folks living in their RV’s full time. A major correction is near. Governments are watching this closely, and drawing plans for us right now. RV’ing in the future is going to become even more interesting.

2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Looks like you saved some cash with the free Sani-dump, why come to such a horrible place?

2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

B. C. – bring cash . . . I love it. Many thanks for that good laugh.

2 years ago

Quote: “If you are forced to park close to another RV for the night and plan to use your generator, make sure your exhaust is not shooting right into your neighbor’s rig. That could lead to a disaster.”

Better yet, park somewhere else!!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Hi Robbie, good advice, you’d think among the thinking you wouldn’t have to tell them not to run their generator “so it’s shooting right into your neighbours rig” But you do and thanks for that.

My major beef is the folks with their diesel trucks/motorhomes who start the dam things up and let them run for half an hour, with nary a care which way the wind is blowing or who they’re awning to awning with, where windows are open or air conditioners are on etc.
Over the years we’ve had to leave our rig a few times before we died from diesel fumes coming in from the inconsiderate clown next door. I have concluded long ago it’s a part of RV’ing that will never get fixed. Diesel owners seem to love to advertise they’re diesel owners, there’s not other reason to run them before or after a trip for any length of time (that’s modern rigs I’m talking about here no ancient crap)!

I seriously doubt many of these folks have any grasp of the carcinogenic/respiratory factor associated with breathing diesel fumes over a period of time, not that long for some with low tolerance to this air borne poison.

Diane Mc
2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Diesel pusher owner here for 18 years. Agree, there are some inconsiderate owners. Have to say they are the exception. Many times we debate starting up a conversation asking why they do that. Most of us know that you don’t need to idle a diesel for long periods. We get all ready to go. Fire it up and pull out within a few minutes. Just let the airbags fill and wait for the engine light to go out. On cold mornings we turn on block heater as soon as we get up so engine is warm by the time we are ready to go. Regarding generators. We dry camp at the Daytona 500 for 10 days and the INDY 500 for 4. In the beginning, DH built a device to deflect the generator exhaust. Finally broke down and bought a Gen-Turi.

2 years ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Diane Mc. You are definitely the folks I like to share a campground with. And with friends in Deltona FL. and a place to setup camp, I hope soon to get to the Daytona 500, before……………Cheers Alvin.

2 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Our truck camper is virtually ‘zero’ impact. We carry water, use a composting toilet, and deploy a solar panel. We have no need for a generator or a water or sewer connection/dump. We always prefer a non-hookup site. So … if an RV moves in next to us and runs a generator with exhaust fumes blowing into our camper, I politely ask –once– that the neighbor move their genset. If that doesn’t work, my next visit is to the campground host or ranger.

2 years ago

Re: The survey. ‘Bedding’ means comforter, blankets, and other outer covers. Those are washed every 2-3 months. Sheets are washed every 2 wks when in the RV (weekly at home).

2 years ago

Why are the comments posted in the TIP of the Day a year old or more! And you can’t post comments on them?