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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1185


Wednesday, October 9, 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

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. —Jack London

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

Tip of the Day

Controlling mold and mildew

Mold and mildew spores are everywhere, and growth seldom takes place without moisture. Thus, to eliminate mold and mildew the only sure way is to eliminate the moisture by whatever method is needed. If we control the humidity in our coach it reduces the amount of mold and mildew.

There are many ways of doing this. You can buy a dehumidifier (requires power) or use products like DampRid or Dri-Z-Air which are in most cases a form of desiccant that absorbs moisture. Some RVers suggest using rock salt and kitty litter to control moisture. But the most efficient, cheapest and popular method is to keep the air moving in your coach. Many RVers install roof vent covers, like those from MaxxAir, to facilitate air movement. They allow keeping the vents open in any weather, while driving or in storage. Do you have another method that works for you?

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The case of Flo and the swimming motorhome

If you want a new RV and think you can get more from an insurance claim for replacement cost on your old one than the trade-in value, don’t do what this guy did. The facts of the case paint an interesting — if not thought-provoking — picture. After Progressive’s “special investigations unit” investigated, the claim and the motorhome were both sunk. Read more.

Reader poll

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• Attention Big Rig RV owners! This annual road atlas will keep you away from too-narrow roads and low bridges. Learn more or order.
 Camping at Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. Many RVers consider these the very best places to stay. Learn more or order the directory.

Recall alrert

Pleasure-Way RV recall: Awning may unexpectedly extend

Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is recalling 1,148 model year 2018-2020 Plateau, Plateau XL, Ascent and Lexor motorhomes equipped with a Fiamma F45 Eagle or Fiamma F65 Eagle awning. The awning drive mechanism may fail causing the awning to extend unexpectedly without input from the user. More.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Catch up on the latest articles about RV maintenance and repair. Click.

Quick Tip

When backing up your RV (or car) back up only as far as necessary before proceeding forward. More collisions occur when backing up than going forward, so keep your backing up to a minimum. You’ll lower the odds of accidentally slamming into something (not a good thing).

Random RV Thought

Don’t fear spoiling the food in your turned-off RV refrigerator when you’re driving. If the fridge is cold before you depart it will stay plenty cold all day long even when turned off. Just turn it back on when you get to your destination. If it’s a super hot day with a long drive ahead, it won’t hurt to put some ice blocks in the fridge to help it stay just a wee-bit cooler.

Essential items for day to day living
Toothpaste • Laundry soap • Hand soap  • Shampoo • Razor blades • Pet food • Pain reliever pills • Pain creams  • Low dose aspirin • Antacid relief • Lipstick • Reading glasses • Breakfast cereal • Coffee • Tea • Bottled water • Soft drinks

Website of the day

If you have never visited Redwood National Park or driven through the Avenue of the Giants, you have not seen one of the most amazing and beautiful parts of America (or the world). Let this website be your guide.

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California Camping: Moon Handbook guide profiles 1,400 campgrounds. Updated 2019.
Arizona & The Grand Canyon: Plan your perfect Arizona trip. Click here.
Southwest Road Trip: Explore the beauty of the Southwest with the 2019 Moon guide


Clark Gable was named William after his father but he was almost always called Clark or sometimes Billy. He was mistakenly listed as male and female on his birth certificate because the clerks couldn’t understand the doctor’s handwriting. It was later corrected to male. Among his early jobs: selling neckties in Portland, Oregon.

Leave here with a laugh

Q: What do you get when you combine an octopus and a bear?
A: You get a Frenchman saying October (say it out loud – it works for a British accent too!).

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3 years ago

Santa Claus meeting the M&M gang. They do exist!!!

3 years ago

Lack of experience is a major contributor to all types of accidents or minor incidents. If you don’t practice backing up and getting nearly as proficient as other maneuvers – you are at a higher risk of a bent corner. – And, When possible – have a companion out back to watch for small posts etc, etc… Backing into a tight camping space is even more daunting and intimidating when others are watching! (Even your Dr. practices!) “Practice makes perfect”. Happy, Safe, trails………

3 years ago

“In what month can a grizzly marry a French octopus?”

Your joke was clunky; I fixed it.

Doug Goodwin
3 years ago

On the article about the wife not wanting to leave and then not wanting to go back. I call that the WF, woman factor

Chuck Dunn
3 years ago

I wish I could post pictures of the time we drove our toad up on a fallen redwood tree in the Avenue of the Giants. It fell, bounced and we were on it. It happen faster than you can say it. But it was a beautiful drive up till then

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Dunn

Hi, Chuck. I’m glad you were “on” it and not “under” it. What an experience! 😯 —Diane at

Mike Sherman
3 years ago

“Valley of the Giants”? I believe it is “Avenue of the Giants”….in northern California off US 101.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sherman

Hi, Mike. Aaargh! I think whoever wrote this was thinking of the Valley of the Jolly…Ho, Ho, Ho…Green Giant! And not having been there myself, I didn’t know the difference. It’s been fixed. Thanks! —Diane at

3 years ago

I was involved in the collision repair business for over four decades. I could write the encyclopedia Britannia equivalent on the fraud I’ve seen.

3 years ago

The Sasquatch sightings are about as believable as the Lochness Monster ones!

3 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Sasquatch is on Drummond Island, Michigan in front of the IGA! (Although he recently suffered some injuries.)

3 years ago

Can you check website that leads to from this article. Will not load and says website not available.
Website of the day
The California Redwoods
If you have never visited Redwood National Park or driven through the Valley of the Giants you have not seen one of the most amazing and beautiful parts of America (or the world). Let this website be your guide.

Lee Wenk
3 years ago
Reply to  PHIL

I checked it and could not load it. I’m using a laptop running Windows and Google Chrome.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Lee Wenk

Sorry, Lee. Yep, since I proofed the newsletter the other day their website went down. I’ve replaced the link so it goes to another very informative page about the Redwoods. We apologize for the inconvenience. —Diane at

3 years ago
Reply to  PHIL

It’s actually Avenue of the Giants:

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

Thanks, Les. It’s been fixed. (See the explanation in my reply to Mike Sherman.) 😯 —Diane at

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

Sorry, Phil. It worked the other day when I proofed the newsletter. Checking now, their whole website is down, so I have found another website about the California Redwoods and linked that in the article. Thank you for letting us know. —Diane at