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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1186

Thursday, October 10, 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

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.

Tip of the Day

How to snag a campsite at popular parks

When heading to a national or state park where you can’t reserve a campsite and will arrive too late to get one, plan to spend the night before at a boondocking site or private campground for one night.

The next day drive into the park early and get on the waiting list or snag a spot as someone pulls out. Many national parks are surrounded by national forests where you can boondock or stay in a FS campground the night before entering the park.

If it is close enough, you might even decide to stay there and drive to the park each day and avoid the park’s congested campgrounds.

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Finding RV sewage leaks

Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a question he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor: “I suspect we have a leak in our black water system between the toilet and tank, which sits directly below the toilet. I can see the pipe that goes straight down to the tank … that is where I suspect the leak may be. …” He’s wondering how the system is built so he can attempt to fix it. Read Chris’ response.

Reader poll

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Quick Tip

Easy and fun window coverings for privacy

Hate the curtains on some of your windows – like the one in the bathroom or the “relite” in the entry door? Ditch the curtains and simply pick up a chunk of privacy screen contact paper or static cling window film. Cut it to size, pull off the backing sheet (if applicable), and apply to a clean window. Amazon has lots of styles to choose from.

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Random RV Thought

While in a campground, to avoid having annoying headlights beaming into your RV or onto your campsite, choose a spot on a straight stretch of the campground’s road or choose a site on the inside of a corner, not the outside.

Website of the day

RV Executive Today
Read the magazine that RV industry bigwigs read. Learn how they view the business of RVing, maybe gain some insights into how that affects RV owners.

Travels with Charley: A man and his dog off set off in the 1960s in a home-built RV to see America. A John Steinbeck classic that every RVer will love! Learn more or order.

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:

• 24 percent have three or more TVs.
• On their next RV purchase, 22 percent will buy a smaller RV than their present one.
• 51 percent never or hardly ever read a printed daily newspaper.


In 1964, actress Yvette Mimieux was the first woman to show her navel on American television, on the show Dr. Kildare.

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Leave here with a laugh

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Assistant editor: Diane McGovern. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Rory R
2 years ago

re: making the monthly RV payment…. I guess I was one of the lucky ones I sold my 1st house which has been a rental property since I purchased my current sticks and bricks, which allowed me to pay for my rig in full. So I have no monthly payments…..

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

I bought an old motorhome five years ago for $400. Fixed the few problems it had and have been running the wheels off it. It’s a lot more fun spending the money doing things than on payments.

2 years ago

Under the question in the reader poll it says only respond if you are currently making payments. So there is no need to add an option that your RV is paid off. Since mine is paid for (2017 Minnie Winnie) I tapped on view results to see what the responses were.

2 years ago

Its real easy to make the payments on our RV… we don’t have any (payments, that is)! We have paid off every one of the RVs we have owned (4 so far)

2 years ago

re: todays tip. This also applies to private campgrounds. Last January we booked a campsite for 2 weeks in August. We arrived and stayed for the two weeks ( no issues ). This campground was big and fully packed pretty much every night. But I met two other campers that didn’t have reservations. They showed up early every morning ( 8:00 a.m. ) and lucked out with lakeside ( premium ) sites. Cancellations happen, but are seldom made available due to walkins. Great tip fyi.

James E O'Briant
2 years ago

RV Payment poll: You left out “It’s paid for”

When CA home prices skyrocketed a few years back, we re-financed the house at a lower rate & took enough extra money out to pay off the RV.

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 years ago

Hi, James. The poll was specifically regarding making payments on an RV. That’s why it stated at the top: ONLY RESPOND IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY MAKING PAYMENTS. 😉 —Diane at

Thomas Becher
2 years ago

Recently read travels with charley. Kinda disappointed in general and very little about the dog. Had expected more. Got it at the library,free.

2 years ago

Dr Kildare ended in 1966. FAKE NEWS

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

More like a typo — it should have said 1964. It’s been fixed. Thanks, Ken. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Sometimes it is a typo. 1964 is the correct date.

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

Yep. We don’t do “Fake News” — but we occasionally do typos. 😆 —Diane at

2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Dr. Kildare ended in 1966.

2 years ago

Yep reason I watch tv is to see navels.

Eric M.
2 years ago

Since “don’t have any payments” isn’t a survey choice, I can’t see how everyone else voted (unless I dummy up an answer just to see the results – which I did not do).

Steve - Alaska
2 years ago
Reply to  Eric M.

Actually, Eric, you can see the poll answers by tapping the “Review Results” button at the bottom of the poll insert. I too thought I had to phony up an answer but saw the button before I hit one of the other answers. We bought an older 2004 Class A and paid cash and now are getting it in pristine shape, slowly!

M. Will
2 years ago
Reply to  Eric M.

Needed an extra box on survey that said. Don’t have any payments because I paid cash!!

1 year ago
Reply to  Eric M.

Just got view results

Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago

We wrote a check for our ’01 travel trailer when we bought it in ’16; for our ’11 Chrysler T&C when we bought it in ’12; and for our ’15 Ram 2500 when we bought it in ’18. Our secret — live within our means and pay ‘cash’ when we can.

Sharon B
2 years ago

My car will be paid for in December. I owe nothing on my truck or travel trailer…..but I do have other commitments I wish were paid for….my home equity loan, a credit card and my medicare supplement plan. If I sell the house I can make a nice bundle , but where do I invest that money? Don’t want a bank involved, risky investments, and never annuities at this age. Any suggestions??

2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Talk to major investment firms (Fidelity, Schwab, etc..) for advice and to discuss your future goals.

Roger Marble
2 years ago

We have no problem with payment on the RV because it is paid for. We didn’t buy an expensive RV I’m 2009 and it was paid for in 2016 when we bought a new and slightly better model which we were able to pay off in 2018. IMO pleople get “under water” by only looking at and makinrg the minimum payment.

Carole Aileen
2 years ago

On today’s poll there needed to be a choice of “I paid cash” or “rv already paid for”. Not everyone will finance an rv even if they aren’t wealthy but will save and plan for this expense.

Kaeleen Buckingham
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Aileen

At the top it said only Respond if you are making payments

Ralph Pinney
2 years ago

Regarding today’s poll, I suggest you need one more response for the readers to choose. Something like ‘We do not have payments as we own our RV’.
Ralph Pinney

Shannon Pound
2 years ago

About navels on TV. Barbara Eden showed her navel on I dream of Jeannie. That show started in 1965

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Shannon Pound

Yep, you’re correct, Shannon. There was a typo in the article. It should have read 1964. Sorry. Dawn Wells and Tina Louise showed their navels in Gilligan’s Island also in 1964, and Barbara Eden showed hers in 1965. —Diane at

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Monty

That’s where I got the info for my reply, Monty. I very clearly remember seeing those belly buttons on TV. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

Oh forgot to mention, that we have never made a payment on anything in our lives but our first home, which we retired the mortgage on in 10 years. If we couldn’t buy it we hadn’t earned it therefore had to wait until we could. That fiscal strategy got me retired in my 50’s. We estimate we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments for which we got only things for which we had not earned. If you see the plate NO PMTS, that’s us.

2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

I totally agree.

2 years ago

I looked at the RV Executive magazine! WOW! FLUFF and WARM Fuzzies! Promoting how great the RV industry is today! I’ll leave it at that, LOL!

2 years ago

Found the info on the Hepvo P-trap eliminator helpful, plus looked through the window film selection recommended. I didn’t know there were so many options for film available for we RV’ers. Thanks for all.

Bob Gash
2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Regarding window film: if you prefer to “look before you buy”, both Home Depot and Lowes have large selections of the product also.

2 years ago

Survey of the DAY? I am trying to figure out what would generate the question?

Maybe it is because allot of people who purchase RV’s today, mainly under age 50 or so, really cannot afford these RV’s we purchase! And I know circumstances dictate whether or not you may or may not be able to make payments. However, I maintain and have tried to explain to those individuals that RV’s are not investments (as many people think they are)!

Before going out to buy an RV, you should have sufficient funds on hand and in savings to cover payments for at least 3 payments! Some recommend, up to 6 months on hand! A recent article was published (nothing to do with RV’s) and stated that a LARGE percentage of Americans cannot even muster $1000 if they needed to!

I have purchased and owned 8 RVs to date! I have never been in a position to NOT make a payment or been late on any payments! Sufficient discretionary funds should always be available to make those payments!