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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1201

Thursday, October 31, 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

“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” —Benjamin Franklin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Halloween! It’s also National Doorbell Day.

Tip of the Day

Make your hide-a-bed more comfy

Many RVers find hide-a-beds stashed away in the dinette or couch to be pretty uncomfortable. Here are two suggestions from RVers on making them a bit more bearable: First, unfold a sleeping bag onto the bed and cover with a sheet. The sheet holds the bag in place, while making it a bit softer. Or, another RVer puts down a piece of 4″ memory foam over the folded out bed. When the foam isn’t in use, he stores it under, or on, the master bed.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Can black tank left open for years on seasonal RV be cleaned?

Chris Dougherty, a certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor about a used trailer the reader had recently purchased. It had only been used a few weekends by the previous owner but the black and gray water tanks had been in the open position while it sat in the same spot for years. The reader wonders if the tanks can be cleaned. Read Chris’ response.

Say goodbye to goop!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 868
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here. 

Reader poll

Quick Tip

Carry a spare. . .

It’s a good idea to carry a spare waste tank outlet cap. If you forget to put the cap back on after dumping, it could be torn off while driving.

Keep your knives sharp with this small, easy-to-use knife sharpener. We’ve got one in our RV! Click here

Random RV Thought

If you are having a bad day at home and your RV is nearby, escape to it for a while. Close the door and just sit quietly. The change of scenery plus the “good feeling” of the RV might improve your spirits.

Happy Halloween! See boo-tiful RVs

We asked you to send us photos of your RV if you decorated it for Halloween. You did a fangtastic job! Click here to see the bootiful results.

Website of the day

Does the government owe you money?
There is no central source to look for unclaimed money from the government that might be owed to you. This tool offers free, official sources of information that will help you find money owned you from not only government sources, but banks, back wages and property in states where you have lived.

Trailer Hitches galore. Click here.
LED lights for RVs: Huge selection. Exceptional prices. Click.

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:

• 15 percent have had rodents damage the wiring in their RV.
• 27 percent have found stink bugs in their RV.
• 78 percent have cats that are not on monthly heartworm prevention medication.


The yo-yo is the second oldest toy after the doll. It has been around for more than 2,500 years and has taken on many forms in many countries. The word yo-yo means “come come” or “come back” in Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines, and was introduced to the American market when Pedro Flores, a Filipino immigrant, began producing and selling them in Santa Barbara, California.

Stay warm this winter:

  • Space heater uses less than two amps! has one, loves it! More.
  • This 12-volt electric blanket will keep you cozy. Click.
  • Camco’s insulated skylight cover keeps the heat in your RV from escaping. More.

Leave here with a laugh

Three vampires went into a bar and sat down. The waitress came over to take their orders. “And what would you, er, gentlemen like tonight?” She asked. The first vampire said, “I’ll have a mug of blood.” The second vampire said, “I’ll have a mug of blood.” The third vampire shook his head at his companions and said, “I’ll have a glass of plasma.” The waitress wrote down each order, went to the bar and called to the bartender, “Two bloods and a blood light!”

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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Ron H. (@guest_55227)
4 years ago

We live in a suburban neighborhood that’s kid-friendly. We generally have more than 100 trick-or-treaters each year. More than half are brought into our neighborhood in mini-vans from other areas. Most of the little ghosts and goblins are having fun, are very polite and we love their amazing costumes.

PennyPA (@guest_55226)
4 years ago

Howard, I just searched the Daily Tips and could not find that ad anywhere. Where did you see it?

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Hi, PennyPA. Please see my response to Howard. It’s an AdSense ad, randomly placed by Google and based on a person’s location, etc. We didn’t place that ad ourselves, and when I’ve gone into that newsletter several times I didn’t see that product. 😀 —Diane at

George (@guest_55225)
4 years ago

We don’t buy candy anymore, we haven’t had kids come by for many years. If some do come, we have goodies we can give them.

Brian Burry (@guest_55223)
4 years ago

I just want you to know I look forward to your newsletter each day, even more than my newspaper! The nice variety of subjects, products and humor are just right for starting my day. So from Clovis, California a great big THANK YOU!!! Keep up the good and hard work.

Howard (@guest_55219)
4 years ago

Do you sanction or support this device?

If so good, I’ll order,if not why is it in this newsletter— ?
looks suspicious with ordering from Germany

Tommy Molnar (@guest_55224)
4 years ago
Reply to  Howard

I don’t believe any of this kind of thing. But, that’s just skeptical old me . . .

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Hi, Tommy. Please see my response to Howard. Thanks! 😀 —Diane at

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Howard

Thanks for writing about this, Howard. That was a miscellaneous AdSense ad that Google drops in randomly, or based on someone’s location, etc. If it’s an AdSense ad you’ll see a little triangle and an x in the upper right corner. But this is not one of our advertisers. I will check with our digital expert, Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour, and see if she knows anything about this product. Thanks again for calling this to our attention. 😀 —Diane at

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Howard

Howard, I’ve just heard back from Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour, our Digital RVer expert. She strongly advises against that product. So we’re going to block that URL so it doesn’t pop up automatically on our pages anymore. We appreciate your sending us the URL so that we could check it out and block it. We can’t do anything about those random ads, because most of them we don’t even see. Google/AdSense has tens of thousands of ads that they randomly insert, so it’s impossible for us to monitor them — unless someone sends us the URL like you did. Thank you very much! 😀 —Diane at

Howard (@guest_55217)
4 years ago

What is your email address for forwarding a question about an advertisement you include in your newsletter— ?? — is rejected as invalid

Howard (@guest_55216)
4 years ago


David & Linda (@guest_55215)
4 years ago

We said ‘yes’ on the survey, but only our two grandchildren come because we live out in the country.

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