RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1203


Monday, November 4, 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

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.” —Robin S. Sharma

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Tip of the Day

Easier backing in – day or night

“It is always best to get to an RV park in the daylight, but if you ever need to back into a campsite in the dark it helps to have rope lights on hand. You can quickly plug them in and lay the rope lights on both sides of the parking pad to help illuminate and guide backing in. It is less stressful than trying to follow someone waving a flashlight around.

“If you are guiding someone backing up in the daylight, it is much easier for the driver to understand if you point in the direction the wheels need to turn. Making large turning circles with your arm and flapping like a chicken is next to impossible to understand! We have found that pointing in the direction the wheels should turn, spreading our hands out to the distance left to back up and slowly bringing them together until at the right distance and putting up two closed fists to indicate “stop” have helped to eliminate the flapping-bird syndrome. It also performs better with the campground that inevitably congregates to watch someone back into a particularly tight spot.” —Thanks to Nanci Dixon

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

50-amp test plug. A reader wants to purchase a 50 amp to a Y adapter with 15-amp plugs on each side. Mike searched and finally found one.

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Orange range burner flame – What gives?

Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. He received a question from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor about the reader’s RV’s kitchen stove flame being orange/yellow instead of its normal blue. He tried everything he could think of to fix it, to no avail. Here are Chris’ suggestions.

Reader poll

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Helpful resources


Best-selling printed directory of free and inexpensive campgroundsClick here.
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Quick Tip

Infrared temperature gun in your kit?

Temperature guns are handy to have because they can be used for so many things. They’re great for checking tire temps, brake temps, wheel bearing temps and shore power connection temps. Heck, you can even check the temperature of the pools (from a distance) at Yellowstone! Thanks to DeeAnne Antolik for that last tip, and thanks to electrical expert Mike Sokol for correcting and updating this tip.

Random RV Thought

When you are far from power or don’t want to fire up the generator but find your RV carpet needs a good vacuuming, you can do a halfway decent job of making it look better by just sweeping it with a broom.

Keep your shore power plug contacts happy
According to electricity expert Mike Sokol, DeoxIT D5 is the best contact cleaner around. You can read more about it here, or buy some of your own here.

Website of the day

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Leave here with a laugh

An English woman was vacationing in Switzerland. She called the local inn and asked to book a room, but requested it be close to a W.C. (“water closet,” i.e., bathroom with toilet). The innkeeper had never heard of a “W.C.”  so he Googled it and found an article titled “Wayside Chapels.” Thinking that the woman was asking about a country church to attend, the innkeeper responded:

“Dear Madam: I take great comfort in informing you that a ‘W.C.’ is situated near the room from the house in the corner of a beautiful grove of pine trees, surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people. I would suggest that you go early, although there is usually plenty of standing room. A good many bring their lunch and make a day of it, while others, who can’t afford to go by car, arrive just in time. I would especially advise you to go on Thursdays when there is an organ accompanist. The acoustics are excellent and every sound echos. The newest attraction is a bell, which rings every time someone makes an offering. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time to go so that they will not disturb the elders. Sincerely, Kurt Meier”

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Karin S.

Regarding backing into an RV site in the dark…last year I saw a 5th wheel arrive late to the campground, way after dark, and I was feeling bad for them to have to back-up in the dark. Then, I watched the guy place two lighted objects at the rear of the RV pad about 10 feet apart from each other. The next day I asked the camper what those objects were and he told me (and showed me) they were pop-up lanterns and he uses them as a guide for backing into an RV site when they arrive in the dark. I thought that was brilliant and my next trip to the store I bought two.


Your ‘reader poll’ needs another answer; It doesn’t matter about the light level, after working shift work for almost 40 years I can sleep in any light level!


I don’t necessarily want a low light in the room I am sleeping in but do like one in the bathroom.

DeeAnne Antolik

Another use for the infrared meter- I took it to Yellowstone and checked the temps of the geysers and mud pots for fun. It was quite a hit as people that walked by all stopped to check the reading.

James E O'Briant

When I back into a site, I prefer to have my guide tell me which way the RV needs to go, rather than which way I should turn the wheels.


Another idea that WORKS for backing up is to have the back up person on a 2 way radio (Walkie- Talkie) or cell phone talking directly to you, and you can talk back (hands free on speaker-OF COURSE).


Sorry but am I missing something on the ‘Leave here with a laugh”? Don’t understand it.


I prefer a very low light only when overnighting in an unfamiliar place like a hotel.


Your Current Wildfire Report is not very current, shows only 1 fire in So Cal area!!


When backing, remember the same rule as when driving around a semi, if you can’t see the driver in the mirror the driver can’t see you. As to checking temps of wheel bearings, don’t make the mistake of pulling in and using your brakes to stop as this will heat up your wheel hubs and give a false reading. Best to pull into a rest area and down shift until almost stopped thus creating minimal heat in the hubs.

Tommy Molnar

If I’m backing into a site that I can’t just whip in, wifey stands at the rear of the trailer and uses her finger to point which way the end of the TRAILER should go. I do the rest. When the trailer gets where we (uh – SHE) want it, she puts her hand up in the age-old ‘cop – stop’ fashion, and we’re done. I’ve watched some ‘helpful’ fellow RV’ers try to help others back in and have NO CLUE what they are ‘saying’ with their hands, and neither does the poor guy or gal trying to back in.


The Quick Tip is incorrect. An infrared temp meter is not to be used for checking air temperatures like AC or refrigerator/ freezers. These are good for surface temps only, such as tire temp, wheel bearings, grill tops, a sick child’s forehead…anything with a surface. Air does not have a reflective surface. All you get is the temp of the plastic AC vent or the back of the fridge not the air. Look it up.


If you “guide” me by pointing where you think the steering wheel should go, I will ignore you. That’s because I may have either a motorized coach OR a towed rig, and I don’t know which one is your reference. Rather, point in the direction where the REAR of the coach needs to go (as campground guides universally do), and let me decide how to get there.


I have an aunt that lives 6 months out of the year in Switzerland. I sent her that joke. I love it.


look up and use the same signals that the military use for the guy in the back of the vehicle can signal the driver. crossed arms means Stop now. You do use a guide, don’t you?
Might consider getting bright colored gloves also. We use gloves when providing parking assistance at rally functions. Flashlights at dusk or dark parking.

Bob p

The tip about backing into a space is misleading as to pointing in the direction to front wheels need to turn due to the backing of a trailer requires the wheels turn in the opposite direction the trailer needs to go.


I had to google what WC meant, lol!