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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’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.

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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.
2 years ago

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.

Becca Ray
2 years ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Yep, that’s what we use- 2 inflatable Luci solar lights. And we put them on ‘blink’ mode for better visual effect as we back in if it is dusk/dark. They recharge with small built in Solar panel (just set them in the sun to recharge) & can be used as camping lantern for reading or just to light up inside of RV or tent & have dimmer switch for low-medium-bright light (or blinking).

They are weather proof & even float like a small beach ball. Easy to blow up & maintain their size (approx 6 in tall X 4 in diameter cylinder shape), and electrical charge for quite a long time! Cost is nominal, and there are attached carry/hang straps in either end with clear body to let light shine through fully. We love them for multiple purposes!

2 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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

DeeAnne Antolik
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

NONE of my “guides” has ever been able to direct which way to turn these wheels, those wheels, the steering wheel, or possible even know what wheels are. ABSOLUTELY agree that guidance, if any, MUST be which way the vehicle itself moves and how far. I want rotation and translation, not driving instructions. “Drift two feet left and turn 20 degrees right” is perfect for me.

2 years ago

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).

2 years ago
Reply to  Ran


2 years ago

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

Richard Thelen
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Yes, it would have been more entertaining if the author had explained that WC was an abbreviation for “water closet”.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Richard Thelen

Sorry, Richard and Steve, and others. After I proofed the newsletter, I think someone went into the joke and shortened it because it was very long. Unfortunately, they took out the critical “water closet” meaning of “W.C.” — which certainly took away from the humor of the joke. I’ve put it back in. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago
Reply to  Richard Thelen

they did.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

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

Hi, Harry. I zoomed in on the map and see the Maria Fire and the Getty Fire (but both are without the fire symbol), the Maria Fire, Hillside Fire, Old Water Fire (those two symbols overlap), and the Martinez 3 Fire. I’m glad I live in the usually wet Pacific Northwest, and really feel sorry for all the folks in California, and where there are other wildfires burning. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

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

Thanks, Bruce! My mistake for inserting that tip from a published book. (Just because it’s published doesn’t mean it’s correct. 😯 ) At my age, I should know better than to “assume” something. It’s been corrected and updated, per specific instructions from electrical expert Mike Sokol. Thank you for calling it to our attention. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago
Reply to  Walker

True, let the driver figure out which way he needs to turn, you only need to tell him or her which way the back end of whatever is being backed in needs to go. I have never understood the confusion of someone telling driver how to drive or in this case back. It’s confusing if telling turn wheel to left because the front will go to the right or do you mean move the front to the left. They should know by now how to get there.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago
Reply to  tom

You can also get a flashlight with the red cone on it like the traffic cops use.

Bob p
2 years ago

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.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Exactly. I have my wife point to the direction the rear of the fiver has to go. Also, we use hand signals I learned in the fire service; Arm extended with open hand pointing. Stop is arms crossed in an “X”. Ditto on indicating distance to go by bringing hands closer as distance decreases.

2 years ago

I had to google what WC meant, lol!

2 years ago
Reply to  Peggy

European meaning: “WATER CLOSET”