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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1204

Tuesday, November 5, 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

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. —Edward Abbey

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Love Your Red Hair Day!

Tip of the Day

Full-timing insurance shopping? It pays to be frank

A full-timer will require personal liability similar to what you had in your sticks-and-bricks house. Someone can slip on your top step and sue you as a result. This alone could wipe you out without adequate liability protection. Because of the additional cost, you might not tell your RV insurance company that you are living full-time in your RV. Please do not do this. The liability issues alone could cause you to lose your rig and other assets. It’s just not a good idea to falsify an insurance document. Some full-timers rates are actually lower!
From “So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]” – Available on

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‘Person of Interest’ photo released in Texas RVers murder

Breaking NewsA grainy photo of a man and a woman in a pickup truck has been released by Kleberg County, Texas, Sheriff’s officials in connection with the murder of a fulltime RVing couple. James and Michelle Butler were found murdered and buried in a shallow grave on Padre Island’s Padre Balli County Park. Read more and see the photo.

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Which tank lever do I pull?

A reader wrote, “I can’t seem to remember which of the tank levers on my RV is for black water, and which is for gray. Any suggestions?” This situation could actually become an issue and the answer has a couple of variables, which Russ and Tiña De Maris explain.

Reader poll

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Quick Tip

Temporary trash containers

Collapsible laundry baskets are great as temporary garbage cans when at your camping site.
—From “RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living” – Available on

Random RV Thought

If you RV a lot, it’s almost certain you will occasionally camp where the noise outside is annoying or even disruptive to a good night’s sleep. In situations where you cannot control the noise, wax earplugs can come in handy. They will block out most of the sound.

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This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe, you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.

Website of the day

America the Beautiful passes
A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day-use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas. Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

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:

• 54 percent do their laundry in the RV park’s laundry facilities.
• 79 percent have a junk drawer in their RV.
• 36 percent prefer diet sodas over regular sodas.

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A cockroach can live for a week after its head is cut off. Its nervous system, or “brain,” is scattered throughout its body, and thus its head is not really needed to stay alive. Cockroaches have been around for about 280 million years and can live a month without eating, but they need to drink water about every week. Since a cockroach can drink only through its mouth, a headless roach dies of dehydration within about a week.

Leave here with a laugh

We saw this on the Facebook page and it gave us a good chuckle.

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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.

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jillie (@guest_55637)
4 years ago

Progressive even with 6 months on and 6 months off RV insurance is the most intense coverage I have seen. It covers everything from little Johnnie slipping on a banana peel in front of your rig to you getting injured in your rig. The agent told me that if someone is injured you just tell them they will fix it. But you do need to make sure that no one gets hurt while you are on your site. Otherwise have not left Progressive yet.

Bd2 (@guest_55636)
4 years ago

My dad did this once
He was a very easy going guy but the person next door was playing R&R into midnight. He went over to talk to the guy nicely and the guy told him to get lost. So dad took a speaker, hooked it up to our radio, disconnected the speaker inside so we would remain sane, aimed the rigged speaker at the other guy’s site and cranked it up after the guy finally went to sleep. The other guy came over shortly and they talked. Next night was a lot nicer. I don’t recommend this nor would i do this but it was funny.

TravelingMan (@guest_55633)
4 years ago

Staying in a noisy campground…An alternative to earplugs would be a small, portable fan or a box fan. Adjust the air level from low to med to high to suit your situation.

I have found that earplugs can discomforting during the night and can fall out. Repeated use of the same plugs can cause bacteria and possible ear infections. They also make me hear my own breathing which then keeps me up 🙁

If you use solar/battery power, the typical box fan from Walmart tends to draw the following watts over 8 hours:

H: 580
M: 512
L: 428

The small portable fans draw somewhere between 29 to 35 watts per hour.

John M (@guest_55624)
4 years ago

Just an FYI the link to this page in my email notice would not work. Got a message that the server could not be reached. But when I entered the URL manually it came right up. Something wrong with the coding?

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  John M

Sorry, John. It might have just been a temporary hangup on the server, since it then went through with the URL. I just tried the link in the email and it worked. But thank you for letting us know. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Bill T. (@guest_55615)
4 years ago

I was trying to do a live chat with RVAdvisor, this morning, since their chat service said “questions would be answered right away”. However, no one answered. If there is a time frame to chat with someone, than perhaps the service should state that chats will be conducted between the hours of “A” and “B”. Working at night, and having a question, this service does me no good. Likewise, their email contact form does not need my phone # or company info to answer simple questions. So that avenue is useless as well.

Dr4Film (@guest_55617)
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill T.

Where specifically do you see the ability to do a “live chat” on this page as I don’t and have never seen one on ANY of their pages. Please help me understand your dilemma.

Bill T. (@guest_55867)
4 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

On the home page there is a chat icon on the bottom right.

Jeff (@guest_55613)
4 years ago

Todays Survey: Good to see that a majority of people have never smoked!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_55623)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

I just checked, Jeff. We ex-smokers now outnumber those who never smoked. Don’t know how old you are, but when I was growing up (in the 50’s), EVERYONE smoked. There were ashtrays in EVERY room in EVERY house.

Ron H. (@guest_55631)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Also good to see how many former smokers kicked the habit.

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