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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1208


Monday, November 11, 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.

Happy Veterans Day. . .
. . . those of you who served to protect our freedoms! On behalf of the staff of, many with close military connections, we thank you! We appreciate you very much! — Chuck Woodbury, editor

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Today’s thought

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Veterans Day! (Thank you for your service!) It’s also National Sundae Day!

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday news for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Keep those air conditioner coils clean

Keeping the coils clean will prolong the life of your cooling unit. Besides dirt and dust, you may also find the “cotton” from cottonwood trees, or the pollen from various other trees, obstructing the coils. The best way to clean them: (1) Turn the unit off while you’re working on it. (2) Use an air compressor to blow out the debris (carefully – don’t bend the fins). (3) Apply a coil cleaning product (here are some on Amazon) and let it soak for a few minutes or the time recommended on the can. (4) Rinse with low-pressure water. (5) Use the air compressor again to blow out remaining water.  —Thanks to Deanna

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Get outside! The U.S. Forest Service has waived recreation fees for the final time in 2019 — today (November 11)! Click here to read more.

Oh, and here’s everything you can get for free today. Check it out

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

AC meter usage. Mike explains how to use digital meters to measure AC voltage.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

RV shopping? Think used

Thinking about buying a new RV? We don’t mean “new to you,” but rather fresh-from-the-factory new. There are advantages, sure enough, but there are also drawbacks – which we’ve heard a lot about lately. Here from Russ and Tiña De Maris are even more reasons to consider buying a used RV. Learn more. USA, LLCReader poll

What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.

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.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Watch your washer floor tray

An RVer who had to replace his defunct RV washing machine got to replace more than he bargained for. The plastic spill tray didn’t contain leaks, and he has a nasty floor replacement job ahead of him. If you have a washer, you might want to add a periodic inspection of your spill tray to your maintenance list. Many are screwed down to the floor, and if the sealant around the screws doesn’t stay sealed, ruination could be the result.

Random RV Thought

Owning an RV is a lot better than owning a mountain cabin because it can move. So it can be a mountain cabin one day, then a seaside cottage the next, and then a retreat in the desert. Bad weather where you are? Move!

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 921The best gifts for RVers!
Check out the first part of our 2019 Holiday gift guide right here.

Website of the day

Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine
This is a magazine for collectors, restorers, admirers and dreamers of vintage campers. Subscribe to the magazine, take a peek at their store, search through the classifieds and flip through their back issues.

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California Camping: Moon Handbook guide profiles 1,400 campgrounds. Updated 2019.


Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states though. That’ll keep you busy for a while.)

Leave here with a laugh

My grandmother was known all over town for her delicious strawberries. She grew them every year and sold them all over town. She made me promise that when she died I would plant strawberries at her gravesite, so everyone could visit her and enjoy them. I fulfilled her wish and planted many strawberry bushes at her grave. Now she’s dead and berried.

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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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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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3 years ago

I served and continue to serve in a much different capacity but no less important, by VOTING.

Gary Reed
3 years ago

I did not serve but was called for the draft. During my induction day they realized I work for a military supplier / manufacture and I was involved in Thailand with the building of the Big airbase there and was a liaison engineer to the Red Horse Air Force group building the air base. They issued a deferment because of this involvement with this project. They had a large fleet of our equipment there used for dirt work. I made several trips to that region for technical issues and equipment training on the equipment.
The Red Horse Group was a great group of guys.

3 years ago

The Mt. cabin probably does not have fire insurance and is fixed in place. The RV can get out of the way of a wild fire. Some people buy the Mt. land and drive up the RV for R&R and then return. A lot lower in taxes and less vulnerable.

John Padgett
3 years ago

Being a 25+yr Alaskan and at 17, a typist, never noticed the one row of keys. So here’s another one. Of the 50 states which is the most Northern,Southern, Western and Eastern. Unless one already knew, I’ve never had a person get it right without researching it. One hint. Florida is not one of them. 618 303 2020 if you really must know.

3 years ago

I was in a store the other day when a young boy –about 10-12 years old– came up to me and thanked me for my service….It made my day…You see I was wearing my hat that says USS ORISKANY CVA 34 on it…. Thank you to ALL VETERANS FOR YOUR SERVICE..

John Padgett
3 years ago
Reply to  travilenman

Travilenman. Here in S. Illinois, I get it all the time. Especially from the Kroger and Walmart employees. I think a lot of younger kids 10-13 seem to be the most common. Surprisingly I’ve noticed lately older guys chipping in. I’ve been asking them “are you a vet?” The vast majority say yes. I then put my fist up next to theirs with “WE THANK US FOR OUR SERVICES.” The smiles back are priceless.

3 years ago

People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Thank a Veteran.

3 years ago
Reply to  Tom

And women…..(I served for 31 years)

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago

Of course! Thank you very much for your service, Peggy (and other women who served). 😀 —Diane at

3 years ago

A question for your IT Wrangler: Why does the “Read today’s issue” button on the email not work on my touch-screen? The only way it works is by the mouse pointer.

3 years ago

.,, like most insurance policies yah gotta be an attorney to understand what you think it says and what it really says!

Joe Allen
3 years ago

Proud to have served and thank other veterans every time I see them.

John Padgett
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Joe Allen. I just did a reply above on that.

3 years ago

Wonderful “Leave here with a Laugh”!

3 years ago

Bad choices! Both my wife and I served. VN2IQ.

John Padgett
3 years ago
Reply to  tom

Didn’t get it.

3 years ago

Although I did not serve in the military, I appreciate the sacrifice and call to duty that each and every person who served. In a small way, I served with pride and distinction in Law Enforcement for nearly 35 years. I stand with all who have served and will continue to serve to protect our freedoms. God Bless!!

3 years ago

Thank you to all the members of this Newsletter who have served in the Military! We appreciate your Service!

John Padgett
3 years ago
Reply to  Debra

I’ll reply for all us vets as ELVIS would have. “Thank You, Thank You Very Much.” (you’ll have to imagine the voice)