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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1222

Friday, November 29, 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.

Today’s thought

“The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” —May Sarton

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Black Friday! But it’s also National Flossing Day! (Note from Diane: I’d rather floss than deal with the crowds shopping on Black Friday. Just sayin’. 😀 )

Tip of the Day

Avoid “distractions” when parking in the campground

Don’t have any distractions when you are directing the parking of your home into the RV campsite. Mistakes can be quite expensive. Friendly people will come up to you while you are parking and try to help. You must figure out how to tactfully tell them that you would rather do it the way you have practiced.

These same people will be there when you are unhooking your car from a motorhome, or your truck from your trailer. If you let them, they will distract you to the point that you will forget a step and pay the price later. Tell them you will be happy to talk with them after you are parked and hooked up.

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Readers: Were you distracted by “helpful” campground neighbors when parking your rig and suffered damage to your RV or caused damage to the campsite? Please tell us in the comments below.

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Is a rusty propane tank a safety concern?

Dear RV Shrink:
We just stopped for propane and the guy wouldn’t fill us. He told my husband our attached tank did not look healthy enough. We have a Class B Sprinter with about 100,000 miles on it. We bought it used and the tank does have some surface rust. This guy poked it a bit and a big chunk of paint came off leaving an ugly rusted area near the fill cap. My husband just tried another propane station and the kid filled us up, no questions asked. I’m nervous, but my husband says the first guy was just over-cautious. Are we on borrowed time?

Read the RV Shrink’s response.

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Reader poll

If you really love them, you’ll buy them this…RV Travel Newsletter Issue 875
What could be a more perfect gift than a plush foot massager? Oh, a heated plush foot massager, of course! This sore-foot saver soothes tired feet while using heat therapy to relax. If stinky feet are an issue, don’t fret! The cover is detachable and washable, so you can keep it smelling laundry-fresh. Click here to make someone really happy.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Help your RV fridge cool down quicker

To help your refrigerator and freezer cool down when you’re starting on a trip, you can put in some ice water bottles or jugs – as many as will fit. They’ll also keep the contents from shifting around; and as the ice melts, you have nice cold drinking water.

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 865
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones, and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Random RV Thought

To people who live in one place and seldom travel, the view out their window is much the same every day. Seasons change, the weather changes, but the scene remains mostly constant. RVers and other travelers who move often from place to place thrive on the change of scenery, waking up one day in one place and then the next day in another. For avid travelers, a change of view is necessary and addictive.

Website of the day

Web of Trust (WOT).
“Web of Trust (WOT) is a free browser extension that tells you which websites you can trust.” Easy to use, and won’t slow down your browser. More than 6 million users worldwide.

Monocular telescope connects to phone, wow!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 860

This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone, so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can n
ow photograph anything up to 10x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
No-park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.


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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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Teresa rundell
2 years ago

Was backing into a park site. A guy was standing in the middle of the road where I needed to go. He just stood there watching me. I waited for him to move, didn’t happen. I finally tried to do a shorter back up, ended up scraping the side of my rv with the site post. So disgusted. And, then he decided to walk on!

Bill White
2 years ago

We were in Jackson, WY, hooking up to go on north in our 5th wheel. A chatty guy comes by and starts talking while I’m completing my checklist and I lose my place. A few minutes later I start to pull out and BANG, the 5th wheel drops on the bed of my truck because the hitch was not properly latched. I had missed checking the latch. Both sides of the bed are dented and the tailgate is damaged. NEVER let someone interrupt your hookup checklist!!

Gerri Lilly
2 years ago

Pull thrus are preferred if we are spending only 1 night. Back- in is preferred if we are staying a while.

2 years ago

What about those park employee’swho insist on parking you? I been parking my motorhome for years and don’t need assistance, however they insist. I find this very distracting and annoying.

Terry Brown
2 years ago

Regarding propane tank here’s an article you may be interested in reading.

Mark B
2 years ago
Reply to  Terry Brown

There are tanks, and there are tanks. Motorhomes have permanently installed tanks. Travel trailers have externally mounted tanks.

Permanently installed are built/certified by ASME. Portable cylinders are under DOT rules. Very different rules for these different RV types.

2 years ago

I bought one of those telephoto lenses that attach to the phone. The image was fuzzy, and flared around the edges no matter how I adjusted it. Also it would not stay in place. Wound up giving it to my 9 year old granddaughter to play with. I don’t recommend.

2 years ago

I answer that don’t care but it kind of depends if I’m towing and how long we are staying. If one night and towing pull thru.

Hoss Smith
2 years ago

Today’s poll. If we’re traveling the next day I prefer a pull through account easier and quicker to get into. If we’re staying a while I care not which kind of site I’m in. I find that many pull through sites are level enough I can stay hooked up so I can make a faster getaway in the morning. (Fast is a relative term account I am married.)

Thom Ritter
2 years ago

When nosy neighbor comes to watch, I try to stall until they lose interest. Maybe even go inside and pretend to go to bathroom…

2 years ago

In our 1st year of owning a travel trailer and still mastering the back up, we’ve had only very helpful “advisors” when trying to get into a tight spot. We’ve learned alot from other RVrs.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

Regarding the Quick Tip, I use the “Blue Ice” plastic containers all the time. 2 large ones in the fridge and two small ones in the freezer to cool down the unit when first starting out, takes a couple hours is all. But when travelling, I keep them in the freezer at night to re-freeze, transfer to the fridge when traveling during the day, because I never roll with the propane on. My fridge is around 40-42 degrees by the end of my travel day.

2 years ago

Regarding safe web sites. If the site isn’t HTTPS (vs HTTP) don’t use it.

2 years ago

Web of Trust app mentioned was of interest until I read the (terrible) reviews in the App store!! Huge percentage of 1 star ratings usually a red flag warning fir me. Any app or product with greater than 8% one star ratings I will usually avoid. YMMV