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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1223

Monday, December 2, 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

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” —Michael Altshuler

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Tip of the Day

Insurance advice for motorhomers with toads

If you have a motorhome and are towing a car (toad), you must have a policy that covers both car and motorhome. If you are in an accident, most likely both will be damaged. If you have policies with two insurance companies, you are looking at two deductibles and two claims. You are also liable if your car breaks loose from the motorhome and goes off on its own.

Claims will be filed by drivers of other vehicles yours has hit, as well as property owners that have sustained damage caused by your errant car. These claims will most likely be against the liability portion of your RV insurance. Your motorhome insurance does not automatically extend to the car you are towing. This is why you should carry liability coverage on both your motorhome and towed vehicle.

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

Battery charging for a residential refrigerator. A reader asks Mike why his truck’s alternator won’t keep the house batteries charged (and his fridge running) in his 5th wheel trailer while he’s towing.

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Water heater – electric or propane or both?

Dear RV Doctor:
I have a Jayco trailer that has a dual electric/propane water heater. The propane heats the water faster, but the electric is at no cost to us when using the power that our state park provides. We don’t need hot water right away, so we have been using the electric mode for the first year we have used the unit. Is one method better for the long-term life of the water heater? And why? Thanks! —Larry G.

Read the RV Doctor’s answer.

Reader poll

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Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Make that low-end RV bed more comfortable

Anti-fatigue mats are great for insulation and added comfort when used on the bottom of sleeping bunks.

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Random RV Thought

The expectation of acquiring a new possession is often more exciting than the possession itself once you have it. Whether it’s a new chair, video game or newfangled tool, we dream about the item and how it will enhance our life. But once acquired, the product often becomes just another possession.

That’s not true with an RV, which continues to captivate most owners for years and years. Perhaps it’s because an RV is more than a “thing.” It’s a magic carpet that takes us on grand, memorable adventures. RVers who once traveled with their small children in an RV and then have to sell the RV years later can come to tears seeing all the memories drive away. An elderly couple, too old to travel anymore, will likely feel the same. RVs provide an ongoing source of wonder to those who own them. And unlike most of the miscellany in our lives, the passion an owner feels for an RV rarely dims.

Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? Learn more or order.

Website of the day

The worst cities in the U.S. for mosquitoes
Orkin Pest Control compiled a list of the Top Mosquito Cities based on the number of customers buying mosquito control devices from them. Mosquitoes are a nuisance and also can be dangerous because some carry and transmit diseases. They thrive in hot and humid conditions but are also found in dry environments. Some of these locations may surprise you.

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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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Wayne Caldwell (@guest_57794)
3 years ago

Thoughts to ponder:
Time flies like arrows.
Fruit flies like bananas.

jillie (@guest_57791)
3 years ago

I drive a school bus which when I told our insurance agent who asked how we learned to drive one of these things I told him experience. Once you drive a school bus? You can drive anything. Everyone should take a course in driving one of these things.

Brian Burry (@guest_57717)
4 years ago

California: Class B license required over 26,000 lb or over 40 feet; Class A license required for towing over 10,000 lbs

Ron (@guest_57742)
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Exactly. Chuck’s response below is not true.

Ken (@guest_57758)
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

In California, if you’re towing a fifth wheel over 10,000 lbs. you don’t need a class A, you need an exception on your class C. It’s called Restriction 41, and designated as such on your DL, with a description printed on the back. I know this is the case since I’ve got one on my DL. Nobody at the DMV office knew what I was talking about, I had to speak to the office manager and direct her to their own website, where the information was listed.

Ken (@guest_57759)
4 years ago
Reply to  Ken

The information is on page 12 of the DMV’s Recreational Vehicles and Trailers handbook.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Thank you for the information and the link, Ken. Very useful. 😀 —Diane at

Joe (@guest_57711)
4 years ago

My wife has driven the RV but lately just isn’t interested in driving. We also try not to exceed 300 miles a day.

Marilyn (@guest_57706)
4 years ago

Who drives….. my husband. In California, if your RV weights over 10,000 lbs. you are required to have a Recreational Vehicle Endorsement —Class A non commercial endorsement. Very few people are aware of this. Even dealers!

Chuck (@guest_57715)
4 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn

Actually in CA if a 5th Wheel is less then 15,000 lbs an Endorsement is all that is needed, over 15,000 lbs a Class A non-commercial is needed. For a Class A motorhome less then 26,000 lbs only needs a Class C to operate. Class A motorhome over 26,000 lbs requires a Class A to operate it.

Chuck (@guest_57716)
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Correction, Class A non-commercial for motorhome over 26,000 lbs.

Ron (@guest_57741)
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

But if the motorhome is over 40′ in length, then the operator is required to have a Class B non-commercial driver’s license (NCDL). I know….I have one.

Sharon B (@guest_57698)
4 years ago

I bought a stainless steel collapsible straw on Amazon by Vantic for 4.00. It’s collapsible that includes a screw on tube and its own brush for washing. I bring it everywhere.
Regarding this article on anti fatigue mats….what is that? I also camp in tents also so I have all kinds of inflatables. Is that what you are talking about?

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Hi, Sharon. I think the tip is referring to what they call anti-fatigue mats like you would stand on in your kitchen — pretty solid but squishy foam. 😀 —Diane at

Drew R O Brien (@guest_57709)
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Anti-fatigue mats are those that you see anywhere people stand for long periods of time such as store checkouts, behind bars etc.

Jim O'Briant (@guest_57690)
4 years ago

Who does the driving? When we purchased our current motorhome 15 years ago, we agreed that we’d split the driving 50/50. My 50% was usually closer to 75 to 80%. Finally, I set up an Excel spreadsheet to record who drives how many miles. Since then, her half really IS half! 🙂

Marmot (@guest_57684)
4 years ago

Anti-fatigue mats will provide some insulation under your mattress, but will do nothing to increase support – how could it?

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Marmot

Hi, Marmot. The little tip says it supplies “added comfort,” not added support. I think it’s just referring to a little extra cushioning. 😀 —Diane at

Ken (@guest_57672)
4 years ago

What? No mosquitoes?

Tommy Molnar (@guest_57675)
4 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Yeah, I couldn’t find that either. But I DID read the “great movie lines”. Ha.

Judy G (@guest_57666)
4 years ago

Tried to check out the article on mosquitoes and got sent to an ad for cyber Monday – bug was definitely not a mosquito (-:

Bob p (@guest_57671)
4 years ago
Reply to  Judy G

Yep it doesn’t work

Susan (@guest_57665)
4 years ago

The “Website of the day” is not working. “Page not found.”

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