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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1226

Thursday, December 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

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ― Socrates

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bathtub Party Day! (We don’t know what this is but we think it sounds fun?)

Tip of the Day

Slideout marks on floor or carpet?

We received this slick tip from long-time RV Travel reader Tim Slack.
“We started getting wear marks in the living room carpet from our slideout. I didn’t want it to wear a groove in the carpet. While at an RV service center, I was offered two strips of Teflon about 5″ x 32″ x 1/4″ thick. Each has nonskid backing. Now before I bring in that slide, I place the strips on the carpet where the marks were beginning to show. The slide glides in along the Teflon strip and then rests on it while we travel. When we’re setting up again, push the button, the slide glides back out and I stash the thin strips until next time. No more marks. My Teflon strips cost about $25-$30 total. And they’re thin enough to not disturb the adjustment of the slide. Problem solved.” Thanks, Tim!
[Editor: After much searching, I think we’ve found a product similar to what Tim is referring to, here. We apologize for the confusion.]

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

How to kill lingering RV refrigerator odors

Perhaps you’ve had the dubious honor of trying to clean up after finding rotten food in your RV fridge when the power was unknowingly out for awhile. Or (perish the thought) such a task may yet lie ahead in your RVing future. Clip and save this story — maybe under a refrigerator door magnet — just in case!

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 911MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
Give your phone or tablet a full-sized keyboard

How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.

Reader poll

The one on the right is real. The one on the left is fake, created using artificial intelligence technology (see the photos near the bottom of this story).

Quick Tip

Roadside emergency equipment

From John and Kathy Huggins: I’m sure you’ve seen semi-trucks along the side of the road with three triangular reflectors spaced out behind it. They are there to alert people to move over a lane as the rig is disabled for some reason. These triangles are inexpensive and should be in your RV safety emergency kit along with several flashlights and road flares to signal a night breakdown. You might also want to have an orange vest with night vision strips on it. Obviously, the best piece of emergency equipment is a cell phone to call for help.

From So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised] Available on

Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spacesRV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

At this very moment, as you read this, thousands of people across North America are daydreaming about their next RV trip. Some are at work, others at home, others just walking down the street. Daydreaming about an RV trip is not as good as taking the actual trip, but it’s better than daydreaming about things like mowing a lawn or ironing clothes.

Website of the day

The 20 most beautiful forests in America.
“Escape the daily grind with a trip to these lush, breathtaking landscapes.” Drop us off in one of these forests for the day (or a few nights) and we couldn’t be happier!

Say goodbye to back painRV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
As RVers, we spend a lot of time sitting while we drive from place to place. These orthopedic memory foam support back and bottom cushions will relieve you from any lower back pain and will instantly improve your posture. The washable covers can be removed, and a breathable mesh will keep the cushions from making you sweat. Look at all those amazing reviews! Click here.

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:

• 65 percent have a Facebook account.
• 16 percent have at least one solar panel mounted on their RV.
• 35 percent never wear a wristwatch.

Show your patriotism this holiday season!
Give a Presidential Chia Pet
When it comes to traditional holiday gifts, there’s one that just keeps on growing, and we mean that literally. Yes, we’re talking about a Presidential Chia Pet. This is the perfect gift for Americans who are passionate about their country and its Presidents!
Learn more or order: Trump Chia PetObama Chia Pet


Herbert Hoover was Stanford’s football team manager. At the first Stanford-Cal game in 1892, he forgot to bring the ball.

Keep stinky odors out of your RV (relied on by the RV Travel staff). Click.
Going full-time? Need a home base? This is the best.

Leave here with a laugh

We’re laughing pretty hard right now. This article is titled, “21 hilarious photos that prove kids are total savages.” You will certainly leave here with a laugh. Click here.

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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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Marilyn Granger
3 years ago

On one I-5 in north of Sacramento, CA and had a flat on our trailer. AAA never showed and stated they couldn’t find the exit we were on. Waited past the 30 minute time they stated they would show….changed the tire ourselves and were on the road in 15 minutes. Found out they tried to send out a truck from southern California (Buena Park).

Jim Lakatos
3 years ago

I clicked the link looking for the 5″x32″x1/4″ Teflon strip suggested in the article. Went through 7 pages of products searching and never found the item. What page and specifically what item is the author referring?

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Lakatos

Sorry for the confusion, Jim, and others who couldn’t find the product. I’ve updated the link from what the original poster included so that it goes to a product which I think is similar to what Tim Slack referred to. (I hope.) —Diane at

Phillip McKain
3 years ago

Was 2 miles outside San Simon, AZ waited 2 1/2 hours for Good Sam to send a truck from Douglas, Az about 120 miles away! Would have been closer to Lordsburg, NM. Not Good Sam service.

3 years ago

I’ve been stuck by the roadside, but never MORE THAN an hour.

3 years ago

I think more importantly, today is International Volunteer Day (for Economic and Social Development), but that it is International and mostly for Sustainable Development Goals….

Debbie Peterson Jenson
3 years ago

I did say a few hours but never while towing trailer- yay

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

I just noticed today’s issue number, 1226 – my oldest.son’s birthday. He would have turned 48 this year.

Debbie Peterson Jenson
3 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Sorry for your loss- ❤️

3 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Your son left too soon. Sympathies to you and your family.

Nancy K Michaels
3 years ago

Several years ago we had endless trouble with our truck engine. We had to leave our 5th wheel on a mountainous highway in eastern Idaho heading over Lolo pass when the truck failed and we had no cell coverage. It was the most aggravating situation and very frightening on this narrow mountain road! We finally got the truck to run a couple of days later and retrieved the RV. That year we were grateful to be home!!

David & Linda
3 years ago

Re: the survey. We were not waiting on help, but my husband spent about 2 1/2 hrs making an emergency repair (that held up for 5000+ miles). We were on I84 in Idaho in a construction zone on a hill when we had to stop. Thankfully, the construction crew had a repair truck nearby that had a few materials (threaded rod, cut to fit; nuts, etc.) he could use. That saved a 13 mile trip (1 way) to the nearest hardware store.

3 years ago

We had a similar problem with our 5th Wheel Slide. Ended up taking it to Lippert in Indiana for repair, since our DEALER was totally clueless and could not fix the thing.

Come to find out the Slide Room was NOT installed properly by the manufacturer and needed to have the SQUARENESS adjusted! Lippert stepped up to the plate and fixed the problem!

We tried those teflon slider things and it didn’t solve the problem. Chances are, if you are having similar problems, YOUR SLIDE NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED!

3 years ago

Oh my! That pic of the “colorful” MacBook. That was too funny. I’d be crying if it were mine but seeing that picture made me literally laugh out loud. Kids!

3 years ago
Reply to  Linda

When our grandson was 1-1/2 or 2 he put a poptart in our daughters disk drive, wanted to see what it would do I guess! Yike!

3 years ago

The link in the Tip of the Day directs one to Teflon tapes, etc. Nothing resembling the floor/rug slide protectors described in the article.

3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

My bad (I think) because it is more of a tape described in the article. Our slide rollers are wider than 5″ so this would not work.

James S.
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Can you give us a further clue as to where you bought them and what specifically the teflon floor/rug protectors you described are called/named? Anything will help. I am very eager to find something that will work.

3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Susan, if you scroll down through the list of Teflon products you will find 5 inch wide Teflon tape. You may have to go to page two also.

3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

And if your rollers are wider than 5 inches just use two sections.

3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Scroll down.

Dalton Mccormick
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

# item that appears to the right as you open the link, 3″ wide slick strip, says it comes 10.5 long, if read there comments the rv is in them (amazon)