RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1231


Thursday, December 12, 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

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.” —Aesop

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Poinsettia Day!

Tip of the Day

The best way to handle crosswinds while driving your RV

Headed into winds with your RV? You know that while tailwinds will give you better fuel economy and that headwinds will kill it, what about side- or crosswinds? These guys can be dangerous. When the winds are strong and steady, our tendency is to “correct” the steering to hold the rig on the road. But let the wind abruptly die, or you drive under an overpass, suddenly your correction becomes an over-correction. If at all possible, if winds are strong enough that you have to “correct” your steering, drop anchor and wait the winds out.

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RV weight terminology you should know

Everyone has their own ideas of what’s “important” to know about an RV, but the weight of the rig is one thing we should all be concerned about. For rigs manufactured since 1996, the RV industry requires the manufacturer to post an information sheet inside a cabinet in every coach. Here’s a rundown on terms you need to know – and pay attention to. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: When arguing, two people can both be right

Reader poll

Quick Tip

Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls

Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of one-half-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a one-fourth-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.

Stay warm this winter:

  • Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one, loves it! More.
  • This 12-volt electric blanket will keep you cozy. Click.
  • Camco’s insulated skylight cover keeps the heat in your RV from escaping. More.

Random RV Thought

People who are “homebodies” often prefer to be home more than anywhere else. But they may like to stray far from home on occasion. Sometimes an RV is good for a person like this because they can combine being at “home” in their RV with traveling to other places.

Website of the day

The local’s guide to the best diners across America
This list of the best diners in each state was compiled by asking residents of each state what their favorite diner was. Visit these for their classic food and nostalgic vibes. Some have been featured on Food Network — so you know they have to be really good!

These are the best books of 2019. How many have you read? Click here

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 3 percent are vegetarians.
• 26 percent never use a paper map to plan their itinerary.
• 4 percent would describe their exercise routine as outstanding.


In 2017, France was the most visited country. It welcomed 86.9 million people. Spain was the second-most popular destination with 81.8 million visitors, followed by the United States (76.9 million), China (60.7 million), and Italy (58.3 million).

If every human in the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder, what is one U.S. city would they fit into? Find out in yesterday’s issue.

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1162Maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slides, it means its seals are sticking and/or drying out. Applying a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks can extend a seal’s life. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner.

Leave here with a laugh

Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is? [Get it?]

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising 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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Married 39 years. Started off great and just got better. Best part of my life.


I cannot imagine staying in a marriage/partnership that made me unhappy. No way would I spend the precious years I’ve been given wishing my life was different. It’s all about choices, and I chose to be single after a 12-year marriage. That was 30 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.


…… 53-1/2 years and counting.

Mark B

Not the best recommendation for a heater. It is only 200 watts. If you are old enough, remember the heat from a 100 watt light bulb? Well, multiply it by 2. Not much warm.

Will keep your feet warm under a desk, but that’s it. Recommend at least 400 watts for a portion of the RV. If you go higher, make sure heater allows you choose wattage (like 500/1000/1500) because your breaker, cord or pedestal may be insufficient, so you can use the lower setting in those scenarios.

Don N

After 60 years, I can’t find a way out so must stay. I need her to cook and keep my medicines straight.


Yep, she’s the best wife I’ve had so far. 🙂


If the marriage question was given anytime during the first 15 to 20 years I would have selected somewhat satisfied or even unsatisfied, but I hang in there. Now that we’re heading to year 34, I’m so glad that I hung in there because now I’m married to my best friend that makes me laugh more than roll my eyes. The best years are now!


I love traveling with my MH.
My husband would rather garden.
He comes with me a week or two every year.
It’s not ideal but works for us.


Also, if there’s a strong crosswind you’re likely not getting a strong flow of air through your radiator. Watch your engine and transmission temperatures as the air tends to go across your grille instead of into it.

William Charles Karg

What does my marrage happiness have to do with RVing?


Been married 30 year to my wonderful wife. We are just getting started.


Married almost 45 wonderful years

Barbara Brooker

Married over 60 years and these are the best years by far. We started early at 16 and 18.


Folks that clicked miserable or even unsatisfied. Talk to someone; minister, counselor or whatever. There’s a better way to live than being miserable, whether its improving where you’re at or making changes. I’ve been there. Believe me, you can have a better life.

Bob W.

I’ve had over 35 wonderful years with the greatest wife, still don’t know why she puts up with me but I do LOVE her so.

Wayne Caldwell

I was told I had BETTER click on “I am very satisfied” if I I know what’s good for me. 😁😁😁😁😁

Tommy Molnar

It was sad to see how many votes for there were for being totally miserable in their marriages. I can’t imagine . . .

Danny Wells

Almost reached the 56th anniversary of married bliss. 3 children, 6 grand children, and the 4th greatgrandchild will be born sometime today. Lots of highs and lows but it’s all been worth well worth it.