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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1232

Friday, December 13, 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

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” —Henry Ford

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Violin Day! Oh, and Happy Friday the 13th!

Tip of the Day

Test the RV’s features for noise before you buy

Are you shopping for a brand-new or new-to-you RV? While in the final process of buying an RV, be sure to test the rig’s water pump and furnace to see how noisy they are. On some inexpensive RVs, the water pump may be poorly insulated and make a horribly loud sound. The furnace fan may be noisy, as well. Also check for the placement of electrical outlets. On some units their locations will make little sense and prove inconvenient once you are on the road.

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Dump station “engineering” comes up short

The old joke about “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as Russ and Tiña De Maris are concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had a dump station experience like theirs that leads to such a question. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV weight terminology you should know

Hang up the heavy stuff!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 880
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some on Amazon here.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at our recent November Recalls newsletter if you haven’t already. Make sure your RV or other vehicle isn’t on the list.

Reader poll

Save money with these reusable silicone bags
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 913Never waste money on plastic bags again! This 4-pack of reusable silicone food bags have an airtight seal and are leak-proof, keeping food fresh for longer. Easily freeze the bags, and even run them through the dishwasher once you’re done using them. This plastic bag alternative won’t harm the environment, and instead provides a solution that you can wash, rinse and reuse to your heart’s content! Learn more or order.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Night settings reduce glare after dark

Many rear-view monitors found on motorhomes will adjust automatically, or they have settings (a switch) for day and night usage. Change your setting as needed. Using the night setting will greatly reduce glare and be easier on your eyes when driving at night or on heavily overcast days. This will be similar to decreasing the brightness of your dash lights. Thanks to Ron Jones,

Where to camp for free or less than $20. Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.

Random RV Thought

Why do many RV parks have sites that are not level? If they go to all the trouble to create a park, then they should make sure the pads are level.

Website of the day

Maximum trailer and RV lengths in California State Parks
A complete list of maximum RV and trailer lengths allowed to stay at all California state parks, beaches, recreation areas and historic parks. Click on the park name for reservation information, directions to get there, and more.

Pan liners protect kitchenware while driving
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 912These 9 pot protectors come in three sizes and are perfect for placing between pots, pans, plates and bowls while driving down the road. Nobody likes arriving at the campsite to find broken or scratched kitchenware! 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.


The world’s quietest room is in the Microsoft headquarters in Washington state. The lab room measures a background noise of -20.35 dBA, which is 20 decibels below the threshold of human hearing and breaks previous records for spaces that were deemed the planet’s quietest places, according to CNN.

Which country is the most visited country in the world? Yesterday’s issue gave you the answer!

Leave here with a laugh

An RVer in a motorhome got hopelessly bogged down in an unexpected muddy hole along a dirt road. After a few minutes, a passing farmer drove by on his tractor and offered to pull him out for a mere $20.

After the motorhome was back on dry ground, the RVer said to the farmer, “At only $20, I bet you’re pulling vehicles out of this mud day and night.”

“Can’t,” replied the farmer. “At night I haul water for the hole.”

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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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3 years ago

“Dump station “engineering” comes up short”
“If they go to all the trouble to create a park, then they should make sure the pads are level.”

Absolutely!! These are my two all time biggest complaints against RV Parks. This is the same as merchants selling faulty merchandise.
Just a few more hours spent initially could save future RVers spending untold hours leveling and struggling to empty tanks!!!

3 years ago

During my working life I had to install some Equipment at Microsoft headquarters. There was no talking in hallways, all meetings were in closed conference rooms and we had to work at night due to using some power tools to do the install. Made too much noise.

3 years ago

Last cup of coffee I had was in 1971! Pulling guard duty in Saigon and that is the only thing the chow wagon had to drink!

3 years ago
Reply to  Zoom

I’ve had the coffee off the chow wagon….that’s enough to swear anyone off of coffee!

James E O'Briant
3 years ago

Another option for the coffee poll:
“I rarely drink coffee, but when I do, I use about 50% creamer. The creamer is Bailey’s Irish Cream.

3 years ago

I think you’re too heavy on the coffee.

Thomas Becher
3 years ago

Next poll for you Chuck.
How many buy their coffee brewed vs brewing it yourself?
My granddaughter buys hers and spend over $10 a day.Can’t get it her head to make it herself. She’d own a Yeti cup and thermos in a very short time.

3 years ago

Love the smell, never acquired a taste.

3 years ago

The CEO and I have been drinking our coffee with a shot of Baileys Irish cream for many years. In Canada Baileys has become so expensive we started to look for alternatives. First we bought copycat versions, but they turned out to be just as expensive because we had to put twice as much in to get the same effect as a small shot of the real thing. Then poking around in Costco one day we discovered Baileys Coffee Creamer,(made with real cream) in a two liter (Canada) 2 pack for $7-something. Cheap Cheap & does the job perfectly using the real thing, at about 1/6th the cost. Perfect solution for us.

3 years ago

If you don’t like your coffee black then you don’t like coffee.

3 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Spoiler – Snayte – just kidding. We still call it coffee. When I meet my buds for “coffee” at the A&W, I put a few drops of that Baileys creamer mentioned in another post in my reusable take out cup before leaving home, then later tell the A&W gal, I have added cream already.
One day she asked what was so special about “my cream”. I told her I have a rare health problem requiring a daily dosage of Himalayan Goats Milk. She took it hook line and sinker.

3 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

People like different things than you. Get over it.

3 years ago

My coffee comes with a flavored creamer of some sorts which already includes a sweetener PLUS whipped cream on top. All other coffees prepared otherwise pales in comparison! One cup a day to start my morning each and every day.

3 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I use Creamora’s Hazelnut Creamer that includes a sweetener……but on the poll said both cream and sweetener.

Brenda R
3 years ago

I voted for black coffee, but I’d like to add that I drink decaffeinated with butter and coconut oil.

3 years ago

I take my coffee with a shot of Irish creme every morning.

3 years ago

I tried a sip of coffee when I was 14. Hated it. Never had another sip for 46 yrs. But I do start the wife’s coffee maker every morning, so it’s ready when she awakens.

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

I like my coffee sweet and hot. Just like my bride.

3 years ago

In the middle 70’s, Reader’s Digest had a small note on how many calories you consumed in a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. Suggested drinking it black. Took about two weeks, but I’ve never been back.

3 years ago

On your Random RV thought today. I couldn’t agree more! However, some parks we’ve stayed at reminded us that the the requirements for building these parks was from the building and safety department, which requires water or storm runoffs. On the flip side, look what’s happening around the world in those parks that have flat areas, and major flooding! Hint, keep leveling blocks in your rig, in case you land one of these spots!

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Ran

Does ANYONE not carry leveling blocks with them?

Bob p
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar