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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1234

Tuesday, December 17, 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

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” —E. E. Cummings (aka e e cummings)

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Maple Syrup Day! (*This smoked pecan wood maple syrup is some of the best we’ve ever had!)

Tip of the Day

Important first steps with a new motorhome or tow vehicle

Got a new motorhome or tow vehicle? First rule: Read the manuals! They’ll answer a lot of your questions with what the manufacturer recommends – not necessarily what other guys around the campfire recommend. Next: Take out your camera and take pictures of the engine compartment. Later, if something goes wrong (like a broken belt) you’ll have a guide to help you put it back together. Brand-new rig? Write down what your “normal” operating temperatures are, put them in your owner’s manual, and you’ll have them to refer to a couple of years down the road, which might help you diagnose a problem.

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Maintaining the RV heating system

All too often, Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor, receives frenetic correspondence from coach owners suffering from a malfunctioning furnace, stuck in the midst of their travel, relying perhaps on a small, inefficient space heater, shivering under a heating blanket, wondering what they might do. At that point, his sage but simple advice would be to add another blanket! However, with a little forethought and a few preventive steps (performed now, before Old Man Winter awakens from his respite), you can enjoy those crisp mornings and evenings in comfy warmth, year after year.  Learn how in Gary’s article.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is a motorhome over 40 feet too long?

Reader poll

*Pssst: Here’s how to avoid ticks!

Quick Tip

Freshen your fridge

As a follow-up to our Kill lingering RV refrigerator smells article, here are a couple more tips for removing smells from the fridge, such as when you forget to leave your fridge doors open when in lay-up. You may be able to chase that “stale odor” by leaving a small saucer or dish of vanilla on a reefer shelf with the door closed, but don’t forget to dump the vanilla before you travel! Buzzelectric also suggests: “Straight vanilla extract wiped onto the plastic walls of the refrigerator. I’ve been doing this for over 50 years to ice chests.” Thanks, Buzz!

Random RV Thought

Make your ice at night – the box works better. Besides, unfrozen water will splash out of the trays if you are traveling during the day.

Clean your microwave with no hassle! 
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 910Is it hard to scrub off all that crusty gunk in your microwave? Admit it, when was the last time you cleaned it? Angry Mama, the miracle microwave cleaner, is here to do the dirty job for you! Add water and vinegar (maybe some lemon too) to this feisty lady and watch her steam away the mess. Within minutes your microwave will be sparkling! Click the image to watch video. Be right back, we’re buying one here!

Website of the day

Camping in National Forests
This is the number one resource, online or in the printed world, of campgrounds located in U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Every campground has been personally visited by the authors. Bookmark this site if you enjoy camping away from crowded RV parks.

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:

• 12 percent would not hold a non-venomous snake.
• 18 percent view the glass as “half empty.”
• 64 percent have a first-aid kit for humans in their RV.

News for RVers #923, Sunday editionMAKES A GREAT GIFT!
An ornament for the National Park lover!
Choose from a selection of beautiful National Park ornaments for the National Park lover in your life. Aren’t these so neat? We want them all! See more here.


There are more than 24 time zones around the world, but some of them only differ by 30-45 minutes.

What place has the world’s longest name? If you don’t know, that means you didn’t read yesterday’s issue. Catch up here (and try and pronounce the name!)

Leave here with a laugh

Spotted in Seattle: A motorhome towing a small car with this sign on its back window: “I’m a good car. I go where I’m towed to go.” —Seattle Times

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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

I worked for a timing company for many years. Keeping firmware in our equipment up to date with changes in Time Zones as countries wanted to be ahead / behind a day or even 15 minutes. Especially in some of the Pacific rim area. Was a full time job for a few programmers.

Diane M
3 years ago

We live on a farm in Tennessee, and ticks are a fact of life for us. We’ll get several of them off us spring-fall, and it’s a constant battle to get them off the dog and cat.

3 years ago

Couldn’t Noah have left tics off the ark?

3 years ago

As an old retired HVAC/R guy—- Stuff the smelly refrigerator full of crumpled newspaper & leave them there for as long as it takes to remove the smell… I have removed a lot of different smells this way..

3 years ago
Reply to  travilenman

I agree with Travilenman. My grandparents taught me this trick. Been scrunching up newspapers and put in fridge and freezer in our summer home while we travel in our motorhome winters!

Allan Colgan
3 years ago

In my younger days I led my conference camping trips in the summer. Including my times training and leading Boy Scouts, I have over 4800 miles of canoe camping and over 250 miles of backpacking trip, In all those events, not one person got a tick. Now, on one canoe trip I warned the campers not to swim in the lake because of leeches and they did and I had to remove about a dozen leeches from some campers who thought they knew better than me.

Beatriz Ameduri
3 years ago

I love the joke of the day!

3 years ago

Chuck, the tip on National Forest camping I’m sure will help many folks especially us, as we look deeper into the distance as we seek “getting away from it all” in our travels. Thanks

Sharon B
3 years ago

I hate ticks more than anything else on this earth! Visited my daughter on a farm in upper Missouri and I never saw so many ticks in my life as I did up there. I took the dogs for a run in the weeds and OMG I had over 25 ticks on my body. I enjoyed putting them in a bottle of alcohol. Every animal and bug is here for an ecological reason, but I still can’t figure out why we have these disease laden insects. ugh.

S. Whitman
3 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Natural predators of ticks include wild turkeys, wild fowl, wild song birds, amphibians such as frogs and lizards, insects such as fire ants, and nematodes or microscopic round worms. So, they do serve a purpose in the world. But, I agree, I am not particularly fond if them either! 😝

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

I know we haven’t run into any ticks in our boondocking here in NV, but when I was growing up ‘back east’ we kids succumbed to “chiggar” bites, which were not disease spreading but itchy as all getout.

According to local “experts”, the existence of disease in OUR ticks is almost non-existent. I like that. But we may get a Tick Twister anyway, just in case.