RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1244

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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. Please tell your friends about us.

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Happy New Year from our staff to you!
What a year it’s been! We’ve enjoyed your company in the passenger seat and look forward for the roads ahead together in 2020. We appreciate your readership more than we could ever express. Cheers!



Today’s thought

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is New Year’s Day! It’s also National Bloody Mary Day. And it’s also National Hangover Day. Do you see the trend here?



Tip of the Day

Don’t assume there’s a dump station where you’re headed

Do not assume that a public campground where you are headed has a dump station based on what you read in a directory or other literature. Sometimes you will find it has been closed for repairs or even for good. If you show up with full holding tanks, expecting to dump on arrival, you have a problem. It’s always a good idea to seek out a location to dump before you arrive … just in case.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Loss prevention in your RV

“The bigger the RV, the greater the loss.” Or, put another way: The bigger the RV, the more “stuff” we can load up, and the greater the chance of losing the stuff somewhere in the rig. So the question is this: How do you keep track of your stuff? We’ve heard the high tech, the low tech, and the laughably sublime, and we share them here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Preventing winter freeze-ups while RVing



Reader poll


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Collapsible containers perfect for RV kitchen
If you don’t have collapsible food containers for your RV yet, you’re missing out. This set of four is BPA free and microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Never worry about taking up room again, these fold practically flat! These containers come with air-tight lids which keep food longer, and keep food safer. Order for a great price here. 


Quick Tip

Heavy-duty stove top cleaning in your shower!

Trouble getting the grime off your range-top burner grates, gas control knobs, even the cook top itself? Stop up your shower drain, lay down a towel, and put those grimy parts on it. Now add a couple of inches of hot water and sprinkle a half-cup of dishwasher detergent granules on the scene of the crime. Soak for an hour and rinse away the grime.


Random RV Thought

There is no such thing as the perfect RV. There is always something you wish was a little different. Maybe it’s a bigger bathroom, or a softer chair, or more cupboards. Maybe you’d prefer a different color on the exterior or of the carpet. Maybe it’s a motorhome that needs a bigger engine. Maybe the bed is positioned so it’s hard to make. About the best you can hope for in an RV is about 90 percent of what you would consider the perfect rig. If you do better than that, you are very fortunate.

What do you wish was different about your RV? Tell us in the comments.


It’s about time you cleaned those headlights…
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 916When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for less than $7, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Website of the day

The best things to do on New Year’s Day
Don’t know what to do today? Here are 15 ideas from Country Living to get you out and about!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Forget insect repellent: Just paint yourself with stripes!
• Potential problems with plastic bypass valves.
• Exploring the country in an RV is not a “road race.”
#881F


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!


Trivia

January is named after the two-faced Roman God of doors, choices, beginnings and endings. One face looks back to the previous year, the other looks ahead toward the future.

Why is New Year’s Eve celebrated in Times Square in New York City? If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you’d know.


Leave here with a laugh

Here’s a prank Laugh 4 Life put out in mid-December. Click the image to play. (…And now we are officially done with the holidays!)

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
. UPDATED HOURLY!


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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Tony F Stekar
7 months ago

After owning two 24 foot camp trailer’s I look for bigger and slide out. Found a forest river vibe NICE setup ; but didn’t know it is a park model ( 20 GALLONS ) of water . Not good out in two days! I also am not happy with fixing thing after every trip –something stops working or come’s apart!! Can’t even sell it , it loss 1/2 it value after a year! The BIGGEST problem is 32 feet long will not fit in half of the camp ground’s we visit; truck and camper together is 53 feet bumper to bumper! OUCH The nice thing about it is we plan to live in it four months every year now that we both retired, travel plans for 2020 are being made! We look forward in meeting some of you ; happy to get out and see USA ….

Nels
7 months ago

Chuck, Happy New Year to you, Gail and your editorial family. May the coming year bring you all that your heart desires. Have a wonderful 2020. Keep on RV’ing and keep up the great work you do for us who love our RVs.

Diane M
7 months ago

I don’t like it that the Christmas tree prankster jumps out almost exclusively at young women.

GeorgeB
7 months ago
Reply to  Diane M

Why?

Alvin
7 months ago

Geri and I searched the used market for years to find the perfect class C RV for us. We had the most beautiful little 22 foot rig, with rear diner, but we had to sleep in the overhang. We wanted a slightly larger unit with corner bed, and a bit more storage. Every single unit we found over that time, regardless of age, was a disaster or near disaster. People simply use these things up then pass them on. Most folks use the faux showers in these little rigs and if they do and they aren’t meticulously cleaned after each usage every one ends up smelling like hell. The owner doesn’t notice as the mould and such slowly worked its way into all the cracks and crevices ruining the space.

Then there’s the animals. We’ve never once been in an RV with animal (s) present where the RV doesn’t take a licking (pardon the pun) from that animal. That’s OK, for those needing a fur pal -not us – thus we couldn’t find a suitable rig with everything we wanted, and that wasn’t destroyed or near destroyed.
We bought new, and are extremely happy (two years in after I’ve sorted out all the bugs built in which should never be part of anything “built with pride”)

Today we wouldn’t change a thing in the layout of our special little RV. We waited for and bought exactly what we wanted and which fit exactly our need, as per floor plan /storage/ power train/ towing capability etc.

This will be our last rig, since beginning the journey in 1968, with a truck and slide in Blackfoot camper.

Richard Carlson
7 months ago

Have you actually tried those collapsible food containers with the Amazon link? Wondering if the folds collect stuck food. Also wondering if using them in a microwave embeds burned stuff around the edges.

Bob p
7 months ago

There isn’t anything to collect food as the bowls open fully and do not have any crevasses to hold food.

Becca Ray
7 months ago

Correct, bowls themselves have no folds/crevices to collect leftover food juices/crumbs/etc… The lids do have a silicone seal which makes the containers airtight when the microwave pop-up button/valve is seated. If one is not carefully cleaning the lids you can get food spillage in the small tiny space that would take a good soaking & perhaps careful use of a dull toothpick to get clean.

The containers & lids are dishwasher safe-still need to take a look at the tiny silicone sealing crevice on the lids to make sure they are clean after washing if you happen to get any food spillage in that area. As to burning anything on the container that would stick/embed- we have not done that. Suggest keeping an eye on your food cooking in microwave in these (or any) container so you don’t burn anything.

These containers can go from freezer to microwave and are a nice rectangular shape so they stack and fit nicely, and we love that they fold down so small/thin (in height) for storage when not in use.

TravelingMan
7 months ago

Random RV Thought

“There is no such thing as the perfect RV.”

What do you wish was different about your RV?

I wish it was a “quality” product and we did not have to work on it every other day…

Catherine
7 months ago

And where does Chuck Woodbury fit in the storage list profile? Just wonderin’….

Bob
7 months ago

I wish our current coach was 50 amp. while it is on 30 feet in length, it is our first class A and for whatever reason when it get about 85 degrees outside the A.C. simply can not keep up. Plus at 50 amp you usually get some type of energy management system which would also be nice 🙂

Jim O'Briant
7 months ago

I make the same New Year’s Resolution every year:
“I wll make no New Year’s Resolutions.”

Gary Broughton
7 months ago

Happy New Year.
We clean our stove when washing dishes. If you let it go until you need to take it apart to clean, your RV probably looks the same way.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

I absolutely agree Gary. The CEO here keeps all of the interior of our rig as clean and tidy as the day we bought it, me the same for the exterior, the running gear and so on.

After a life time in the auto repair biz, I’m qualified through observation that the owner is the vehicles worse enemy – where he/she pays heavily for the abuse, plus they get to live in their quagmire! Yuk!!! Happy New Year all – safe travels.

Connie
7 months ago

I make one New Year’s resolution every year, and I keep it faithfully, painlessly….always.

–> I resolve, for this New Year, to make no more New Year’s resolutions.

Piece o’cake.

Dr4Film
7 months ago

Now why would I put my dirty grimy stove top crap inside my shower versus just putting them into my kitchen sink to soak for a coupe of hours? Doesn’t make ANY sense and in my opinion a terrible tip.

Jeff
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Plus the fact you’d be putting Grease and other Crap down into your Gray Tank, that you may not be able to get out.

I wouldn’t even put it in the Sink. Take it outside is a 5 Gallon Pail or something similar and let it soak for awhile. Rinse thoroughly and Toss the Water.

If you use DAWN detergent, it’s BIO Degradable and won’t hurt the environment.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Tough to believe this being a PROBLEM. Clean the dam thing after using – EOP – end of problem!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Maybe some folks’ RV sinks aren’t as big as your RV’s sinks are? These tips are not “one size fits all,” Dr4Film. And maybe someone doesn’t keep things nice and clean, or maybe something icky boiled over and made a huge mess that needs to be soaked. I don’t know. But nevertheless, Happy New Year! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dr4Film
7 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

You are correct! I assumed too much thinking that a persons RV sink would be large enough to hold more than a few pieces of silverware. Either case for those that don’t have adequate sink space to soak the pieces of their stove-top then I like the idea of using a large plastic dishpan FAR better than a shower. Hope everyone at RVTravel has a Happy and Healthy New Year too!

Larry
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Some sinks aren’t large enough…

Jeff
7 months ago

Good Point on Dumping your RV Tank at public sites!

There is at least one Rest Area in Louisiana that was just updated, and at one time had a Dump Station, but is NOW Closed and Blocked off. Yet, it still is Identified on various publications that this Rest Area has a Public Dump Station!

Someone needs to update this information, but ALAS, it won’t happen!

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

The tip is a really good one, another reason RVTavel is so valuable.

I suspect most folks like the CEO and I only needed to arrive at a destination once with near full tanks, to find the site station closed/under repair or non-existent, etc to teach us to dump at every opportunity.
We had a situation we didn’t have any control over two years ago in rural Washington state, where the campgrounds sewer system suffered a problem necessitating it be shut down.

We were booked for three days hence, but had no sewer service – NONE. We left (ruining one full day with nowhere to go) after fighting like hell to get our money back for days we could not use – not good – never pleasant – completely outside our control.

We use Trip-Advisor a lot these days to scope out the best places to stay. A succession of bad reviews and that service provider will NEVER see our shadow darken their doorway- and this operation was one. If I could recall the name I’d name it but I can’t.

tom
7 months ago

Slimmer Driver and Passenger seats. My seats are comfortable, but bulky.

WEB
7 months ago
Reply to  tom

Passenger seats should be standard equipment!?!
Now, to get a slimmer driver, THAT may take a bit of effort, my ‘seat’ is also a bit bulky….

Stay cool

Bob p
7 months ago
Reply to  tom

Today that’s an unusual request, looking around the campground you would think people would be looking for larger seats to hold their fat butts.

Steve
7 months ago

My perfect rv would have the interior space/amenities of a 45ft while having the exterior of a 32ft.

Bob p
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

With the right floor plan I would imagine a 32’ unit could have enough slide outs to give the room of a 45’.

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

What I really want is Dr. Who’s TARDIS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARDIS