RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1258


Tuesday, January 21, 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. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Hanging this in your RV is one way to show your appreciation…

Tip of the Day

GPS home security advice

We have advised that you never put your “home” coordinates in your GPS, so if a crook steals your GPS and keys he won’t know where to go and clean you out. Well, we heard from Steve B., Kurt, and Tony M., who all advised putting in the local police station as the “home” address. (Would that be a case of “poetic justice”?) But then George B. wrote that he lost a handheld Magellan while out hunting 300 miles from home. About two months later another hunter found the device. Turned out the man lived about 12 miles from George and after tracking the coordinates to George’s “home” (in the GPS) he returned the GPS to its rightful owner. George says, “I’ve told this story many times of how my GPS found it’s own way home. One more case of having trust in humanity.”

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High altitude fuel-up – low altitude engine knock

We got a note from a reader who’d been on a road trip out West. Piloting his pickup with a V-10 engine, towing a travel trailer, he started to encounter severe engine knocking while in Arizona in the relatively low, 2,000-foot altitude area. However, his last fuel fill-up had been in Albuquerque, N.M., elevation nearly 6,000 feet. What was going on? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: If you RV solo, please do this.

Reader poll

Futuristic tow car from yesteryear has a periscope
This old car and trailer “of the future” are like nothing you’ve seen and probably never will see. Watch the old movie newsreel.

Quick Tip

Forward your calls at home to your cell phone

If you have a cell phone (who doesn’t these days?) and no one is home when you travel, forward all your home calls to your cell phone when you are away from home for long periods. Thanks to Bobbie Verstraete for this tip!

Random RV Thought

When driving or pulling an RV, be careful of low-hanging objects when you pull into a campground or gas station. Low branches can be nasty to RV exteriors and so can roof overhangs. There is, however, an advantage to hitting one of these obstacles: You will end up with an extra source of air conditioning, but probably not the type you would want.

Website of the day

The 50 best places to travel in 2020
Everyone has been releasing the best places to travel in 2020, but we like Travel + Leisure’s list, which has a good variety of everything. Take a peek and turn on that wanderlust!

Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

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:

• 8 percent have loaned their RV to a friend or family member for a trip.
• 57 percent of motorhome owners tow a dinghy.
• 45 percent never or almost never boondock on Federal lands.

Recent poll: Do you believe Walmart will still allow free overnight RV parking in 5 years? Tell us here.


New York City has its own species of ant. The “ManhattAnt” appears to exclusively live in New York City where Broadway meets 63rd Street and 76th Street. The ant may have evolved on its own due to isolation in the city, and has adapted to a warmer, drier, concrete-covered environment.

Did you know that surgeons who play video games perform better during surgery? Read more about that in yesterday’s issue.

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 865
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones, and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Leave here with a laugh

A hillbilly was driving his old motorhome across Alabama when a traffic cop ordered him to stop. “Got any ID?” asked the patrolman. “‘Bout what?” replied the hillbilly.

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Regarding GPS coordinate fears, maybe so. But worse is the Ham Radio vanity license plate, which advertises to sundry & all your call sign, name, home address, and other personal information. Enter the call sign into one of many internet call look-up sites, and all will be revealed.

Steve S.

Regarding today’s ‘Tip of the Day’, and not putting your street address in your GPS.
Please note that the GPS is only 1 way that thieves have to find out where you live.
Many people (myself included) keep their vehicle registration and proof of insurance card in their vehicle. Some people also leave their drivers license, wallet, purse, etc. in their vehicle. A GPS is only the most recent technology that provides your personal info. If you are that worried about a thief finding your home, be sure to remove all the rest of your identifying documentation.

Statistically this is the way most thieves steal personal items from your vehicle, as well as your vehicle.


Ha!, regarding the tip of the day. A very large segment of the population don’t need to lose their GPS then have a crook find it to cause them despair. Tens of millions share their lives on Facebook futile hunting grounds for the crook. Case in point friends of our daughter, departed for Barbados a couple of years ago, announcing to the world via Facebook when why how how much – the full meal deal – when they arrived back – the house had been cleaned our of anything and everything of value.

OMG people are dumb.


Along the same lines of the GPS advice I suggest you never use your home address on your vehicle registration and insurance paperwork you carry in your vehicles. If you were to fall prey to a car thief it would be very convenient for them to drive to your home, push a button, drive right into your garage and clean you out of all your valuables. The car wouldn’t look out of place to neighbors and the thief knows you’re not home and that you’ll be tied up for a while filing a police report on your stolen vehicle. We rent a PO Box and use that address on all of the type of documentation where a home address could lead to problems. It’s really pretty cheap insurance that helps provide a little peace of mind.

Ron H.

Yes, we still have a land-line home phone, in addition to cell phones. I like it because the audio is much better, it’s more reliable, doesn’t need recharging and it’s more comfortable to hold. We don’t get a lot of spam calls and only answer when we know who’s calling. Most calls are identified on our TV screen. Not a problem.

Thomas B

Last year before going to AZ for t the winter I forwarded my home phone. Worst mistake, all I got was junk and spam. Got rid of home phone. Hardly got any calls on it anyway. Very few spam on cell and can see before answering


Forward all my home phone calls to my cell phone? Not a good idea. I’ve shut off the ringer on my home phone due to the quantity of unwanted solicitations I receive and have all calls directed to my answering machine so I can screen the calls. Now if you suggest forwarding the messages to my cell phone I think that would be a better idea.

Phil Atterbery

Yes, the silicone tape that adheres to itself is a great product. I have repaired radiator hose leaks with it. Apply the tape, unpressurize the system, limp it in to a shop. Great way to water proof an electrical connector.

Michael Roach

My mother who is in her 80’s had a home phone until just recently. It rang constantly all day long with calls from unwanted solicitors and scammers.

Donald N Wright

“Turtle car” looks like a good idea, reminds me of a cross between “the man eater” car and the Dymaxion.


People still have a home phone? Ours is long gone.


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F4 Tape is Super when it comes to fixing many things.

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