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RV Daily Tips Newsetter Issue 1265

Thursday, January 30, 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

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Tip of the Day

Electric power: You pay for it – learn to read the meter

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Spend any amount of time at all in a commercial RV park and you’re apt to get a power bill. Since power is expensive anywhere, it’s a bitter pill for RVers when they’re likely to be presented with a bill for rates higher than the locals pay. We’ve all heard the “cost of reading the meter,” “administrative overhead,” and “Huh?” excuses.

How do you know if you’re actually being billed for what you’ve used? In many parks, old-style clock-type electric meters are used, and many folks just don’t have a clue as to how to “read” them. Digital meters are a lot easier, but not near as common.

electric meterHere’s how to read a clock-type meter: Remember that each of the hands represents a single digit of the present reading. It’s helpful to recall that some hands turn clockwise, others counterclockwise. When the hand is between numbers, that hand is always read to the lower number.

In the picture, the reading on the meter is 43304. It may be difficult to discern that the second three (or the third hand reading from left to right) is really a 3. Why difficult to discern? When the pointer is close to being directly on a number, you have to determine whether it has actually reached the number yet, or not. The giveaway is simple: If the hand to the right of the one in question is past the zero, then the hand in question is to be read as higher. And remember: When meters are read they are NOT reset to zero.

So when you “check in” to your RV site, read the meter and write down the figures, or take a picture with your cell phone. To practice, you might read it every day to get the hang of it, and to see how little power RVers use — unless of course, you’re running the air conditioner! To know how much power or kilowatt-hours you’ve used, simply subtract the earlier reading from the present reading. Knowledge, as they say, is power.

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“Norse god” shows off many defects in new RV

In this short video, the owner of a 2015 Thor A.C.E. motorhome transforms himself into the Norse god Thor to show the many defects that came with his new motorhome and the difficulties of getting them fixed. The RV spent 5 of its first 18 months in the shop. Watch as “Thor” describes the frustrations he had dealing with Thor and the Camping World where he purchased the vehicle.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV driving on snow or ice

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Stick no more!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 868
An reader recommended this white graphite powder as the perfect fix for sticky windows. Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. He said his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” he explained.

Reader poll

Quick Tip

Handy, and considerate, night lights

LED “tap” lights near fifth wheel stairs, in the bathroom, and other places where a light is needed during the night can keep you from stumbling, or fumbling for light switches. Easier on your partner – the low level of light doesn’t disturb sleepers.

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Random RV Thought

It’s a cruel punishment to be eating a breakfast of cold cereal when the RVer next door is cooking bacon and eggs and the wind is blowing your way.

Website of the day

The funniest slang term from every state 
As you’re RVing around the country and hear a term you don’t understand, check it out on this list. How many of these have you heard (or used) before?

Be like Mike Sokol, use a torque screwdriver!
Most overheated wiring situations in transfer switches are due to loose screws in the terminal connections on the contactor/relays. This is simply due to road vibration and heating/cooling cycles. The solution? A torque screwdriver to safely tighten these screws. Read Mike’s post about these screwdrivers, and order one for yourself here.

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:

• 10 percent participate in one RV club rally each year
• 57 percent never unplug their RV from electricity during a lightning storm
• 31 percent always carry a checkbook with them

Recent Poll: How important was the exterior of your RV (color/graphics) when you bought it? Tell us here.


Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Her birthday is March 9, 1959, the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during the New York Toy Fair. Today, Barbie is 61 years old.

What color is a polar bear’s fur? We told you yesterday, and no, it’s not white. 

Leave here with a laugh

When the X-ray specialist married one of his patients, everybody wondered what he saw in her.

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3 years ago

I am a born and raised Washingtonian and have never heard of a yard or garage sale being called a jumble sale. A very large sale of that type held by a school is sometimes called a rummage sale. I have seen “jumble sale” used in the UK though.

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  CEE CEE

Ditto, Cee Cee. Like … huh? I’ve been here (in Washington) 73 years and haven’t heard that term either. 😕 –Diane at

3 years ago

I had to replace the 30 amp shore power receptacle on the side of my TT. The instructions said to tighten the wire clamp screws to 15 in-oz. sure could have used a torque screwdriver then. I may just go ahead and buy the one he suggested here for future use.

3 years ago

I bought my TV in spite of the fact that the decals were but ugly! Removed them.

Sink Jaxon
3 years ago

RE website of the day…In New Mexico Christmas IS both red and green chile on the same plate, kinda like half and half… but you ORDER it, you don’t PASS it! And shucky darn? never heard that one…fun site though!

3 years ago

Good Lord!! I’m a bred and born Pennsylvanian and lived there for 60 years and I’ve used a lot of those slang terms my whole life!!

Oh, and a prairie dog is NOT a ground hog!!

Danny Wells
3 years ago

I may be starting something here but for Auburn Fans the dictionary definition of Bama is absolutely correct when referring “Bama” fans. War Eagle!

Wayne Girard
3 years ago

I could make the same video for my new Dutch Star from Newmar. Took delivery in August 2019 and have only been able to use it for 4 weeks. Been at the dealers in Junction City, OR and Tucson, AZ for warranty work for over 3 months now and still there!! Also spent 4 days at Freightliner. 40 plus defects so far. Asked Newmar to extend my warranty since I am in month 7 of the 1 year and still have not been able to use the coach and they refused. I guess they do not have confidence in what they build.

3 years ago

Regarding that poll, Do military deployments count? Lol

3 years ago

Ha Ha, yes it might be cruel punishment to sit eating my Raisin Bran while the guy next door fries up a batch of grease and chicken cholesterol, but, I’ll be suffering through my bowl of Raisin Bran long after he’s providing dandelions for the chickens and pigs.

3 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

You do know the ability to process cholesterol is genetic, right? Diets of pure whale blubber outta kill native Alaskans faster but instead 48ers have the heart disease.

Sink Jaxon
3 years ago
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Rory R
3 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

A diet of pure whale blubber (fat) should kill Native Alaskans faster then fol;ks in the lower 48 states., but those in the lower 48 consume diets that kill them faster. He says that is due to genetics.. Plain english, the body compensates for the diets it is subjected too.

3 years ago

…been to all 50 states, want to do it again but not in a Thor RV ( gotta watch that video people).

3 years ago

Barbie is 60 years old and will turn 61 on her birthday this year.

Donald N Wright
3 years ago

Has the Norse god taken this video to You tube ?

Dalton Mccormick
3 years ago

I turned it off,I’ll be nice and say no more

Sink Jaxon
3 years ago

Donald, it IS a youtube video…

Jim Collins
3 years ago

Yessssssss saw it last year

3 years ago

If you often stay places that charge for power a good upgrade would be a $6 4way or 6way digital meter in your RV… zero it out when you arrive and power is tallied. In addition to watt-hours, these meters also give you voltage (to check brownouts), amperage (to check overload and to see if something is left on by accident when “shut down”, watts (to see genny load), and optionally PF and frequency (for nerds).

James Gorski
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

And what is this meter called and where to get it???

3 years ago
Reply to  James Gorski

RVT bans direct links. Search Aliexpress for “4 in 1 AC watt meter 100A” or similar for V/A/W/Wh or “6 in 1 AC wattmeter 100A” for V/A/W/Wh/PF/Freq. version. They’re are multiple vendors to choose from and free 3wk shipping.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

If allowed, 6way 100A for $9

AC LCD Digital Panel Power Watt Meter Monitor Voltage KWh Voltmeter Ammeter Tester Tools

Gary Smith
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I would like to know more about that. Is there a brand or model that can be shared?

Phil Atterbery
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Hi Wolfe. Can you state the brand & model of the meter you mentioned?

3 years ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

Linked above. It’s a generic meter manufactured in China so various “brands” are probably all from the same megafactory anyway.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

FYI: This “magic box” Wolfe is referring to would only be good for a 120V 30A RV connection. On a 50A 120/240V RV connection you would need two of these “magic boxes” as each hot leg would need to be monitored (with a ct donut), then add the two kW/kWhr readings.
Only on a pure 240V circuit would you be able to get away with one ct donut “magic box”

Connie Van Horne
3 years ago

LOL…. I grew up in Kansas in the 50s, 60s, 70s. Never once did I say, or hear anyone else, EVER, say ‘shucky darn’. Huh? Lots of other colorful stuff, variations on that “theme”, but never that.

LOL! Where do they get this stuff?


3 years ago

Re: The funniest slang term from each state. I am from Georgia, and I have never heard the one attributed to us!

3 years ago

IKEA has some great puck sized LED lights that are motion activated. Battery powered, sit them anywhere. IKEA has many other items that are sized better for in the RV use. One of my favorite stores.