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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1270

Thursday, February 6, 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

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ―Truman Capote

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day!

Tip of the Day

Got a toy hauler? Get your stuff off the floor – and on the wall

By Jim Twamley
If you have a toy hauler you may have found a frustration issue in the “storage” area. It seems most haulers don’t have rails or cargo-fastening devices installed in the back. That’s probably because everyone wants these devices in different places, depending on what kind of cargo they are hauling.

One RVer we met wanted a place to strap stuff to the wall in his toy hauler, so he built and installed these “moving van”-type cargo rails on the walls. He also wanted to protect the finish on the walls and these rails are just the ticket.

These are easy to make, and I recommend building them from hardwood because softwood will not support a load as well as hardwood.

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To our many readers in the Puget Sound area: The Seattle RV Show starts today and continues through Sunday. This is the largest annual indoor RV show in the Northwest. America’s favorite “RV Doctor”, our columnist Gary Bunzer, will present free seminars each day. Don’t miss out!  Learn more and save on a ticket and get a free parking pass.

Don’t freeze the pipes of your RV

If you’re among those RVers who have found that cold-weather travel is a secret delight — with beautiful scenery, no crowds and clear, crisp, frosty mornings — and if you prefer to boondock, then you should read this article. It explains in detail how to keep your pipes from freezing without using a “noisy, propane-sucking, battery-draining forced-air heater.” Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Cars of the future as predicted by Disney in 1958

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Quick Tip

Preserve the coating on nested cookware

Don’t let nested coated cookware scratch while bumping down the road. Toss oven pads or dish towels between the pans.

This bandana could save your dog’s life!
If you have a dog, they need this! This easy-fastening bandana is reflective for high visibility at night. Even the dullest of lights will reflect brightly off this bandana, so Fido will always be seen. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

Always keep your motorhome or tow vehicle’s fuel and propane tanks filled up in case you need to rush out of town in an emergency.

Website of the day

Kid-friendly campfire stories
KOA gives us this great list of 17 campfire stories perfect for the kiddos. You’ll have the kids glued to their camping chairs with their jaws dropped open with these!

Don’t confuse RV light bulbs with brake bulbs
Mike Sokol and Chris Dougherty discuss a common mistake: using the wrong bulb for an RV light, which could mean trouble! Watch the video.

News for RVers #918, Sunday edition3-in-1 NOAA radio, flashlight and charger must-have for RVers
This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe – you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one 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:

• 21 percent of snowbirds travel more than 1,500 miles to winter
• 71 percent have measured the height of their RV
• 19 percent have been on at least one RV factory tour

Recent poll: Would you pay $17 for a bundle of campfire wood? Tell us here and see how others answered.


San Fransisco is mostly water. In fact, the city boundaries (232 square miles) run only 20 percent land but 80 percent water.

Lily Dale, a New York town with a population of nearly 300, is made up of what (or who)? We told you yesterday.

Best-selling printed directory of free and inexpensive campgrounds. Click.

Leave here with a laugh

Two strings are walking down the street. It’s a really hot day and they decide to stop in a bar for a drink. They walk into a bar and the bartender says, “Get out. We don’t serve strings in here.” The two strings leave and are quite upset over this. Outside one string says to the other, “Watch this,” and he messes up his hair really wild. He walks back into the bar and the bartender says, “Hey, aren’t you a string I just kicked out of here?” The string says, “Nope, I’m a frayed knot.” (Okay, you can groan!) —Thanks to George Bliss!

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2 years ago

Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes!

Leonard Chandler
2 years ago

Comment on: What flavor milkshake do you like best?…’Black & White’ (chocolate & vanilla).

Sue Hoffman Losinger
2 years ago

If I am going to add those calories, I want a chocolate MALT. No shakes for me

2 years ago

Other – Milk shake made with black cherry ice cream and chocolate milk. Just like the chocolate covered cherries you used to be able to get at Christmas made with real chocolate.

Deborah Font
2 years ago

Chocolate banana walnut malt umm good.

2 years ago


Laura Woodworth
2 years ago

can’t tolerate any dairy so no milkshakes. Besides, I don’t like milk and never have like it, even as a kid.

Dan Tull
2 years ago


Barbara Brooker
2 years ago

No Milkshake for me. I have worked too hard at getting thirty pounds off. Not going to sabotage myself at this point.

RV Staff
2 years ago

Great job, Barbara! Way to go! 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

I’d rather have a malt. Milkshakes are OK, but they’re kinda like a malt on the cheap. I still get them, though.

2 years ago

Yes, date milkshakes in Indio, Ca, or for the best ones: Imperial Date Gardens, Winterhaven Ca, near the Imperial/Colorado River LTVA.

Ed Stephens
2 years ago
Reply to  John

John when I was there the best were made by Coachella Valley Date in Coachella

2 years ago

#1 Jamoca/coffee, #2 wild huckleberry from Eddy’s store up in Glacier National Park.

Two Buck Chuck
2 years ago

Banana milkshakes for me.

2 years ago

Blackberry or Raspberry shakes during the late summer in the PNW.

2 years ago

Coffee milkshake. From New England and we are lucky enough to have Eclipse Coffee syrup and coffee ice cream to make this delicious milkshake flavor. There is no coffee added. Way different than iced coffee.

Jim Langley
2 years ago

Milkshakes are better than nothing, but what’s best are frappes (milkshakes are milk + ice cream while frappes are milk + ice cream + flavored vanilla or chocolate, etc. syrup). Unfortunately, most of the country and most restaurants don’t even know what frappes are.

Paul Sansaver
2 years ago

China Ranch Date Farm in Tecopa CA in Death Valley for the best date flavored shake!

Sally Summerfield
2 years ago

Peanut butter milkshake!!

2 years ago

Thanks for the link to the campfire stories. I really needed that for my grandkids. And some adults too.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

In NY it’s called a black and white shake. It’s a vanilla shake but instead of adding a shot of vanilla syrup, give it a light shot of chocolate syrup.