RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1280

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Thursday, February 20, 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

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” ―Coco Chanel

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Love Your Pet Day!



Tip of the Day

Does your RV have a “cool” roof? Color matters

Sometimes your RV needs a new roof. It could be because of age, or it could be because you backed under that tree branch and tore a hole in your roof that is not repairable, or it just could be that you want to change the look of your RV. When shopping for a new roof, one of the things you’ll want to consider is color. Find out why in this tip from Dicor Corporation.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


The readers write — Hammer-toss at poor-quality RVs

In a hilarious and sad-but-true fashion, a YouTube feature we highlighted recently showed just how bad things can be for folks buying new RVs. What a nerve that struck with our readers. Here’s just a small sample of the many responses that came rushing in.

Yesterday’s featured article: Volunteer: Save on campground fees, do good, have fun



Reader poll


Quick Tip

Forgetful? Here’s some help

Fearful of things forgotten? Reader “jjmessy” sends this idea: Tie a string from one end of the driver’s sun visor to the other end. Now use clothes pins on the string to attach notes like “Turn off propane,” “Raise jacks,” etc. When ready to move simply remove the notes as the task is performed, and slip the pins to the dash mat or elsewhere, keeping the notes for next time. Thanks, JJ!


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Random RV Thought

Some rest areas are simply parking lots with a restroom. Others are elaborate with a full-blown restaurant, store and gas station. Rest areas in national forests and along rural highways are often in beautiful settings with trails to walk for exercise, where the smell of the air can be as captivating as the scenery (sagebrush in the desert or pine in the mountains). Of course, some rest areas are noisy and smell of diesel exhaust, which is further evidence that in life we win some and we lose some.


Website of the day

America’s top indoor attractions
‘Tis the season of snow and rain and ice and sleet and hail. Ugh. If you’re feeling trapped inside, head to one of these 75 amazing indoor attractions across the country. Fun!


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:

• 15 percent would like their next RV to have two bathrooms
• 68 percent of towable owners bought a vehicle specifically to tow their RV
• 14 percent say exterior paint jobs and graphics played a very important factor in determining which RV to buy

Recent poll: For long-time RVers: Is being an RVer more or less challenging than 10 years ago? Tell us here.


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Trivia

Who was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, until his death in 2017? Stubbs, an orange tabby cat, was the mayor for 20 years.

What is the hardest natural material on earth? Hint: It is found in the mouth of a bizarre aquatic creature. Find out in yesterday’s trivia section


Leave here with a laugh

I saw a poster that said “Have you seen my cat?” I phoned the number and told them I haven’t. I like to help where I can.

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Gene Bjerke
6 months ago

While I prefer talking with a real person, half an hour or so of awful music, poorly recorded, is very off-putting. I said “live chat” because lately I have been on the company’s website already, and it is just a click away..

jillie
6 months ago

I guess I never really thought about color on the TT. All I wanted was something that sleeps 5 and bunk beds. I love my 21 foot TT and the car that tows it. And yes, the vehicle was bought to tow the TT. The TT is grey and brown and the tow vehicle is navy blue. I guess it all works out in the end.

JR Thornton
6 months ago

Re: America’s Top Indoor Attractions (Feb 20). I guess there just isn’t much to do on the west coast. Just saying.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

I didn’t read the whole list myself, JR, but maybe on the West Coast we’re just more outdoorsy, rain or shine? Just sayin’. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

GeorgeB
6 months ago

I prefer talking to a live person …. HOWEVER, for all ISP providers, who make you spend 10 minutes with prompts, only to get a foreigner ‘tech’ who either speaks way too fast for their English skills or are totally not understandable …. I prefer going to the office in person (note, ISP’s do not publish public phone numbers for your local office).

BRIAN BURRY
6 months ago

Actually I purchased a 10 year old Newmar Ventana and upon having a slide issue called their Customer Service, the Technician was so very helpful, explained in detail exactly what to do and solved the problem. Then had a screaching alarm one morning after being in an RV Park and again the Customer Service was so great, explaining it was merely an alarm regarding low battery, how to reset it easily and as helpful as possible. Perhaps it varies manufacturer but Newmar has been truly helpful and wonderful!!! Even emailed me some technical sheets and photos!

DW/ND
6 months ago

I use a printed checklist on the exterior, beginning from the entry door going aft and around to the entry door again. It includes visual up and down as well as tire pressures oil/coolant and leaks underneath. My wife uses the interior checklist while I am doing the exterior. I also have yellow warning tags I made for the Tv antenna and power cord which hang on the steering wheel – as they are the last items to stow before start and/or departure. Even a sharp memory can forget to lock the fridge and that power cord! Only once about 20 years ago!

Jim
6 months ago

I almost always use the Live Chat option. Many companies have assigned their customer service operations overseas, notably India, so accent can sometimes be a problem on a telephone call. More importantly, I will have a written record of what I wrote and what they wrote. More than once I have had to use that record to insure the promise was fulfilled. That would be difficult with just a telephone call.

Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Jim

That’s the reason I also do a live chat.

Impavid
6 months ago

I have a Heartland Bighorn and called Heartland for help. Although my RV is out of warranty I had their tech on the phone quite a while and he was extremely helpful in fixing my problem. I am very happy with their product and customer assistance. I always try to find a phone number for a manufacturer.

DAVID QUINN
6 months ago

I always start with a phone call and follow up with an email phrasing it to the affect of, as per our phone conversation and to make sure I have it right…
Also, I believe I bought my 5er, a 2018 Jayco Eagle HT 25.5 REOK, from a reputable dealer and well built, from All Valley RV in Acton California. I’ve nothing but good to say about them from salesman Mike to Regina in the service department. Luckily I’ve only had it in for a couple of issues, easily fixed under warranty…front cap faded and bathroom mirror fell off, both times they only had it for a week.

Jeff
7 months ago

The Question / Poll of the day:

I have found that when your RV is out of Warranty, you can basically forget about getting any assistance from the Manufacturer Customer Service.

They will ask for your RV Vin number and then look you up in their system and never give you any assistance. In fact, if you call them on the phone, they will put you on HOLD till next week sometime!

I think they play games to see how many customers call in, are put on hold and they wait for the FLASHING Hold light to go out!

With the HIGH turn over in the RV industry, it is very difficult to get a response from a qualified individual who knows anything about YOUR RV!

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I don’t know what manufacturer you have but I can tell you that Newmar still answers my questions on an 18 year old Mountain Aire, if the representative doesn’t know the answer they transfer me to someone who has been around that long who knows. Newmar has made a lifetime customer out of me with their customer service.

Lee
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Buy a Tiffin, never had a problem with support. They have treated us as a valuable customer every time even four years after purchasing our DP.

Dave J
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

SOMETIMES, it’s not who one talks to but rather the manner in which one approaches them. If I was a manf. rep and when answering the phone I was greeted with profanity (been there heard that) I would probably also put the customer on hold and wait and wait and wait until a supervisor was inclined to take the call. Just say’n.

BobG
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Just called CS with a question on my out of warranty Entegra Aspire. I was immediately connected to a very knowledgeable rep, who asked for my VIN.

I then asked my question, and he gave me an exact/very helpful answer to my question, even though he obviously knew I was out of warranty.

He then politely asked if there was anything else I needed assistance with.

Same excellent response time and courtesy I received while still under warranty.

Dr. Willie Live
7 months ago

If I have a problem with product I send a letter by snail mail. Try to find the address of the big cheese of the company that makes the product. A lot time it works and a few times zero.

VitoNam
6 months ago

I too have had good results with a USPS letter sent to the head office. This was with Coachmen. The one time I did it, I got an immediate phone call asking how the problem could be resolved. This was with warranty problems, as my selling dealer turned out to be useless/clueless. We road tripped to Coachmen and they were most accommodating getting the problems repaired.

Connie Van Horne
6 months ago

TWITTER.
Tweet out your complaint (for all the social media world to see)…especially if you’ve been trying without success other ways. Be sure to tag the company in question.

Nearly guaranteed. So many people see that stuff, that the company will be quick to resolve (and ask you to reply to your own complaint that they were helpful and resolved the issue for you “in no time!”)

I’ve only had to do this twice, but same results. They couldn’t WAIT to get my thumbs-up reply. Which I was more than happy to provide…. when they DID fix the problem.

If it was an Amazon purchase, post your question or complaint on the product’s page. Many companies are eager to help and raise their rating from you.

It’s an online world now. Get techie!

Jesse James
7 months ago

Forgetful like me???

I use florescent wrap around tape on my steering wheel labeled :
1.Power Cable and Water Hose
2. Awnings—main and window
3. Satellite and raised TV antennas
4. Slides in
5. Jacks up
6. Inside walk through
7.Walk around.- just prior to departing rechecking the above, towed vehicle , compartment doors and windshield/windshield wiper covers

You can add anything you feel pertinent

Havent drove away without my power cable and hose since 2014

The motorcoach does not move until all of the tapes have been removed. You can’t forget to perform a security check if used properly each time.

TSC
7 months ago
Reply to  Jesse James

I do the same with slap braclets on the steering wheel

Dave from WI
7 months ago
Reply to  Jesse James

We posted our arrival and departure check lists on the back storage door next to our auto level controller. As I use the auto level the check lists are staring me in the face.

Cole Younger
6 months ago
Reply to  Jesse James

The tape and clips may be good for some people but I prefer “snap bracelets” If desired you can use a magic marker to label individual bracelets for individual items. These are the colorful bracelets made of plastic that kids sometimes get as a favor at birthday parties. I merely “snap” the bracelet around my steering wheel to remind me of what I have to do. They store easily in a tray on my dashboard.

Alvin
7 months ago

The question of the day would have been worded correctly if it had asked “If you have a question for the RV dealers excuse making machine which is your preferred…………”
Much more in line with reality today when you phone and get a grade school dropout who knows nothing about RV’s and lots about the phrasing in the RV repair excuse hymnal telling them how to stall a peed off RV owner.