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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1282

Monday, February 24, 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

“After 46 years of marriage, isn’t it amazing when you can look at your partner sound asleep next to you and still believe they have potential?” ―Kaylin McFarren

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Tip of the Day

Why you should carry an extra hose

Sometimes as RVers we aren’t sure of what gear to carry. After all, there’s only so much space in the rig – being piled from floor to ceiling isn’t conducive to moving about freely. But there’s one thing you may want to carry more than one of: a water hose.

Keeping a long water hose in the rig is always a given, particularly if you frequent RV parks with hookups. But a short coupled water hose, just a few feet long, can make life a whole lot easier when on the road. Continue reading.

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Is my power inverter dying? A reader wants to know how to test if his power inverter is dying.

Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Come into the light!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 891Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “I bought one of these CAT CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times, and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.” It easily clips on to your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Chuck and Gail bought one too and love it! Learn more or order.

RVer wants to boondock but nervous about isolation

Hi, Boondock Bob,
I have always wanted to try boondocking, but my husband is nervous about being out in the “boonies” away from all support when we’ve never tried it and don’t know what to expect. Is there a way to ease into this way of camping without cutting all ties to civilization? —Joyce A.
Read Bob’s response.

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Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Weather app perfect for traveling RVers

“May I suggest an app that might appeal to many RVers? It’s called MyRadar. They have Android, iPhone, PC and Mac versions. Just the free high-definition weather radar is great (which can also show wind directions and intensities), but with a small additional charge, you get additional things like wildfire reports, earthquake locations, and even hurricanes, all shown on the map. It also shows ALL weather warnings/watches in the entire USA. (Like flood warnings, which just might save someone’s RV!) It can even send a notification on your phone for warnings. It’s a great app! I’ve been using it for at least five years on my phone, and at least two on my Windows 10 laptop as well as my Chromebook. Works great and never lets me down. You might want to give it a mention in the newsletter.”
Thanks for the tip, Gary Gilmore! We will certainly give it a mention in the newsletter…wink. 

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50 States, 5,000 Ideas, the best book for travelers!
This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

The term “RV withdrawal” might be applied to pulling one’s RV out of the driveway or storage area. But it might be better applied to the anxious feeling one gets when deprived of RVing for an extended period of time.

Website of the day

RV seat belt laws by state
Here’s a comprehensive list of all RV seat belt laws in all 50 states. It even tells you how much you’ll be fined for not wearing one.

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• A visit to the place “where the music died …
• Video: Why NOT to travel with your propane tank on.
• If you text and drive, watch this. Please!

Keep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here


Champagne can polish your shoes and in the early 20th century, that’s what most people used to do so! Give it a try and let us know how it works.

Leave here with a laugh

My wife and I had words this morning. … Sigh … I never got to use mine. 🙁
—Thanks to Robert Olson for this!

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2 years ago

How many rvers belong to or buy merchandise and parts from camping world?

Raymond Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Did not renew my CW membship and will get any future supplies from many other businesses that are lower priced. MR ” THE PROFIT ” is a shrewd and untrustworthy person

Rory R
2 years ago

I didn’t purchase my rig at CW, and in the last 4 – 5 yrs since, I have met some who have, and the majority have some sad tales to tell. I was taught where there is smoke, there is fire, so I avoid them like the plague…

2 years ago

By the way everything we needed replaced or repaired under warranty was done no questions and no charge!

2 years ago

Purchased my forest river 5th wheel new in 2016. Had a few minor problems, had to replace micro wave and electric fireplace. And a couple other things. Made this purchase in Byram ,Ms. Camping world there was prompt, very cooperative and I was very pleased with them. I have read the horror stories that some have had dealing with CW but I did not have such. I don’t like that it does seem Camping World has not been customer concerned, but my now 4 year old camper is great. I do take good care of it, it is stored under a shed when we are not camping. We are retired and camp at least 5-7 days every month and in 17 lived in it for 5 months. I expect to have this camper several more years.

Bill Duff
2 years ago

According to the current poll results it is difficult to believe there are 9% of the people uneducated enough to purchase an RV at Camping World

Joseph Weinstein
2 years ago

I echo the recommendation on spare hoses. We just set up on our first trip of the year. Our water hose was crushed, and our sewer hose had cracks. Both of these were less than 3 years old. luckily. I’ve paid attention to others and had spares for both. Thank you Russ and Tina, it’s great to learn from your experiences.

Don Nedrow
2 years ago

I bought a used Class C from Camping World. later took it to CW to replace leaking Black water valve. The design on my Tioga, the valves were a close Y so both were replaced. they charged me $65.00 for shop supplies. the technician used 5 shop towels only. i do not go to CW for anything anymore. There are other dealer/parts very close by.

2 years ago

We walked out of Camping World while shopping for our first RV, we did not like the two tier pricing for cash or credit.

2 years ago

Many years ago I found the 5th wheel trailer that I wanted at a Camping World dealership in Akron, Ohio 1,500 miles from home. I was assured it was in great condition. I arrived to find a handle on the fridge broken, a weld on the steps broken, light bulbs burnt out, and a few other issues that could have all been fixed for under $100.00. Overall I was happy with the camper and did the repairs myself but I was disappointed (I used that word because I shouldn’t use “really pissed” in this forum) that the dealer couldn’t have found the time to do one hour of work to make the experience quite perfect. I will never deal again with Camping World.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Impavid

Thank you very much, Impavid, for your consideration and thoughtfulness for not saying “really pissed” on our forum. We appreciate it. 😆 —Diane at

2 years ago

Never bought an RV from them but boy can they repair them. Lickety split. Had some work done in Michigan and an issue with the fridge in Denver. No problems. I love CW. And I sing their praises no matter what the nay sayers say.

Bill Duff
2 years ago
Reply to  jillie

Must be a CW employee 🙂

2 years ago

Anyone remember how to “spit shine” leather shoes/boots? Spent many hours doing that! Never tried the champagne route – I am sure you don’t pour it on – just dampen the tip of a rag and rub away in a circular motion. (Spit shines are cheaper tho!) Oh – by the way – shaving lotion works too – it’s the alcohol.

Very good video on texting – should include talking on the phone as well; and also a shot of the vehicle she was driving – before the wrecker arrived.

2 years ago

The article on RV Seatbelt Laws must be referring only to motorhomes. If not there is direct conflict between the information and what I found when I googled “States That Allow Riding in a Travel Trailer or Fifth-Wheel” being Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana and Iowa.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Impavid

Thanks, Impavid. Here is a “Digest of Motor Laws” from AAA which goes into more detail for each state: You can click on the state in the list for more thorough information. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

We bought our RV in the fall of 2017 and took delivery the following spring. We didn’t know at the time the dealership was being sold to Camping World. They just said they were remodeling. It was from a company that had been in business for many years. It was a big surprise when we visited the store a couple of months later and one of the salesmen said they were being bought out by Camping World! I said “Oh no” The salesman who sold it to us had retired. Luckily we only had a couple of problems with the camper. We took it back in August for them to look at, They said they would contact the company to approve the problems (Grand Design) and give us a call to make an appointment to get them fixed, We had to call them a couple of times and called Grand Design and Grand Design said it had been approved already. They finally had time to fix it in January! We had a few problems with the guy that looked at the problems (he was young and had a bad attitude) and when we picked it up, but it wasn’t too bad. Thankfully we don’t have to deal with them anymore since it is out of warranty and they don’t sell Grand Design 5th wheels. All in all I guess it wasn’t too bad. I guess it could have been a lot worse.

Sharon B
2 years ago

I had a Dometic AC installed at Camping World. Had also purchased a separate warranty . I scheduled an appt with Camping World and was in luck that my warranty expired a week later. They replaced the capacitor and now it works like a charm. Of Course no charge as I was still in the warranty time. No complaints.
I bought my travel trailer through I flew to Wisconsin from Florida to see it and bought it. I sold my popup through and can’t say enough about how I love that company. No commission no hassle, just pay the fee to list your unit.

John M
2 years ago

The video about driving and texting was good but the information is only good to the person that ends up inn some kind of accident. Many others think it will never happen to them till it is to late. Myself included sometimes. I don’t text but do answer a phone while in one of my vehicles when I am by myself. Always let the wife answer the phone. Still not an angle but trying to do better to protect the wife while driving.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  John M

I hear and read “the wife” often…but you never hear or read “the husband”…c’mon guys, let’s give respect where respect is due…

2 years ago

Yikes! Filling water tanks from the dump station hose? I’ve yet to see a dump station without a sign directly prohibiting that, but I guess they are out there. Even with vacuum isolators, I would advize not filling drinking water tanks from any hose located within 25 feet of a dump station. You have no idea what the previous dumper did with the dump station hose, and the opportunity for cross contamination is ripe.

2 years ago
Reply to  Gene

That was my thought as well when I read that.

John M
2 years ago

Even with the Good Sam Discount which I have most everything they have for sale is over priced. Plus they have so much junk and little trinkets that just clutter up your RV.

2 years ago
Reply to  John M

No clutter if you don’t buy the junk.

John M
2 years ago

Isn’t drinking champagne, and scotch like drinking Listerene mouth wash LOL

John M
2 years ago

Have had a private buy, a dealer buy that later turned into a camping world, and another dealer that sold Coachman’s. Two out of three were good coaches, the last one is something altogether different.

Kaeleen Buckingham
2 years ago

I wish I had known about Camping World what I know now. We would have never purchased from them!