RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1296


Friday, March 13, 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

“A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.” ― Amit Ray

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coconut Torte Day!

Tip of the Day

Inspect your propane rubber hoses regularly or risk disaster

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A walk-around of the RV a while back caused a “double take” when passing the LP cylinders on the A-frame. The high pressure rubber pigtail – the one that goes between the LP cylinder and the pressure regulator – was blasted apart at the fitting. The parts for the repair were cheap enough, a couple of bucks, but that freshly filled cylinder belched its contents into the atmosphere. Total cost at that time: about $25. Still, that was cheap when compared to “what could have happened.” Continue reading.

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RVing the Oregon coast is a delight

The Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful places in America and easy to explore with an RV. The pavement is good, there’s not much traffic (except in peak tourist season) and there are many wonderful state park campgrounds (most with hookups and spacious sites for large RVs). Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Curing the curse of hard water RV plumbing issues

Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? Learn more or order.

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Where have you been all my life?
A useful quick tip from electricity expert and long-time RVer Mike Sokol! “I used to drag out a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean the inside of my windshield periodically, but unless I was home to think about and do the task right then, chances are I would forget about it until the next time I had to drive at night. My wife just gave me a pack of Windex Wipes for my truck, and now I can clean up the inside of my windshield any time it gets a film of streaky dust. Works great.” Buy them here.

Helpful resources


Stay up to date on RV and RV-related recalls here

Quick Tip

Easy check for water leaks

Check your RV for plumbing system water leaks easily. With water in the fresh tank, turn on your water pump. After it shuts off, signaling the system is pressurized, it won’t turn on again until you “call for water.” If it does turn on, you have a leak.

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

If you’re a beginner and just bought your first RV, here’s an idea: Park your new RV in your driveway and pack it up like you’d be going out on a trip. Live in it for at least a week. What did you forget to pack? What do you wish you had? What did you pack that you didn’t use? It’s a good test run.

Website of the day

The best road trips in Canada
If you haven’t taken your RV up to Canada yet, what are you waiting for? Here’s a list of the 10 best road trip routes across the beautiful Canadian landscape.

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

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.


Jackie Miley holds the trophy for the world’s largest collection of teddy bears. She has 8,026 teddy bears living with her in her Rapid City, South Dakota, home.

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To the thief who stole my glasses, I will find you … I have contacts.

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Never had a fear of heights until one day in my mid 30s, I was looking down from my 50 foot antenna tower and had to grab tightly until I could regain my composure. Only thing I can figure is it happened about the time I started to need hearing aids.


I’m not .afraid of heights but hanging out on ledges isn’t something I enjoy. Have never done a zip line or bungie but do enjoy the drop rides at parks. I so want to go up in a hot air balloon again!


i have never been afraid of heights. Just 3 years ago I rode the Zip Rider zip line across the Royal Gorge, already in my 70’s and loved it!

James Hudnall

I know that this is not a subject I’ve seen but would like to know anyway. Has anyone else have problems with Jeep 3.8 motor? I even had the”bullet proof ” 505 performance reengineering new upgraded motor. It is towed most of the time but does have 55000 miles. The last 5 on the New motor but it is back smoking and the mechanic said a cylinder has gone bad again. I use the best synthetic oil and change every 5000 miles. I have never had a problem with any other piece of equipment and I have to keep my stuff longer than most. That why I take such good care of what I have.
So if anyone has a similar problem I would like to know what your fix or advice might be.

John Baxley

The comment about water pump running after pressurized us not always true. Mine ran after pressurized for about 2 days- no leak. I had to shut it on and off each time I wanted water. The next stop I had shore water. The next stop back to water pump- it worked fine. No running after pressurized. Any ideas on cause?


I’m rethinking my trip to Michigan next month, not for my fear of catching the virus but the fear of what states and federal government are doing with the pandemic. Events are cancelled, schools closing, can’t find TP lol even on my local Air Force base lol, churches are canceling all services and on and on…this fear is bound to get people stranded as in overseas travel right now. My wife is visiting Michigan right now and is afraid she won’t be able to fly back next week due to closures of airports, we will see but if nothing else, I will go get her in my RV and move up my travels if I have to. At least she is with our daughter currently safe and sound.

And oh yeah, I’m not necessarily afraid of heights as much as afraid of falling and the sudden stop at the end…there are a few things I will not attempt like bungee jumping or hot air balloons. But I love to fly.


A leak? Not necessarily. May be the pump itself. Mine had a bad check valve. While technically a leak,no water was spilled to ruin anything.

Bob p

I was terrified of heights years ago, when I got my apprenticeship at GM my supervisor sat me down one day and explained to me that climbing on top of big presses was part of my job description and if I couldn’t do that I would lose my apprenticeship and be sent back to production. I amazed myself as to how fast I got over my fear.


We are volunteer park hosts for Oregon State parks and work mostly at the coastal campgrounds. I highly advise people to make reservations if you are visiting during the summer months. Spring and fall are wonderful on the coast and you can usually get in without reservations.

Bob Fuller

Be sure to use yellow teflon tape only for gas lines

Tommy Molnar

We had our 1997 Nash 25S for 16 years. As long as the water pump was turned on, we would hear it every so often ‘click’ a few times. We NEVER could figure out what was causing it to do that. No water leaks anywhere – that we could find. So we called them “Nashy farts.
Now we have an Arctic Fox 25Y – and we have the same experience. I have crawled all over and under this trailer and STILL can’t find any sign of water leaks. Maybe pressure release at the water heater? So, we call THESE ‘clicks’ Artie farts . . .
We shut the pump off anytime we’re not in the trailer, and at night when we’re in bed – just in case.

Jim Collins

Afraid of heights , No, Ladders are my problem, Afraid of falling is my problem, getting up on the Roof no problem , getting down is my problem, love Flying .


A simple conversion of speeds for travelling in Canada: 40 KPH = 25 MPH, 80 KPH = 50 MPH, 100 KPH = 62 MPH (65) 110 KPH = 69 MPH (70). School zones are 30 KPH = 18 MPH (20). These are common speed zones in Canada. Appoximate and accepted speeds are shown in brackets.


Happy to say we have done all 10 road trips in Canada

Mary Lavoie

We’re snow birds traveling around the south with plans to be back home for Easter. The current pandemic situation has us wondering if we should head home early or risk getting caught in a travel ban. Our state has few cases so far but we would have to go through New York to get home. Curious if any others are changing travel plans due to this crisis?

Judy G

Actually, I was afraid of heights in my early years. When I got divorced, the fear went away. Go figure.


All those teddy bears will be tough on an estate sale. Just saying.


As far as height’s, I was a GTE/VZ retiree and serviceman for over 35 years. In my job climbing telephone poles [25′ to 50′] was a big part of my job.