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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1302

Monday, March 23, 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

“To slow down is to be taken into the soul of things.” —Terry Tempest Williams

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

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!

Tip of the Day

Buffing out your RV finish

By Fred Burns
One of the bigger projects in maintaining your RV is keeping the outer shell clean and shiny. This involves frequent application of a good wax. It also means using a buffing compound and buffer after a few years when the finish starts to fade or get chalky. Is your RV at the point where it needs rejuvenating? Read how to do it here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

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

Do I need a generator grounding rod? A reader asks Mike if he has to ground his new generator to a ground electrode, as the manual says.

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.

You dirty rat! Do mice really hate soap?

Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor. The reader had a tip about keeping mice out of RVs, and it’s a good one. Chris weighs in on the topic.

Reader poll

Readers tell us

Would you like to own and operate an RV park if given the opportunity? See what fellow RVers said here.

‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Keep your powder-type fire extinguisher contents loose

Every month turn your RV’s “powder type” fire extinguisher upside down and shake it hard, even tap the bottom of it with a screwdriver handle. The constant shaking and rattling of going down the road can compact the dry chemical in the device, and you need to loosen it up to ensure it comes out when you need it.

Random RV Thought

Having a campfire is worth it if you can cook over it. Throw some salmon in tin foil and cook it. Hot dogs? Yup. Skewered veggies? Delicious. It’s a fun way to cook dinner.

Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.

Website of the day

Virtually tour museums!
If you’re stuck at home or in your RV, now might be a good time to virtually tour a world-famous museum. Here’s a list of 12 museums you can walk through from your couch.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Wife critiques every campsite, driving hubby nuts.
• Another RV Horror Story, again about Camping World.
• The future of RVing is not necessarily pretty.

TOILET PAPER: If you can’t find it locally, you might want to try here.


Many people believe that Arizona’s Meteor Crater was misnamed and should instead be called “Meteorite Crater.” However, the site actually isn’t named for the object that created it. The crater was named after the closest nearby post office, Meteor Post Office.

Leave here with a laugh

I spotted an albino dalmatian yesterday. It was the least I could do.

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RV Daily Tips Staff

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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3 years ago

I like Today’s Thought. Makes me think. 🙂

len clancy clancy
3 years ago

i chose the reader pole but like the complete daily tips news letter

3 years ago

I selected feature article but I really read all of it. However, the joke went over my head today???

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Max

Hey, Max. (My late dad’s name, BTW.) It was an albino dalmation, which means it didn’t have the normal spots. So they “spotted” it — i.e., put some spots on it. Does that help? Take care. 😀 —Diane at

Bob Schilling
3 years ago

Mike, you asked about my ‘favorite’ part of the newsletter. It varies, often from newsletter to newsletter. I guess my favorite(s) are the parts that currently apply to me and my situation but I really like them all. Any article where I learn something new would qualify as a favorite.

Charlie Jones
3 years ago

Fire extinguishers don’t need to be shaken or beat on. The powder will settle back down very quickly. This will not prevent them from working. Apart of my job is servicing fire extinguishers. I have blown out many that are years old. If they still have pressure, they will work. This myth has bin around a long time.

Ed Stephens
3 years ago

I read the whole newsletter. I do not think that I have chosen a favorite section. Other was the only inclusive answer.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ed Stephens

I agree enjoy all of it.

Bob Weinfurt
3 years ago

I’m retired. The last thing I want is to have my time taken up with another job. I’d much rather enjoy my time travelling in my RV having fun in other peoples campgrounds.

3 years ago

Late coming in here but I also read this newsletter from top to bottom. sometimes having to put it aside and come back later. One of the best parts about this which Chuck so cleverly addresses is the ability for the reader to come back to an issue by clicking on a field he leaves open for that purpose. Sure makes it easy to get back on track or pic up where one left off or return to or read all over again, which i frequently do
Question – how has this person with a small dedicated group of people kept this thing going so long and constantly is able to fill it to the brim with new fresh reading material that makes everyone of us better people at home and on the road? That is one very good journalist in the wheelhouse

Thanks for the list of Museums – I’m taking a trip from the comfort of my lazy boy in the next few days when I have time after a day playing in the garage.

3 years ago

This is really not,to me , a good survey because I look forward to reading the whole letter. Sometimes parts aren’t as interesting as other parts. I like and look forward to reading it all. I answered the feature article.

Melvin Orcutt
3 years ago

What part of this newsletter do you look forward to the most?

All of It

3 years ago

I like the complete newsletter. Both me and the wife read the whole thing.

3 years ago

I chose “other” on the quiz, as I look forward to all of the newsletter! Thank you!

Jack Putnam
3 years ago

I read most, or all, but I search out Mike’s articles specifically.

Steve A Mangrum
3 years ago

Regarding today’s reader poll, the portion of the newsletter I look forward to the most is the RV Horror Stories section. Not because others have suffered economic loss and injuries, but their misfortunes many times provide warnings regarding unsafe practices or preventative measures. Plus, there’s good advice on dealing with unscrupulous dealers or manufacturers.

Bob Amoroso
3 years ago

I read each section on every posting. It’s like recipe…..if you leave something out……it’s not right.

3 years ago

I can’t say I like any one part of the newsletter better than the others. I read the whole newsletter every day.

3 years ago

Other: All COVID19 Information relating to RVs, otherwise I always browse right to RV maintenance topics.

Bobby DeArment
3 years ago

I chose “Other” because I find the entire newsletter informing and interesting. Nice work. Keep it up.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bobby DeArment

Same answer.

3 years ago

I chose “Tips” – but actually it is all of it! It’s very good. I sort of look forward to the Rv Shrink, Roger Marbel, Mike Sokol and the Rv Dr. (not in that order per se’) with their learned advice. Very helpful for us fortunate enough to be do it your-selfers.

One thing I really dislike is the political comments and degrading our President and leaders whom ever they happen be! They are elected by us – respect that if nothing else!

Thanks Chuck and staff as well. Stay well and be careful!

Jerome E Mueller
3 years ago

I enjoy all sections of the newsletter. It is much more than the sum of its parts. Each morning it’s a balanced cross section of what I like about RVing. Especially during the times I am not traveling. Thank you all for your contributions.

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