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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1306

Friday, March 27, 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

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”Nelson Mandela

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Joe Day! If you know a Joe (or Jo), celebrate with them!

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

How to repair a tear in an RV awning

Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs.

Pick a day for the job when the weather (both rain and winds) will allow you to keep the awning unfurled for several hours. Rolling up an awning with uncured vinyl cement in place is a surefire way to ruin your whole day next time you need to deploy it. Here’s how to fix an awning tear.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Out-of-kilter RV slideout

Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received the following letter from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor: “I have a 2011 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel. My main slideout started coming together about four inches sooner at the top than at the bottom. It does close all the way but then tries to come off the floor on the bottom. Can it be adjusted? But the bigger question is: What caused this?” Read Chris’ response.

Yesterday’s featured article: Ernie Pyle was a pioneer road-tripper

This amazing tool does so much!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 903This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Readers tell us

If you were thinking of buying a new RV soon, are you still thinking about it or would you postpone for a while? See what fellow RVers said here.

If you own a firearm, you must have this book!
Firearms laws guide updated for 2020

The 2020 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has just been published. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm when they travel. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines, where the laws may be different. Learn more in this article.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

How to make sure you get the right replacement faucet

Need to replace a faucet in your RV? Best to remove the old one, then take it with you when you shop for the new one. Some RV faucets have different spacing than “house” faucets and you need to ensure the less expensive (or greater featured-filled) ones from the “big box” store will fit.

Random RV Thought

Never put wet wipes or other wipes (of any sort) down your RV’s toilet even if they say they are “septic safe.” Yes, they may be septic safe for a home septic tank, but not for your RV, where they could cause you big problems. Read our recent story about this here

Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.

Website of the day

30 awesome DIY projects
If you’re stuck inside, here’s a great list of 30 DIY projects to keep you busy. We love the pebble hot pad. Be right back, off to the beach we go to collect stones!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• 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.


Each area code has 792 possible prefixes or “NXX” codes. And each “NXX” has 10,000 possible phone numbers attached to it. So, theoretically, there are 7,920,000 possible seven-digit phone numbers in each area code.

What happens when you put a grape in the microwave? Find out in yesterday’s trivia section, where we showed you an insane video of the results. 

Does your RV have slide outs? Prevent early deterioration – and necessary replacement – of the seals by treating them with a seal conditioner. Read more here.

Leave here with a laugh

My friend phoned me and asked what I was doing. I said, “Probably failing my driving test.”

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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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2 years ago

No boat. With amateur radio and an RV, I can’t afford ANOTHER hole to pour my money into.

Ed Stephens
2 years ago

24 ft Pontoon

Sharon B
2 years ago

Have a Hobie monohaul, 2 high end kayaks, and an inflatable boat. Did a lot of ocean racing for over 10 years and sailed around the Bahamas and Virgins. It was a good life here in South Florida. Where ever I wind up when I leave one of the kayaks will go with me.

2 years ago

I have an Argo, which is an amphibious bathtub with tank treads and an outboard.

I also have a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak in a cupboard… much more practical in the RV than a hard hull.

2 years ago

Fishing boats, fishing boat motors, fishing boat trailers, fishing tackle, boating accessories, fishing clothing, fishing license sales, fishing resorts, fishing guides, bait shops, trucks that are purchased to pull fishing boats, etc. etc. Fishing supports the above industries and their sales dwarf the RV industry so much its not even funny.

2 years ago

Joke of the day……. I hope it was a failed driving test! HANG UP AND DRIVE!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Yep, it was supposedly during the driving test. Hopefully they got a ticket in the process! —Diane at RVtravel.com

Debbie PJ
2 years ago

We own a 79 runabout~ hubby loves and has been working on. A 2016 18 foot pontoon, we love! 3 plastic kayaks and one inflatable 2 seat Kayak for camping. our home is across the street from a 26 mile long lake. Grand Kids LOVE to come here…. we are blessed!

Debbie PJ
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie PJ

Pontoon has a 60 horse, runabout a 125 horse, Kayaks people power

2 years ago

Pontoon (20 ft)

They are the biggest seller in powered boats mines 40 hp, my friends is 300 hp(59 mph)

2 years ago

If my math is correct there is 6.2 Billion numbers in the 10 digit phone system

2 years ago

A trailer is nothing more than a boat with tires.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kenn

They are both holes you throw money into and love it.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

It’s interesting that there are so few with a sailboat. I went from sailboats to an RV — I was attracted to Class B because the layout is much the same as a sailboat cabin. By the way, I currently have two kayaks.

Pat G
2 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

About 50 years ago we also had a sail boat and a tent. Several years after we gave up tenting for a tent trailer, the crew grew up & left home, so we donated it to a kids sailing group..It was a 13 ft Blue Jay. Made by my woodworker husband.

2 years ago

Pontoon…aka the floating patio.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

The closest we’ve come to ‘yachting’ is the two 12′ kayaks we bought the year I retired. Outside of the necessary safety gear we got with them, we haven’t spent an extra dime on them (except for the Hulivators).

Gregory Brott
2 years ago

A heartfelt thank-you for this newsletter and the bit of normalcy it provides to this crazy world daily!

Gary Byler
2 years ago

We do not own a boat yet. Until the COVID-19 pandemic we were doing our best to decide which particular boat we would like to purchase. Thus we a result cruises have been booking themselves onto our calendar. I think in all probability we will resume after the pandemic is over. EnshAllah.

Bob Amoroso
2 years ago

B = Break
O = Out
A = Another
T = Thousand

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Amoroso

Yes indeed Bob, a boat is like a pet it owns you from the day you get it till the day it departs you.

2 years ago

A boat you ask. Where is the fishing boat category. I have 2 fishing boats, a couple of canoes and a kayak. We live on the lake so it is a great way to be on the water.

Rich Thelen
2 years ago

Ref: slide out of kilter. I have read this paragraph several times and am confused as to what the problem is. Isn’t the slideroom suppose to seal at the top first, then the bottom? I fail to understand the problem.

Mike in Texas
2 years ago

The two happiest days in your life are the day you bought your boat, and the day you sold it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mike in Texas

One of the unhappiest days in my boat ownership, was the day I forgot the boat was on top of the Suburban and i went under the bow river Bridge in Banff and came out the other side with no boat on the rack. It wasn’t all bad.
Picking up ALL the pieces sure provided a lot of entertainment for the folks on the bridge above looking down on dumbo. If that had happened today I’d have been an “internet (youtube) sensation”

Lee Ensminger
2 years ago

Our boat is a trawler, our marine RV…