Monday, December 5, 2022


RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1319


Wednesday, April 15, 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

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day!

The news about the coronavirus/COVID-19 has slowed. Few RVers are moving about now, and most national parks, state parks and public campgrounds are temporarily closed. So there’s little need for us to spend a lot of time producing this daily news update when there are other important matters to attend to. We’ll continue our weekly coronavirus report on Sundays, and when important breaking news occurs we’ll report it right in that day’s newsletter, whether it’s RV Travel or RV Daily Tips. 

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

RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Embracing technology and its lingo”

We have asked readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days.

“We’ve been full-time RVers since 2016, traversing the country from season to season to visit family and friends and touring the National Parks, our ultimate passion, along the way. At this point in April, we were to be in Texas, where we had planned a six-week tour of every National Park and National Park unit in that state. Our tour was to coincide with a week of classroom study at the NRVIA to begin the RV inspector certification process. Suddenly, everything changed…” Continue reading Pat and John’s story.

Tip of the Day

Use creative exercises to tune up your life

By Greg Illes
Exercise shouldn’t mean that you have to curl a telephone pole with your fellow Navy Seals. In fact, it can be done differently, with good effect. …

Sadly, as RVers, we tend to sit a lot. Sit and drive, sit and camp, sit and talk. So some exercise is really important to keep healthy and fit. Read more for some fun tips.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

RV Electricity

Reminder: Mike Sokol asked his friends at Southwire to come up with a prize for a contest this week, and they supplied him with half a dozen of their really nice 3-meter kits. Read how you can win one of these great prizes.

Use your RV levelers to lift a tire off the ground?

One of the biggest “helpers” that Class A motorhome owners often have is a good leveler system. At the push of a button or two, their rig is soon leveled up and stable, ready for an overnight, or weeks, without any fuss. But when leveling, is it okay to leave a wheel or wheels off the ground? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: One couple’s top five RVing frustrations

Reader poll

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.

Readers tell us

How often do you cook dinner from scratch? Find out what fellow RVers said here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Secure your RV awning while traveling

Reader Mark Walsh says he gets peace of mind regarding his RV awning while traveling. How? “I use a large piece of Velcro wound several times around each arm of the awning up near the top. I have to use a picnic table or ladder to get it there but it takes away the worry.” Thanks, Mark!

Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.

Random RV Thought

As spring comes into full force, it’s a good idea to check your RV all over for water leaks. You don’t want a hidden leak to cause severe damage to your rig. Here are some tips to help you check.

Website of the day

Awe-inspiring photos from the longest hikes in the world
OK, so maybe you don’t feel like hiking distances over 1,000 miles, but some people do and, lucky for us, we get to sit at home and look at photos of those trails. These photos from long hikes around the world are sure to inspire wanderlust.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Don’t stop at “making” memories in an RV.
• Telltale signs full-time RVing is not for you.
• The many uses for WD-40.

How to deal with bugs that go “splat” on your windshield
Every day, bugs end their short lives by splatting against the front of our RVs or tow vehicles leaving a greasy, sticky mess. What’s the best thing to use to make those windshields shine again? Find out here.


If the Statue of Liberty needed a pair of shoes, they’d have to be size 879 to fit.

*Extreme ironing is a real sport in where you iron clothes in… what? We told you yesterday.

Leave here with a laugh

I went to KFC to get the kids something to eat. They wanted the kids’ meal with a leg so I said, “Kids’ meal with the leg.” The lady says, “Which side?” Complete silence from me as I heavily contemplate such an odd decision. “I guess the right side. I don’t know what the difference is.” After several moments of laughter she says, “No, honey. Which side would you like to go with the leg? Mashed potatoes or wedges?” —Author unknown.

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These parks are open for business for self-isolating and have asked that we spread the word.

Big Chief RV Resort, Burnet, Texas
Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park, Staunton, Virginia
Oakwood RV Resort, Fredericksburg, TX
Larsson’s Crooked Creek RV Resort, Hill City, SD

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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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Rory R
2 years ago

RE: today’s poll, We have 8 kids, all grown, 15 grandkids, 12 of whom are are at least 18, and 6 great grands. They live in Ca, AZ, NV and Fl. Add in the relatives who live in Wa., La.. Tx. Mi, Oh, Pa, NY, Wy, Co, and SD and you can see why I had no problem justifying a MH to my spouse.

2 years ago

Securing the awning arms will not stop an awning from unrolling, on a manual awning the only thing that will keep it from unrolling in the wind is the latch. You have to stop the awning tube from turning to keep the awning rolled. Don’t believe me get a ladder climb up unlatch the roller tube now unroll the awning with the legs still tied together.
Here’s what you need to do take your awning rod, walk to the back of the awning see the hole in the end of the roller tube where you slide in the pull down strap. Slide the end of your awning rod into that hole the rod will now be hanging down next to the awning leg. Take a length of rope run it through the loop and down through a hole in the bottom of the awning foot tie the ends together the awning roll is now locked and can not unroll if the latch breaks.
I like to re-bend the awning rod so the part that fits through the pull down strap is about 8 inches or longer so it can’t back out of the roller tube. Made some longer one’s up out of polished SS. If you want take some Velcro and wrap it around the rod and awning leg it will keep them from making noise.

Joe & Helen
2 years ago

Agree with Jim Collins about expanding the Grandkids question.
We have 8 children and they have blessed us with 35 Grandchildren and 31 Great Grands with the 32nd due in July. We started a Family Camping tradition in 1987 and the kids said lets do this every year. So the eight kids agreed to take turns making the arrangements so we have only had to do the planning every ninth year. Our 34th annual event is scheduled for this June providing the State of WA opens back up by then. Two of our kids now have an RV, two have trailers, some still tent, others rent a cabin. One of the Grand-kids has a pop up trailer. Guess we have a real RVing Family and they plan to keep on going after the Lord calls us home,

Diane Mc
2 years ago

Traveling east bound on I-70 middle of Kansas. Heard a loud noise. We knew it had something to do with awning. Pulled to side of the road. Full length awning, on 40 ft motorhome, gone. We walked down the interstate a bit. Nothing. Unbelievably, we saw something across the interstate. We drove to the next exit and came back west bound. There it was, on the side of the road. It had traveled across 4 lanes of an interstate, where the speed limit was 70mph. By the grace of God, it didn’t hit anyone. We were both literally shaking so fearful it had hit someone. We took pictures as we could see where the latch was snapped off. Turns out, Newmar said it failed and authorized a new awning, no cost to us. After that, we bought fly fishing rod wraps that have Velcro. One on each awning leg, always. Since the winds tend to blow like that in Kansas, we have never been back that way again.

2 years ago

While traveling thru SD, we too had our 18′ Dometic 9100 awning begin to unroll on one end. I managed to secure it on a frontage road. In the next town I bought two 1/4″ diameter pins with ball locks on the ends. I drilled a 1/4″ hole thru each awning arm set at shoulder height and at about a 30 deg. down angle, and inserted the pins! No other problems over the last several years. I also added the pins to my exterior check list!

Mary Hazel
2 years ago

Loved the Tolkien quote

2 years ago

Travelling in my 22′ Itasca SunFlyer Class A (how I wish I still had that!) on Hiway 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge I had an awning experience. The wind was from the east (I was headed east into its teeth) at about 30mph and it was late afternoon in June. I happened to notice my rigs shadow to my left had a huge flag flying above it! I slowed way down and pulled over next chance I got to find my awning had unfurled … what fun getting it back together and tied up in that wind! No damage as far as I could tell.

Jim Collins
2 years ago

You should have asked about grands and great grands, We had two girls plus + 5 bonus girls, now we have 10 grands, and 14 great grands, and 10 great great grands

Pat G
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Collins

I hope you realize just how lucky you are..Can never have too many grands..We were robbed..3 grands, 1great grand..

John M
2 years ago

Laugh of the day was good. Helps keeping you smiling

Greg Gimlick
2 years ago

Any updates on Gary Bunzer?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Gimlick

Hi, Greg. If/when Chuck hears anything about Gary, he adds it to the top of this post: But, so far as I know, there’s no change. —Diane at (one of Gary’s biggest fans)