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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 11, 2020


Issue 1337
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

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Twilight Zone Day!

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

Tip of the Day

Understanding your propane regulator

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Unless your RV is a motorhome, chances are good it has an automatic changeover regulator. We say that, as motorhomes come equipped with a single propane tank and all others commonly have two removable LP cylinders. We’ll use the terms “LP” and “propane” interchangeably.

Having two removable containers is really a blessing. If one goes “dry,” it’s a quick and easy step to take the empty out for a refill, leaving the other container with the rig, keeping stuff like the refrigerator operating. No need to move the RV to refuel the propane. What makes this setup work so well is an automatic changeover regulator. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

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

How to meter a fuse. A reader asks Mike how to tell if a fuse is good or bad by measuring it with a meter.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Dealing with ticks — an expert’s advice

If your travels take you to tick country, be on the lookout for these biting and often disease-carrying insects. Here are the latest “tick tips” from Amanda Roome, an expert in ticks with Binghamton University. Learn more.

Reader poll

How often do you play Solitaire?
Please tell us here.

Readers tell us

How many bumper stickers are on your RV or tow vehicle? Find out what fellow RVers said here.

Keep mice out of your RV
The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Safely store aerosol cans

“After the cap came off one of my spray cans and emptied its contents into a storage bay, I decided to see if I could find a better way to store them. I found that the popular plastic bicycle water bottle cage works for most of my cans. Just mount the cage(s) to any appropriate surface, then stuff the otherwise-runaway aerosol cans in the cage.” Our thanks to Jim A. for the “canny” idea.

Random RV Thought

When was the last time you practiced taking your fire extinguishers out of their mounting brackets? There’s a good chance you never have. You and your family/household members should each practice taking the fire extinguisher out. If there’s ever a fire, you’ll be glad you did this.

Website of the day

The best hike in every state
We’ve probably featured a website like this before, but we spent a good 10 minutes here just looking at the photos. Anyone want to join us for a hike?

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Think your RV is locked when you turn the key? Not necessarily!
• Reduce anxiety maneuvering at the fuel stop.
• Tip for RV park owners: How to make more money at the expense of RVers.

Take Vitamin C to keep your immune system healthy
One easy thing you can do to help keep your immune system healthy? Take Vitamin C. Find a large selection here. (We just bought these!)


Pez candy was invented in Vienna, Austria, in 1927 by Eduard Haas III as an alternative to smoking. Originally, the small candy was only made in mint flavors. Haas came up with the name Pez by taking the German word for peppermint, “pfefferminz,” and dissecting it. He took the “p” from the first syllable, the “e” from the middle syllable, and the “z” from the last syllable to form the word “Pez.”

Leave here with a laugh

So, have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered, “Who ties your shoelaces for you?”

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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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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2 years ago

On keeping mice out. I have used good steel wool not sos pads. They are stuck in all openings. They don’t like the stuff.

2 years ago

Don’t waste your money on the Cable and hose grips. I bought one and the grip broke after 2 uses. Very poor quality.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

I remove my fire extinguisher to shake periodically. Recently, the mounting broke, so now I keep the extinguisher under the passenger seat.

Sharon B
2 years ago

I use peppermint drops around the camper and out. Never had a mouse. Read a long time ago they hate the smell of peppermint.

Roger Marble
2 years ago

We have used the Rodent Repellant for years. No mice! We put a couple new in the RV living area each fall. Move the old ones to the basement. 3rd year we cut open and put the “sawdust” particles around the area where we park the RV. We have supplemented this repellent with chunks of Irish Spring. Our RV always smells like we are parked in pine forest.

Larry Boswell
2 years ago

I’m no expert, but I’ve dealt with ticks for 75 years, using a variety of successful and unsuccessful methods. The most efficient way I’ve found to treat a tick, once it’s imbedded, is a drop of Super Glue! Not a lot, just enough to cover the tick from head to toe. You can either peel it off as soon as the Super Glue dries, or, do as I do, and simply let it dry and eventually peel off by itself, taking the tick with it. Using this method, I find that the itching stops once the Super Glue is applied, and there is usually no “after-itch” associated with the bite. I’ve passed this info on to several people and they all have had great success with this method.

2 years ago

I look forward to the quotes you start the news letter; but, quoting Tom Bodett citing Rita Mae Brown? Tom needs to stick to leaving the light on for ya.

2 years ago

If anyone is interested, you can visit the Pez factory in Connecticut.
PEZ Visitor Center
Visitor center in Orange, Connecticut
Pez museum featuring history, trivia & memorabilia related to the classic candy & dispensers.
Address: 35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 06477

2 years ago

J Wright’s grips are a great idea. Makes connecting and disconnecting much easier. I liked them so much, I bought a set for my home use.

2 years ago
Reply to  tom

Does the connector just snap into your water hose or does it thread into it?

2 years ago

As far as the fire extinguisher tip, you should add that after you remove the fire extinguisher, turn it upside down and hit the bottom a few times with the palm of your hand or a rubber mallet to loosen the dry chemical.

2 years ago

You can store cans in a cardboard six pack beer container too.

2 years ago

Mike’s-how to meter a fuse Link does not work. Contacted RVT already…

2 years ago

FYI, The link for this week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session: How to meter a fuse is not working.

Karin S.
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

I just tried the link “read more …” and that one works and takes you to the fuse article, as well as many of his other articles.

Bob p
2 years ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Yes it works

2 years ago

Please put the poll back into the body of the newsletter. Thanks.

2 years ago
Reply to  Betty

Sometimes change is hard for old folks

2 years ago
Reply to  cee

An edit button would be great too eh?

Jerry S.
2 years ago
Reply to  Betty

I agree – like the poll in the body of newsletter better.