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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Issue 1338
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

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours.” ― Ayn Rand

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

Tip of the Day

Don’t forget the little storage spaces

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, posted this tip while he was serving as’s technical editor.

When we load our RVs sometimes we pile things into the cabinets any old way just to get it done. When you are going to RV for an extended period or have a small unit like a truck camper, storage space is at much more of a premium. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when setting up RV storage. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

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

NOTE: We’re rerunning this today in case you missed it yesterday because of a bad link. Sorry for the inconvenience. My fault. 🙁 —Diane

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.

Thinking of full-timing? Some basic advice

Thinking about becoming a full-time RVer? There are plenty of things to be considered. It can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? Here are some things seasoned full-timers recommend you chew on when making that important decision. Read more.

We’re bringing back our monthly Full-time RVer newsletter soon. Sign up here. It’s free. It’s good. And no spam.

Yesterday’s featured article: Dealing with ticks – an expert’s advice

Reader poll

Do you like to play golf?
Take a swing and tell us here (and learn some interesting facts about the popular sport).

Check out’s new directory “RV parks with storm shelters.” When you’re traveling in tornado country in tornado season, finding an RV place with a shelter could be a lifesaver! View the directory.

Quick Tip

Electrical circuit not working?

Got an electrical circuit in your RV that stubbornly refuses to work? You’ve checked the circuit breaker and it’s fine but still “no juice”? Check in the bathroom and verify that the ground fault interrupter doesn’t need to be reset. Don’t ask how we know about this one.

Do you have a pet? Send us a photo!

Do you have a pet or pets? What are they like? What are their quirks? What do they do that makes you laugh? Please send a photo of your pet and a short description. We’ll feature only the cute pets. No, we’re kidding. We’ll feature as many of your pets as we can each week. Who doesn’t want to look at adorable pet photos during a pandemic? Continue reading and see where to send your photo.

Random RV Thought

If you’re still self-isolating (at least most of us are), and restaurants are still closed, you might consider ordering a takeout meal (or curbside pickup) from your favorite eatery. It could use the business (big time) and you can add a little variety to your usual home-cooked fare.

Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re boondocking with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. Don’t miss watching the short video by RV electricity expert Mike Sokol. Learn more or order at a special discount.

Website of the day

The All-American Bucket List
Reader’s Digest brings you a great list for 50 adventures – one in each of the states. It’s torture – we want to do them all! How many of these things have you done?

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• Out of a list of options, most RVers chose hiking as their favorite outdoor activity. The next highest percentage chose fishing as their favorite.
• 21 percent say the next RV they buy will be shorter than their current RV.
• 80 percent always use a pressure restrictor when hooking up to water.

Recent poll: Have you been tested for COVID-19? Please tell us here.

Check for gas leaks often by using this!
Russ & Tiña De Maris write: “We keep our natural gas leak detector tucked in the door pocket of our tow vehicle so we can check for leaks when we reconnect an LP bottle after filling. We also use it whenever we make up a new connection on a gas line, or ‘think’ we might have a leak. Here’s one you can pick up for a good price with lots of good reviews.”


Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal, is the oldest operating bookstore in the world. The shop, which is now part of a nationwide chain that includes 47 other stores around the country, was opened in 1732.

*Yesterday’s trivia told you the fascinating story of how the popular candy Pez got its name. Did you read it? 

Leave here with a laugh

My friend Garrick had the solution to forgetting his wife’s birthday and their wedding anniversary: He opened an account with a local florist and provided it with both dates as well as instructions to send flowers and a card signed, “Your loving husband, Garrick.” For a few years, it worked. Then one day Garrick came home on their wedding anniversary. He saw the flowers on the dining room table and he said, “What beautiful flowers. Where did you get them?” Oops!

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

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2 years ago

My mother passed away in April. She always wanted to visit Portugal. Will have to remember this bookstore.

JR Thornton
2 years ago

Good Quick Tip today. I also learned the hard way and it cost me a $140 service call. Check the GFI in the bathroom first if you don’t have power.

2 years ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

I could not figure out why we kept running out of hot water. $150 told us we had all the valves open when we cleaned out the pink stuff from the pipes for the summer. We had to have one valve closed so the the hot and cold can mix together. Otherwise we had cold water rushing in. Feel real broke after that one.

Bob p
2 years ago

In your reader questions, #18, what is bookdocking? I know what boondocking is, I’m curious. Lol

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hi, Bob. You’ve asked this question under today’s RV Daily Tips newsletter, but I can’t find what you’re referring to (or else I’d fix it). Can you help me out here? Thanks! 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

Diane, Thanks for rerunning J.A.M.
Mike’s articles are always appreciated.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

Thanks, cee. Yeah, I felt bad because there was one little letter which messed up the link. Didn’t want y’all to miss out on Mike’s expertise because of my error. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago

Take out?! We’ve been doing Hump Day Takeout (Wednesday) at our small town’s 2 restaurants that we like. I know that there was a “call” for Takeout Tuesday but, if everyone does TOT, that leaves the rest of the week for the restaurants to struggle. I LOVE not having to figure to dinner for that one night a week. Pick a day, name it or not, and enjoy! Win-win!

Andrew Hoffman
2 years ago

Quoting Ayn Rand? Really?

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Hoffman

Yes, really!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Hoffman

Why not, Andrew? Just because you have something against someone (which is your prerogative) doesn’t mean we can’t print a positive message from them (our prerogative). Take care. 🙂 —Diane at

Shredder J
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Hoffman

I thought it was a great quote.

2 years ago

Last summer we pretty much completed my mothers bucket list. She died last April. Be careful of completing bucket lists. They can be deadly.

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  jillie

My bucket list gets 2 new items for each one I complete, does that mean I’ll live forever, probably not, but I’ll die happy….. Because I know that there is still something just over that next hill or around that next corner.

Ron L
2 years ago

Many owners of rv’s that have an inverter are unaware that most (if not all) inverters are 1) dual function (they are a charger also), 2) they only provide 120vac to only some of the outlets/lights/accessories, and 3) have a small push button type of circuit breaker for the output side of the inverter. This circuit breaker is located on the inverter itself, not the control panel. So when you lose AC power to some, but not all, and your GFI outlets are working….check this circuit breaker.

Also, concerning gas leaks. I keep a spray bottle with a solution of Dawn dish soap and water for quick cleaning of things when I don’t have enough dirty dishes to run the dishwasher. I also use this spray bottle to spray a small amount on propane hose connections for leaks. If it bubbles, it’s leaking. No bubbles….no leaks. Simple and cheap.

2 years ago

I don’t really play golf, I get out and walk around a lot while chasing a little white ball

2 years ago

Ayn Rand ? REALLY CHUCK ? Ey never knew you in favor of an anti-Christian, anti-faith dystopian society.

2 years ago

Try being a woman or a minority race in corporate America and see how far Rand’s all logic, all the time gets you.

2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Woodbury

While I’m no fan of Ms Rand’s philosophy of self-interest above all else but this quote is quite acceptable to me.

2 years ago

It’s just a short quote, and from this full-time RVer’s perspective, a good one at that. Even people that hold different worldviews than you or I can occasionally come up with some worthwhile wisdom.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago

Hi, Loneoutdoorsman. Like I responded to another negative comment, it’s your prerogative to object to certain people or whatever you want to object to. It’s our prerogative to put in what we see as “positive” messages. I don’t see anything in that particular quote about an “anti-Christian, anti-faith dystopian society.” Can’t we just put in a positive message for the sake of it being a “positive message,” without getting people upset about the source and then making false accusations about us? Not cool. —Diane at

2 years ago

Wow . I guess interpretation is in the eye of the reader.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

The AAA Travel Agent won’t contact me anymore. She wants me to go around the world to exotic places with funny names. I told her I have a pickup truck and a trailer, I want to see the USA. They need to change the second “A” in their name from automobile to aircraft.