RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 15, 2020


Issue 1341
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

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pizza Party Day! (Maybe next year, eh?)

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers

Tip of the Day

Product review: Secure your keys in HitchSafe receiver safe

By Bob Difley
Do you ever fear that you may lose your keys during a hike? According to the best thieves, there is no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or on your RV that they can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem.

The HitchSafe HS7000T Key Vault slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide its existence with an ordinary-looking dust cover that conceals and protects it. Learn more.

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Mice invading your RV? Lion poop to the rescue

Through the years, we’ve written about a dozen ways to keep mice, squirrels and other rodents out of your RV. Some work, some don’t. Nobody seems to agree on the absolutely best way. Well, maybe this is IT! There’s one way to keep these pests (and even bigger ones like possums and bears) away from your RV, according to RVer Jeff Schwartz. Check this out!

Yesterday’s featured article: Full-time RVing: Compatible with partner?

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you own a record player?
Tell us here!

Readers tell us

Have you cancelled camping reservations for the summer? See what fellow RVers who are in the same boat as you said here.

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.

How a paper cup can save the day at an RV sewer hookup
Here’s a quick tip that could save the day for you down the road. Watch the video.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Must-have safety equipment

Prepare for a breakdown or flat on the roadside – carry a set of warning triangles like commercial truckers use. Folding ones don’t take much space, but their reflectors help out at night. Be sure to place them well behind your rig to give traffic plenty of warning of your presence. Thanks to George Bliss (retired RCMP, BTW) for the tip! (Editor: Here are some at Amazon.com.)

Random RV Thought

It’s a good idea to keep a Post-It note with your RV’s height by your steering wheel or somewhere on your dashboard. Many bridges and underpasses are plenty high for your RV… but many aren’t…

AND THE SURVEY SAYS. We asked readers of RVtravel.com if they believe Facebook has made the world a better (or worse) place. Here is how they responded.

Website of the day

Spring clean with everyday household items.
How to spring clean your RV or house on the cheap by using what’s in the cupboard. There’s some great info in here!

NEED RV PARTS? Anything you might need is here at Amazon.

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.

‘Earthquake Putty’ 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! Apply some of this to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. Learn more or order.


Bananas don’t grow towards the ground, they grow towards the sun. Since the fruit grows against gravity, the bananas develop their familiar curved shape. This unique process is called negative geotropism.

*Is humming good or bad for your sinuses? We told you the fascinating answer yesterday

Leave here with a laugh

I’m terrified of elevators and I’m taking steps to avoid them.

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com

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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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A paper cup at the dump station….Ewwww…
Totally unsanitary and not air tight. the donut will simply sit on top of the drain letting sewer gas flow between donut and drain.. get a drain elbow with 3″ 4″ threads…. for sanitary reasons…spend the money. $14.95 amazon
Camco Easy Slip Elbow and 4-in-1 Sewer … – Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com › Camco-39144-Easy-Elbow-Adapter
Buy Camco Easy Slip Elbow and 4-in-1 Sewer Adapter with Easy-Slip Rings -Securely Connects RV Sewer Hose to Dump Station (39144): Water Heaters, .


After my hubby drove away with the hydro still hooked up (more than once) I made him a sign. It was a heart shaped “honey do list” it was clipped to the sun visor hanging low enough that he couldn’t miss it. He would make sure all things were complete before driving away. Not rocket science but it worked.

Bob Amoroso

Some may have a use for the hitch safe, but I found that the fake Coca Cola can or other fake food can stored in the fridge is never looked at. What burglar would take the time to check every can in the fridge or cupboard to see if it’s actually food or drink in there.

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Re: the hitch safe, i’m not concerned about losing my keys as much as damaging them. The transponder key to my truck costs many hundred to replace and the truck will NOT start without its voodoo (no physical keyhole for engine).

As a result, I frequently keep keys in a plastic bag inside my pocket when camping lest they get wet hiking/canoeing.

For access, a physical key will unlock doors but cant start the engine so in extreme cases like ziplining or serius swimming, I’ve locked the key hidden inside the truck and carry only an indestructable doorkey copy tied into my clothes.

Steve Perkinson

I have found the rubber donut will not stay in most sewer drains no matter how hard I press down. Any tips for that

Sue Pendarvis

Not only did I put the Height, but also the length, width, and especially our weight on a post it on the dash. See my husband may “know” that but I don’t always remember. This helps with the roads or bridges with weight limits as well as the height.

Tommy Molnar

The ad for earthquake tape was timely today. We here in NV had a 6.5er this morning at 4am near Mina, NV.

Donald N Wright

Chuck, How about a class on Propane tanks and the “automatic changeover regulator” ?


Geez there is less and less in this newsletter every day. The hitchsafe is 100% worthless to the majority of readers that pull an RV. Who wants remove and store a heavy WDH to use one of those things. Or if you pull a fiver who can get to the receiver anyway? Plus it’s just paid advertising. Warning triangle, earthquake putty just more of the same you’ve been showing the same two adverts for months.
Not one line of original material in this thing and there wasn’t yesterday either and darned little over the last few weeks.
This makes me think I’m wasting my time and I’m a paid subscriber.

Dave Jeffries, USAF Retired

Rather than a post-it note on your dash for the rig’s height. Use a LARGE size tape on a tape writer and post it on the upper part of your windshield. Up high and Right in Front of you. You are going to be looking UP at the bridge that you are thinking about going under anyway. Also post it in feet AND meters so you are covered no matter where in North America you are driving.