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.
If you shop on Amazon, please visit through our affiliate site (we get a little commission that way – and you don’t pay any extra). Thank you!
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day!
RV parts at Amazon.com. Just about anything you would need!
Tip of the Day
Slideouts operating erratically? Here’s probably why
If you find the slideouts in your RV start and stop on their own when you hold the switch, here’s a possible reason: In many RVs the slideouts have an auto-resetting fuse. It is called auto-resetting because it opens when the electrical current draw gets too high. Then, in a few seconds, it cools off and closes the circuit, and the slide starts moving again.
Sometimes this will happen as the RV ages and slides move less smoothly than when new. In other RVs, the slides do this almost from day one. In the latter case, the manufacturer has used too light a fuse or relay board for the application. Continue reading.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
Ten ways to make your RV safer
You might have heard the phrase “Better safe than sorry.” With a few minutes of your time and a safety checklist for things in, on and under your RV, you can prevent many accidents and dangerous practices. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Want cold food and drinks? Keep your refrigerator happy!
Would you stay at a campground if required to wear a mask when outdoors?
Dinette cushions sliding around?
Here are two possible solutions: Apply “lines” of silicone caulk in a pattern across the “back” of the sliding cushy. Let the caulk dry before setting back into place – the dry caulk acts as a snubber. Or attach sticky-back hook-and-loop tape to both the cushion and the surface it should “stick” to.
Random RV Thought
The term “RV withdrawal” might be applied to pulling one’s RV out of the driveway or storage area. But it might be better applied to the anxious feeling one gets when deprived of RVing for an extended period of time. Is anyone experiencing this right now?
Neat! Monocular telescope connects to phone
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 12x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Build a DIY campfire pit
Here’s a fun idea: build your own campfire pit! Here’s an easy step-by-step process of how to get it done.
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 24 percent are afraid of heights, and 22 percent are afraid of things like spiders, bees, insects and/or snakes
• 12 percent are employed full-time, but 78 percent are retired
• 21 percent were between the ages of 20-30 when they bought their first RV
Groovy Winnebago commercial from 1973
See Winnebago’s “new” lineup including the Minnie Winnie (“the first mini-motorhome good enough to wear the Flying W”). Watch the video.
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.”
☀Run your RV air conditioner with only 20 amps. Yes, it’s now possible!
You can hear a blue whale’s heartbeat from up to two miles away. The animal’s heart weighs about 400 pounds – the weight of a piano.
*Yesterday we told you the fascinating history of the pleats in a chef’s hat and what they stand for. Did you read it?
Readers’ Pet of the Day
Leave here with a laugh
Q. What’s the best thing to take to the desert?
A. A thirst-aid kit!
Our Facebook and RVillage Groups: RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying Advice • Northwest RV Camping • Southwest RV Camping • Free Campgrounds • Budget RV Travel • RV Videos • RV Coronavirus News • plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping. And please join our group on RVillage (like Facebook except just for RVers).
Become a Member!
This newsletter is brought to you Monday through Friday by RVtravel.com and is funded primarily through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS NEWSLETTER and others from RVtravel.com, will you please consider pledging your support? Learn more or contribute.
RV Daily Tips Staff
Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.
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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.
Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.
This newsletter is copyright 2020 by RVtravel.com