RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Issue 1343
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

“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.” ― Abigail Van Buren

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.

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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!

Reader poll

Would you stay at a campground if required to wear a mask when outdoors?
Respond here.

Quick Tip

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

Recent poll: Are you putting off routine doctor and dentist appointments these days?

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

“Our dog Riley is an 8-yr-old yellow lab mix that was a rescue and we adopted. Riley likes long walks and eating almost anything, especially his treats. He was caught playing hockey with his ‘friends’ and was given 5 for fighting and 2 for cross-checking.” — Andrew Kapusta Jr.
Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.

Leave here with a laugh

Q. What’s the best thing to take to the desert?
A. A thirst-aid kit!

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

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Art M.

Thanks to Russ and Tina DeMaris for their recommendation of a propane/natural gas leak detector. I bought one for our trailer last week. When it arrived, I checked our gas grill and all the house gas plumbing. I was surprised to find a large leak back of our gas dryer – replaced the old flex line and adaptors – it now tests leak free. Thanks to the leak detector, I fixed it before it caused trouble.
Now to get out to our trailer in a storage yard and check it.

Tim Lerchbacker

Your Quick Tips, Cushions Sliding. A couple other less messy and permanent, use Velcro, or try putting the same non-slip liner used in our cabinets to stop the sliding. Most cushions in an eating area need to be washed or replaced occasionally so my opinion is something less permanent than caulk. Thanks, Tim Lerchbacker, Cypress, TX

Susan in KCMO

I have been driveway camping for 43 days now and love it. I built a fire in a fire pit in my driveway. Walkers who pass by always comment. If they don’t open the parks I’m good for now.


even the fully-vested CDC announced this, saying:

“Adults can shed influenza virus 1 day before symptoms appear and up to approximately 5 to 7 days after onset of illness; thus, the selective use of masks (e.g., in proximity to a known symptomatic person) may not effectively limit transmission in the community.”

It doesn’t stop there…how about “The Journal of the American Medical Association?”

“Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill”

Bob p

Concerning the poll about 12% working and 78% retired, what are the other 10%?


As far as the mask goes it would depend on the circumstances. Sitting under my awning and reading does not require a mask and would benefit no one.


I called Lippert on my slide fuse and they told me to go to a 50a breaker instead of a 40a. He said that it is designed so that the 50a breaker handles the load better. I was concerned about voltage draw myself. I am very safety-minded.

D 'n C

Until very recently, all provided links opened in new browser windows. Now, all provided links open in the current browser window. Was this change intentional? Am I the only user seeing this change? FWIW, I really prefer opening provided links in new browser windows!

Donald N Wright

Chuck, thank you for your help.