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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Issue 1344
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 go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pick A Strawberry Day!

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

RV Education 101: Improve your RV air conditioner’s efficiency

With Mark Polk

You can improve your RV air conditioner’s efficiency by keeping the filters clean. You can wash the filters in warm soapy water, rinse thoroughly and allow time for them to dry before reinstalling. Another option is to clean the filters using a small hand-held vacuum cleaner. I recommend you keep a new set of filters on hand in the event the old filters have seen better days.

Motorhome RV Orientation®
Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel RV Orientation®

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Make your RV life better – with a scissor jack adapter tool!

Here’s an article from Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, which he wrote while he was serving as’s technical editor. This handy tool will simplify and speed up setting the scissor jacks. You’ll appreciate this especially in the rain, or when you are putting them back up when it’s raining and muddy with pine needles sticking to everything. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Ten ways to make your RV safer

Reader poll

Out of these options, which is your favorite cuisine?
Please tell us here (and try not to drool).

 Stay cool this summer!
Boondockers: Run your A/C with the power of only a small portable generator! No kidding!

Readers tell us

When RVing, how often do you mail a postcard? Find out what fellow RVers said, and get some fun postcard-sending ideas here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

“Whitening” discolored exterior plastic

Exterior plastic on your RV discolored? Some RVers say if it’s white plastic, try spraying it with water with a little bit of Rit-brand blue dye. Be sure to mask off any unaffected areas with shop towels taped into place to keep the solution from drooling down where it shouldn’t.

Alternative to a firearm for self protection

Do you want to feel protected while camping but you shun guns? There are alternatives that will help you in the event you find yourself under assault, either by an animal, or a human being acting like an animal. Learn more.

Random RV Thought

Keep the things that inspire you most (books, memorabilia, photos, etc.) on your nightstand or in a place where you’ll see them often. It’s good to be surrounded by things that make you feel good and inspire you.

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 won’t harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

RV Etiquette Basics In A Post-Pandemic World
Many of these things you probably already know, but folks, we mean it when we say remind yourself of this stuff at least once a year. RV and campground etiquette is important, and this article from National Parks Traveler reminds you why.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• There are still heroes on the highway.
• RV shopping? Watch for the dreaded low-end CCC sticker.
• When Quartzsite had its own bank – in a motorhome!


Want to go back to school? At Cornell University, you can get a degree in “Viticulture and Enology (aka, the cultivation of grapes and the science of winemaking). Wine us up!

*A blue whale’s heart weighs how much?
A.) 250lbs
B.) 400lbs
C.) 600lbs
We told you the answer yesterday.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Attached is a picture of our dog ‘Shisha.’ She is an 8-year old Shih Tzu that perfectly complements our lifestyle, long sedentary periods with brief bursts of energy and excitement.” — South Dakota Sinclairs

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.

Keep your pets safe in an emergency
Do you worry about what would happen to your pets if you had an emergency and couldn’t get home to them? This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card, and keychain set is a necessity for all pet owners. The kit allows first responders to know that you have pets at home. On the sticker, check off how many cats and dogs you have and stick it on your car or RV window. Also included is a keychain and wallet cards, in case you are hurt and unable to tell responders where your pets are. Keep your pets protected and buy this life-saving kit here

Leave here with a laugh

I have so many problems that if a new one comes along today, it will be at least two weeks before I can worry about it. —Thanks to Pete D.!

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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.

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Dave (@guest_78827)
3 years ago

Awhile ago, while in the Colorado Rockies, we bought a large can of “Bear Repellent” for our personal protection. Short range and somewhat long range, it works.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_78790)
3 years ago

When those plastic accoutrenents on the outside of my trailer go to turning yellow (and they ALWAYS do!), I mask them off and paint them white (because my trailer is white). I think the Rit dye idea is temporary and you may have to do it again. And again. My paint lasts for years.

Ken (@guest_78891)
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Use a paint that is made for plastics, like Krylon. Rust-Oleum also has a paint that adheres well to plastic.

Jeb (@guest_78760)
3 years ago

Food Survey, on the lighter side, not. Love the choice but unfortunately the choices love my waistline, or lack of one, too much. Have had to curtail most tasty food.

Larry Copeland (@guest_78737)
3 years ago

We carry large cans of wasp/hornet spray in vehicle and in bedroom. Not only does it spray a long distance it has same effect on dogs, humans etc… , temporary blindness, hard to breath. It will even kill rattlesnakes.

Dave (@guest_78750)
3 years ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

I’m pretty sure that goes against the warning label printed on the can…can you say lawsuit. Especially in liberal cities and states.

Larry Copeland (@guest_78766)
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Can you say alive to go to court

Donald N Wright (@guest_78736)
3 years ago

Thank you for the RV Etiquette Basics web site.

Dan (@guest_78753)
3 years ago

Unfortunately, the people that create the bad situations are not the people that will read such articles. Parks with a reputation for strict enforcement will start putting an end to the inconsiderate, entitled crowd.

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