RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Issue 1350
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

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ― Albert Camus

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



Tip of the Day

Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up.

Fifth wheel hitches have moving parts, and the locking assembly that prevents your king pin from sliding out of the saddle usually has plenty of steel parts that mesh together. They need lubrication. If you’ve misplaced or, like most of us who bought used, never had a manual, here’s a quick routine. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


• Save about $1,000/yr. on RV storage with Neighbor ‒ the Airbnb of storage.


Take steps to boondocking

Most RVers have heard of boondocking and know what it is about, but surveys indicate that only a small percentage of RVers actually boondock other than an occasional night or two in a Walmart parking lot or a state park campground. Here are some logical and progressive steps to become comfortable boondocking in remote, pristine, solitary and wonderfully isolated private campsites — with no neighbors except for the nighttime coyote serenade and a sky full of the undiminished Milky Way stars. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Mr. Fix-It



Reader poll

How do you feel about flying in a commercial airliner right now?
Jet on over and tell us here.


Quick Tip

Easy way to get water out of sewer hose before storage

Putting away a recently used sewer hose can make a wet mess. After rinsing the hose, leave the “output” end of the hose connected to the drain and, starting at the RV-end of the hose, push a couple of feet of hose toward the output end. This forces the water out of the pleats of the hose. Wait a moment, and then repeat the process until you’ve pushed the hose together – and the water out. Now store your hose without the watery mess.


Random RV Thought

Do you have a “junk drawer” in your RV? If so, get rid of it! As RVers, we’re always talking about not having enough space, but guarantee you could get rid of 99% of what’s in that junk drawer and could free up a whole lot of extra space!


  • Camco Water Bandit connects standard water hose to various water sources. Click.
  • Camco 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates stress/strain on RV water intake hose fittings. Click.
  • Camco Plastic Water Pressure Regulator prevents damage to RV water hoses and pumps. Click.

Website of the Day

50 budget-friendly RV campgrounds 
This was just updated, so keep it handy! Want to know where to stay for a good price in each state? This list will tell you.


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:

• 77 percent do not carry an ironing board with them in their RV
• 5 percent have been in an accident that caused serious damage to their RV
• When traveling, 16 percent would rather leave the U.S. than travel within the country

Recent poll: Do you believe a vaccine for the coronavirus will be available to you in 2020? Please vote here.


Tips for traveling with people with dementia
Traveling is a way to relax and recharge, especially with an RV, but it can be stressful when things don’t go as planned. That’s especially true for families who are traveling with a loved one living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) offers these tips to help make such a trip as smooth as possible. Learn more.

Trivia

A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance.”

*Which country has the most lakes in the world? If you don’t know, we told you yesterday.


RV Travel Newsletter Issue 911Pocket-sized Goo Gone is a must-have
Who doesn’t have a bottle of handy Goo Gone in their home and RV? We have several bottles in both. Now you can get this “lifesaving” liquid in pocket-sized pen form, so you can keep it in your purse or in the glove compartment for easy reach. Goo Gone works to get rid of anything sticky like adhesive residue, gum, stickers (like price tags) and even stains! You’ll definitely want to buy one here.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

This is Cooper. “He usually prefers to be on the inside looking out but occasionally he steals a lawn chair (leashed of course). He loves to look out any window and chirp at the birds, but he loves to sleep anywhere there is a patch of sun. He now hates our cold winters in Winnipeg and prefers to go south for the winter. We also camp quite a bit close to home with the grandsons in the summer (some of the campgrounds are opening). We bring along the guest house (tent) for the grandsons and they love it, but Cooper prefers to sleep inside with us if he can get away with it.” —Caren, Greg & Cooper Kelly, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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

Click the image to watch hilarious bloopers from news stations across the country.

 


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Steve
3 months ago

In the past, your poll section was easy and quick to participate in. Now I can’t navigate that section so I’ve lost quite a bit of interest in your site.

MrDisaster
3 months ago

Just a couple of comments about the “budget friendly” RV parks. Grand Canyon Railway RV park takes Passport America (some restrictions) so you can save 50%. IN Northern Michigan is Kinross Charter Township RV Park East. Full hookups are $20 per night. You are midway between Saute saint Marie and the ferry to Mackinaw Island.

RenafromCalif.
3 months ago

I was excited to see the title of the article “budget friendly” RV campgrounds, but I sure don’t know who’s budget it’s based on. Who can afford $50.00 per night. Please try a little harder to list some truly “budget friendly” RV campgrounds, maybe $25.00 per night and under.

BruceinAz
3 months ago

My 11 junk drawers (AKA miscellaneous files) Are without a doubt the most important spaces in my coach and I could not function without them.

rick
3 months ago

This edition had a article about KOAs closing more parks….the link takes to a March 31st article…..very outdated to be useful….current data shows less than 10 nationwide are still closed

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  rick

Sorry, Rick. I don’t see any KOA article in this issue of the newsletter. What you may have seen is a previous article linked below or to the side of this particular newsletter. But thank you for mentioning this, in case we inadvertently included an out-of-date article in the newsletter. We certainly wouldn’t do that intentionally. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Howard
3 months ago

What affect does the Bowl Sparkle toilet bowl cleaner have on rubber sealing ring in the toilet and on drain valve parts? Have these types of products been tested and verified as Rv safe before they are allowed to be advertise in this news letter or is the posture caveat emptor ?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Howard

Caveat emptor is always a good idea, Howard — especially since Bowl Sparkle is not one of our advertisers, per se, but it is probably an automatically inserted ad from Google. So we can’t say one way or another whether it is a good product. Any products from our paid advertisers we do recommend or we would not run their ads. The Amazon ads are either items we have used and can recommend, or they have very high ratings from users. Thank you for asking. Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sink Jaxon
3 months ago

RE; Trivia…and a group of wild turkeys is called a posse!

BruceinAz
3 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

And a group of crows is called a Murder.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  BruceinAz

Bruce, I wonder why someone gave you a “minus’ vote on your comment. A group of crows IS called a “murder”. I hit the “plus” and returned the count to zero.

Lisa Adcox
3 months ago

it’s hard the TV bloopers. Had a good laugh

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago

Only a couple of the recommended “budget-friendly” campgrounds listed were actually budget-friendly. “Starting at around $50” is NOT budget-friendly, in my opinion. But it was fun looking through the list to see where I WON’T be going.

The Camco “water thief” ad is funny if you follow the link to the site for buying it and read the comments. We have one, but in order for it to work you have to put hose clamps on it. One to keep it from blowing off the fixture and one to keep it from expanding to the size of a baseball. The ad reads that it’s not supposed to be used “under pressure”. Really? Then what is it for? We’ve found it useful for getting water from a fixture that the campground (usually state park type) seemingly purposely ground off the threads on the water faucet. But I’m a rebel, and when I need water, I need water. Pile on . . .

Wolfe
3 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

You answered your own questions… water thief is used to fill your unpressurized tank when the powers-that-be decided to grind off the threads making the spigot worthless for anything but a bucket.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I’m not filling a “pressurized” tank. I’m filling the freshwater tank in our trailer. I think the issue is that the pressure of any faucet is too much for this thing, whatever the faucet’s pressure is. If you can’t hook this to a water faucet, it’s useless. Where do you find ANY water faucet without pressure? Nevertheless, if you outfit it with the appropriate number of hose clamps, it works fine – [grin]

Bob Godfrey
3 months ago

We are staying in a very nice campground with full hookups, free WIFI and the rates are $17/day, $105/week & $175/month…………..that’s what I would call a budget friendly campground. And the view is killer…………………

Jane Harper
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Soooo, where is this place??????

Dale
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Please share with us

Bob Godfrey
3 months ago
Reply to  Dale

Wolf RV Park 10 miles east of Deming, NM. Found it by accident and another plus……it has a family of 5 Horned Owls residing on the property. Pull through site faces north to the Cookes Peak range. Very nice.

Diane Mc
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Thank you! Checked out their web site. Yes, beautiful view. Looks peaceful. We stayed in Deming beginning of March to try out the Adobe Deli restaurant. We didn’t see this on the Good Sam app or directory. Ended up staying at the Little Vineyard RV “Resort”. Was not a “resort”. Sites were very close. Gravel. Nice people, but would only use for overnight in the future, if in the area. Will give Wolf a try on next trip out that way.

Bob Godfrey
3 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Wolf RV park is about 3 miles straight north of the Adobe Deli.

Annita Quiggle
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Where?

Cheryl
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

Where please?

Donald N Wright
3 months ago

Chuck, why does an RV need two air conditioners ? Why do people who boondock to escape the crowds bring noisy generators ? Maybe everyone needs a Toy hauler trailer to carry all the extra stuff that hangs off the back of their trailer.

Lisa Adcox
3 months ago

Some people have breathing issues at night when sleeping. If in shade RVs can get by with one AC but in open hot areas its hard.

Tony King
3 months ago

We Boondock playing all winter in the Deserts of So Cal. Nothing wrong with using a generator out in the middle of nowhere or Camped next to people recreating the same way we are.

Captn John
3 months ago

Drain Master sewer hose never has the problem mentioned. The ribs are outside, inside is smooth. Remove the trailer and cap the end. Close the sewer end and stow away. Best hose available.

Dave Hoffman
3 months ago
Reply to  Captn John

Mine didn’t come with a hose end cap, but they actually sell them separately. One of the best investment I made.

wanderer
3 months ago

“50 Budget-Friendly RV Campgrounds”? ?? The first one (Alabama) is $50 and up. And no, Foley is not prime ocean-front real estate, the only circumstance where $50 could possibly be considered ‘budget’. A big Bronx cheer for this useless information.

Jeb
3 months ago
Reply to  wanderer

Agreed, what is considered budget? Seems most of these were the norm. North Carolina ten site campground?

WEB
3 months ago
Reply to  wanderer

It is a link, RVT did not write it, why bash them?
A big 💩 for your opinion too.

Drew
3 months ago

The tv bloopers were funny.