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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Issue 1353
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 true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rotisserie Chicken Day!

Tip of the Day

How to fix small roof punctures, cracks and tears

For small punctures, cracks or tears, a sealing tape designed for RV roofs can do a good job. Dicor Products provides tips on how to correctly patch your RV roof so it no longer leaks and the repair lasts. Learn how here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Where do you hitch your breakaway cable?

Travel trailer owners have debated on where to attach the breakaway cable to the tow vehicle as long as they have debated on tow vehicles themselves. Dave Helgeson, veteran RVer, explains where and where not to attach the breakaway cable, and why. He throws in some helpful tips.

Yesterday’s featured article: A simple explanation of installing and using RV LED bulbs

Reader poll

How often do you get a headache?
Please respond here.

Urgent recall: 1.7 million Harbor Freight jack stands. Click here

Quick Tip

Another way to ease new fittings onto sewer hose

Putting new fittings onto your sewer hose? We’ve all heard the idea of dipping the hose in hot water to make the fittings slip on easier. Here’s the polar opposite: Stick the new fittings into your freezer for a few minutes – they’ll contract and slip in the hose easier.

Random RV Thought

Have you ever thought about buying a portable defibrillator to keep with you during your travels? If you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re probably far from medical help. If you or your partner suffered a heart attack, what would happen? Defibrillators aren’t cheap, but having one may save your life. There are a few on Amazon worth looking at and thinking about.

This wonderful, nostalgic book should be your next read…
Don’t Make Me Pull Over: The Informal History of the Family Road Trip” by Richard Ratay is a wonderful, nostalgic story of the golden age of family road trips. With the birth of America’s first interstate highways in the 1950s came the rush of the family road trip. Ratay and his family were a part of that packed-back-seat, souvenir-shopping, attraction-seeking era, and he’s here to tell you about it. Read more about it here.

Website of the day

Tips for selling an RV
Thinking of selling your RV? Here are some great tips from DoItYourselfRV on how to sell your rig in the classifieds.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 6 percent do not carry a paper road map or atlas when traveling
• 18 percent look for and use coupons when shopping for groceries
• 16 percent were under the age of 10 the first time they flew on an airplane

Recent poll: Where do you prefer to camp, in a scenic, primitive public campground or a nondescript but clean RV park with full hookups? Please tell us here.

This RV setup is seriously big!
Chuck Woodbury found this fifth wheel trailer and tow vehicle at the Indian Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming. The campground bills itself as having the longest pull-through sites in the area. Good thing, because this setup needed every foot. Check it out!

☀ Can you run your RV air conditioner with only a small portable generatorYes, learn how!

Directory of RV parks with storm shelters 
Where do you camp when a tornado is headed your direction? Hopefully in a park with a storm shelter. Here’s’s ever-expanding directory of such places.


Hungry? Stomach growling? The medical term for a growling stomach is “borborygmus.”

*What well-known city is farther west than Los Angeles? 
A.) Reno
B.) San Diego
C.) Palm Springs
We told you yesterday.

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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our 2-year-old GSD Maya loves to go camping! Her own private pool is one of the most crucial items in our rig!” — Tim Mattis

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

My friend told me he had the body of a Greek god. I had to explain to him that Buddha is not Greek.

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

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Mike Albert
3 years ago

Re: AEDs.
The batteries last in a static state (not used) for about four years. The pads last for up to four years for most manufacturers. Pads ARE NOT reusable and batteries should be checked after each use of the AED.
I used to teach CPR/AED classes. Everyone should take one and learn how to use an AED. It’s every easy and the life you save may be your loved one.
Great to have one but check on it monthly by looking at the indicator button/light/tab/window or what ever your unit has.
One thing to have one, another to know how to use one.

3 years ago

Our daughter bought us a portable defibrillator for our travels when we turned 60, because …we were getting old.” LoL It’s always fun to tell that story, but it really was a thoughtful gift in a strange sort of way!

Roger Marble
3 years ago

RE roof tear/puncture. Wonder if anyone has done a comparison of the Dicor products and the “Flex-Seal spray or tape. One advantage of Flex is you can buy at most big box home improvement or general merchandise stores. I have some “Eternabond” sitting in the RV “Just-In-Case” but wondering if it might “Age-out” before I might need it.

Sink Jaxon
3 years ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

My experience with Flex Seal spray is it degrades very quickly in the sun, i.e., dries out and cracks. Haven’t tried the Flex Seal tape tho. If I couldn’t get my hands on any Dicor or Eternabond, I’d use “Through the Roof” which is commonly found these days in hardware/H I stores, used with a caulk gun. Once use tho…it’s EXTREMELY hard to get off, but it won’t leak!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I coated a delaminated slide cover with two coats of the flex seal paint two years ago and it is great. No cracks.

Rey L.
3 years ago

Some gov’mint websites sell/auction surplus defibrillators for about 1/2 retail.

Susan H
3 years ago

With all the covid 19 concerns around campgrounds reopening, wonder what’s a safe, easy, effective, US made UV sanitizer for inside Class A RV. Heard UV C light kills virus best but harmful to animals and plants. Confused. Any ideas or maybe resource or article? Thanks

Roger Marble
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan H

Here is a link to CDC Guidelines

Chuck you might include the link on main page

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Thanks, Roger. I’ll figure out somewhere to list this resource. 😀 —Diane at

John M
3 years ago

portable defibrillator I carry one inside my chest all the time It is called an ICD . Doctors installed it a few years ago and if my heart stops it will zap me’

3 years ago
Reply to  John M

If your heart stops on its own, you’re most likely dead, the ICD only zaps a heart that is in fibrillation…
In simple terms, a defibrillator stops the heart altogether, contrary to the popular belief that it restarts the heart. Then it is hoped the heart restarts normally, on its own.

Gloria Sluder
3 years ago

Safe Travels.

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