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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Issue 1358
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

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!

Tip of the Day

Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds

By Chuck Woodbury
National parks require pets to be leashed to protect the local wildlife. But where coyotes roam it’s the pets that need protection. As in many expanding suburbs, coyotes in national parks have become so accustomed to people that they often forage in plain view.

Cats and small dogs are easy prey for the quick, powerful predators when left tethered to an RV in a campground. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Full-time RVers: What object(s) could you NOT leave behind?

What object (or objects) could you absolutely NOT part with when you moved into your RV full time? Is there a certain “something” you simply could not, no matter how hard you tried, sell, give away or otherwise be without? Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Reader poll

How long has it been since you rode a bicycle?
Pedal on over here and tell us.

Did you see the hilarious video we posted on Saturday? We won’t ruin it by telling you too much, but check it out here if you didn’t see it.

Quick Tip

Where to mount your new flat screen TV

Replacing on old “tube” style TV with a flat screen in your RV? Think about mounting the new flat screen on a swing-arm mount that’s attached inside the old TV’s cabinet. You can swing the TV into the cabinet any time, and out for viewing from different areas of the coach. And no need to rebuild the cabinet to accommodate the new TV, provided it fits in the hole. Here are some wall mounts on Amazon.

Random RV thought

Instead of going inside grocery stores right now, look up a local farm stand or farmers market near you. Shopping outside is a great way to avoid the spread of COVID-19, plus your fruits and veggies will likely be more delicious if they’re locally grown and in-season.

 Protect your RV’s slideout! Use this rubber seal lubricant. Learn more or order.
 Attention Big Rig RV owners! This annual road atlas will keep you away from too-narrow roads and low bridges. Learn more or order.
• Camping at Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. Many RVers consider these the very best places to stay. Learn more or order the directory.

Website of the day

23 regional seafood recipes
Try these delicious seafood recipes as you travel around the country — get the main ingredients fresh from the local markets. Yum!

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:

• 13 percent will always drive 5 miles out of the way to save 10 cents on a gallon of gas
• If 41 percent found $1,000 in an unmarked paper bag, they’d keep it (47 percent would give it to the authorities)
• 8 percent cannot swim

Recent poll:
Will your next trip in the USA be to a destination east or west of the Mississippi River? Please tell us here.


In 1930, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) was having a hard time naming a newly discovered planet. They considered Minerva, Zeus, Atlas, and Persephone, but couldn’t choose. Finally, 11-year-old Venetia Burney Phair suggested the name Pluto, inspired by the god of the underworld. The young girl’s grandfather had a few friends in the RAS, and he passed along the name idea. The rest of the story is history…

*What popular mint candy brand is named after the sound it makes? We told you yesterday.

Say goodbye to goop!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 910
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Ruby, our Australian Cattle Dog. We’ve had her for nearly 11 years and she brings us never-ending amounts of joy and laughter. She loves traveling to new places and the camping lifestyle that we now enjoy. We have never traveled without her and she was one of the motivating factors to get our camper in the first place so we could stop sneaking her into hotels! In her younger days, she was an energetic mountain bike trail dog. She has slowed down quite a bit with age so now she only goes with us on short hikes. She still loves to guard our site, lay in streams, lounge by a campfire, and take up an entire settee! She’s complete awesomeness!” — John & Rene’ O’Connor

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

What makes you think he’s not ours?

Yes, we know it’s Photoshopped.

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

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Bob Amoroso
2 years ago

I too had an old tube style TV in my motorhome. I removed it which gave me another full sized cabinet. Made door that matched the others and wife was real happy. I purchased a smaller flat screen and thought long and hard where to install it. After a while I figured out we don’t usually watch the TV that much, except when overnighting at a private RV park,just to catch up on the news. We usually camp in National Parks, State Parks, National Forest and BLM property’s. I’d rather read the starts then TV. If I really need I can set it up but for the most part it’s stored away. But, I do use that cabinet a LOT! ! !

2 years ago

I couldn’t find anywhere to post on the pets and coyotes article. So I’ll just say that even your own backyard in your S&B is not safe. A neighbor had her little dog taken by a bird of prey. We’ve had coyotes in our yard. I never leave my animals out alone, but I know people who do. Then they cry when the animal disappears. Sometimes it’s from other animals, sometimes it people who steal them. Either way, the ending for that pet is not good. I have seen dog rescues insist that the rescuer have a fenced yard for the dog (sometimes small) to “run in”. They never stipulate that the owner should stay with the animal in the yard. Big mistake. Your pet is YOUR responsibility, so act like.

Joseph Phebus
2 years ago

I will drive 50 miles out of my way to avoid patronizing and Exxon-Mobile. I’ll pay 5 or 10 cents more in the gas station right across the street. Their attitude toward and refusal to support LGBT employees even as recent as a few years ago was disgraceful and counter to what their competitors and other businesses were doing. I have a long memory and I have a wallet. If businesses don’t want to treat their customers fairly and do the right thing, I vote with feet and my wallet.

2 years ago

My brother ended up in the news when a bear came knocking on their sliding glass window. As for camping with dogs? We have a portable screened kennel we got from Camping World. It has gone every where with us. Very portable and easy to use. Keeps our dogs contained. And if anyone tries to come near my dogs? I have have a 2×4 that will be my deterrent.

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago

Just a tip on replacing the old tube TV with flat screens. Did that several years ago with swing out TV mounts for both TVs and they no longer sit inside the factory cabinet but are mounted outside the cabinet. Make sure you periodically check the nuts and bolts on the swing arm mechanisms since they will vibrate loose after awhile….happened to us and the front TV literally fell down onto the dash while we were driving down a rough road. Also, perhaps some thread lock would be helpful for the mounts. Thankfully, no damage was done to the RV or the TV only to my pride.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

What Kind of mounting bracket did you use for that.Would like to swap cabinet tv out For a bigger one that’s outside the cabinet, not sure what part of inside of cabinet will be strong enough to hold weight and vibration going down road. Also I would think it would need to lock in place.

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Kenny

Don’t remember the brand name but I think I bought it at Walmart and it mounted on the box frame of where the old tube TV was which was made of 5/8″ plywood but I made sure to use nuts & bolts and not simply screw it into the plywood.

2 years ago

About wild animals – – – – living close to the smoky mountains you wouldn’t believe how many campers and tourists must think all black bears are like Yogi and Boo Boo. There are regular news stories and videos of people who feed them and see how close they can get for a picture. It surprises me there are not a lot more attacks and deaths than there are. Some people just “ain’t got a clue”.

2 years ago

Cute picture of the bears!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

Since the ad for the SoftStart A/C thing shows up all the time now, I thought I’d pass along my experience with it. I had a mobile RV repair guy install it yesterday (since climbing up onto my trailer roof is no longer an option for me). Since we had a surprise overnight freeze the night before, the A/C would not start when he was done. Once it warmed up a few hours later I started the A/C a couple of times with shore power so the computer could ‘learn’ how my compressor works. Then I fired up my trusty old Champion 2000 watt generator and plugged in. I first tried it with the generator in ‘eco’ mode. The A/C shut that puppy right down! So I re-started the generator and ran it in ‘normal’ mode. lt made a slight hiccup when I started the A/C but easily ran it. VOILA! Now I can sell off my second Champion AND the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 generator.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy you may want to hold off selling that 3500 if you camp at higher altitudes as your small gen looses power when you are up high.

John M
2 years ago

Thought for the day
My dad always said if you make one person smile a day you have done a good deed for the day.

2 years ago

23 regional seafood recipes is just a picture show and 95% advertisement links to other meals and advertisers. There are better resources for regional and local seafood recipes.

2 years ago

Concerning the article “Where to mount your TV”. Resist! Why take a TV when you go on the road in your RV? There is only trash, drama, and bad news on the TV!

Take a few books and reintroduce yourself to your spouse.

2 years ago
Reply to  Will

I guess you could say the same thing about books as with tv, depends on what you like to read or watch.

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  Kenny

Bingo, I watch the Weather Channel for National and regional forecasts. I also watch videos of interest on Youtube, rv-ing, how to videos, and it never hurts to watch some news to find out what’s going on around you. There are far too many things to do, to stay camped in front of the TV, but there is no need to become anti-technology.

2 years ago

I have an RV so we don’t have to stay in hotels. My bed, my coffee, my TV, etc.

2 years ago

About the animal/pet photo…..when I read the comment that they used to sneak their dog into hotels, it bugged me. Some of us, who have severe animal allergies, cannot stay in hotels because of all of the people who do just as you used to—sneak their pets into non-pet-friendly hotels!!!
Yes, i appreciate that you no longer do so. However, it causes potential harmful effects for unknowing other hotel guests. I am thankful that you no longer do so.

Betty Danet
2 years ago
Reply to  littleleftie

There are several websites for finding hotels/motels, restaurants, beaches and parks which allow dogs. Some are free and some have a pet fee. We use a lot but there are others.