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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Issue 1359
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

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Black Cow Day! (That’s a root beer float, or a variation thereof, for those who may not have heard of a “Black Cow.”)

Tip of the Day

RV Education 101: Increase your RV fridge’s efficiency

With Mark Polk

If your RV refrigerator doesn’t have a vent fan, consider installing one. If you are handy, you can install it, or have it installed by your local RV dealer. The heat created behind the refrigerator needs to vent through the roof vent. A vent fan helps move the hot air up and out of the roof vent, increasing your RV refrigerator’s efficiency by as much as 40 percent.

RV Campground Basics E-book Course

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Let National Geographic lead you to 125 wacky attractions

It is not always just the national parks that are remembered at the end of a long family RV trip. Often it is the weird, whimsical or wacky. National Geographic Books has published this fun, take-along paperback that is perfect for a cross-country RV trip, “125 Wacky Roadside Attractions.” Learn more.

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

Speaking of wacky attractions… Did you know you can sleep inside the world’s largest dog? Yup. See it here.

Reader poll

How many languages do you speak fluently?
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Helpful resources


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

☀ Run your RV air conditioner with only a small portable generatorYes, it’s true!

Quick Tip

Removing an overhead mattress

Need to remove a mattress from your motorhome or truck camper overhead? It can be a tight proposition! Start to roll up the mattress, then bind it around with ratchet-style tie down straps. Cinch them up tight, then pull the mattress out. Or buy your new mattress from an outfit that will deliver and install your new mattress!

Random RV thought

RVing is kind of like speed-dating. You meet a new neighbor at the RV park, invite them inside or over to the campsite for a coffee or a glass of wine, and you see (A) how long you can stand them for, and (B) if you’d like to see them again.

Website of the day

NADA Guides RV pricing
Find prices and values for all RV types. See what your RV might be worth, or see how much the RV you’d like to purchase, or upgrade to, costs.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Problem: “Poop mountain” forms in black tank
• 22 tips for choosing the best campsite
• Top RV dealers named by industry publication (2019 awards)

WiFi endoscope lets you peep where your eyes won’t goRV Travel Newsletter Issue 909
Ever wondered what the inside of your black water tank looked like? Is that “tank blaster” really doing the job? You can’t just eyeball the inside of the tank – or can you? With a flexible endoscope, you can run a tiny camera down for a “look around,” and get an eyeful of information on your tablet or phone. It’s pretty handy to have in the RV so check it out here (and look at those reviews!).


Beloved children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” was supposed to be about horses. Maurice Sendak wrote the book in 1963, and claimed the book was inspired by his own childhood. There was one problem though: Sendak, also the illustrator, couldn’t draw horses. Instead, he began drawing the “Wild Things” and changed the premise of the book.

*Yesterday we told you the story of how an 11-year old named the planet Pluto. Read it in yesterday’s issue

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Mango Bob – waiting out the quarantine with me. He loves to travel with us as we explore the backwoods of America.” — Bill Myers

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.

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Bob Amoroso
2 years ago

I thought the “22 tips to find the best campsite” interesting in that they think everyone goes to private full hookup campgrounds. However there a few good points if you’re boondocking.

Gary F.
2 years ago

I have been in Mesa Arizona since September of 2018. I had trouble with mt fridge cooling because the ambiant air temperature outside was warmer then the air behind the fridge, it would not allow the air to escape and the fridge would not cool. I first installed a fan very similar to the one the guy has in his hand. Two problems with that fan…It is not strong enough to move enough air out through the roof vent and it is to bulky to install under the vent. My friend Harry had a main frame computer fan which that slid right under the cooling tubes it was much stronger and I just secured it with zip ties. I guess I forgot about a flame or heat sensor but it is a good point and i will look into it. I guess I was just happy that my food was staying cold!

2 years ago

Mango Bob looks like he is waiting for another roll of TP to unravel.

2 years ago

Mango Bob is saying “hey close the door”. LOL very cute cat.

Philip mead
2 years ago
Reply to  mdstudey

That picture reminds me of the night our cat feel asleep while laying on the flush pedal and filled the black tank to the brim. Luckily my wife had to use the restroom during the night and caught it just in time. Now we always run off the pump at night so there is some noise when the water runs

2 years ago

If you are going to self install one of the small fans, consider some sort of cutoff, in case of fire. Easy to add a temp or flame sensor in the power feed.
I really need to do this. I installed one in my previous coach and it helped a lot. Especially in the heat of the Summer.

Judy G
2 years ago

I posted the following on my blog this morning: Today’s thought (from RV Travel daily newsletter)

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner

Viewing today’s news and unrest, I realize that I too seldom raised my voice. In fifth grade, I observed a black classmate being chased and stoned by white boys from our school. Although I was dismayed, I said nothing.

In high school history class, the teacher criticized the only black student for squeaking his chair (the chairs were high-backed wooden models). The next day the black student’s chair was replaced by a metal one from the cafeteria. Yes, I did take the metal chair and shove it in the girls bathroom, but again I said nothing.

Years later in South Dakota, I listened as a grocery store cashier exchanged criticism of the Indians with another customer. Again I said nothing.

As I watch the news in recent days, I am ashamed of the detestable things that happen to people of color, people who are ‘different’ in my country where “all men are created equal”. I should be ashamed…for not speaking out. Shame on me!

2 years ago
Reply to  Judy G

We all live and learn and hopefully we have learned. We all share this earth no matter what our skin colour

Robert West
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy G

This is a site for RV related issues, there are plenty of other sites to cry on.

Wandering Wolffs
2 years ago

Mango Bob! I judt finished reading all your books! Loved every one! Any new adventures coming our way?

2 years ago

Mango Bob has a book. They need to post a link to it or his blog.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

You mean that cat writes books? wow!

2 years ago

Sorry my question is not on the language subject. I would like to know or see an article on used rv pricing. I have been told that when you look up a brand,model,year for a rv, all of the extras are included in the price (example, air conditioning, size of the water heater etc) and these are not added to the base price even though all of these options are listed, and raises the price. Yet, I see many for sale adds that use the base price and add value for each item, making the price much higher. Please explain if these adds are inflating the price or each available add on should raise the price of the unit.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Yes there are inflating the price for those items when they were included in the base price.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

I was unable to find my model number (25Y) in the Arctic Fox lineup. I wonder how many other models from other mfg’s are not listed.

Roger Marble
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

IMO the practice of listing standard features and an “up charge” is simply deceptive advertising by the seller. Many 1st time buyers may not know that AC or water heater etc are all standard so they are being fooled into thinking they are getting something special. Wonder if the advert includes a up-charge for tires?