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RV Daily Tips. Monday, June 29, 2020


Issue 1372
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

“A birdsong can even, for a moment, make the whole world into a sky within us, because we feel that the bird does not distinguish between its heart and the world’s.
—Rainer Maria Rilke

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Waffle Iron Day!

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Tip of the Day

Urban RV driving tips

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Some of the most white-knuckle experiences that RVers can have is negotiating urban traffic in an RV. Traffic can be heavy, streets narrow, and things just seem so overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you make navigating city streets easier on the nerves. Continue reading.

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Electric Shock Drowning Warning. Three people recently drowned in a backyard above-ground swimming pool. This prompted Mike to write again about the potential for electric shock drownings and how to avoid them.

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RVs without slideout toppers: Do they leak?

Editor Chuck Woodbury was discussing slideout toppers (among other things) with a neighbor in the RV park. Slideout toppers, if you do not know, are like awnings that cover your RV’s slideouts to keep out water and debris. Some RVs have them; some don’t. It got Chuck to wondering: If your RV does not have slideout toppers, does rain water seep in when you pull in the slides? Read more.

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Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Adding more batteries to your RV?

Thinking about adding batteries to your RV for more storage? Consider using 6-volt golf cart batteries, as opposed to AGM (absorbed glass mat). The former are far more forgiving of “mistakes” like overcharging, and a whole lot less expensive.

Random RV thought

You should have three fire extinguishers for your coach – one in the galley, one in the bedroom and one outside of the coach in an unlocked compartment or in your tow vehicle. Make sure family members know how to use the extinguishers and understand which extinguishers are effective on various fires. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Website of the day

Lobster Anywhere
Want a fresh Maine lobster delivered right to your RV’s door? It’s possible! The staff here may have (hint hint) already ordered from this website… Happy Summer!

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• “Does the propane tank have to be empty before refilling?” (Editorial on why we publish
• How do full-time RVers keep busy?
• Avoid hidden fees by knowing a park’s reservation system.


According to The Washington Post, scientists have used radiometric analysis to figure out that the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years old (give or take a few million years.)

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here is our sweetie – Mimi, an 8-year-old rescue doxie. We can’t believe no one wanted her and we were lucky enough to have her join our family. She is our first small dog since we are getting older and needed to have a dog we could carry if we had to. She is 12 pounds of smart and not afraid of anything and a definite daddy’s girl.” — Deb in Washington

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.

Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re boondocking with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. Learn more or order at a special discount.

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. 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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John R Crawford
2 years ago

Sorry but radiometric analysis is not proven accurate because no one was there to know what has happened between now and then to skew the results.

Bob p
2 years ago

I didn’t know they had radios back then, guess that’s my new thing for today, hmmm, radiometric 4.54 billion years ago, wow!

Matt Johnson
2 years ago

I have slide toppers on our GD Solitude. The only negative I can say about them is they are almost exactly the same size as the slide. I find when it rains, with a little bit of wind, the slides still get standing water on them. They definitely need to have about 6 inches overhang on both ends.

2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

i agree with you on that.

Bob Amoroso
2 years ago

I have a slide topper and I’m amazed every time I pull the slide in just how much debris falls off, be it leaves pine needles, pine cones and at times water. I, for one, encourage the use of a slide topper, unless you do want all that nature inside your RV.

Robert McBride
2 years ago

Slide out toppers
I don’t have a slide out topper & never experienced water dripping into the compartment. I have found some small leaves & some dampness on the top at times after pulling it in but never enough to drip back down the sides. I usually do a visual inspection before leaving a campsite & have climbed up on the roof & swept off debris before closing. When open no water ever got inside. I do use seal lubricant monthly when on the road as that is the only protection that exists for slide outs. If there is a persistent problem that exists for others than the RV industry is at fault for letting poor quality workmanship & design from ever coming off the production line. I think all RV’s with slide outs should come with toppers from the factory or at least as an option. They do keep you cooler when the sun is beating down on your roof so they are a good thing to have in hot weather.

2 years ago

I’ve always been a summer person and always said that I would rather swim around in my sweat all day, rather than shiver for a minute. If it’s hot and dry, and I’ve got enough ice water, I’ll be outside in the sun all day. If the temperature requires long sleeves you’ll find me hibernating. So, why don’t I live in the desert? That’s easy. Wife, kids, grandkids.

Mike Rodgers
2 years ago

Your comment about using 6 volt golf cart batteries as opposed to AGM batteries may not be accurate. I replaced my 6 volt lead acid golf cart batteries with 6 volt AGM batteries. They were rated at 220 amps. They are connected to my solar system and I never have to check the levels because they are sealed. Lifeline makes one for $350.
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$561.44 $342.95
Mike Rodgers

2 years ago

This is just a heads up warning to any Canadian readers of RV Travel… I ordered a couple of Nanomagic cloths on May 22, 2020 (I came across the ad on this site)… I am a daily reader with a class A motor home… the warning is not to expect anything from this supplier in less than a month… as of today I can finally track the package in the Canada Post system… with any luck, I might get those 2 cloths I ordered in another week… 7 weeks later… just a warning not to expect a quick delivery like you will get from places like Amazon…

Emily Woodbury(@emily)
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Hi, Larry,
Thanks for sharing your experience! The ads for the Nanomagic cloths were ads from Google Adsense, which are not placed by us. These ads are auto-injected into just about every website on the Internet, and most likely reflect your search history on your personal computer or phone. The only ads from us,, are the ads with the dark reddish/brown headlines with a description and a photo. If you see any other ads, they are not placed or endorsed by us. I’m sorry you had a bad experience (though I hope they arrive soon). –Emily,

2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Woodbury

Canada Post reported receiving this item in their system on 27 June… 4 weeks after it left the US… it cleared customs overnight as is the usual for non-problem items… the problem here would appear to be with the carrier in the US…

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

I have a package somewhere in the system shipped from Arizona on May 20th, 2020. I have it tracked and it came into Canada 5 days ago and as of two days ago it’s in the Vancouver postal facility. I’m glad it’s not perishable as in fresh shrimp. Often travelling in the U.S. and sending post cards home to the grand kids we got home before the post cards arrived.

Janet Herrell
2 years ago

Fall. The leaves are changing color. The temps are cooling. You put on a sweater and grab a cup of tea and it just feels cozy.