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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 3, 2020

Issue 1376
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

“War is what happens when language fails.” ― Margaret Atwood

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fried Clam Day!

Attention anglers!
New Facebook Group,
RV Parks where you can fish without a license.

Tip of the Day

Go slow at the dealership – Don’t let money burn a hole in your pocket

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
They call it “buyer’s remorse.” Here’s a real-life example: An RV shopper and his wife had in mind a new toy hauler. They’d done their research, they knew what they wanted. Once on a dealer’s lot things got a bit hairy. A different toy hauler caught their eye and soon they’d plunked down a $6,000 deposit and signed off on the contract, and a delivery date was scheduled.

Once back at home, the couple started doing a little pencil pushing. The RV they’d just bought turned out to be way over the limit of the towing capability of the family pickup truck. In the “heat of the moment” of shopping, that all-important factor had been forgotten. The research previously done was for the “first rig” and it was well within the scope of the tow vehicle – but, oh dear, that new, flashy rig was irresistible. What’s to be done? Could they get out of that contract? Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

How well do you know your putty tape?

If you do much RV maintenance or repair, chances are good you’ve encountered “putty tape.” This sticky material is a regular performer between windows and walls, roof vents and roofs, and a host of other places where a gasket-like substance is needed to help seal out moisture. For our purposes, there are two types of “putty tape” in play: regular and butyl. How do you decide which to use? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: It pays to stop at tourist bureaus and visitor centers

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

How would you compare the condition of today’s interstate highways to 20 years ago?
Pull over here and tell us.

Quick Tip

Keep your Welcome mat flat

Parked on a concrete RV pad? Keep your Welcome mat from blowing away or bunching up by sticking it down with duct tape.

Remember to maintain those slide seals!
If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to avoid drying and cracking. Once they begin to wear and show damage, they are no longer working to their fullest capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – it works like a charm.

Random RV thought

When you get to a new RV park or campground, take a walk around the whole thing. You’ll meet your neighbors (from a safe distance, of course), see the sights, and you’ll feel better after you’ve stretched your legs and learned the lay of the land.

Website of the day

50 4th of July recipes
Country Living brings you 50 easy 4th of July recipes for a tasty day! If you’re BBQing, can we come?

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Stick no more!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 868
An RVtravel.com reader recommended this white graphite powder as the perfect fix for sticky windows. Frames can contract in cooler weather, making things tight. He said his fix is lubricating the window tracks with a simple “puff” of white graphite powder. Why the white? “It doesn’t make a mess like the black stuff!” he explained.


In 2012, a man wore 60 shirts and nine pairs of pants on a flight from China to Africa because he didn’t want to pay to check his bag. Impressive, huh? And hot…

*What weird object is more likely to kill you than a shark? We told you in yesterday’s trivia section

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our beautiful little Emmie.” — Richard Rogge

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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Leave here with a laugh

I have sexdaily dyslexia.

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Chuck Dunn
2 years ago

I drove onto a RV sales lot to buy a 5th wheel. I was driving a Toyota Tundra, Thought when I left there I would go buy a larger pick-up. I asked the salesman how big a rig I could get, and before I could complete the sentence, he told me my truck could pull anything in the lot. I got into the pick-up and left.

2 years ago

RE: Buying a new RV. Search for a Owners’ Blog for the rig you are considering. One will get a good feeling for the + and – of the unit from people who have had it for several years.

2 years ago

Scientists say a virus is 1/1000 the size of grain of salt. Doesn’t need spit to carry it! A gallon of sea water can have 10 million viruses in it! Your DNA is made up of 8% virus! In other words, we live in a very dirty world. If viruses could kill you, man kind would have been gone long time ago! It’s our immune system that is at fault. Take care of it and no worries! Been plenty of testimonials of people over 90 and 100 years old that survived !!!!!!

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Face masks? I have traveled and camped to Bad lands NP and Yellowstone NP in June. Everyone who works there wears a mask, which inspires most of the guests to wear masks too. In the campgrounds or out on the trails, usually no masks unless there is a crowd, out come the masks. It is easy to be polite.

Allen B
2 years ago

Help Please!! Does anyone flat tow a 2018 Equinox with a 2.0L engine?

Matt Johnson
2 years ago

Regarding the thought of the day. I guess we’re officially at war then with antifa and blm.

Bill Perry
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

America will win that war. All lives matter.

2 years ago

We did our homework for a couple years, then ended up buying our class A at a show. The deal was about the same as visiting the dealer lot, but we felt better looking at more rigs in one place, made comparing a little easier.

2 years ago
Reply to  Thom

We spent the day at the show, went back and forth, looked at some rigs more than once. The coach we picked, we looked at it 3 times and it felt right.

Riley Floyd
2 years ago

I remember reading, I think in this newsletter, of a common household substitute to use as a slide seal conditioner. Anyone remember what it was?

2 years ago
Reply to  Riley Floyd

Was it baby powder?

Riley Floyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Dale

No, I think it was a liquid.

Rich Thelen
2 years ago
Reply to  Riley Floyd

Some use mineral oil.

Bryan B
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich Thelen

Any petroleum based product will turn rubber into goo. That’s why you don’t use things like Pine-Sol in your RV or boat toilet. It will turn the rubber seals into goo.

Riley Floyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich Thelen

I did some research on youtube, found several videos. One for baby powder was very convincing. Use pure talcum powder probably better, baby powder has unnecessary additives, someone said.

3-in-1 has a product called RV Care Slideout Silicone Lube for under $6. WD-40 has a silicone lube for under $6 also. Both available at Walmart and amazon.

Camco and Thetford have products specifically for slideout seals for $13-17!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Riley Floyd

I tried to find it, Riley, but all I can find are our ads for Thetford’s RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner, and nothing for a household substitute. Did you try searching on Google? Sorry I can’t help, but I’ll check with Russ De Maris to see if he might know — he’s pretty savvy about stuff like this. I’ll let you know (maybe tonight or tomorrow) what I find out. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Riley Floyd
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks, Diane. Before I saw your response I did research it and posted a reply in the string above.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Riley Floyd

Thanks for the update, Riley! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jerry S.
2 years ago

GO SLOW AT RV DEALER – Our first RV was unexpectedly purchased on the spot. Fortunately, it has been great for us and we still love it. A good tip is make a written list of key items/needs/requirements and take it with you.

2 years ago

The roads today are ferocious. They will make anything shake completely off the road and damage a brand new tire. No wonder some Rv’s tear apart at the seams. Some states are worse than others.

Bob p
2 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

Yes Pa, La, Ca, Ar just to name a few.

Rich Thelen
2 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

The part that intrigues me about our road condition is that our ancestors bought the property, cleared the land, built and maintained the roads with a lot less money. The taxes that are being paid and allegedly spent for road construction and maintenance are way out of line. There are too many political fingers in the till to have an effective road maintenance program.

Debra Rohm
2 years ago

To Richard-Your pup Emmie is ADORABLE!!!!

Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago
Reply to  Debra Rohm

Or is she simply A’dog’able….
(beautiful baby)