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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 13, 2020

Issue 1382
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

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National French Fry Day!

On this day in history: 1956 – The Dartmouth workshop is the first conference on artificial intelligence.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Don’t overstuff your RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Is your RV overweight? How much does it really weigh? If you have a fifth wheel or a motorhome, you probably have lots of storage space to put lots of stuff. And stuff it we do — right? There’s always that extra tool or gizmo, that “necessary” thing we just can’t do without.

And if you full-time RV then it’s even easier to overdo it. It doesn’t take long to stuff, and stuff and stuff — to the point our rigs look like overloaded Thanksgiving turkeys. Read more for tips on how to keep your RV’s weight legal and safe.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

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

Keeping cool without an AC

Dear Mike,
We’ve been stuck in a campground for weeks that has very limited electrical power. In fact, sometimes it drops below 100 volts in the afternoon and our EMS shuts down the power for hours until it comes back up. I understand that running on low voltage can be bad for air conditioners and I don’t mind getting out of that tin can of an RV for some fresh air, but how do you deal with 100+ degrees of air temperature? —Soleil 

Read Mike’s “cool” solution.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Clean your RV’s interior with Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are so powerful how can they be used on babies? Really, these things have potent cleaning power. Here are many uses for these handy little wipes for inside and outside your RV. Do you have a use for them that isn’t mentioned here? Leave a comment below the article. Read more.

Reader poll

Are you making payments on your RV or is it paid off?
Please tell us here.

Helpful resources


Two new guides to free campgrounds

Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project on these two new guides. Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various governmental agencies. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.

Quick Tip

Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls

Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of one-half-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a one-fourth-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.

Random RV thought

We’ve moved this feature to our Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletter.

Website of the day

Every Kid In A Park
Did you know that all fourth graders get themselves (and everyone in their vehicle) into thousands of state and national parks for free? Bring the kids or grandkids along and save some money! Get your passes at this site.

An alternative to RV parks
Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations. Save 15% on membership to Harvest Hosts. Learn more.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• How to fix a sticking black tank valve.
• Weird, wacky RVs of the week.
• Glimmer of hope over RV technician shortage.


Standing burns calories! On average, a 150-pound person will burn 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Pistoli the Powderpuff Chinese Crested at Grand Teton National Park.” — Rosalie

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.

New 2021 edition Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas is a must-have! 
The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is now available. Not only does it offer best routes for big rig trucks and RVs, but it lists low bridges and tunnels you should avoid. It should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with RVs over about 11 feet tall. Read more.

Leave here with a laugh

Patience is a virtue. It’s just not one of MY virtues.

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2 years ago

Liked today’s pet, but didn’t like that they had it on a picnic table where I would have lunch. Keep them on the ground where they belong. JMO

2 years ago
Reply to  dave

I thought that at first, too, but then I reminded myself that they are in a place where squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and raccoons also help themselves to the tabletop.

2 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

You don’t have any control over the wildlife. However you do control your domestic pet and out of respect for others who will use that table for lunch, you should not let your pet on it. In this case they may have put the dog there for a photo op.

2 years ago
Reply to  dave

Oh please, that is what table cloths are for.

2 years ago
Reply to  Margo

Margo is right – “oh please”. Did you see the condition of the table top? No one complaining about a dog on the table would eat off that table anyway. The dog probably carried away more germs than it left.

John Wilson
2 years ago

Where is today’s “Free and Bargain Camping” Article? For me, this is one of the main reasons I read your newsletter every Sunday.

Mike Albert
2 years ago
Reply to  John Wilson

Hate to tell you, but you missed a day. Today is Monday. Enjoy it.

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