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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 27, 2020

Issue 1392
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

“We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.” — Edward Abbey

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National New Jersey Day! (as in the Garden State)

On this day in history: 1940 – The animated short “A Wild Hare” is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

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

Tip of the Day

How to keep your gray valve open without the stink

By Dave Helgeson
You have settled into a full-hookup campsite, hooked up the water, plugged in the power and connected the sewer hose between the RV and the campsite sewer inlet. Seasoned RVers know you leave the black dump valve closed until you are ready to dump the black tank, but what about the gray valve? Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

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

How many amps should a water heater draw?

I just had this question asked on my RVelectricity Facebook group about water heater amperage. Since so many of you seem to be tripping circuit breakers, this is a good opportunity to go over the basics of current draw from various RV appliances, starting with the formula to calculate amperage draw from known wattage. Learn all about it, in layman’s terms, here.

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

Keep that RV going straight down the road

There are a lot of RVs that don’t always drive straight down the road – and it’s not always someone else’s rig. If your rig is squirrelly, you don’t have to just live with it. No matter what the cause, there are some remedies available to you. Learn more.


📌 Day Three of our Big Contest
It’s Day Three of our Cavalcade of Prizes Contest, which runs through next Saturday, August 1, with a bunch of great prizes including a fantastic SoftStartRV air conditioner management device. With its advanced technology you can now run your RV’s air conditioner with standard 20-amp household current or a small generator. Other prizes include a half-dozen 360 Siphon roof vent caps, which will expel the stinky odors from your toilet holding tank out your roof to prevent your RV from smelling like an outhouse. And you could win one of five copies of Mike Sokol’s book about RV Electricity, essential knowledge for all RVers. Plus more great prizes!


Today’s secret phrase: Sad Steven had no money in the bank.

Reader poll

Do you drive your RV or tow it?
Either way, tell us here!

Helpful resources


Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy hard book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. Learn more or order.

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Quick Tip

An easy way to store spices

“Storing spices neatly and easily reachable was difficult in our new motorhome. I missed my rotating spice racks! Decided to devote a drawer to the spices, labeled the tops and was still able to put in alphabetical order!  They don’t roll around and I can find the ones I want quickly.” — Nanci Dixon 

Website of the day

The best National Park road trips to take all year long
Stay away from the crowded National Parks in the summer, and plan one of these 15 road trips that can be taken at any time of year.

Have you seen the Rolls-Royce of the future? It’s pretty dang cool (to say the least). Check it out here.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Why you can’t ever find a space at some RV parks.
• Are these the longest RVs in America?
• How much do you pay to store your RV when not using it?

A thing that does all things!
This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. About $10 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.


Until 2011, beer was classified as a soft drink in Russia. In fact, anything with less than 10% alcohol was called a soft drink.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Meet Angie. She is a rescue with an uncertain pedigree but we suspect she’s part Australian Shepherd. The vet says she is a “GOK” (God only knows). Angie is loving, smart, learns quickly and is sometimes stubborn….but she’s ours.” — Rick and Linda Morrison. Saddlebrooke, AZ

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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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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2 years ago

I wonder if those that have trouble accessing the poll have some sort of “bot killer” or other such thing installed on their phones? I had no problem getting to the poll.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Chuck, you have been around a while. Which RV extended warranties and road service packages do you suggest ? i am concerned that no one at Good Sam will answer the phone.

2 years ago

I use the Good Sam road service and have had good luck with them. Can’t speak for any extended warranty programs as I do not partake in those. Hopefully Chuck will weigh in.

Marvin Monson
2 years ago
Reply to  Travis

We had good Sam Roadside Service and while traveling in North
Dakota needed service while towing our 5th wheel. We were told they had no one to help us but they would call the Sheriff for us. Wrote Good Sam a letter and their response was they would grant us 6 months free coverage.

Phil & Peggy
2 years ago

I had Good Sam ERS until I needed a dually tire changed in west Tennessee. They sent a road pirate who charged me extra and GS let him. I now use FMCA ERS and have totally divorced from GS.

John R. Wilkins
2 years ago

Today’s Poll: It appears, that at least for me, the link for today’s poll leads to a page that says “ No posts to display”

RV Staff
2 years ago

That’s odd, John. It worked for me when I double-checked it last night, and when I just now checked it. More than 600 readers have voted in the poll, so it must be working for most. I have no idea why you would get that message. Sorry. —Diane at

Jim Collins
2 years ago

Just did the poll no problem

Scott R. Ellis
2 years ago

Poll link not working. Also, obvious third option (“I haul it”) is missing.

Debra Rohm
2 years ago

Angie the G.O.K dog is a Cutie! Here in Tennessee, a dog with an unknown parentage is called a, “Tennessee Brown”, “Tennessee Black”, “Tennessee Spotted” etc.!

2 years ago
Reply to  Debra Rohm

In the upper Midwest – Mn, ND, SD et al, we call them “Heinz 57”.

2 years ago

The Readers Poll “no worky”!

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