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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Issue 1393
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

“There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.”— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!

On this day in history: 1896 – The city of Miami, Florida, is incorporated.

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Tip of the Day

Tips on cleaning your RV roof

What you need to know to prevent damage
Cleaning your roof is an important part of RV maintenance that you should do in the spring and at regular intervals throughout the year. Here we want to emphasize how critical it is to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations and use an appropriate cleaner for the type of roof and the type of stains you are trying to remove. Continue reading this important information from Dicor Corporation.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Make sure your RV drinking water is safe

There are two kinds of RVers: those that drink raw water right out of the tap and those that don’t. For those of us that do drink water from the tap and spend a lot of time on the road and in questionable locations, here are some measures that have kept Boondock Bob Difley and his wife free of waterborne illnesses. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Keep that RV going straight down the road

Reader poll

Do you own a lawnmower?
Tell us here, please.


📌 Day Four of our Big Contest
It’s Day Four of our Cavalcade of Prizes Contest, which runs through 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: Phil’s flyswatter was defective.

Quick Tip

Neat tip for parking your RV

From David Crymes: “I went to Harbor Freight Tools and bought some cheap orange colored straps. I marked the length of my driver side slide so I would know where to place it. I then stretch them out so I have a visual where I want the tires. I put these straps right behind the driver seat for quick access. Parking is so much easier. The only time I have problems is when I get too lazy to pull them out, thinking ‘This will be easy.’ I usually end up cockeyed in the site with no reference line.” Thanks, David!

Check out this pickup truck that drives upside-down… really! 

Website of the day

AAA Digest of Motor Laws
“The AAA Digest of Motor Laws is an online compendium of laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor vehicle in the United States and Canada.” Good reference source as you’re traveling around North America.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 14 percent say they try to attend all their high school reunions
• 9 percent post videos to YouTube, but rarely
• 72 percent have buried a pet in their yard

Recent poll: Has a mouse, rat or squirrel ever taken up residence in your RV? 


On statues, a horse’s legs tell how its rider died, if a military hero. For example, if the horse has both its front legs in the air, then that means the person died in battle. If the horse only has one of its front legs in the air, the person died of wounds from a battle. And, if the horse doesn’t have any legs in the air, it means the person died from natural causes.

*Is it true that up until recently, beer was considered a soft drink in Russia? We told you in yesterday’s issue.

Protect yourself from intruders, bears and more!
The BASU eAlarm lets you explore, sleep, and adventure with confidence! This tiny device emits a 130-decibel alarm which scares away intruders, burglars, and wild animals, and will call for help if you find yourself stranded. Used by the RVTravel staff, you can count on this alarm to keep you safe. Learn more or order. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Stewie the dog hanging out at the beach. We adopted Stewie at our local SPCA and have enjoyed his smiling face ever since.” — Matt Simpson-Weber

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.

Leave here with a laugh

We wonder if the police officer who responded to this call could hold back a smile.

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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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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Matt Johnson
2 years ago

Cannot find The Secret phrase in either newsletters today. Anybody else have any luck

2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

It’s right below the lawnmower reader poll and above the Quick Tip

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

RE; Make Sure Your Drinking Water is Safe…I ask anyone reading this to be aware of where plastic water containers end up when tossed out. We have a HUGE problem with plastics in the oceans and landfills. At least try to start with a small purifier, like a Berkey, and build up from there. It started with us, it can end with us.

Sharon Boehmer
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Love my Berkey. I have and reuse the same 3 screw-top gallon jugs I bought 2 years ago. Just a little vinegar and hot water every couple of months and they are clean again. The screw top stays on while traveling, not like the pop tops that come on some jugs.

2 years ago

The trivia info about statues with horse’s legs signifying how the person died isn’t really true. See for an interesting review of this legend.

Montgomery D. Bonner
2 years ago

Quick Tip: Backing up RV when no co-pilot. Get three small bright LED flashlights. Once at RV park, get rig ready to backup, try to be as straight pointed into spot as possible (got it, tight roads, so will have to turn one way or another). You know how wide the RV is, place one flashlight on DS, and one on PS side at the rear of the site so RV lines up with lights. Point them toward the front of the spot (road side direction). You also know how long your RV is, using your feet, pace off that distance, and place the last Flashlight where you want the drivers window to end up, pointing it toward the RV window, (not toward road). Now start backing into the spot, once lined up so you can see the the two lights in your outside mirrors, just back up keeping those lights in your viewing area. Once window is at light on ground, you are in spot. Flashlights are cheap, easy to store, and easy to place on ground. I used this trick to travel across country, )WA-GA-AZ-WA). Works!

2 years ago

Do you do it day or night? One trick I use is to lay my pen or pocketknife right where I want the rear bumper to end up then I can see it in the camera

2 years ago

I do very similarly, using tactical lights set on really tight beams that “draw” where I want to land or light up any obstacles if set on wider beams. Of course, these days lasers are SO cheap that you could literally make a laser projection on the ground.

Another trick I’ve seen, use magnetic flashlights stuck to the trailer. At night your depth perception is sub-par, and projecting beams off the trailer tells you where it’s “really” headed.

In all these cases, if you’re squeezing into an ultra-tight campground (why would you do that?!?), kindly keep the lights aimed somewhat downward to keep from lighting up your neighbors.

Roger Marble
2 years ago

Rather than lights I use the 3′ tall fiberglass driveway snow markers with their bottom in a 6″x6″ wood base. Marker sticks have reflective tape on them so can see with low level light. Easy to see and I can even “aim” to hit them with no concern. This allows me to back-in and park my 8′ 4″ wide RV in my 11′-8″ wide shed and still have enough room on one side to open the side door. I only need 8″ clearance on driver side and park using mirrors and align up the two stick markers. No co-driver needed. I will send Chuck some pictures that he might use. Backing is easy for me as I use to drive a 1-Ton Dually with slide-in camper in the bed, pulling a 26′ trailer with a Camaro race-car, tools tires etc inside and many times had to park in tight areas filled with cars and trailers all over the place. The Class-C RV is a piece of cake.