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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Issue 1394
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

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” — Truman Capote

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Lasagna Day!

On this day in history: 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Two Facebook Groups you might like: RV AdviceRVing Fulltime.

Tip of the Day

Pay attention to interest rate when buying an RV

With Mark Polk

Get the best interest rate possible when buying an RV. Interest rates affect what your monthly payment is, and the total amount you pay for the RV if you keep it for the full term of the loan. Find out what the current interest rates are, and if you have above average credit don’t settle for a higher-than-average interest rate on your RV loan. It pays dividends to do your homework on interest rates, before signing on the dotted line.

How to Buy the Right RV and Save Thousands.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Avoiding “mysterious” RV battery deaths

A dead RV battery is always a frustration, and oftentimes a mystification. Why did it die? There are “things” that happen, and we’re all familiar with them. Even with everything in its place there are mysterious causes of battery failure. We’re not talking about UFOs landing on your RV roof and taking a jump-start for their warp drive. We’re talking parasites. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Make sure your RV drinking water is safe


📌 Day Five of our Big Contest
It’s Day Five 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: Mel was shocked at Erma’s dress.

Reader poll

How long have you known your closest friend?
Reminisce over here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Hang up the heavy stuff!
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some on Amazon here.

Quick Tip

Travel with all RV windows closed on road trips

On road trips, make sure you travel with all RV windows closed. This will help keep fumes outside and prevent dust from entering the living area. In addition, any open rear windows may suck unwanted fumes and odors into the RV. Thanks to Ron Jones,

Website of the day

The best RV rental companies of 2020
Thinking about renting an RV? Check out this list of the best rental companies of 2020. You’ll know where to look after reading this.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• This RV can store enough water to last years!
• Tesla truck: Useful to RVers? Or a waste of money?
• Poll results: “Which trailers would you advise others not to buy?

Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.


“Mountain Dew” was a slang term for Moonshine (specifically the kind that was brewed in the mountains). The sugary soda we drink today was originally marketed as a chaser for whiskey.

*Yesterday we told you an interesting fact about horse statues. Read it here

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Samantha Q. Pussycat in her favorite space!” — Judy Kruppa

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

A police recruit was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?” He answered, “Call for backup.”

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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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Robb Niebeling (@guest_88730)
3 years ago

Mountain Dew was not a “chaser”- it was a “mixer.”

Charles Powell (@guest_88725)
3 years ago

I’m looking at purchasing a new Leisure Travel Van, Class B+ Wonder MB.
2021 Ford gas AWD; 200 Watts of solar; 4 KW generator; white uppercase cabinets doors; Key Fob entry for door; lithium upgrade; auto acquisition satellite dish.
Price listed excludes sales tax, registration tags, and delivery fees. Anything I should not be charged for? Like PDI or Admin/Doc fee.
What percent discount can I expect from the dealer?

livingboondockingmexico (@guest_88710)
3 years ago

Samantha Q. Pussycat looks a lot like our puss who died a year ago at 19. He will always be remembered. Not an RV trip taken without him and he became what I had always wanted, a lap cat. Gone but not forgotten.

John R Crawford (@guest_88719)
3 years ago

Tell us about your boondocking in Mexico.

Ran (@guest_88693)
3 years ago

I agree with most these comments. Most warranties, you have to read the whole thing to see if the items listed will be repaired. One company (advertised in this newsletter) does not cover the state of California. Go figure! Sounds like they’ve been booted out of here for obvious reasons. Regardless, If you feel the comfort of a warranty, there are better ones available after you purchase the rig. Just select one that’s been around for awhile and has good reviews.

Dave (@guest_88689)
3 years ago

If you repair most everything yourself and are willing and able to learn troubleshooting I would not purchase RV warranties. I rarely call or have anything serviced by others if I can do it myself. Self repair is very satisfying to me. Also, when trouble raises its ugly head on the road, I know my way around our coach well enough to make needed repairs right away. The best part is we don’t have to drop off our coach at the dealership for extended periods of time.

Snayte (@guest_88704)
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

I do most of the work myself. Some out of necessity, there is no one around where I live that I would trust working on my trailer. I have even adjusted the slide out position for this very reason. One of these days I am going to come up against something I cannot handle and it concerns me.

john1470 (@guest_88686)
3 years ago

Ur bettin it’s gonna break, they’re bettin it won’t.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_88692)
3 years ago
Reply to  john1470

And ‘most’ don’t break, which is how all insurance works.

Donald N Wright (@guest_88684)
3 years ago

RV warranty ? In the beginning it was peace of mind, as I bought both the Aliner and the F-150 used. Problem is, I bought them from Good Sam’s club….

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