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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Issue 1409
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

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved.” ― Stewart O’Nan

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

On this day in history: 1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, MA, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.

Tip of the Day

Keep RV ventilated, even when stored

With Mark Polk

Ventilation in RVs is important. It helps reduce condensation, and keeps fresh air circulating through the RV. An easy way to improve ventilation is to add RV roof vent covers over the existing factory roof vents. The vent covers prevent rain from getting in, and having two roof vent covers promotes cross ventilation, even when the RV is in storage.

Motorhome RV Orientation.
Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Orientation.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Add-on small shelves can organize or display

It seems like there’s never quite enough “space” for everything in the RV. Sometimes an off-the-wall idea can help. Actually, in this case, it’s an on-the-wall idea. Here are some nifty storage/display tips from Russ and Tiña De Maris. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV water: How fresh is “fresh” water?

Easily hang heavy objects in your RV
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.

Reader poll

If you could RV around one of these countries, which would you choose?
Decide here then tell us.

Helpful resources


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

Quick Tip

Many reasons to have two-way radios

From Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, N.Y.: One tip we learned very early in our RVing (that started more than 50 years ago) was not to arrive or set up in a campsite at night, unless there are absolutely no other options. When entering campgrounds, setting up, etc., we started out, like everyone else, shouting out directions or using hand signals. Then we changed to cell phones, but they don’t always work. So we learned to use two-way radios when entering and leaving, or setting up and breaking down camping spots. We also use them when entering and leaving tight parking spots, fueling, setting up at dump stations, or when separated at campgrounds or public events. Some are available with weather radio frequencies. There are many uses and reasons for having a good set of two-way radios. Great advice, Dick and Sandy!

Get inspired for your travels with these books:
National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways
Road Food: An Eater’s Guide to More Than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America
50 States 5,000 Ideas
 The Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide

Website of the day

Campground Map
Make it easy on yourself! Use this website to find every campground in the U.S.! Simply zoom in on a state (or area) and see all the campgrounds nearby.

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The population of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, jumps from 30,000 people in the winter to 350,000 people in the summer months. Wooooow.

*Which U.S. state is the only one with a one-syllable name? Think about it for a minute, then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia section

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our gorgeous dog, Eden. She is part Shepherd and part Lab. She is an angel in canine form. Eden was a breeding dog in a puppy mill and discarded after they were done with her. It is a long story, but after coming from Colorado Springs, she landed up with us in Arizona. She delivers joy to many of the neighborhood kids who delight in hugging her and caressing her soft coat. Old folks in wheelchairs love to play with her four-inch ears and just reach over to her without effort. We are so blessed to love and be loved by this gorgeous animal.” — Suzanne Bell

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.

Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy to install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.

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2 years ago

Get inexpensive hand held radio that cover FRS and GMRS frequencies. They will greatly improve your ability to direct the parking event. Get one that has VOX so you do not have to push buttons to transmit. Driver has enough on his plate backing your rig.

2 years ago

I did a major shopping trip and hope to avoid the BS at the grocery stores. A lot of the restrictions are BS and I am done. Need to reopen the country and let the chips fall where they may. IMO not yours

2 years ago

Another great website for camping, etc. in the National Forest’s Interactive Visitor’s Map. You’ll find campgrounds, ski trails, hiking, etc. One year I wanted to camp near Livingston, MT – zoomed into the area and found a very nice campground with 1.5 hike to a waterfall. is the website.

2 years ago
Reply to  laura

You must have camped at Pine Creek CG

Glenn Abbott
2 years ago

Those Myrtle Beach statistics were probably accurate when I was a kid growing up there.(55 years ago). Now Myrtle Beach is packed year round. I’ll be there the Tuesday after Labor Day. Thanks for the informative news letter. I look forward to it daily.

Montgomery D. Bonner
2 years ago

FWIW-Today I was finally able to download Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Premium Deluxe. If anyone is interested in flying, this one has lots of very positive reviews on YouTube, and the resolution is fantastic. Check it out, especially since today is National Aviation Day.

2 years ago

re: Dick & Sandy
Totally agree – 2 cheap hand held radios cost a lot less than a divorce when trying to swing/back into a parking place

-Dick & Sally near Buffalo NY GO BILLS

2 years ago

Exactly! If we RV enthusiast fail to respect BASIC safety standards ie. Properly placed prompts that protect one another in a retail environment, imagine camping next to this couple or individual. Uh NO! The main reason the Republic is in terrible trouble… “indifference” for consequences that sicken and kill fellow RV’ers. Very troubling times indeed.

2 years ago

Thanks for watching over so many human friends Edam. Your a good puppy.

2 years ago

The Campground Map listed in this issue is not very accurate. There is a campground on I-35 near San Marcos, TX that this map shows in the middle of town. It is actually located several miles south of town, and actually even south of the outlet malls. Map users should be aware to double check the locations.

Tony Grigg
2 years ago
Reply to  Marsha

I would agree. It is just Google Maps, which will display campgrounds as well. Put in a location and the word ‘campgrounds’ after it and you’ll get a map showing all of the local locations and you can zoom in to whatever level you want. Handy tool!

Ron H.
2 years ago
Reply to  Marsha

The first image I opened showed a location for an RV park that is 100 mi. away. Not a good start.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
2 years ago

We have been RVing since the 1960’s. We have been fortunate to have visited all 48 lower states twice, much of Canada and Alaska once, in various RV’s (campers, trailers and motor homes). When they build a bridge to Hawaii we will take our Class A DP there also. Have we seen all there is to see in the US, no. So we continue to travel in the states because there is so much still to view and enjoy. Stay well, Stay safe.

Sharon B
2 years ago

Debra you are in violation and need to be educated. There are things we MUST abide by due to the knowledge we have in SCIENCE on this subject. Breathe mists are toxic and lethal. Red and green marks clearly designate how far we must distance. Right now we don’t have the ability to clarify who really spread the covid in a group, but when we do you are screwed if you are a carrier and identified to be the one causing someone to get the covid. And when we do have this ability we will see you behind bars. Please read. This is the problem with most people. It’s called defiant ignorance.

2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

“Behind bars”…this is where I leave the party! Just, wow!

Leanne Hopkins
2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon B

How did this question become political? What is she in violation of? Maybe where you live, but not where many of us live. Your comment is scary and vitriolic. I hope you’re just letting off steam and not really believing what you writing.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

What green and red markers? (queue Daffy Duck sound effects here)

2 years ago

Hello, The EPG campground map is nice, however it does not represent every campground in the US. It lacks many Govt and private parks. i.e. Doran Beach Sonoma County Parks (CA), and Bodega Dunes CA State Beaches, Olema Campground – Olema, CA, BLue Heron RV Resort – Hornbrook, CA. I could go on and on.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I came here to say this. I counted about 10 missing campgrounds in a 50 mile radius of where I live and I am probably missing a few that I do not know about.

2 years ago

it’s not a bacteria. It’s a virus. Two totally different species.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mattvei

Viruses are not living entities, therefore are not assigned species nomenclatures, but your statement has merit.

John M
2 years ago

I have used the vent covers on every rv I have owned and they are great. Have been glad a number of times when I have been in a heavy rain storm. No water in the rv.

Chuck B
2 years ago

Unfortunately, Attitudes like this not only will keep this virus with us for a very long time, but will actually endanger those of us that are at most risk. I’m sorry but I just don’t understanding this kind of thinking with all the information we now have. Over 171,000 souls in the U.S. have died as a result of what you call a “bacteria infection”. Which it is not. We have lost a number of our close friends because of this virus and because of misinformation like this. We just pray that you don’t become another statistic.

John M
2 years ago

That’s where I am glad you are where you are and I am where I am. To each his own but it is nice to think about other people as well as your self. There are a lot of things in this world I don’t like but have to adjust to.

2 years ago

You are right. No country is more beautiful than the US. After seeing it the past few years, I’ve lost my desire to see the world. One national park ranger told me that more foreigners visit Sequoia than Americans.

Roger B
2 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Your right about the foreigners. Last year when we where in Yellowstone it was roughly 3 Asians to every American. Not counting the Europeans.

STEPHEN P Malochleb
2 years ago

I know there are other countries that are beautiful too, but there is just so much to see here in the US. I hope I get the chance to see as much as possible before it is destroyed. At one time the best way to teach history lessons to your kids was to travel here. But they are already erasing that very rapidly.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

I wish vent covers existed for Aliners and Aframes. The roof is at a 45 degree angle.

2 years ago

There is, they are called Fantastic Fans which can be all automatic and come with a wireless remote control too! See link for the exact model.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

Could you add a vent cover so it faces down when your Aliner is set up. That way no rain could get in.

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