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Issue 1417
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

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” — Claude Monet

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On this day in history: 1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

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Tip of the Day

Extend your batteries’ life with proper care

By Greg Illes
Battery capacity is a common topic among RVers, with much discussion of LED lighting and various power-saving techniques.

But less understood is the specter of battery life itself. Batteries “die,” which typically means they won’t hold a charge or deliver rated capacity. When this happens, the checkbook comes out and the price tag can be startling. … Take care of your batteries and save money with these tips.

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

Be prepared for a converter/charger failure

Dear Mike,
I’m stuck at a campground and can’t get my hydraulic levelers to work or my slides to retract. Also the lights inside of the RV are really dim and my monitor panel says the battery is dead. How can that be since I’ve been plugged into shore power for days? —Stuck in Duck (NC) 

Read Mike’s response.

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Stupid RVer Trick: Mud bogging

Oh, what silly, stupid, idiotic things some people do! Here’s yet another example of Stupid RVer Tricks. We trust you will never do this with your RV! Watch the video.

Reader poll

When did you last visit a National Park?
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Helpful resources


Amazing device prevents RV or vehicle theft!
The $50 (plus monthly fee) you’ll spend on this PrimeTracking personal GPS for your car or RV is priceless if it were to ever get stolen. This amazing little device live-tracks your vehicle’s every move. If it’s been stolen, press a button and the police will immediately be alerted to start following it. Track the location on your phone through the app anywhere in the U.S., Canada or Mexico. You need one of these. Learn more or order here.

Quick Tip

Make use of under-the-bed storage

In some coaches there is storage under the bed. This is generally accessed by literally lifting the flat platform under the mattress – often from the foot of the bed. This is an excellent place to store extra shoes and items you don’t need to access on a frequent basis. You may need to use storage boxes. Coach manufacturers are getting better at sealing these areas from outside dust and dirt. If you have a diesel pusher, be careful not to store anything that is sensitive to heat under the bed, since this area may get quite warm. Thanks to Ron Jones,

Website of the day

CAT Scale
Know how much your RV weighs? You should! Use this website to find a nearby CAT Scale to weigh your rig.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• RV Tire Safety: “I run a TPMS but the tire still came apart. Why?
• RV Doctor: Can extreme cold affect an RV refrigerator?
• RVing headed into a confusing place.

This little tool does so much!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 903This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.


Wonder what cows dream about? Cows can sleep standing up, but they can’t dream unless they’re lying down. Weird, huh?

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Boaz. He is a Sheltie/Aussie mix and just turned 3. He travels very well, and has been across the country since he was 3 months old. Currently, we are waiting to be safe to travel again.” — Martin Addie

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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2 years ago

We would like to know what the status is on Good Sam Chapters and the state director program is.

Keep up the Good Work. Tons of Great ideas.

2 years ago

That mud bogging video should only be about a minute long. About five minutes of wasted time. Good ad for Ford trucks though.

2 years ago
Reply to  Les

You can always fast forward through the video. I was waiting for something disastrous to happen like the tow strap breaking. Just seems like an extreme act of stupidity; someone doesn’t think much of their MH.

2 years ago

Went to Yellowstone yesterday!

2 years ago

NEVER tow a camper with a dead battery! Should the tow vehicle and camper become seperated the runaway camper brakes will not lockup!! No battery= no brakes.

2 years ago

The Battery article focuses on single 12 volt batteries yet the cheaper alternative is 2 – 6 volt golf cart batteries which provides longer usage. It would be helpful if there was an article devoted solely to 6 volt batteries.

Mike Sokol(@mike)
2 years ago
Reply to  Al

I tried to get Trojan to send me a pair of their standard 6-volt flooded cell batteries for testing, but they weren’t interested. Maybe I’ll ask again…

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Hi Mike..try … Family owned and operated out of San Dimas, CA. Made in the USA! I use their GPL-4CT 6 volt 220 Ah

John Koenig
2 years ago

Trivia: “ Cows can sleep standing up, but they can’t dream unless they’re lying down. Weird, huh?”
How would ANYBODY be able to determine this?????

As for any tracking device; most (all?) work via cell phone networks. Professional thieves often carry “jammers” which block cell signals so, you’re likely to be paying a LOT of money for the ILLUSION of safety.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

What is the difference between “LoJack” and “Prime Tracking” ?

Gloria Sluder
2 years ago

The area under the bed is where our cats ride while we travel. My husband made a cat door for them to go through. I keep water proof pads down if they have an accident. Also store extra supplies. That’s our Cat House😻😻

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

What government funded grant supplied the money to study how cows dream, or even IF they dream? And who cares?

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Cows can make great pets. They love to romp and play when given the opportunity. They enjoy petting and pretty much act like any other pet. Great for outdoors 🙂

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

Romp and play? maybe for the first year…

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

And how do you know if the COW is dreaming?

Must be using the VULCAN Mind Meld! Remember Mr. Spock? LMAO!

Bob p
2 years ago
Reply to  notfunny

Probably the same person who claims dogs only see in black and white, our Maltese has 3 little stuffed toys a blue dog, a pink one and a brown one all exactly alike except for the color, he loves the blue one and will pick over the other two to get to the blue one. He does the same with other toys that look alike except color.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Pretty much any dairy farmer will tell you that content (happy) cows produce more milk. So funding someone to understand what influences cows’ brain wave patterns seems worthwhile if you like to drink inexpensive milk.

2 years ago

This little tool does so much!

I purchased this tool along time ago. Piece of Junk and not worth $12.99!

Save Your Money!

Last edited 2 years ago by Notfunny
Morrie Estrada
2 years ago
Reply to  Notfunny

Mine still works good.

2 years ago
Reply to  Notfunny

My roommate loves his; paid $7.99

2 years ago

Amazing device prevents RV or vehicle theft!

This is a good device, however, it will cost you $25 per month to have it! And the service is required for it to operate.

So, $50 cost, plus $25 per month!

2 years ago
Reply to  Notfunny

Get a Ham license, install APRS tracker module in RV. Find your coach anywhere in the civilized world. Cost = Free.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Thanks Tom:

Free is always good!

I mean who can justify $25 per month, if you are not using the RV and have it safely parked someplace?

2 years ago
Reply to  notfunny

Did you know thieves steal RVs from storage facilities and dealers’ lots, too? Unless it’s in your backyard (and even there, you’re not home ALL the time), don’t consider it “steal proof”.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I have a Ham license. I guess I’ll have to check into this.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Hi, Tommy. For some reason I can still remember my grandfather’s Ham license number from 60+ years ago: K7SD. (But I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night.) 😆 —Diane at

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane, we’re definitely on the same page here . . .

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Glad I’m not alone. 😆 Take care, Tommy. 🙂 —Diane at