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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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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

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” —Albert Einstein

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

On this day in history: 1620 – Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower.

Tip of the Day

Be careful with carbon monoxide, the “silent killer”

By Mark Polk

Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is called the silent killer because you cannot see it, taste it or smell it. It is produced by the partial combustion of solid, liquid and gas fuels. This includes gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood, and coal. Never use your range burners or oven as a source of heat.

If your RV is not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector you should purchase and install a CO detector designed for use in RVs. Always test the carbon monoxide detector for proper operation before each trip. CO detectors have expiration dates. Periodically check the expiration date and replace the detector when it reaches the date. 

RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks

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RV owner stymied by stuck-out step

Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor. The reader had a problem with the steps on their 2011 Newmar Class A, which were stuck extended and wouldn’t retract, so they were stuck where they were parked. Read Chris’ suggestions.

Yesterday’s featured article: Man asks, “Should I sell my home to travel in an RV?”

Reader poll

How many televisions are permanently installed in your RV?
Change the channel and click 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.

Quick Tip

When to fill battery cells

Battery cells low on water? Don’t fill them until after you charge them – with one exception: If the liquid in the cell is below the battery plate, bring it up with distilled water enough to cover the plate. Charge, then complete the fill-up.

Website of the day

Scam Alerts
Here’s the official (Federal Trade Commission) website for all current scams. Good to keep on hand and check now and again. Online scams are scary; make yourself aware so you aren’t a victim.

Check out this kids’ RV-themed bedroom. It’s way too cute! 

Coleman portable stoveSWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

How would you like to win this Coleman Portable Butane Stove with Carrying Case? Well, this might be your lucky day! In one of this past week’s Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletters we published a secret phrase. Simply email the phrase to us at . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (September 16, 2020) by 11 a.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• RV Shrink: I feel like I’m being booked into jail when checking into a campground!
• Bet you’ve never seen an Airstream like this.
• Trashy Quartzsite “ghetto” just keeps on growing.


“Umop apisdn” is “upside down” spelled upside down, but uses almost entirely different letters of the alphabet. How’s that for a brain twister?

*Which country is still in the year 2013? That’s right, there’s one country that’s seven years behind the rest of the world. Don’t know? Look in yesterday’s trivia.

Don’t swelter in your RV anymore!
At we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our dog Gizmo. His favorite thing is to go camping with us in our class C motorhome, as pictured here in his favorite spot on the couch behind the driver. Whenever we are planning a trip he insists on waiting in the motorhome, even days in advance, just to be sure we don’t forget to take him along.” —Jerry Liszak

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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Sometimes remembering the names of things can be hard…


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  1. Mark Polk’s article on CO detector’s emphasizes the need to use one marked for RV use. The Amazon link does not appear to bring up an RV rated detector unless you scroll way down the page. I recently researched and purchased an Atwood 32703 CO detector. It is rated for RV use. It came with Dometic branding all over it not Atwood. The Kidde KN-COPP-B-LPM detector on the Amazon link looks exactly like the Atwood(Dometic) 32703 detector except for the backing plate.The Kidde is $20 and the Atwood is $55. Neither seem to have an RVIA or UL rating. I can not find any differences in the specifications for these 2 models. So the question is did I pay an extra $35 just because Dometic says it is RV rated?

  2. Your LP sniffer also has a shelf life as well as the CO sniffer. And if my old brain recalls, smoke dectors should also be replaced every 10 years.

  3. Well we just come through Sally in Foley last night in the rig. Our rig weight is 26k but when you add 65mph and some winds you do get a little rock. I think what helps is she has dbl full wall slides but 30′ long. She came through with flying colors. Didn’t scare us one bit.


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