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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Issue 1443
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

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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

On this day in history: 1884 – The Naval War College of the United States is founded in Rhode Island.

Tip of the Day

Can your “other half” handle the rig? They should know how

By Bob Difley
Though becoming more balanced among couples, more men still drive their RVs than women. If you are the female half of a couple, imagine if you were out in the boonies and the driver were to become ill.

You would have to learn how to drive the rig quickly – and at a most difficult time while under extreme stress. Don’t wait for that moment to happen. Start learning to drive the rig now, and then share the everyday driving to stay in practice. Read more.

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Got a Lemon RV? Help is available (sometimes)

Do you think your RV may be a lemon? If you bought a new RV and you’ve taken it back to the dealer or manufacturer for numerous repairs and it’s STILL not fixed, you may, in fact, have a lemon RV. Discussions among RVers about the quality of RV construction generally lead to the same conclusion: Manufacturers are sending many substandard units out their doors these days. Why? Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Tools for a safe and cheery campfire

Reader poll

How many miles will you travel with your RV through the end of 2020?
If you know, or can take a guess, tell us here.

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Quick Tip

Bed sheet too big for your RV mattress? Here’s a tip to make it fit

If you find your sheets are a bit bigger than your mattress, buy a set of suspenders you’d use to hold up your pants. Buy the type that has clasps on the ends, not the button attaching type. Undo the stitching where they would cross on your back so you end up with two separate pieces. Criss-cross them under your mattress – it helps to have two people do this – and attach to opposite sides of your bottom sheet. Double up the material where you attach the clasps and there’s less chance it will damage the material. Thanks to George Bliss (and his suspenders!)

Website of the day

Is the website down for everyone or just me?
Frustrated because a website won’t load? This site tells you if the website you’re trying to load won’t work for everyone, or just you/your computer. Helpful for those times you want to throw the computer out the window!

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:

• If they had to pick a location for a vacation home, the largest percentage of voters, 47 percent, would pick a mountain cabin
• 28 percent spend between 4-6 hours outside every day
• 4 percent use the pool at the RV park every day

Recent poll: For couples, do you or your partner snore? 


For 100 years maps have shown an island that doesn’t exist. Sandy Island, a landmass about the size of Manhattan in the Pacific Ocean, has been on maps for 100 years. Explorer James Cook discovered the island in 1774 and it began appearing on maps in 1908. It wasn’t until 2012 that Australian scientists wanted to visit and research the island, that they discovered it wasn’t there.

*How many species of living things are there on Earth? We told you yesterday, and the number will make you feel pretty darn small! 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here are my two rescue girls. Haley, the dark one, is deaf and her blonde friend is Ruby, who is diabetic and blind. They love going to the Puma Pit (our 5th wheel) for the summer.” —Susan Hoffman Losinger

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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Leave here with a laugh

What’s the difference between the bird flu and the swine flu?
One requires tweetment and the other requires oinkment.

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2 years ago

Based on my observations, I would never rent my 5th wheel RV to anyone. Maintenance would be unbelievably expensive.

2 years ago

Simply go up to the banner at the top and under “categories” Ichoose Daily Tip Newsletter and click on October 13, 2020.

Larry Copeland
2 years ago

I clicked on read oct.13 and oct, 6 issue downloads?

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

The email is linked to Oct 6. If you go to the website, Oct 13 shows up and loads.

Ed D.
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

Same here. What gives?

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

October 6th again? I think that 10102020 was just too weird, can we skip that ?

2 years ago

Did everyone get a repeat of last week’s newsletter??

2 years ago
Reply to  Ron

It’s deja vu, all over again.

Lexi's Mom
2 years ago

Learning to drive the RV and take down is a must. I can do it. It may not be a quick task but I can get it done. We are retired semi truck owners and I even went to school to learn to drive a semi truck because I knew if something happened hundreds of miles away from our home terminal I could get the truck and load back home. This woke me up when a friend broke both ankles when he was knocked off the trailer and was 700 miles from home!

Gary Nichols
2 years ago
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Nichols

Awesome! Thank you, Gary, for sharing!! 🙂

Pierre Woody
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Nichols

Thank you very much Gary

Kaeleen Buckingham
2 years ago

In our household it would be the other way around to learn to drive. I do ALL the driving of our motorhome. I should let him take the wheel every so often but I LOVE to drive it. At 5′ tall, it is about the only time I can see over everything (except those pesky semis! 😉 )

2 years ago

Please tell the lady with the blind dog to look up Muffins halo for blind dogs ,I’ve got one for my blind dog and it works great

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Thank you very much, Brian. I have emailed your suggestion to Susan, in case she doesn’t notice your comment. That’s a great idea. I’ve never heard of it before. Have a great day, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at

2 years ago
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Wow! Thanks for posting this!

2 years ago

Ladies who can’t drive the rig yet. Please. Get hubby (or a calm third party!) to coach you into being able to drive it. Do it now while you are both sharp, and you can choose a quiet low-traffic area to practice in. Then spell him on long highway drives just to keep up your skill at it, and practice pulling into some of the easier campgrounds. The time to learn is not when you’re both pushing 80 and he’s having chest pains. The saddest people I meet are the ones who have to quit RVing because they can’t/won’t learn to drive the rig late in life. If you see this coming, and the rig is just too crazy big, think about downsizing now to something you both can handle as long as possible.

2 years ago
Reply to  wanderer

I agree one hundred percent. I just haven’t mustered the nerve yet. I do not want my husband coaching my driving. He questions my navigational skills that have not let us down yet. I asked that I be able to drive the first time around a church parking lot to practice and get a feel for the turns, like when I first learned to drive a car. He wants me to get on the highway. So, my choice of driving instructor would be my brother-in-law who drives a big rig for a living. He knows it best and won’t judge.

2 years ago

Is it possible that the island wasn’t that high above sea level therefore the missing island is just below the surface of the sea due to the melting glaciers causing the sea level to rise?

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Seems like I just saw something about this on TV a while ago. Or maybe it was yet another island with the same story.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

The sea hasn’t risen that much in the last 1000 years to to do that. You should look up that sort of thing to educate yourself.

2 years ago
Reply to  Crowman

I think YOU need to check your facts. The sea level has risen 6 to 8 inches in the last 100 years. Many islands are only a foot above sea level. Add a large storm and the breaking waves can quickly eliminate an island. I saw nowhere in the article that gave the depth of the ocean where the island was suppose to be. There have been many documented cases where volcanic islands have broke the ocean surface only to disappear several years later due to sea erosion.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

To piggy back with Crowman below, scientists certainly had all the instruments in 2012 to determine if indeed it was below the surface, i.e. sonar,

Larry H Lee
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Sea level has not risen that much, yet.

Ralph & Marketa Burns
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I agree with Crowman!

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

You should read Bob’s link above.

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