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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Issue 1458
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

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ―Mark Twain

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Black Cat Day!

On this day in history: 1904 – The first underground New York City Subway line opens, later designated as the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line.

Tip of the Day

Fifth wheel hitching: An old-timer’s advice

By George Bliss
From several years of observations at campgrounds, it seems most RVers don’t know the importance of hooking up the umbilical cord from the truck to the fifth wheel trailer before trying to connect (or disconnect) the king pin to (or from) the fifth wheel.

This is necessary so you can apply the brakes on the trailer, and is a “must-do” to avoid pushing your trailer off its leveling blocks or to prevent it from moving even a few inches – which would put great strain on the landing gear. If the trailer rolls or you don’t get a good king pin connection, your trailer can be sitting on the box rails of your truck – a very expensive experience. Continue reading.

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Holiday House 18RB

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Holiday House 18RB. As he reports, the Holiday House trailer is a true heir to the Holiday House name in every way but is actually better built than those original trailers. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Escape 5.0 fifth wheelIf you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviews, click here.

Family’s RV woes inspire hilarious music video

What happens if you buy a fifth wheel trailer and it turns out to be riddled with defects? Well, if you’re a member of this family you write a highly entertaining song about your experience. We don’t think the dealer where they bought the RV will be too happy about that. Listen to the hilarious song here.

Yesterday’s featured article: These two inexpensive cleaning agents work great!

Reader poll

How often do you remember your dreams?

Can you remember the one you had last night? Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Fulltime RVers, beware of this insurance issue

People who live in their RVs more than 150 days per year are apparently considered full-timers by many insurance companies. Full-time RVers will need to obtain a full-timers comprehensive personal liability policy. This policy will change the coverage to be similar to your home insurance. Anyone injured inside your RV can make a claim against you, and this type of coverage is designed to cover such claims.

Many full-timers don’t realize they need this coverage until their insurance claims are denied because their RV is their primary residence. Another benefit of this coverage is higher limits of insurance on the contents of your rig. You are living full-time and the rig is your home. All that “stuff” you have should be covered. Of course the policy premium depends on the size of the deductible you set up. We try to have a $500 emergency fund just to cover deductibles. From So, You Want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised] available on

Website of the day

Travel with a pet
From the USDA, here’s everything you need to know about traveling with a pet. And, if you happen to own a swan, pigeon or a quail, no, you cannot travel with it.

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:

• 14 percent say all their spendable income comes from current employment
• 15 percent do not own a “stick and brick home.” Their RV is their home!
• 29 percent bring a portable generator along with them on their RV travels

Recent poll: Have you ever met anyone when RVing who became a friend for years?


If you’re selling your sticks-and-bricks home to go full-time, you may want to paint your front door before listing it for sale. According to a 2018 report from Zillow, homes with black or gray front doors sold for an average of $6,271 more than homes with other colored doors.

*What was an astronaut from the Apollo 17 mission allergic to? Hint: He should’ve changed careers… We told you yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Jelly, my service dog. I have PTSD and anxiety. She will sleep through a bear rooting through my garbage. The bear finds nothing and gets mad and scratches the side of my camper, she opens one eye and rolls over. Move her food bowl an inch and she is all over it.” —Em Burlingame

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.

Just published! Book for newbie RVers a must-have!
We are pleased to report that the printed edition of Chuck Woodbury’s new book The ABCs of RVing is now available. The book is aimed at aspiring and first-time RVers and may also be ordered for immediate reading in a Kindle version.

Leave here with a laugh

I decided to quit my job as a personal trainer. I’m just not big enough or strong enough. I just handed in my too weak notice.

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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1 year ago

Regarding the song, if that was all that was wrong, imbalance of hot and cold water and a fridge that doesn’t get cold, then they got a great RV compared to our 2020 brand new solitude.

Wayne R.
1 year ago

GREAT addition with the new RV reviews. Informative and enjoyable reading.
Thank you.

1 year ago

After 16 years of fun, it got to be too much physically, so we sold our MH and gave it up. We enjoyed it since 2004 but won’t need the RV Travel newsletter anymore. Hope you all will continue to find it interesting. Thanks alot to Chuck and the staff.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Sorry, James. Thanks for reading RV Travel for so many years. We’ll miss you. Take care. 🙂 –Diane at

1 year ago

In regards to connecting the umbilical to a 5th wheel before hooking up or disconnecting, I am of the opinion that any trailer should have its wheels firmly chocked both forward and backward when it is not being towed. Chocking is the first thing I do before disconnecting and the chocks stay in place until I am connected. In that respect, I see no need to be able to apply the trailer’s brakes. And the landing gear of a 5th wheel is always in contact with the ground when unhitching, perhaps 1/2-inch off the ground when the trailer “rides up” on the hitch when connecting, so if it is properly connected and a pull test is performed before fully retracting/raising the landing gear, the trailer isn’t going to crash down onto the bed of the truck. More important would be to lock the operating handle after hooking up so that some prankster doesn’t maliciously open the jaws.

1 year ago
Reply to  Carl

I agree wholeheartedly regarding the importance of chocking the wheels before doing any kind of hitch work. I have a bumper tow trailer. One time I forgot to chock the wheels and when I released the hitch from the ball the trailer suddenly shifted backward. The only thing that prevented disaster was the fact that the safety chains were still attached to the tow vehicle and they prevented further movement. Scared the bejesus out of me. I had to back the tow vehicle up enough to drop the hitch back on the ball and back up enough to remove the tension on the chains (after chocking the wheels of course). I only did that once.

1 year ago
Reply to  DaveT

I watched a fellow come into a campground late one afternoon and back into the last remaining spot. We went about our dinner and such. A few minutes later, the most awful dragging-grinding sound you ever heard came from his location. It seems when he parked, the trailer was a down a slight incline, and he forgot to chock the trailer wheels before un-chaining an then unhitching! The sounds we heard were the trailer dragging the hitch jack across the blacktop on the way to its resting place in a small gully below! Several of us ran to see if all were ok. Thankfully, all was ok, except the trailer underside that is. The fellow was wearing a cap from a local company that said “Crown Zellerbach Safety Award”. Needless to say, his family was rather upset and the trailer had a few injuries to it’s belly, too. We fed them dinner and tried to calm them some.

Deb Treneff
1 year ago

Love the newly added RV reviews of various types of campers. So fun to read and look at the floor plans, etc. Thanks for adding this!

Last edited 1 year ago by Deb Treneff
Robert McBride
1 year ago

Article on Insurance for full time RV’s. Is the 150 day rule to determine FT status based on a continuous 150 days plus or a total for a year? I used my RV for about 120-140 days/year pre-pandemic, 2-4 month trips & intermittent 4-7 day trips in between. After that it’s parked at a storage yard.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert McBride

A call to your insurance agent should get that answered for you…

Rich Thelen
1 year ago

To clarify the brake setting article I feel it necessary to comment and correct an error in it. A point of interest regarding semi trailer brakes is that the brakes are locked until the air supply releases them. You cannot move a trailer until the brakes release which is accomplished by charging the air system.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rich Thelen

At the risk of revealing my age, I have worked on semi-trailers “back in the day” that did not have modern spring brakes. They had service brake only, and relied on air in the trailer air tank to apply the service brakes when disconnected. But when the trailer had an air leak, once the air is gone, no brake. Luckily those are long gone. Some are probably storage sheds.
The 5th wheel coupler hasn’t changed in “forever”, the tug test is a must-do, and a visual check inside the hitch with a flashlight will show if the lock bar is indeed locked in place behind the pin.