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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Issue 1484
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

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” ―T.S. Eliot

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mutt Day! Happy National Mutt day from the staff mutts, Astor, Archie and Buddy!

On this day in history: 1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

Tip of the Day

Extending the life of an RV battery

By Mark Polk

Routine maintenance and recharging a discharged battery as soon as possible will extend the life of the battery. The leading cause of dead lead-acid batteries is sulfation. When a battery is in a low state-of-charge for a period of time, small crystals start forming on the plates. If it remains in this condition for an extended period of time without recharging it, the battery is ruined.

RV Battery Care & Maintenance E-Book Training Course

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Safari Condo Alto R1713Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Safari Condo Alto R1713 Travel Trailer. As he writes, “To say that these are unique would be an understatement as these teardrop-shaped travel trailers are very light and very capable given their exterior dimensions.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 CrossRoads Zinger ZR259FL Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, December 2, 2020. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

LAST WEEK, THREE READERS RESPONDED and each claimed a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Congratulations to Dave A. of Pasadena, Maryland, Terri C. of Enfield, Connecticut, and Blaise B. of Marinette, Wisconsin.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.

Forget insect spray! Just paint yourself with stripes

Here’s news about a new way to keep those bugs away! No, we’re not talking about a new bug spray, or DEET or Avon or anything else you spray or rub on your body! No, we’re talking about a new study which shows that if don’t want insects to take a liking to you, just paint yourself with stripes. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Carry a gun in your RV or plan to? Watch this!

Reader poll

Have you ever shopped for groceries online for home or RV delivery?

Tell us here, please.

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

Spot the spouse!

“After our first trip with our RV, we quickly learned that establishing a setup and break camp routine was necessary. Even after a few years, we have made a few changes but after a trip two weeks ago a new rule has been set in place called ‘where is your spouse!’ Before you double-check the hook-ups and you pull forward to check the brakes…make sure you see your spouse! As scary as the experience was for me, the wife, I hold no hard feelings and I was fine. Two skinned knees, elbows, and arms – but all is good. I want to tell other couples that when moving the RV for any reason, the significant other should be in the seat next to you, or clearly visible in those big mirrors. Stay safe, my RV friends!” Thanks for the tip, Tracee Clepper!

Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here.

Website of the day

Looking for a nearby dump station? Use this website to find every dump station in your area.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• This campground is top secret. Do you know where it is?
• Keep “virus-safe” at the fuel pump
• It’s a tank. It’s a trailer. It’s Aussie RV innovation


How many employees do you think Facebook has? Go ahead, take a guess. Scroll down to find out.

*Yesterday we told you the fascinating story of the first vending machine. You won’t believe how old it is! Read about it here.

This trekking pole lights the way… writer Tony Barthel reviews (and loves) the WayLight™ Multi-Functional Camping LED Light and Trekking Pole. This neat pole can be used as a trekking pole/walking stick, flashlight, and camp light. This is one nifty camping gadget! Read more about it here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Chewie loves going on adventures. He is a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix who thinks everyone loves him. His favorite person in the whole world is the pizza delivery person. His favorite day is Saturday, which is soft food (Puppy Crack) day. It got named that because he goes wild when we get up on Saturday until he gets his soft food. He is a great travel companion and he loves chasing the ball when we throw it. He wasn’t crazy about our first RV; however, now that we have upgraded to a fifth wheel he seems to be happy to stay ‘home’ when we have to go get groceries. You couldn’t ask for a better pup.” —Richard Palmer

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.

Leave here with a laugh

My girlfriend accused me of stealing her thesaurus. Not only was I shocked, but I was also aghast, appalled and dismayed!

Trivia answer: As of June 30, 2020, Facebook has 52,534 employees. Wooooow!

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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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2 years ago

We were moving to a new home. My wife was driving a second rig. Both of us were towing cargo trailers. As I was pulling away towards the highway I heard a faint calling of my name (pretty noisy truck). Looking in side mirror I noticed our second rig still parked near the pumps AND an arm waving above my load! My wife had gotten on the trailer to check the tie downs and the rest is camp story fodder.

2 years ago

Co-pilots aren’t always women. I do all the driving of our truck and 40′ fifth wheel. Until he passed away in June, my boyfriend was the co-pilot for 36 years. And no, he didn’t pass from my driving!

Janet Herrell
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

I do all the driving of our 37 foot class A.

Ron Riggs
2 years ago

We carry a portable Weber propane grill in a compartment on the side of our motorhome. These are the green container bottles. Is this safe?

Montgomery Bonner
2 years ago

The co pilot should be on the Left side of the RV clearly seen either by you or by YOU IN THE mirror. Or in the seat next to you in truck/MH. If she is on the right side, you will lose her, and catastrophe is next. ALWAYS know where Copilot is, every minute. Additionally, when backing up, arrange your RV/MH so it’s straight onto the space if backing up, then you have a clear line of site to the rear of the site, NEVER LET HER GET BEHIND THE RV PERIOD. Backup cameras are wonderful, till they are not. She needs to be on left side close to drivers position. I urge all, to take big rig driving training, the life you save may be mine or the wife or even yours. And get out and look over where the RV is going BEFORE you start to back up, low hanging branches cannot be seen from inside.

2 years ago

Great reminder in “Thought for the day”. Thanks for that.

2 years ago

I used the Sanidumps link expecting to see either a web based dump directory or perhaps an app download. Wow, that site is so clogged with advertising links that I couldn’t find anything on dump sites and I tried for awhile before giving up.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I just tried it and it worked fine for ME… but I do have an ad blocker in my browser. :-/

Robert Nelson
2 years ago

Just a heads up on the sewer hose wrench, they don’t fit all hose brands. I had to return mine.

Dale Chauncey
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Nelson

I’ve used an adjustable oil filter wrench for years. Cost about the same and made of steel.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dale Chauncey

I agree … one handy tool. Basically like large pliers with a large rounded gripping end. Amazing how many different projects I’ve used this on in the last 10 years I’ve had it.
I wish we could attach pics here…

2 years ago

I solved all of my battery sufation problems by installing PowerPulse Techology 12 VDC devices onto my Chassis and House battery banks. Never have to worry about my batteries having sufation ever again.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Thanks for passing along that product info. Appreciate it.

Phil Atterbery
2 years ago

The standing rule in our DPMH is “don’t engage drive until everyone is seated”. I do all the outside work, the navigator in command takes care of the inside.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

Today’s thought has me scratching my head . . .

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Same here. I’m trying to figure out why I tried to read it three times, and still have no idea what point is being made. Give me a nice book on quantum physics anytime.

Samuel Shryock
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yeah, its is just a complex way of saying one word: patience. I liked it though.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Why use one word when fifty will do. I too am unsure of the meaning.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Well the first line of this newsletter is…“This newsletter is for intelligent, open-minded RVers.”

2 years ago
Reply to  WEB


Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Poetic drivel…never did like Eliot.

2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Agree. How about a different Eliot (George). “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”

Jim Langley
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Well T.S. Eliot didn’t make any sense to me in college and he still doesn’t make any sense to me 😉

Bill T
2 years ago

Thanks for the quick tip on “spot the spouse”. Good advice. This almost happened to me once, so now I make the extra effort to be sure I see the wife.

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