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RV Daily Tips. Friday, December 18, 2020

Issue 1496
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.

Today’s thought

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” ―John Wesley

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Um, this one fits the bill… 

On this day in history: 1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Tip of the Day

Use self-fusing tape for weatherproof connections

Standard vinyl electrical tape has been around for a long time – too long, some would say. The problem with this commonly used product is its adhesive. It doesn’t really stick very well and after awhile it starts to peel loose, leaving a gooey mess behind.

Some years ago, a worthy alternative appeared – a silicone rubber tape that was self-fusing. It bonded to itself with enthusiasm and had no adhesive to age or create a mess. Furthermore, it was impervious to many chemicals, ozone and UV, which age and deteriorate lesser products. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Oh, my goodness! What a fantastic collectible! Hint: Think lovely green hair! It can be yours!

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Time Out Deluxe Folding Trailer. As he reports, “Time Out Trailers are specifically designed for the smallest of tow vehicles and might be something you’d more likely see at a Sturgis motorcycle event than an FMCA gathering…” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Riverside Retro 225 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, Dec. 18, 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.

This past week three people claimed their $25 gift card: Dianne K. of Hollis, OK, Rob B. of Helena, MT, and Bruce G. of Texas.

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.

Ever wish a road you traveled had a sign like this?

Have you ever driven down a road for a while and then realized it was not the road you thought it was? What a pain! Sometimes you need to backtrack a long way. When this happens, you might wish that a sign like this would have been posted early along the route.

Yesterday’s featured article: Are deer reading “deer crossing” signs and putting motorists in danger?

The funniest book for the kids (you’ll laugh too!)

If you haven’t seen the video of the grandmother reading her grandson the hilarious book The Wonky Donky, watch it here. You’ll laugh through the whole thing, we promise! If you want a copy for yourself, or your kids, grandkids, or your favorite campground neighbor, you can buy it here for less than $6.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Are you a current member of the Good Sam Club?

Please tell us here.

Quick Tip

Cleaning the black water tank

Keeping the rig’s black water tank clean is always a big issue. Jerry D. writes, “For those who have an attachment to clean the tank here is a better way to save time. Use a Y connector and run a small hose from the Y to the flush inlet. In this way you don’t need to pull out an extra hose, etc. I also use a pressure regulator with a quick connect fitting to speed up campground hook-up.” We’ve included a photo of Jerry’s setup, and add: It might be best to put a back-flow preventer on the hose that runs to the flush inlet. We’d hate to have a little “treat” from the black tank make its way into the fresh water system.

An RV gift for the jewelry lover in your life

These earrings are soooo cute! If your travel plans have been canceled and the wife is upset, these are the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy adorable earrings for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need these… Chuck? Learn more or order here.

Website of the day

It’s about time you got a dog or cat (or bird or turtle!). Petfinder’s infinite (well, it feels like it) database of available pets in your area is the perfect place to find your next best friend.

NEW: Check out all our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever listed, and we’ll continue to update it.

When you hear about a wonderful project such as Operation Santa, you just have to tell as many people as you can about it. Read about it here – it’s just wonderful!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


The eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, was the loudest sound in recorded history. When it erupted in 1883, it was heard up to 3,000 miles away. If anyone was within 10 miles away, they would’ve gone instantly deaf. The sound waves rounded the globe three and half times and the ash was propelled 260,000 feet into the air. Wooooow!

*Have you ever tripped over your pet? If so, you’re one of the __,000 people who do each year. Find out that number in yesterday’s trivia.

Want a boat but don’t have space? Try an inflatable one!
Inflatable boats became quite popular among RVers and outdoor enthusiasts this year. They’re affordable and fold down small so they can be stored in car trunks, on cargo racks, in RV underbelly storage or in a closet! If you’re skeptical, just read the reviews (or visit a nearby lake and ask someone in person!). Here’s a Kayak (single and tandem options).

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Meet Deja, our 6-yr-old Dobie who travels with us everywhere along with our 3 cats in our RV. Deja is a rescue and is the sweetest dog anywhere. She loves to travel and meet other people and their dogs.” —Jerry & Pat Brick, Northern Calif

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

The most COVID of Christmases… A Christmas tree made out of TP and masks – brilliant!

Toilet Paper Christmas Tree
Click to enlarge

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1 year ago

I highly sing the praises of pet finder. This is how we found our three rescues. One since has passed away 4 years ago next May. One that is still with us and another that has been with us now 3 years. If you are looking for any breed including mixes you will find them there. Most of the dogs you will find are from rescue groups and some from the HS. We are looking at adopting one from China that was on a dog meat farm. It is expensive and they are being sent from Asia to America and are being adopted. As Asia phases out its dog meat farms. The dogs and cats that are rescued are being sent around the world. We will give them the adoption fee next month and then wait for her to come to us. Good luck.

Cheryl Bacon
1 year ago

The 2020 “tree” is interesting. Our view on the year, even though it was a small taste of what the World would be like if we were truly facing the “end”, we chose to find all the positives that came out of it. People finally stopped calling people Germaphobes that actually cleaned their hands and surroundings. They got rid of the nasty sticky menus, more places did to-go and curbside delivery, finally people have to keep their kids, arms, heads and legs to themselves when at a restaurant. More places created better webpages and apps. People are not on top of each other. People remembered what their houses looked like and is for more than just bathing and sleeping. You can rent out an actually clean movie theater for a private viewing, without needing to be a millionaire. Planes are actually cleaned now, when the industry always said before it was impossible to clean them between flights. The list goes on and on and we hope some of the new “safe and clean” policies stay in place.

Tom Kuhn
1 year ago

The Good Sam club is not the same as it was in 1995 when we joined. We paid for a Life Time Membership, received our gold membership card, hats, pendant, etc. 

In the recent past years the present owners of Good Sam have issued a new membership level making the Life Time membership not the top level of membership any more. This was done to sell more RVs and we feel less service to the RV folks.  

Local state clubs closed, supposedly due to COVID-19–will they be allowed to startup–?. The Good Sam RV magazine is also gone with its wonderful content.

How much longer will the remains of Good Sam be around?

Please note that we seldom use Camping World. We support our local RV supply stores whose prices are essentially the same, but with better service.

1 year ago

Well now we know why we can’t find toilet paper at the store. But we may get the last laugh. I saw a sign posted at a small grocery store. At this time “paper products are not returnable “. LOL

1 year ago
Reply to  Dale

Same sign at Costco.

1 year ago

Re: tip of the day. I use a pressure regulator at the campsite spigot for the fresh water supply, I use a Y connector for the hose I use with no pressure regulator. Prior to departure I flush the BWT, add my chemistry with 3 gallons of water. However when boondocking, I stop at the dump station and drain the BWT and if going home I’ll flush the BWT as well as I do not have a home dump station.

1 year ago

As a plumbing contractor your tip of the day shouldn’t be used. The back flow your using is a spring check that is not a Plumbing Code approved device. Diseases can travel right up the hose to contaminate the drinking water system in the entire park with the system your recommending.

1 year ago
Reply to  Crowman

“Crowman” is spot on. I would not recommend this either.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bd2

Agree. I wouldn’t use this tip of the day.

Scott R. Ellis
1 year ago

$111 for a boat manufactured by somebody who thinks the implements used to propel a kayak are “oars”? Don’t forget the life jackets . . .

An inflatable boat can be a great option; good ones start at just under $1000.

Last edited 1 year ago by Scott R. Ellis
Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

It sounds as if you may be a watercraft afficianado. That’s great and your feedback is valuable. Many people though aren’t looking to ride rapids or go on a major excursion that would certainly require a $1000 vessel. Two people paddling quietly around a small lake on occasion when they travel could get along quite well with a $111 rubber kayak. And with over 15,000 reviews and a score of 4.5 stars, this one seems to be working out fine.

Jim Langley
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

We’ve used a boat almost exactly like the one shown on Amazon at least 20 times now in the 4 years we’ve owned it. And by “we,” I should explain that that means myself, my wife and up to 3 dogs weighing 40-50 pounds each (the dogs).

It packs in a bag so small we keep it in our Class C’s bed over the cab. It inflates and goes together in about 20 minutes.

We’ve used it mostly on lakes in California and Oregon and also in the ocean but not anywhere with waves. We do and the dogs, too, wear life preservers.

Thanks for the newsletter!

Richard Pharo
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I have this kayak and it’s ok, but it can be difficult to get in and out of because of how soft they are. I have a Sea Eagle inflatable canoe (well over a $1000) and it is rigid making it much easier to get in and out of. I can even run a trolling motor on it.

Bob P
1 year ago

One question about the trivia( I should’ve worked for The National Inquirer as I have an inquiring mind) how did they measure how high the ash cloud rose into the atmosphere back then? To the best of my knowledge there wasn’t satellites, or space stations, or even telescopes that could see that far. Just curious or is that one of the scientific theories that scientists dream up to justify their government grant. Lol

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

A sea captain made the estimate as he witnessed it, probably used his navigational instruments to do so.


1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

I wondered the same thing. 260,000 ft is over 49 miles. The atmosphere as commonly defined is about 50 miles thick so that would imply the ash nearly made it to outer space. I saw Mount St. Helens erupt and its ash cloud was reported to go as high as 70,000 ft (13 miles) and was an unbelievably impressive sight so I can see how someone could overestimate the height of the cloud. Even the article referenced by wanderer only claims a ash cloud height of 25 miles.

1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne

I don’t believe the 260,000 ft at all. A sea captain can’t see that far up.

David Wybo
1 year ago

Please don’t support making Christmas trees out of toilet paper. There are enough hoarders out there already😂😂

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  David Wybo

Now we know what people are doing with all that toilet paper they’re hoarding!

1 year ago
Reply to  David Wybo

Occurs to me this is a major fire hazard – worse than a regular tree! Don’t block the exits with it!

1 year ago

On your tip of the day, I’ve always been told the pressure regulator should be at the spigot, not in the wet bay so to protect the hose from over pressure and bursting.

Karen Grace
1 year ago

Great newsletter…loved the toilet paper xmas tree and the quote at the top!

1 year ago

I’m amazed at the mass of articles and comments about the blackwater tank (BWT). Actually, it’s none of my business what one does with or how they utilize their BWT, but GOOD GRIEF!! Use it as it is intended. Drop in some chemicals, use plenty of water, and flush it out every now and then. YES, YOU CAN PUT PAPER IN IT. Oh, please dont flush it when at a dump station…there are others waiting.

Jim O'Briant
1 year ago
Reply to  Barry

I understand that we don’t want to keep our fellow RVers waiting in line at a dump station. But WHERE ELSE are we going to flush out that tank?

1 year ago
Reply to  Jim O'Briant

Dump the tank and leave. You can flush it when you get to the next campsite with a sewer hookup. The BWT does NOT need to be flushed every time its emptied.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim O'Briant

Jim, I appreciate your concern for others. Read Barry’s answer. That’s the correct way to do it!

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Barry

Uhh, that’s WHEN yur supposed to flush it, is at the dump station. smh.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Dump the tank and leave. You can flush it when you get to the next campsite with a sewer hookup. The BWT does not need to be flushed every time its emptied.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

No, it isn’t, Sink. Listen to Barry. His answer is correct.

1 year ago
Reply to  Lee Ensminger

Not if you are headed home and don’t have a place to do another dump.

Kevin T.
1 year ago

That Deja is a beautiful girl!

Rock & Tina
1 year ago

Cleaning the black water tank – That’s too much weight on the fresh water inlet connection. We have a similar setup but our “Y”, the pressure regulator and the backflow preventer are connected at the campground spigot. Our arrangement also pressure protects our supply hose. I have seen two supply hoses fail in one week at one campground while the RVers were not on site.

Bill T
1 year ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Agreed. My “Y” fitting is on the campground tap, for that same reason. I also turn the water off at the campground tap whenever I leave the site for a while. I have seen folks come home to a flooded trailer because of a leak that happened while they were out.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T

I agree, and I do the same. I use the extra outlet for my FIRE hose, and change out to black water hose when ready to do so.I also have an inline shutoff on my black flush tank and city water inlet, so I can monitor and shutoff while watching the operation. It’s not a good idea to mix hoses, and/or get distracted! Not a fan of the quick tip of the day, but it is an option………

1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

Same here. I agree. Always have a fire hose set up and always shut off water supply when leaving site for any length of time.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

Ran, I am a first year “rv student “. What is a “fire hose”?

1 year ago

I love the Grinch Christmas tree.
We live in central PA and survived the first snowfall of the season. Located where I-80 and Rt 15 intersect, we ended with 16 1/2″ of snow. The Weather Channel is predicting more on Christmas Day.

1 year ago

Breaks my heart darlin’. A sunny 70 degrees in Arizona. Merry Christmas