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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Issue 1567
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

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.” ―Steve Maraboli

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day!

On this day in history: 1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.

Tip of the Day

Battery storage problems caused by cold weather

Most RVs have parasitic drains in their electrical systems. These drains come from various electrical components, like carbon monoxide and propane detectors, car stereos, circuit boards, LED lights, relays, and so on. Some drains will remain on even if an RV equipped with an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) battery switch is turned off, to maintain memory in the stereo, and to keep CO and LP detectors operating.

Where this can become an even bigger problem is in freezing weather. Lead Acid batteries will freeze if they lose their charge, which can result in their splitting apart. In any case, when they freeze, they are damaged beyond repair.

If you store your RV with the batteries in it, you should make sure that you have the batteries charging. This can be accomplished using shore power, or a solar charging system. The solar charging system should have a high enough charging rate to overcome the parasitic drains on the system.

Regular battery maintenance should continue, including keeping the batteries clean and filled with distilled water.

If, however, you don’t intend to use your unit for a season, it may be better to remove the batteries from the unit, and store them in a climate controlled area on a shelf up off the floor.

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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Leisure Travel Vans Wonder RTB Class C. He writes, “These are beautifully made vehicles with very, very tasteful and well-thought-out interiors. Even if you have zero intention of ever buying one of these vans, you have to watch the video walk-through. It’s fun to watch and the presenter does a great job.” Read more and watch that walk-through.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Jay Flight Octane 255 Toy Hauler? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

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If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Daylight time today, March 30, 2021. 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Christopher N. of Seal Rock, Oregon, and Steve B. of Snelling, California.

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.

How old is too old for RV tires?

For RV application this is a tough question because “it depends.” There are several factors that can shorten tire life, which Roger Marble explains here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Why leave a review?

Keep your pets safe in an emergency
Do you worry about what would happen to your pets if you had an emergency and you couldn’t get back to them? This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card, and keychain set is a necessity for all pet owners. It informs first responders you have pets at home. On the sticker, check off how many pets you have and stick it on your car or RV window. Also included: a keychain and wallet cards, in case you are hurt and can’t talk. Learn more or order

Reader poll

Which kind of chocolate is your favorite – dark, milk, or white?

Mmmmm… tell us here.

Do you know how easy it is to regrow vegetables from your veggie scraps? You can even do it in an RV! Check it out.

Quick Tip

RV lights on exterior are important

The lights around the outside of your RV are important safety devices. It is imperative that you check the lights every time you drive or tow your RV. Keep a supply of replacement bulbs in your coach tool box. While you’re at it, keep a supply of the interior bulbs in your box, too, so if one burns out you can change it quickly and stay illuminated!

Website of the day

America’s World Heritage Sites
Check out this list of America’s World Heritage sites from the Travel Channel and tally up how many you’ve been to. We bet many of you have been to all of them (or close to it!).

As long as the dog doesn’t lift a leg on this, we’re good.

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:

• 28 percent do not drink alcohol
• 74 percent say they feel the safest when they’re “camping” in a commercial RV park, not boondocking
• When staying overnight at a Walmart, the majority of our readers, 56 percent, say they spend between $10-$40 inside the store per overnight stay.

Recent poll: How would you describe your mental state in the last year dealing with the pandemic?


Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Each of those bottles takes 500 years to decompose.

*What percentage of humanity lives on less than $10 per day? The number may surprise you. Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Teddy was so excited to see his first mule deer at Mesa Verde National Park that he did all he could to get the best view.” —Ross Hammarstedt

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.

Amazing tool does so much!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

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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

I disconnect my chassis battery with a switch I installed (Amazon $8.00 ) which powered the essential electric step, propane detector and other parasitic draws etc. My house batteries are on a built in switch which does disconnect everything when stored. WE live in California where it doesn’t freeze so just disconnecting is all that’s needed (we’re lucky). I have a 12 volt AGM for the Chassis and 2, 6 volt AGM’s for the house. When Lithium prices come down some I will definitely change over the house to those.

Last edited 1 year ago by Chuck Woodbury
Roger Christianson
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Hi Bob: The link you provided takes you to a “page not found” message. Did you use this on your house batteries? I have the same issue even with the master cut off switch to off. I have installed a cut off switch (the knob style) on the engine starter battery, but would like to have a cut off switch on the house batteries. My thinking is the knife style would show when you are disconnected better than the knob style.

Walter Fuhrmann
1 year ago

I learned the hard way regarding parasitic discharging. I turned off “everything” and left my trailer and nearly new batteries with no charging a matter of a few months the co detector discharged them beyond repair. Now I just disconnect them or bring them home.

1 year ago

Mesa Verde was on my mothers bucket list of things to do so while out west we went, stayed at their camping part and it was just wonderful. This is a not to be missed park. Also take the tour they have to offer. You will learn a lot about this area. Sadly she died 9 months later. I guess once your bucket list is done? You are too?

1 year ago

Liked the mystery product but thought it would be a fake fire hydrant which could be handy as a parking place holder.

Donald Schneider
1 year ago

Dont just check the clearance lights (those around the top) but check ALL lights every time you get ready to move your RV. We are full time RVers and cant count the times when other campers connect and pull out without EVER checking the brake lights and turn signals.
BE SAFE….Check your RV lights!

Ron T.
1 year ago

I really appreciate the LED lights on our 2016 Class C. Not only will they seldom if ever need replacement, but they all come on temporarily any time either of the front doors are opened so it’s easy to check them.

1 year ago

Wonder how many wrecks that plumber van has caused with drivers doing a double take?! Too funny.

Bob Packer
1 year ago

Exactly how do we know it takes 500 years for a plastic bottle to decompose? Plastic hasn’t been around that long.b

Gordon Herrmann
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Packer

And we won’t be around in 500 years to find out either!

Bob P
1 year ago

First time in a long time I didn’t find anything to comment on, I must be slipping so I wrote this. Lol

1 year ago

The last week or so I’ve noticed that when I click on an article, to read the entire article, and then, when finished, click the “back” button of my browser (iPad Safari), I get taken back to the top of the web page, not to where I clicked on the “read here”. A new “feature”, and most annoying…

1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

ck your computer my chromebook does just fine

1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

Same on mine. Not sure if it’s driven by the newsletter itself or a recent software ‘update’ for the iPad or Safari. Keeps the scrolling skills sharp… 😉

Billy Piper
1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

My HP stream Microsoft Bing takes me back to the articles place in the newsletter.

1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

Same for me. Just started doing this.

Leanne Hopkins
1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

I have been having the same problem, recently, on my iPad. I thought I was doing something different so thank you for mentioning it.

Tom Hudson
1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

On my phone, it will go back to the top of the page for few seconds, then goes back to where you left off. Try waiting a bit.

David Hartman
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Hudson

If I wait it will return from the top to where you left off.

1 year ago
Reply to  Beth

I have noticed this “feature” (read annoyance) recently as well (I use my iPhone). Initially, It returned to the top of the email, thus leaving me to scroll to the next article. Most recently…sometimes…after a few seconds, I get back to where I left off…other times it’s back to the beginning…and scroll I must. Like others have mentioned, not sure if it’s related to my device, or the website itself.

Wayne Caldwell
1 year ago

I admit to ascribing to the “old wives tale” regarding batteries on concrete floors. When working on my ’36 Hudson Terraplane project car, I just put a small piece of plywood between the battery and the floor.

1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

I do the same thing.

1 year ago

I have a 2018 26′ trailer and my battery lasted 2 years. The new one I bought was recommended that I take it out and store it inside over the winter. I had it in my garage (heated) on a small board. It’s now back in, hooked up to my 30 amp service at the house (PA), and we are ready to begin to get “On the road again”.

Jim Thomas
1 year ago

The battery article is very good right until the end. The “don’t store a battery on the floor” is an old wives tales that has been disproven numerous times. It may have been true for concrete floors decades ago, but certainly not in the past 40 years.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Thomas

Thumb up. I still see nonsense like that sometimes. That one shows up in some of the women’s magazines my wife reads. A great source for automotive maintenance.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Women’s magazines?

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Thomas

As for discharging a battery, sitting on concrete won’t discharge it What it can do is if the concrete is significantly colder than the air temperature is lower the batterys output level. Setting it on a piece of wood offers some insulation so it won’t get quite as cold. When its temperature rises back up, it’ll return to normal. .