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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 886


Issue 886 • April 19, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day

Better use of space in your toy hauler
By Jim Twamley
If you have a toy hauler you may have found a frustration issue in the “storage” area. It seems most haulers don’t have rails or cargo fastening devices installed in the back. That’s probably because everyone wants these devices in different places, depending on what kind of cargo they are hauling.
One RVer we met wanted a place to strap stuff to the wall in his toy hauler, so he built and installed these “moving van” type cargo rails on the walls. He also wanted to protect the finish on the walls and these rails are just the ticket.
These are easy to make, and I recommend building them from hardwood because softwood will not support a load as well as hardwood.

Read yesterday’s tipWhat does a battery disconnect switch do?

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It looks like a key, but it’s a folding knife
Wow! Could this come in handy those times you wish you had a small pocket knife along? It looks just like a regular key, but when unfolded it turns into a pocket knife. Just remember to remove it from the keychain before you hop on your plane flight. Learn more or order!


Simple, soothing sleep aid
Noisy campground and earplugs just don’t cut it for trying to sleep? Dan Bakke recommends turning on a fan — the soft droning can lull you right off to sleep. Thanks, Dan!

Floating neutral generators and smart surge protectors
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Any inverter generator will probably have a floating neutral which will fool your smart surge protector into thinking it has an open ground. You need a G-N bonding plug which I designed a few years ago and which will soon be available from a major RV electrical supplier. In the meantime, you can wire your own bonding plug using the directions from my No~Shock~Zone blog here

Inexpensive “designer” tablecloths that will stay put on your picnic table
Need a tablecloth for the picnic table, or maybe a few in a variety of designer colors and patterns? Whip out a “single” fitted sheet. Easier to fold than flannel-backed table cloths, too. Wraps on easily, stays on well, and easy to clean – just drop it in the washing machine. Find them in thrift stores – even in your linen closet. Thanks to reader Poula!

RV tires may have caused 95 deaths or injuries.

Tasty coffee, great deal
Costco’s Kirkland brand of coffee, 100% Colombian dark roast, gets rave reviews from those who drink it. And the cost is probably far less per pound than what you’re currently paying for your brand. Maybe it’s time to give this a try and save some money. Learn more or order.


NADA RV pricing.
Find prices and values for every type of RV. Helpful if you’re looking to buy or sell! 

The 50 best tips to get your home (or RV) super organized
Some of these ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them! We bet you’ll find more than one to try (we sure did).

Flight Aware
If you need to track a flight, this is the site to do so. Enter in the flight information (either origin/destination or flight number) and see exactly where in the world it is, how fast it’s going, how many miles until the destination, exactly when it will land and when it will pull into the gate … everything! Handy when you’re picking up guests at the airport. 

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slideout-seal656Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including dangerous, costly water damage. This rubber seal lubricant from Thetford prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight destruction. It is also useful on door seals and window seals. It’s a mineral oil product and also acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order


When a traditional RV refrigerator is better than a residential fridge
One thing that virtually all RVs have in common is a refrigerator. But these days, many are equipped with residential models, which are usually larger. But is a residential fridge best for you? Maybe. Maybe not. 

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Removes black streaks, cleans tires, degreases. And more
It’s almost as easy to say what this doesn’t do than what it does do. It works great on engines, wheels, tires, diesel exhaust and for removing ugly black streaks. Spray on, wipe dry – it’s that easy. It’s water based, biodegradable and ammonia free. It’s so good it meets the standards of Boeing and Airbus. Learn more or order at a really great price.


Take care of your transmission
Don’t ignore your automatic transmission. Check the fluid level regularly. If you find the level going down, it could be a leak or (gulp!) a malfunction. Check with a transmission mechanic – and don’t hesitate to get a second opinion if the suggestion involves big money.

Don’t get stuck in a “blind alley”
Worried about a “blind alley” situation when taking your rig into a parking lot? Reader Bob Cook suggests you use Google Maps Street View to take a quick peek in advance to see if you can maneuver, park and then make an escape. Thanks, Bob!
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Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at

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A Texan farmer travels to Australia on vacation and meets a local farmer. They get to talking. The Aussie shows off his huge wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields twice as large!” Then the farmer shows off his cattle. “We have longhorns twice as large as those,” boasts the Texan. A few minutes later the Texan spots some kangaroos hopping through the field. “And what are those?” he asks.” “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?” asks the Aussie.

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4 years ago

I wasn’t surprised @ the 96% who responded to the poll on choice of diet. But if you are watching any number of youtubers, you may get the idea that vegans & vegetarians are taking over the world. The same applies to online recipe sites. I see nothing wrong with eating healthy, but for me, don’t try to convert me. I’m an omnivore, I have diet restrictions such as no salt & low sugar. I don’t need or want any others, especially those imposed on me by so-called peer pressure. I really want to enjoy the choices I have left, in moderation of course. So please no lectures or admonishments, enjoy your choices and let me enjoy mine…..

Mike Sokol
4 years ago

If any of you are having trouble seeing the images on my site, I think I see what’s happening and have a fix. But I’m away from my computer so it won’t be fixed until tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience.

4 years ago

RVing Tip of the Day
Better use of space in your toy hauler

Sure wish there had been more to this article, looks like a fantastic idea!!

Catherine Hayes-Sheen
4 years ago

The idea of using a twin sheet as a tablecloth is fine for a one-time use, but what about the heavy dew/rain that happens every day? Give me a heavy plastic one thank you! Unless you’re talking about an inside table?

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

I might be missing something here but, if you are using a portable generator why would you need a surge protector? Unless it’s built in to your RV and you have no choice, of course.

Mike Sokol(@mike)
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Believe it or not, generators fail too. Take it from a sound-guy who has hooked up hundreds of these things for every size show and concert you can imagine. Yup, I use generators for everything from a little bluegrass show up to a Beyonce’ concert. And I meter EVERY ONE of them. Most of the time they’re fine, but the old-school generators can be easily set to the wrong voltage, etc… Now, I’ve never had a problem with a Honda Inverter generator, but I’m researching ways their inverters can fail. I’m guessing they’re about as bulletproof as you can get.

Dr4Film ----- Richard
4 years ago

With regards to the blurb under Quick Tips about the G-N Bonding Plug needed to fool your smart surge protector, for those people who own a Progressive Industries EMS system which has a Bypass Switch, you simply turn off this Bypass Switch thereby eliminating the need for the bonding plug. By turning this switch off it bypasses all of the electrical monitoring EXCEPT for the Surge Portion. When done using your portable outboard generator just remember to reset the Bypass Switch back to its normal operation.