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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 927


Issue 927 • July 2, 2018

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No-start furnace?
If your factory furnace won’t start, go outside and take the cover off the intake/exhaust port. Now clean any crud out of the two tubes you’ll see. Try a restart. Still no go? Fire up your motorhome engine (or your tow vehicle while hooked up to your trailer) and try it again. If it starts now, there’s a low-voltage issue in your coach – check the “house batteries” first. If the furnace still won’t start with the engine running, you likely have a furnace problem requiring a technician’s attention.

Do those campground “size limits” measure up?
If you’re concerned about published RV size limits for campgrounds, afraid you won’t fit, don’t despair. Call the contact number for the campground and ask how the limit is figured out – could be it won’t apply to your rig. Always ask if there are any longer sites available. Or, if you’re bringing a “toad car,” it might be possible to park it next to the motorhome or in an overflow spot.

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Answer to today’s email alert brain teaser: A hole


Keeping your e-mail address secure
You’re shopping for an RV or stuff for your rig and, hey, there’s a great deal on Craigslist or some other online venue. “Contact seller via e-mail for photos and details.” Some unscrupulous ad-runners are just fishing for e-mail addresses to sell. Don’t use your “regular” e-mail address to respond – use a throwaway! sets up a temporary e-mail address for your use and puts a “cookie” on your computer for identification. The address self-destructs after 48 hours if you don’t log back in, but resets for an additional 48 hours whenever you do.

Compass points keep your rig cooler
“If your awning is on the south side, as mine is, we always park pointing/heading east so the smallest areas (front & back ends of the RV) get the east/west rising/setting sun during hot times. It also keeps our refrigerator on the coolest, north side. We also use Reflectix in all sunny windows to block out some sun heat.” Helping us chill out, our thanks to Becca Ray.

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Seems like there aren’t too many places these days without tons of other campers around, right? Use this website to find locations where you can boondock in peace!

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Woman: Yes, and this one will be if you sit down.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Associate editor: Deanna Tolliver. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.

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4 years ago

Trailsport by R-Vision, must be the worst travel trailer ever made

Debbie Mulhall
4 years ago

Do you have any experience with cell phone boosters? Do they really work and are there any brands that you would recommend? Thanks!

Ron Jewell
4 years ago

My trailer was in the shop to repair damage from a tornado. It’s been a great rv.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago

The link to RV Daily Tips Issue 926 has been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. —Diane at

4 years ago

The reason my rv was not at the dealers is that I fixed all the issues myself.

4 years ago
Reply to  George

I was just about to mention that large loophole… I’ve done up to structural repairs myself, and never paid a dealer for work after purchase. On my used trailer, some of my work has been repairing their shoddy presale repairs.

A smaller loophole is whether folks included routine maintenance or non-work storage time when reporting.

Eric Meslin
4 years ago
Reply to  George

Me too. It would need to be pretty major for me to bring it back to the dealer. After a long day waiting for several issues and minor adjustments to be taken care of, I ended up fixing them myself anyway.

John Crawford
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric Meslin

I had the flapper valve on my toilet stop closing. I took the RV to National Indoor RV Center in Georgia for an estimate on repairs. After waiting four hours for the estimate they said they would have to order a new spring and it would cost $450 to repair. I went back to the campground, ordered a new toilet for $150, and it was delivered overnight. I installed it in 30 minutes.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

Once we made a ‘few’ trips to the mfg to get what we think is our “prototype” trailer taken care of, we’ve not had a single issue with it. We bought it in 2012.


Sharon Baron
4 years ago

Just a good one that everyone needs:

My greatest aspiration is to be able to get my car in my garage.

4 years ago

Ditto! Whassup?

Laurel Deveso
4 years ago

I’m having the same issue – all your links for 926 go to page not found. What are you hiding from us? LOL

4 years ago

For some reason I did not receive RV Daily Tips Newsletter 926 and cannot access it. I try and it says OOPS! Help

4 years ago
Reply to  Teresa

Same. Got the email notification, but the link is broken.