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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 942

Issue 942 • July 26, 2018

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Sticky vent lid
Is it hard to open your roof vent lid? There may be a couple of reasons for this. First, try to open it. If it won’t open, the seal may be stuck. Go up on the roof (or have someone do it for you) and pry up the edges of the vent lid. Careful! The lid may be brittle from UV exposure and break, in which case it will need to be replaced. Once the edges feel free, go down and crank the vent up, or have a helper do it, so you can see under and around the vent lid. If the mechanism is heavily corroded, a spray lubricant may be in order to free it up. If it’s just a little sticky, a regular silicone-type lube will work just fine in the mechanism. If the seal is sticky, apply a seal lubricant and treatment like you would use for your slideout seals. You can use any lubricant or treatment for rubber, but it has to say it’s safe for rubber. Always use any of these products sparingly.

A trick to expand your shower
Feeling “closed in” in the shower? If your shower is equipped with a shower curtain, get a curtain tension rod, mount it a few inches outside the existing shower rod. Run the curtain over the top of the new rod, then back into the shower stall. Gives a few extra inches of space for your shoulders. Dr. Who fans, simply think of this as a Tardis in your RV!

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Camco vent insulator keeps you warm…and cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here. 

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Bumper bug-out
Don’t let bees buzz you: Put a layer of window screen over the vent holes on your bumper plugs. Still lets the drain hose air out, but keeps the bugs away.

Be prepared to manually retract slideouts
Find out the exact procedures for emergency manual retraction of your slideouts before you need to use them. Write them out in language that you can understand and keep them where you can find them. You probably will never use them, but Boy Scouts have a good motto: Be Prepared! —From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

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The largest, tiniest blanket for all your outdoor needs
Pack your beach bags and park picnics, it’s summer! What’s one thing we always need for a relaxing day outdoors? A blanket! This tiny, super lightweight travel blanket is great for RVers, campers, hikers, concert-goers and travelers. When folded up in its drawstring pouch, it fits in the palm of your hand. When unfolded, it’s a waterproof 55″x70″ two-person blanket. Be right back, we’re buying it here!


Indie Bound
While we do love Amazon (we can’t deny it), we do also love supporting small, locally owned bookstores while traveling. This site shows you every independent bookstore near your current location. Shop local!

Scam Alerts
Here’s the official website for all current scams. Good to keep on hand and check now and again. Online scams are scary; make yourself aware so you aren’t a victim. 

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Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle-free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here. 

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

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Jeff Millikan
4 years ago

Chuck & Gail do all Rv’ers a great service and definitely earn every penny they earn. They save all of us much more than we would spend on any subscription including WSJ.

Thanks for the great work.

4 years ago

Ron Tardiff to you..I would be willing to bet that if Gail is on the payroll she certainly earns her wages..They work as a team so get over it..I don’t really care as long as the publication continues to open the ugly doors of the RV manufacturing nonsense of building mostly junk..Looking forward until you have a $1500 repair as I had due to lousy workmanship that cause severe water damage and only 2 years old..Enjoy the efforts as of a few to keep you informed so loosen up and enjoy ..I think I read that Gail is involved in the publication ..It would be interesting if you even donated a cent..Take a NAP !!!

4 years ago

Another question that cannot be answered yes…
Does yes mean no?

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Martine

Or … Does no mean yes? Thanks, Martine. (This is starting to hurt my brain!) 😀 —Diane at RVtravelcom

4 years ago

re: Bumper plug that is wasp resistant
I have two of these for both ends of my aft hose storage bumper. Drains just fine and keeps the buggers out….

Michael Erps
4 years ago

I work at an Gas Station and convenience store, It always amazes me how many people will pull out a credit card to pay for a .99 cent drink.

John Crawford
4 years ago
Reply to  Michael Erps

It doesn’t matter if you pay the entire balance when it comes due.

4 years ago
Reply to  Michael Erps

Many ppl don’t carry cash, when traveling, so a debit card/credit card is convenient. Why should you care as long as you’re getting paid?

4 years ago

Vent holes on my bumper plugs????? Is this in another language??? I have no idea from where you speak.

4 years ago
Reply to  Leon

The majority of bumper plugs I’ve seen have a square hole in the center. I’ve also had mice get inside my bumper. Siliconing a piece of screen on the inside to cover the hole took care of the problem

4 years ago
Reply to  Leon

Some rear bumpers on an RV (trailers, mostly) are fitted so people can carry their sewer hoses in them . There is usually a square hole in each end and this is what they’re speaking about.

Ron L.
4 years ago
Reply to  Leon

Leon… obviously you’ve never owned a travel trailer.

In my previous life, we had a travel trailer and when I stored my dump hose in the bumper, the constant vibration during travel would wear small pin holes in the ribs of the hose, making it worthless.

4 years ago
Reply to  Leon


Ron Tardiff
4 years ago

Becoming more disenchanted with the direction of your publications. Who wants to be distracted by wiggling ads and constant pleading for money. Is Chucks partner (Gail) on the payroll?

4 years ago
Reply to  Ron Tardiff

You do know you have options such as unsubscribing?

4 years ago
Reply to  Kirk

Could lead to that. Not sure of your need to point out the obvious.

Tony King
4 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Most lubricant you spray on vent cranks etc attracts dust so keep that mind. Sometimes cleaning it free of everything doesn’t attract anything and works just as good. Use a degreaser on a cloth to clean the rubber seal, let dry completely and then wipe talcum powder on to prevent lid from sticking.

Chuck Woodbury
4 years ago
Reply to  Ron Tardiff

Ron, what direction would you want us to go? And what does it matter if Gail is on the payroll (she is and she earns every penny)? And you may have noticed in my comments, we took away the wiggling ad after we heard from a few readers about them. So, Ron, let’s assume this website and newsletter is yours: what direction would you take it? Please email me at .

4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

You get two thumbs up from me.Keep it going Chuck.

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