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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 956

Issue 956 • August 21, 2018

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No-stick vent lids
Tony King makes this suggestion: “Most lubricant you spray on vent cranks, etc., attracts dust, so keep that in 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.” Thanks for venting on this matter, Tony!

Not a fan of Grease? Tell me more, tell me more…
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
My son Kevin, the pastry chef and teacher, came home the other day (don’t they always) looking for the bar of “yellow lye soap” to get a big grease stain out of his pants. I remember my grandmother using a yellow bar of Fels-Naptha lye soap on my grandfather’s work clothes (he was a coal miner), and on our skin if we got into the poison ivy. According to Chef Kevin, many kitchens and bakeries still keep a bar of Fels-Naptha soap handy for serious grease stain removal. Now they warn you not to get it in your eyes and limit skin contact, but it sure does cut the grease and seemed to be great at removing poison ivy toxins. I looked it up and it’s still available at a lot of grocery stores as well as online on Amazon (of course). Here’s a link if you can’t find it locally.

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Never Leave Home Without Two!
Everyone agrees a waste water hose is the most important item to have on board your RV, but what happens when your current one breaks? We recommend ALWAYS having a spare on hand in case you have cracks or leaks, or have forgotten to repack. Don’t let this minor repair slow you down! To shop your waste removal needs, click here. 

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BBQ grill flare suppressor
A plain water bottle with a small hole punched in the cap can dampen a flaring charcoal grill fire or campfire equally well. Squeeze the bottle to generate a high-pressure spray of water towards the base of the fire. From “100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook).” Available on

Black water dump trick for boondockers
“We were fulltimers for about 12 years, so I emptied many black tanks. A tip: After I drain, flush, and close the valve, I continue the flush for 30 to 60 seconds so the tank is not dry (usually up one dot on the tank meter). This lets me be stingy with my precious fresh water when boondocking.” —Thanks to Fred & Judy Ceppa

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Keep gray tank odors away
HepvO is a unique self-sealing waste valve that prevents the escape of foul sewer air from waste discharge systems, and actively maintains the pressure equilibrium in soil and waste installations. As a dry sealing valve, HepvO utilizes a purpose designed membrane to create an airtight seal between the living space and the drainage system. Learn more.


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We’re sure you know about Go RVing, but do you know they have a Canadian site for all your moose-viewing, maple-syrup slurping adventures? There’s a whole other world up there – go explore it! 

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This morning, my grandpa walked into my room with a young bearded guy wearing skinny jeans and a cool T-shirt. I said, “Who is this guy?” My grandpa replied, “My hip replacement.”

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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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4 years ago

I keep a water filled squirt gun handy when grilling, get’m from dollar store and easy to shoot that water where your aiming.

4 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

Spraying water on a grease fire doesnt seem wise… Since my grill is sealed on the bottom, the grease fires would just float in a messy pool of water…

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Why pick on Nancy? That was our tip. Or was your comment aimed at the tip in general and just happened to end up in reply to Nancy’s tip? Maybe you should put some holes in the bottom of your grill, Wolfe. 😉 —Diane at

4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

YES, mine was a general comment on the tip. You don’t put out grease with water, and grills usually are grease fires.

In truth, I just let mine burn out. I use a portable grill in flare-safe locations, and the gas bottle can’t heat up from even a pretty aggressive flare. You could say i put out my fires with steak.

There are no holes in my grill bottom *because* it’s portable — you wouldn’t want to stow it inside the cabinet if it had a dribbling grease drain.

Ironically, I sometimes do the exact reverse of this tip, filling a small soda bottle with gasoline and drilling a 1-3/64 hole in the soda cap. Why? Besides being crazy and dangerous, I’m impatient starting campfires with damp wood in the rain. Squeeze the bottle for a tiny but effective flamethrower (generally too meager a stream to backtrack at all, and gasoline flames propogate much slower than you think). This probably isn’t an advisable tip unless you know what you’re doing, but its effective if you’re careful and freezing. Use the least gas that works – management takes no responsibility if you blow yourself up.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Thanks for the clarification, Wolfe (but probably not for your flamethrower tip). 😀 —Diane at

4 years ago

About the waste hoses. We have a 10′ hose on one side of our hollow bumper and a 20′ hose on the other side. I still remember the first time I tried to dump . The 10′ hose had moved to the middle and naturally someone was waiting behind me. I ended up driving off without dumping.

Joni Weed
4 years ago

This is for Mike- an electrical question. We have a 50 amp RV, we frequently stay at our home base, which is mostly 30 amp. We have a 50 amp surge protector. So…. do we plug in our 30/50 pigtail, then the 50 amp surge protector, then the RV 50 amp cord? Is this the best way to go? Thanks for your advice.

4 years ago

We carry gorilla glue with us for those pinholes we seem to get in the hose. Works great and cheaper than replacing the hose.

4 years ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

Gorilla doesnt always stick to plastics… You want to get a product called SealAll – glues ungluable thermoplastics underwater. Also good on roofs, vents, water bottles, hoses, etc… …so indispensible in an RV.

4 years ago

You can also find Fels Naptha at your local Ace Hardware!

Sherry Dawson
4 years ago

I tried the link to the Amazon coupons yesterday and today, and it doesn’t lead to any coupons. It links to books about couponing, and a bunch of unrelated items to purchase. Could you fix it, please? Many of us would love to find these coupons. One of the Facebook pages, of which I am a member, frequently posts Amazon coupons for much-needed (or desired) RVing products and I have bought some through her site. But she won’t tell us how to find them for ourselves. . .

Sharon Stoops
4 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Try to Google: Amazon coupons

Sherry Dawson
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharon Stoops

Thanks! That’s the one I wanted. Your tip lead me to this for Prime members only also:

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Hi, Sherry. I just checked that link and it appears to me that those items listed on the page either have to do with couponing (as you mention) or have coupons or discounts for a particular item. In the brief description of the items on the right side (under the stars) some of them mention a coupon or discount — so I think that’s how Amazon sorts them into that category. However, in the process of looking at this, I’ve found a more appropriate page at Amazon for coupons so have changed the link in the newsletter: . Thank you for calling this to our attention! 😀 —Diane at

Sherry Dawson
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks! Sharon Stoops gave me the search criteria to find this one. I also discovered this one to find coupons for Prime members only:

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Cool! Thanks, Sherry! 😀 —Diane at

4 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Dawson

Sherry Dawson>This link worked for me for Amazon coupons:

Laurel Deveso
4 years ago

The joke: yuk yuk yuk

Ken Strite
4 years ago

For a Barbeque flare suppressor my dad always used beer. He didn’t normally drink it but he had a can open while grilling. It puts out the flareup and gives the food an extra bit of flavor.

SFC Dennis R Strope, USA, RET
4 years ago

Oh! ‘Hip’ replacement………. I get it *groan* LOL 🙂

4 years ago

It would be funnier if it was a hip young woman, and grandpa was talking to grandma about her replacement. It’s all in the setup.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Or vice versa, Wolfe. 😉 —Diane at

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