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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 963


Issue 963 • September 3, 2018

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Low clearance caution
If you’re relying on the “low clearance” signs on some overpasses, be careful, observes Nikki Harnish. Nikki adds, “A paving job may have been done and the sign not changed. That could subtract another two to four inches from the total height.” Highway head-bangers! Thanks, Nikki!

Dishware cabinet mod
Want to keep your dinnerware safe and in place in your cabinet? One enterprising RVer used a hole saw (and presumably a jigsaw, too) to cut the appropriate holes in 1/4″ plywood. On the base of the plywood, he used 1/2″ dimensional lumber to give the right “lift” off the cabinet floor. Found on Facebook, posted by John Swinford.

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Easy knee protection
Got some “knee work” to do when RVing? An earlier reader suggested the use of a carpet piece for patella protection. Tim Slack has another idea: “I seem to accumulate gloves in our coach: full leather, leather/denim, heavy cloth, all kinds. Sometimes I don’t even know where they came from … maybe they breed in warm conditions. Anyway, I always seem to have one or two pairs handy when I need to do something in or around one of the bays. I just put a pair or two down on the ground where needed and enjoy gravel-free kneeling.” Thanks, Tim!

Simplify your RV meals
Try cooking one-dish meals with an easy to make side. Most RV kitchen spaces aren’t meant for gourmet cooking. Try pairing one dish with a simple salad or another side you can easily put together. From “RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living.” Available here.

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Diane M
4 years ago

Walmart has great prices for staples and are usually conveniently located & easy to find. We never buy meats or produce. Just not good. Plus we like to try/eat local cuisine. Look for local stores as opposed to chains. Also local restaurants and order extra for left orders. Especially in Louisiana. We love Cajun food.

4 years ago

I agree, let the free market reign. People are funny as they all jump on the minimum wage bandwagon but never realize the impact on the economy overall. Why hasn’t your congress at least made yearly increases based on inflation? That would solve most of the problem and not have a drastic “one day to the next” impact.

That said, I am an avid follower of the deceased Milton Friedman who believed that a minimum wage wasn’t needed. Let the market drive the wage. For me, the word “minimum” says it all.

And last but not least, people are cheap and they go for the best price in the end over their morals.

4 years ago

Now my two cents on Wal Mart. It has saved our butts so many times. Have you seen the price of a local grocery story in the UP of MIchigan? OMG. L am like total rip offs. I loved the one in Houghton. We got everything we needed while staying up there. Thank heaven for Wal Mart in the middle of no where. I hate to say it I love shopping local but not for groceries. So thanks again for a middle of no where Wal Mart.

4 years ago

I have to chime in on this one. If you are not sure about the height of something while driving? Detour. I have seen so many and read about so many idiots who really think they can fit under a bridge just because they want to save some time getting from point A to point B. So my motto is this. Stupid is as stupid does if you seriously think you can fit under something you seriously don’t think you can. Anything under 12 for buses? Is a sure fire hit of getting fired. So think before you do. Less I paint an L on your forehead.

Michael McCracken
4 years ago

Sorry people but being a full-time RV’er I live on a fixed income. I purchase my groceries where I can save the most money. Usually that is at Walmart. Also, traveling the U.S., I find that Walmarts are the most conveniently located. Chain owned grocery stories are more expensive. Small town grocery store are also expensive. As far as the person claiming that “Walmart put water in their meats to make them weigh more”, what is your source of information? Never heard of this before.

Sherry Dawson
4 years ago

I’m the one who said that. Walmart brands of frozen seafood and poultry are so full of water that the skillet fills with water as you watch the serving portion shrink drastically. When I’ve bought their brands in the past, I had to cook twice as much as the serving “suggestion” and pour off the water so I don’t have boiled food instead of sauteed! So now I only buy non-Walmart brands of such products, and I don’t get a pan full of water and less product than I paid for. Do a comparison yourself and you’ll see exactly what happens.

Walmart isn’t the only store who does this. I don’t buy processed foods or foods with extra ingredients. But read the ingredients list on many supposedly one-ingredient frozen foods and you’ll see that water is the second ingredient!

Also, I’m careful about the country of origin of such foods, so I avoid certain countries that Walmart and other grocery stores use.

Having said all that, I still buy about half my groceries from Walmart, for the reasons I mentioned in my original post. Shopping in any grocery store requires reading labels, and some trial and error.

Like you, I’m glad their stores are so widely available for travelers. But part of the fun for me in traveling is finding locally sourced foods (especially produce) which are fresher and more delicious than products from any grocery-store. But when they aren’t available, or I don’t have time to search for them, I shop at Walmart or other chain stores.

Gary Ripple
4 years ago

Most grocery stores don’t butcher their meats anymore any buy it from meat wholesalers, including Walmart. The wholesalers or processors inject the meats with water or a meat based fluid to gain more weight. Just look at the pan or the drippings, lot of water there. Another trick they use is to take meat scraps and use a meat glue to make, for instance, a more expensive steak. They take the scraps, mix in the glue and put it in a press to get the desirable shape. Look at the grain of the beef and see how many directions the grain goes. Those are the two tricks that have been revealed, there’s probably more.

4 years ago

Always buy something from Walmart if we stay a night. Otherwise, Walmart is a dominant fixture throughout the midwest and many other US regions – just the way it is. Other options for the selection provided are few. We try to support small local businesses when possible but Walmart is a huge player. Accessible, easy to find and an overnight if necessary. Would like more options but Walmart has saw an opportunity and grabbed it.

4 years ago

Most tomatoes come from Mexico and lettuce and oranges from Chile and Argentina. Meat from South America and Australia. If you had to eat only food grown in the us you would have a fairly boring diet if you like to eat anything that isn’t in season. Thank God for The two hemispheres so we can get fresh fruits and vegetables year round , even if it not Made in the USA

4 years ago
Reply to  Tommyb

I think it’s more important to BE American than to BUY American. BEING American means exercising the liberty of choice in purchasing goods and services.

Dan from Indiana
4 years ago

Great place to get your perscriptions filled all over the USA when you travel. We buy our groceries at Wally at home & on the road and once in awhile stay overnight in their lot. They are paying their employees better now. If it weren’t for Wally a whole of folks in this country would not have a job or benefits. It seems to me that no matter the merchandise from a mom & pop store, a big box store or the mall most of it comes from overseas. The American consumer demand the lowest prices, they can find it at Wally and you don’t have to visit 4-5 stores to get what you need.

4 years ago

If the city/county/province has the incorrect height posted because of repaving, wouldn’t they be open to a lawsuit if your rig were damaged?

4 years ago

As for bridge clearance – if I see semi-trucks going down the road I know I can make it. I have a sticker on my dashboard that gives my max height – one includes from the top of the radio antennae. When in doubt – stop. Cheaper to detour than pay for repairs!

4 years ago

We never buy anything at Walmart unless there is nowhere else to go. We don’t approve of Walmart’s treatment of employees (especially their pay) and their cheap Made in China products. Also with their cheap products and prices, they frequently run all the small, local businesses out of business and then close because the profit isn’t high enough leaving the town with no place to shop.

John T
4 years ago
Reply to  Jon

It is not Walmart that closes local businesses down. It is their customers, who for years had no choice in where to shop. Now they have a choice, and they make their decisions in a free market. Who are you to tell people in small towns where they must shop?

4 years ago
Reply to  Jon

Let the free market reign.

Dave Telenko
4 years ago

Seems for some reason I only at best get the answer to todays brain teaser! Is there some setting that I should have my computer set at?
Oh ya I would not ever buy meat at Wallymart, but I do buy TP there!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

Hi, Dave. The brain teaser is in the email alert that is sent to subscribers, and then the answer is in the newsletter itself. —Diane at

Dave Telenko
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

Oh my, I hope I’m not the only dummy!
Thank you

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

You’re not a dummy, Dave! In fact, several others have wondered the same thing. But I’m going to ask Chuck if we can include the question in the newsletter — for those of our readers who go directly to the newsletter (like from our Homepage) without going through the email alert. 😀 —Diane at

4 years ago

Saving your knees! I bought a few garden foam kneeling pads at Menard’s. I keep one in each compartment. They cost $1.00 each and weigh about an ounce or two. Sure more comfortable than gravel when checking tire pressures too!

Jerry C
4 years ago

Buying groceries depends on where we are. In Florida it’s Publix; In Texas it’s H.E.B; in Canada it can be a “Save on Foods” or Safeway, and in other states it’s usually a Kroger. Wally World is on the list if I have nothing else close or if I need to pick up other things besides groceries.

Sherry Dawson
4 years ago

Re buying groceries at Walmart, I alternate between them and Kroger because many of those stores offer curbside pickup. I can drive the RV to the pickup area and have the groceries handed in at the Coach entrance door. I stay there to put everything away, removing bulky packaging as I go, then discard the trash in their garbage bins. I only have to handle the groceries once, rather than 6 times if I shop in a store and drive the groceries back to the RV.

I agree with Tommy Molnar. Walmart adds water to their brands of meats, poultry and seafood to make them seem to weigh more. So I don’t buy their brands. However, they do carry a few other brands of grass-fed organic meats, and one of pastured organic chicken, which I appreciate. They and Kroger are also carrying more and more organic produce.

But when there is a locally sourced farmer’s market nearby (or better yet) I can buy directly from the grower, I buy fresh foods from them.

4 years ago

They forgot one on the brain teaser:
It says you can enter but you can’t go outside welll you can ESC (escape).

Lorraine B
4 years ago
Reply to  Ken

And a keyboard does have a lock. That what the CAPS LOCK key says.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

Two things.

We seldom buy ‘groceries’ at Wally World. Only canned goods and maybe chips. We’ve had a couple bad experiences with both meat and produce so we never buy either at the Wally.

The tip about overpass clearances is good, but you probably never have to worry about that on freeways. They are really careful about that with all the truck traffic. State highways and city streets are a whole different ballgame.

Bob p
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Especially in Chicago, I have seen many trucks stuck under a railroad underpass after a re-paving project. If the pavement looks new be careful.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

We don’t buy produce or meat at Walmart either.

4 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

I am like you Robbie – don’t buy anything fresh at Walmart – don’t like it. Much of it comes from foreign countries. I try to buy fruit and produce only from the US , Canada and Australia.

4 years ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

Last I heard, Australia & Canada were foreign countries too.