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Issue 1629
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.



Today’s thought

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.” —Helen Keller


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pralines Day! Mmmm….

On this day in history: 1949 – The first television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.



Actor and RVer Matthew McConaughey

Coming in this weekend’s podcast

Our RVtravel.com podcast host Scott Linden talks with Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey in this weekend’s RVtravel.com podcast. McConaughey is not only passionate about his acting and producing, but he’s an avid RV enthusiast, having lived in his Airstream trailer for 4 years while visiting 48 of the 49 contiguous states. In this conversation, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” explains “what gets his juices going” about RVing. To be the first to hear the podcast, sign up for an email reminder for when the program is available.


IS YOUR RV BED UNCOMFORTABLE? Get a new mattress. Big selection at Amazon.com at great prices. Check ’em out.


Tip of the Day

Water dripping outside and inside my RV on dry day. Why?

It can be a bit disconcerting: You’ve got the RV out for a trip and you notice water dripping down the side of the rig. There’s not a cloud in the sky, but water is flowing away merrily. Or it could even be worse: You flip on the air conditioner on a hot day and after a short while, a nasty drip, drip, drip of water falls from your air conditioning unit – onto the floor – INSIDE your RV!

What’s going on? In one instance, nothing unusual, and not a thing to be worried about. In the latter, a normal thing, but happening in a place where it ought not. The water that you might see streaming down the side of your rig (or off your awning) is simply a byproduct of the weather: Condensation. But why? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Palazzo 37.5 Class A Diesel Pusher. As he reports, “This is a nice example of a Class A diesel pusher. One of the best things is all the storage inside and out. That is a strength of this type of vehicle in general, and a particular strength of this floor plan. Another plus is just the very open feeling of this rig when the slide rooms are pushed out. Also is the fact that there is zero carpeting at all. I can see why these are popular.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, June 24, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Dana Eulert of Huntley, Illinois, and Jay Miller of Runnells, Iowa.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


Really? This fifth wheel setup is bizarre and dangerous

Don’t try this! Talk about a weird, wacky and dangerous setup! Reader Michael Logan came across these photos of an SUV towing a fifth wheel trailer eight years ago. He’s not sure of their origin. Check it out!

Yesterday’s featured article: We did the one thing we never thought we’d do… 



Reader poll

Do you like to celebrate your birthday or is it just another day?

Is celebrating your birthday a big deal to you? Curious RVers would like to know. Respond here.


Quick Tip

Keep the mouses out of your houses

Mice and other small critters can usually find tiny openings into your RV that make entry easy. If you want to keep the critters out, look at your rig as a mouse and inspect every little nook and cranny of the RV’s exterior to see if there are spaces where it could gain entry. You can bet if there’s even a dime-sized hole, a small rodent can squeeze through. One easy way to block such entryways is with steel wool. Caulking works well, too.



Website of the day

Top 20 Weirdest RVs in the World
Check out these 20 wacky RVs from RVshare. These are amazing… but are they safe? Legal? Who knows?!


Cybercrime and ransomware attacks are increasing. You should know what this means for you and your RV. Read more.


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• If given the opportunity to own and operate an RV park, 30 percent would like to do so.
• 76 percent have never “camped” overnight in a Cabela’s parking lot.
• 24 percent say their life is very stimulating and that every day is a new adventure.

Recent poll: Growing up, which was stronger, your relationship with your mother or father?


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
You might not want your husband or wife getting ahold of this… You might need some noise-canceling headphones…


Recipe of the Day

Super Easy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
by Kathy D.
This is a really simple way to jazz up a plain old teriyaki sauce. Magic happens when the chicken marinates. This flavorful chicken is moist and a quick and easy weeknight meal. So much better than takeout. Add steamed rice, a veggie and dinner is served.

Yuuuuum! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Blackberry-Honey Ribs


Trivia

Fairies love shiny things, particularly things no one else seems to want, like old buttons, charms and paperclips. They don’t, however, like human money. That is why they like to give it away when they collect baby teeth. In order to collect the teeth, a fairy must pass three exams in Fairy School. It is no easy task removing a tooth from underneath a sleeping child’s pillow.

*What is the job of a royal anus blower? Yep, it’s a real thing! Read yesterday’s trivia to find out.


Stupid RVer Tricks! Oh, what some of them do! Watch and [maybe] weep!


At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,142 camping areas managed by the BLM in 11 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested on camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ernie and Raydar are great traveling buddies. They have been traveling together in our motorhome full-time for nearly two years and home buddies prior to that for 3 years!” —Terry Ward

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!


Leave here with a laugh

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her. “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.” So the wife got up, unplugged the TV and tossed away his beer.


 New  Our favorite RV camping guidebooks. Our staff uses these excellent books for research and on our trips.


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RV Daily Tips Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2021 by RVtravel.com

RV Review: Thor Palazzo 37.5 Class A Diesel Pusher

When I opined that the end of the diesel pusher was within sight, a lot of RV Travel readers absolutely lost their minds. And the comments on the public forum plus the emails I got were quite substantial. I think there was an assumption I was talking about the next year or two. Not quite. 

If you’re looking at a diesel pusher and figure on five to tens years of travels you should be fine. And my crystal ball is a bit fuzzy, as well, so there are no guarantees on the accuracy of my predictions. With all that in mind, I thought I’d look at a very popular diesel pusher, the Thor Palazzo 37.5. 

For a lot of reasons, a lot of people like these units. One of the primary ones might be the combination of the Freightliner XCS chassis with the Atlas upgrades done by MORryde. 

There are benefits to this chassis system in addition to the ones stated in that video. Those include the fact that the entry door can be placed in the middle of the coach instead of at the front like a bus. The advantage of that comes into play when the cab-over bed is lowered and you can still fully use the entry door. 

What’s inside

Since we’re at the entry door, let’s start there. Another benefit of this chassis is that you get a lower step-in than some Class A diesel pushers. Thor has also placed a little storage cubby by the entry door which could serve as a shoe cubby. This is a nice touch, as is the metal entry handle that extends the whole way up the stairs. 

To the right of the entry door is a cabinet with some pull-out storage. This seems to be a theme – and a good one. 

The “dream dinette” in the Thor Palazzo 37.5 has four seat belts

Across from the entry door is a “dream dinette.” This incorporates four seat belts and can fold down easily to become a table. Next to that are theater seats. They have the usual heat and massage along with power ports for phones, tablets or laptops. 

The dinette and theater seats are directly across from a long kitchen counter that’s broken up into three levels. But the area closest to the entry door features a 49” TV on a lift mechanism above a fireplace. 

The countertops that hide the TV and which are in front of the TV are of the same material as the rest of the kitchen counter. But they are at two different heights – which I think is weird. This could be more prep area and probably will be used as such. But it’d be better if it were the same height as the kitchen countertop. 

Speaking of that, there is a two-bowl stainless steel sink and then a two-burner induction cooktop embedded in the kitchen countertop. Above the induction cooktop is a large convection microwave that serves as the oven for this unit, and that’s certainly an acceptable substitute. 

Next to that is a residential fridge. I would rather see a 12-volt fridge just because it wouldn’t require an inverter to operate. In the case of this fridge, you have to have an inverter operating any time you’re not on shore power or using the generator. Bleh. 

Beyond the fridge is a double pull-out pantry which offers a good deal of space for food. 

Two bathrooms in the Thor Palazzo 37.5

The first of two bathrooms is just a half bath. But that’s just fine, and this one is accessible in transit. There’s certainly sufficient space in here to accomplish what you need to. I like the frosted window in the bathroom. 

The 60” x 80” bed is in a slide room and offers a tilting mechanism so you can see the TV back there. But you also have to tilt the bed to the point that it becomes unusable in transit. Oh, well. There are theater seats and they have seat belts, so that’s probably a better choice anyway. 

Plenty of closet and drawer space surrounds the TV that sits opposite the bed. The TV even swings out to reveal more storage. Storage of personal and edible stuff in this rig isn’t much of an issue. 

Next to the TV is another closet which holds a stacking washer and dryer, a standard feature. 

In the back is the second bathroom. It takes up the entire width of the coach with a shower and there’s a small sink in a large countertop. 

What I really liked back here is a pull-out linen closet with a hanging bar – and lots of space. It’s a slick design. 

Outside

Another benefit of this chassis is that there are small storage compartments ahead of the front axle, a usable touch. There are plenty of storage bays in this unit, each capable of holding up to a half-ton of your stuff.

Up front is an Onan 6000 generator that is fueled by the diesel fill. This is plenty of power for anything aboard this rig. 

In summary

The people who buy diesel pushers aren’t necessarily gymnasts. That’s why I’m almost always disappointed that the emergency exit for the bedroom is something that is almost unusable by the majority of the people who might buy one of these.

According to firefighter friends, two things are the most likely causes of fires in these rigs: the refrigerator and the 12-volt wiring in the instrument panel. So you would have to either exit via the bedroom somehow, or walk through the fire to get to the main exit. 

This is one of the biggest reasons I personally would never own a diesel pusher. There are a few, including Tiffin, who have developed better fire escapes – and I applaud that. Yes, the incidence of fires is low – but you usually don’t have to run past a fridge to get out of a travel trailer or fifth wheel. 

Two black tanks in the Thor Palazzo 37.5, but not connected to dump

Also, there are two black tanks in this one. One is easy to use and convenient. The other is very inconvenient with its pull handle at an odd angle. Again, the people who buy these aren’t necessarily gymnasts. At $303,000, Thor could have spent another $10 in plumbing to join the two.

Lastly, Thor puts a 100-watt solar panel on the roof of this rig – sort of as an apology for having to use the inverter to run the fridge. News flash: That small amount of solar isn’t going to cut the mustard in overcoming the amount used by the inverter and fridge. 

Still, this is a nice example of a Class A diesel pusher. One of the best things is all the storage inside and out. That is a strength of this type of vehicle in general, and a particular strength of this floor plan. Another plus is just the very open feeling of this rig when the slide rooms are pushed out. Also is the fact that there is zero carpeting at all. I can see why these are popular. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

Got an RV we need to look at? Contact us today and let us know in the form below – thank you!

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Do you like to celebrate your birthday or is it just another day?

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Can you hardly wait for your next birthday so you can enjoy a big party with friends and family? Maybe head out to the local watering hole and close the place down — dancing, hugging, talking about the good ol’ days, maybe getting a little too looped and laying a big slobbery smooch on your best friend’s wife or hubby (You are so bad!).

Or are you the type that just wants to sit at home, be quiet, and let the day pass without any fanfare. Maybe you’re the type that isn’t into being dragged to the local “El Siguaro Grande” Mexican restaurant and having some guy plop a huge sombrero on your head making you look like a fool, and then a bunch of servers racing over to sing a crummy public domain version of Happy Birthday? And, come on — the free cupcake doesn’t get your endorphins hopping, does it?

So what is it — party hard or hide out and hope nobody makes a big deal over you. Or maybe something in between?

Winnebago joins Thor in reporting huge RV order backlog

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Winnebago Industries has joined the growing list of RV manufacturers reporting huge backlogs in unfulfilled orders.

A few weeks ago Thor Industries, one of the world’s largest RV manufacturers, reported an order backlog of more than $14 billion. Thor Industries CEO Bob Martin said Thor was essentially “sold out” for the next year to year and a half.

This week, Winnebago Industries issued its fiscal third quarter earnings report, which stated order backlogs of $1.52 billion in towable products and $2.18 billion in its motorized division. The towable backlog is 540% higher than in fiscal third quarter of 2019, and the motorized backlog is 1,095% higher than during the same period in 2019.

“We remain focused on working with our suppliers to sustain strong levels of production and with our dealer network to replenish their inventories in the face of record backlog,” said Winnebago President and CEO Mike Happe.

Winnebago revenues in the third fiscal quarter totaled $960.7 million, with profits of $71.3 million. That’s an increase in profits of 3.2% from results in the second fiscal quarter of 2021. The revenue results were up nearly 82% from the third quarter of 2019.

By segment, towable revenues grew by 60.2% driven by strong consumer demand for the Grand Design and Winnebago lines. Motorhome revenues rose 140.7% over 2019.

Reports from RV dealer lots are mixed. Many RV dealers are reporting shortages in available lot inventory. Potential buyers are often being told they will have to order their new recreational vehicle and wait for it to be delivered from the factory.

Related:

Thor is “sold out” of RVs for 2021; order backlog totals $14 billion

Keystone trailers recalled for potential propane regulator danger

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Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019 Keystone Bullet, Sprinter, and 2020 Keystone Hideout vehicles equipped with a Winntec model 6020 two-stage propane regulator. The regulator may fail, causing an increase in propane pressure. The potential number of units affected is 80,000.

Increased propane pressure can enlarge the flames in gas appliances, increasing the risk of a fire.

Remedy
Dealers will replace the regulator and test the propane system for leaks, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 4, 2021. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

NOTES
The following RVs were recalled for the same reason: 2017-2018 Jayco Designer, 2017-2021 Eagle HT, Eagle, Jay Feather, Jay Flight SLX, Jay Flight, North Point, Octane Superlite, Pinnacle, White Hawk, 2017-2020 Eagle HT, 2018-2021 Jay Flight Bungalow, 2017-2019 Octane, and 2019-2020 Eagle HTX travel trailers and fifth wheels. Learn more.

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Full-Time RVer Newsletter #6, June 23, 2021

Volume 2. Issue 6
Welcome to the Full-time RVer Newsletter, published every other Wednesday by RVtravel.com. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and full-time RV living tips from the pros, travel advice, and anything else of interest to full-timers or those who aspire to be. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

Please consider signing up for other newsletters from RVtravel.com. Easy unsubscribe if you don’t like what you see.


Quote of the day
“Nothing adventured, nothing attained.” —Peter McWilliams


One lonely consequence of RV life

By Gail Marsh
I didn’t think it could happen, but the more hubby and I travel in our RV, the less we seem to see our friends once we get home. Some of our long-time friendships no longer seem as “close” as they once were. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” unfortunately has held true for friends we leave behind when we are on the road.

I first noticed the consequence of our long absence from home when a close friend’s child graduated from high school. We were not invited to the celebration. Friends didn’t know we’d be in town on “party day” so we didn’t make the invited list. I don’t blame them. Really! Over the past five years, we’ve been away from home for short trips as well as travels that lasted months at a time. But now I wonder what friendships will be like if/when we give up our traveling ways…

Read Gail’s tips on keeping in touch with friends when you’re on the road and missing important milestones.


Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletters?
If so, here is some of what you missed…

Campground Crowding: Even the camp hosts are throwing in the towel!

The secret way RV parks will soon charge you more

Popular RVing YouTubers buying RV park; fans get first dibs on sites

Research reveals how people choose their campsites

PLUS: Our latest RV Travel Podcast, hosted by Scott Linden


Chuck Woodbury
RVtravel.com’s Chuck Woodbury explains SoftStartRV in new video.

Not enough power to run your air conditioner? Think again!
When the summer heat arrives and your 110 power is from a small portable generator or a 20-amp household hookup you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible when you never could before. Learn more and watch a video where RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury explains how the product works.


Features

Some of these articles are from past issues of RVtravel.com and have been updated for this newsletter. 

How to find that boondocking spot again: Just take a photo

By Chris Guld
In several articles here at RV Travel, I have praised the ability of our phones to record location along with the photos we take. Here is another example of that, using a new feature of Google Photos called “Explore Map”. Remember that great boondocking site you had near Quartzsite? Could you find it again? Did you take a photo of it? If so, then Google Photos can help you find it, and give you exact directions to drive there again. Learn how easy this is here.

Losing cell service? Try these tips to reconnect or keep the signal

If you are heading out of town, into the mountains or desert or other remote areas, you might start to see your cell signal dropping off. There goes one bar, and another, and another… And you were JUST about to send that email too… Darn! Here are a few tips to reconnect if your signal seems to be fading away or if the bars keep dropping.

My new favorite tool: I’ve solved so many RV issues with this gadget!

By Nanci Dixon
My new favorite tool was just delivered. It is a Digital Inspection Endoscope that allows me to see into very tight, small, dark spaces. It is two cameras at the end of a long, 16 ft. cable connected to a viewing monitor so I can see exactly what the cameras see. This thing is cool! Find out some of its many uses here.



Reader poll

In the last year, how often have you met by video with friends, family or business associates?

Answer here and see how others responded.


Quick tip

Tips to help you put it back together correctly

Fixing broken “RV stuff” doesn’t always mean you need to know the “stuff” inside-out. Many RV technicians know how every assembly in a rig is put together. But when you do tackle that “something” that isn’t right that requires disassembly, it’s critical you put it back together the right way. A digital camera, tablet, or cell phone cam is just the ticket. Take plenty of pictures as you go through the process of taking something apart. Try and track down a service manual for your item – the internet is full of manuals folks have kindly scanned and posted. Can’t find it? Drop a request on an internet RV forum and ask – somebody may just have one.


Did you miss today’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter?

Inside:
• Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons
• RV Review: 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer
• Poll: Have you ever been bitten by a wild animal?
• RV battery dangers
• 20 epic natural swimming holes across the U.S.
• Recipe of the Day: Blackberry-Honey Ribs
…and much more! Read it here.



DANGER: Beware of camping with only one road in and out

Only one road in and out: It’s a situation that RV owners need to take to heart, which became more obvious when a fire raged through a Northern California campground. Two hundred people camping in RVs and tents beat hasty retreats into nearby Shaver Lake, plunging into the water to stay safe from the threatening blaze. Read more.

New device keeps your fresh water tank clean. So simple, yet effective!

By Tony Barthel
Using bleach to sanitize a fresh water tank in an RV is something that has become customary for many. But it’s not as easy to sanitize a fresh water tank when you’re worrying about getting bleach all over you or your RV. Here’s where the RV Inline Sanitizer comes in handy. Read more.

7 handy uses for RV shelf liner you probably haven’t thought of

Most RVers are familiar with the cushioned shelf liners that protect our dishware when we travel and bump down the road. Beyond lining shelves to cushion and grip objects, the leftover pieces can be used for a lot of things around the RV. Learn about some of them here, then please add your tips in the comments below the article.


This is a must-have for state park campers!
“50 States: 500 State Parks” is a must-have book for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.


Your assignment

What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?

From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response: 

“Make sure at least one of you is handy. It seems like every day, there’s something that needs fixing, and paying a tech every time will add up! Be patient and kind to one another. Travel as much as you can and enjoy every minute.” —Laura Shank


Featured recipe

Chicken and Bacon Macaroni Salad
by Sue Faccone from Richmond, VA

This hearty pasta salad can double as a side or main dish. The addition of bacon and chicken makes the macaroni salad. It may have simple ingredients, but the combination of flavors is perfect. Definitely prepare this ahead of time so there is time to chill. Once the flavors mingle together for a bit, the salad is even better.

Learn more and get the recipe.


If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. There are millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, who are going hungry because their parents lost their jobs. You will feel so good if you contribute — helping people less fortunate than you go to bed without the pain of an empty stomach. Here’s where to donate.



RV Daily Tips Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2021 by RVtravel.com

Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 38

rv travel logoWelcome to the Beginner’s Guide to RVing from RVtravel.com. The information we present here every Monday through Friday is for brand-new RVers – those in the market to buy their first RV and those who just purchased theirs. If you are an experienced RVer, this material may be too basic for you.

This newsletter is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thanks to all of you!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.

Today’s Tip of the Day: Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons

Good Sam Roadside Assistance! Plans Starting at $49.95!


RVing Basics

Does it matter what order I hook up water, electrical and sewer?

Not technically, but it’s a good idea to start with the electrical hookup while your hands are dry. Then hook up the fresh water while your hands are clean. Finally hook up the sewer lines and then wash up.

How much do campsites cost?

Forest Service campgrounds range typically between $8 and $25, and in some places they are still free. State park campgrounds go from $15 to $50, depending on the state and location. Private campgrounds with full hookups average from a low of $20 in out-of-the-way places to $40 to $60 in popular locations, with many $80 or more. Most public campgrounds have a fixed fee, no matter how many campers occupy a site (within reason, of course, to avoid an army at one campsite). Be prepared to pay an additional reservation fee if you reserve a space rather than just drop in and take your chances of being turned away. The rates at most private campgrounds, including KOA, are based on two campers per site. An additional dollar or two per extra camper may be charged as well as a fee for daily visitors. Read this for information on dynamic pricing: The secret way RV parks will soon charge you more

Do all campsites at a commercial campground cost the same?

No, a non-hookup site will be the least expensive. An option for a water and electric hookup may be offered, which will cost more. And full hookups, which include use of a sewer, go for the highest price. Some campgrounds may not offer all of these options. An extra charge may also be levied for more than two campers in one site as well as a per-pet charge. Often more desirable sites, such as waterfront or view sites, are priced higher. In the most popular resort areas, a campsite along a beach or lake may go for $200 a night or more.


Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.


Quick Tips

Safely plugging into shore power
When plugging your RV into the power pedestal at an RV park (or anywhere), make sure the breaker switch is in the “off” position. Switch it on after you have plugged in.

Double your covers, double your space
Sink covers are a classic “mixed blessing” in an RV because they are nearly useless while preparing food because they totally eliminate access to the sink but may, in fact, almost double your work space (kitchen counter). Cutting larger sink covers in half will allow the cook access to the sink without sacrificing all the surface area plus actually extend the countertop work area — a definite win-win! Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.

Protect your knees
For knee pads I use old carpeting and keep one in each bay so they are always handy. They can be as little as 6″x18″ — just enough to protect the knee caps. No cost, and they can be changed out any time they become too soiled. Thanks to JR Thornton!

Check the drip tube in the back of your fridge
It’s a good idea to occasionally take a peek in the back of your RV refrigerator. They have a drip tube that channels off water from evaporation. Sometimes this tube leads to a drip container (often near the chimney) that evaporates off this water; others may “port” the water out of the rig harmlessly. In any event, if the tube gets loose and starts dripping water onto your RV framework, it can lead to damaging rot.

Simple custom-sized trash cans
Finding suitably sized trash cans for RVing can be a hassle. Visit the plasticware section of your local discount store and pick up a plastic cereal storage container. The same bag the cashier packs it in fits great for a trash can liner. If it threatens to slide around, use double-stick Velcro tape on the bottom.


Common Terms Used by RV Salespeople

RULE OF 78: A mathematical formula used in figuring a rebate of unearned charges or premium, when these charges were pre-computed and prepaid. Also referred to as “78 ways we get to keep your money.”

Another one next issue. Courtesy of the Burdge Law Office.


If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?

From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response: 

“Wear rubber gloves when dumping your tanks.” — Dave Laton


A road atlas for kids makes geography fun!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.


Random RV Thought

Don’t feed wild animals. When you feed a wild animal, it could become dependent on human food instead of looking for food as nature intended. When winter comes and the tourists are gone, the animal could starve to death.


RESOURCES:
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• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.

• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.

Why you should never finance an RV for 20 years!


RV Travel staff

CONTACT US at editor@RVtravel.com

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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This newsletter is copyright 2021 by RVtravel.com.

RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Issue 1628
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.



Today’s thought

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.” ― George Clooney


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hydration Day! Go drink a glass of water!

On this day in history: 1960: The first contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.


Breaking News

Northwest town dangling on peninsula facing humanitarian crisis

The Washington-based staff at RVtravel.com recently became aware of one of the strangest and potentially economically devastating situations being driven by the pandemic and the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada. Every day, the situation for the residents of tiny Point Roberts, Wash., becomes more dire. “I feel we need to help,” said RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury. Read more.



Tip of the Day

Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons

We have this ongoing debate: Is it better to park under a shaded tree or out in direct sunlight? Which would you choose?

Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you decide…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: A good set of pliers is essential


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer. As he reports, “I’ve seen exactly this same floor plan before in the East To West Alta 2810KIK. In fact, the two trailers are so similar you might be hard-pressed to choose if you saw them side-by-side.” Tony does compare them, though, and he does have a favorite. See what it is in his review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Seismic 4113 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

RVs for sale at eBay. Click here.



Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, June 23, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Dana Eulert of Huntley, Illinois, and Jay Miller of Runnells, Iowa.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


We did the one thing we never thought we’d do…

“We did the thing we NEVER, EVER thought we would do – buy an RV online AND buy it new. Boy, was that a learning experience!” Read more in this post from Nanci Dixon.

Yesterday’s featured article: We do not want to own this RV. Nope. 


Give your phone or tablet a full-sized keyboard
How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.


Reader poll

Have you ever been bitten by a wild animal?

We hope not, but please tell us here.


Helpful resources

AAA MAP OF COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS (U.S. and Canada)
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.



Quick Tip

RV battery dangers

Batteries can be extremely dangerous. They emit gases that are explosive and contain a very corrosive acid. If you perform your own maintenance, then certain precautions must be taken. Do not use an open flame or smoke around batteries. Avoid any electrical arcing or sparks around the battery(ies). Wear protective clothing and safety glasses, and avoid getting any battery acid on your skin or clothes. If you do come in contact with battery acid, flush the exposed area immediately with a lot of cold water. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.


Website of the day

20 Epic Natural Swimming Holes Across the U.S. 
If you’re hot right now, looking at these glorious swimming holes might make you sooo jealous. Swipe through the slideshow and see if any are near you!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• The trashing of our public lands. Case in point.
• Is your RV packing on the pounds? Try these 10 steps to shed some rig weight
• Top 10 complaints RV park managers have about campers


Paint nick or chip on your RV? Easy fix!
Writer Nanci Dixon recently wrote about how to easily fix a paint nick or chip on your RV. The manufacturer showed her how to touch up the spot with mini automotive paintbrushes. “Merely wipe the damaged area clean, dip the paint stick in the touch-up paint, wipe off excess paint and dab the nick.” See the difference and buy the brushes here for about $10.


Recipe of the Day

Blackberry-Honey Ribs
by J. White Harris from Gallatin, TN
Yum! These are really good ribs. We baked them in the oven and they came out delicious. I bet they’d be even better on the grill. The blackberry honey sauce is a great complement to the baby back ribs. It’s sweet, just a little tangy and forms a slight crust under the broiler. Even the pickiest of rib eaters will go crazy for these!

Ooooh, these sound berry good! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Watermelon Lime Frosty/Margarita


Trivia

Talk about weird jobs! In ancient Egypt, when the pharaoh got indigestion the royal anus blower was called to help. An important task was when the pharaoh was constipated. The royal anus blower would grab a long, golden tube, fill it with hot water, and blow it up the pharaoh’s behind. Yeah, it’s just what it sounds like – an enema administered by mouth. No word on how much the royal anus blower was paid.

*Ever wondered how the “84 Lumber” chain of stores got its name? Yesterday’s trivia tells you!


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
We see a lot of these, but we like the design of this one the most! It would keep a certain annoying something out of your eyes…


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“17-month-old Labradoodle, Huey, rescued September 17th, 2020. Very smart and sweet. Just returned from his first camping trip at Colt Creek State Park near Lakeland, Florida. He really enjoyed it.” —Daryl Bortel

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!


Leave here with a laugh

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RV Daily Tips Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2021 by RVtravel.com

RV Review: 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer

I’ve been getting more and more emails through the form at the bottom of these reviews asking me to take a look at specific RVs. Such was the case for this unit, the 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK. I’ve seen exactly this same floor plan before in the East To West Alta 2810KIK. In fact, the two trailers are so similar you might be hard pressed to choose if you saw them side-by-side. 

It took some doing to differentiate between the two, but I have chosen a favorite between them. It’s buried at the bottom of this post – so stick with me, if you would. 

What’s inside the Grand Design Imagine 2670MK

I really, really like this floor plan if you’re looking for a very livable couple’s trailer. There are two large slides on either side of the living space of the trailer. This occupies about two-thirds of the back of this unit, with the front being the bedroom and bathroom. 

On the road side of the Grand Design Imagine is a large slide room that incorporates theater seating and a dinette. I like this dinette because the table is free-standing. That means you could also use it over with the theater seats if you like. 

But my preference would be to choose the free-standing table and chairs only because there’s a desk at the back of this unit. You could use one of those chairs at that desk. At the desk are two drawers below and cabinets overhead. You literally could use this as your office on the road. 

The galley

Next to the office is a pantry and then the refrigerator. Under the fridge are two drawers. One has a plastic liner that enables you to hold wine bottles, and the bottom drawer incorporates pet bowls. 

On the road side is the rest of the galley with a three-burner stove and oven, above which is a microwave, of course. 

In addition to the desk, the other thing I really like about the floor plan in the Grand Design Imagine is that there’s a huge counter next to the stove. It could be used to almost set up a family buffet. The Grand Design’s counter is flush all the way to the entry door of the trailer – so it literally could be used for this. The East To West’s counter has a raised section. 

There’s also an island with a sink and the drawers in this make the entire storage situation in this trailer something to write home about. Or, well, write articles about. 

Also in that long counter on the camp side is a 40” TV on a televator. When you wanna watch something, push a button and up it comes. Otherwise, this is counter space for that family feast. 

The bathroom occupies the center of the trailer and sports a Nautilus shower closure which is sort of a plastic sheet on a roller. That sheet rolls onto its roller and incorporates a squeegee so it dries off. 

The bedroom in the Grand Design Imagine compared to the East To West

Another big differentiator between the Grand Design Imagine trailer and the East To West is the bedroom, where this unit sports a proper 60” X 80” queen bed, whereas the East To West features a king-sized bed. 

Both have a closet that cuts into the bathroom space, and both also feature bedside hanging and drawer space. In fact, both also feature little cubbies behind the closet with power for devices. 

But the East To West has a really nice under-bed storage and drawer feature. The Grand Design features a sliding drawer under the bed and then the usual storage space. 

Both trailers also feature a similar wet bay which is enclosed in the front storage compartment – much like you’d expect to find on a fifth wheel. Both also feature an outdoor kitchen that is very similar. 

In summary

I know a lot of people really hold the Grand Design name in high regard. This is also going to make this trailer potentially easier to sell down the road. Like Airstream, if you can brand yourself successfully in this business, that actually has value in the real world. 

Also, I like that Grand Design has now incorporated their tire pressure monitoring system into their Compass Connect app. That means you can monitor tire pressure without needing yet another screen in the cab of your truck. 

But being the new kids on the block, East To West has really come on strong with solid features including some noteworthy quality features. While that brand has only been in existence since 2019, they have done some things that show that they understand the market. So I’m going to give it to them. 

But it’s not a clear win by any stretch of the imagination. There are plenty of folks who do not like king-sized beds to start. 

The fact that they have so closely matched the floor plan in the Grand Design shows just how difficult it is to come up with something truly new in the RV biz. It also shows how, if you have a product that stands out, someone else is going to come along and copy it and sometimes do you one better. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

Got an RV we need to look at? Contact us today and let us know in the form below – thank you!

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One lonely consequence of RV life

I didn’t think it could happen, but the more hubby and I travel in our RV, the less we seem to see our friends once we get home. Some of our long-time friendships no longer seem as “close” as they once were. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” unfortunately has held true for friends we leave behind when we are on the road.

I first noticed the consequence of our long absence from home when a close friend’s child graduated from high school. We were not invited to the celebration. Friends didn’t know we’d be in town on “party day” so we didn’t make the invited list. I don’t blame them. Really! Over the past five years, we’ve been away from home for short trips as well as travels that lasted months at a time. But now I wonder what friendships will be like if/when we give up our traveling ways.

How to stay in touch with old and new friends

Sure, we’ve made friends on our journeys. Many of these “new” friends seem almost as important to us as the people we’ve known for years. I suppose the shared experience of RVing somehow “bonds” RVers together. Well, new friends or old, I know that I want to keep and enrich those friendships as best I can. Here are some ideas I’ve decided to try:

  • Phone friends. Ask how they’re doing. Tell them when you expect to be home and plan a day/time to get together. (Be sure to follow up!)
  • Keep in touch via email. It’s not the same as hearing a friend’s voice, but you can share day-to-day experiences and find out about what’s happening in their lives as well.
  • Send postcards from places you visit to friends back home. Or send pictures via your phone or email. Always remember a heartfelt “wish you were here” message!
  • Arrange for FaceTime over the phone or use apps like Skype or Zoom to stay in touch face-to-face. It’s not quite the same, but it’s close! (Editor’s Note: Do you know about the Facebook Portal? It’s an easy-to-use high-tech gadget to keep you in touch with family or friends. Read our review.)
  • Read the same book chapter together each week and talk about it on Saturday (or a different scheduled day). Or watch a TV show or movie “together” via Netflix Party.

Things to share

  • Send your friend a little something in the mail. Maybe beef jerky or a candle from that factory you toured.
  • Share an RVtravel.com recipe with a friend and challenge them to make it!
  • If you see a silly meme or picture that reminds you of your friend or a memory from your friendship, send it to them.
  • When you discover an interesting website, send the link to your friend.
  • To stay in touch with several friends, form a “secret Facebook group.” Here’s how: Click the “Privacy” pull-down menu at the bottom of the dialog box and select “Secret.” Click the blue “Create” button.
  • Remember birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions by sending a card. (Hint: I use my phone calendar to remind me!)

How do you keep up with friends when you’re traveling? Please share your ideas in the comments below. Tell us what works, and what doesn’t work for you.

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Have you ever been bitten by a wild animal?

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Last week we asked if you had ever encountered a bear in the wild on a hike. Many of you, 37 percent, answered yes, at least once. Well, we hope that same bear didn’t bite you, but today we’re wondering if you’ve ever been bitten by a wild animal. 

This could be a bear (although we SURE hope not!), a squirrel, chipmunk, raccoon, even a goose counts (those things can be mean!).

If you have been bitten, please leave a comment below and tell us the story. We’ll be on the edge of our seats…

Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons

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We have this ongoing debate: Is it better to park under a shaded tree or out in direct sunlight? Which would you choose?

Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you decide:

Pros to parking in shade/under a tree:

  • Shade, obviously. Great for relaxing outside!
  • AC doesn’t work as hard to keep your RV cool and comfortable
  • You can keep RV windows open in cooler temps without making the RV’s interior overly warm
  • Less sun damage to RV paint, tires, etc.

Cons to parking under shade tree:

  • Sap drips and acorns/nuts/pine cones drop on the roof
  • Greater chance of bugs getting into the RV
  • There is potential danger from falling tree limbs, especially with rain or wind in the forecast
  • Squirrels and/or birds may build nests under slide-out awnings

Pros for parking in the sunshine:

  • In cooler temps, the sun will help heat the RV
  • Sunshine will make RV brighter/lighter (and cheerier) inside

Cons for parking in the sunshine:

  • Fading of RV decals/paint
  • Potential damage to tires
  • Extra electricity usage from the air conditioner
  • Uncomfortable sitting outside in direct sunlight when temperatures climb

Where do you prefer to park: A level lot under a tree or an equally level lot in direct sunshine? Let us know your reasons why in the comments below. Thanks!

RELATED:

Ways to keep the cool air IN the RV and the hot air OUT

A quick, easy way to make sure your RV stays cool at the next campsite

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