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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1221

Thursday, November 28, 2019
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.

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Today’s thought

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. —John F. Kennedy

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Thanksgiving! But it’s also National French Toast Day!

Tip of the Day

Some disadvantages of buying a used RV

When buying used, there may be expensive hidden problems with the motorhome that won’t be covered by any warranty. When buying used, you have to rely on the word of the seller about the history and general condition of the motorhome. It is an unfortunate fact that many sellers will be less than truthful about the condition and history of the item they are selling. When buying used, you may find motorhomes that have odors from smoking, cooking, pets and general use. These problems usually won’t be disclosed in the seller’s ads.

When buying used, the interior and exterior of the coach are likely to show signs of wear and tear. When buying used, there may be a need to immediately replace tires and batteries – very common in motorhomes four years old and older. When buying used from an individual, there won’t be any financing from the seller. If financing is needed, you’ll have to arrange that yourself before you buy.

–From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned. Available on

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It’s black Friday tomorrow. See the best deals here and start shopping! 

Road Signs – A very tasty Thanksgiving

From Mike Sokol: One Thanksgiving always comes to mind amid the hustle and bustle of cooking turkey and ham for the 20 guests that typically share that meal with us. It was a rather humble Thanksgiving meal I ate alone at a Gulf gas station when I was 18 years old. Yes, it was my first Thanksgiving spent away from my family, but it wasn’t all bad. In fact, I learned a lot about the spirit of holiday giving and what it means to include others in your celebration. Read more.

Reader poll

Quick Tip

Freezing leftovers?

You probably already know that you should never put hot food in the freezer. That can cause nearby food to partially thaw and then refreeze, and may alter its texture and taste. Always let your food cool to almost room temp, and then cool even further in the refrigerator before transferring to the freezer. Be sure the food has room in the container to expand when it freezes.

Best-selling vent cover!
Keep rain out and fresh air inside your RV
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 870Few add-ons are more enthusiastically endorsed by RVers as MaxxAir vents. This is the original and best-selling model. Install this over your RV vents, then keep them open in any weather. On rainy days, air from inside your RV can exit without a single drop of rain coming inside. Keep your vents open during storage and while driving. Learn more or order.

Random RV thought

In the winter when the wind is howling, always be careful when opening the door of your RV. A sudden gust can grab the door as if it were a sail and rip it from your hand, thrusting it against the side of your rig, sometimes denting the siding or even smashing a window.

Website of the day

Thanksgiving – The History Channel
Learn about the history of Thanksgiving, what the first Thanksgiving meal looked like, how it became a national holiday, historic traditions and more.

Keep your hoses wrapped up and kink-freeRV Travel Newsletter Issue 870
Wrap up those stiff hoses kink- and twist-free with these Coil n’ Wrap Velcro water hose straps. They wrap the hose up so tight you’ll have more storage space, which, as RVers know, can be hard to come by. Learn more.

And the survey says…

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

• 38 percent always buy special “RV toilet paper.”
• 43 percent bought their RV used.
• 11 percent are employed full-time.


Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city.

Secrets of RVing on Social SecurityRV Travel Newsletter Issue 870
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

What happens when your kitchen help thinks the Thanksgiving turkey is pregnant? Find out by clicking on the image and watching the video.

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RV Daily Tips Staff

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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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 or this newsletter.

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Lynne Whitmire (@guest_57440)
4 years ago

On this weeks question how many people did you have for Thanksgiving dinner. That doesnt include the 8 dogs!

Alvin (@guest_57387)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving my American friends, We’ve done our turkey in a month or so ago. So 38% of you buy RV specific TP. Wanna know a secret. Dollar store! Been using it since dollar stores came on the scene, never a problem top or bottom, if you know what I mean.

Jack Putnam (@guest_57383)
4 years ago

My wife and I on the road in our RV for the first time on Thanksgiving, staying in a small campground in central New Mexico. Hit by moderate snow last night but everyone’s spirits lifted by the campground owners inviting the few of us here to their house for turkey dinner, with the campers bringing side dishes. Wonderful of the owners and a great way to meet and learn about the fellow campers who were not wandering far today.

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Jack Putnam

What a heartwarming story, Jack. Thank you. Would you like to share the name of the campground? Have a warm and cozy night. 😀 —Diane at

Alvin (@guest_57388)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jack Putnam

Jack enjoy your light snow. In Lethbridge Alberta we’ve had two straight days of the stuff, and I estimate I have moved (by hand no motors) the equivalent of four gravel trucks of it off decks and driveways. Envy envy you folks.

Debbie Peterson Jenson (@guest_57382)
4 years ago

This is the first year of no family gathering for Thanksgiving, got to share with in-laws and our son will see us as we will be traveling tomorrow to his area. Cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for two on Monday~ leftovers all pretty much gone now and we feel blessed by our Thanksgivings past and look forward to sharing with family in the near future.

Phil Atterbery (@guest_57379)
4 years ago

Thanks for the prego turkey video. Our granddaughter fell for it also. Then she started asking us about it. The stuff this generation doesn’t know.

Jim Schrankel (@guest_57377)
4 years ago

Giving thanks for time with my wonderful family and hope your holiday season is a good one. Thanks for this newsletter and all the great information that comes with it.

Connie (@guest_57376)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving to all you lucky full-timers!
We’re gettin’ there…..

Brian Burry (@guest_57375)
4 years ago

Sorry darn voice dictation I meant AND CHUCK……

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Thanks, Brian. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I could go in and correct your original post (“in the truck”) but it’s just too funny! Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Brian Burry (@guest_57374)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who enjoy the RV lifestyle in the truck and your staff for such a fine and enjoyable publication provide for us!!!

George B (@guest_57371)
4 years ago

Family coming to our mountain home for Thanksgiving, was all changed due to several feet of snow and strong winds. We will miss them today, but take solace in knowing they are safe …. there is always Christmas around the corner. 🙂

Betty Danet (@guest_57369)
4 years ago

Thank you so much for the inspiring story from Mike Sokol and the long belly laugh from one of the funniest videos I have seen in a long time. Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Ralph Woznick (@guest_57368)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your team!

Lorie (@guest_57367)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Lorie

Sorry for the long delay in approving your comment, Lorie. Sometimes our spam filter is “just a little” over-zealous doing its job. I have absolutely no idea why your comment was held pending approval! (It’s just being a turkey today, I guess.) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 😀 —Diane at

Richard Carlson (@guest_57366)
4 years ago

Did the RVIA give you that laundry list of problems with used rigs? Maybe we need a list of things wrong with NEW rigs — Chinese bomb tires, unconnected wiring, leaking roofs, broken hitches, frames that fall apart.

Alvin (@guest_57389)
4 years ago

Agree with you 100% Richard. If the lady here hadn’t wanted the new rig (2017) there isn’t a chance in hell I would have put the money out to get her what she wanted. I could buy a crapped out piece of junk and make it new for half the money . It would be totally correct, safe, and worth something ten years from now. The rig we spend over 100K on in ten years will be used as a chicken coup in Idaho -if it’s so lucky.

Jim (@guest_57365)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Have a safe holiday.

Linda (@guest_57364)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving to Chuck and family, and ALL the staff and their families! Love reading RVTravel issues. Very touching article from Mike about his lonely Thanksgiving and his special boss. Keep up all the good work.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_57356)
4 years ago

The trivia piece about McDonald’s and Sedona sounds SO Sedona . . . ‘Cosmicisity’ taken to the N’th degree.

Christine (@guest_57354)
4 years ago

Thank you for this newsletter. I look forwarding to reading each one.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you…

Joe Allen (@guest_57352)
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Chuck to you and your family and great staff! We all have a lot to be thankful for! I thank you for this wonderful publication! Keep up the great work!
Remember those who have gone before us and those on the front lines today who have kept us free!
Thank God for Blessing America!

Jeff (@guest_57350)
4 years ago

God Bless You Chuck! Keep up the Great Work with RV Travel.

Thank You so much. I hope you and your family have a Great Day!

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