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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 9, 2020


Issue 1380
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

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson 

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cow Appreciation Day!

On this day in history: 1893 – Daniel Hale Williams, American heart surgeon, performs the first successful open-heart surgery in the United States.

Tip of the Day

How to carry extra propane safely

It can be a problem for the truck camper set: Just seems like in some cases there’s never enough room for propane. We had a smaller truck camper years back that had but a single LP cylinder and once it ran dry, well, we were up the creek. Others find that they have two, but they’re usually 5-gallon (20-pound) cylinders, and if you run in cool country you can use up 10 gallons of LP in a big hurry. Where can we carry an extra cylinder or two of LP? Here are some ideas.

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Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?

Setting up your boondocking campsite in a desert wash is considered by many RVers to be foolhardy and should be avoided. Many real-life stories circulate about hikers being washed away in flash floods, and boulders, trees and splintered RVs tumbling down washes ahead of a raging torrent. But not every wash is unsafe. To make an informed decision whether to camp in a wash, you need to study several factors about it. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to save every drop of “get warm” water

Reader poll

Do you video chat with friends and/or relatives?
Tell us here.

☀ Run your RV A/C with only normal household powerYes, it’s possible!

Quick Tip

Fast-cooked meal on a hot day – without heating up the RV

Reader Sherry Zampino says she uses an electric pressure cooker to make fast meals on a hot day, outside! Since it’s sealed, even outside it doesn’t attract critters, but cuts cooking time way down. “I can go from frozen to cooked in about a half hour.” Thanks, Sherry!

Random RV thought

If you’re prone to over-packing for an upcoming RV trip (or any trip, really) make yourself stick to a packing checklist. That way, you won’t bring anything you don’t need.

Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This is so neat! This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill – no more scrubbing for you! Deep-clean virtually any surface with hardly any effort. The drill brushes are perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. You can even wash your dishes if you want! Learn more or order here.

Website of the day

RV Tow Check
“RV Tow Check is the only trailer towing calculator app of its kind that supports all manufacturers’ weight safety and warranty warnings. … This is the only towing calculator app RV owners need to use that answers the most often asked question, ‘How much can my truck or SUV tow?’ RV Tow Check complies with SAE J2807 trailer weight rating (TWR) calculation guidelines.”

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:

• 29 percent have switched from old tungsten bulbs to LED bulbs in their RV
• 11 percent have been turned away from a campsite because their RV was ten years or older
• 34 keep in touch with their best friends by text message

Recent poll: How dramatically is the pandemic negatively impacting your life? Tell us here.

Did you see this incredible converted jeep military vehicle one of our readers saw in a campground? Check it out here.


75% of the world’s diet is produced from just 12 plant and five different animal species.

*What popular service spiked after the horror film “Scream” was released? Find out in yesterday’s trivia section.

You must keep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here. 

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our sweet Dobby, that performs tricks and gives love to residents in memory units. Our dogs are Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. Dobby is 7 and Weezie is 4. Can’t imagine traveling without them!” — Alison and Dan Bradley

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.

Leave here with a laugh

Tip: How to keep brownies fresh. Eat them all in one sitting… —Thanks to Tom H.

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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

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Brian Burry
2 years ago

We want to thank you for the wonderful RV pet of the day photos and stories! We know so many who enjoy RV’s, also enjoy having their loving pets go with them too! We went to Lake Havasu and took our doggie, Sadie. She went in the water for her first time, putting a nice water safety vest on her. It was so relaxing for her, she was nearly falling asleep floating in the water with me:)) Thank you

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

RE; Website of the Day. Thanks RVTravel ! for another VERY useful app – RV Tow Check

Jim G.
2 years ago

National Cow Appreciation Day is the second Tuesday of July, but may be postponed this year due to the virus.