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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Issue 1448
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

“Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.” ―Christopher Paolini

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Boston Red Sox win the first modern World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth game.

Tip of the Day

Watch your dumping operation closely (but not TOO closely)

By Greg Illes
I don’t think anyone will argue that the dumping of holding tanks is the worst of RV jobs. This skanky task makes equals of us all: Young or old, rich or poor, we have to get rid of our sewage by dumping the black tank now and then.

Most folks have an understandable aversion to any close association with 30 or more gallons of waste disposal. But there are good reasons to brave the experience and “do it right.” Here are some tips on how to do it.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Do you need a special RV driver’s license? You might!

Driving an RV proves to be easy for most RVers after they get the feel of their rig. But for RVers in 10 states, there may be more to driving or towing an RV than climbing in the driver’s seat and heading down the highway. Find out here if you need a special driver’s license.

Yesterday’s featured article: Which heater is best: Forced air, ceramic or catalytic?

Reader poll

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee?
Take a sip then answer here.

Quick Tip

Help for your fridge in cold weather

Weather so cold your refrigerator won’t run properly? Reader Phil E. suggests, “Put duct tape over the upper vents, but just remember to take the tape off when the weather warms up.” Thanks, Phil!

Gary V. and Deb L., full-timers, suggest the following: “One way to modify the vents on the fridge intake is to insert a section of round foam pipe insulation cut to length to fit your unit’s vents. We have spent three years in ski country (often below 0 degrees) and this technique, along with a 40-watt lightbulb in the compartment, kept the fridge working normally even at 9000-feet elevation. And afterwards, no duct tape residue to clean up, and you have just what you need for the next time it’s needed.” Thanks, Gary and Deb!

Website of the day

Want to know what the weather is like in New York right now? Want to see how many people are at the Eiffel Tower? EarthCam has live webcams all over the world to help you moderate some of your wanderlust.

Psst: It’s Amazon Prime Day! Thousands of items are on sale!
Need something for your RV? Need to update an electronic device? Stock up now while things are on sale! Get holiday shopping done early with these amazing sales!

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:

• 28 percent say their RV had just one previous owner before they bought it
• 29 percent make a strong effort to limit their use of single-use plastics
• 82 percent never have to go to the chiropractor

Recent poll: Have you already voted?


Maine is the only U.S. state that borders just one other state. Think about it, it’s true!

*What did Hitler take 28 medications for regularly? Hint: It’s NOT what you’d expect… We told you yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Meet Maggie the Wonder Beagle.” —Richard Bauer

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.

Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.

Leave here with a laugh

My wife asked me, “Why don’t you treat me like you did when we were first dating?” So I took her to dinner and a movie and then dropped her off at her parents’ house.

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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.

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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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Jim Keltner
2 years ago

Thanks for sending out yesterdays letter, I thought there was a mistake. Also I will be enjoying the earth cam website, very neat.

D Haley
2 years ago

NH the rest other borders are the Atlantic Ocean and and the Providences of Canada

Mike Albert
2 years ago

The “Today’s Thought” was worth re-reading. Very meaningful, but I enjoyed reading the new issue too.

2 years ago

Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Someday I’ll learn to read … brain blocked “…one other state”

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

RE; Trivia…on the other end of that spectrum, I live in a state that touches 7 other states. And Tennessee touches eight other states!

Last edited 2 years ago by Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

Seems RVTravel are having some issues with their web page showing up. I’m Ok with that as long as I can find it, besides its more of a challenge & the reward is well worth the effort!
Thanks RVTravel team

RV Staff
2 years ago

My apologies to Dave and all of our other readers for not catching that the incorrect link was in the email alert. We’ve put the link to today’s newsletter in the newsletter the link in the alert wrongly goes to. Thank you all for your patience. And thank you for your kind words, Dave. 🙁 —Diane at

Jim Knoch
2 years ago

I recognized that I had read an article before and just looked to the URL at the top of the page, then I changed the “1143” part to “1148” and here we are!

2 years ago

I had to work to find today’s edition of RV Travel. The link in my inbox took me to the 10/6/2020 edition. I had to modify the URL to get here. Others may not know this trick.

Thank you for every edition. I enjoy them all.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Same here. I have RVTravel bookmarked. Direct link:

Apparently the morning coffee was not strong enough.

Randy Bitner
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Yeah, took me two cups of coffee to get here.

Steven Kelly
2 years ago
Reply to  Randy Bitner

Same thing here but 3

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I simply went up to the banner at the top and under “categories” I chose Daily Tip Newsletter and clicked on October 13, 2020.

Steven Kelly
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill


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