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Issue 1450
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

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ―Alice Walker

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Curd Day!

On this day in history: 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

Tip of the Day

King pin stabilizer jack image courtesy BAL R.V. Products Group

How useful are fifth wheel king pin stabilizers?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
One fifth wheel owner we know refuses to set foot in her fiver unless the front end is “supported” with a king pin stabilizer. She knows it’s nuts, but she’s afraid the trailer will topple forward if she puts her weight up there without the support. Not everyone is quite so paranoid, but plenty of fifth wheel folks put a stabilizer under their king pin. Is it worth it? Find out the pros and cons here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!

If you own an RV built on a Sprinter platform, we bet you don’t know that it would have cost you less if it weren’t for chickens! Learn the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s changed international trade and how your Sprinter van is currently built (and why you pay more to buy it). Read all about it.

Yesterday’s featured article: Buying an RV in a business’s name could void warranty

Stay free at more than 1,600 wineries and farms!
The campgrounds are booked! Find places to stay! Stay overnight for free at more than 1,600 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. Save 15 percent on a membership by using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkout. Learn more

Reader poll

How comfortable is the bed in your RV?
Don’t fall asleep yet! Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Cushioned steps to bed loft

Lloyd Pilant passed along this great tip: “The rungs on our ladder in our Winnebago View hurt our feet when climbing up to the over-cab sleeping area. My wife suggested we try putting some foam pipe insulation on the rungs to see if that helps. We did, and it does. I used some Gaffer tape to help hold the insulation on the rungs.” Thanks, Lloyd!

Website of the day

Caves to explore in the U.S.
How many of these caves have you been to? This list of 15 incredible caves in the U.S. will surely bring out your inner explorer. Plus, who doesn’t love going into a cold cave especially during a hot summer?

It’s getting dark early. Time to clean your headlights!
When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for about $7, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.

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:

• 57 percent would drive an extra 10 miles out of their way to save $15 on a campsite
• 21 percent have bought new tires for their RV within the last year
• 11 percent bought their RV for more than $125,000

Recent poll: Have you already made at least one campground reservation for next summer?

SECRET PHRASE: There are 182 places in the U.S. that have the word “Christmas” in their names.


Tired of saying the word “tornado”? In the 18th century, tornadoes were called “twirlwinds” or “twirlblasts,” not tornadoes. Those two are more fun to say anyway, so let’s bring them back!

*Did you know the Twitter bird has a name? We told you what it is yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our Shih Tzu, Brandy. RV traveling companion.” —Merl Bell

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.

That’s connected to … what?
The Klein ET310 transmitter/receiver figures out what electrical outlet is connected to which circuit breaker. Plug the transmitter end into the outlet in question, then scan the circuit breaker panel with the receiver “wand” and voila – you know which breaker is powering that outlet without resorting to flipping random breakers on and off. The transmitter also doubles as a 3-light outlet tester letting you know if there’s a Hot/Neutral polarity reversal, open ground, etc., and it also checks GFCI operation. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

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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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Rory R
2 years ago

Leave here with a laugh is completely blank except for the title…

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

Sorry, Rory. It’s a video, and I just went into the newsletter “anonymously” (so it wouldn’t just show up for me because it’s in my cache, or whatever) and it came up for me. Maybe it’s blocked for you because of spam controls or something? It’s actually linked to someone’s Facebook page, so that might be what’s going on. Sorry. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

2 years ago

The Pet of the Day, Brandy, is adorable!

Merl Bell
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeanne

Thanks, we love her.

2 years ago

Lloyd, definitely know what you mean about bunkhouse ladders ! Our first trailer had that but I never thought to add anything to make it comfortable, duh. That’s ok coz we out grew that trailer after 5 years and got something with more room & comfort !

John Korn
2 years ago

The Lewis and Clark Caverns near Bozeman Montana should also be added to this list. Beautiful country there.

Jim Knoch
2 years ago

Question, due to my poor eyesight, can you tell me for sure that the “Leave here with a laugh” segment is truly a polar bear in a blizzard?

Larry Dill
2 years ago

The joke of the day is not funny, they starve a puppy so it will eat as much as it can as soon as it can so it gets it all, so someone can video record it to make someone laugh!!! THIS IS NOT FUNNY!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Dill

I agree. How can that be funny

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Dill

Larry…did you read the CAPTION? That’s the funny part! Lighten up dude…and the puppy looks well cared for to me. smh.

Larry Dill
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I am not going to lighten up!!! They starve a puppy to film, it’s the same the drug sniffing dogs, they starve them then feed them the stuff they want them to sniff out!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Dill

What are you talking about? I’m a retired canine handler and trainer, we do not feed the dogs cocaine, any other type of drugs, cash money or people. Also knowing from experience certain breeds of dogs such as the Akita, malamute and huskies are known for gobbling their food down like this when they are young. They feel they need to fight for their food from other puppies. From the looks of the puppy, it appeared to be fit and not starving at all. Turn on supposed to look like a sausage roll.

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Dill

I thought it funny because it reminded me of one of our very well kept little guys we had some years ago. He went nuts at meal time while his sister was slow, calm and deliberate. We did not starve our dogs. Each has their own personalities.

Glenda Alexander
2 years ago

Regarding caves: I highly recommend visiting the Caverns of Sonora, near the town of Sonora, Texas. It is about half-way between Big Bend National Park and San Antonio Texas and about 8 miles off I-10. It has some of the most beautiful and delicate formations that I have ever seen.

2 years ago

Everything you buy would be 25 percent cheaper if you got rid of all the lawyers. The 25 percent is for all the law suits on all the products you buy including vehicles.

Steve flippo
2 years ago

Every pickup truck sold could be about $10,000 cheaper if competition was allowed by eliminating the light truck tariff. This tariff is kept in place with bribes paid to congress by u.s. based manufacturers of trucks.

Bob P
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Every pickup would be less than $40,000 if everybody would quit buying them for a year.

robert wood
2 years ago

The joke of the day is hilarious!!!

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