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RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 16, 2020

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Issue 1451
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

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ―Will Rogers

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Global Cat Day!

On this day in history: 1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded.

Tip of the Day

How to use your RV toilet in cold weather

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, posted this tip while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Some people prefer not to use the plumbing system during the winter for fear of doing something wrong and risking a freeze-up, and subsequent damage. Others prefer to just use the toilet, and depend on campgrounds for their other needs. It’s possible to use your RV toilet for brief periods in freezing weather. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Why so many RVs are junk

Why are RVs made so cheaply, why are some “junk,” and why are they even sold in the first place when there’s a high likelihood that the buyer will have problems with the unit? This video does a great job of answering those questions. If you’re about to buy an RV, especially a lightweight-model trailer, you should watch this.

Yesterday’s featured article: Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

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Fill ‘er up, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Avoid holding tank surprises

“To save yourself from pranks, failing to close the valves after dumping and small leaks, I leave a clear 45-degree extension on my sewer outlet with the cap on so that I can see if there are any surprises waiting for me! If there are I rotate the extension up before attaching the hose.” Thanks to Phil W.
Editor: Here are several clear sewer hose adapters on Amazon.

fire extinguisherFire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Ever wonder what other RVers are up to? How are they making money? How’d they remodel their rig so it looks that nice? HitchItch lists pages of blogs of fellow RVers so you can stay up to date, get advice, and learn how other RVers are living.

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


There are immortal jellyfish! The Turritopsis dohrnii, a species of jellyfish also known as the “immortal jellyfish,” is able to revert back to its youth state after going through adulthood. It can’t ever die … well, from old age, at least.

*What is a “twirlwind” and what is a “twirlblast?” You probably already know, but if you can’t think of it, we told you in yesterday’s trivia.

Say goodbye to goop!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Andy. In 2000-2002 my (then) wife and I took our 2 kids (10 and 11), and Andy, and traveled the U.S. in our RV for 18 months. I think Andy is the only rabbit to see all 48 contiguous states!” —Joe Hicke

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

Two clocks go out to dinner. After they finish eating, one clock says to his friend, “I’m still hungry!” His friend replies, “So go back four seconds.”

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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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Kevin Watts
2 years ago

Hey! The comment section now uses BLACK type, instead of gray.
I just made this suggestion last week. 


RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin Watts

You’re welcome, Kevin. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Our IT dude, Kim, fixed it last Monday. Some settings had changed (and not for the better) when we updated a plugin awhile ago. Have a great day, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at

Kenneth E Maggard
2 years ago

I am wondering why the article on junk RVs is a video? There is no real content in the video that relates to the subject.

2 years ago

Triva – There are immortal jellyfish! The Turritopsis dohrnii, a species of jellyfish also known as the “immortal jellyfish,” is able to revert back to its youth state after going through adulthood. It can’t ever die … well, from old age, at least.

Just want to point out one can’t “revert back”. Revert means back. Should you revert back you’d end up in the place you started. . . .

2 years ago

Is it just me, or are there others out there that when they read an article like todays tip of the day, continue reading, only to find Ads cover up part of the story? Pretty irritating!

2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

This has happened to me as well. It didn’t on the article you mentioned, but I noticed it usually happens on older articles, 1 or 2 years old. On those I can usually click on the top right corner link and tell Google to close the ad because it covers content. Sometimes I have to refresh the page and then click the link. Hope this helps.
Stay safe, Joe

Last edited 2 years ago by Joseph
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

Agree, but at least they are stationary. My Earth-Sky subscription has pop-up ads that will truely drive one insane though they don’t cover the text. If I did not enjoy the articles, I’d cancel it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

Many times, when reading on a pad, I find changing the orientation of the screen will remove the blocking view.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

Simple fix…donate to RVTravel and go ad free!

2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Or get the Brave browser.

Bob P
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I donate and still the ads except on Saturday and Sunday.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

That’s true, Bob. We only run members editions (without the ads) of the Saturday and Sunday newsletters. We just don’t have the time to set up and run two different copies of 650 newsletters per year. So we can only put in that extra time and effort on the two big newsletters on the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience. 🙁 —Diane at

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