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Issue 1455
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 only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”―C. JoyBell C.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Nut Day!

On this day in history: 1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!

Tip of the Day

RV resale: Appearance matters, so protect your RV’s looks

Appearance matters when making a sale, so protect your RV’s looks. Nothing ensures a rapid sale more than how good something looks, which leads to this thought. Many manufacturers use decals that are so thin or applied so poorly that you will be lucky if they make it through the first couple of years. When it’s time to sell your RV, peeling and frayed decals translate to an RV that’s likely to languish in the yard for a long time. Try and trade it in and be assured dealers will devalue your trade significantly if the exterior looks trashy. So, since appearance matters so much, protect your RV’s looks. Here are some tips.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

The Rockwood A-frame 242RK

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Rockwood A213HW A-frame trailer. As he reports, they are an ideal choice for those who camp only a few times a year or don’t have a full-sized pickup. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Keystone Springdale 242RK? If you missed it, you can read it here.

American Kennel Club provides tips for camping with your canine

Bringing your pet along for camping trips is a fun and adventurous way to enjoy nature and get some exercise together. About half of all readers report that they travel with a pet, mostly dogs. The American Kennel Club shares safety tips for dog owners to consider before packing up. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Another example how slobs are ruining our campground

Reader poll

How many air conditioners does your RV have?

Cool off, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

More air from your ducts?

“We have a 2016 Jayco Jay Flight and our best friend has a 2015 Jayco North Point, both with ducted A/C. In the course of helping my friend troubleshoot poor air flow and cooling, we found the round ceiling vents have two-inch long collars on them that were protruding halfway to the top of the duct, blocking most of the air flow into the room. Measuring from the face of the ceiling to the inside edge of the duct work on most of them we found 1 ¼” to 1 ½” made them even with the interior edge of the duct. We cut them down with one of us holding a Dremel tool with a disc cutter while the other rotated the vent to easily cut them down. Just make sure you don’t cut it short and blow air between the ceiling and the duct work. What a difference!! Greatly improved airflow that we estimate is up to a 50% increase!” Thanks to Gene Cheatham.

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Tired of hearing ambulances out the window? Your neighbor’s new puppy driving you nuts? ParkTracks, from the National Park Service, plays a track of sounds from our National Parks to relax you. Sit back, close your windows, then your eyes, and transport yourself to paradise.

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:

• 7 percent plan on selling their RV within the next year
• 28 percent say their RV has a built-in ice maker
• 54 percent have continuously lived in their RV for a year or more

Recent poll: As an adult, have you ever been so poor you were challenged to feed yourself or your family? 


Which George Foreman is your favorite grill named after? Well, the boxer, George Foreman, of course – but also his five sons. Yup, George Foreman named all five of his sons George Edward Foreman too. He says, “I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common. I say to them, ‘If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!'”

*Have you ever heard the world’s oldest song? It’s 3,400 years old, and you can listen to it in yesterday’s trivia section

A fun way to solve problems with your RV!
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gem, a miniature red poodle, is the master of his domain. He loves traveling and exploring new territory. Last year we took a two-month RV trip across the U.S. (California to the East Coast and back). Gem got to visit many big cities and national parks, and made friends with lots of friendly RVers. He’s ready to go again.” —Reno DiTullio

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

An old guy walks into a bar and the bartender asks for ID. “You’ve got to be kidding,” he said. “I’m almost 60 years old.” The bartender apologized, but said he had to see the license. The guy showed his ID, then paid and told the bartender to keep the change. “The tip’s for carding me,” he said. The bartender put the change in the tip cup. “Thanks,” he said. “Works every time.”

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Bill (@guest_100376)
3 years ago

George foreman, came to our Sunday School class when I was younger and talked to us for a bit just shooting the breeze with us.

Pain in the shoulder (@guest_100251)
3 years ago

And the joke of the day is? I guess they forgot the punch line. I mean at 68, white beard and wrinkled skin and inoperable torn rotator cuff it’s a painful experience to have to dig out an ID. I’ve yet to tip for being asked for ID. I just wish they’d find a new joke writer..

Howard (@guest_99576)
3 years ago

The book “50 States 500 State Parks” is worthless for RVing use. It has NO information on RV accommodations – I ordered it and promptly gave it to the first taker – it has some nice pictures and most of the parks are only referenced In a list at the end of each state section – it is a rip off like a lot of the products that seem to be placed by Google or some other vendor

bd2 (@guest_99562)
3 years ago

re:Cameron & East Troublesome fires in N. Colorado
East Troublesome Fire has created evac’s and damage to Hot Sulphr Springs, Grandby, Grand Lake City and the 100+ year old lodge is gone. This is all on the West entrance of Rocky Mt. Park. On the east side they have evacuated the hospital in Estes Park and some of the west side of EP is now mandatory evac. Stay clear of US34 & 36 and both sides of Rocky Mountain Park and Estes
I live against E foothills between US 36 & 34, it’s 1330 hrs and it is so dark it is like twilight- I have white ash and black strands of charcoal on my cars everywhere

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  bd2

Wow! Thank you for the update, bd2. That’s terrible. Good luck. —Diane at

DW/ND (@guest_99559)
3 years ago

I was 80 yrs. old the last time I was carded! It was in Denali, AK where I wished to purchase a 6 pack of Coors Lite. Apparently the State of Alaska has a law which requires a license check for purchasing adult beverages.

Lisa Adcox (@guest_99650)
3 years ago
Reply to  DW/ND

In TN no matter your age you have to show Drivers license to buy adult beverages of any kind. I am 65 and it seems odd but that is the law. Use to be if you looked under 30 they would ask. My husband is a jokester and tells them to put VERY OLD in place for birthdate.

Kenneth Hanigan (@guest_99553)
3 years ago

I carry a sound machine which uses very little power. Turn it on when laying down and listen to waves, jungle sounds or white noise and when it shuts of in 45 min i am always asleep.

Bob P (@guest_99549)
3 years ago

I was going to a heart specialist for some testing in Huntsville, Al, the young lady (looked to be in her early 20s) was checking me in and asked for my birth date. Without thinking I answered the way I had given it for many years, 5-16-43, her immediate response was is that 18 or 19, my response was if it’s 18 you’re looking at a 171 year old man, as I was 71 at the time, realizing her mistake she apologized turning very red in the face. I thought about it for awhile then laughed, surely I didn’t look that old as people usually think I’m much younger looking than my age.

KellyR (@guest_99564)
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

My email address has the number 2 in it (2, two, to, too). For some reason a young lady asked me for my e-mail address. I spelled it out for her and said “numeral 2”. She asked how to spell numeral.
Another time a “youngster” said, “you are so smart”. I replied that I was born before there were experts on the internet, therefore we had to learn everything ourselves.

Kenn (@guest_99543)
3 years ago

i am at an awkward age. I have not been carded in many years, but now I look forward to how my grocery checker handles senior discount day.

dave (@guest_99535)
3 years ago

I think the ” joke of the day” works a lot better if you use a female pronoun instead of a male. JMHO

Donald N Wright (@guest_99529)
3 years ago

Ah, park sounds. Does this include the guy who has to idle his diesel for ten minutes before he leaves? Or the clattering sounds of someone’s generator to power his A/C and the big screen television. Perhaps the ripping sheetmetal and tree limbs snapping as some backs his RV into a space for the first time…

Bill (@guest_99558)
3 years ago

…and the attendant profane verbal assault on said tree limb…

Al Figone (@guest_99522)
3 years ago

Look forward too, and enjoy, the daily news from you. Keep up great work.
I wanted to mention that the “thought for today” by C Joybell C, sounds very similar to one of my most favorite scriptures out of Roman’s 10:14-15. NLT “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Sink Jaxon (@guest_99541)
3 years ago
Reply to  Al Figone

Very nice Al…thank you for that!

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