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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Issue 1474
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

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” ―Galileo Galilei

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

On this day in history: 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Today is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.

Tip of the Day

RV fresh water tips

By Mark Polk

If our next RV trip is in a month or less (and there is no threat of freezing temperatures) I leave any remaining water in the plumbing system. If our next trip is more than a month away, I prefer to drain water from the system. This helps keep the water system fresh, and avoids any chance of forgetting there is water in the plumbing system. When I drain the water system, I drain the water heater tank too. Caution: Never drain the water heater when it is hot or under pressure. This is a good opportunity to flush any debris from the water heater tank if you haven’t done it in a while, and to inspect the anode rod if you have a Suburban water heater. The rod should be replaced when it is 75% consumed.

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Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPRToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Imagine XLS 24MPR Toy Hauler. As he reports, “This is a smaller toy hauler with a very pleasant interior and a unique take on the toy box portion in the back.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2514s Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, November 18, 2020. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

IN THE PAST WEEK, THREE READERS RESPONDED and claimed a $25 Amazon gift certificate. They were James J. of Salina, Kansas, George B. of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Richard G. from Vero Beach, Florida.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.

Learn everything about your RV, RVing woman advises

This was posted in our Facebook group RV Horror Stories by group member Charmon Kelley Poche. We thought it was so good we posted it for more RVers to see. She wrote: “If you are an RV owner, especially a lady, you need to pony up and learn how to fix things. We all know RVs are cardboard stapled together with cheap parts, so knowing that, what’s next?” Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Will RV parks nix fixed prices and charge based on demand?

Reader poll

Have you visited Yellowstone National Park in the last 10 years?

Try and remember, then respond here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Be gentle when cleaning plumbing fixtures

Got a sink, shower, or toilet to clean? Whatever you use will end up in the holding tank. Some stuff will create problems if it gets down there, so be choosy with your cleansers. Non-abrasive, non-bleach cleansers are best. Many RVers swear by Bar Keepers Friend. Others simply use a microfiber cloth with plain water, or at the strongest, vinegar water. Wet wipes can do a quick job of shining up chrome fixtures!

Need something for Thanksgiving? Have it delivered!
Thanksgiving decorTurkey basterTurkey pan Plates and napkinsCasserole dishes Thanksgiving-themed craftsThanksgiving apparelServing dishesFor the pets

Website of the day

The best pumpkin recipes
Still having trouble coming up with recipes for Thanksgiving? Here are more than 60 recipes to make with your favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin! Impress your neighbors, and please your significant other!

Popular articles you may have missed at

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Benjamin Franklin is the author of “Fart Proudly,” which is a scientific essay about farts. “Fart Proudly,” also called “A Letter to a Royal Academy about Farting,” was a popular essay written by Franklin in 1781 while he was serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. The essay starts:

“It is universally well known, that in digesting our common food, there is created or produced in the bowels of human creatures, a great quantity of wind. That the permitting this air to escape and mix with the atmosphere, is usually offensive to the company, from the fetid smell that accompanies it. That all well-bred people therefore, to avoid giving such offence, forcibly restrain the efforts of nature to discharge that wind.”

Franklin goes on to suggest that scientists should develop a drug that can be mixed with “common Food or Sauces” to help reduce gas or make it “agreeable as Perfumes.”

*Yesterday we told you what happens when you type the word “askew.” Did you see?

Two recently published guides to free campgrounds
Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies — federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Apollo, ready for bed after a long day of adventure.” —Eric Peterson

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.

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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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2 years ago

You are a darling Apollo. 🐾

2 years ago

Ah, yes. That’s why I subscribe to this newsletter – the serious and high-minded content in the comments section! For some reason, I’m thinking of the campfire scene with Mongo in Blazing Saddles.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kathy

As soon as I read your reply, I broke in to tears laughing, remembering that scene !

g under
2 years ago

In fact, if you have a cold or rainy afternoon to spend in the camper. It and commentary about the history of the writing can be found free online: Mark Twain’s 1601: Comments….

g under
2 years ago

If you were entertained by the Ben Franklin trivia, check out this Mark Twain short book (or letter): 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

2 years ago

I was told a belch after eating was “the stomach telling the mouth, that was good, send more down”

Brenda G
2 years ago

I’m obviously overthinking yesterday’s Trivia solution to the word “askew” …anyone care to enlighten me?

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Brenda G

Did you Google it, Brenda? Did you notice the page with the definition was not straight, i.e., it was slightly “askew”? It took me a couple of seconds to realize that, so that’s why I added the little “hint” to Emily’s Trivia for the day. 🙂 —Diane at

2 years ago
Reply to  Brenda G

After googling it do a search on that loaded google page

Bill Perry
2 years ago

In certain parts of India, China, & Bahrain, if you belch after your meal it is a sign that you enjoyed your meal. During hunting trips the cook would fix a gipper stew made from rabbits, quail, & vegetables & whatever else was around. If the meal was good we would show our appreciation to the cook by how many farts we could produce. It then became a contest with stories of past hunts & the bucks that got away. I don’t hunt anymore or sit around camp fires with friends, but the memories will live on whenever I think of that gipper stew & all those old farts. That’s one for the Gipper.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Eating chili is the best.

Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago

At an early age, my granddaughter learned (from her Papa, of course) the little poem,
“Beans, Beans,
Good for the heart.
The more you eat,
The more you fart.
The more you fart,
The better you feel.
So let’s have beans
For every meal.”

Last edited 2 years ago by Wayne Caldwell
David S
2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Ha ha! The version I learned as a kid was:

Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
Now you’re ready for another meal!

Bob P
2 years ago
Reply to  David S

That’s the one I learned!

2 years ago

Regarding Ben Franklin’s article on flatulence…I have discovered that ingesting one ounce of Aqua Velva each morning helps significantly.

Last edited 2 years ago by Barry
Debra Rohm
2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

I bet your Farts smell heavenly!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

Truly an Aqua Velva man. I’ll bet a little dab will do ya. Brille Cream.

2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Every hair in place

2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

God the answer one could give that

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