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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Issue 1483
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

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” Martin Luther King Jr.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Eat a Red Apple Day!

On this day in history: 1913 – Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Should you buy a damaged RV and fix it up yourself?

Steve Savage submitted this article to when he was a Master Certified RV Technician with Mobility RV Service.

For the majority of folks, buying a damaged RV and fixing it up themselves is an absolutely terrible idea. Why do I say that? Several reasons come to mind… Find out what they are here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

2021 Zinger ZR259FLToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 CrossRoads Zinger ZR259FL Travel Trailer. As he reports, “It’s nice to see such a unique floor plan and one that’s very usable in a relatively towable package.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Little Guy Max Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Penetrating oil can save the day!
It can be a bad day on the road if you break down and need to loosen a screw or bolt and it won’t budge. Here’s help: This rust eater, deep penetrating oil will penetrate rust, scale and corrosion to free parts and assemblies instantly. It will free up rusted machine screws, bolts, nuts, clamps for mufflers and tail pipes, locks and more. You need this! Learn more.

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, December 1, 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.

LAST WEEK, THREE READERS RESPONDED and each claimed a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Congratulations to Dave A. of Pasadena, Maryland, Terri C. of Enfield, Connecticut, and Blaise B. of Marinette, Wisconsin.

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.

Carry a gun in your RV or plan to? Watch this! editor Chuck Woodbury explains how a law-abiding citizen of one state may risk getting in trouble by carrying a gun in another state, where laws differ. A survey by revealed that 40 percent of RVers carry a weapon all or most of the time. RVers or others who travel with a firearm outside their own state should know the laws. Watch the short video. And if you do carry a firearm, here is a guide you should carry with you.

Yesterday’s featured article: Dog accidentally changes gears, sending motorhome rolling into lake

Reader poll

What is your favorite way to eat eggs?

Pick an option or two here

*Yesterday’s poll taught us that most of you do not sing in the shower. Do you? 

Quick Tip

Water pump wacky?

If your water pump runs a few strokes and then stops, only to repeat the sequence a few minutes later, you probably have a dripping faucet or a leak. In addition to all faucets, check the pressure fitting for a drip and the water heater drain plug for leaks. If no leaks are found, you probably have a malfunctioning pump pressure cutoff switch.

Website of the day

Buy your hunting or fishing license online!
Here’s another link to make things easy. Buy your hunting or fishing license online – no need to go to a store and buy one in person.

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:

• Of all spectator sports, 45 percent enjoy watching football the most and 19 percent enjoy watching auto racing
• 8 percent say they love to dance and that it’s one of their favorite things to do
• If they’re going to dine out for a meal, 37 percent would prefer to go out for dinner

Recent poll: How often do you use a printed directory when searching for a campground?


If someone asked you when vending machines were invented, you’d guess fairly recently, wouldn’t you? After all, it’s not like Cleopatra demanded Doritos at the touch of a button… But you’re wrong. The earliest known reference to vending machines is in the work of Hero of Alexandria, who was an engineer in first-century Roman Egypt. And what did the first machine dispense? Holy water. The machine accepted a coin, which fell onto a pan attached to a lever. Then the lever opened a valve, which would allow holy water to flow out. The pan would tilt slowly until the coin fell off, and then the water would stop dispensing.

*Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Yesterday’s trivia answers that. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Anakin saying…’What are you doing?'” —Rob Boyer

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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Leave here with a laugh

A teacher asks her 3rd grade class what they want to be when they grow up. Little Johnny says, “I wanna be a fighter pilot, then a billionaire, go to the most expensive clubs, find me the finest wife, give her a Ferrari worth over a million bucks, an apartment in Copacabana, a mansion in Paris, a jet to travel throughout Europe, and an Infinite Visa Card.” The teacher is shocked. “OK … Um, Sarah, what about you?” “I want to be Johnny’s wife!”

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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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Joe Eafrati
2 years ago

I heard mine do that and I found the transfer valve was leaking back to the fresh water tank. For the ones that have that type of valve. I turned it back and forth and it stopped.

Lisa Adcox
2 years ago

Great laugh of the day

Hook N' Haul 789
2 years ago

Water Pump Wacky? There is even a more plausible explanation IF you do not have a visible leak. Obviously when the pump runs it pressurizes the system. If for any reason the pressure falls below a preset level the pump runs to bring the static pressure back up. When no leaks are seen, the pump probably has an internal leak allow the pressure on the output side to bleed back to the input side. Rebuild kits are cheap and fairly easy to install. Way more thrifty than a new pump.

Gene Davis
2 years ago

As far as the quick tip about water pump problems. One other possible issue not given is that the check valves on the pump could be leaking through (not seating completely).

Bob P
2 years ago

In reference to leave here with a laugh, they learn young don’t they?

2 years ago

RE: On this day in history: 1913 – Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line.

Not so; see about it. Ford introduced the first AUTOMOBILE moving assembly line.

2 years ago
Reply to  James

Ford visited the Heinz factory and saw that assembly line before creating his own.

T Edwards
2 years ago
Reply to  James

Make automobile = assembly plant. Cut up cow = disassembly plant. So first “assembly” still applies.

2 years ago
Reply to  James

If I remember it correctly, Ford’s first assembly line wasn’t the car “moving”, but the workers moved along, and the car stayed stationary. I would probably guess that in Heinz’s line, the product that they were processing was what was in motion.

Connie VH
2 years ago

Nothing like looking into the eyes of a loved, and loving, dog.
Beautiful, Anakin.

Bill N Stacey
2 years ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Well Said, Connie!! : )

2 years ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Yep. He looks like he needed a big smooch 😘.

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