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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Issue 1488
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

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ―Carlos Castaneda

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day (Anyone want to skip ahead to 2022 with us?)

On this day in history: 1980 – Former Beatle John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.

Tip of the Day

Black streaks: Where do they come from? How to deal with them?

From Dicor Corporation
Many RVers have experienced black streaks down the sides of their RVs, but where do they come from and how do we deal with them? All kinds of airborne pollutants land on your RV roof, including plain old dirt and mold. Many pollutants have properties that help them stick around. When a good rain comes, or a good roof cleaning, they can get dislodged and wash down the RV’s sides, only to stick around there, too. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 nuCamp Cirrus 820 Truck Camper. As he reports, “I think they’ve done a great job with this truck camper including providing a lot of very usable, practical features in a package that will fit a lot of trucks out there.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Cherokee Wolf Pack 24Gold14 Toy Hauler? 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, December 8, 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.

This past week three people claimed their $25 gift card: Cheri S. of Spokane, WA, Jim M. of Fort Mill, SC, and Dianne K. of Hollis, OK.

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.

RVers: To arm or not to arm

In this monthly feature, Mike Sherman – a retired street cop and investigator with 30+ years of RV experience – will cover the topic of self-protection for RVers. In this first installment, he discusses why you should consider developing a plan about your personal safety, and asks the question: “What would you do if someone suddenly started banging on your door at 2:00 a.m.?” Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Why you should not refill disposable propane cylinders, with an exception

The tire air compressor uses
Editor Chuck Woodbury chose the 12-volt VIAIR 450P as his onboard compressor. The device will inflate tire sizes up to 275/80/22.5 to a max of 150PSI with ease. The highly rated units are intended for RV use but can be used for virtually any tire. It’s pricey, but it’s dependable and can save the day in an emergency. Learn more.

Reader poll

Is your financial worth greater or less than two years ago?

Count those bills, then respond here.

Quick Tip

Keep the pressure off your water lines

Always use a water pressure regulator when connecting to a water supply at the campground, and always connect the regulator directly to the campground water source, not at the city water connector on the RV. If you make the connection at the city water connection on the RV, high campground water pressure can build up where it connects to the regulator, causing the hose to swell and burst. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

[Editor’s note: Here’s one with a gauge for less than $20.]

Website of the day

My Scenic Drives
Easily locate pretty much every scenic drive around the USA. A map shows the route. Plus learn about side trips, hikes and hotels (in case you don’t have your RV along).

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:

• 13 percent subscribe to at least one printed edition of a daily newspaper
• 11 percent still stay in touch with four or more friends from high school
• 24 percent prefer black licorice over red licorice

Recent poll: Do you live with chronic pain?


The world’s oldest dog lived until he was 29. Bluey, an Australian Cattle dog, lived until he was 29 years and 160 days old. Butch, a Beagle, is the second longest-living dog. He died on his 28th birthday.

*How fast can a cockroach run? Hint: It’s fast… Yesterday’s trivia told you. 

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“This is a picture of Katie and Sadie, who love to go camping. They are waiting for us to get ready to go. Katie is a Golden Retriever we rescued at 6 months old – she is now 13. Sadie is a Chocolate Lab we rescued last year and is 7 years old. We never leave home without them!” —Barbara and George DiCostanzo

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.

Know someone with a beard? Maybe this will get them in the holiday spirit…

Leave here with a laugh

What do you call a typo on a headstone?
A grave mistake.

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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2 years ago

I remember a girl running down the hall way in high school just wailing they killed him. OMG they killed him. When she told me who it was I was like who? I really did not know who the beatles were except some bug that crawled on trees. OK I was naive. at the time. Now I know.

2 years ago

How about time travel to afternoon on 1/20/21

Last edited 2 years ago by Tom
2 years ago

National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day? You could have done better than that! Today is National Brownie Day! Let’s hear it for cakey or gooey or fudgey brownies!

2 years ago
Reply to  Pat


2 years ago

We love our Cirrus TC! A friend liked ours, so he and his wife purchased their first camper. I’ve shared your review on our Cirrus FB group and encouraged members to subscribe (and donate) to RV Travel.

2 years ago

One other suggestion related to city water – if you’re heading out for the day away from your RV, shut it off before you go. Nothing ruins a trip like coming back to a flood.

Rich Edmonston
2 years ago

The millions of people that live with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety would certainly disagree with your thought of the day.

2 years ago
Reply to  Rich Edmonston

Unfortunately, we cannot take a single step without destroying a living thing…

2 years ago

Lucky Dogs!!

2 years ago

I have the same VIAIR air compressor (450P-RV)and love it! It is the smallest and lightest one that works great! Good minds think alike!

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