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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Issue 1494
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

“What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything.” ―Laurence Sterne

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Chocolate-Covered Anything Day!

On this day in history: 1689 – Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.

Tip of the Day

Going solar? Be realistic about your power needs

By Greg Illes
So you’ve decided to “go solar.” Congratulations! You need to be realistic about your power needs, and no doubt you’ve read a lot about panel types and inverter technologies, and maybe received a few quotes. You have probably become familiar with the basic arithmetic of energy management by now, too.

The advice you’ll typically see is to size your panels according to how much power you use each day and, of course, this makes eminent sense. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23TWSToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23TWS Travel Trailer. This thing is soooo cute! Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Jay Feather 24BH 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, Dec. 16, 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: Dianne K. of Hollis, OK, Rob B. of Helena, MT, and Bruce G. of Texas.

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.

Visit the world’s only Corn Palace

Len Wilcox tells you the story of South Dakota’s Corn Palace, a must-see for anyone visiting the state. It was built as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate, and now, some 500,000 tourists visit it every year. Read Len’s article or listen to him read it.

Yesterday’s featured article: Couple confesses their RV buying mistakes. This video will make you mad

Did you decorate your RV for the holidays? Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? What will your holidays look like this year? Tell us! Please submit a photo of your decorated RV, and/or a short paragraph or two telling us about your favorite holiday traditions, or what your holidays will look like this year (if they’ll look the same or different as past years). Show and tell us here. Thanks!

????? Mystery Product from Amazon ?????
It’s a hat! It’s a lamp! It’s… this thing!

Reader poll

Do you own an SUV?

Not a truck! Answer 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

Maintain the RV’s exterior to help protect your investment

By Mark Polk

Maintaining the exterior of your RV contributes to extending the life of the RV, and protecting your investment. If you let your RV go, without cleaning it for periods of time, it can be very difficult to get that new look back. I wash our RV after every trip we take. I recommend using cleaners designed specifically for RVs.

Motorhome RV Orientation.
Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Orientation.

A cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 

These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.

Website of the day

U.S. Military Campgrounds
If you’d like to stay at a U.S. military campground or RV park, this is a website for you! Search many parks by state, the highest rating, or the most viewed.

NEW: Check out all our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever listed, and we’ll continue to update it.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• An RV rental horror story: “I was ripped off by an RV rental scam!”
• RV Tire Safety: “Tire dressing” and “Do not use covers.” Where’s the test data?!
Bear pounces on sleeping campers in Colorado RV park


Snap your fingers. Just do it. Did it? OK, good. When you did that, your fingers moved at about 20mph. Impressive, right? (We bet you’re doing it again now…)

*If your spouse is also your ________. you’ll get more satisfaction from life. Yesterday’s trivia filled in that blank.

Firearms laws guide is a must-have for firearm owners!
The Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is something you must reference if you own a firearm. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm when they travel. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines, where the laws may be different. Learn more in this article or buy a copy here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Anaya, a future RVer.” —Diane Bilak

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

Oh this morning was awful! I saw my wife trip over and drop a basket of clothes. She had just ironed all of them! I watched it all unfold.

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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

Surprised at these comments. The site you cited has a specific page that lists currently authorized users. Since the recent changes, the list has grown considerably.

Debra C
2 years ago

I realize that you benefit monetarily, but I really wish all your product links didn’t go to Amazon. I refuse to buy from them because of their monopolistic behavior and intentional actions to hurt and close other businesses, both local and online. Can’t you cut a deal with somebody else?

Dana D
2 years ago

It should be made clear that US Military Campgrounds are for active duty or retired military personnel only.

I ordered the Firearms Laws Guide. An empty package showed up.

Emily Woodbury
2 years ago
Reply to  Dana D

Hi, Dana, Sorry to hear your package was empty – that’s not a good surprise! Unfortunately there’s not much we can do for you on our end since we’re not the ones who shipped it, but contact Amazon ASAP and they should send you a new copy. They’re usually pretty good about that. Good luck! –Emily,

2 years ago
Reply to  Dana D

That is not correct. The authorized list of Military Campground users is much more broad than that. It was expanded last year. See this link for all the details.

2 years ago

It’s a hat! It’s a lamp! It’s…BLINDING ME on the way to the campground bathroom! 🙂

Matt Johnson
2 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Then turn it inside out. That way the light will not shine in YOUR eyes. 😄😄😄

Bob M
2 years ago

Also be aware if you enter a military base they won’t allow weapons. So those of you who carry firearms for self defense. Check their policy before making a reservation. Your vehicle and RV are also subject to search prior to entry. Things have changed sine 911.

Bob P
2 years ago

Military campgrounds are restricted to active duty or retired military personnel use, I don’t know why you published this article as they know who can use the facilities.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Use of military campgrounds are opening up to more people if you pay attention to each listing. Disabled veterans and DOD personnel have always had use of these campgrounds. Some are even open to civilians. Base access issue becomes the big question here. Policy is set by base commanders. True. The majority of people may not use these campgrounds, but there are a few that are joint civilian/military use. We enjoy most of our stays at these facilities. Some are a jewel. Some are “you get what you pay for”. And this website has a good quarterly newsletter.

Lisa Adcox
2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

My husband was in Army and was an officer. Since he got out and did not retire and is not active, we have not found one who would allow us to use. I called a few and got a flat out NO.

Lisa D
2 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

We had the same problem. My husband was in the Army but not retired. Would not allow us to use the campground.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

They are also open to some vets and DOD personnel. Also not all of those folks know where the bases are that have campground and accurate RV specific directions to get there. Larry updates the web site on a regular basis.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Maybe it’s because there are thousands of military that own RVs not to mention thousands of DoD civilians that are authorized to use military campgrounds. Great job RV TRAVEL!!

Bob and Charlotte and Champlin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

You would be surprised how many don’t know who can use those campgrounds (famcamps).

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