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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Issue 1502
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

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pepper Pot Day! Read the history of this soup here – it’s interesting!

On this day in history: 1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

Tip of the Day

Stinky sewer dump? Try this to seal the smell away!

In the heat of Arizona summers, the sewer dump connection at our campsite had warped enough that our sewer hose elbow fitting just didn’t fit. A sewer hose that doesn’t fit tightly allows sewer gases to escape and, worse yet, makes the odor when dumping the black water tanks close to unbearable. It was rather embarrassing. Read what Nanci Dixon does to stop the smell.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Tiffin Allegro Bus. As he reports, “Step into one of these buses and there is absolutely no doubt that you’ve suddenly been surrounded by luxury.” Read more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Keystone Bullet 265RBI Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

No way! This is bananas! Are you kidding? Who dreams up this kind of thing? See what we mean.

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. 29, 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 two readers claimed their prize: Frank S. of Lincolnton, NC, and Ken W. of Sequim, WA.

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.

Single mom pays price for taking RV salesman’s advice

How important is doing your research and homework before buying an RV? Listen to Jessica Knoelk’s story of how her dream of RV ownership became a nightmare, as explained in an interview on “The RV Show USA.” Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Drive with your hazard flashers on?

Reader poll

Do you own and/or travel with a motorcycle?

Please tell us here.

Quick Tip

Regularly check plastic plumbing fittings to avoid leaks

Reader Mark Cote hopes you’ll learn from his experience. Be sure to regularly check plastic drain lines under sinks, etc. He’s had them come loose and dump water everywhere. Hand-tighten all screw-on plumbing fittings. Thanks, Mark!

Website of the day

Archeological Institute 
Ever wanted to be an archeologist for a day? This website shows all the current “digs” and allows you to be a part of them by volunteering. We’re intrigued!

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:

• 75 percent do not have a clothes dryer in their RV
• 45 percent have a 30- or 50-amp RV hookup at their sticks and bricks home
• 8 percent always keep an electric blanket on their RV’s bed

Recent poll: Did you accomplish the New Year’s resolution you made at the beginning of 2020?


According to a 2019-2020 survey by the American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of U.S. households now own a pet, up from 56 percent 30 years ago.

*How many diaper changes does a baby go through between birth and potty training? The results will shock (and horrify…) you. See the answer in yesterday’s trivia.

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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cooper, taken at Valley of Fire. Been a great friend for 15 years. He is leaving us soon to cancer, but will always be with us.” —Richard Merrill

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

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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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Joe & Helen
2 years ago

Re: the Buy Bowl Sparkle ads that “magically clean your toilet”. We tried it at home and it was a waste of money just doing a routine weekly cleaning. Contacted the company and they told me well you have to swish it around and that did not work either. Just wondering if anyone had better luck? Tried to put a negative comment on their web site but after typing it in a message popped up saying “Server is busy right now, try again later”. It must be programmed to be busy for comments they do not want.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe & Helen

Hi, Joe & Helen. Thank you for writing to us about the Buy Bowl Sparkle ad. That’s not one of our usual advertisers. Some of the ads you see are delivered by Google, which generally delivers them based on an RVer’s interests, and most of the ads are related to RVing. It is impossible for us to see all those ads ourselves. They “cycle through” and can even be directed to different audiences throughout the U.S. But for anyone else who sees that ad and your comment, that will be a good heads-up for them. Thanks! —Diane at

2 years ago

I am so sorry about Cooper. 💔

2 years ago

Enjoyed seeing Cooper. It is so difficult to do the right thing for your favorite buddy.

Ron T.
2 years ago

Cute photo. A little Jack makes me think I can sing too!

STEPHEN P Malochleb
2 years ago

Let me tell you a reverse story. Hadn’t intended to buy from this dealer with a bad rep. Was just looking. But wife found one she liked. Well they put the pressure on , you know, many people looking ,won’t last long. So we bought it. They were suppose to fix a few minor things before we picked up. You know that didn’t happen. Some fixed on pickup day,and some parts ordered. Well to shorten the story, This was Oct. They took in the trade in Sept. Nobody did their job of inspecting or cleaning it. I found service papers above the drivers seat with over $7k worth of repairs and maintenance 2 months earlier. Tires,brakes, AC service, gen service,ect. Well when I told the salesman, I don’t think he was to happy. I know they would have asked for a lot more money if they knew. Even had the previous owners name and address. Called him and we talked for hours. PS. He went to Hershey just to look, brought his wife. He bought a new rig. Been very happy with the rig. Wife happy,kids happy. :):)

2 years ago

In Hershey, bought his wife? What a pricey buy that was. He he he

2 years ago
Reply to  Len

Was her name => “chocolate kisses” ??

2 years ago

I, too, bought my camper from Camping World because the price was great. Never again. The closest service is a 3 hour drive. I called, made an appointment and told them exactly what needed repaired. After an hour, the service rep said they checked it out and I would have to bring it back after they order the part.
As I am a Corrections Officer, I did what I do best. I pulled him across the counter told him the appointment was for him to fix the problem not look at it and he had 1 hour to do just that or end up where I work for breach of contract. It took his boss and the owner, in writing, to convince me they would have it fixed in the timeframe I gave them.
Once I got home, I contacted the manufacturer of the camper, explained what took place and received a list of local service shops that would honor the warranty work.

Lisa Adcox
2 years ago

I have been very lucky when I purchased from CW in Nashville. Always had great service. I no longer own it due to accident.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago


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