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RV Daily Tips. Monday, January 4, 2021

Issue 1506
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

“With wintertime road closures, rough weather, and COVID restrictions, RVing in January 2021 is a bit like doing jumping jacks inside a portable outhouse. You can absolutely still do it – just be dang careful.” —Sent in by Greg Illes (one of our longtime readers and frequent contributors). Thanks, Greg!

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

On this day in history: 1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

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

Tip of the Day

Rough Road Ahead: Four essential tips to avoid the bumps

By Gail Marsh
There are four key things to remember when you hit rough roads. You know, those bone-jarring, washboard-like highways where you hold your breath, white-knuckle-grip the steering wheel with both hands and pray that your RV does not literally shake apart behind you. At some point, you will hit sections of rough highway. And while cursing the Department of Transportation may release pent-up anger, these four tips are probably a bit more productive. They may save your rig… or even your life! Read them here

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Cherokee Grey WolfToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Cherokee Grey Wolf 23MK Travel Trailer. He writes, “The number of things you get that you might only expect in higher-end RVs is surprising.” See what he’s talking about here.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
Tony’s Favorite RV Features of 2020
Coleman Lantern LT 202RD Travel Trailer

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, Jan. 4, 2021. 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.

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.

Mini dehumidifier removes moisture from RV
This mini dehumidifier from Pro Breeze quickly and efficiently removes moisture from the air. It is perfect for use in small areas like RVs. It extracts up to 9 ounces of moisture per day with a large 16-ounce capacity water tank that will automatically shut off when full. Very quiet, too. Learn more or order.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Don’t let your connections corrode

Dear Readers,
I’ve received a number of emails and Facebook comments this week about 30-amp RV extension cord plugs overheating and melting. Now, these particular failures aren’t where the shore power cordset is plugged into the pedestal or the RV itself. These meltdowns seem to occur where a 25-ft. extension cord is plugged into the RV’s shore power cordset. And, yes, many times it’s the connector that’s laying on the ground. Continue reading.

Mike needs your assistance
If you didn’t participate in this poll (from Saturday) previously, would you please vote now to help Mike gather information for a research project he’s working on (possible correlation between the GFCI and potential hot-skin condition) aimed at RVers’ safety. It may take a moment for the poll to load. Thank you!

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Three common ways full-time RVers get their mail

How do you get your postal mail when you’re on the road full time? Don Humes, the owner of South Dakota’s Americas Mailbox, answers that question. There are basically three ways, one of which Don favors over others (and which most full-timers favor as well). Read more and watch Don’s two-minute video.

The fastest RV for its size in the world! And you can easily afford to buy it!

Reader poll

Have you ever worked for one company continuously for 20 years or more?

Please respond in our poll here.

Helpful resources


Amazon Deals of the Day!
Here are more than 1,000 special deals, just for today. And the items just keep on changing. If you can’t find a great deal here on something you want, then, well, you must not need anything. If nothing else, it sure is fun to poke around here to see the incredible array of cool stuff that’s available today at bargain prices! Click here for today’s deals!

Quick Tip

Reflective Window ShadeArrive at your destination with a cool RV!

“Traveling from Georgia to Mount Rushmore and to Arches National Park, we found it difficult to keep our Class C cool. While shopping at a dollar store I came across automobile silver window shades for $5.00 each that fit all of our windows. I purchased enough for all of our windows along with some inexpensive plastic clips. Problem solved very inexpensively. So far they have helped to keep the RV cool. I leave the rear window uncovered while driving to be able to use the rearview mirror and cover it up at the RV parks.”
Thanks for the tip, Patrick Bonito Sr.! You can also find those reflective window covers on Amazon. The rolls are nice so you can cut them to custom-fit every window.

Website of the day

A Brief History of the RV
If you’ve got a few minutes, read this article from Smithsonian Magazine about the history of the RV. It’s a fascinating look at our homes on wheels!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Video: The Rolls-Royce of the future is INSANE
• RV buyers: Never fall for this RV sales gimmick!
• So I’m a Peeping Tom, am I? One reader thinks soFrom editor Chuck Woodbury

sewer sealStinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.


Parents of newborn babies miss out on a combined six months’ worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life. That’s a lot of sleep!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our sweet Maisie has a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out). She will sit on the little side table for 2-3 hours as we go down the road watching out the front window. She often falls asleep and would slip off the table so we put a non-slip pad on the tabletop. She gives our other furry family member the whole sofa while watching where we are going! It’s a win-win for everyone except when she snores in the ear of the passenger! In this picture, the passenger was able to sneak off the seat and take the picture!” —Julie Ford

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

Man in bed with his wife. . . He slides his hand slowly across her shoulders, across her waist, under her neck, then below her neck, then under her back. Then stops. Wife, sounding romantic: “Why did you stop?” Husband: “Got the remote. Go back to sleep.”

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Jon (@guest_109163)
2 years ago

We stored our motor home in a commercial RV storage facility in Beaumont, California for 2 months, Nov and December, and drove back to Oregon for the holidays. We didn’t want to take the motorhome back and forth across the Siskyous during the winter months. The storage lot offers some of their sites with 20 Amp electrical service (at an additional price). Apparently the lot has GFIs on their system, (one GFI in series for several pedistals). There is no one that monitors them and if you are away, its a invitation for disaster. Our coach is all electric, we wanted the power only for batteries and the refrigerator. Our electrical panel inside allowed us to use settings to minimize the draw. When we returned on 3 January, we found our batteries DEAD -DEAD. Starting batteries would not hold a charge and couldn’t be jumped – replacement cost of $149 each. House batteries currently being charged by shore power at a campground, but suspect they are toast, too. I can’t believe the storage lot.

2 years ago

“Peeping Tom”
While I agree, I like to see what other RVs look like when strolling by, AND agree that Mr. Olsen would have been better served closing his curtains, I don’t agree with your calling him out publicly. You are a journalist and (only my opinion) should take the high road. Dismiss troublemakers from the group if need be, but public shaming isn’t called for.

Hope I’m not in the wrong line.

Pat (@guest_108930)
2 years ago

While we don’t plug directly into a GFCI outlet, the circuit has one in our powder room. We have on occasion tripped that.

Jennifer Willner (@guest_108914)
2 years ago

That RC motorhome is about what I could afford in a Class A. Bought it! 🙂

Les Hall (@guest_108898)
2 years ago

Very interesting Reader Poll today about employment longevity with a single employer. I was immediately surprised by the polling, but then I got to thinking about the readership and it makes sense. It would be interesting to see this poll taken every year.

Thomas D (@guest_108876)
2 years ago

Since late 90’s early 2000’s by national code all outside receptacles,garages kitchen and baths must have gfci outlets. So you may have plugged into one and not even known. I made a LOT of service calls because people tripped gfci’s and didn’t realize they had them.

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_108945)
2 years ago
Reply to  Thomas D

OK. That would probably be me. Our porch outlet, and all the garage power is on the same circuit. 🙁

Jazzman (@guest_108858)
2 years ago

I can’t answer Mikes survey as I’m not entirely sure what a GFCI outlet is. As far as I know I have a GFCI outlet in my bathroom, but don’t think I’ve ever seen or plugged into a GFCI shore power outlet.

Jeb (@guest_108845)
2 years ago

One of your best jokes ever.

PennyPA (@guest_108815)
2 years ago

Love the Joke of the Day.

Jesse W Crouse (@guest_108811)
2 years ago

Are we talking about the remote to the wife or the TV?

Bob Bullock (@guest_108871)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

Wait….there’s a remote control for my wife???

BadWolfe (@guest_108884)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Bullock

(too funny)

Jennifer Willner (@guest_108916)
2 years ago
Reply to  BadWolfe

Men, us wives sometimes pretend that our spouses are TVs and we silently and in our minds, hit the Mute button. XOXOXO

Tom (@guest_108917)
2 years ago

Is that kind of like selective hearing that husband’s have?

John Crawford (@guest_109164)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I just take both of my hearing aids out.

BadWolfe (@guest_108925)
2 years ago

I tried to reply earlier but it appears the wife hit the “pause” button…..

Mike Albert (@guest_108920)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Bullock

If you find out, please contact me and also the instructions. Should come in handy!

Impavid (@guest_108946)
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Instructions will do no good as women keep changing the rules.

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