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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 7, 2021


Issue 1509
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 must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.

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

On this day in history: 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.

Tip of the Day

RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump

RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump. Other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. Here are some ways to quiet that noisy water pump.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Four Wheel Campers Flatbed Camper. See how these RVs are designed for the adventurous who like to be off-grid. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the RKS Purpose Off-Road 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, Jan. 7, 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 this past week two readers claimed their $25 gift card: Karen K. of Richfield, MN, and Frank H. of California.

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.

Two NYC millennials see an RV up close and personal

If you want to see how RVing has changed, especially how the marketing of RVs to consumers has changed, and how the audience has responded, watch this episode from “The Ellen Show.” Two New York City millennials see an RV up close and personal. Watch their reactions, it’s pretty funny. Read more and watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to prevent being shocked while swimming

If one of these were put in front of you would you taste it? We would… but boy, would we be hesitant!

Reader poll

Did you camp with a tent before buying your first RV?

Think back then respond here.

Quick Tip

Storage racks and bags

The vinyl-clad wire racks and bins are great for storing towels and sheets since they provide for good air circulation. Stacked racks can be held with plastic electrical ties. For extra blankets, pillows, sweaters or any bulky items, use the plastic storage “bags” that have the vacuum attachment in them. Put your items inside the bag, seal it, hook up your vacuum cleaner hose and suck out the excess air. The bag and contents will seem to collapse to a fraction of the original size. They will expand just fine when you need them. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com. (From the editor: Here are some vacuum seal storage bags that come with a hand-pump. Talk about space-saving for the RV!)

Website of the day

International Space Station
Leave Earth for a few minutes and explore NASA’s fascinating International Space Station website. Learn about everything going on at the station, all of which is incredible when you think about how it’s floating in outer space!
Psst: You can actually see the ISS with your naked eyes. Learn how here

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This recently published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 74 percent have a current passport
• 11 percent plan a special drive or trip each year to view fall colors
• 44 percent watch the evening news on TV every night

Recent poll: Does your RV have at least one permanently mounted solar panel?

Stolen RVs: Help us find these RVs for their owners.


It is illegal to own a hamster in Hawaii. Why? The Hawaiian climate is similar to a hamsters’ natural desert habitat, and agricultural officials have expressed concern that if a hamster escapes or is released on one of the islands, it could establish wild colonies and damage crops and native plants.

*One in _____ Americans is from California.
A.) 3
B.) 8
C.) 16
We told you yesterday

 Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. Yes, it’s possible!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“6-year-old Chico the Chihuahua is excited about life in general. He loves our full-time RV life and everyone loves him!! He’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face who needs a little unconditional puppy love. He dances on his back feet for attention or to remind you it’s dinner time.” —Patricia Smith

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

A police officer is interviewing three police trainees. He shows all three a photo of a suspect and then hides it. He asks the first man, “This is your suspect, how will you recognize him?” The man says, “That’s easy! He only has one eye.” The officer says, “That’s because it’s his side profile!” He asks the second man, “This is your suspect, how will you recognize him?” The man says, “He only has one ear!” The police officer is annoyed, “What is wrong with you two? It’s his side profile!” Extremely frustrated, the officer asks the same question to the third man who responds, “The suspect wears contact lenses.” The officer is impressed! The suspect does, indeed, wear contacts! “Good work!” He replies, “How could you tell?” “Easy! He can’t wear regular glasses because he only has one eye and one ear!”

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com

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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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John Crawford
1 year ago

Best “leave with a laugh” in a long time.

Steve Mangrum
1 year ago

I could have done without the video excerpt from Ellen. Yes, I know, I can turn off the video and did about halfway through the segment. Totally unnecessary for this usually excellent newsletter.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Mangrum

Thanks, Steve. Some of our readers enjoyed it and some didn’t. We can’t please everyone all of the time, unfortunately. But we keep trying… 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Steve Mangrum
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I understand. I just miss the America I grew up in. It would be interesting to run one of your daily polls with the question, “How many enjoyed the video clip from ‘Ellen’? I have a feeling I know where the higher percentage would be.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Mangrum

Hi, Steve. To tell you the truth, I haven’t watched it. (Someone else put it in.) 😯 Have a great day, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

1 year ago

If you want a “quiet – quiet” water pump. it must be isolated from the structure. When mine failed – and it was mounted in the middle of the back compartment – impossible to get to and noisy – I decided it was time to replace, relocate and rebuild it. I moved it to the outer edge next to the water fill port. The mounting is a piece of old inner tube on the floor and a 3/4″ piece of plywood; cover the top of the plywood with inner tube rubber, mount the plywood to the floor then mount the pump, thru it’s rubber feet, to the plywood – totally isolated and Silent and accessible at last.

The drawback is as Irv said below – sometimes you need to know by sound if it running should you have air in the system or a drip etc. I have a lited switch on the range hood and in the bathroom pump switch.

PS: Being no possible way for me to get to the failed pump -I sent my 5 yr. old Great grandson into the compartment to retrieve it! Bingo!

1 year ago

re: quieting water pump
Mine is mounted on the floor of the trailer but there’s a thin sheet of plywood 1″ above it. The plywood is the floor of the under-sink cabinet. It acted as an amplifier for pump noise so I glued rubber shelf liner to the bottom of the plywood which helps.

You don’t want to completely eliminate the noise. Need to know if the pump is running too often or for too long. The fresh water tank may be low, or a running faucet, or leak.

Bob P
1 year ago

Laugh of the day best one in a while, must be from the younger generation.

Lisa Adcox
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

I had same thought about younger generation

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

…and your going to arm them, lol. Yes, concur with Bob P

1 year ago
Reply to  Gman

If you’re going to “arm” him, you might as well give him a prosthetic ear as well.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Totally agree. Laughed my butt off!