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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Issue 1512
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

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” ―Ovid

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Curried Chicken Day! (How about making a recipe by our own Nanci Dixon, Spicy Chicken Curry Soup?)

On this day in history: 1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning. (Whew!)

Tip of the Day

Keep your water pressure under control

By Greg Illes
RV water systems are designed for modest water pressure. The typical built-in 12-volt pump produces a maximum of 45 or 55 psi, which is enough for a decent shower. But when you hook up to “city water” there are no guarantees.

I’ve been connected to water supplies as low as 18 psi (wow, does that take a LONG time to fill the fresh tank), and as high as 125 psi, which is enough to damage water system components. It’s always a Russian-roulette game, and it’s one you really don’t want to play. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Recap of RV-related recalls for the previous month.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Northern Lite 8-11 Limited Edition Truck Camper. He writes, “Overall, I’d say Northern Lite has a good product here that’s clearly the result of real people who actually use their products rather than some designer in a studio who’s never been camping. Those real people also have an appreciation for nice woods and useful features….” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Airstream Interstate 19 Class B? 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. 12, 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.

In the past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Frank H. of California, Clint G. of South Dakota, and Mark O. of Plainfield.

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.

Why NOT to travel with your propane tank on

From beneath his coach, certified RV technician and journalist Chris Dougherty shows you how a blown tire could ignite an RV’s propane if the propane tank is still turned on. How do you avoid this happening? Chris has the answer. Watch here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Pros and cons of joining Thousand Trails

Reader poll

Do you look your age?

Think about it (or ask someone nearby) and then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Find your brake control rocker switch by touch

Giving a little “tactile hint” to help keep eyes on the roadway, Tom W. writes: “I stuck a small piece of Velcro, hook side up, on my brake control rocker switch. This allows me to find the switch by feel without taking my eyes off the road on downhills and control stages on the Jake.” Thanks, Tom!

Website of the day

Where in the World
This Reddit feed shows you livestreams of people all over the world, most of them on walks or out exploring their town or neighborhood. You’ll get to see places all over the world!

Never RV alone… No, really, don’t do that… You’ll see what we mean by looking here.

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:

• 9 percent donate food to a food bank often
• 45 percent wash their bedding once a week or more
• 64 percent have broken at least one bone in their body

Recent poll: Would you buy an RV made in China if the quality was equal to one made in the USA, but priced significantly less? 


The legendary “King of Rock,” Elvis Presley, couldn’t read music. He also never took formal music lessons. He taught himself by ear.

*Which country has the lowest meat consumption per person in the world? Can you guess? Check yesterday’s trivia for the answer. 

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Fur babies wondering where Mom and Dad are.” —Sylvia Elders

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.

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Leave here with a laugh

Did you miss the laugh in Saturday’s newsletter? It was a hilarious (and disgusting!) scene from the movie “RV”. Check it out.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

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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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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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Tommy Molnar (@guest_110667)
2 years ago

Thank you all, who wished me well with my treatment at MD Anderson. Everything helps, believe me. 🙂

Larry (@guest_110684)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

David Bott (Outside Our Bubble) is staying there in his MH undergoing prostate treatment. He has a couple of videos discussing the hospital and accomnodations.

Drew (@guest_110626)
2 years ago

They should make different colors of Velcro so that you could put it on all the knobs on the dash.

BVH (@guest_110620)
2 years ago

Thanks to Diane at RV Travel staff for correcting an “unknown” subscription issue. Great Lady! Wish her well.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  BVH

Awwww, that’s sweet, BVH. Thank you. It was my pleasure. (Not sure about the “Great Lady” part. I’m much more of a Mountain Mama.) 😀 —Diane at

Tommy Molnar (@guest_110535)
2 years ago

I hope it’s ok for me to ask this, and if it’s not, Diane, just delete it.
Are there any other RV’ers staying down here in Houston in their RV’s while they go to MD Anderson?

Ran (@guest_110555)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’m not planning on being in Houston. However, who (or what) is MD Anderson?

Jim G. (@guest_110560)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – A very famous hospital.

Dale (@guest_110595)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim G.

hmmm never heard of it.

Jeb (@guest_110562)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

Cancer Center.

ken kronowitz (@guest_110616)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran


Alice (@guest_110638)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ran

A major Cancer Hospital – does great work!

Rick (@guest_110564)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

We are not staying there but had friends a few years back that stayed in their MH there while undergoing treatment. I believe the have spaces with hookups (at least electric) for those getting treatments there.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_110575)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

MD Anderson has no RV facilities themselves, but there are RV parks in the area that cater to hospital goers. The one we’re currently staying in (since mid-June!) subscribes to a shuttle service that takes me to Anderson on weekdays. We have to make our own way there on weekends. I was asking to see if any of the great RV’ers we’ve met here, also Anderson patients, were readers of “rvtravel”.

Craig (@guest_110582)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Unclear if the Houston MD Anderson hospital has RV capabilities, but the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ has a whole section on its west side where patients can reserve an RV spot while they are receiving treatments. During the 3+ years I received treatments there you could see the RV section from the windows in the third floor infusion department. The volume of RV’s ebbed and flowed from a few (1-2) to full up (about 8 spaces). The spaces allowed room for RV’s of most lengths, to park parallel to each other (no allowance for slides) and there was parking across from each space to accommodate a toad.

Gary (@guest_110583)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good luck and get well.

Martin A (@guest_110593)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy sorry your having to get cancer treatments, hopeful that they are going well for you, I have enjoyed many of your comments on this site.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

No problem, Tommy. If you haven’t already, and need more information than what our readers are offering in their replies to your comment, you might consider asking on our FB Group, RV Advice (which is for anything related to RVing): Good luck with your treatments! I’m expecting to read your comments on here for many years to come. Take care. Big hugs to you. 🙂 —Diane at

Mike Albert (@guest_110629)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Hi Tommy,
Don’t know about M.D. Anderson, but other hospitals offer RV spaces. If you call their patient information center or social worker. I’m sure they can answer your question or direct you to a nearby location.
I hope that your treatments are successful and wish you well and a speedy recovery. Now, more than ever before, stay safe and wash your hands.

Jesse W Crouse (@guest_110532)
2 years ago

Just a comment on the persistent ad for an add on bidet. If you run out of water or the dam thing breaks- better have a” square to spare” aka Elaine on Sienfeld, or a back-up roll.

Bob P (@guest_110548)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

I’m so old I can remember when computers came out how they were going to eliminate paper, well more paper is used now for back up when not if the computer crashes. It’ll be the same way with these bidets, when it crashes there’ll be many good face towels go in the trash. Then there’ll be a black market on toilet paper everybody is hoarding. That may explain why people were hoarding toilet paper, they’re waiting on the great bidet crash. Lol

Jeb (@guest_110563)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

Bought one. Works great but you still need tp to dry.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

Hi, Jesse. That’s one of the auto-inserted ads from Google, which we don’t have control over. I’ll have to admit that I’m tired of seeing it also. Just sayin’. 😯 —Diane at

Larry (@guest_110683)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane, is there some way to identify these Google adds?

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Hi, Larry. If you’re just talking about how can the readers tell if the ads are the auto-inserted AdSense ads from Google, yes, you can tell if you look closely. In the upper right hand corner there is a triangle pointing to the right and an X to the right of that. If you hover your cursor over the triangle, it says “AdChoices”. The AdSense ads are automatically inserted by Google, depending on what the reader has read or where they live or whatever. (“Big Brother” and all of that.) I think if something pops up for a reader that is offensive, for instance, if the reader can get the URL of the website and send it to us at, I think one of our IT folks can block them from showing up again. I don’t know all of the techy stuff, however. Have a great day, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at

Dr4Film (@guest_110522)
2 years ago

That is a great idea for the Tip of The Day if you have a true engine brake. For many of my Monaco friends who do they installed a momentary foot switch to activate the engine brake also. Foot down engine brake ON foot off engine brake OFF. On the other hand my coach only has an Exhaust Brake so that switch is on ALL the time, never turn it off.

Rick (@guest_110566)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

great Idea! We too had the exhaust brake that stayed on always unless we were on cruise control.

John Crawford (@guest_110609)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

I leave mine on even with cruse control on, is there a reason I shouldn’t?

Dr4Film (@guest_110648)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Fortunately my coach came with the “Latching” program already flashed into the ECM memory. That allows me to not have to monkey with the Exhaust Brake when using the Cruise Control. There was a guy named Homer that made a Brake Switch which allowed those coaches that came without the ability to leave the Exhaust Brake switch on all the time and still use the cruise control but I think he retired and is no longer selling those switches. I do have his wiring diagram if anyone is interested.

Tim Slack (@guest_110612)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Me too – on almost all the time. However, I don’t like when exhaust brake downshifts too low on fairly moderate grades & RPMs run up to redline. So I slow down somewhat, leave exhaust brake on, and engage cruise control. My speed stays stable but brake doesn’t engage; at bottom of grade, I can choose whether to leave cruise on or disengage.

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