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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Issue 1513
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

“No life is a waste,” the Blue Man said. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we’re alone.” ―Mitch Albom

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rubber Ducky Day!

On this day in history: 1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place: a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Tip of the Day

What to do about squeaky slideouts

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A squeaky slideout can drive any RVer to distraction. There’s just something jarring to the nerves about this noise. Perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits us when fingernails are drawn across a chalkboard. What’s to be done to exorcise those squeaks? Find out here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Coachmen Freelander 21RS. Tony looks at the advantages of a Class C over a class B. See what he thinks

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Northern Lite 8-11 Limited Edition Truck Camper? 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. 13, 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.

RV inspectors: Not all created equal

When buying an RV, whether used or brand-new, it’s important to have it inspected by an independent third party. … So-called RV inspectors – people trained specifically to inspect RVs for buyers – are a relatively new thing, created out of the need for such a service. Alan Warren, of the syndicated radio program “The RV Show USA,” suggests in a recent monologue that people who call themselves “RV inspectors” do not have equal skills. Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Why NOT to travel with your propane tank on

You have got to be kidding! But, it’s true – give your dog or cat its own RV. We are not kidding! Who dreams things like this up?

Reader poll

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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

Money-saving sound sleep advice

“If you don’t want to spend $1000 or more on a custom-size RV mattress, you can get a name-brand quality queen size memory foam mattress online delivered for a little over $200. Open the cover fabric at what will be the head, cut it to RV length using your Thanksgiving electric carving knife, and reclose the cover. Re-cover the extra foam that you cut off to make an ultra-comfortable headboard/reading bolster! We got our 10-inch gel-foam queen from but other places have sales too. It arrives vacuum packed, like we do to our sleeping bags, easy to place into the RV before expanding. Nice bonus: Just like the wineglass commercials, movement from wind and from other people moving around the RV are completely absorbed by the foam.” Thanks to Wolfe Rose for the firm suggestion.

ABC's of RVingBy RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!

If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by editor Chuck Woodbury should be a must read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both a Kindle version and printed edition.

Website of the day

We’re sorry in advance if you now spend your entire day looking at puppies… With the tap of your space bar, this website shows you hundreds (thousands? Who knows!?) of short videos of dogs, puppies, and the occasional cat or two. [If you have something you should be doing, don’t even get started. … And don’t say you weren’t warned. —Diane]

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Would you pay $800,000 for a site in this luxury RV resort?
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• Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly


Is summer your favorite season? If so, you might want to start designing a colony on the planet Uranus. The summer there is 42 years long!

*What’s one thing Elvis couldn’t do? We told you this surprising fact yesterday.

Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Hi. My name is Buster. I am 14 years old and I weigh 22 lbs. I’m just a big kitty. My vet said he never saw a kitty with a head as big as mine. I’m a rescue. Barry and Sherry rescued me from a shelter that they were volunteers at. My previous owner became ill and could not care for me; at that time I was 10 years old. I love to eat! Love to travel. I have a great home and love my mom and dad! Oh, I have a sister too. Her name is Zena, she is 7 and also a rescue. We are friends.” —Barry & Sherry Monberger

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

I was watching a movie with my husband the other night on our couch. I hear my phone start buzzing and realize I left it in the kitchen. Ugh! I get up to go to the kitchen to see who could be texting me so late. It must be important. I pick up my phone and on the screen is a text from my husband that says, “Please bring the chips on your way back.”

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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

OK Diane I guess you warned me but it took four hours to read the newsletter today. Couldn’t turn off the Open Puppies website,

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

😆 —Diane at

2 years ago

Awesome story about BUSTER & his family, how nice!

Barry Monberger
2 years ago

Thank you, Buster is a great traveler. He is such a Great guy.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

Re; Trivia…Also about Elvis, he never wrote a song (yeah he changed some words to some songs) and he could barely play the guitar! It was more of a prop than anything else. And they called him the “King of Rock and Roll”. That honor SHOULD have gone to Chuck Berry, who wrote, sang, was a guitar playing innovator and one helluva performer!

Lester Hollins
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Roy Orbison was also a prolific song writer and guitar the end it comes down to marketing.

Jeff Craig
2 years ago
Reply to  Lester Hollins

I think you just described modern life with that last sentence, Lester!

Diane Mc
2 years ago

My heart dropped when I saw Buster, as did my husband’s, when I showed him Buster’s picture. Our kitty, Bones, who left us several years ago could be Buster’s twin. And we even have a picture of him with a Santa hat. 😢

Barry Monberger
2 years ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Thank you.

2 years ago

We purchased foam mattresses from Ikea. Used clamped boards as guides when cutting with electric knife. Also ordered very dense foam, cut to order, from “” about 2″ thick to take the edge off the plywood sleeping platform. Works well.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

We bought a queen-size Tempurpedic for our RV. We didn’t want to cut it down. It hangs (figuratively) over the platform a few inches but that’s not a huge problem. We’re tall and wanted the extra length a full-size queen would give us.

Mike Albert
2 years ago

What about the dip. Oh, don’t forget the bandages!

Gary Broughton
2 years ago

Had friends who had a place like this in Ft. Myers for their winters. Very nice and expensive but they had monies they worked for.

robert wood
2 years ago

Buster is beautiful.

Barry Monberger
2 years ago
Reply to  robert wood

Thank you.