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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Issue 1517
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

“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” ―Voltaire

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

On this day in history: 1953 – Almost 72 percent of all television sets in the United States are tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

Tip of the Day

Safety tips for driving directly into the sun

By Gail Marsh
The hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise – that’s the time of day when glare from the sun is at its absolute worst for drivers. The probability of a crash happening during this time of day jumps almost 20 percent, according to AAA. So what can you do? Is there any safe way to drive into the sun? 

Take note of the suggestions below. It will make driving a whole lot easier, and it may save someone’s life. Read them 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 Winnebago Revel 44E Class B. As he reports, “The Revel is not your ordinary RV by any means. Based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 chassis, this is a Class B van that also offers off-road prowess along with significant off-grid functionality.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Armadillo Backpack Travel 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. 19, 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.

Last week three readers claimed their $25 gift card: Dale D. of Omro, Wisconsin, Kimberly R. of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, and Larry B. of Oswego, New York.

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.

Look up – There could be a missile up there!

Cottonwood trees are rugged-looking, charming and (when they’re green) beautiful in all the ways that trees can be beautiful. But they have a dark side…. Veteran RVer Greg Illes relates a (true) story to tell around the campfire. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: The many brands of Good Sam head honcho Marcus Lemonis

Recap of RV-related recalls for the previous month.

Reader poll

Which of these pets do you own?

Give ’em a pet, then tell us here.

If you don’t know why catalytic converter thefts are on the rise, read this. It could save you from a real nightmare.

Quick Tip

Be cool and exercise (your generator)

Try using your coach air conditioners when driving rather than your engine (dash) air or, in a colder climate, run your heat pumps. While it is important to regularly use your engine air conditioner to keep the seals lubricated, using your coach air conditioners or heat pump will provide good climate control and it will force you to exercise the generator under load – easily accomplished when traveling. With the generator running, you will also be able to run the refrigerator on AC rather than LP. If you have a new RV, exercising (running under load) the generator is required to maintain the warranty. Thanks to Ron Jones at

Website of the day

This website is so fun! If you need a fun font for something, bookmark this! You can spruce up anything with a unique font.

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:

• 27 percent say their English skills are better than their math skills, while 22 percent say their math skills are better than their English skills. 44 percent say they’re about even.
• 52 percent do not believe Bigfoot (Sasquatch) exists
• 78 percent say they can pay their RV’s payments each month, no problem

Recent poll: How do you feel about the influx of new RVers?


If you had to guess, how many miles of blood vessels would you say are in an adult human body? The answer? 100,000. Wow!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My dog ‘Hobbes’ doing his backseat driving… We lost Hobbes last October. Sure do miss him telling me which way to go.” —Daryl Bortel

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.

How does a product like this get SO many good reviews? We don’t know, but now we’re tempted to try it… See what it is.

Leave here with a laugh

I was just on a website about diabetes and a pop-up appeared asking me if I accept cookies. C’mon… Is this a trick question?

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it 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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2 years ago

MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY Lawrys Microwave Pork Rind

Be aware that these are not only sensitive to microwave power but to altitude. At 1300′ they take 2.5 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave.

The best directions are their suggestion to not set the timer but to heat until the bag fully puffs up. At 2 minutes only two of them puffed. At 2.5 minutes only one didn’t puff at all and 4 only partially puffed. So maybe even a little longer.

Gary Mayberry
2 years ago

Is the car engine generator the right one to buy? I would rather invest in a gas powered generator ( $500.00 and up)than use my engine in my vehicle ($20,000.00 and UP). How much would it cost to replace/repair that? I purchased a 9,000/12,000 watt generator for less than $1,000 and it runs my whole house. It might be too late when your electric goes off to check on your vehicle engine. The damage may already be done. I also have a Honda 800 watt generator that would be close to what this one is being advertised at 1000 watts. No big stuff can be run with only 1000 watts! I’ll stick with 1 or 2 cylinders running than 4, 6, or 8 and I can also leave home with my vehicle and leave the electric on for them at home.

2 years ago

I’m willing to bet that Sasquatch does not believe in THEM either.

David F.
2 years ago

Great looking ‘Is this your RV!!!’

Ronnie and Lynda
1 year ago
Reply to  David F.

I saw them in Palm Springs a few years back. I believe they travel with a Smart Car sideways behind the rig. They have a nice “set up.”

Ron T.
2 years ago

You haven’t lived until you’ve had real pork rinds – i.e.- still warm bits of pork skin & bubbly fat you skim off while rendering lard after butchering a hog. So good but not so good for you.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ron T.

They have discovered the low-fat prescription was based on bad assumptions, and a reasonable amount of ‘good’ (non-processed) fats is fine for human beings. Those seeking to keep their carbs low and good fats high use these for snacks.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ron T.

Ron T, you are exactly right. Even those in the bags at stores are not at good, but they are light years ahead of microwave rinds. I tried them once, and that was beyond enough!

Christine Gray
2 years ago

My condolences on the loss of Hobbes. 😢

2 years ago

So: 48% of us actually believe that Bigfoot exists!? You have GOT to be kidding…

2 years ago
Reply to  Don

Wait until you see the numbers on angels.

John Crawford
2 years ago
Reply to  Marvin

There are good reasons to believe in angels.

2 years ago
Reply to  Don

Not surprising in today’s climate. Mirrors some other polls.

2 years ago
Reply to  Don

ummm, his name is Darryl

James A. Banks
2 years ago

The microwave pork rinds are great. I highly recommend them. I’ve been buying them for years. If you can handle the heat, the “hot” are delicious.

Bob P
2 years ago

The ad for car generator is very misleading, WHAT advertising that’s misleading, the pic shows it charging the batteries on an RV, and the first FAQ states it uses less gas than a subcompact car, I don’t know of any car made today that could tow a RV of that size, and they advertise running you car for 50-60 hours with this attached. Alternators are rated at so many amps but not at idle, idling your car for any long amount of time can cause damage. Personally I think I would buy a generator that is designed for the purpose. This would be a good project for Ask Mike.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Mike has already endorsed it. Check back issues.

Gary Mayberry
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Yea, Bob, I’m with you. Save my engine!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

I absolutely LOVE the Lowrey’s pork rinds! We’ve been buying these for years.
Pure ‘health food’ . . . [wink]

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Hobbes is a big, big dog.

Lisa Efaw
2 years ago

The microwave pork rinds are actually quite good, If you like pork rinds.

2 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Efaw

I’m sure they are good but they have maltodextrin and MSG. Not good.