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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Issue 1518
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

“In the end you can’t always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go.” ―Ally Condie

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

On this day in history: 1929 – The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.

Tip of the Day

Create a cozy “entryway” by transforming your RV’s dash

By Kate Doherty
Do you have that special picture or piece of art that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere in your RV, but you want it anyway? What if you transformed your dashboard into an inviting entryway? That’s what I did. 

I chose not to part with an original art piece after selling our house. It was the perfect size for the front against the backdrop of the windshield, but too large to sit on a stand. Letting the picture lean against the curtains wouldn’t work. Then the idea struck: Why not turn our dash area into an entryway? Continue reading

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Keystone Cougar 26RBS Travel Trailer. He writes, “[T]his RV does have a lot of features that make it a solid choice as a couple’s camper.” See what those features are here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Winnebago Revel 44E 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. 20, 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.

Fire department trains for RV emergencies

This video from a fire department training exercise in Genesee County, Michigan, is interesting because it raises a point that most RVers never think of: How emergency medical or other personnel would act if summoned to an RV when their help was urgently needed. Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Look up – There could be a missile up there!

Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.

Reader poll

What kind of pants do you wear the most?

Tell us here.

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

Two easier ways to install RV tire covers

Tired of fussing with his Camco tire covers, Alan F. got a chunk of 1/4″ lumber, three feet long and an inch wide. At the end of this stick he put a piece of Velcro that will stick to the Velcro on the tire cover. Now he kneels on a carpet scrap, sticks the “push stick” to the tire cover strap, and guides it easily around the back side of the tire to where he can reach it simply from the other side. No more tire hugging! Thanks, Alan!

Some tire covers have elastic bands with a loop at one end that fastens over a ball at the other. I’ve been using my awning pull-down rod to reach back behind the tire, slip the hook of the rod into the loop of elastic and bring it toward me. I can then easily slip the loop over the ball and the cover is secured. Thanks to Tim S.!

We thought this was a little ridiculous at first, but after thinking about it… this might be brilliant for walking the dog or hiking! Check it out.

Website of the day

Pointer Pointer
It’s a good thing we don’t call this section “Useful website of the day.” We usually try and make these websites useful to you, though. But this one, well, we couldn’t resist. Move your mouse cursor around the screen and a photo of a person pointing to that exact spot appears. It’s best if you just try it to see what we mean…

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Video: Scary! Tropical storm nearly sends RVs parked on beach out to sea!
• Is it a cottage or a camper? It’s both, and it’s real cute
• Basement storage disorganized? Fix it!


Smokers are most likely to think about quitting smoking on Mondays. That info comes from Google, who says search terms for “how to stop smoking” are up 25 percent on Mondays. About 70 percent of U.S. smokers say they want, or are trying, to quit.

*How many miles of blood vessels are in the adult human body?
A.) 2,500
B.) 46,000
C.) 100,000
The answer is in yesterday’s trivia.

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This newly 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.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our traveling companions and lovable miscreants, Spot and Sam.” —Craig Phillips

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

Today’s work from home tip: Blowing on the wine in your mug will help convince your Zoom meeting that your tea is hot.

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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Laura (@guest_111786)
2 years ago

I use the crank for my stabilizers to pull the loop back to loop over the ball on my tire covers.

cee (@guest_111773)
2 years ago

Mystery Product of the Day…. Halarious

Sam and Spot…. Adorable

Sink Jaxon (@guest_111766)
2 years ago

RE; Mystery Product of the Day…yes ridiculous. Website of the Day…very funny! laughed and laughed! Thank you!

John Crawford (@guest_111860)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I can already hear the remarks while walking around the rv park.

Thomas D (@guest_111757)
2 years ago

WhaT the heck are you talking about? Then I realized they meant TIRE COVERS,not wheel covers. Those in my day were called Hub Caps.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Thanks, Thomas! The tip has been fixed. Have a great day! 🙂 —Diane at

PennyPA (@guest_111751)
2 years ago

Get this now and we’re totally like the chinese. First the masks and now the big, wide hats. Aren’t we Americans anymore with our own ways?

cee (@guest_111771)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Wow! Appalling PennyPA

Bill Coady (@guest_111779)
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

Cee, I agree with you. The Mystery Product feature is an entertaining part of the newsletter but evidently today’s product must feel threatening to some but fortunately not all the readers. I like the “lift and thrust” observation also. Cheers!

Paul Cecil (@guest_111776)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

PennyPA… that is not a “Chinese hat”. It is an umbrella hat. And you would not catch me wearing something like that.

Tom (@guest_111859)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

I thought it’s worn because it shields the brain from mind control, and mind reading. Although with some don’t need to read their mind, can hear it in their words.

WEB (@guest_111983)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Yeah, you should embrace American inventions like the fountain pen, horseshoes, radiation detectors, peanut butter or the pencil sharpener. Oh, but these might be African-American…. is that still OK?

Linda (@guest_111750)
2 years ago

Laughed out loud on the Leave Here with a Laugh! That’s a good one!

Kate (@guest_111743)
2 years ago

Re: Mystery Product… “When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly.”

Roger V (@guest_111741)
2 years ago

That website of the day is so silly it’s funny! Thanks for the laugh! As for those worried about the programmer spending his valuable time setting it up, don’t. It’s not hard. I worry more about folks who just have to criticize even the smallest things instead of enjoying a little levity.

John Bilby (@guest_111738)
2 years ago

There is a hub cap removal tool. That’s what I use. Very easy. You can get at most any part stores and Amazon.

Jeb (@guest_111729)
2 years ago

Product of the day, should have stayed with your initial impression and not thought about it.😁

Last edited 2 years ago by Jeb
Lindy Maynes-Kolthoff (@guest_111711)
2 years ago

The entry décor idea is brilliant and beautiful!

Chic Sanders (@guest_111705)
2 years ago

Website of the day, Pointer Pointer
You absolutely should have resisted! Ican never get that minute back.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_111699)
2 years ago


Looks like something you’d wear working in a rice field in China.

Julie (@guest_111692)
2 years ago

Kinda have to wonder if today’s website of the day was the result of a COVID quarantine situation. That’s the only way I can fathom someone actually spending time to create something so utterly useless. 😉

Tom (@guest_111691)
2 years ago

I just put the tire covers over the wheel without hooking them down. Have not even had one removed by Mother Nature with two hurricanes last year.

Ronnie (@guest_113223)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I do exactly the same and they’re not that hard to put on and remove

Jim Knoch (@guest_111676)
2 years ago

Hey, your morning email is referencing January 19 edition 1517. I just reset the url to rvt1518 and was able to read this morning’s edition.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Knoch

Hi, Jim. I just clicked on the email alert that I received this morning and it went to today’s issue. Maybe you clicked on the wrong email? Don’t scare me like that! I proof the email alerts and was afraid I missed something! Have a great day! 🙂 —Diane at

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