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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 21, 2021

Issue 1519
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

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ―Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Granola Bar Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

Tip of the Day

Quick way to verify a campsite length

By Dave Helgeson
Do you camp often in public campgrounds? Maybe you find the maximum length restrictions listed in campground directories unreliable? Do you wish there was a way to visit the campground to determine the length and width of the typical campsite before you spend time and energy to drive the RV there?

Well, there is a way to look at campgrounds to verify a campsite length: It’s called Google Earth and you can download it on your computer or mobile device for free. 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 Thor Magnitude RB34 Class C. Tony writes, “Based on the Ford F-550 platform, the Thor Magnitude features four-wheel drive, a 6.7-liter diesel engine and some capability to find adventure.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Cougar 26RBS 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. 21, 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.

Video: Figure 8 travel trailer races are hilarious!

Get ready to laugh as you sit in the grandstands and watch race cars towing travel trailers compete on a Figure 8 racecourse. This is great fun! Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Fire department trains for RV emergencies

What’s the secret? How do couples have such a happy marriage in such a small space? Here are 7 tips for keeping a happy marriage while RVing.

Reader poll

Should the USA do away with dollar bills in favor of dollar coins (like in Canada)?

Think about it, then tell us what you think here.

Quick Tip

Add filters to some heater vents to even out the heat and keep stuff out

Brooker S. has this tip about RV heater floor vents. He observes that since RV heating systems aren’t balanced like home systems, he adds filters to the vents in the lower area of his fifth wheel, which helps push warm air up to the higher level. “Has worked well for me for years, and you get the benefit of stopping things from dropping down through the heater duct, as most dirt sits on top of the filter and gets vacuumed up.” Thanks, Brooker!

Website of the day

You could spend hours drooling over all the things on Apartment Therapy. The section we’ve linked to here, though, is for small-space living where you’ll probably still spend hours drooling… Anyway, there are some great tips in here for small space organization, design, etc. Check it out!

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:

• 7 percent have been denied service on an RV older than 10 years
• 33 percent traveled 300 miles or more to buy their current RV
• 91 percent will always bend over to pick up a dime

Recent poll: Do you ever feel lonely?

Say goodbye to goop!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.


The average American throws away 7.1 pounds of trash each day. That equals about 102 tons in a lifetime.

*Smokers are most likely to stop smoking on what day of the week? And how do we know the answer? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“It’s Kiki’s RV!” —Linda Mac

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.

This is cluckin’ amazing! If you walked around the RV park with this you’d definitely be the coolest chick around. See it here.

Leave here with a laugh

I was sitting beside my husband on the couch when I said, “I love you.” He said, “Wow, is that you or the wine talking?” I responded, “It’s me… talking to the wine.”

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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Skip (@guest_111911)
2 years ago

The coinage question is great. While stationed in Europe I travel 37 countries I ended up with 87 pounds of change on my return back to the states. Then off to Australia and through the south Pacific returning home with 34 pounds of change. It just collected. But try taking to a bank to exchange. They want nothing to do with coinage. Over time I gave it to people traveling keeping some. Had it been paper I could have exchanged it. The Australian paper money is nice and stout. {bleeped} I still have a jar of 1/2 pennies great for a blunder bust.

Betty Danet (@guest_111873)
2 years ago

Kiki has ATTITUDE! Love it!

Sink Jaxon (@guest_111848)
2 years ago

Figure 8 TT races…too cool!

Bob P (@guest_111837)
2 years ago

On quick tip about putting filters in your heat registers you must be careful not to restrict air flow creating an overheating situation in the furnace. As far as the heat transfer to the upper level, we always had to lower the thermostat because heat naturally rises and if it was comfortable in the main living area it was to warm in the bedroom.

Michael (@guest_111838)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Actually, heat travels equally in all directions, like in an infrared heater. Hot air like from a furnace rises.

Tom (@guest_111820)
2 years ago

I do know the dimensions of my coach. Being only 28’8″ bumper to bumper really helps in the older smaller State parks in Florida.

Donald N Wright (@guest_111797)
2 years ago

How many of us carry tape measures? Height, width and length are difficult to estimate. Some folks use a fishermans ruler, Others repeat what someone else told them. RV manufacturers provide the weight of the empty shell, but forget the A/C or the refrigerator.
Think of clothing, do you know your measurement size? Some campsite were designed for a popup trailer when the campground was built. Good luck getting your rig in there !

Rick (@guest_111809)
2 years ago

Yep, camping can be a challenge, as can life in general. Some people don’t “measure up”. 😉

John Macatee (@guest_111822)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

I’ll weigh in on this, camping can be challenging but the benefits are immeasurable, the experience incalculable, the joy brought to new heights!

Last edited 2 years ago by John Macatee

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