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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 28, 2021

Issue 1524
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

“I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.” ―Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day!

On this day in history: 1878 – Yale Daily News becomes the first independent daily college newspaper in the United States.

Tip of the Day

Maintain a safe water supply onboard your RV

By Bob Difley
Spend a lot of time on the road? Travel in sometimes “questionable” locations? Here are some measures that have kept my family free of typhoid, diarrhea, pathogenic microorganisms, intestinal parasites, etc., by keeping a safe water supply onboard our RV. As explorer Owen Lattimore noted while traversing the Silk Road in camel caravans, “Water alone, unboiled, is never drunk. There is a superstition that it causes blisters on the feet.” If you don’t want blisters on your feet, continue reading here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Livestream event on Lithium battery charging, and much more

Sign up on YouTube now by clicking here for Mike Sokol’s live streaming event next Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of RV battery chargers and power centers. Mike explains what they’ll discuss here. They’ll be taking live text questions from the audience.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Winnebago Voyage 3134RL Fifth Wheel. He writes, “To break into a crowded fifth wheel market, Winnebago took a number of steps to ensure that the Voyage line was competitive.” See what they did to stand above the rest here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Alliance Paradigm 365RD Fifth Wheel? 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. 28, 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.

This past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Grant C. of Tacoma, WA, Bob & Debby O. of Box Elder, AZ, and Tina S. of Titusville, PA.

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.

RVer wants buying advice. Isn’t it obvious this RV is bad news?

We came across this posting on the Facebook group Full Time RV Living. Why, we wondered, would someone even ask whether it was wise to buy this RV? And the RV dealer just passes off the damage as “common in most 5th wheels due to weakness and pressure/weight from the slide.” Of the nearly 500 comments on the post, about 95% said, “Don’t buy.” What do you think? Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Drive your car right into luxury motorhome’s rear garage

Stay free on private property across America
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Reader poll

Do you have more close friends today than 20 years ago?

Think about it, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Pilot light won’t ignite?

Gas appliance pilot refuses to light? Could be dust in your pilot assembly. “Canned air” is perfect for blasting those delicate parts. Don’t have a can on hand? A bendable drinking straw coupled with your own lung-power can suffice.

Website of the day

fiverr is pretty neat. If you’re in need of a freelancer (need a personal trainer? a photographer? a logo designer? a writer?), you can find them here. And, on the flip side, if you’re a freelancer, list yourself here and find work.

Eating a sandwich while taking a bath seems like a good idea. But that’s not quite the case here(This one, like yesterday’s product, made us laugh out loud!)

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:

• 19 percent say their RV has been in a service shop for electrical repairs within the last year or two
• 65 percent almost always or very often eat off paper plates while RVing
• 30 percent say their friends call them by a nickname, not by their given name

Recent poll: Did you use your RV more than two months in 2020?

Is it OK to drive with one flat dually tire? Find out here.


When your car breaks down, you might think there are only a few things that might be wrong with it, but did you know the average car has 30,000 parts? Good luck figuring out where that weird noise is coming from…

*What percentage of pilots admit to falling asleep while flying a plane? The answer might shock you… Yesterday’s trivia has the answer.

Windex WipesWhere have you been all my life?
A useful quick tip from electricity expert Mike Sokol! “I used to drag out a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean the inside of my windshield periodically, but unless I was home to think about and do the task right then, chances are I would forget about it until the next time I had to drive at night. My wife just gave me a pack of Windex Wipes for my truck, and now I can clean up the inside of my windshield any time it gets a film of streaky dust. Works great.” Buy them here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Elvis Piercely is the last of our three puppies and is an excellent traveler on our RV outings.” —Kathy Forsberg

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

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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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Matt Johnson (@guest_112778)
2 years ago

The thought of the day sounds like something out of the playbook for antifa or black lives matter

cee (@guest_112682)
2 years ago

Leave here with a laugh: Too funny!!

Brian Burry (@guest_112681)
2 years ago

Quote was underwhelming?,

Joe (@guest_112668)
2 years ago

Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Almost got me on the name. Please do not confuse this person with Muhammad Ali the boxer! As a young teen I grew up in a small town near Deer Lake Pennsylvania and had the pleasure of meeting Muhammad Ali many times. Many kids would visit his training site and after his workouts he would sit and talk to us like an uncle. I would never expect him to say something like the quote of the day.

Donald N Wright (@guest_112664)
2 years ago

Mystery product.? Does the scent stay with you later? Imagine the flies…

Engineer (@guest_112637)
2 years ago

Muhammad Ali Jinnah…..surely there are quotes that more than 1% of your readers could recognize who said it…strange

Leonard Rempel (@guest_112644)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Google. Need I say more?

Bob P (@guest_112654)
2 years ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

It must be true if it was on the internet!

Dane Smith (@guest_112645)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Sounded to me like his quote was everything I think is right or I will make it right. sheesh

Jeb (@guest_112647)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Make a decision and then make it right sounds like the theme for today’s revisionists.

Don Peterson (@guest_112632)
2 years ago

I usually find the Today’s Thought to be good advice. However today’s seems counterintuitive. If a decision is wrong, “making” it right doesn’t make it so. It just means you’ve pushed a square peg into a round hole. I’m not on board with this one.

Dane Smith (@guest_112646)
2 years ago
Reply to  Don Peterson

You nailed it. I had the same thought

CTK (@guest_112651)
2 years ago
Reply to  Don Peterson

I’m with you, Don. My first thought was it reflects the political philosophy of too many today where truth just does not matter anymore.

PennyPA (@guest_112678)
2 years ago
Reply to  Don Peterson

Me, too. Thought the Quote of the Day was not a good one to live by.

Jim G. (@guest_112694)
2 years ago
Reply to  Don Peterson

The philosophy of that really bad quote had me curious who this person is that I never heard of and I found this: “Mohammad Ali Jinnah continues to remain a controversial figure”.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim G.

He was the founder of Pakistan, and died in 1948. —Diane at

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_112700)
2 years ago
Reply to  Don Peterson

I agree with Don. This is not a quote that I would want to follow or encourage others to follow. When a decision is made that is not right, you don’t work to make that “un-right” decision right. You change your decision to one that IS right within the context you’re dealing with.

Really (@guest_112628)
2 years ago

Windex Wipes?????

Why would you spend nearly $12 on 28 wipes? When a Roll of Paper Towels and a 3-4 dollar bottle of Windex or other good glass cleaner would save some major bucks!

PLUS the fact, these things dry out very quickly if not properly sealed or placed in a Zip Lock bag once you open them!

Save your money!

Bob M (@guest_112634)
2 years ago
Reply to  Really

I find it hard to get my interior windshield clean with paper towels and spray on Windex. Bought the Windex wipes and they worked great. For safety sake, I rather buy these and not be blinded by the suns glare on dirty smeared windshield when driving.

Travis (@guest_112640)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob M

Use the blue colored automotive paper towels. You can find them in the auto section of any Walmart. They do cost more than cheap paper towels but still more cost effective. Also the window cleaners found in the auto section work much better as well. Here is links.

John Macatee (@guest_112653)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob M

I use old newspaper (Epoch Times) and windex .works great & a Good read to!

Snayte (@guest_112699)
2 years ago
Reply to  John Macatee

I use that paper to start fires.

Joe (@guest_112655)
2 years ago
Reply to  Really

Best window cleaner is ammonia and water in a spray bottle and wipe with news paper. A few ounces of ammonia in a spray bottle of water is all I ever use, cleans extremely well and no streaks! And the price only a few cents!

Tom Mason (@guest_112674)
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Be careful. I believe ammonia may ruin after market window tints

Gary (@guest_112684)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Mason

Ammonia is also bad for plastics like our vinyl covered dashboards. That ‘s why automotive glass cleaners like Stoners don’t have it.

William (@guest_112656)
2 years ago
Reply to  Really

I use one of my wife’s pivoting things on a handle; works great on inside windshield, with windex and a cleaning rag

Really (@guest_112659)
2 years ago
Reply to  William

Got one of those too. And they work great over and over again.

John C Jackson (@guest_112796)
2 years ago
Reply to  William

Picture of that pivoting thing Please!

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