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RV Daily Tips. Monday, February 1, 2021

Issue 1526
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’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’” ―Louis C.K.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Serpent Day! It is also the start of Black History Month!

On this day in history: 1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Can I use bleach to clean my RV? Here are some tips…

By Kate Doherty
Your RV has been in storage or dormant for a few months. You caught a stale mildew smell upon entering. You’re surprised and follow your nose noting odor in and around the kitchen and bath area. That forgotten dish towel or sink sponge, soiled clothes or moist towels left behind, and the shower or toilet area. Not uncommon, especially if your RV has been in a humid climate, regardless of temperature. Musty, mildewy odor can develop quickly. What comes to mind? A deep clean with chlorine bleach. Continue reading and learn Kate’s tips

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Fleetwood Bounder 33C Anniversary Edition. Tony says, “I had to check out their ’35th Anniversary Edition’ – a special version of the Bounder line that comes with a bunch of upgrades including specially themed pillows and stitching on the seats, a Garmin collision mitigation system, 265 watts of solar panels and a power cord reel, among other things.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
KZ Escape E20 Hatch Travel Trailer
Lazy Daze Class C Motorhomes

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, February 1, 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.

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.


Livestream event on Lithium battery charging, and much more

Sign up on YouTube now by clicking here for Mike Sokol’s live streaming event tomorrow night, 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.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Switching/lifting batteries, saving your back

Dear Mike,
I’ve been wresting my RV batteries around and wonder if there’s a better way to lift them. They certainly are heavy! —Eugene

Mike explains the proper (i.e., safe) procedure for switching batteries here. He also tells you about a handy, inexpensive gizmo for saving your back (and maybe your fingers) in the process.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

If we had to eat this, we’d probably throw up. Could you do it? Click here.

RV renovation tips to get you started

Man, are some RVs ugly! You know the ones we’re talking about. You walk in and you walk right out. Or you click on the RV Trader post and you quickly hit the X button. But lucky for us ugly-RV owners, we now have the big ole World Wide Web to help us transform an old RV into a new space. Here are some great tips from RVer Liz Wilcox to consider before you get started.

Reader poll

Would you call yourself more of a “joiner” or a “loner”?

Come on over and tell us here.

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall, and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones, and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Bake without a traditional oven

Laura M. writes: We opted out of having an oven in our second RV but here’s a great alternative. It’s called the Omnia Stove Top Oven. It sits on the top of any gas, alcohol or electric stove, or electric hotplate. It works incredibly well – our friends introduced us to it with offerings like apple strudel and canned biscuits. Here’s a link to the Omnia oven and several others like it on Amazon. Thanks, Laura!

Website of the day

CDC – V-safe After Vaccine Health Checker
After you get your first COVID-19 vaccine dose, sign up here on V-safe and receive personalized health check-ins. They’ll make sure you’re doing okay!

silicon tape to fix leaksTape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Ten most popular vehicles towed behind motorhomes
• Trailer hitch fail! Check this photo, then weep
• Oh, DEER! This highway disaster is WILD!


If you’re heading to Las Vegas, how much will you spend on gambling? The average visitor to Sin City gambles about $447.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My dog, Khaleesi’s, first Florida vacation.” —LuAnn Graf

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.

AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.

Leave here with a laugh

An 8-year-old girl went to work with her father on “Take your child to work day.” As they were walking around the office the girl started crying. Her father asked what was wrong. As the staff gathered around, trying to comfort her, she sobbed, “Daddy, you said you work with a bunch of clowns! I wanted to see them!”

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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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Judy S
2 years ago

The questions and reviews for the mystery product are as funny as the product itself.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Jerky sounds ok. I eat spam, and mountain oysters. I will share them with Scout friends.

RV Staff
2 years ago

Hi, Donald. As for myself, Spam is OK (fried crispy). The others, uhhh, no thank you. 😯 Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane at

2 years ago

As a Scout Master I supervised many scouts making plenty of cakes, pies, cookies and many other items in a cardboard box oven. Google it

Bob Palin
2 years ago

You might want to reconsider quoting Louis C K on his thoughts about boredom given his solution…

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

HA! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

2 years ago

WooHoo. Earthworm Jerky!! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Barry T
2 years ago

I’ve prided myself in willing to sample most anything edible. However, I will definitely pass on the earth worm jerky!!!!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
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2 years ago
Reply to  Barry T

Don’t knock it. You should try it.

Ron T.
2 years ago

Had to chuckle at the mystery product. I’d probably try it just to say I did but, did you catch the per ounce price? Also noticed the python version and the logo shows a gator which I’ve had several times.

2 years ago

Did you notice that if you order the mystery product now, it will arrive by VD Day ? Wow, what a treat that will be for my DW !!!

2 years ago

How many could read “This day in History” without singing at least in their head some of the lyrics?

2 years ago

I’m not sure where I heard this:

If you are bored, it’s because you are boring.

2 years ago

The silicon tape is great stuff. Used it to seal a very stubborn leak. Excellent for sealing electrical wiring.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Yeah I bought a roll to check it out. Then I remembered I needed some ShureTape stucco tape and added that to the cart. Then I remembered I needed Gorilla Tape, but came across a roll of T Rex tape instead and thought, hmm…let’s try that! So I just bought $45 worth of tape! LOL! Is that what’s called OCD?

2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

don’t forget to get you some gaffer’s tape, and 8-track tape too.

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