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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Issue 1528
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

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” ―William Blake

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Carrot Cake Day!

On this day in history: 1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.

Tip of the Day

Hooking up a refilled LP cylinder? Check this out!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
If you own an RV and it’s not a motorhome, chances are close to 100 percent that you have portable LP containers that you remove to have filled. Those nifty little containers – properly called cylinders – are great. You don’t have to move the RV out of camp when you run out of LP, just haul them into town for a fill-up. But the hang-up can sometimes come when you go hook those cylinders back up to your rig – sometimes the gas just won’t flow. What’s the problem? Find out 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 Lance 2465 Travel Trailer. As he reports, “Lance bills this as their ultra-light flagship. That says a lot from a company that builds high-end trailers and truck campers to start with. I’ve yet to meet a Lance I didn’t like.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Safari Condo Alto F2414 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, Feb. 3, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tina S. of Titusville, PA, and Rodger H. of Prospect Heights, IL.

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.

Don’t make these mistakes at National Parks

With the explosion of RVing over the last decade, National Parks have never been more popular. With all those people getting back to nature, the National Parks are bound to see a few mistakes here and there. Here are some definite DO NOTS when you’re entering our National Park System. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to minimize “thermal checking” damage to your RV’s fiberglass

Save money with these reusable silicone bags
Never waste money on plastic bags again! This 4-pack of reusable silicone food bags have an airtight seal and are leak-proof, keeping food fresh for longer. Easily freeze the bags, and even run them through the dishwasher once you’re done using them. This plastic bag alternative won’t harm the environment, and instead provides a solution that you can wash, rinse, and reuse to your heart’s content! Learn more or order.

Reader poll

Do you know your credit score?

Think about it and respond 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

Extra safety when traveling

Concerned about safety when traveling – and who isn’t? If yes, consider adding a “peephole” viewer on your entry door. Even if your door has a “re-lite” glass in it, you can install the viewer to the side of or below the glass. Here are several types on Amazon.

Now THIS is one cool sweatshirt! Only problem is… it would always make us hungry!

Website of the day

The best U.S. tourism websites
This blog, Everyday Wanderer, has created a handy list of all the best tourism websites for each region in the U.S.

Here’s a master list of all the websites we’ve listed here. Check it out!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Deep cleaning your RV for a quick sale
• RV Tire Safety: More important info on trailer vs. truck tires
• Motorhome burns up. See the horrible results.


Medical errors are the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Wooooow.

*Every day, your heart creates enough energy to power a truck for ___ miles. We filled in that blank yesterday (and it’s an impressive number!). 

Grip TapeGrip to it!
This heavy-duty grip tape sticks to any surface and gives you traction on things like your RV steps, ladder or roof, and at home on your deck or in your basement, or even on your boat. It’s good stuff to keep around. You can find it for a good price (and in multiple size rolls) here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Frederick in our camper on a rainy day relaxing.” —Tracy Brassfield

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

A husband and wife got into a terrible argument. Not wanting to be home with her husband, the wife calls her mother and says, “We got into another fight. I’m coming to stay with you for a few days.” The mother responds, “No, darling. He must pay for his mistake! I’m coming to stay with YOU!”

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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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Richard Hughes (@guest_113506)
2 years ago

Today’s joke makes me wonder what I did that had my mother-in-law moving in 21 years ago. She is still here. The RV is the only respite.

Zephod (@guest_113501)
2 years ago

Also doctors are allowed to bury their mistakes.

Roger B (@guest_113574)
2 years ago
Reply to  Zephod

You have to wonder with the state of our news media what statistics can be believed.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_113483)
2 years ago

Most hospitals have really good doctors but even better defense attorneys

Today’s laugh fits under the category of cruel and unusual punishment

Irv (@guest_113462)
2 years ago

re: Medical errors

There’s “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

Treat sensational articles based on statistics (or polls) with the same skepticism as the daily horoscope in the newspaper.

Dan (@guest_113467)
2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

Are you implying that perhaps our journalism community is compromising its ethics in order sell advertising?
One of the reasons I read RVTravel is I dont see that sensationalism here. Just simple, informative, interesting and mostly upbeat articles. With a splash of humor thrown in for fun.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Thank you for your kind words, Dan. We appreciate them – and you! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at

WEB (@guest_113525)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Advertising? Where did you read that in Irv’s comment?
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” is the full quote, and a funny one at that.

Herb Zechman (@guest_113456)
2 years ago

Good refresher article on propane tanks! I’ve had two overfills in 20 years.

HT Morgan (@guest_113441)
2 years ago

According to the statistics are from 1999. “The most recent study in 2013 suggested the numbers range from 210,000 to 440,000 deaths per year. The latter number would make it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.[2] “
Even more scary 😳

Wayne Caldwell (@guest_113436)
2 years ago

“Doctor, how many of these open heart surgeries have you done?”
“Well, actually, this is my first time. But I did watch someone else a few times on YouTube do it. So we’re fine.”

Firefly (@guest_113449)
2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Too true. Alternatively,

… But I did read about it on Facebook.

Tony Grigg (@guest_113484)
2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

When my brother decided he wanted a vasectomy, he said he want a Dr. who was doing his 1000th such operation, not his 3rd.

It went well.

WEB (@guest_113519)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Someone had to be first… or third.

Bruce (@guest_113434)
2 years ago

Actually, according to Dr. Greger “Even using more conservative estimates of deaths due to medical errors, health care comes in as the real third-leading cause of death in America” (italics mine) (Greger, Michael, MD; Stone, Gene. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. Flatiron Books. Kindle, location 5846). That’s even scarier!

warmonk (@guest_113431)
2 years ago

Are you sure about medical errors being the 6th leading cause of death in the USA?

It doesn’t appear in the top ten list on the CDC website.

Eileen Brown (@guest_113447)
2 years ago
Reply to  warmonk

Agree: this one sentence statistic sent me researching! As an EMS Instructor, the stat didn’t ring true with the topics we teach. It appears there is a great deal of controversy about this. One site is here for discussion.

Chuck & co, may I suggest some context before dropping a bomb like this, especially in a time when some folks are leery of being vaccinated?

Last edited 2 years ago by Eileen Brown
WEB (@guest_113513)
2 years ago
Reply to  Eileen Brown

Stats are just that, stats, how each reads them….. You like to think by putting lipstick on a pig that changes it?
Why do you think doctors have “a practice”, they try to get it right. :-/

John Crawford (@guest_113536)
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

So that’s why they call them “Dr’s Practice and Law Practice”

Firefly (@guest_113455)
2 years ago
Reply to  warmonk

You are correct (and it is one of the CDC categories). It would be nice if the newsletter provided a cite to a source as the commenter above did (sort of). The thing about rankings is if you slice the other categories into sufficient detail, it is easy to make a single category stand out. That’s why it is much more informative to get frequencies in the population such as X% of deaths are due to medical errors.

Tim (@guest_113457)
2 years ago
Reply to  warmonk

That’s because the cause if death is almost never listed as ‘medical error’. The cause of death is listed as the result of the underlying condition that was misdiagnosed or the system that failed due to the mistake (kidney failure, blood loss etc).

There is a vested interest in under reporting or covering up mistakes. Legal liability of course.

Tom (@guest_113472)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Also, reporting more deaths as covid related to ad to the statistics. Even auto accident victims are listed as covid related if they had symptoms.

Roger Marble (@guest_113482)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Interesting. Can you cite the source of that information?

David C (@guest_113487)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

The governor of Colorado came on TV back in May (I think) and said that any death, however caused, must be reported to the CDC (per the CDC) as a COVID death, if that person had COVID. He was asking his medical people to do 2 reports, the actual cause and whether or not the person had COVID. He wanted to know the true numbers of COVID deaths.

I don’t know if he ever got his information or not.

WEB (@guest_113535)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Here ya go Roger.

Bd2 (@guest_113486)
2 years ago
Reply to  warmonk

Since the CDC is made up of Doctors could their filters for the ranking be bias ?? Just thinking out loud.

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