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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, February 4, 2021

Issue 1529
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

“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are Spring violets under the snow.”
R. H. Newell

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Homemade Soup Day!
Mmmm… French Onion Soup sounds good! So does Chicken and Wild Rice soup… And we can’t forget about this Spicy Chicken Curry Soup. OK, now we’re hungry…

On this day in history: 1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

Tip of the Day

Don’t let your RV fridge make you sick

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
As RVers, we come from all backgrounds and dispositions, but there’s something we all agree on: We like to eat. Reaching into the chilled recesses of my RV’s refrigerator and grabbing something cold to drink or snack on is something I really love about the lifestyle. Your kitchen is always there, but we don’t always think too much about RV fridge safety.

But hang on: “You don’t have to go to a restaurant or to a party to get sick,” said Chin-Fu Chen, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Tennessee. He found a variety of pathogens in a quarter of the refrigerators he inspected during a study. Vegetable bins were the most contaminated. 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 Springdale 1740RK Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This new floor plan packs a lot of punch in a small and very affordable box. Additionally, the smart touches here make this trailer a great package.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Lance 2465 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. 4, 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.

What happens when you tear off the black tank valve? Yuck!

Here’s an excerpt from Liz Wilcox’s book “Tales From the Black Tank: A Collection of Hilariously Crappy RV Stories.” You won’t believe what happened to her early one morning on the way to a video shoot. Have you had an experience this bad? Read more and leave your stinky stories in the comments below the post

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t make these mistakes at National Parks

Reader poll

How often do you watch TV?

Turn it off for a minute and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Extend the life of your awning

Awning stretched and sagging? You may be able to avoid the costly awning replacement with a less-expensive addition of a center rafter support from your RV dealer. (We also happen to like Carefree of Colorado’s rafters!).

Website of the day

The best campgrounds in the U.S.
There are tons of websites like this on the web, but we like that this one from The Dyrt lists a specific, beautiful campground in each state. Happy reserving!

Folks, THIS is what you call a brilliant product. If you don’t have a set of these, you’re going to want one (we do!).

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 5 percent say they never or hardly ever drink water and 18 percent say they drink only a glass or two a day (Reminder: Go drink a glass of water!)
• 11 percent do crossword puzzles often
• 29 percent believe that marijuana should be legalized in every U.S. state

Recent poll: How good are you at telling jokes?


If you don’t know someone’s address in Iceland, you are legally allowed to draw a map of the location on the envelope, and it will be delivered to that destination.

*Medical errors are the ____ leading cause of death in the U.S. Have a guess? Find out if you’re right in yesterday’s trivia.

Firearms laws guide updated for 2021

The 2021 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has just been published. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from last year. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is my Cooper and my teeny little one, Addison. They love to travel, especially Cooper. Cooper is a rare colored Yorkie, a “Parti Yorkie,” and the little one is a Morkie.” —Laurie Romano

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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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Jim Langley (@guest_113556)
2 years ago

Wonderful trivia today! I bet some of those hand drawn maps are beautiful.


PennyPA (@guest_113549)
2 years ago

I think you’ve had two Morkies on this week and I wonder what kind of a dog that is. I realize it’s a crossbreed but I can’t figure out what the two breeds are.

Linda (@guest_113551)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Maltese and Yorkie

cee (@guest_113570)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

A cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier

Claude Denton (@guest_113546)
2 years ago

George Washington first President? I found this on Google search. Very interesting….

George Washington was not the first president of the United States — it was John Hanson? (aol.com)

Engineer (@guest_113517)
2 years ago

Can’t believe you included black tank horror stories in your newsletter and think they are funny. Sad commentary about a segment of today’s society.

Tom (@guest_113521)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

But, there is a lesson in every horror story.

Impavid (@guest_113533)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

And nobody twisted your arm to read the story, Engineer. It is a lesson, be sure you know what’s around you when you’re moving your RV.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_113542)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

They ARE funny, Engineer. Haven’t you ever gathered together with other RV’ers to talk RV’ing – and the conversation always gets around to ‘Black Tank Stories”?

You probably wouldn’t enjoy listening to cops or firemen telling their ‘humorous’ stories either. Or truck drivers funny stories.

You’re probably a good guy, but you need to lighten up a bit.

DW/ND (@guest_113566)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Amen to that!

squeakytiki (@guest_113681)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Because everyone should think and do exactly like you, right?

People have been finding amusement in toilet humor for thousands of years. What’s wrong with you?

Robb Niebeling (@guest_113515)
2 years ago

LOVE Cooper and Addison! We also have a Parti Yorkie named George that loves to travel.

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