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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Issue 1532
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

“You become what you think about all day long.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bagel and Lox Day!

On this day in history: 1942 – Year-round daylight saving time (aka war time) is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

Tip of the Day

Top 5 essential items for every RV trip

By Mark PolkRV Education 101®
When you go camping there are nice-to-have-items and what I refer to as essential items. Here are my top 5 RV essential items you need when you arrive at your favorite camping destination.

See what Mark’s essential items are here, and see if they compare to the five items you consider essential for your RV travels.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Coach House Platinum 220 Motorhome. As he reports, “The ‘don’t like’ things are really minor compared to the ‘do like’ things in this RV, starting with what the company has staked their reputation on, the single-piece fiberglass shell for the camper itself. I can’t stress enough how great it is to not have multiple panels that rattle loose over time.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Northwood Arctic Fox 27-5L? 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. 9, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Norbert D. of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.

Why did GMC cancel its futuristic GMC motorhome?

General Motors shocked the world in the 1973 model year with the debut of the beautiful GMC motorhome. The 1973-1978 GMC motorhome was an engineering wonder that was decades ahead in styling and engineering to its closest competition. The recreational vehicle revolutionized the large RV market…. So why did GM cancel it? Watch this video for the answer.

Yesterday’s featured article: Your safety while boondocking – your responsibility

The carb-lover in your life NEEDS these! Is it possible that an accessory could make you hungry?? Yes.

Reader poll

Where do you mostly RV, east or west of the Mississippi?

Please tell us here.

He bought an RV with $20,000 worth of damage. Here’s his warning to you…

Quick Tip

Do your fridge door gaskets need replacing?

RV refrigerator doors need to seal firmly to keep the cold in. Close a sheet of paper (or a dollar bill) in the door, trapping it between the door and the seal. Now pull the paper out. If it comes out easily, the door gaskets may be dried out. Get replacement seals from the manufacturer — they’re not difficult to replace. Some slide into a groove, others are held with screws, still others glue in place.

Get rid of those decal “ghosts!”
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spotsLearn more or order here.

Website of the day

100 winter casserole recipes
Is there anything better than a casserole in the wintertime? Put on a bib because you’re going to be drooling after looking through these delicious 100 casserole recipes from Taste of Home.

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:

• 26 percent say they don’t mind driving on dirt roads and will drive on them however many miles it takes to find a good place to camp
• 34 percent have moved from their campsite to another because of a bad neighbor
• 72 percent prefer to sleep in a dark room without any light


Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third. (We like this piece of trivia! Pass that chocolate, please!)

*What is the fear of Anatidaephobia? There’s no way in a million years you’d guess. Read yesterday’s trivia to find out. 

Camco Vent InsulatorCamco vent insulator keeps you cool…or warm!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our greyhound, Aria, gets excited when we start packing to go camping. She knows what’s up. No sneaking around about it.” —Travis Mathna

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

Reader Bradford Geer sent us this photo and wrote, “OK, Mabel, I’m ready to hook up the travel trailer. Let’s go campin’!!” Ha! Thanks for sending, Bradford.

Have a funny photo? Send it to us here.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up 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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Larry Dill (@guest_114454)
2 years ago

Hi all,
The tip about changing your frig gasket, try this first, as said by Leon from National Refrigeration in Shipshewana,IN; try using a hair dryer on it all around, it may expand it a little to be able to seal better, when you close, if not then it would be better to replace…

Mary Hazel (@guest_114418)
2 years ago

Re: the truck full of wood…gotta be a Toyota!!! (Or, wishes it was more accurately) Written by an old toyota truck lover. ’84 Toyota Dolphin and ’91 xcab 4wd toyota truck!

Ron Lane (@guest_114426)
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

We have an 86 SR5 4×4 EFI ExtraCab that we bought new. Used it as a toad for about six years and now have about 250,000 miles on it and it still purrs like a kitten. We did kinda refurbish it a few years back….fresh paint, carpet, seat covers, Bed Rug. We are constantly being asked “how much do you want for it”? We drive it daily.

Skip (@guest_114431)
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

Ya right. Looks like a Chevy to me. Toyota, the wood pile would have invaded the whole truck.

Mary Hazel (@guest_114451)
2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

I know, was a joke. I’d never do that to my toy, it would just go flat!

Gary Mayberry (@guest_114467)
2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

You are so right! Either a “73 to “87 Chevy or GMC, can’t tell from this view though.

John Macatee (@guest_114432)
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

Nope, its a Chevy.

Mary Hazel (@guest_114450)
2 years ago
Reply to  John Macatee

I know, was trying to be funny. Toyota humor😍.

Pat (@guest_114407)
2 years ago

Your photo of Aria is beautiful. Sighthounds remain my favorite breeds although we now share our lives with a PBGV. I owned a ReGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets) Greyhound for many years, he died at 16. We had IWs for over 20 years and an Afghan Hound. I can’t imagine traveling with a large dog but I definitely would not like to travel with no dog at all!

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_114406)
2 years ago

Did anyone ever figure out what went wrong with yesterday’s poll?

Michael Roach (@guest_114410)
2 years ago

It appears to have been run by a government agency, just sayin’

John Macatee (@guest_114433)
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Roach

Yep, Dominion infiltration

Gary Mayberry (@guest_114468)
2 years ago
Reply to  John Macatee

I’ll bet you’re right!

Sink Jaxon (@guest_114422)
2 years ago

RVTravel reported gremlins…but it’s up and you can go vote on it now.

RV Staff
2 years ago

Yep, gremlins. But it was fixed yesterday morning. Sorry for the inconvenience, Edward. 🙂 —Diane at

Pat (@guest_114404)
2 years ago

Another caption for your photo of a truck loaded with split logs, “Honey, our log cabin kit from IKEA just arrived!”

Sink Jaxon (@guest_114421)
2 years ago
Reply to  Pat

DOH! 😯

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_114428)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Good one!!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_114436)
2 years ago
Reply to  Pat


Montgomery Bonner (@guest_114399)
2 years ago

Current studies estimate that currently, the energy use going to and using DST is about 5% more than the average if we do NOT change the clocks. The worse statics say, more heart attacks for the first few weeks, and more car accidents, more so in the “ahead” jump because of loss of sleep. Go one way or the other, then stop changing the clocks, it’s a PIA.

Joe Allen (@guest_114408)
2 years ago

Agree, this is an outdated way over time to remove system!

volnavy007 (@guest_114396)
2 years ago

The Thought: “You become what you think about all day long.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

When Admiral Crowe, the late and former Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy, he referenced this quote. Paraphrasing what he said: I thought about that and determined that if that were true, when I was 16 I would have been a girl. 😉

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_114405)
2 years ago
Reply to  volnavy007

Sounds about right!

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  volnavy007

😆 —Diane at

Wolfe (@guest_114584)
2 years ago
Reply to  volnavy007

That’s the more polite version of the anatomy I was thinking… 😀

Tom (@guest_114388)
2 years ago

The GMC Motorhome was way ahead of the stick built RV’s of that era. 12,600 + were built,
the GMC crowd knows the whereabouts of 9,000,by actual VIN. Of the number, approximately 6,000 are either on the road or getting that way. Massive dedicated owner’s groups. Being GM underneath the pretty body, parts are at your local auto store, or, at worst, a few days away.
Disclaimer: I have owned 2. Miss the simple utility of the design.

Joe Allen (@guest_114409)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I remember when these were debuted at our local Olds dealer in Ft. Lauderdale, FL back in ’63. When we lived in Okeechobee, FL, there is a RV restorer there that does the GM motorhome. Some are really extensive and stylish to be in. Just wish they made a longer version. However, some did stretch their units out with moderate success, but look like an elongated hot dog! Bean counters, what a waste!

Gary (@guest_114441)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I was thinking that these might be a candidate for conversion to a used Tesla drive up front.
Put the batteries under the floor. Might not have great range but could be a nice weekender.

Les Hall (@guest_114447)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Just north of Reno on 395 there are at least 20 of these GMC motorhomes parked in a storage lot. Not sure what’s going on with them…

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