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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Issue 1533
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

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ―Samuel Beckett

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Umbrella Day!

On this day in history: 1940 – Cartoon characters Tom and Jerry make their debut with Puss Gets the Boot.

Join Mike Sokol from RVelectricity and Danny Rahner from SoftStartRV™ next Tuesday evening, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific), for Mike’s next “Ask The Expert” YouTube Live Webcast. Danny is SoftStartRV’s lead help desk installation expert. If you have any questions about how to hook up a SoftStartRV to any RV air conditioner, you’ll be able to text him questions in real time. Here’s a link to Mike’s announcement and the link to set a reminder. To learn about what SoftStartRV can do for you, read these earlier posts: RVelectricity: More on how SoftStartRV works and  Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.

Tip of the Day

Propane: Do you know these safety basics?

By Gail Marsh
Most every child learned to never mess around with guns and matches, but few of us ever received training in the proper handling of propane tanks. Maybe you, like me, learned by watching Dad. Most times we were in the middle of grilling when suddenly the fire would go out. Dad and I would jump into the car and speed off to the nearest gas station. Without much thought of propane safety, we would switch out our empty tank with a new, filled tank. Dad would toss it into the back of the car, and we’d hurry home.

Looking back on those times, our dinner seemed more important than our personal safety. Nothing bad happened, but our actions certainly had the potential for trouble. Thankfully, safety features have since been developed. Continue reading and see if you take these safety precautions when dealing with propane.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers, Kodiak Stealth Travel Trailer. He writes, “All four models share the fact that they are relatively simple single-axle trailers with no plumbing system whatsoever. There are available air conditioners and advanced battery systems, but that’s just about it…” These little trailers have a great family story behind them. Read it here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Coach House Platinum 220 Motorhome? 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. 10, 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.

The myth of full-time RV life versus the reality

By reader K-Barrett
There is a myth about RV Life – sitting by campfires in the sunset daily, happy hour with friends, and constant travel “hither and yon” with no worries except where to stop next. Those thoughts are popular and occasionally they do happen, especially for weekenders and short-term vacation travelers. It’s important to realize when deciding to “full-time” in an RV, whether it’s travel trailer, fiver or motorhome, the myth starts to firm up into real life. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Why did GMC cancel its futuristic GMC motorhome?

Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. Find it here for a great price.

Reader poll

Did you winterize your RV this winter?

Tell us 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

Slideout marks on floor or carpet?

We received this slick tip from long-time reader Tim Slack: “We started getting wear marks in the living room carpet from our DS slideout. I didn’t want it to wear a groove in the carpet. While at an RV service center, I was offered two strips of Teflon about 5″ x 32″ x 1/4″ thick. Each has nonskid backing. Now before I bring in that slide, I place the strips on the carpet where the marks were beginning to show. The slide glides in along the Teflon strip and then rests on it while we travel. When we’re setting up again, push the button, the slide glides back out and I stash the thin strips until next time. No more marks. My Teflon strips cost about $25-$30 total. And they’re thin enough to not disturb the adjustment of the slide. Problem solved.” Thanks, Tim! [Editor: You can shop for Teflon strips on Amazon.]

Sure, this is weird… but it’s also kind of a big dill! You could prank a kid pretty good with this

Website of the day

100,000 Stars
If you like astronomy, you’re going to love exploring this website. Scroll, zoom and read about every star you come across. Not to mention, the visuals are beautiful!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• RV Education 101: RV black water holding tank tips
• One reader’s very unusual pet. No one else has one!
• RVs without slideout toppers: Do they leak?


When awake, a human’s brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb. If you were to count all the neurons in your brain, it would take you more than 3,000 years!

*Eating what delicious food reduces your risk of heart disease by one-third? We told you yesterday.

Now is a perfect time to get rid of that goop!
For about $11, you can extend your water heater’s life! Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Second time camping for Sophie (White Great Pyrenees) and Tessa. I think they’re getting the hang of it.” —Terry Kester

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

Why don’t ants get COVID?
Because they have tiny little anty bodies!

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it 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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1 year ago

Lol, so much sour grapes in the comments that I could make my own wine.

1 year ago

Amazing how many here would begrudge the owners of the fancy Class A a $25 gift cert. Maybe they were very frugal with finances through the years. Maybe they are in debt up to their eye balls. Does it matter?

1 year ago

The comments here have me puzzled. I thought Chuck or other RV Travel staff took these RV pictures and then the owner sends in a similar picture proving it’s theirs. How did I get that so wrong? If I was the owner of this motorhome and won this gift card, I would give it away to someone less fortunate.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Cecilia

Hi, Cecilia. At the bottom of the section for the “Is this your RV?” contest it states: “Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.” Take care. 🙂 —Diane at

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

We’re all in this together and we each have what we can afford. I’ll bet I enjoy my $300 MH as much as they do.

1 year ago

Why are you giving crap to the supposedly well to do and their million dollar rig? They are the one’s that submitted the picture.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dale

That’s a sad polarizing comment. And you don’t know that they submitted that photo; some are taken by the RV Travel editors and writers.

Phillips Clarence A
1 year ago

In today’s (Is This Your RV) Do you really think these people would appreciate a 25.00 gift certificate for Amazon? Just saying.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

My exact thought! LOL!

1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I agree honestly. Maybe they will frame it and hang it on the wall. Never know.

betty danet
1 year ago

There is supposedly a story about a millionaire who stops to pick up a penny. Moral is that’s why he’s a millionaire. You’re right, they most likely didn’t do it for the money. The $25 is just a token of appreciation for taking the time to share with us.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago

But isn’t it fun to win something? 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I don’t get this promotion. And I wonder, was it my subscription money that went to these winners? If so, I feel like a chump.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

I apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry, wanderer. I’ve asked Chuck about this, since I don’t handle any of the finances for But in the meantime, I’ll take a guess at the answer. I think since the prizes for this contest are Amazon gift cards, they’re probably paid for from the small commission we receive from Amazon for our readers’ purchases (with no extra cost to them) through our Amazon affiliate code. We sincerely appreciate your subscription donation, and certainly don’t want you to feel like a chump for your generosity. Thank you. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at

John C Jackson
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

People are just getting grumpy. Keep up with the good work.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  John C Jackson

Thanks, John. We are. Take care, and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at

John Crawford
1 year ago

I guess if they submitted a picture they would.

Robert Olson
1 year ago

Instead of paying money for the silicone slide pads, I use pieces if glossy woodgrain paneling.

1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Olson

Now that makes sense rather than costs cents.

1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Olson

We bought one foot of carpet protector at the hardware store and cut it into strips to lay down when bringing the slide in.