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RV Daily Tips. Friday, February 12, 2021

Issue 1535
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

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ―Harriet Tubman

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Plum Pudding Day!

On this day in history: 1915 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

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

7 common RV owner mistakes and how to avoid them

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
It does not matter if you are a brand-new RV owner or a seasoned RV owner – we all make silly mistakes at some point in time. I encourage the use of checklists to help avoid making some of the more common RV owner mistakes. When you use a checklist it’s not as easy to forget or overlook a certain step or procedure. With that said, in no particular order I will offer some tips on how to avoid 7 common mistakes RV owners make. 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 NeXus Ghost Super C. As he reports, “If you’re in the need of an RV that can tow, a Super C is a good choice. Super C RVs are based on large commercial truck chassis but tend not to be quite as large as many Class A motorhomes. They generally feature substantial diesel engines and systems where towing isn’t going to destroy them, as it might with some lesser Class C RVs.” Continue reading.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Forest River Wildwood Grand Lodge 42DL Destination 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. 12, 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.

Living full-time in a roomy motorcycle pop-up trailer

For anyone who thinks their rig is too small, check out this video. Kevin has combined two of veteran RVer Greg Illes’ deepest loves – RVing and motorcycling – and he’s actually full-timing in this setup. Interesting rig, to say the least. And it has a king-size bed?! The video is almost 20 minutes, but worth watching.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to take all your books in the RV

There’s not mush-room in an RV, so this would be perfect! We might buy one of these for ourselves…

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Will you travel by plane in 2021?

Jet on over and tell us here.

Quick Tip

GPS home security advice follow-up

We have advised that you never put your “home” coordinates in your GPS, so if a crook steals your GPS and keys he won’t know where to go and clean you out. Well, we heard from Steve B., Kurt, and Tony M., who all advised putting in the local police station as the “home” address. (Would that be a case of “poetic justice”?) But then George B. wrote that he lost a handheld Magellan while out hunting 300 miles from home. About two months later another hunter found the device. Turned out the man lived about 12 miles from George and after tracking the coordinates to George’s “home” (in the GPS) he returned the GPS to its rightful owner. George says, “I’ve told this story many times of how my GPS found it’s own way home. One more case of having trust in humanity.”

Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about it here.

Website of the day

This website is so cool! It allows you to take part in tons of research projects from the comfort of your own home or RV – no expertise needed! There are so many cool projects on here that we know you’ll want to join!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


If we were to weigh all the bacteria in our body, it would weigh about 4 pounds. Eww!

*What happens to bears’ urine while they hibernate? It’s, um, interesting… Find out in yesterday’s trivia.

Still need a Valentine’s Day gift? 
If your travel plans have been canceled and the wife is upset, this earring and necklace combo is the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Chuck? Learn more or order here. (Trust us. You’ll get major brownie points.)

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our Daisy. She is part American Staffordshire Terrier and part Basenji. She is the most loving dog. She loves all other dogs, from little Yorkies to Great Danes or Cane Corsos. When she sees a dog on a walk she will pull on her leash to get to them. Sometimes this is misunderstood by the other dog or owner, but she just wants to get to them to touch noses and meet them. She loves people with equal exuberance. It’s a rare occasion to hear her bark. She would let another dog bark at her all day and not make a peep. She will just smile at them. She also loves going for rides and hanging her head out the window. She tolerates our Class A because she can’t hang out the window. We may be partial to our pup, but we think she is very special.” —Steve and Joanie Minton

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

They say 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30… All I know is that the older I get the more 9 p.m. is the new midnight!

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1 year ago

Dogs are a lot like people.
It’s all how they are raised.

Jesse W Crouse
1 year ago

We go to dog trials with our dogs-outside for all events. #1 rule is to have your dog under control-LEASHED AND OR MUZZLED. You can be asked to leave the trial site if you don’t. The muzzle rule is for racing so the catchers don’t get bit.

1 year ago

I love the look on the dogs face. All I can hear him say is you found the camera? Sucks to be me. Need to dig deeper and bury faster. Next time you won’t find it. Mine turn and run. Although I did get a great shot I never thought I would get. Love it. Need to get it printed if I can figure out how to get it off my phone.

1 year ago

Bacteria, fact of life! Also, Scientist discovered that our DNA is 8% virus, fact of life. Germs are every where but God gave man kind an inmune system, fact of life. So I put my effort in keeping my far superior inmune system strong! Works great so far, at 66 yrs old I needed a Dr. about 3 times the past 20 yrs and on “0” medicines. Doing reseach and cross-examine what the experts advice are and you to can enjoy life!
Proverbs 18:17 …The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.
Now, the government stated its case , time for you to do yours! (because of censorship it is harder to cross-examine)

1 year ago

If you’re interested in growing mushrooms, don’t buy from Amazon. Go to a mushroom website that will ship fresh product direct to you. Here are two respected suppliers:


Thomas D
1 year ago

My “home” is a gas station 3miles from home. I use “home ” to get out of cities I’m unfimalar with. if I sold my house today I’d have to change all the locks. Nobody knows where the keys are. Drive up, push button and door goes up.side entry door, push 4 numbets, door unlocks. If someone comes to front door, it’s usually the holy people and we ignore anyone coming to it..

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

I checked out the “air skirts”. Not sure why because I think they’re ugly and slightly ‘ghetto’. That aside, the prices ($1500 to $3000!) totally turned me off. Just my opinion of course.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My impression also…WAY too expensive!

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Friends from long ago towed a “leisure Lite” behind their mini-van, went everywhere, did everything, and at campgrounds they were the center of attention. Perhaps I am doing everything wrong.

Montgomery Bonner
1 year ago

Couple of survey ideas: How many RV’ers are Ham Radio Licensed and use their equipment on the road. How many folks do not feel the need to have a pet and RV without anyone other than their BH?

1 year ago

I carry my radio equipment when we go camping. de KØWAG

1 year ago

It’s doubtful that a thief would use your GPS to direct them to your home. If their intent was to burglarize homes. Why would they pass hundreds of homes worth burglarizing just to get to yours? Most everyone’s address is easily obtainable just by using the internet. If they stole your GPS from your car while you are out shopping. The thief has no idea if anyone is still at your house. Daytime burglars usually knock on the door and if no one answers they force their way in. A stolen GPS would not benefit them in any way.

1 year ago
Reply to  matski

I think the thought is if they have your car they may also have your car keys which may include the key to your house.

Ron T.
1 year ago
Reply to  matski

Working online in just a few minutes I can have your full name & aliases, birthday, phone #s & addresses for the last 30 years and the names of 30-60 relatives & associates. And that’s just one website. Others will fill in additional details including the GPS coordinates and satellite view of your home. Doing my family tree has been an eye opener. Very few people manage to avoid all this. Good thing I’m not A crook!

1 year ago

Love the growing mushrooms in a box. Wish I could figure out how to have a garden on the go. Maybe this is an article idea

Mary Masters
1 year ago

That’s nice that your dog is friendly and wants to go up and “touch noses” with other dogs, but this is not a good idea as sometimes the other dogs are not friendly. Please respect other dogs and owners who don’t wish you to come up to them! Don’t allow your dog to go up to other dogs without the owners permission please!

1 year ago

I had to smile when I read your article on GPS. We were traveling to a campground and we mentioned home. Our Garmin literally took us home – to Garmin International Headquarters in KS. Needless to say we changed “home” that day. Blessings, Donna

Judy G
1 year ago

Thanks for letting me ‘leave here with a laugh’ each day. I often copy & send to my friends (giving you credit, of course) to brighten their day in these trying & confining times.

1 year ago

An imbalance of normal bacteria in your body is the real eww.

1 year ago

Very pretty dog. Basenjis don’t bark as a rule. My best friend had one, a wonderful dog.

1 year ago

Daisy is awesome! I always say if you can control your pet, size doesn’t matter and I don’t know any RVers that have aggressive dogs and it wouldn’t be smart to own one. But I know some aggressive owners but the dogs are awesome.

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

My two bishons were not brought up around other dogs. They get on the defensive when other dogs come by. They wouldn’t think twice about going after other dogs even if three times their size. I’ve got hurt a couple times walking my dogs and other peoples unleashed dog came after my dogs. I prefer people to keep their distance with other dogs from my dogs. Years ago a dog came after my wife when she had our dog out to do his duty in our yard. She had a TMI over the instance and had to be rushed to the hospital. It also caused her twenty some years of hell with blood thinner use. If you have a dog, keep it on a 6’ leash and away from other peoples dogs.

Betty Danet
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

After our new puppy was attacked by a loose dog 7 years ago, we now always carry a Vipertek zapper when we walk our dogs. Never actually had to use it on a dog yet but just the sound has scared other dogs away.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Sounds like your dogs are a whole passel of trouble. If you think other people with respectable dogs have to “keep their distance” from you, then just stay home with them.

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Web my dogs aren’t an issue. I keep them on a leash and under control when outdoors. Whether walking them up the street or in a campground. It’s been other irresponsible people whose dogs were not on a leash that came over to attack us. The law says you have to keep your dogs under control at all times. Not everyone is responsible and does that. If you went thru what my wife did and suffered for twenty some years because she had our well behaved dog in our property on a leash and the neighbor didn’t have his dog leashed and came after her. Or in my shoes walking my dogs up the street and an irresponsible owner’s dog ran over to attack myself and my dogs. Maybe you’d be more understanding.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

You said “They get on the defensive when other dogs come by. They wouldn’t think twice about going after other dogs” I do understand.

1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

American Staffordshire Terriers have much in common with American Pit Bull Terriers, even though they have been bred separately for more than 50 years. They are considered a “Pit Bull” breed and are targeted by Breed Specific Legislation. Maybe the Basenji mellows out the aggression. Your dog might be sweet… until it’s not. I do hope you can physically control your dog; I would NOT want your dog to come up to me. It looks like a Pit Bull and I would be terrified.

1 year ago

“Leave here with a laugh” was great and how true.