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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, February 18, 2021


Issue 1539
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

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” ―Jessamyn West

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day!

On this day in history: 1885 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published in the United States.

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Are you being affected by severe cold weather? Are you at home or in your RV? Has your RV been of help to you at this time? Please tell us what’s happening with you now during this incredibly challenging time. We are working on a story for the weekend. Submit your comments here.

Tip of the Day

Trucks and RVs: Move over to the left lane – Why?

By Jim Twamley
When piloting a big rig like an RV or an 18-wheeler, the general advice is, “Stay in the right lane except to pass.” There may be an exception to this sage advice, as RVers and truckers share something in common besides the road. So why would you move to the left lane?

We both have control of large and heavy vehicles which require more forethought when maneuvering through traffic. Today’s smart and safe RV tip is to merge into the center or left lane when approaching a truck weigh station. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Earth Traveler T300 it’s made from chicken feathers. Really! He writes, “I think Earth Traveler has a unique concept that is worth looking into if you’d rather keep that smaller tow vehicle but still have a sense of adventure.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Tiger Adventure Vehicles, The Bengal? 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, February 18, 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: Bob B. of Eloy, Arizona, and Sylvia E. of Livingston, Texas.

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.

How to locate roof leaks

Regular inspections of your RV’s roof can help you identify a problem when something “looks different” from your previous inspection and can prevent leak problems before they cause costly damage. Here’s how to locate current or potential roof leaks.

Yesterday’s featured article: Try out a propane campfire when burning wood won’t do

Reader poll

Are you a morning or a night person?

Wake up and tell us here.

Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $9. Learn more or order.

Quick Tip

Cleaning the black tank and its sprayer heads

We received this tip from Tim Slack: “Awhile ago I read a tip in your newsletter about dumping a black tank as normal then filling it with clean water, maybe with Dawn detergent, letting it sit for 24 or more hours, and then dumping. It worked well, so I do it periodically. The tank sprayer heads were blocked when we bought our used Tiffin Open Road. The last time I did the clean water trick, I discovered that the water had softened the dried blockage in my tank sprayer heads and they work again! So, thanks for that earlier tip, and please pass along my addendum for others to try.” Thanks, Tim!

Website of the day

Addicted 2 Success
If you’re feeling a bit unmotivated lately, like you’ve hit a roadblock, this is the site for you. On it, you’ll find tons of articles to motivate, uplift and inspire you.

☀ With SoftStart run your RV A/C with only normal household powerYes, it’s possible!

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:

• 19 percent say their RV has been in a service shop for electrical repairs within the last year or two
• 65 percent almost always or very often eat off paper plates while RVing
• 30 percent say their friends call them by a nickname, not by their given name

Recent poll: How would you rate the Wi-Fi at RV parks where you’ve stayed?

He’s the boyfriend of your dreams!! He doesn’t talk back, but he’s the best cuddler… Meet him here.


48 percent of the world’s population (older than the age of 15) claim to have never consumed any type of alcohol in their lifetime.

*Where would you find the largest county in the U.S.? We tell you the answer and how big it is in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our Maisy girl. She’s an American Cocker Spaniel. She’s 2.5 years old and is a goodwill ambassador to all who we meet. She never meets an enemy and loves everyone.” —Brinklyn Sellers

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

Did you hear about the guy who fell into the well? I found out why it happened. He couldn’t see that well.

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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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Greg Thompson
1 year ago

Maisy girl is an absolute sweetheart. Love her to death and enjoy the years you have with her.

1 year ago

There is a black and white 1939 Tom Sawyer flick I found on roku app channel. Still there. I have seen it and its dated. But well loved.

1 year ago

Have always enjoyed a nip now and again, most of the fam are wino’s, myself I prefer Hard Liquor , chased with a beer or two especially on the weekends when momma has a glass or two of her port.

Diane M
1 year ago

I’m one of those people who has never drunk alcohol in any form in my life. Neither has my husband, our two sons, their wives, and many of my friends. In the Southern Christian circles we run in, alcohol is frowned upon. I’ve never seen alcohol do anything good for anybody I know, but I’ve seen a whole lot of bad come from it. I’ve never actually understood what people get from it.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

Ok I’ll answer that…it makes you feel good after a long day. A few drinks are ok ..getting drunk is not. Everything in moderation. Jesus and His apostles drank wine, why? for physical comfort I’m sure. I’m impressed you’ve never had a drink in your life. Good for you. But please don’t judge others. Judging is only done by God Himself.

Diane M
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I was just stating facts. I’m not judging anybody.

Dave Worley
1 year ago

A friend of mine bought a used RV with non-working sensors. He decided to use the Dawn treatment, but used 2 full bottles in the black tank because it was “icky”. About an hour into his drive, his wife behind him could see bubbles flying out the top of the Motorhome. I guess if you put enough in, ….
He still claims that the vent tank tube was also dirty and that’s why he did it.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Worley

😆 Thanks, Dave. Have a great day! 🙂 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Worley

Dawn is amazing!

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

Hi, Mike. I’ll bet Mark Polk would agree with that statement. Dawn is his wife’s name. 😆 BTW – We think she’s pretty great, too. 😀 —Diane at

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

Re; Website of the Day…gobble-dee-gook. Just my opinion.

1 year ago

Maisy is adorable!

Barry T
1 year ago

I am puzzled/bewildered/often annoyed at the obsession many have with their black water tanks. Don’t get me wrong, I know we are all entitled to our opinions. I am on many social media pages (Facebook) that are RV related. It is amazing and often humorous, the comments about “the tank”. It’s designed to be used for a purpose. YES, you can put paper in it! No way am I depositing the used TP in a conveniently located basket. YES, you can deposit digested food in it! NO, it does not need flushing after each dumping. YES, the tank level indicators are mostly worthless. Where do people get all these crazy ideas about “the tank”? Water is your friend during use. A good chemical additive is also a good idea, IMO. I actually still use Thetford’s original toilet chemical that contains formaldehyde. Thetford employs actual chemists and I assume they know better than me or YOU if they are destroying the environment. Oh, don’t forget to dump that $3.00 bag of ice in “the tank”.

1 year ago
Reply to  Barry T

Barry, I agree. I just do not understand the obsession that, it seems many people have, with dumping the waste tanks. I just don’t get it.

Joe M
1 year ago
Reply to  Barry T

We have a Winnebago that does not have probes in the tank just little black sensors glued to the tank wall, have always worked perfect

Anne Fronk
1 year ago

I have found that highway driving through any large city is less stressful if I follow the truckers. They know when that right lane is going to close up ahead and can see congestion before I can.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

The “Mystery Product of the Day” looks like something you would put in a car trunk with the arm sticking out and close the lid on it.

I don’t believe the “Trivia” claim for one minute. Sorry . . . 🙁

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

It says world population…not U.S population.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  HDDRvr

You’re right, HDDRvr. I guess I zipped over that ‘fact’ without noticing. Thanks for the correction.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

48% non-drinkers doesn’t seem that large when you consider that at least 24% of the world’s population are observant Muslim. Add in other sects and religions that disallow the use of alcohol, and the percentage that choose not to use on a purely voluntary basis becomes a much more manageable and believable number.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Marvin

Thanks Marvin. See my response to HDDRvr. I was too quick to disbelieve what seemed to be an impossible number. My bad . . .

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Roger that. I had to read it twice as well.

jim F,
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Who and HOW did they determine the numbers? Would take a very long time to canvas the WHOLE world.How many languages would you need to Know? How costly would this be for an insignificant trivia question? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  jim F,

Good point, Jim. This could very well be an example of how even the government comes up with “statistics”. Some ‘expert’ just makes some ‘stuff’ up and automatically it’s fact. That’s becoming more obvious every day.

1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your cocker. Brought back memories of my Oppie and Pepe.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

She looks very much like my Chamois. He passed at 16 1/2 years old in 2008. I miss him every single day.

Marilyn Grinnell
1 year ago

Today’s Thought is inspiring for our daughter. She lost her job in September. She’s decided to start her own business in content development, creative writing. It takes guts!

1 year ago

I thought the consensus was to use dishwashing detergent instead of regular dish soaps in your holding tanks, because they don’t foam up inside your tank like regular soaps. Doesn’t hurt to cleanse both to help keep the sensors working.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ken

Problem is that most dishwashing detergent requires hot water to do its work. I wonder if dish soap would foam up enough to come out the black tank vent/.

1 year ago
Reply to  Firefly

If your black tank is backed up enough that dish soap would foam out of the vent then you have bigger issues. LOL

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Ken

The best is to use a liquid laundry detergent that doesn’t make a lot of suds and is designed to work in cold water. Personally, I use a cup of Oxy Clean along with a 1/2 cup of Calgon water softener an about 5 gallons of clean water in both of my tanks every time we travel. My spray, sensors and drain gates all work perfectly.