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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Issue 1542
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

“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ―Thomas A. Edison

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dog Biscuit Day!

On this day in history: 1927 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.

Tip of the Day

RV Driving Skills: Know your pivot point and tail-swing

Mark Polk, RV Education 101
Driving a compact automobile is different than towing a trailer or driving a motorhome. The more proficient your driving skills and knowledge are, the more your confidence and abilities increase when driving or towing an RV.

There are driving techniques used to train professional drivers that cross over nicely in RV driver education. After you learn these simple driving techniques you will be a better driver.

Click here to see two important driving techniques every RV owner needs to understand.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Safari Condo Alto A2124. Tony says, “In terms of usability, the Alto A2124 offers just about everything you could want in a travel trailer. While some compromises between interior space and usable space have to exist because of physics, Safari has done a great job of putting together a design that really works.” Read more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Polydrop P17A Teardrop 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. 23, 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 three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Marty M. of Illinois, Steve T. of California, and Dawn G. of Pennsylvania.

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 inflate motorhome tires differently than trailer tires?

Roger Marble found the following comment in a thread on an RV owners forum after there were comments about the advantages of inflating trailer tires to the tire sidewall inflation number but inflating motorhome tires based on the measured load on the tires: “Such a hard concept for most to understand.” Here’s Roger’s explanation.

Yesterday’s featured article: Make Welcome Centers your first stop when you cross state lines

Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 

Reader poll

What kind of roads do you dread driving down the most?

Steer on over and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Let there be light!

“We got tired of finding stuff where it didn’t belong in our dark cabinets above our dinette and sofa. There are three cabinet doors on each side but it was one huge open space. So I made some dividers and painted them white and installed these battery-operated motion-activated LED lights. Works great. Also, we use baskets to keep smaller items separated.”

Thanks for the tip, Snoopy! Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Bye, bye, buggy! Zip, zip, zap! Click here.

Website of the day

10 man-made structures inside National Parks
Well, if the travel bug hasn’t already bitten, it will after you read through this article. These man-made structures inside National Parks are incredible!

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:

• 23 percent would call themselves a neat freak
• 89 percent would always bend over to pick up a quarter off the ground
• 14 percent eat cereal for breakfast every day

Recent poll: Were you affected by frigid temperatures or power outages last week? (lots of comments)


Your heart will pump 1.5 million barrels of blood in your lifetime. Need a visual? That much blood could fill 200 train tank cars.

*How many languages has the Bible been translated into? The number will blow your mind! Find it in yesterday’s trivia.

New book a must-have for state park campers! 
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The book is a beautiful visual journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history, or an enjoyable hike, the state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Cooper, a small Labradoodle. He came to us via a good friend whose neighbor had adopted him and then decided, after just 2 months, that he wasn’t the dog for her. At just 4 years old we were his 4th and final home!! He is high-energy and loves to play. Unfortunately, his older brother at 12 and 1/2 just isn’t interested. We RV and they both love to travel with us. Cooper loves finding a playmate in the dog park willing to run and play with him. He’s now 7 1/2 and hasn’t slowed down. As you can see, he does know how to relax.” —Caroly and Ed Segrist

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

What do you call two birds stuck together?

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
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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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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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James Starling (@guest_116432)
2 years ago

Mystery product stays a mystery without working link.

cee (@guest_116387)
2 years ago

Blue Dot? We had a Blue Dot?? And now it’s gone??? Was I not paying attention or was it that insignificant?  🤔 

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

😆 That’s how quickly our readers shot down the idea. There was a blue dot in the bottom left corner of the screen to click on to get to the comments below the post or newsletter. It covered up some of the content for some folks, and others said they clicked on the number of comments in the upper right corner to quickly jump to comments, and others just said that they knew how to scroll down to the comments so they didn’t need the annoying blue dot. So, if you weren’t paying attention, you missed it. Plus, it was sorta insignificant, I think. Take care, cee. 😀 —Diane at

cee (@guest_116471)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks Diane. I’ll try and keep up

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

We like to keep our readers on their toes, cee. 😉 Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane at

Judy S (@guest_116372)
2 years ago

This has already been beaten to death, but I have no blue dot. I wonder if it’s dependent upon the type of subscription you have. I pay each year and the newsletter view is different. Or maybe it’s device specific.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy S

Hi, Judy. We were just in an Zoom meeting and it was brought up that a lot of our readers didn’t like the blue dot or need it to get to the Comments section, so it was deleted. Take care. 🙂 –Diane at

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_116368)
2 years ago

Get real folks!!. We are in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 500,00+ people, and the blue dot bothers y’all???

Paul Cecil (@guest_116352)
2 years ago

I don’t understand all the whining about the “blue dot”. On my Fire tablet it is this small thing sitting in the bottom left corner of the screen. It is not covering anything or blocking anything. From the comments it seems as if for some readers it must be severely interfering with their ability to read the newsletter.

Gary (@guest_116367)
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul Cecil

I haven’t a clue what this blue dot folks are talking about. It is not on my desktop or laptop screen.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Hi, Gary. The readers didn’t like the blue dot so we got rid of it. No one can say that we don’t listen to our readers, eh? Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Robert E. Weed (@guest_116347)
2 years ago

Simply make the blue dot SMALLER, put it in the lower left corner, only those who are interested, will notice it.

Ron H. (@guest_116344)
2 years ago

Lots of comments about the “blue dot”. Never noticed it before and don’t need it. More interested in the article about man made structures in national parks. That could be a weekly feature, considering all the great things to see in those parks, many of which are easily passed over.

Jim (@guest_116340)
2 years ago

I read you every day but don’t need this blue dot.

Robert Jobson (@guest_116333)
2 years ago

like the blue dot makes easier

George (@guest_116332)
2 years ago

Yeah that popped up and I didn’t know what it was. So I clicked on it and made the same mistake I always do; typed a comment into the search comments box. Sometimes it changes to orange. I dont know what its trying to get me to do or what I am commenting on if I use it. I vote for getting rid of it.

Dennis (@guest_116331)
2 years ago

take or leave it not a big deal.

Crowman (@guest_116329)
2 years ago

Blue Dot must Die.

outlaw (@guest_116327)
2 years ago

Please get rid of the blue comments dot it ie VERY ANNOYING, you don’t need it.

Allen (@guest_116321)
2 years ago

I didn’t notice the blue dot on the bottom left of my Android phone until I read the comments.

Jim Matchullis (@guest_116319)
2 years ago

I don’t mind the blue question dot.

Rick (@guest_116318)
2 years ago

Not impressed with the blue ball thing. Not necessary and distracting.

Crowman (@guest_116328)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

I’m with you get rid of it.

Gary M (@guest_116313)
2 years ago

Why do you want to irritate me with the blue ball in my face?

Magee Willis (@guest_116315)
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary M

Not sure what you mean. No blue ball on my computer.

Eddie (@guest_116301)
2 years ago

I wish that big blue ball wasn’t always covering up what I am trying to read.

Bob P (@guest_116314)
2 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

If you have a big blue ball on your device you have a problem.

outlaw (@guest_116325)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

not quite, it takes you directly to the coments section

Dan Tull (@guest_116322)
2 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

Agree !

Ken (@guest_116298)
2 years ago

How did the staff of RV Travel miss National Margarita Day, February 22, 2021? Tsk tsk.

Impavid (@guest_116310)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

I’ll drink to that. Hope tequila doesn’t make my clothes fall off.

C Bonelli (@guest_116297)
2 years ago

The new blue comment balloon is distracting… please reconsider.

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