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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, February 25, 2021

Issue 1544
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

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ―Bruce Lee

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clam Chowder Day!

On this day in history: 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for his revolver firearm.

Tip of the Day

Do you “Drive Friendly”? You should!

By Gail Marsh
“Drive Friendly.” This was the sign that greeted me as I entered Texas for my first real job. Huh. Back then I appreciated the sentiment but now, as an RVer, I wish every state had the same idea. RVers are some of the friendliest people. In my experience, they are always ready to lend a hand, greet you with a smile, and share stories of their travels. It’s hard to imagine, but sometimes these same friendly people stop being friendly once they hit the road. How can RVers “Drive friendly?” Here’s how…

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Rockwood Geo Pro 16BH Travel Trailer. He writes that these small travel trailers “are not the least-expensive models on the market, but they do have a lot of class-leading features and are built with more premium methods and materials.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 inTech Sol Dawn Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Live free, get rid of debt and travel
Are you sick of the rat race? Then buy a used van or RV and live affordably on the road. In this book, Bob Wells of Cheap RV Living provides detailed directions on how to live debt-free in a van or RV (or even a car) on a barebones budget. Even if you already have a van or RV you’ll learn ways to live even more affordably. Bob is featured in the new movie “Nomadland.” Buy the book for $7.45 or get it free with a Kindle Unlimited membership.

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. 25, 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.

Would you buy a private aircraft built by an RV manufacturer?

Editor Chuck Woodbury fondly recalls flying with his father in his Piper airplane. “When we climbed into the cockpit, we both knew we were about to take off in a very well-built piece of machinery,” he wrote. He recently wondered if a major RV maker were to buy Piper, Cessna or Beechcraft, if he’d fly in one of its planes. Here is what he concluded.

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t get lost – Find your way back by taking a photo

This would be one heck of a way to get yourself out of bed in the morning!

Reader poll

Will you be comfortable shaking hands with strangers when the pandemic ends?

You don’t have to shake ours, just tell us here.

Quick Tip

Another tip to reduce slideout marks on floor or carpet – and a bonus!

Here’s a great tip we received from Paula and Nelson D. regarding the tip in a recent RV Daily Tips Newsletter about slideout marks on the floor or carpet. “We tried the commercial Teflon slides mentioned in the article for our main slide in our 2006 Itasca Meridian and found they were too thick to allow the slide to come in. However, we improvised by going to a local office supply store and bought one of their clear desk floor mats with teeth. We cut two 6”-wide strips long enough to cover the carpet area of concern. We place them under the slide’s lip when bringing it in, and all is well.

“Likewise, we remove and store the slide mats when the slide is out. Perfect! The mat cost around $25, and sometimes there are coupons available. We took the leftover mat piece and cut it so it sits on the carpet under my computer table and chair. Two jobs done for the price of one. Sweet!” Thanks, Paula and Nelson! (And thanks to Robert O. for suggesting glossy woodgrain paneling, and to Bobkat for the carpet protector suggestion!)

Website of the day

This might be the most useful website we’ll ever give you. GetHuman connects you to a real customer service person via phone or email. You can thank us later…

Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers – boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.

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:

• 5 percent say they never or hardly ever drink water, and 18 percent say they drink only a glass or two a day (Reminder: Go drink a glass of water!)
• 11 percent do crossword puzzles often
• 29 percent believe that marijuana should be legalized in every U.S. state

Recent poll: Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon?


Chimpanzees know which plants have medicinal properties, and will use them to heal themselves for illness and injuries.

Check out these 5 apps to help you identify plants. You could be like a chimp!

*What common “beauty” practice causes more cancer than cigarettes? Find out what we reported yesterday, and stay away from those things! 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We adopted Dobby a week before we left Minnesota a few years ago to spend three months in a park near my daughters in Fort Worth, Texas. After we arrived, we put Dobby’s bed in the passenger seat of our Class C where he could keep an eye on everything in the park. He became a favorite of many of the residents, most of whom lived in their RVs all year. Dobby loves to travel, especially in the RV.” —Mary Ihla

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.

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. Click here.

Leave here with a laugh

And God said to John, “Come forth and you shall be granted eternal life.” But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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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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Ginia (@guest_116628)
2 years ago

What is shamefully inconsiderate is going out when you aren’t feeling well or are coughing and sneezing, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who is ill. Yes, we wear masks when mandated to do so, not because they are effective. When you read the “fine print” on masks, most state that they are non-medical and don’t guarantee anything. Moreover, trying to stay “clean” not “sterile” is impossible no matter how often you use sanitizer. Please don’t shame others as inconsiderate without considering how ineffective your own masking habits may be.

Chuck (@guest_116595)
2 years ago

Never stop shaking hands, we’re appropriate never stop hugging, never stop work side by side with friends or relatives and really enjoying traveling around Texas smaller cities this winter because like me masks are rarely worn by the healthy. Not looking forward to going back to Ohio next month we’re like Mr Fauci the rules change ever week!

EnjoyinLife (@guest_116624)
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Poor, sad science denier. Your failure to regularly mask up, a proven method to prevent transmitting the ***** virus, just endangers others. Your blatant disregard for others tells the rest of us just what kind of person you are. Shame.

Joe (@guest_116564)
2 years ago

I guess I looked at the joke of the day a different way than most. The way I look at is to pay close attention to what the Lord says so that you will receive eternal life other wise you will get toasted!

Gary Mayberry (@guest_116693)
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe, I really like the way you looked at that joke. A great response!

Ron H. (@guest_116562)
2 years ago

I liked the joke. I also understand that some folks’ sense of humor goes flat when religion is involved. Same for politics. We don’t all share the same funny filters, so please keep the humor coming.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_116550)
2 years ago

I found the joke to be funny. I don’t see any poor taste at all. What’s offensive about it?

Do you remember the “Charlie Hebdo” controversy?

WEB (@guest_116615)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yeah, I agree. Just not the same if it would be:
And Muhammad said to Abu Talib, “Come forth and you shall be granted eternal life.” But Abu Talib came fifth and won a toaster.,.

jillie (@guest_116543)
2 years ago

Chihuahuas and Poms. Greatest lovers of them all. I love this face and I know he looks like dobby as well.

Matt C (@guest_116539)
2 years ago

I got an interesting chuckle from the RV verses Private Aircraft piece. We own a 1973 GMC motorhome. It was build like an aircraft. There is no structural wood. Fortunately, prior owners were very good with maintenance. It has been driven over 170 thousand miles and there is still a lot of life left. I am just hoping that the next owners take good care of her.

Donald N Wright (@guest_116537)
2 years ago

Does “Get Human” work for Government Offices ?

Glenn (@guest_116534)
2 years ago

Loved the joke of the day. That’s just funny!

John Macatee (@guest_116521)
2 years ago

Joke of the day! Hilarious. Thanks !!

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_116516)
2 years ago

AIRPLANE and RV’s – It is refreshing to read Chuck’s commentary about flying in an airplane possibly built by an RV manufacturer, and getting a comment like “no way in hell” . I’ve been RV’ing in one form or another for a long time, and if the U.S. automobile industry was run like the RV industry – Oh, wait it WAS until Detroit got some serious foreign competition – it would have folded up like a $2 suitcase years ago. I’m a big proponent of U.S. made products, but if a foreign company could offer a well built RV, priced accordingly, and then backed it with a reliable warranty, I’m at the head of the line to buy one.

Jeb (@guest_116514)
2 years ago

I am pleased to see that I was not the only one to find the joke in poor taste.

Rick Sorrenti (@guest_116511)
2 years ago

Geez..really bad example of a joke!!

And God said to John, “Come forth and you shall be granted eternal life.” But John came fifth and won a toaster.

Jim (@guest_116548)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

Ha! I love this. Rick thought it was in such poor taste he repeated it!

Leonard Rempel (@guest_116643)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick Sorrenti

Relax! Do you also believe the world is only 5000 years old? Now that is a joke.

Bob P (@guest_116509)
2 years ago

Well you see the results of your sick joke, let that be a lesson.

Dan (@guest_116495)
2 years ago

The joke is no joke. So much for your new policy.

Roger (@guest_116485)
2 years ago

The joke came in sixth and the author got a trip to hell.

volnavy007 (@guest_116501)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger

Your reply got a bigger laugh from me than the original joke. Congrats!

Michael Roach (@guest_116504)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger

let it be so…

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