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RV Daily Tips. Monday, March 1, 2021

Issue 1546
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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Congratulations to Nomadland! The film about “nomad” RVers and van-dwellers took home two Golden Globes at last night’s ceremony for Best Director and Best Drama Motion Picture. The photography of the American West is stunning, and you’ll surely find yourself saying “I’ve been there!” during every scene.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, read about it in our Saturday newsletter. The book is well worth a read too. Find it here.

Today’s thought

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the first day of National Women’s History Month.

On this day in history: 1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Block window glare with movable sunshades

By Kate Doherty
Up until 2019, we flew our four-passenger airplane some 250+ hours per year for business. Then we traded in those three wheels for six and slowed down. There’s nothing worse than flying east in the early morning or west facing the afternoon glaring sun for hours with little sunshade protection. It’s more prevalent if you’re short, since sun visors don’t always shield your line-of-sight vision – whether you’re in the seat of an airplane, vehicle, or motorhome. Here’s what helps reduce glare, not vision.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R Fifth Wheel. Tony writes, “This is a great floor plan and if this were the place I hung my hat for years to come, I wouldn’t be disappointed with this as a choice.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Jayco Pinnacle 36SSWS Fifth Wheel
Maxus Life Home V90 Villa Edition Class C (It’s two stories and has an elevator!)

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, March 1, 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.

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.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Another electric space heater fire

Dear Readers,
This mobile home fire caused by an electric space heater happened just last week less than a thousand feet from where I live. … There’s a small mobile home court in Funkstown, and one of the trailers was completely burned out in the middle of the night. The brief version of the report from the Fire Marshal indicates the cause was an electric heater. A further read of the expanded report revealed there was no operational smoke detector in the house trailer. That’s a recipe for disaster. Learn how to avoid a similar tragedy here.

Mike has a treat for you – a special edition of his popular Road Signs series. You won’t believe the beautiful music from “Saxsquatch,” filmed in – where else? – the mountains (well, except when he heads to the beach). Check this out for a calming respite (and a fun distraction) from your “cabin fever” in these isolated and depressing times.

• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Amazing tool does so much!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.

Nevada highway celebrates “space aliens” among us

Editor’s note: This article was written by the late Bob Carter. He and editor Chuck Woodbury were among members of a group of writers invited by the state of Nevada to drive its newly designated “Extraterrestrial Highway.” … Nothing has changed since Bob filed this original report. This remains a wonderful (and very lonely) road to travel with an RV with plenty of public lands for boondocking. Read the article.

Reader poll

Motorhome owners: Does your RV sometimes smell like an outhouse while you’re driving?

Take a deep breath (er, maybe don’t…) and tell us here.

How about having this with your morning cereal? Mmmmm….. Click here to see.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls

Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching for the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of one-half-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a one-fourth-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.

Website of the day

Some of these videos are insane! This site compiles all the best GoPro videos for extreme adrenaline junkies. You might have to close your eyes on a few of these…

Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• YOU DO NOT (repeat: DO NOT) want to drive on this road
• Which state has the worst drivers? This new report ranks them all
• RVer mistakes gas station fuel tank for dump station


The barren and desolate Hans Island in the Arctic North lays between Greenland, a territory of Denmark, and Canada in the 22-mile wide Nares Strait. The two countries have been fighting over the island’s territory since the early 1930s. Each time the Canadian military visits the island they leave a bottle of Canadian Club whisky with a sign that says, “Welcome to Canada.” And every time the Danish military visits the island, they swap the Canadian alcohol and sign for a bottle of schnapps and a “Welcome to Denmark.” The ongoing “whisky war” keeps the good humor between the two countries.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our dog, Bonnie, and cat, Sheba, looking out the window and wondering when they can next go out. They have been full-timing with us for the past 7 years. Both rescues. They thoroughly enjoy the camping lifestyle.” —Melody Thomas

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.

Need a step up?
Car or truck roof too hard to reach? Designed to fit over almost any tire, the TireStep allows you to reach three important areas of your truck or SUV: the engine compartment, the roof, and the bed. For fifth wheel owners, the TireStep may be the helper you’ve been wanting for a long time and just didn’t know it. Reaching over the truck bed using the TireStep is not a problem while hitching or unhitching your rig. Learn more here.

Leave here with a laugh

I can’t take my dog to the park anymore. All the ducks keep trying to bite him! I guess it’s my fault for getting a dog that’s pure bread…

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up 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

Yellowstone. It was dedicated Yellowstone Public Park in 1872.

Retired Firefighter Tom
1 year ago

Think of the brain teaser this way: My father had five sisters. Each sister had five brothers. How many people were there? The answer is TEN! Yes, each sister had five brothers – the SAME five brothers. Likewise the five brothers had the SAME five sisters. Regarding the joke, if my brother-in-law and my son’s uncle visited us, it’s the same person! Wouldn’t have to be the same, but it very well could be.

1 year ago

We drive out to the Little Aleinn every time we are in Vegas. Its a great trip out away from the strip and we love visiting the place for lunch.

1 year ago

Hurray for rescue pets. We have four cats, all rescued. Two as very young kittens found on the daily walk.

1 year ago

Do you have an explanation of the Saturday brain teaser answer (one ) I have done it using me in his place and I can only come up with an answer of FOUR

1 year ago
Reply to  paul

You are correct. RVT left out part of the problem — they were supposed to add that we needed to figure out the minimum number of guests that would be invited. The minimum, under certain specific but plausible circumstances, would be one guest.

C Bonelli
1 year ago

Made me look (it up)! Great trivia item today, I had to interrupt reading the rest of the newsletter to search for and read more about Hans Island.