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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Issue 1547
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 you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

On this day in history: 1983 – Compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.

Tip of the Day

9 helpful ways to use pool noodles while RVing

By Gail Marsh
RVers put pool (aka “swim”) noodles on slide-out corners and awning braces to protect our noggins from hard knocks. But did you know that there are many other uses for those dollar store foam beauties too? Here are 9 other ways you can use pool noodles while RVing.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

– On April 4, we will debut a weekly RV Travel podcast. I can tell you now that my bets are it will be the most informative and entertaining program of its kind about RVing, and one of the most popular. If you would like insider information about the podcast and a chance to be invited to special live recording sessions, promotions, etc., sign up for our RV Travel Podcast Insider Newsletter.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Bushwhacker Plus 17 BH Teardrop. How does this small travel trailer differ from Forest River’s similar r•pod line? You’ll have to click here to find out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R Fifth Wheel? 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, March 2, 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: Debra Lewallen of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.

Good solar design will meet most RVers’ needs

Solar power has been around for years, but during the past decade or so solar systems have become popular equipment for RVs of all sizes. Solar is not a magic word for free power. You need to first calculate your energy needs, then design a system that will meet those needs. Here’s useful information to get you started.

Yesterday’s featured article: Nevada highway celebrated “space aliens” among us

Ammo boxAmmo box perfect for storage!
One RVer says, “We all have many aerosol cans we use for maintenance and cleaning, etc. I have found the best way to carry them in my motorhome basement is in a plastic ammo can. They are inexpensive and available in many big box stores. They stay in one place, are easy to access, and with the lid closed and latched nothing can leak or spray if something falls on them.” Order this one for a good price.

Reader poll

Do you ever pay to get your RV’s exterior professionally cleaned?

Please tell us here.

Quick Tip

What to do about a sticky vent lid

Is it hard to open your roof vent lid? There may be a couple of reasons for this. First, try to open it. If it won’t open, the seal may be stuck. Go up on the roof (or have someone do it for you) and pry up the edges of the vent lid. However, it may be brittle from UV exposure and break, in which case it will need to be replaced.

Once the edges feel free, go down and crank the vent up, or have a helper do it, so you can see under and around the vent lid. If the mechanism is heavily corroded, a lubricant like WD-40 may be in order to free it up. If it’s just a little sticky, a regular silicone-type lube will work just fine in the mechanism. If the seal is sticky, apply a seal lubricant and treatment like you would use for your slideout seals. You can use any lubricant or treatment for rubber, but it has to say it’s safe for rubber. Always use any of these products sparingly.

Website of the day
This is a fun, and mesmerizing, website showing you how windy it is across the world right now. Don’t get dizzy!

This is one thing your friends will be glad you have… especially when you invite them over for dinner!

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:

• 26 percent say they don’t mind driving on dirt roads and will drive on them however many miles it takes to find a good place to camp
• 34 percent have moved from their campsite to another because of a bad neighbor
• 72 percent prefer to sleep in a dark room without any light

Recent poll: Have you ever had your RV’s black water tank professionally cleaned? 


In 2015, 6,000 USPS mail carriers were attacked by dogs.

*Yesterday we told you the funny story of Hans Island, which is fought over by Denmark and Canada. Read the story in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sophie, my black Lab, keeping an eye on the neighbors while boondocking in Arizona.” —Michael Morris

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.

50 States, 5,000 Ideas
This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

“Granny, why do you read obituaries every day?”
“Don’t worry, Grandson. I just want to see who is single again.”

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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Mel Kraft
1 year ago

I have cut the noodles into about 12 inch lengths and have cut them on a 45 degree angle. Then cut them length wise on one side and put two of them on each corner of my slide out. That way on the lower corners the great grand kids don’t bang their heads on the corners and the taller slide pad the corners for the taller folks. I also bought four drive way markers to stick in the ground to help mark the corners cost about $3-4 a piece.

Peter Zama
1 year ago

Regarding the pool noodles. Slit a couple and put those on your awning bracket when it’s extended. That way when you bop your head on the bracket for the umpteenth time, it
Won’t hurt quite as much🤪.

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Sophie is such a precious Lab! Such a cute photo of her, thank you:))

1 year ago

Labs, you have got to love ’em.
Maybe Sophie wants to be a hood ornament.

Mike Albert
1 year ago

Good morning. Just wondering and not an issue, BUT…
I receive my email notification everyday, except on Tuesdays. On that day, it goes to Spam. Any ideas or suggestions? Again, not an issue because I know how to retrieve it, but just wondering. To preempt, yes you are listed as a safe and approved address, and since I normally Blaire on my IPhone, not a lap or desk top it is on Safari. Don’t know if it does this on desk or lap top.
Thanks in advance.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

That’s really strange, Mike. I have no clue, but I’ve asked one of our IT folks. Hopefully they’ll know. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I too have the issue with Tueday’s issue going to to the Spam folder, and I read the newsletter on a Dell laptop computer. But it is not just the RV Travel newsletter. Other email goes there as well at times. I think it is more a problem with the server we’re using. I’m using Google Chrome and my email is with Comcast.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  HDDRvr

To HDDRvr and Mike:
Here’s what Kim, our IT dude, says about this issue:

“Whether or not an email goes into SPAM is first controlled by the subscriber’s email provider (Comcast in this case) followed by the subscriber’s email program.
Suggestions to help avoid having our emails end up as SPAM include:

1. Add to your contacts
2. Mark any emails you receive from that end up in your SPAM folder as “not SPAM”. Each email program has a different way to do this.
3. Contact your email provider and ask that be whitelisted and not marked as SPAM.

These may or may not work, but they are steps that can be taken.
In some cases the email provider will mark things as SPAM due to their policies/practices and there isn’t much you can do about it.”

I asked him again why it seems to be happening on Tuesdays. I’ll let you know if he has any ideas on that.
Sorry for the hassle. But thank you for contacting us about it. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  HDDRvr

OK. We’ve conferred further and concluded it has something to do with those danged gremlins indulging in Taco Tuesday, since you and Mike are having issues on Tuesdays. 😆 If we figure out anything else, we’ll let you know. 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago

Love the global winds link!

I’d also put in a plug for the “Windy” website. You can see your local wind patterns as well as hourly projected temp and wind speed and gusts. Very helpful especially if campfires are in the plans.

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago

To the Editors, there was an ad for an RV finance company in the newsletter a couple of days ago. I failed to bookmark it. Can someone republish or repost the link please? Better yet, just email me.

Last edited 1 year ago by Phil Atterbery
RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

Hi, Phil. I’m checking to see if that was an ad we put into the newsletter ourselves (I don’t recall it offhand), or if it was a random ad inserted by Google. I’ll let you know what I find out. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

OK. It’s . Thanks for asking, Phil. 😀 —Diane at