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RV Daily Tips. Monday, March 8, 2021

Issue 1551
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

“Above all do not lose your desire to walk…I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it… if one keeps on walking everything will be alright.” —Søren Kierkegaard

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is International Women’s Day! Cheers, ladies!

On this day in history: 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.

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

Tip of the Day

The top 5 trailer towing mistakes owners make

Mark J. Polk, RV Education 101
How to safely and properly tow a trailer involves many factors. The tow vehicle and trailer must be properly matched and you need all the correct hitch components. Also, you need a thorough understanding of topics like tires, weights, hitching and unhitching and actually towing the trailer down the road.

Today I want to look at five trailer towing mistakes RV owners make to prevent any from happening to you. See these 5 mistakes here, and learn how to avoid them!

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews Bean Teardrop Trailers. As he reports, “I’m going to lead with the fact that this is, by far, the coolest teardrop I have ever seen. And it has a lifetime warranty. For real.” Read more and see these cool trailers here.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
SpaceCraft Semi-Trailers
Cruise America Standard Class C

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 8, 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.

RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Geeks having fun with arcs and sparks…

A reader asked Mike Sokol: “This is a generic question – the difference between an arc and a spark. Seems like multiple conflicting definitions.”

Dear Generic,
Just in case you don’t think that electrical geeks have fun – here are a bunch of answers to that question that were posted on my RVelectricity Facebook Group. …

Continue reading Mike’s truly fun and heavily illustrated answer here.

• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

How to deal with bugs that go “splat” on your vehicle

Every spring and summer, bugs end their short lives by splatting against the front of our RVs or tow vehicles. Here are a few ways to ease the nasty chore of cleaning up afterwards.

Mark your calendar

The New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) has announced a unique online event for RV enthusiasts and campers who have not been able to visit in-person consumer RV shows this season. The two-day virtual experience will include dealer and campground participation, 18 main stage presentations, workshops and networking/chat features to encourage an interactive experience for all attendees. RVers from anywhere are invited to attend. Click for complete information.

Reader poll

Have you ever visited Yellowstone National Park in an RV? Take a trip down memory lane then respond here

Helpful resources


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

Quick Tip

Dry out the fridge!

Have you ever seen an RV refrigerator full of mold and mildew? I have – on numerous occasions. Truly disgusting. And if you’re allergic to mold and mildew like yours truly, it’s even worse.

It’s completely avoidable, by the way! A clean, dry refrigerator is a happy refrigerator. Make sure to wipe it down and clean it when you’re done using it. I like to use Clorox or Lysol wipes. Then leave it open until it is completely dry. Any moisture can lead to mildew. The frozen food compartment tends to hold more water because of the freezer plate on the bottom, so be sure to absorb any water that may be left on the bottom.

Once it’s seemingly dry you can fix the doors in the cracked-open position. Some refrigerators have a little slide latch, others use a little card to hold the doors open. So check with your manufacturer’s owner’s manual on how to do this on your model.

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, posted this tip while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Website of the day

10 best RV campgrounds in Washington
Heading to the beautiful Pacific Northwest? If so, check out these Washington campgrounds (most of which have incredible views!) and book your spot now.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Important warning! Bad RV door part can lock your loved ones in the RV
• Wow! Is this home-built RV incredible or what?
• Electric bicycles are perfect for RVers. Here’s why…

We’re laughing at the visuals… we can only imagine! We wish there were hidden cam videos with this one. Someone you know might need this.


Humans kill about 10 billion livestock animals each year in the United States. Globally, we slaughter about 56 billion animals each year. If you do the math, that means that every second 1,776 animals are killed for human consumption. Perhaps tonight is a good night to try “Meatless Monday…”

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Sahani. She is a 5-year-old Husky/Mountain Cur who loves going on hikes at cool places while camping. She has her own camping chair around the campfire, and will tell you that she loves you when you offer a treat.” —Jason Blaylock

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.

Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. Yes, it’s possible!

Leave here with a laugh

We were going to put in a “Knock Knock” joke here today which led us to think… The person who invented “Knock Knock” jokes certainly deserves a “No Bell” prize!

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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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Bill N Stacey
1 year ago

BEEF, Its Whats For Dinner….

Claire Leusink
1 year ago

Leave the Meat and Politics Out Please

1 year ago

Maybe it’s just me, but the trivia item gives me the impression that not eating meat is to be seen as a virtue. If so, then should we only do the right thing once a week? As another reader pointed out, then we shouldn’t buy leather items, including leather furniture for our RVs. I’m sure we can extend the guilt trip further if we try.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ginia


1 year ago

a very large part of that kill number is poultry

1 year ago
Reply to  paul

Poultry are not considered animals.

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Yes, we thank God for every meal and especially for the ones with meat! Remember in addition to meat to consume, leather goods and very many other important items are derived from that source.

1 year ago

Raised living the farm life; my brother is still a farmer at this very moment. Hard work; Hard to keep afloat; Hard to not give up. The rewards end up being so much more than what’s expected & that makes him keep going. He is the most “real” person I know. He witnesses life enter & leave this world all the time & never questions God why but manages to practice gratitude daily. I wish I could be half the person he is. Show your farmers love…..they don’t get a lot of respect in todays day & age.

Bob P
1 year ago

If we go meatless Monday that means 2,557,440 animals were killed for nothing and that meat will spoil where it could’ve fed many thousands of hungry people. No thanks I believe I’ll eat tonight and do my part to keep the meat from spoiling.

1 year ago

touched a nerve, eh Chuck… we often have a meatless day but it’s not predicated on the number of production animals. What a dumb analogy. When I want a hamburger a steak or chop i’m glad some rancher or farmer still raises that meat for me.

1 year ago

Americans eat more meat than people in all other countries. Very resource intensive.

1 year ago

So the US supplies about 20% of the meat consumed commercially for 9? billion people world-wide. Wow. That’s an amazing market share.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

The numbers do NOT say that. I would think the US eats a fifth of the animals killed worldwide, that would be the reason other countries starve. But the numbers do not say if road kill or squirrels are included. :-/

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

My brother-in-law suggested we spray the front of our trailer with Pam. He said it made the bugs easy to get off. We never tried that, but HE did – with disastrous results. He had a heck of a time getting all that slime off of HIS trailer after testing this one time.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Pam and other stuff ain’t good. Just use spray car wax to remove the bugs. It leaves some wax coating on the paint. The more you do it, the easier they come off.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Brother in law ain’t the sharpest tack in the box!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Mix some meat tenderizer in with the wash water. Helps break down the bugs carcasses.

1 year ago

Didn’t realize how much I look forward to the daily poll. Hope it’s back soon.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Marty

They’re back, Marty. Got the bug figured out (it wasn’t our doing), and replaced the polls we took out of the recent newsletters. Thanks for the comment. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

Kelley Miller
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

The poll is still not working as of 12:50pm CST.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelley Miller

Thanks for letting us know, Kelly. I think it’s working now. (It had been “unpublished” but still showed up for me because it was stored in my cache, so I thought it was OK.) Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago

Eat Colorado Beef and Lamb. It’s what’s for dinner!

1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Missouri Venison is also quite good.

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry

NH whitetail is awesome from roast, patties, steaks to jerky.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

New Mexico elk too.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Don’t forget road kill like Chunk of Skunk, Smidgeon of Pigeon, Rack of Racoon, Smear of Deer, Shake & Bake Snake or Awesome Possum.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

😆 Thanks, Impavid! Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Save a life, plus ~500 gallons of fresh water, by ordering an impossible burger instead. Tastes great too!

1 year ago
Reply to  John


1 year ago
Reply to  John

Yes! Good for the environment also. That absolutely makes sense to save a life!  👏 

Lynette Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Yes coming from a sheep and cattle rancher family from Co I agree!

1 year ago

It certainly is good to hear that people are able to eat. With all the news talking about the starving people I am glad to hear that there many out there who do have meat on their table.
It is refreshing to know that some People Eat Tasty Animals.