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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Issue 1552
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

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ―Charles de Lint

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Meatball Day!

On this day in history: 1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.

Tip of the Day

Do you end up paying more for less? These hints might help

By Kate Doherty
Do you fall for those advertising teasers and end up paying more for less? When shopping for groceries do you estimate per ounce or per unit costs? Do you buy those one-use packets versus bulk? I understand the tradeoff – ease of use. I regularly do the back-and-forth questioning myself. Regardless of income level, we need to watch our pennies as we witness the rapid rise in fuel prices. An ominous sign: Increased transportation costs directly translates to almost every item in your grocery cart costing more. It’s inevitable. Continue reading and see what Kate suggests about those sneaky (or not-so-sneaky?) coupons, plus more tips on saving money on grocery items.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco North Point 382FLRB Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “The Jayco North Point 382FLRB is a large front-living, mid-kitchen fifth wheel with two bathrooms, one of which is one of the best RV bathrooms I’ve seen.” Read more and see inside here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of Bean Teardrop Trailers? 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 9, 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: Herb B. from Livingston, Texas.

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.

The shocking truth about RV shore power problems

Few people underestimate the dangers of an incorrectly wired home electrical system, yet RV owners routinely tolerate problems that would raise red flags if they happened at home. From seeing heat-browning and melted plastic around the shore power connection to a light “zap” when touching the RV, warning signs that something is wrong should be taken seriously before someone is injured or something catastrophic happens. Here is advice from SmartPlug Systems, a Seattle-based company and a pioneer in RV shore power safety.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to deal with bugs that go “splat” on your vehicle

Make sure to have this Fire Extinguishing Aerosol in your RV
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Comes in a one or two-pack. Learn more or order.

Reader poll

How do you feel about paying $50 a night for an overnight stay in an RV park?

Tell us here, please.

We had some technical difficulties with yesterday’s poll. If you missed it, vote here! 

Quick Tip

Mice, mice, and more mice

The warm season is the perfect time to inspect your coach for signs of rodent damage or places where they can get in and seal the holes up. It’s easy! Local home centers and Amazon (of course!) sell a selection of foam sealants that spray into cracks, crevices and openings. Large openings can be filled with medium-expansion foam but be careful of which foam you use as some can hydraulically damage spaces they’re sprayed into as they cure and expand, pushing the surfaces apart. Screening and hardware cloth can be used in some cases to help keep mice out where other methods of sealing aren’t indicated.

Website of the day

Jaw-dropping photos of all 63 National Parks
Get us back on the road already!! These stunning photos of all 63 U.S. National Parks will have you itching to get out the door. (Although, if you dropped us off at the pictured island in Dry Tortuga NP and left us there, we wouldn’t complain…)

We guarantee you’ll have WAY too much fun with this (and the kids and grandkids too…). See it here.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• When asked “What were the best years of your life?” the highest percentage, 44 percent, answered “right now”
• 46 percent (men and women combined) served in the military
• 27 percent say they have a very short attention span


Giraffes would not fare well in the United States. In certain parts of Africa, power lines must be at least 39 feet high so giraffes can safely pass below them.

*If you’re a vegetarian, you might not want to read yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our boy, Willie, an Airedale, is a great watchdog except when we vacuum the rugs in our coach. Then he finds solace in the closet.” —David & Barbara Eberly

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.

If you’re a pet owner make sure you’re keeping your pets safe inside your RV. If you don’t have something like the Waggle Pet Monitor, you might want to get one. Learn why it’s so important here.

 Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. It’s now possible!

Leave here with a laugh

At the circus, there’s a terrible accident and two lions escape from their cages backstage. One of the lions attacks the circus clown and begins devouring him. The lion stops, looks at the other lion, and says, “Here, taste this. Does it taste funny to you?”

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it 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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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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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1 year ago

Foam sealants to keep mice out? In my experience, they are useless, as mice are quite willing to nibble through them. My sticks and bricks home is up on 3-foot concrete piers to allow storm water to pass beneath. For the first 20 years after we built it, we had no trouble, as the mice on the ground apparently didn’t notice that the house was up there. But then they figured it out, and we had an invasion every winter. For three years, I crawled underneath and shot foam into every crack and crevice, trying every mouse-proofing foam on the market. They simply chewed through, leaving a pile of gnawed crumbs of foam on the ground below. I finally stapled quarter-inch galvanized screen over every opening. Success at last.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

I have found Foam works of you mix steel wool in with it.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

There is a rodent stop expandable foam in my Ace Hardware paint section.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bd2

Yes, there is. Was there a part of “every mouse-proofing foam on the market” that didn’t make sense?

Larry Long
1 year ago

FYI. Tried to order the First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguisher and Amazon could not ship to California.

George Pennington
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Long

They are available at Costco in a 2 pack.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Long

Interesting. Thank you for reporting that, Larry. Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

1 year ago

I actually found Michigan prices higher then in Toledo. So I shop there. I find the prices less and I can get gas at Sams Club next door. And I do shop Sams on line and pick up what I need. Unreal to be shopping on line, pick up and go. I am a little spoiled. But I do shop a regular grocer for things I need. It is still fun to shop unless you run into rude clerks. Thats another reason I do self check out.

1 year ago

The article about America’s 63 National Parks has the wrong and definitely not jaw dropping photo of Biscayne National Park. That photo, I believe, is of Virginia Key which is near Key Biscayne – neither place are in the park but it is a common mistake people make. Biscayne National Park has many jaw dropping sites especially if you can get out into the park on a boat tour or paddling adventure or even just walk along the boardwalk at the visitor center.

Bob P
1 year ago

I have to comment on the ads on your site, the one above showing a spike wrapped several times with electrical wire and connected to a D cell battery is supposed to save you 90% on your electricity bill. Now these ads are created by some of the smartest young minds in the advertising business, duh! Then the millennials and gen X wonder why the older generations are down on them, to create an ad like that, my 12 year old great grand daughter looked at that and asked how that could lower my electric bill, c’mon no common sense at all.

George K
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Almost all ads on this site are misleading and junk

1 year ago
Reply to  George K

An ad blocker like uBlock Origin eliminates them all.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  George K

If I’m not mistaken, you can instantly eliminate all that “misleading junk” by simply paying for your letter subscription.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Thanks, Tony. Yes, that works in our two weekend newsletters (even a one-time donation will get you on our members list for ad-free weekend newsletters) but not in the weekday RV Daily Tips. That would be just too time-consuming to set up all of those extra newsletters each week. And the random ads, other than the ones we specifically put in ourselves, are from Google and are based, generally, on the location of the user and/or what they have previously searched for online. (Big Brother, and all of that. 😯 ) If anyone sees offensive or inaccurate ads, please send a screenshot or the URL to editor(at)rvtravel.com and we’ll block it, if possible. Thanks! Have a great day. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Richard Hughes
1 year ago
Reply to  George K

Send in a contribution and avoid the ads. Surely, if you can afford an RV, you can afford a few bucks to save yourself from the stress.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

The ads you’re seeing are not the ads I’m seeing, and half are not connected to the site owners, except that they’ve agreed to allow them.

Why? Because at least half are related to cookies – small bits of tracking data – that are set while you’re browsing the web. My ads today are for a file cabinet, promotional logo items, and RV sales. These are all items I’ve looked at online in the past few days.

Look into utilities that can eliminate accumulated cookies from your connected devices, and your web experience will improve dramatically.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

The Mystery Product of the Day is fun to own. We have two of them. One in the house and one in the trailer. The one in this ad is 2.0 – the original one. They have since moved on up to the 3.0 (which is what we have now). As Tim Allen is famous for saying, “More Power“.

You know how flies seem to sense when you roll up a newspaper or grab your fly swatter, and they skedaddle? I think it’s built into their DNA. But, their DNA knows nothing about the Bug-a-Salt and you can get right up next to them – and blast them. Great fun!

1 year ago

Nice Airedale. We have an Airedale also but luckily this one isn’t afraid of anything, even thunder.

1 year ago

I almost always buy generic or store brand foods – cost is a big decider for me. Hey, generic butter is butter, salt is salt, pepper is pepper, frozen peas are frozen peas – it’s all about the $$$$.

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

There has been a lot of discussion about the price we pay to stay at RV parks. If the RV park I choose to use for a few nights is well maintained, has paved roads, level sites, swimming pool(s), recreational facilities, full hook ups, a community house, clean and well maintained bathrooms, a friendly and accommodating staff, you bet I’d pay $50 for a night. The owners have spent a TON of money to build and maintain this nice facility for my (our) benefit. In college, Economics 101 taught me about the word “profit”. Taking in more than you spend is the only reason these folks are in the CG business, or any business for that matter.

Skip Nielsen
1 year ago

Agreed, but the question related to spending that on an overnight stay, one night might not be worth it. I will pay that but location, safety, and security are the driving factors for me.

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip Nielsen

Skip, I forgot to mention a secure location. Right on.

John Crawford
1 year ago

There is a difference in taking in more and ALOT MORE!