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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Issue 1553
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 think that one of these days,” he said, “you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you.” ―J.D. Salinger, “The Catcher in the Rye”

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Popover Day!

On this day in history: 1876 – The first successful test of a telephone is made by Alexander Graham Bell.

Tip of the Day

RV just sitting around? Here’s how to use it more

I wanted more from my RV. Paying for a rig that sat in storage much of the year rankled with me. Yes, I loved traveling and living in the RV for extended periods of time, especially if it meant we could escape the brutal Midwest winters. Still, I wanted to use our expensive rig other times, too.

How about you? Would you like to use your RV more, but hate the hassle of weekend trips? There’s reserving a place, packing clothes, planning/getting food, driving to the park, and hooking up… then two short days later it all begins in reverse! How can shorter RV trips ever work? Maybe some of the following suggestions will encourage you to get out more often in your RV…

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Cruiser Embrace EL 260 Travel Trailer. He writes, “I can see how this can be less expensive than, say, a Rockwood or Jayco product with the less elaborate suspension and more price-focused tires and that sort of thing. But, all in all, there’s a lot to like about this line and I wouldn’t cross it off my list.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco North Point 382FLRB 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 10, 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.

Stopping full-time RVing like a “hot potato”?

A reader wrote the following to editor Chuck Woodbury:
Dear Chuck,
I am amazed at your change of attitude about full-time RVing. I followed your past full-time adventures with interest. I was quite surprised when you dropped full-timing like a hot potato. Not to be negative toward you or your RVing practices, just an observation of a person who was actually considering it. Thank you for your contributions to RVing. —Anon.

Read Chuck’s response, especially if you’re considering RVing full-time.

Yesterday’s featured article: The shocking truth about RV shore power problems

Every traveler needs one of these for instant memories! This is cool – we want one!

Reader poll

In a typical summer month, roughly how many nights will you have a campfire?

Pass the marshmallows and tell us here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Have you ever seen “The Long, Long Trailer”? It’s an enjoyable must-watch movie for every RVer. Read more about it.

Quick Tip

Drafty motorhome?

Motorhome got a cold draft you can’t account for? After eliminating an open window or roof vent, check your dashboard environmental controls. Vacuum-operated intakes left in the open position when the engine is shut down may well stay open, allowing cold air to infiltrate. Turn the engine on, close the vents, shut engine off. Shut eyelids.

Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Learn how to pronounce any (and they mean ANY) word in English or another language. This website is handy!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Adjust refrigerator temperature – and keep freezer the same
• Couple sues Jayco, claims new RV was infested with wood-boring beetles
• Ancient weapons endanger drivers on Texas freeway – Watch out!


The Golden Gate Bridge uses the largest bridge cables ever made. The cables are so long that they could encircle the world at the equator more than three times. Now that is mind-blowing!

*Why wouldn’t giraffes survive roaming the wild in the U.S.? Hint: It’s probably not why you think! Find out in yesterday’s trivia.

The best kitchen sink strainer – no more odors or clogs!
If you’re unfamiliar with the revolutionary Kitchen SinkShroom, you’ll want to introduce yourself. This popular sink strainer prevents anything from going down your kitchen sink’s drain (in your house or RV). Say goodbye to odors and clogs – the SinkShroom won’t let that happen. Read more about it and its partner, the TubShroom, here, or order one here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Zeus and Charlie on the lookout.” —Bobby Pharr

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.

Leave here with a laugh

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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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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Thomas D
1 year ago

RE: Bridge cables.
Longest or largest( diameter) ?
There is a difference.

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Each ‘cable’ is made up from many smaller cables wrapped rope-like. The smaller ones are the ones that are referred to as regard length

1 year ago

Thanks Tony, that rig is really laid out well, wide open kitchen and living, outside kitchen. Very nice floor plan.

Richard Hughes
1 year ago

I don’t think I would want to wear those costumes around some people’s webcams. You could get shot. Almost everyone I know who has a webcam has a safe full of rifles.

1 year ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

I was thinking the same thing.

Paul Cecil
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

I think they meant trailcams. In which case the owners won’t see the pictures until they go out to check the cameras.

Scott R. Ellis
1 year ago

Well, if you unraveled the cables that make up the Golden Gate, and laid the individual wire strands from which they are woven end to end, THEN . . .

Rick Sorrenti
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

You are trying to put reality into a trivia quote….

Tony King
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

That’s exactly what I was thinking when I read that also !

Kermit Burns
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony King

Me too!

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Becky of “Interstellar Orchard” has stopped too. Don’t know why.

Bob Gray
1 year ago

Thank you for your response to the writer who questioned you about stopping RV’ing. Everyone has personal reasons for what they do, and it should not matter what other people think. They don’t walk in your shoes, so they should keep their mouths shut. There are way too many arrogant people out there with a “Holier Than Thou” attitude.

Stay Strong In Camping Brother.
Bob in Kentucky.

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Ken. Georgia
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

Exactly, some folks just need to stay in their own LANE!

Gregory Brott
1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

Sounds like a touchy subject.