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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, March 11, 2021

Issue 1554
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

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ―Albert Schweitzer

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day!

On this day in history: 1702 – The Daily Courant, England’s first national daily newspaper, is published for the first time.

Tip of the Day

Tax Corner: Keeping track of income and expenses for a business

By Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA

Dear Neil,
As a new full-timer I’ve begun operating a small business from my RV while we travel. How can I keep track of my income and expenses so I don’t just have a shoebox full of receipts to give my tax professional at income tax time?

Read Neil’s response.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Special Announcement

RVelectricity: Ask the Expert with Will Russell from SmartPlug

By Mike Sokol
Join me on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) for my next Ask the Expert live stream interview with Will Russell from SmartPlug. You’ll be able to text your questions about RV shore power connectors to us in real time, and Will will do his best to answer them for you. Make sure to sign up for a YouTube reminder here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Venture Sonic Lite SL160VBH. Tony writes, “If you’re in the market for a smaller travel trailer but don’t have youngsters traveling with you, does it make sense to get a bunk model? The obvious customer for these would be someone traveling with children, but what if that’s not you? You might actually still consider this floor plan, especially in a smaller trailer. Here’s why.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Cruiser Embrace EL 260 Travel Trailer? 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 11, 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.

Two examples of horrible RV hookups

Here are two examples of what any veteran RVer comes upon from time to time. An RVer who finds himself or herself assigned to a campsite like this should demand another site or take their business elsewhere. Read more and see photos.

Yesterday’s featured article: Stopping full-time RVing like a “hot potato”?

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Reader poll

Were you born in the country where you now live?

Please tell us here.

Did you see this improper trailer hitch extension? It’s a disaster in the making! If you missed it last month, check it out here.

Quick Tip

Thermostat not working right?

Reader Steve Willey says: “Our digital thermostat kept the furnace on too long in cold weather and got over 80 inside. The culprit was the location of the thermostat on the panel side of the refrigerator enclosure. The refrigerator is isolated from room heat and vented to outdoors. In freezing weather cold air was surrounding the refrigerator and entering the thermostat through an overly large wiring hole behind it. Sealant and a sheet of foam behind the thermostat cured the problem.”

Website of the day

America’s most beautiful springtime destinations
If you’re near any of these beautiful locations, know that we’re jealous of you! These are some of the most beautiful places to visit in the spring. Now just try to not let all that pollen make you sneeze in a crowd…

This product does not stink! Check it out, and get a good laugh out of it.

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:

• 11 percent go see a movie in a movie theater fairly often or all the time (pre-pandemic, of course)
• 63 percent do not attend church services while on the road for an extended period
• 13 percent say they love to dance

Recent poll: Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible at will? 


Bring back some fruit! If you’re leaving Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines, the airline will let you travel with a box of up to 10 pounds of pineapples or papaya for free. No baggage fees for fruit!

*If the cables on the Golden Gate Bridge were stretched around the equator, how many times around would they go? The answer is shocking! Find out yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our two cats enjoy traveling with us in the Alpine RV 5th wheel. We traveled to AZ last winter from ME, and each day we put them in a large carrier in the back seat of the truck and in the RV when we stop each night. Headed back in Nov. They always travel when we take many 4-5 night trips around Maine. Blaze and Bonnie are brother and sister.” —Bob Duplessie

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.

JUST GETTING STARTED RVing? Read our editor’s book The ABCs of RVing for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Leave here with a laugh

“How do you like your steak, sir?” my waiter asked me. “Like winning an argument with my wife!” I answered. “OK, rare it is!”

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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Jesse W Crouse (@guest_118378)
2 years ago

The joke of the day is like a 2 sided coin. However many times you flip the coin it always lands on whatever side they pick and and when deciding how fast I go do whatever “EMERGENCY’ task I go do it “YESTERDAY’. Like a roulette wheel it seems to be rigged.
Just an observation based on past experience!

wanderer (@guest_118251)
2 years ago

The list of great springtime destinations is missing a few: Natchez both town and theTrace; Chattanooga, and the azalea towns of Mobile and Norfolk.

David Telenko (@guest_118237)
2 years ago

Need a great laugh view the video in “Mystery product of the day”, Poo-Pourri Bathroom Deodorizer really has an awesome display!

Kermit Burns (@guest_118265)
2 years ago
Reply to  David Telenko


Hook N' Haul 789 (@guest_118228)
2 years ago

Hey Bob – I don’t know which is Blaze and which is Bonnie, but the tan cat ought not put it’s paw into a light socket.  😀 

They look like great cats though. Animals are a gift from God to keep us happy.

john1470 (@guest_118224)
2 years ago

Giggle of the day is so true – thanks for the smile.

Bob P (@guest_118221)
2 years ago

The thermostat problem reminded me of our second 5th wheel. The thermostat was mounted about 18” above the TV shelf, in the evening when we would be watching TV the A/C would freeze us. Fabricating a heat shield about 3” below the thermostat deflected heat off the CRT type TV from affecting the thermostat. Why design engineers can’t think about something like that is beyond me. Must have something to do with to much book learning that there’s no room for common sense. Lol

Pierre Woody (@guest_119965)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

The RV industry probably needs better ‘engineers’, we certainly deserve better!

Cody Gaved (@guest_118218)
2 years ago

I’ve used Poo-Pourri in my RV for years. It works great !!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_118245)
2 years ago
Reply to  Cody Gaved

Extensive “field studies” have shown that it’s not the ‘poo’ in the loo that produces the aromatic adventure, it’s the ‘poo’ not in the loo. Just sayin’.

Sam Clark (@guest_118214)
2 years ago

Your polls do not open when I go to the link. I have not been able participate in the polls for awhile.

Tony Grigg (@guest_118239)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam Clark

The problem is on your end. Go in to your browser settings and clear the cache. Reboot after that and you should be fine again.

Pat (@guest_118249)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam Clark

I once set my browser to open pages automatically in the larger reader view, and the polls disappeared. Resetting it back to open normally fixed the problem.

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