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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Issue 1558
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

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” ―David Mitchell

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is St. Patrick’s Day!

On this day in history: 1861 – The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.

Tip of the Day

Need more space in the RV kitchen? These will save you space, time and money

By Kate Doherty
Like to bake or cook but don’t have room for bulky bakeware? These might be the perfect small-space solution.

Professional chefs have been using silicone baking sheets for years. They’re great for making everything from high-temperature sticky candy to cookies you don’t want to burn on the bottom. Silicone baking sheets earn their reputation of easy to use and store. And cleanup is a breeze – just use soap and water. Continue reading and see how these will benefit you in your RV.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

BREAKING: Forest River plant on FIRE – Building goes up in thick, black smoke. Learn more.

Today’s RV review… 

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Off Grid Trailers, Expedition 2.0. As he reports, “This is definitely a trailer that’s ready for adventure and, based on the materials being used, it would be ready for adventure for years to come.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the MeerKat Ultra Light 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 Daylight time today, March 17, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Joni W. of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Frank Moy of Pierre, South Dakota.

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.

Don’t stand under a tree during lightning! Here’s why. Oh my!

OMG! Here’s a video of an impressive (understatement!) lightning strike at Domaine Du Lac Bryson Lake Lodge, in Quebec, Canada. Something you won’t soon forget! This is crazy!

Yesterday’s featured article: Leave the RV behind! Camp in a cave!

Reader poll

Are you a cake or pie person?

Cut yourself a slice then tell us here.

St. Patrick’s Day RV Short Stops. See what places around the country are celebrating and then hop online for a virtual event. Read this installment of RV Short Stops 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.

Quick Tip

Clacking brakes on trailer?

When you hit the brakes, do the brakes on your trailer clatter? This is a sign that the brakes are out of adjustment or worn and need service! The electric brakes on your trailer should be adjusted every 3,000 miles, annually, or when performance dictates that it is necessary. They should be taken apart and inspected annually as well.

Ohhh, this has just got to be one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen for an RV! See it here.

Website of the day

The history of St. Patrick’s Day
Read the history of St. Patrick’s Day from Who was Saint Patrick? Why do we celebrate on March 17th? What makes the foods we eat today so traditional? And why the heck are leprechauns involved?

Popular articles you may have missed

• See motorhome “crash tested” into a wall at 40 mph. It’s scary!
• Sculptor creates another stone truck tougher than “Built Ford Tough”
• Stash your RV inside a “fake house”?


Instead of telling you just one piece of trivia today, we’ll send you to where they’ll give you 13 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

*How much time does the average person spend on the toilet in their lifetime? You may take care of business in the bathroom a lot quicker after seeing the number in yesterday’s trivia

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.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Annie (yellow) and Maddie (black) are loving sisters. When we went to get Annie, we found Maddie was the last of the litter and we just couldn’t leave her behind, so we came home with both. They give us endless enjoyment and love, and they love camping. Our girls are English Labrador Retrievers and 2 years old. In the photo, they are wearing their St. Patrick Day decorations.” —John and Lil Wilkins

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

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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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cee (@guest_118930)
2 years ago

Annie and Mattie have that look of embarrassment and can’t wait for the photo shoot to be over! 😱 

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

But aren’t they adorable? And I hadn’t noticed their little arm (leg?) bands before. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, cee! 😀 —Diane at

cee (@guest_118943)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

All dogs are adorable! Yes, I saw the bracelets. Just not a fan of dressing up animals.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  cee

I agree, cee. I would never dress up an animal. I’m sure they are capable of feeling humiliated as well as annoyed. But these two are cute, in the meantime — especially their expressions! 🙂 —Diane at

cee (@guest_118947)
2 years ago
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James 3 (@guest_118915)
2 years ago

Aren’t Kilts a Scottish thing, not Irish?

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  James 3

Hi, James. Here’s a short explanation: “Although kilts are traditionally associated with Scotland, they are also long-established in Irish culture. Kilts are worn in both Scotland and Ireland as a symbol of pride and a celebration of their Celtic heritage, yet each country’s kilt has many differences …” Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 😀 —Diane at

MrDisaster (@guest_118944)
2 years ago
Reply to  James 3

The Scots have worn them for several hundred years (17th century)The Irish have worn them for more than 100 years as part of the rise of Irish Nationalism. It was in response to the attempt to anglicize Ireland. That led to eventually to the revolution (or their war of Independence).

Betty Danet (@guest_118897)
2 years ago

Looks like the English labs are not much into Irish St. Patrick’s Day attire. 😏 Love their expressions. Cracked me up. Nice dogs and nice story.

Bill T (@guest_118869)
2 years ago

About the lightning video, Why was someone taking a video of the tree in front of the campground office in the first place? What is the context behind the video? Just curious.

Gary Byler (@guest_118880)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill T

Perhaps a security camera.

Bob (@guest_118881)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill T

Probably a security camera.

Mike Albert (@guest_118914)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

NOT a security camera. Turn on your sound also can see movement of the camera.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill T

Hi, Bill. Here’s a link to a slightly longer video of this lightning strike. It shows a man walking into the building close to the tree right before the strike. Pardon the language in this version of the video. But it does show that it was just guys watching/recording the storm apparently. So glad no one was injured! 🙂 —Diane at

Bill T (@guest_118960)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks for the update Diane. Cheers.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill T

You’re welcome, Bill. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

PennyPA (@guest_118865)
2 years ago

Top o’ the morning to everyone!

We’re having a blizzard here in the panhandle of Texas but it’s raining and not snowing. What’s up with that?

Ran (@guest_118868)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Well, it’s a cool 70 here in Cali! Hope you have power down there in Texas to keep warm? Be safe, Happy St. Patty’s Day!

John Macatee (@guest_118893)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

And the rest of the day to yourself! It’s 37 degrees in Pahrump and going up to 66!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_118904)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Uh, how can it be a “blizzard” without snow?

So, I did a definition search for “blizzard” and found this as the third definition: “An inordinately large amount of something all at one time”. Something?

Whoda thunk?

Bd2 (@guest_118911)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I thought the third dafy-nition was a cold shake…

DW.ND (@guest_118916)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Think Dairy Queen Tommy!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_118921)
2 years ago
Reply to  DW.ND

Oooooh . . . ! Totally forgot that one. Love them! My pants don’t but . . .

Thom (@guest_118907)
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Hey! We’re in Pahrump too!
Look for a red taco truck on Pahrump Valley Blvd.
Ate there yesterday, awesome food!

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