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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, March 18, 2021

Issue 1559
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

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” ―Thomas Edison

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sloppy Joe Day!

On this day in history: 1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.

Tip of the Day

Tax Corner: Tax return tips especially for RVing business owners

By Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA
Since it’s tax time, I thought I’d give you a few tips and things to think about regarding your tax return, especially if you’re an RVing business owner. Read Neil’s tips here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new American Dream 39RK Diesel Pusher. Tony jokingly writes, “Ever since I was a wee lad I was told about the American Dream. I think this is something that all young people are told about in the United States but, until I got a press release from an RV company, I didn’t realize the American Dream was actually a motorhome. Who knew?” Learn more and take a look inside.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Off Grid Trailers Expedition 2.0? 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 18, 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 cards: 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.

Boondocking in our National Forests: It’s not just about saving money

The term “boondocking” means different things to different people. It could simply mean camping without hook-ups, which would include many campgrounds managed by the state and national parks, Forest Service, Corps of Engineers and BLM. But many RVers look beyond even the designated primitive camping areas for their own version of what a boondocking campsite should be. Learn more in this article from Bob (“BoondockBob”) Difley.

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t stand under a tree during lightning! Here’s why! Oh my! 

Our readers say THIS is the worst kind of road to drive. Do you agree? We offer tips.

Reader poll

When sweetening food or beverages, is it sugar or artificial sweetener for you?

Tell us your sweet answer here, please.

Quick Tip

Surging LP gas pressure?

Does the flame surge or fluctuate on its own when you light a burner on your stove? This could be a sign that you have contamination in your propane gas system. LP gas suppliers are usually careful about their supply system. However, occasionally moisture will find its way in and result in a thick “oil” in the system. This can wreak havoc on an LP gas system, and can lead to symptoms like surging and appliances not staying lit. If this occurs, the system must be serviced by a certified RV technician.

Website of the day

Hemingway App
This website is neat! If you’re a writer or just want to double-check an important email you’re about to send, use this website. Write directly on the website and it will correct your grammar, it will show you when you’re using a passive voice, it will help with your readability and so much more.

We wish we had known about this all winter! What a treat this would be!

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:

• 62 percent store their RV (when not in use) on their own property
• 63 percent say that water has dripped into their RV during a bad rainstorm
• 93 percent say they have never practiced an emergency exit through their RV’s exit window (we suggest you do!)

Recent poll: Would you pay $80 for a $40 hookup campsite if it were the only available site for 50 miles? (lots of comments)


Go outside and take a walk! No, really, go do it. If you sit for more than three hours per day you might be cutting your life short by two full years. Read this report from Time (we guarantee you’ll go for a walk after that!).

*If you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday but don’t know the history behind it, read yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gemma on her first glamping trip!” —Eric Yeo

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.

A fun way to solve problems with your RV!
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!

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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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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Carvel G
1 year ago

2005 Fleetwood Flair Class A = NO EMERGENCY EXITS. It’s out the door or burn baby burn.

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago

We haven’t practiced using the emergency exit because we have a Sprinter. The emergency exit is the rear door. I think we would be able to handle it if necessary.

Thomas D
1 year ago

Practice Going out the emergency window. I think NOT. The next stop would be the ground about 7+ ft down, followed by a trip to the hospital and at our age a forever nursing home if we survived. I’ll take my chance on 2 good smoke/ co detectors and 2 extinguishers.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

I always get a kick out of ‘surveys’ or ‘studies’ that tell us that we shorten our lifespan by however long by doing this or that. Let’s say I start counting down from 115, which is how long I intend to live. None of this means anything to me. These theories don’t take into consideration how often or how long you do the nasty deeds they are trying to show you are hurting you in your quest for old age.

Gee, my reading “rvtravel” could actually be bad for my health and shorten my lifespan! I spend close to two hours every day reading and (GASP!) commenting.


RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Dang, Tommy! No wonder you’re up to almost 2,000 comments!!! But this keeps your mind young, so I think we’re good for at least your mental health. And we certainly do appreciate you and your input and tips. Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

2,000 comments! Wow. I guess the “GASP!” was well deserved.  😲 

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, I look forward to your comments…….more cowbell please!! 😄 

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry

Hahahahaha! Thanks Larry. Now I worry about being too ‘commenty’ (new word I just invented).

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Well, Tommy, if you didn’t even realize how “commenty” you’ve been, I doubt that anyone else has either. So keep ’em comin’. Always a pleasure, and interesting, to see what you have to say. Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

RE Trivia; Hard to go for a walk when there’s 6″ of snow and ice on the ground, or it’s 17 degrees outside…SHEESH!🙄

1 year ago

This ad must have been placed by the fellow who married Miss Right. He just didn’t realize her first name was Always.

Gary S
1 year ago

That’s an interesting tidbit about moisture in your propane tank causing oil to form. A few months back I saw another article about Olympian catalytic heaters having their burners damaged by oil in the propane. A comment by customer service implied that most supplies in the West were subject to that. I searched but was unable to find more information about how it got there.

Randall Johnstun
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary S

Propane is a bi-product of oil in the making of gasoline.

1 year ago

Joke of the day is great. I do feel sorry for that person as she will know he did that as well.