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RV Daily Tips. Friday, March 19, 2021

Issue 1560
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

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” ―Louisa May Alcott

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

On this day in history: 1918 – The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time.

Tip of the Day

Tax Corner: All about keeping records for tax purposes, and what you can’t do!

By Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA
I received the following question about keeping tax records. I explain what you can and can’t do about keeping records for tax purposes.
  (1) How long do I need to keep my tax records? (2) Can I dispose of them once my current year return is processed?

Read Neil’s answer.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Overland Explorer Vehicles, CAMP-X Truck Camper. Tony writes, “The CAMP-X is essentially a lightweight slide-in truck camper made from a composite material with powder-coated extruded reinforcements. There are a number of racks and attachment points for things like an outdoor shower tent and a roof rack for solar panels or adventure gear.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the American Dream 39RK Diesel Pusher? 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 19, 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.

Reduce anxiety maneuvering at the fuel stop

While having that bigger motorhome or towing a larger trailer has its share of pluses, along with the increased length comes what for some is a “problem set.” When it’s time to fuel up your rig, getting in and out of the fuel station can become anything between a challenge and a nightmare. Here are some tips to make it easier.

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

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

How long since you watched a movie on broadcast TV that contained commercials?

Try and remember and then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Windows hard to slide?

Do you have sliding or double-hung windows in your RV that are hard to operate?

First, check for any junk that may have accumulated in the window track. Second, spray a light amount of silicone into the track and exercise the window. This should help make the window slide or raise more easily!

If you’re always losing or misplacing things, this is for you.

It’s that time of year! Time to de-winterize and sanitize the RV water system. Learn how to do so here.

Website of the day

2D Driving Simulator on Google Maps
We just spent way too much time on this, but it’s just so fun! This driving simulator takes you on the satellite view of Google Maps. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive yourself around a random place and explore!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $11. Learn more or order.


Think your cat can meow loudly? Good thing they’re not a lion! A lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away (!!). Well, guess you have time to run if you hear one in the distance…

*Sitting for this many hours a day can cut your life expectancy by two full years. See the amount in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day

“Arlo and Sofie, our rescued Havanese, travel full-time with us.” —Chigee Cloninger

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.

Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee. Click here.

Leave here with a laugh

A Tibetan monk was making his morning toast when he saw, in the margarine, the face of Jesus. He gasped and said, “Wow! I can’t believe it’s not Buddha!”

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 or this newsletter.

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2 years ago

Arlo and Sofie look like smiling mischief makers; and sweet family members  🐶 

2 years ago

re: Driving Simulator
Street View in Google Maps is much more useful for RVers.

I use it for at least a few minutes before every trip. If a campground review says the entryway is confusing, I look at it in Street View. I’ve used both Satellite & Street view to look at restaurant parking lots to see if we can stop there with our trailer. I once used Street view to fly down 60 miles of a mountain highway–comments were mixed on whether or not it was suitable for RVs.

2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

I wish Google Maps had a feature that once you plotted a trip, you could apply street view and automatically fly thru the path of the trip, allowing you to preview your trip as if it were a movie.

Gregory Brott
2 years ago

Love our Tiles….no more lost RV nor car keys while Roughing it Smoothly!

Bob P
2 years ago

The joke writer definitely needs a week off.

Russ Wentworth
2 years ago

The joke today will make a fine addition to my repertoire of dad jokes!

2 years ago

Hmmmm. Today’s Mystery Product makes me wonder about hiding one in our RV, car, truck, etc. in case it is stolen. Could we call the police and tell them where it is?

Bob P
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

As long as they didn’t take it more than 200 ft away

John Crawford
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P


Al K
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Sorry the signal is only a short distance and bluetoothed to your cell phone.

2 years ago
Reply to  Al K

FAR AWAY — When outside of Bluetooth range, use the Tile app to view your Tile’s most recent location or enlist the safe and anonymous help of the Tile Network. I can tell you it works.

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