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RV Daily Tips. Monday, March 29, 2021


Issue 1566
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

“If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you’ll end up miserable.” ―Brandon Sanderson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! Go show some love for small businesses today! Also, it is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. We honor you and we thank you for your service.

On this day in history: 1886 – John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Don’t skimp on sleep! Tips to get better sleep in your RV

By Gail Marsh
You’re away from home and surrounded by the wonders of nature. The only thing you don’t particularly love is the fact that you have trouble sleeping when you’re in the RV. You are not alone. Many RVers struggle with getting a good night’s sleep. While I’m not offering any guarantees here, I’ve found several techniques that help me rest better and wake up refreshed. Maybe they’ll help you, too. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco Jay Flight Octane 255 Toy Hauler. As he reports, “…this Jayco is a full 101” in width. If you really do want a toy hauler for serious toy hauling, this is the kind you might hone in on.” Read more and see how this toy hauler compares to others.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Coachmen Clipper 12.0 TD MAX
2021 Wildwood FSX 270RTK Toy Hauler

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 29, 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.

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.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Accidental reversed polarity adapter

Dear Mike:
At one end of my trailer I have a 50-amp shore power; the other end I put in a 30-amp plug for my generator divided by a transfer switch. Both ends test good on the trailer with a three light tester. I have a Yamaha EF3000iSEB. Testing per your video it shows an open ground. When I install the n-g plug it shows good. But when I hook the trailer to the generator, the trailer shows an open ground. When I install the n-g plug the trailer shows hot/neutral reverse indication on the tester. Any ideas? Thanks. —Ron

Read Mike’s answer.

Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Why leave a review?

Whenever we travel somewhere new while full-time RVing, whether we’re work camping or just commuting at a campground, it’s a first-time experience. It’s safe to say that if it is our first, then it is, or will be, someone else’s first too. Leaving a review for the place of business tells others who would venture down that same stretch of road of our experiences. This helps those travelers to have some information and our opinion of what we have encountered. Read more.

Reader poll

Do you believe evidence of life will be found on Mars in the next five years?

Grab your alien-viewing glasses and tell us here.

Helpful resources


Your totally weird and completely random product of the day is … drum roll, please! … This!

Quick Tip

Why does the RV plumbing go “glug-glug”?

I have worked on many RVs where the owner had a complaint of toilet and sink burping. I have seen toilets expel their contents when flushed, only to flush the rest down! Why, you ask? Because the tank ventilation system was plugged! Those little plumbing vents on the roof play an important part in allowing the dirty water to go down the drain, and if it’s plugged with wasp nests, the drain becomes the vent!

It’s kind of like the old PET milk cans or juice cans where you would use the can opener to punch a pour spout on one side and a vent on the other. If you didn’t open the vent hole, it would glug-glug and barely come out. Same principle here – the system needs to breathe.

From Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician

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Website of the day

Google Arts & Culture
For the museum and art lovers, this is for you! Spend some time exploring museums all over the world. This easy-to-use Google site shows you what’s inside every museum organized by category and style of art. It’s a masterpiece!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• How long is “too long” for a 5th wheel to stay in national and state parks?
• How to fix problem from neglected water heater element
• Don’t forget to tow your… helicopter?

ABC's of RVingBy RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!

If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by editor Chuck Woodbury should be a must-read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both a Kindle version and printed edition.


80 percent of all of humanity lives on less than $10 USD per day. How much do you think you spend in a day?

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“My two great GSDs while we visited Maine.” —Dawn Miller

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

A piece of string walks into a bar. The string gets sloppy drunk, throws up everywhere, and gets banned from the bar. The next night, the string wants to get back in, so he ties himself in a knot, frazzles the top of himself, then walks in. The bartender looks at him suspiciously and asks, “Aren’t you that string that I threw outta here last night?” The string replies, “No! I’m a frayed knot!”

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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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Randall Johnstun
1 year ago

Today’s, Leave here with a laugh, WOW.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago

I’m knot to blame, Randall. Just sayin’. 😆 Have a good night (or would that be knight?). (Yeah, I’m tired.) 😀 —Diane at

Marie Beschen
1 year ago

Wow, I really got lost in the website of the day! That really is a GREAT one! Wish I’d had it a year ago while I’ve been sitting around…sure keeps you entertained! Thanks!!

1 year ago

Excuse to celebrate: Also it’s Vietnam War Veterans Day. Welcome back brother !!!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

We apologize for this inadvertent, but huge, oversight, Dave. It’s been added to the newsletter. And we honor and thank all of the incredible and important Vietnam veterans. (I know many personally.) Thank you, Dave, for your service. Welcome home, and take care. 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  dave

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇲

Tom Mason
1 year ago

The fire extinguishers advertised cannot be shipped to Calif.

1 year ago

I also loved the pets today- beautiful dogs! The note about holding tank vents and the analogy with the Pet Milk was very good I thought. Also, although I consider myself fairly frugal and not wasteful at all I’d never survive on 10 bucks a day. It’s part of living the good life that I’m lucky to have.

1 year ago

I always like the pet of the day. Today’s is the best yet. The only thing better than living with a German Shepard is living with two of them.

Walter Fuhrmann
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

When my wife was single she had 2. Never a problem camping “alone”. And they kept her warm in the tent.