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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Issue 1568
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

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ―Thich Nhat Hanh

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tater Day! If you don’t feel like eating potatoes today, how about spending the night in one?

On this day in history: 1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

Tip of the Day

Dirty tile floors? Use these tips and products to clean your RV’s floor

By Nanci Dixon
Anyone with a tile floor in an RV knows that it gets dirty, even when the rule is shoes off at the door. Dust, grit and bits of food can all add up to a floor needing help. There are a variety of ways to clean the tiles without leaving streaks. Before you start cleaning, though, vacuum. That way you won’t get all the dust, pet hair and crumbs stuck in your mop, Swiffer or rags. Here are some of the most popular products and suggestions to get a clean, streak-free floor.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


2021 Cherokee 274RK reviewToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Cherokee 274RK Travel Trailer. As he reports, “I like this floor plan and I like the way Cherokee has implemented it. I think they’re adding a tremendous amount of value that you don’t see in all trailers at this price point.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Leisure Travel Vans Wonder RTB Class C? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Magnolia Beach

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 31, 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: Christopher N. of Seal Rock, Oregon, and Steve B. of Snelling, California.

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.

What to do in the event of an RV accident

It’s something we all dread … the possibility that we’ll be involved in an accident. It’s even worse in an RV when your “home,” whether temporary or permanent, is involved. But, should the event arise, being prepared and having certain things in order can help make a bad situation a little easier. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How old is too old for RV tires?

Relive America’s first coast-to-coast road trip!
In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire USA and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”– but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor who impulsively bet $50 that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. From Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, “Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip” is the incredible story of that 3-month journey.

Reader poll

How old were you when you got your first romantic kiss?

Smooch smooch! Tell us here.

It’s that time of year! Here’s how to de-winterize and sanitize the RV water system. Good luck!

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

Lights dim in your RV?

Are the lights dim in your RV? The likely problem is that there isn’t enough 12 VDC power in the coach, but that’s not all!

First, determine if the battery and converter are working properly. If the coach is plugged into shore power and there is low DC voltage, then the converter isn’t working for some reason. If the coach is unplugged from shore power, then that points to the battery(s). If the 12 VDC sources are good, then you likely have a ground problem. (Slightly revised 3/31. Thanks, Mike Sokol!)

From Certified RV Technician Chris Dougherty.

Website of the day

The Ultimate Guide to America’s National Parks
If you aren’t familiar with Atlas Obscura, make yourself. There’s so much great information on this website, especially on this page. Atlas Obscura shows you their favorite place in each National Park – attractions, trails, landmarks, beaches, etc.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Stupid statements can make your head spin – try this one
• World War III: Our RV vs. pack rats, mice and scorpions
• I’ve had it! I’m tossing my GPS out the window!

Just in case you ever want one of these wacky friends for yourself…


If you want your hair to grow fast, eat more salmon. According to Harvard and Yale nutritionist, Jayson Calton, PhD, salmon is the food that makes your hair grow the fastest due to the high amounts of Vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Other foods like yellow bell peppers, oysters, eggs, and sweet potatoes help your hair, too, but salmon works the quickest.

Can you guess how many plastic bottles Americans throw away per hour? 
A.) 670,000
B.) 1.2 million
C.) 2.5 million
The answer is in yesterday’s trivia section

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“She is a big dog packed into a little body!” —Julie Greene

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

Why is your nose in the middle of your face?
Because it’s your scenter!

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.

Recipe of the Day

Easter Ham
Cooking an Easter ham in the Crock Pot is a fabulous idea. It frees up the oven for other dishes. This ham doesn’t have the typical glaze. It’s a sweet juice with a hint of clove to give it spice. A delicious addition to your Easter table.See full recipe and cooking instructions


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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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Tony V
1 year ago

Website of the day gives false information.
“In June 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill that declared the Yosemite Valley in California a protected wilderness area. A few years later, in 1872, it became the first official national park in the United States—and the first in the world. ”
It’s true that Lincoln signed the bill to protect the Yosemite Valley, but Yosemite did not become a National Park until 1890. It was Yellowstone NP that was created in 1872, becoming the US’ and the world’s first NP.
Won’t be using that website for NP history, only photos.

1 year ago
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Marie Beschen
1 year ago

Another winner with the Website of the day! Thanks!!

Kathy J Underwood
1 year ago

Excellent idea about listing certain contacts in your cell phone as In Case of Emergency. Just added that to our listing for our children.

David Telenko
1 year ago

Todays quick tip may have been a bit misleading with the “neutral wire”. Seems like he’s confusing 12 VDC voltage with 120 VAC voltage. To begin with as far as I know on motor homes there are only 2 wires for a 12VDC circuit “plus & minus”. Also in a 120VAC circuit there are 3 wires, “plus, neutral & ground”. I’m no expert by any means on those subjects, but if your 12VDC lights are dime 90% of the time its a bad or loose ground somewhere! I’m very sure someone will have a say to what I’ve said! I hope I haven’t offended anyone!

1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Not offended, but I read the tip a little different. Chris D. said “If the 12 VDC sources are good, then you likely have a ground or neutral problem.”
So if the batteries (12VDC) are good, then it ‘has’ to be the AC (120V) side and a possible culprit would be the neutral. There sure could be other causes, but a loose neutral will do funny things, I thinks he is just saying not to rule that out. But I am puzzled on why the ground could be a cause. Best to check & tighten ALL wiring connections every year or two.

1 year ago

Crock Pot is good for pulled pork. Only time it gets used. Everything else is stove to or Dutch oven in the oven or bean pot in the oven. The camper has three Dutch ovens different sizes for different cooking. The small always for dessert. Don’t know what I’d do with out them. Second best is the pressures cooker.

Bob Palin
1 year ago

They want $52 for the Horatio Drives book!

Jay D. Barthelmeus
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Buy it used on Amazon

1 year ago

Julie Greene – We have her brother, a gray and white version! First time we’ve seen another like him. Wish I could figure out a way to post a photo of him on here. Our guy is a rescue and is a huge lover, but definitely thinks he’s a REALLY big dog!

1 year ago

The pet of the day comment about being a big dog in a little body is so true of most small breeds. I have a friend that is a “sanitation engineer” Drives a garbage truck and he says he is chased more time by small dogs than any large dogs. One house he gets chased by a chihuahua on a weekly basis. LOL

Bob P
1 year ago

I don’t know what the fascination of cloves in cooking a ham is but, my mother God rest her soul always put cloves in the ham. If anybody was going to bite into a clove during the meal it was me, I hate cloves.

1 year ago

Crock pot and over the fire cooking are the two ways I know how to make meals. My wife’s new stove is too complicated for me. I have many recipes for the crock pot so my wife doesn’t have to cook when she returns home from work.

Karen Barthelmeus
1 year ago

You are certainly a gem