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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 1, 2021

Issue 1569
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

“With so many things coming back in style, I can’t wait until morals, respect and intelligence become a trend again.” —Denzel Washington

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is April Fool’s Day! Happy April!

On this day in history: 1918 – The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

Tip of the Day

Tire wear and tear – What to check

Courtesy Dicor Corporation
Question: What is the only part of your rig that touches the road? Hopefully the answer is just your tires! Braking, handling, ride and safety all depend on your tires. So it is important that you inspect your tires regularly. What should you be looking for? Here are some suggestions.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

2021 Thor Hurricane 34J review

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Hurricane 34J Class A Gas Motorhome. Tony looks at the ways this rig differs from the similar Thor Magnitude 34B. Which one does he like more and why? Find out here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee 274RK Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

KOA Gaylord, Michigan

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, April 1, 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.

If you’re going to an Easter church service or to a celebration with friends and/or family, you cannot show up unless you’re wearing one of these! Too cute! 

Can you really be confident of the purity of your RV water supply?

In much of the world obtaining safe drinking water is a daily concern. But we RVers are fortunate to be able to fill our water tanks from taps whose sources we don’t even question. … When was the last time you even thought of pathogenic microorganisms and intestinal parasites? However, even in this highly sanitized country, we may be taking too much for granted. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: What to do in the event of an RV accident

Reader poll

Have you ever been paid to sing or play a musical instrument?

Hit the keys, pluck the strings, turn up the mic… Whatever it is, tell us here!

Quick Tip

This cooler does the trick

From Russ and Tiña De Maris
For us, monthly shopping is a 200-mile round trip to the “big city.” On hot days, keeping the frozen foods solid while getting back home was once a problem. We tried Styrofoam coolers with bags of ice from the store – which works, but Styro chests get mauled easily. We finally found a “low voltage” cooler chest that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket. While it isn’t actually a freezer, if we pack the frozen goods together and pre-cool the cooler, our stuff gets home just fine.

Website of the day

Perhaps you already have an account with, but if you don’t, you might want to sign up. Classmates® reconnects you with others who have graduated from your high school. Wouldn’t it be neat to find people on here you haven’t connected with in years, maybe even decades? Check it out and say “Hi” to old friends.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 27 percent have owned more than five RVs in their lifetime
• 7 percent have buried a pet in a pet cemetery
• 36 percent love to hug, and give hugs every chance they get! (Well, pre-COVID, that is.)

Recent poll: Have you feared for your safety in your RV because of an approaching threat of nature?


Tomatoes have more genes than humans. Can you believe it? A tomato possesses 31,760 genes, 7,000 more than humans. How “plant geneticists” discovered this is fascinating. Read the story here.

*What food makes your hair grow the fastest? If you’re trying to get your hair to grow, read yesterday’s trivia and add it to your diet!

FREE membership in The Dyrt Pro has arranged a super special deal for you — a free, 90-day membership in The Dyrt Pro App. Its Campground Directory (no need to be online to use) is superb. Plus: Trip planning, comprehensive guide to dispersed camping (boondocking) locations, and more. Check it out! Hey, you can’t beat free! And, wow, so many great benefits! Learn more here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bowie is one of those Velcro dogs. A Golden Retriever mix. He loves the water, runs like the wind, and provides hours of entertainment. He’s adopted and 4 years old. He ignored our late cats but likes the grandkids. He is great off-leash and loves camping adventures. It was hard to post only one picture.” —John Sabo

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.

This is for that person who spends a little too much time on the pot… You can’t beat the title! Ha!

Recipe of the Day

Cheesecake in a Blender
by Terrie Hoelscher from Harpers Ferry, WV
Classic, simple, sweet… a delicious cheesecake! Preparing it in a blender makes this is an easy dessert to make. It doesn’t have your traditional graham cracker crust, but it was a unanimous hit in the Test Kitchen. With the perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness, the wonderful flavors of the cheesecake are allowed to shine. It has a dense center with a custardy texture. Note: If you want to prevent cracking, this can be prepared in a water bath. Boil about 2 cups of water. Place your aluminum-foil-lined pan into a roasting pan. Carefully pour the boiled water around the pan until it’s 2 inches deep.

See the recipe and preparation instructions.


Leave here with a laugh

This is so funny! Watch as this man pranks his fiancée into thinking her car brakes are grinding. Don’t try this at home…

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1 year ago

Did anyone notice that the ” poo book” is available “used”??? eeewww

Roger V
1 year ago

Hey Denzel, those things still exist in certain circles. Unfortunately, even those circles seem to be shrinking quickly.

John Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger V

Yea like Hollywood,!

Diane M
1 year ago

What is a Velcro dog?

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

Hi, (other) Diane M. John is probably referring to the fact that Bowie sticks real close to his humans. Like my dog, Buddy, sticks right next to me all of the time. Even just walking down the hall he’s nudging me from behind, like he’s herding me. Or if I’m standing at the kitchen sink, he tries to wedge himself in between me and the cupboard. Or if I’m making my bed, he sits right next to me and puts his muzzle on the edge of the bed. Maybe it’s because he was severely abused for the first three years of his life and he is still showing his “appreciation” for my bringing him home nine years ago. He’s definitely my Velcro Buddy. 😀 —Diane at

Diane M
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Okay, thanks! That makes sense.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

You’re welcome, Diane. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

Same as a “Klingon”

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

One significant thing Denzel Washinmgton left out of todays thought was COMMON SENSE.

John Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt


1 year ago

I appreciate Denzel’s quote, but society doesn’t have a good track record of returning to higher standards. Not happening in my lifetime.

1 year ago

Love the “Leave here with a laugh” – That was funny!

Tom Mason
1 year ago

Wouldn’t it be nice if todays thought of the day actually happened ?

Steve flippo
1 year ago

Hahaha…watch as this girl dumps him and finds a guy who doesnt treat her like a dumb blond.

Randall Johnstun
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Those two prank one another on social media, they deserve each other

David Telenko
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Hey, she’s not a blonde! But she sure has a great sense of humor, kinda a dangerous prank!

Bob P
1 year ago

In the quick tip about food storage, my late wife would save a serving of supper every night in a rubber maid storage container and freeze it. I was a OTR (over the road) truck driver, I had one of the 12V coolers that chill the inside temperature 30 degrees cooler than outside temperature. When I left out on Sunday PM my cooler would be packed with a weeks frozen dinners. Most Class 8 trucks the cab and sleeper temperatures are controlled separately, I would put the cooler in its compartment in the sleeper and turn the temperature down as low as 60 degrees which kept the inside of the cooler at 30. At the end of my day I would move the cooler to the front passenger seat and reverse the temperature settings to 60 in front and 68 in the sleeper. By the time the week was over my last frozen meal still had frozen parts, I had a small microwave I heated my meals with, saved untold hundreds of $. Also worked for breakfast meals too.

Ed D.
1 year ago

The “leave here with a laugh” segment was awesome!  😂 

1 year ago

We carry bottled water for drinking and food prep. Site water is for flushing and showers.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Ditto here. As we wintered in TX this year we found many many towns had roadside kiosks dispensing drinking water for 25 cents a gallon. A great service.

In Hot Springs AR you can do the same at free fountains provided by the town. But the water is 157 degrees, so be careful.

Roger B
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Most Walmarts have water machines as well.

Phil & Peggy
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

A one-time investment in an RO system years ago has made it so I haven’t had to be concerned about RV park water, anywhere, since then. Even the really dirty water at the RV park on the Colorado River near Parker, AZ!

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

Reader Poll…..I’ve been paid NOT to sing.  🤐 

Betty Danet
1 year ago


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Judy S
1 year ago

LOL!! Why wasn’t that one of the poll options.

Diane Fox
1 year ago

I LOVE Bowie!