Sunday, February 5, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Monday, April 5, 2021

Issue 1571
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.

[activecampaign form=34]

Today’s thought

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ―Lucille Ball

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day!

On this day in history: 1792 – United States President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.

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

Tip of the Day

Get the 411 on RV extension cords

By Mark J. Polk, RV Education 101
I tell RV owners to try not to use an RV extension cord, but the day will come when you don’t have a choice. Extension cords are convenient when the RV’s power cord is not long enough to reach the power pedestal, but understanding what type of extension cord to use on your RV is important. Get the 411 on RV extension cords here – it’s important information.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Newmar King Aire. Do you want to take a guess at how much this rig costs? C’mon, guess. OK, give up? The base price for this luxurious motorhome starts at just over $1.3 million. Yup, you read that right. Learn more and take a look around here.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Lance 1172 Truck Camper
2021 Lance 1475 Travel Trailer

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Bennett Springs State Park, Missouri

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 5, 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

Can I build my own “SoftStartRV”-type controller for cheap?

Dear Mike,
I know that the SoftStartRV air conditioner controller must do what it says it does. After all, I see all the good product reviews, and really appreciate you diving into it. Even your graphs make it easy for someone like me to understand that it works. But I’ve got to believe there is a cheap way to build one myself. Isn’t it just some capacitors in a box? Will you publish the schematic and parts list so we can build these ourselves for maybe $30 or so? I understand why you may not want to publish this info, but please give us a break and draw out how to build one. —Thomas

Read Mike’s response.

Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Do “still” RV water pumps run deep?

Boondockers and other folks who get away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. Sometimes they’re just not used to the additional noise produced by the RV’s water pump; at other times there are problems – most of which are easily cured. Read more.

Reader poll

Should marijuana be legalized nationally for recreational use?

Tell us what you think here.

Helpful resources


Quick Tip

Maintain your trailer brakes and axles

Don’t forget to service your trailer brakes and axles! Your RV brakes and bearings need to be serviced every year or 3,000 miles at a minimum. While it’s important to follow the service guidelines outlined in your RV’s owner’s manual packet, there are some standard guidelines to keep in mind. RV brakes must be inspected and adjusted annually, every 3,000 miles, or if braking performance is reduced. This can be as simple as adjusting the brakes, but if you have Nev-R-Adjust brakes the service interval may be different.

When the brakes are serviced or inspected and the hubs are removed, have the bearings repacked and new seals installed. All too often I have seen shops fix brakes without replacing axle seals, and this leads to premature seal failure and grease getting into the hub and brake assembly, making a real mess. Don’t save money here – get this done right! During the annual bearing repack and inspection, make sure all the suspension components are in good shape, including axle bolts, shackles, springs, wiring, etc. Replace any components that have wear. Again, this is a safety issue so don’t save money here – get it done right! Also, check for abnormal tire wear. If the tires are in poor condition they should be replaced and the cause of the wear determined.

From Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician

Website of the day

The one thing you must eat in each state
If you’re just going to go out to eat or get takeout once in each state, this is what you should be eating. Warning: Don’t look at this list if you’re hungry!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Video and article: The don’ts of “camping” at Walmart
• One RVer’s wacky way to get rid of RV toilet odors
• Downsizing: An emotional roller coaster

Nobody would wine about getting this as a gift. It’s just too cute!

Recipe of the Day

Mama’s Orange Chicken
by Vickiala Edmonds from Chicago, IL
This orange chicken is sweet, tangy, and bursting with flavor. Vickiala hit it out of the park with these fantastic wings. There is a lot of breading mixture and sauce leftover. You’ll have enough to make a double batch of chicken. Good thing, because you’ll want to make extra. This would be great with chicken tenders, too, or even on shrimp or salmon.

Get the recipe here, and get ready to drool!



Snakes top the list of Americans’ fears. A study by Gallup shows that 51 percent of all Americans are afraid of snakes more than anything else. Snakes were followed by public speaking, heights, and claustrophobia.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Camping with four dogs is challenging but fun. The smallest, Rowdy, is 18 lbs. and the largest, Zoe, is 27 lbs. They are all rescues and unrelated.” —Betty Dagle

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.

Temperature gun is “essential equipment” for many RVers
Aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.

Leave here with a laugh

What’s the difference between an amateur thief and a professional thief?
The amateur thief says, “Give me all your money!!” And the professional thief says, “Sign here on the line, please.”

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.

Become a Member!

This newsletter is brought to you Monday through Friday by and is funded primarily through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS NEWSLETTER and others from, will you please consider pledging your support?  Learn more or contribute.

Join us: FacebookTwitterYouTube

Need help? Contact us.

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.

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2021 by

Related Articles


Facebook Groups you might like
RV Electricity
RVing with Dogs
RV Tech Tips
Electric Bikes for RVers
RV Advice
Towing Behind a Motorhome
. . . and the official Facebook page

Winterizing your RV this season? Amazon has a wide choice of RV antifreeze.


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Bill Sullivan
1 year ago

The “Quit Sturggling with hoses….link is bad.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Sullivan

Thank you, Bill. I can’t find what you’re referring to. Was it in today’s newsletter, or someplace else? I’ve done a search for it and still can’t find it. (However, I know I need new glasses, so maybe that’s my problem. 😉 ) Please let me know and I’ll try to take care of it. Thanks! Have a great day. 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane: It’s the ad about half way into the newsletter today. I tried the link and it worked fine for me. (Hp PC with Firefox).

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Thanks, DW/ND!!! I was looking in Edit mode rather than View/Preview mode. Since it’s in code when I look in Edit mode, it didn’t show up for me. I found it, thanks to you(!), and the link works for me, too. So, I’m not sure why it didn’t work for Bill. Take care. 😀 —Diane at

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

OK. I found it, thanks to DW/ND. (It just didn’t show up when I looked in Edit mode, because it’s a code.) Anyway, the link worked fine for me, as it did for DW/ND. So I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you. Maybe it’s something in your settings that’s blocking it? Sorry. —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Sullivan

I do not see the link, but is a sturggling problem similar to a gurgling problem I am having with a drain hose?  🙂 

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Hi, WEB. And that is why I “usually” correct typos in the comments – so our readers don’t get picked on by other readers. I’m pretty sure I’ve corrected a few of yours over the years. Just sayin’. 😉 But, yes. I think sturggling is pretty close to the gurgling problem you’re having. 😆 Take care. —Diane at

1 year ago

The recipes of the day section are pretty useless since this newsletter is called RV Travel. The recipes you are presenting don’t apply to most people in RV’s. You have to remember many of us aren’t in 30 ft. + Class A ‘s and travel in much more compact smaller units without ovens, and all the usual home kitchen appliances. I would appreciate more recipes geared specifically toward Rv’s living like maybe with Omnia ovens or even toaster oven like many people carry. The recipes you are presenting are a waste of space and time.

1 year ago

“Love yourself first” Lucille Ball….dead

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself” Jesus…. Still Living

1 year ago
Reply to  Rick


1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Jesus…. Still Living

I saw him yesterday, he’s working at the 7-Elevon at Hwy 111 & Clinton St in Indio!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bounder

I’ll bet it’s pronounced differently, however. 😉 Have a great day, Bounder. 😀 —Diane at

Bradley Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick


easy rider
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

I wasn’t aware that Jesus is still alive. Isn’t it A.D. now, not B.C.?
I do realize the teaching and concepts of Jesus are ‘still alive’. If the body is, then I want to visit and interview him in person while filming the whole scene to visually share with others.

1 year ago
Reply to  easy rider

Oh He has made many films, you have never seen one? There is “The Passion of the Christ”, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Life of Brian”…. and many more ‘true tales’ of the Great Man. The Book is not as good as the movie though.  😐 

Don McKelvay
1 year ago

Mike, I loved your response regarding designing a cheap soft start.

Montgomery Bonner
1 year ago

Hmmm, the vote on legalizing Mary J is almost 50% even split. I wonder how any of you would feel if you are driving your MH/RV etc. and a stoned driver takes you out and kills your family, injuring you. You give that some thought, because only two things are going to kill me, old age and stupid dumb drivers.

1 year ago

That is my opinion precisely. Impaired driving is my greatest worry. It is bad enough with people on cell phones much less stoned.

Gordy B
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

How about stoned, on the phone (trying to connect with a source), driving, and drinking a beer to try and maintain a high because they ran out of weed?

Magee Willis
1 year ago
Reply to  Gordy B

LOL, can anyone even want to do all those at once?

1 year ago

You can “what if” anything. I’ve seen people driving on a busy urban freeway while they were eating, drinking, shaving, even reading the newspaper. One guy I saw on the Eisenhower in Chicago was doing a crossword puzzle. Then there are the ubiquitous cell phones.

People don’t take driving seriously. I’m personally more concerned about cell phones in the hands of a stone-cold-sober distracted driver than I am about weed.

Magee Willis
1 year ago
Reply to  Marvin


1 year ago

All drugs should be legal. Survival of the fittest. Those who do drugs will eventually go the way of the dinosaur. Telling people that they can’t do or have something is the surest way to make them do it. This has been proven in other countries like Denmark and Holland.

John Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

How many people will they take with them?

1 year ago

Legalization is not going to change this, you are surrounded by impaired drivers everyday.

Sharon W.
1 year ago

How would you feel if you are driving your MH/RV etc. and a drunk driver takes you out and kills your family, injuring you. Booze is legal. It’s all about taking responsibility.

Gary Byler
1 year ago

Same Situation except substitute drunk instead of stoned. We have yet to make alcohol illegal. Additionally, I have never heard of someone stoned beat and or kill their children or spouse. I believe I’d rather see marijuana legal and stricter law enforcement on abusive domestic partners while strictly enforcing DWI laws.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Byler

Actually, we did make booze illegal. Remember how good prohibition worked?

1 year ago

The laugh is not funny

Bob Sapio
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Must be a banker or a lawyer 🙂

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Sapio

HAHAHA! very good…😂

1 year ago
Reply to  James

Must be use to saying “sign on the dotted line “

Bob M
1 year ago

A guy from New York is proposing to build a 197 acre campground in Scranton , Pa. It’ll have 80 campsites, 10 cabins and 15 RV sites if approved. It’ll be close to many stores, restaurants, entertainment and hospitals. Plus in the summer, it’s close to a except farmers market.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

I must’ve missed something.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M


Mike Albert
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

What exactly are you trying to tell us???

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

Betty, you are a brave woman for RV’ing with 4 dogs and a generous person for having “rescued” them.

Lisa Adcox
1 year ago

Its doable but you have to be on it. I have 4.

1 year ago

Many campgrounds limit the number of animals you can have. Ours in Florida only allows 2 animals of any type or combo.