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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Issue 1572
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

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” ―Fred Rogers

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Caramel Popcorn Day!

On this day in history: 1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first people to reach the North Pole.

Tip of the Day

Ways you can help “newbie” RVers – You were once one, too!

By Gail Marsh
As the COVID reality set in, an unprecedented RV buying frenzy developed. More than half a million new RVs were purchased last year! The RV industry expects this year to be even bigger than last. More and more folks are dipping their toes into the RV lifestyle. We recently asked our readers if they would be willing to help “newbie RVers” and almost all of the experienced RVers said, “Yes!”

So, what are some ways to really help the “newbies” who’ve recently joined the RV life? Here are some thoughts to consider.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Did you miss our first podcast?

If so, click below. We believe you will love it. If you have ideas for future programs for host Scott Linden, from must-see destinations to quirky roadside attractions, tips and advice, call 541-382-1726 and leave a voice message or leave a message on our official podcast page.


Today’s RV review(s)…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews TWO RVs, the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 264BHW and Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH. These two RVs have identical floor plans. Which should you choose, and why? Find out here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Newmar King Aire? 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, April 6, 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 three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift certificates: Eduardo W. of Weston, Florida, Roger B. of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Karl and Jennifer Z. of Belton, Missouri.

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.

How to keep reminders by location rather than time

Have you ever wished you could remember to do something when you’re in a particular place? Like when you were visiting friends in Oregon and they told you, “If you get to Newport, you must eat at Moe’s!” … Or you tell yourself, “When we drive through Camp Verde, check to see if the Verizon signal is strong enough for us to stay there.” These examples are things that Google Keep can remind you to do. Check out how easy this is!

Yesterday’s featured article: Do “still” RV water pumps run deep?

Reader poll

What is your favorite part of the U.S.?

Think about it for a moment, then tell us here.

Learn from others’ mistakes… This owner destroyed their brand-new Jeep while flat towing it. You won’t believe the damage

Quick Tip

Inexpensive “RV-friendly” bathroom tissue

We recently received this tip from Doug and Joan W.: We happened into a Dollar Tree store yesterday and found this bathroom tissue package. This morning I gave it the “water test.” It disintegrated in about 10 seconds – turned to mush! The rolls are standard size, 4 to a package, for $1.00! Hard to find a better bargain than that.

TP specs. Click to enlarge.

I don’t know if this product is carried nationally or is an item of regular stock. And I haven’t given it the “use test” yet – but it is 2 ply – albeit thin plies. It is soft – and equal to the little rolls marketed for RV use. We have used “Cottonelle” in the past; however, they have changed their design and now do not pass the water test. This isn’t sold as an “RV” product – that’s my designation.

If storing in an RV – or anywhere, for that matter – be sure it is a dry location or you may have more than a wet paper problem!! —Thanks, Joan and Doug!

The most stylish kitchen condiment we’ve ever seen. Check it out, you’ll want to give it to everyone you know!

Website of the day

34 movies that will make you want to see the world
If you’re like us, the wanderlust is probably hitting pretty hard right about now. Check out this list of 34 movies that will make you want to jump up off your couch and see the world (including several locations in the U.S.). Make some popcorn and enjoy!

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:

• 78 percent of married people are very satisfied with their marriage. Only 2 percent are miserable.
• 56 percent have had a tick on their body more than once in their lifetime
• 19 percent are excited about the idea of self-driving RVs and want one of their own!

Recent poll: How does preparing a meal in your RV compare to doing it in a traditional home kitchen?

Camco Vent InsulatorDon’t let that cool air-conditioned air escape!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.

Recipe of the Day

Frito Corn Salad
by Pamela Floyd from Ada, OK
Bring an ordinary corn salad to a whole new level of yumminess with chili cheese Fritos. The corn salad alone is tasty and a little sweet from the dressing. After mixing in the chili-spiced corn chips, it not only adds texture to the salad but a punch of flavor. A fantastic summertime salad for any barbecue, picnic, or family meal.

Get the recipe here.



When George Lucas was casting the part of Bob Falfa as a street racer in the 1973 movie “American Graffiti,” Harrison Ford was working as a cabinet maker in Lucas’ Modesto, California, home. Ford’s next big role: Han Solo in the first “Star Wars” movie.

*What does a Gallup poll show that more Americans are afraid than anything else? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Not a drinker, but Nilla loves hanging out at wineries.” —Bill Damour

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. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 

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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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1 year ago

15yrs FT. Never put paper in the tank. No clogs. No smell. Tanks last longer. No problem.

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard

27 years rv’ing, 5 different rv’s. I’ve always put paper in the tank. No clogs, No smell. Tanks last just as long. No problem.

David Telenko
1 year ago
  • Looking at the Dyrt Pro, I always stay clear of those free trials that you HAVE to give your credit card information in order to see it! Usually if you go one day past the free trial, you get charged for a full subscription, if you didn’t like it!
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Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

If that toilet paper from the Dollar Store disintegrates as quickly as you say, they better not sell it in the deep, high humidity south. Just sayin’.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

….or in the rainy northwest.

Craig M
1 year ago

I listened to half of Scott Linden’s podcast. In my opinion there were too many promos and ads to be forced to listen to. Also, Scott made a comment about his freedoms being taken away. That said a lot. Off handed comment although unintended, need to be left out of the podcast. I will probably not listen again due to the number of promos (a common frustration of mine when cranking up a podcast).

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig M

My sentiments exactly. Once is enough and will not again.

john stahl
1 year ago

TEXAS is the place to live. Utah has many awesome national parks and public and private parks. Wyoming has awesome stops as well. And cannot leave out Arizona with the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, etc. New Mexico has many beautiful stops. So much to see and so much to do. WOW!

Pat Berger
1 year ago

Since COVID shots are available now I was wondering if there has been any conversation about how easy it is to travel from state to state. Do we have to show proof of having a COVID vaccine?

1 year ago
Reply to  Pat Berger

We have traveled off and on for all of 2020 and 2021. Both to the north east and the west. (We live in Virginia) Have had no problems. Just remember to be careful, safe, and courteous. Some CGs require masks, some don’t, just like the states they’re in. When we were in Maine they required us to sign a paper saying we didn’t have COVID. That’s it. We’re in Texas now. No problems.

1 year ago
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1 year ago

My favorate parts of USA are South Dakota, Texas, Florida

1 year ago
Reply to  chuck

We like Texas, but I thought we had bad traffic. Everything IS bigger in Texas, including the traffic.

1 year ago

Nuts! Now I have some movies to add to my “must read” book list.

Jeff P
1 year ago

The best “RV” toilet paper I have found is the Members Mark brand from Sam’s Club. Very soft and it does pass the water test. Dissolves easily.

Judy Wiemer
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff P

Jeff, that’s what we use too.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff P

Have always bought the RV toilet paper but we recently got a new RV that has a macerator for the toilet so I’m now wondering if we can use whatever paper we want.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

The macerator blades will clog if the paper does not disinergrate easily.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff P

We never put TP down the toilets. We have a small covered trash can in each bathroom. There is no smell. No problems in black tanks either.

Marie Beschen
1 year ago
Reply to  Thom

I’m the same. Use nice, soft “regular” toilet paper, and put it in the trash. No worries of any kind in the tank, or my bottom! 😉

1 year ago
Reply to  Thom