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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 8, 2021

Issue 1574
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.

Today’s thought

“Appreciate every single day that you’re alive. Life is a little bit like a garden – you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow.”  —Oscar de la Renta

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Empanada Day!

On this day in history: 1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of senators, becomes law.

Tip of the Day

30-amp RV vs. a 50-amp RV – What’s the difference?

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
What is the difference between a 30-amp and a 50-amp RV electrical system? RVs that don’t have large electrical demands or load requirements use a 30-amp electrical system. There is typically one roof air conditioner, a microwave or a convection oven, a refrigerator, a television, and several outlets throughout the RV. Larger RVs and RVs equipped with two or more roof air conditioners, residential-style appliances, entertainment centers and washers and dryers come equipped with a 50-amp electrical service. Continue reading and watch the explanatory video.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood Signature 8263MBR Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This is a newer line within the Signature Series that is intended to bring large RV features into a smaller package. Surprisingly, the trend in the RV industry isn’t bigger and more capable RVs, but smaller and more well-equipped RVs.” Read more and peek inside.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Runaway Campers V-Series Mini-Campers? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Spirit of the Suwannee Campground

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 8, 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.

Got hard water problems? Try vinegar!

If you have plumbing problems because you’re in a hard-water area of the country, here’s a tip to possibly save your plumbing. Have you tried this method? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below the post. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: When Quartzsite had a bank – in a motorhome

Every single RVer needs one of these in their RV. No excuses!

Reader poll

Have you ever attended a professional baseball game?

Take a swing and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Travel trailer LP tank bracket

The tongue-mount LP tank bracket system gets punished pretty badly by road spray and the environment. Sometimes parts on these, like the spin nut and the threaded rod, rust and won’t turn well. Keep the rod and nut lubricated with a rust preventive spray lubricant. If the threaded rod spins too much in the tank holder base, screw it down with a pair of vise grips until there is enough room underneath to add a nut to the exposed rod and tighten. Then the rod will stay put and just the nut on top will spin. Don’t forget to keep the base and tanks painted and rust free!

From Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician

Be cool this summer.
Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding! It’s now possible!

Website of the day

Amazing cliff dwellings in National Parks
Have you ever visited a cliff dwelling? Take a look at these five amazing cliff dwellings in National Parks and see how many you’ve been to.

A sad story of road rage. Why is everyone still so angry? Read this thought-provoking story by Nanci Dixon.

KayakWant a boat but don’t have space? Try an inflatable one!
It’s almost boating season! Inflatable boats became quite popular among RVers and outdoor enthusiasts recently. They’re affordable and fold down small so they can be stored in car trunks, on cargo racks, in RV underbelly storage or in a closet! If you’re skeptical, just read the reviews (or visit a nearby lake and ask someone in person!). Here’s an inflatable rowboat, and here’s a kayak (single and tandem).

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:

• 55 percent say they have someone in their life who they can never please no matter how hard they try
• 49 percent fast forward through commercials when watching TV
• 80 percent do not think Facebook has made the world a better place

Recent poll: Do you have a “go-to” RV shop or technician who you trust for repairs? 

Recipe of the Day

Crock Pot Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta
by Cindy Dozier from Kansas, OK
An easy and comforting Crock-Pot dinner! The chicken is moist and flavorful from all the spices. There’s a hint of heat from the Creole seasoning. Red peppers add a bit of sweetness and crunch while mushrooms give the meal a nice earthiness. A fantastic and easy pasta dinner your family will love.

Click here for the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Piña Colada French Toast & Orange Syrup


If you ever find yourself in Taiwan, make sure to stop at the toilet-themed restaurant, Modern Toilet Restaurant. The whole restaurant is toilet-themed, which means, yup, you’ll be eating your hot pot out of a “Hot Potty.” See their website here and make sure to look at their menu. We’ll take the Modern Toilet Poop Meatballs, please!

*Do you know what those little half-sphere things that you find on streets where painted lines typically mark traffic lanes are called, and why? We told you yesterday.

Boondockers Welcome — Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Great alternative to crowded RV parks. Modest membership fee. Learn more.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Remmie isn’t too fond of traveling but loves when we get to our destination. He is the best co-pilot ever. He is an American Bulldog/Boxer.” —Charlene Marland

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!

Did you miss our first podcast last Sunday?

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 inaugural podcast page.


Leave here with a laugh

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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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Herb Zechman
1 year ago

Thank God for the MUTE button I never listen to commercials!! Done with baseball!! All star game move was last straw!!

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

Could not get to the Modern Toilet restaurant with the link supplied so I went on the hunt. Here’s a link that works.

As usual, the comments are better than the review . . .

Last edited 1 year ago by Tommy Molnar
Lil John
1 year ago

Read the road rage by Nanci Dixon. Part of the traffic problems are that the road departments build lousy intersections, and when they don’t work, the police department won’t assign a traffic officer to it during rush times. Imagine how much better it would have been if an officer was directing traffic. As far as the rage goes . . . . don’t think it’s going to change any time soon.

1 year ago

When doing laundry the dogs all come into the room and sit so regal like just hoping I will give in. One day the door was left open and we could not figure out what the noise was coming from that room. Come to find our one dog got the bag open and was having a feast. Needless to say we keep the door shut and those treats hidden. But yes our dogs come running when they hear anything being opened or someone cooking in the kitchen.

Michael Roach
1 year ago

Leave here with a laugh…I once had a German Shepherd dog like that, ripped the kitty door out of the side of the garage to get back in the house.

Denny Kincade
1 year ago

The mystery product of the day might not be a good choice if you rely on the jumper cables in the kit. The 8′ long 8 gauge cables might work ok on a compact car with both vehicles bumper to bumper. You might be disappointed when using it on a motor home. They should be much longer and 8 gauge is too small to carry the current required for a dead motor home battery(s), IMHO.

1 year ago
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Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

Pet of the Day………………Ain’t nobody gonna be stealin’ THIS rig. Yessah!