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RV Daily Tips. Friday, April 9, 2021

Issue 1575
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

“We work so hard to get somewhere, to realize a dream, to arrive at some destination, that we often forget that though some satisfaction may be waiting at the end of our endurance and effort, there is great and irreplaceable aliveness in the steps along the way.” —Mark Nepo

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Former POW Recognition Day. (Thank you, Veterans, for your service.) It’s also National Cherish an Antique Day!

On this day in history: 1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.

Tip of the Day

Fungal jungle in your dishwasher? Sanitize it in 5 easy steps

By Kate Doherty
You’re thinking why clean the dishwasher – it cleans itself, right? Not so. Each time you add dishes that contain minute food particles in a moist, hot environment, you have the perfect breeding ground for fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. According to a January 2018 microorganism study in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the culprits that promote mold, viruses, and infections may be living in your dishwasher. Continue reading for 5 easy steps to keep your dishwasher clean and sanitized.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Arctic Fox Camper 1150. As he reports, “Like their other models, the Arctic Fox Camper is a very well-insulated, four-season camper that is built a little heavier but a little more solidly. You generally don’t buy an Arctic Fox product if you’re looking for the lightest RV in any category, but you do look at this brand if you’re thinking of camping at times when the temps are more extreme.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Rockwood Signature 8263MBR Travel Trailer? 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 9, 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 certificate: 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 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.

Runaway trucks get new option – Catch ’em in nets

A set of freakish coincidences have sped up the thinking of Utah’s Department of Transportation regarding runaway truck ramps. In less than a year, three commercial trucks have come to grief after having blasted down U.S. Highway 89 in Garden City, Utah, and across a T-intersection. … What’s to be done when you don’t have sufficient “real estate” to put in a runaway truck ramp, loaded with sand and gravel to provide an “out” for a runaway? Utah engineers have come up with a solution. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Got hard water problems? Try vinegar!

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

What type of oven do you have in your RV’s (indoor) kitchen?

Roast your way over here and tell us.

Quick Tip

Some important RV tire do’s and don’ts

Courtesy Dicor Corporation
In our previous tire reports, we discussed some of the key things to look for when taking your RV out of storage. Here are some do’s and don’ts related to your tires. Continue reading. (Sorry, this really isn’t a “quick tip.” But we wanted to finish up the 3-part series this week so had to squeeze it in here.)

Website of the day

8 Waterfalls in the U.S. worth traveling for
If our eyeballs could drool, they’d be drooling over these beautiful photos! Wow, we want to visit all these waterfalls! Have you been to any of them?

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
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Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
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Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Recipe of the Day

Zucchini and Basil Pesto
by Antonette Ricotta Pizzolla from Flushing, NY
This colorful dish is an unusual and delicious pasta salad. A zucchini pesto basil is tossed with pasta and Parmesan cheese. We opted to use rotini pasta but any boxed pasta will work. The basil adds a nice pop of flavor to the non-traditional pesto. You could use the pesto alone over fish or as a dip for crackers. Serve this as a side dish for a cookout. Or, toss in some grilled chicken for a meal.

Get this yummy recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S RECIPE: Crock Pot Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Hey, this makes cooking outside a whole lot easier! Check it out.


On April 1, 1974, residents of Sitka, Alaska, woke to see thick black smoke rising from Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano that had been dormant for 400 years. The Coast Guard received so many calls that they sent a pilot over the mountain to investigate. As the pilot peered down into the crater, he saw a huge pile of burning tires and 50-foot high black letters that read, “APRIL FOOLS!” Now THAT’S a good (though terrifying…) prank! You can read the full story here.

*Yesterday’s trivia tells you where you can find the world’s only toilet-themed restaurant. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Although Basset Hounds are a bit sedentary, Louie Otis Wolf (LOW … get it?) is always ready to travel. He “talks” to us the moment he thinks we’re starting to load the trailer. He loves the journey!” —Donena & Robert Wolf

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!

This lint-roller works like a vacuum
Used by the staff!
We can’t recommend this lint-roller enough. This eco-friendly, reusable (no wasteful sticky tape!) lint-roller sucks up lint and pet hair like a vacuum. Simply roll back and forth over your clothing, on your furniture, or even on carpets or rugs. The lint and pet hair collects inside a small compartment that you empty once full. It works like a charm and it will save you money in the long run! Learn more or order here.

Leave here with a laugh

Last week I tripped over my bike and really hurt myself. So I moved it into another room. But the next day, forgetting I moved it, I tripped again. So I moved it into another room. The next day, again I forgot, and I tripped again and got hurt. So I moved it. The next day…well, gosh, it’s a vicious cycle!!

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1 year ago

Its a vicious cycle and a volcanic prank. I loved it. I sent the bicycle one to a friend of mine who loves to bicycle.

1 year ago

I got a little chuckle from the last ad I was shown (stuck in by AdSense). It was for a “$89 Battery AC Is Coldest Ever — Worlds most powerful portable AC can cool any room in 5 minutes or less”
Which I saw just after reading Mike’s ‘scam alert’ on just that thing.

Chuck Woodbury
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Thomas, if you see an ad like that on be sure to write us at and tell us the url so we can block the ad (served by Google which usually does a good job of screening ads, but not always). — Chuck

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Chuck, Thomas had included the link but that caused his comment to be held for moderation. I deleted about 8 lines of URL in the comment and then approved it. Then I realized I shouldn’t have deleted the gigantic URL before I had copied it in order to block it. Sorry, Chuck and Thomas. —Diane at

Diane M
1 year ago

Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee was worthy of inclusion in the Waterfalls Worth Traveling For article. Google it.

Judy Wiemer
1 year ago

Lololol….vicious 🚲🚴‍♀️. Good one

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

The trivia on the april fool prank was grreat

1 year ago

“Leave here with a laugh” has one of the best bad-jokes I’ve ever heard.

1 year ago

The Runaway Truck Nets in Utah sound very much like the nets used on aircraft carriers for aircraft landing without any landing gear or “tail hook” due to malfunction or combat damage. As a Hospital Corpsman, we were always ready and waiting for possible casualties when we heard the command, “Rig the nets” come over the loudspeaker system.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry

Years ago, some states would cite drivers who used the runaway ramps for being out of control. Thus, many drivers would opt to pass the ramps for fear of getting ticketed. Finally, wisdom prevailed and no tickets would be issued.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yeah, why ticket them when they most likely were speeding or had faulty equipment. It would be akin to giving addicts charges in their publicly-funded safe injection rooms.
Neither will learn from their mistakes and will still be out in public. :-/

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

I’m thinking it was more like novice drivers unaccustomed to mountain driving and how to manage your brakes in steep, long downhills. And this was back in the days before everyone had Jake Brakes on tractors. The widespread introduction of the Jake Brake has saved many a truck and truck drivers lives, not to mention the general driving public.

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