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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Issue 1577
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

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ―Richard Bach

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

On this day in history: 1960 – The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.

Tip of the Day

New to RVing? Here’s what experienced RVers want you to know

By Nanci Dixon
It’s no secret that RVing is exploding in popularity. It was recently ranked “the safest way to travel in 2021,” after all. So what should folks new to RVing know? What are all those “etiquette” things more experienced RVers are always talking about? Are there unspoken rules that everyone is judging the newbie RVers on? Here is a list of some of those rules learned from experience by longtime RVers.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Valiant Extreme Teardrop. As he reports, “While this trailer does sort of follow the form of a traditional teardrop, with an outside kitchen and indoor bedroom, it’s also very different in some ways.” Keep reading to see what makes it different.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Dynamax Isata 5 Series Class C? 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 time today, April 13, 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 Amazon gift certificates: Karl and Jennifer Z. of Belton, Missouri, and Ed D. of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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.

Did you listen to our second podcast? You’re going to want to! Find it here.

Don’t like guns? Alternatives for self-protection

Do you want to feel protected while camping but you shun guns? There are alternatives that will help you in the event you find yourself under assault, either by an animal, or a human being acting like an animal. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How a pig nearly changed U.S. history

Reader poll

How often have you used grocery home delivery during the pandemic?

Finish up your shopping list, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Check your refrigerator at the beginning of the RVing season

As you prepare your RV for the season, be sure to check the refrigerator before you start it up. Remove anything you have in the doors keeping them propped open. Make sure the inside of the fridge is clean. Close the doors and go outside and open the refrigerator compartment. Clean out the webs, dirt, pine needles, etc., and vacuum it out. If you see any damage, you may need to have the unit checked by a Certified RV Technician. Once this is done, turn on your LP gas and turn the refrigerator on. It may take a number of tries to get it started while the air is purged from the LP lines. When it starts, watch it for a bit to make sure it stays lit and everything is okay. Then switch it to Auto and let it run for 24 hours to get cold.

Website of the day

Travel Awaits
This is one of those websites where you could spend all day reading articles. Have fun exploring! Oh, and grab a notepad – you’ll get lots of travel ideas.

Holy smokes! This has EVERYTHING! Get ready to trash your RV’s toolbox and replace it with this

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:

• 7 percent met their current partner on an online dating website
• 13 percent watch a DVD movie in their RV very often
• 31 percent have camped in their RV in Yellowstone National Park at least once

Recent poll: Did you have a business as a kid?  (Lots of you did, and there are some kid-businesses we haven’t even heard of before.)

Recipe of the Day

Zucchini or Summer Squash Fritters
by Rose Abrams from Lumberton, NC
These fritters will be amazing if they’re made with shredded zucchini or summer squash. Easy to prepare, they’re a tasty afternoon snack. The outer edges are crispy and the center stays soft. Onion adds a tiny hint of sweetness to the fritters. We placed ours in the oven to keep warm and they turned out perfect.

These would make the RV smell soooo good. Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Chicken Pineapple Kabobs


World War I ended at 11:00 in the morning, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Sounds like 11 was their magic number!

*What do earwax and a whale’s age have in common? The answer is in yesterday’s trivia

Keep your rubber roof clean!
Camco’s Pro-Strength Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner is a one-step treatment that removes black streaks, oxidation and road film build up on your rubber roof and helps protect it from further damage. The specially formulated blend of surfactants and conditioners deep cleans and conditions, helping extend the roof’s life. Learn more or order at a great price.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Lucy enjoys the walks on the beach.” —Melvin Gregory

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!

Leave here with a laugh

What did the wife name her newborn quadruplets?
Adolf, Rudolph, Get-off and Stay-off.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it 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

When ours see water they go running. They use to love water as puppies but now its like we saw we conquered can we go home now? Great pic.

1 year ago

Nobody had to teach us RV etiquette. We considered all these things to be common courtesy! I’m astounded at the number of people who have never been taught consideration for others.

1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

It all started just before the last century ended, a lot of people had thought the world would end with the 20th century and so all decorum was thrown out the window with the bathwater.
It is a sad, sad world now, always getting harder to enjoy a day…. but I try.  🙂 

Thomas D
1 year ago

The trouble with product of the day is for the next month Amazon will flood my in box with that and similar stuff like it and all i wanted was to see it. I have absolutely no interest in carrying a knife that weighs almost 2 pounds

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

RE; Website of the Day…WOW Great website! Very informative and well written. Added to my bookmark bar, I will use this over and over. Now regarding Leave Here With a Laugh…meh.

Leonard Rempel
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Agreed, it is awesome!

1 year ago

Lucy’s discription sounds like a dating app ad.

1 year ago

Had the mystery product for years! Has gotten me out of many a pinch. The original McGuyver tool. Just not for BIG jobs. Wish it had the square bit all RVs use.

Last edited 1 year ago by Rick
Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

I carried my Swiss Army knife for over 30+ years of trucking, and I STILL carry it. Not a day goes by that I don’t break it out for something.

Tom Sheppard
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Beware of the Chinese knock-offs that Amazon sometimes ships. The real Victorinox is wonderful. Send the fakes back to Amazon immediately and complain.

Bob P
1 year ago

Concerning the trivia of yesterday, I have never seen a whales ears, and how do you get them to hold still while you check the wax in their ears? Inquiring minds want to know.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Yes, there IS something fishy about that.

David Telenko
1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

They are pretty docile once they beach themselves

1 year ago

The picture accompanying the “Is this your RV” — looks like the load levelers aren’t set up properly?

1 year ago
Reply to  volnavy007

I had thought they were either packing up to go or unpacking to stay.

1 year ago

Lucky Dog! On the beach. Everything is better on the beach. No, you cannot catch a sea gull.

Randy Bitner
1 year ago

Refrigerator quick tip missed: Be sure the drain line check valve is open, usually end of a black hose. If not the condensation tray will fill up over time and splash about.

Rob Donaldson
1 year ago
Reply to  Randy Bitner

Where is the Drain Check Valve normally located? Thanks

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Donaldson

It’s a little plug at the end of that “black hose” that Randy mentioned. A needle will force any crud out.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Donaldson

In the back bottom of an absorption fridge.