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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Issue 1578
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

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” ―Thomas Jefferson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gardening Day! Ever heard of an RV bumper garden? Check it out!

On this day in history: 1902 – James Cash Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Tip of the Day

RV water filtration; and water system maintenance after a trip

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
Take a minute to think about the water system on your RV. First, consider you use water from a different source every time you take the RV camping. Second, consider some water remains in the RV water lines and the fresh water holding tank, even after you drain it. This water could sit for several months at a time between RV trips and during storage. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Host Campers Mammoth Truck Camper. Tony writes, “…something like this dispels the myth that a truck camper is crowded, poorly built or lacking in features.” Learn more and peek inside.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Valiant Extreme Teardrop? 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 14, 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.

The cutest little (micro) trailer you have ever seen

Not only is this tiny, tiny trailer cute, it fits on your desk. From there it will only go where you take it, although “towing it” is by hand, not behind a motor vehicle. This must be one of the most unique, fun, RV-related products we’ve come across. Check it out.

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t like guns? Alternatives for self-protection

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Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Thoroughly check the LP gas system before RVing season

A quick check of the LP gas system is in order as you get the RV ready for the season. This is more of a visual inspection, but if you suspect any damage has occurred, then have the system checked by a Certified RV Technician. Look at the tank(s) and hoses. Make sure there isn’t any damage to the hoses – cuts, chew marks, abrasions and cracks. Any damage at all and the hoses must be replaced.

The tanks should be clean and mostly rust-free. Keeping the tanks clean helps keep them free of rust. If the tank has any rust spots, clean and repaint using Rustoleum primer and paint. Before turning on the gas, make certain that all the appliances and valves are off and that the power is on in the coach, and test the LP gas detector. I prefer to turn the gas on, then using a lighter stick or mini torch, bleed out and light one of the range top burners. Then go about starting the other appliances and testing them.

NOTE: Each appliance should be checked for rodent nests and damage before being operated. Damage must be repaired before the appliance is used. If you smell gas at any time, get out of the coach and turn off the supply and ventilate. Any question or concern regarding your LP system should be referred to a Certified RV Technician. If you have a serious LP gas leak, call 911.

From Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician.

We feel very weird about this… but maybe you’ll feel differently?

Website of the day

Bill D’s Monacoers
Own a Monaco? Holiday Rambler? Beaver? Safari? This is the site for you! Get all your technical questions answered on their popular forums.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• RV dealers are running out of RVs. Service centers are jammed
• Horrific blast wipes RV from face of the earth
• The masked bandit that robbed our campsite and got away!

Recipe of the Day

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tomato Pie
by Lora DiGs from Manchester, NJ
Tomato pie is always a favorite summertime recipe when tomatoes are at their best. This tomato pie recipe is out-of-this-world good. It has an explosion of flavor! The ranch and cheese are the glue that melts everything together (and tastes so good). Fresh tomatoes are complemented by chunks of smoky bacon and sweet onions. As if that weren’t enough, the pie is topped with buttery cheese crackers. This is a fantastic way to use tomatoes when the garden is bursting!

WOW! That sounds good! Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Zucchini or Summer Squash Fritters

Don’t burn foods like this pie in your RV’s oven! Here’s a video showing you a trick.


The song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees has the optimum tempo for performing CPR on someone who has just had a heart attack. Good to know!

*What’s so special about the number 11 and World War I? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“When we returned from an 18,000-mile trip around the U.S., we pulled into a campground in central Florida for a longer-term stay. Cali came by the campsite as we were setting up. She came back day after day for about two months. We were told she was a local stray. The campground announced that they were trapping all the cats and taking them to the local shelter. By that time, we had gotten too attached to her so we took her to the local vet. Cali has been a great addition to our family and a wonderful traveling companion for three years. She still likes to sleep under the RV every chance she gets. But mostly parked in our driveway now. She stays inside or on her leash if we are in a campground.” —Chuck Baier

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!

Never struggle to open jars again!
This jar-gripper is a favorite tool for many cooks and kitchen-dwellers. Never struggle to open a jar again! Simply place the gripper around the lid of the jar, lock into place and twist. Your jar will open with ease, and your hands won’t hurt afterward. This handy little gadget works on smooth and grooved lids and will adjust to fit just about every jar out there. It’s great for those of us with weak hands. Learn more or order here.

Leave here with a laugh

Found on FB, source unknown: A woman phoned her husband on a cold day in Minnesota. Wife: “The car is not starting. Dashboard shows the sign of a person sitting on a toilet.” Husband: “What…?? Send me a picture.”

(Look again. It says -4 degrees.)

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1 year ago

I love the negative 4 pic. Its one of those flip pictures. Now you see it now you don’t.
Piece of trivia for today. 1917 Rand McNally publishes its first atlas. But in actuality started in 1870s with an atlas…get this…of trains. Believe it or not.

1 year ago

RVTravel Staff, Mystery Product, Trivia, and Leave with a Laugh, whether considered to be of the best, or of the worst, which left me with “Uhhhh?”, DID NOT lead to any political “discussions”. lol

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

That boring, huh, KellyR? I don’t pick out the Mystery Product, but I will have to say that when I proofed the newsletter last night and saw it for the first time, I thought it was just a little creepy. Well, maybe a lot creepy. 😯 Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane at

1 year ago

The mystery product of the day…just weird. I think the finder of these products might have a little too much time on their hands. Just sayin’

Betty Danet
1 year ago

Wow! Cali is a beautiful cat. Bless you for rescuing her.

Mark Mack
1 year ago

After several minutes, the song “Stayin’ Alive” is followed by “Another one bites the dust”.

Eileen Brown
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Mack

Lol, you sound like my old EMS co-workers!

Larry Lee
1 year ago

I don’t know what the bpm rate is for “Stayin’ Alive” is, but I do know that 107 compressions per minute is the best rate for cpr according to Aug. 14, 2019 JAMA Cardiology. While we are at it, the best depth of each compression should be 4.7 inches. Seems to me that information would make an ideal chest tattoo!

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

The last CPR class did mention this. I love the Bee Gees. Sadly only Barry is left of his entire family.

Jack P.
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

Staying’ Alive paces about 60 beats/min. with the current BLS recommendations of ~100. That is for an adult, not child or infant.

Bob P
1 year ago

The leave here with a laugh reminded me of a personal experience, my wife loved Chrysler Fifth Avenue cars, she found one she had to have, I worked afternoon shift so I took her to see it before work. She made the deal and I went to work, I called her later to ask how she liked her “new” car. She loved it but the “tea pot” light came on in the dash, I didn’t have the slightest idea what a tea pot light was. The next morning I went out to see what she was talking about, it was the oil pressure light. The engine was so sludged up it ran fine for about 10 miles then the “tea pot” would come on. 4 engine flushes later and a new filter and oil it ran fine for the next 2 years. As it turned out the oil pressure light was the shape of an old fashioned long spout oil can used on the railroad to lubricate all the hard to get to places on steam locomotives.

Connie VH
1 year ago

Today’s Trivia:

According to one CPR recert, as we were told by our EMT-trainer, so does Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

But . . . . . .🤤

Maybe he was kidding…??

Last edited 1 year ago by Connie VH