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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 15, 2021

Issue 1579
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 all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.” ―Tom Hiddleston

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rubber Eraser Day!

On this day in history: 1924 – Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.

Tip of the Day

Keeping track of stuff in your RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
“The bigger the RV, the greater the loss.” Before you behemoth Class A folks get out your shootin’ irons, hang on and let the explanations begin. The bigger the RV, the more “stuff” we can load up, and the greater the chance of losing the stuff, somewhere in the rig. So the question is this: How do you keep track of your stuff?

We’ve heard the high tech, the low tech, and the laughably sublime ways to keep track of your stuff. We’ll share them. 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 Wildwood FSX 178BHSK. As he reports, “This is a slick little trailer that can sleep up to eight people, though I doubt that you’d want to. It’s also quite towable and even offers a decent outside kitchen and legitimate dining/sitting space for all the people it can sleep. It’s a great little package.” Read more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Host Campers Mammoth Truck Camper? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Hunting Beach SP, South Carolina

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 15, 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.

RV begins tearing apart, sinks into septic tank

We found this bizarre news item which was originally published in issue #43 of, on January 26, 2003. It’s just too good to not pass along again. Find out why.

Yesterday’s featured article: The cutest little (micro) trailer you have ever seen

Reader poll

At this moment, do you have the heat or A/C running?

Heat up, cool off, whatever, tell us here.

Casino Camping: 3 casino resorts where you’ll want to stay. Click here to read about these three nice places!

Quick Tip

Grease the hitch ball

Don’t forget to grease the ball on your hitch. This is a mechanical connection under a great deal of pressure. Keep some plastic sandwich bags handy to cover the ball when it’s not in use to avoid wearing off the grease. This will prolong the life of the coupler and ball, and result in a quieter tow! Here’s some hitch ball lubricant on Amazon. As an alternative, you could use graphite powder such as “Tube-O-Lube“. Caution: Do not use grease on the Andersen WD hitch, per their manual.

Website of the day

Where to see beautiful spring flowers across the U.S. 
Get outside and stop to smell the roses… seriously! This list from Culture Trip guides you to the best spring flowers around the U.S.

Feeling sleepy? Not anymore! Try it… if you dare!

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:

• 19 percent do not participate in any sort of social media
• 52 percent would never pick up a hitchhiker
• 42 percent put in a lot of effort to make sure their appropriate garbage gets recycled

Recent poll: Do you have dreams about falling?

Recipe of the Day

Bruschetta Caprese With Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
by Tammy T. from Phoenix, AZ
We absolutely loved this bruschetta recipe. It’s a creative twist with the flavors of a Caprese salad. The classic flavors of the tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil are so refreshing. It reminds us of a summer garden. The toasted baguette makes this bite-size appetizer easy to eat. Where this gets special is the balsamic reduction. When it cools it really thickens up. Lightly drizzled onto the cherry tomato mixture it brings all the flavors together. This is a filling appetizer or snack.

Get this delicious recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Cheesy Bacon Ranch Tomato Pie


A baby is born on its predicted due date only 4 percent of the time.

*What popular song has the optimum tempo for performing CPR on someone who has just had a heart attack? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Hanging out with mops and brooms
Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Hi, my name is Madison. I am a teacup Pomeranian. I am 6 years old and weigh 5 lbs.
I just love going ‘camping’ with my Mom and Dad in our Arctic Fox fifth wheel. We’re
currently in Florence, OR, watching the rain.” —Gerald Glave

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

They say every piece of chocolate eaten shortens your life by two minutes. I’ve done the math. Seems I died in 1537.

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1 year ago

Correction 1917 is the correct date for Rand McNally. They actually started in the 1870s with the trains.

John Harpel
1 year ago

Just curious about how the poll could show that 19 percent do not participate in any kind of social media if they don’t participate in any kind of social media. thats my laugh for the day, ha ha.

1 year ago

I’m part of the 19% of not using social media. Social media being like stated is Twitter, Facebook all the way to zoom. Don’t need the drama and texting can cause the drama as well since you’re able to send it to several people. Want to chat just call you re paying for that with your phone service. I seem to send written letters or post cards when on the road. It’s personable and gives that sincere that I do care.

Thomas D
1 year ago

No, So is probably the most used word. People today preface every sentence with So, did you hear etc.
Kinda like the upspeak of a couple years ago where every sentence ended with a higher pitched almost a question. Usually by females.

Les Hall
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

True. And my cynical reply was “Is that a question?”

Greg Thompson
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

The upspeak was started by “Valley Girls.” They also said things like “Gag me with a spoon” and used the word “Like” in almost every sentence. “I was like really disgusted.”
Alot of people still end their sentences with a higher pitch so the sentence sounds like it is a question. I still, to this day makes me crazy.

John Harpel
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

I use “So” a lot to make sure I have someone’s attention before asking them something or telling them something. you know, so they look up from their phone. 😆 

1 year ago
Reply to  John Harpel

I remove a glove and slap them across the face. I don’t get much cooperation …but at least they heard me asking.

1 year ago

Speaking of a grammar lesson – to continue “bobKat3080”; Try reading a sentence or paragraph and eliminate the word “that“. It is the most abused word “that” is in the English language. Most words or thot’s which follow “that” will reveal it is unnecessary in most applications.

1 year ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Most words or thot’s? What’s a thot?

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary, a Thot is what you had Thunk before.

1 year ago

I don’t know what my due date was but I was born on my birthday.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

Well, that was certainly good timing on your mom’s part, eh? Or I guess she probably didn’t have much to say about it, actually. So, good timing in your part, Impavid! (Remembering my own experiences 44 and 41 years ago! 😯 ) Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Mike Albert
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

Me too!

Diane Mc
1 year ago

Dark chocolate is an antioxidant. Good for you. In moderation.

1 year ago

Today’s Thought starts “We all have…”. It should be “We each have…”. I wish people would quit using “all” or “both” when they mean “each”. It is very common. Watch for it and you’ll find it in books, newscasts and, of course, in quotes.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Thank you for the grammar lesson, I find myself using y’all a lot.

Bradley Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

I never did like English classes anyways…nor social classes.

Charlie Sullivan
1 year ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

A pet peeve of mine, and it’s become the norm in speech is: “My bad”…Your bad what? When did we stop using “my mistake”?

1 year ago

I got really tired of that years ago.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

I think “we all have…” is as correct as “all of “us” have…” ??? After all, “all” of the eaches are “all”. Each of “us” are a part of the “all”. “We” are also “all” of the eaches.
Sorry, no offense meant, Bobkat3080. The English language gets each of us or all of us in trouble every once-in-a-while.

Leonard Rempel
1 year ago

19% of respondents don’t participate in social media? Then how did they come on this site and complete a survey? lol

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

I don’t consider a website social media. To me, social media is Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Snapchat, and other ‘media’ I’ve probably never even heard of.

The Lazy Q
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yet they can answer a survey and make comments on said website…socializing hmmm.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

So would you also consider ‘making eye contact’ with people in a grocery store as socializing? Talking with the clerk? 🤓 
I would be a freakin’ social butterfly then, all without Facebook and the likes!!!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Social media is the Devil at work. I tried Facebook for 6 months and saw the problems it was creating, I did not want to be a part of something so bad so I canceled it.!

Rolling Coal
1 year ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

I’m one of the 19%, I do ZERO social media, I found the RV newsletter through the old RV book store!

1 year ago
Reply to  Rolling Coal

I’m also one of the 19%. If i want to find out what family and friends are up to I call or visit. Don’t need every detail of their life.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

You said it all. Exactly what I do. It seems anymore that all people want to do is text. PICK UP THE DANG PHONE!!!!!

Gary W Mayberry
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Alexander is probably turning over and over, and over in his grave!!

1 year ago

Madison is precious. We had a teacup Pom that lived to be 14. I miss that little runaway. He could escape anything but was always found or returned…by the police, fireman, little old lady put him in her birdcage and left him in her driveway for us to pick up.

1 year ago

“Death by chocolate” What a way to go!

Stan W
1 year ago

I agree with Gary Nichols, Give credit where credit is due.

Gary Nichols
1 year ago

You credit Tom Hiddleston with “Today’s thought” that ‘We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.’ But that famous quote is only slightly modified from the original quote from Confucius, who said, ‘We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.’

Last edited 1 year ago by Gary Nichols
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Nichols

We have Confucius quote magnets on our refrigerator. The biggest and most believable one says “I didn’t say all that ****.”

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Love it!