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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Issue 1582
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

“If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.” ―Anthony Robbins

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Lima Bean Respect Day!

On this day in history: 1836 – U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.

Tip of the Day

15 uses for plastic grocery bags in your RV

By Gail Marsh
The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes. One minor change is that I can no longer take/use my own “green” reusable grocery bags when I shop. Another change is that the local grocer removed their plastic bag recycle bin. What this means is that over the past year I’ve accumulated a mountain of plastic grocery bags. I’m talking Everest here, folks! Our RV park does not recycle plastic bags and it’s gotten to the point that one entire cupboard in our RV is filled with the things! Storage is always a challenge in the RV, so I just had to find a use for all the bags!

Continue reading to see the 15 handy ways Gail uses plastic bags in her RV.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK half-ton-towable fifth wheel. As he reports, “Weighing in at just 6,150 pounds with a pin weight of just 790 pounds, the KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK is actually lighter than some travel trailers. It is certainly within the parameters of many half-ton trucks’ towing capacities.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the  affordable truck campers from Capri Camper? 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 20, 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 $20 Amazon gift cards: Jay M. of Runnells, Iowa, and Phil R. of Aiken, South Carolina.

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.

Don’t miss out! Learn from more than 30 RV industry experts in this FREE 2-day virtual event. Learn more.

Pay attention to tire details before leaving on trip

The Tire Industry Safety Council urges owners of recreational vehicles to pay close attention to their vehicle weight, load distribution and tire inflation pressure before heading off on their next road trip. Learn important tire tips from the Council here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Lemon law attorney: “Don’t buy a new RV!” 

Reader poll

How often do you camp without an electric hookup?

Think about it for a moment, then please tell us here.

Quick Tip

Satellite TV service

If your RV was in storage for the winter, in the spring the satellite receiver may come up with a code and won’t work. That’s because after a certain amount of inactivity, a receiver will deauthorize and has to be reauthorized by the service provider. You will need your account information, and the receiver data – which will probably be displayed on the screen.

Website of the day

The Best State Park in Every Single State
Wouldn’t it be fun to visit all 50 of these beautiful state parks? How many of them have you visited?

HAHA! You could really get someone good with these. Look through the photos for examples. We can only imagine…

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:

• 83 percent never carry snow tires in their RV
• 13 percent seldom or never eat red meat
• 11 percent always browse through antique stores when RVing in new places

Recent poll: If someone today offered to buy your RV at an especially generous price, would you sell it? 

Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Tiramisu, T’s Way
by Tere Gill
Desserts that can be made ahead of time are our jam! This is a great recipe for spring and summer parties or when you want to bring a pretty no-bake dessert to a weekend BBQ. The ladyfingers absorb the strawberry juices. The creamy and tangy cream cheese layer has the perfect balance of sweetness, and the layer of strawberries adds a fresh flavor. Yum!

Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Southern Style Blackened Shrimp & Grits


Even though Florida is home to more than 1 million alligators, the state averages only six alligator bite victims per year. Gators killed 26 people in the state between 1948 and 2020, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Still, avoid swimming or wading (that goes for pets, too) in areas where alligators may live or feed. And don’t try to see how close you can get for a better look, especially if there’s a nest nearby. If you find an alligator and it starts hissing, you’re too close.

*How many hours does the average American spend in traffic each year? Warning: You’re going to cringe. See the number in yesterday’s trivia

Wow! Prevent costly mistakes with these RVminders
Check out these RVminders and easily prevent costly mistakes! These bands wrap around your steering wheel and remind you to check things before you drive away. Never leave the steps or ladder down again. Antenna or satellite down? Slide locks in place? Doors, vents and windows closed? Compartment locks locked? Hookups disconnected? These are so easy to use they should be in every RV! Check ’em out.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Sunny… Not sure why he thought this was a good place to take a nap???” —David Barnett

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

This is the funniest mug! We saw it on Facebook, then Googled it, and of course, found it for sale on Amazon. You can get one for yourself 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

Wouldn’t want to see Sonny’s owner trying to control his coach if a blowout occurred. Wouldn’t be pretty.

1 year ago

I still use my cloth grocery bags. I just use the self scan lane. Takes a little longer but can pack the bags like I like.

1 year ago

With Dish Network, you no longer have to call tech support to “wake up”/re-authorize a receiver that has been stored. You can do it through their internet ap. OR, a tech told me a couple of years ago that they automatically send the signal in the wee hours of the morning to keep all online receivers authorized, so any previously stored receiver plugged in and with a good signal overnight should be working the next day.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

When home (our trailer is stored in our yard) we keep it plugged in just so we don’t have to re-set the Dish when it comes time to leave again.

Lexi's Mom
1 year ago

Looks like Gail covered many of the plastic grocery bag reuse ideas 🙂
I too, am frustrated that we have to use the plastic bags. I sometimes will take a couple of my bags to the store with me and reuse. No one has questioned me!

Judy S
1 year ago

I love the pet photo of Sunny. Nap level: Expert.

Bob W
1 year ago

Your ‘Pet of the day’ photo, while cute, doesn’t look like a smart thing to do while driving. Don’t we have enough distractions while driving?

1 year ago

In Texas, Walmart has recycle bins available for paper, plastic, & metal. Our problem is remembering to take the used bags with us to the store!

1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

In New Mexico, Walmart removed the plastic bag recycle bins 😕 

1 year ago

What I want is a sticker to put on dump stations to tell people that it shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes to dump their tanks. If they want to rinse (because they’re headed to storage) when there’s a waiting line, to dump and then circle around to the back of the line to rinse.

I once had to wait half an hour while a guy drained his tanks, then completely filled them back up and drained again to clean them out.

1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

shoulda got up earlier to get in line.

1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

10 minutes… 30 minutes is not a lot of time when the day contains 1440 minutes/day. My hope is always that we can be more patient and tolerant of each other. Yes, it was rude for that guy to clean his tanks while others were waiting. Is his bad behavior worth the high blood pressure and anxious state it puts you in? That has an affect on your health, not the rude guy. And if he circles around to the back of the line to rinse, that just puts him in front of someone else. Patience and tolerance 

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  cee

uhh, let’s add consideration of others to that philosophy.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon


1 year ago

My Wife and I have found that visiting Flea Markets and Antique Stores in different areas gives us an insight into the past history of these areas. It’s fun to speculate about what different items say about different areas.

Wayne Caldwell
1 year ago

My computer frequently reminds me of my password. It tells me, “Your password is incorrect”.

1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

That made me laugh.