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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 22, 2021

Issue 1584
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.

Don’t swelter in your RV this summer!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two air conditioners (with 2 Softstarts) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more or order at a special discount price. Simple installation!

Today’s thought

“It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.” —Art Wolfe

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Earth Day

On this day in history: 1977 – Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.

Tip of the Day

Strategies for saving $$$ at the pump

By Julie Chickery
We love our rigs, but every RV owner knows they aren’t great on gas mileage. Fuel is typically the second-largest expense in an RV vacation after campgrounds. That means saving at the pump becomes a huge priority for the savvy RV traveler. Here are some great strategies I’ve learned that will help you save at the pump, whether you are hauling a towable or driving a motorhome.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Winnebago Voyage 2639BHL Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “If you have others who you want to travel with you, the Winnebago Voyage 3639BHL fifth wheel could really be a great choice. With the back bedroom and second bathroom, the other travelers have a lot of privacy but also a large bed on which to rest their heads.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the New Horizons RV Majestic M42IK6S Fifth Wheel? 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 22, 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 $25 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.

22 tips for choosing the best campsite

Here are some tips from editor Chuck Woodbury about choosing a campsite based on years of experience. Learn more, and please share your tips in the comments below the article.

Yesterday’s featured article: Where to put the litter box when RVing with cats

Reader poll

Do you, or did you ever, own a business that was your major source of income?

Please respond in our poll here.

Quick Tip

Attaching trailer safety chains

Use a side-to-side cross pattern to attach your chains under the hitch. This ensures that if your hitch separates, the tongue will fall onto the chains and not the ground, restricting the potential damage done. It also allows you to turn more tightly without them becoming entangled. —From RV Living: An Essential Guide to Full-time RVing and Motorhome Living.  Available on Amazon

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

Website of the day

These Southeast road trips will appease all of your senses
If you’re headed to the Southeast, from the Mississippi River to the Florida Keys and up through the Appalachians, this list is for you. Sweet tea, pecans… this road trip has it all!

Thank you for being a friend… Click here, friend!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 31 percent have no problem holding a snake. In fact, some would love to hold a snake!
• 39 percent say living in their RV is no different than living in a house – they have all the same comforts!
• 33 percent share their location via their smartphone with at least one other person

Recent poll: For readers 65 and older: Do you need to work for income to make ends meet?

Recipe of the Day

Nine Layer Greek Dip
by Teresa Bowman from Cassville, MO
What a wonderful and easy-to-prepare Greek layer dip. The red pepper hummus gives it a nice kick. You taste all nine layers in each bite. We can’t wait to make it again. This would be great at your next party served with some pita or tortilla chips. So good!

Sounds good to us! Get the recipe here.


Breaking NewsThe latest news headlines for RVers. For a complete recap of the most important news affecting RVers, be sure to read our Sunday RV Travel Newsletter. 

Mercedes Teases About Possible Electric Van Camper: Mercedes-Benz is talking about a possible new all-electric camper van version of its next-generation Citan commercial van. The current Citan is touted as a new consumer all-electric passenger van version. A camper van version of the Mercedes Citan could put it in direct competition with Volkswagen, who recently unveiled its new Caddy California camper van.

Flipping RVs For Disney Vacations: Sarah Lemp has really found her own niche. The mother of 5 from Michigan began remodeling and “flipping” used RVs in 2014. So far, she’s managed to flip 7 RVs for a profit of more than $60,000. She’s using most of the money for her kids’ college funds, but holds a bit back for regular trips to Disney World.

New York State Campgrounds Open May 15: New York’s state-operated campgrounds will all open for business May 15 and plan to stay open until mid-October. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, the parks won’t be offering day-use permits or allowing day guest visitors, and all campers are asked to reserve their sites in advance. Officials said only registered campers will be allowed in the state campground areas, and no day-only visitors will be allowed for any reason.

Host Positions Available at Boise National Forest Campgrounds: If you’re still looking for a great place to set up for the summer, the concessionaire for Boise National Forest campgrounds (northeast of Boise, Idaho) is still looking for campground host couples. The host season runs from mid May to late September. You’ll get a free RV site with some hookups, along with a wage. Duties include cleaning restrooms and campsites, collecting fees and a bit of paperwork. If you’re interested, call Rob at 541-351-1182.

Helpful book for camping areas managed by the NPS
This recently published book from The Ultimate Public Campground Project describes 2,241 camping areas across the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for new places to camp, this is the book for you. The project has been growing since 2008 and now has a website and an app too. Learn more or order.


In the early 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were actually seen as the “green” alternative. Ha! Imagine that…

*Speaking of cars, Irvin Gordon holds the record for the highest vehicle mileage in his old Volvo. How many miles did it have on it? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Toad is my first male dog. He is a lover. He is more popular at the RV parks than anyone.” —Renee Gainey

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!

Keep your brain sharp and your knives sharper!
Tired of dull knives in the kitchen? This easy-to-use knife sharpener (used by staff members Emily, Gail and Nanci) sharpens your knives with a few quick strokes. You’ll feel like a professional! The sharpener has two settings: one for fine blades, and another for coarse. Its small size is perfect for an RV. Learn more or order here.

Leave here with a laugh

A bald man got a great deal on a wig today – only $1! It was a small price toupee.

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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Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

I would really like to see a video demonstration of how crossing chains will make any difference at all when when disconnecting from hitch. If the tongue is off the hitch crossing the chains will not do more than shorten the chains by maybe two links. It won’t “cradle” the tongue any more than uncrossed.

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Depends on where your chains hook up. Mine would cradle the tongue. In California crossing the chains is required. Either way I like STRONG chains. See the pickup hanging over the bridge? Lucky, lucky, lucky. 🙂

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

yeah saw that! crazy!

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

On “big trucks” towing multiple trailers this makes sense – and works. On travel trailers not so much. Unless there is a huge difference between where each chain is connected on your frame and you can see it, it has no effect.

Thomas D
1 year ago

I read somewhere that in New York city in the mid 1800’rds 100000 pounds of horse exhust was collected from the streets daily

1 year ago

All I can say is, I love Toad! I can see why he is so popular!

Jeff Arthur
1 year ago

Crossing chains only work if the chains are NOT attached to the same point on the trailer tongue.

Karin S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Arthur

Oh wow, I’ve never seen them welded to the same side before. Then yes, you are correct. Though I would probably fix that and have them mounted on opposite sides for two reasons. One because IMO it is safer and two, the law won’t really understand that the trailer came that way.

1 year ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Mine are welded underneath the tongue, one in front of the other. I think that’s common.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Wait a minute. The hook on the chains loops back to hook on the chain ? I did not know that.
Thank You !

Karin S.
1 year ago

I’m not quite sure I understand what you mean. I just mount the hook to the spot on the hitch receiver, lever side up. So if the chain is attached to the left side of the trailer, I hook the chain to the right side of the hitch receiver and then the reverse for the right side, thus creating a criss cross of the chains just under/below the ball hitch. There should be two open slots on either side of the main hitch where the receiver slides into.

Karin S.
1 year ago

Good tip about the chains and how to use them. In some states it is actually the law to have them crossed. That way the chains act as a cradle.

ps. I can only speak to Oregon for this to be the law, as that is where I served as an officer.

1 year ago
Reply to  Karin S.

It’s a DOT regulation for RV haulers in all states.

Ed Fogle
1 year ago

Maybe the title “Leave here with a laugh” should be changed to “Groaner of the day”.

Ralph Burns
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

I agree

1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

But you still love it 😉

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

I thought it was one of the best play on words I’ve read in quite some time!