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RV Daily Tips. Monday, April 26, 2021

Issue 1586
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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Congratulations to “Nomadland”! The film about “nomad” RVers and van-dwellers took home the award for Best Picture at last night’s Oscars ceremony. The film also took home the awards for Best Actress and Best Director – Wow! The photography of the American West is stunning, and you’ll surely find yourself saying “I’ve been there!” during every scene.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, read about it here. The book is well worth a read too. Find it here.

Today’s thought

“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” ―Jack Kerouac

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hug a Plumber Day!

On this day in history: 1956 – The SS Ideal X, the world’s first truly successful commercial container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey, for Houston, Texas.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Why do my RV batteries only last a year or two?

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
Why do my RV batteries only last a year or two? What can I do to extend the life of my RV lead-acid batteries? How do I maintain my RV lead-acid batteries? These are all good questions and, yes, a common problem among RV owners is having to replace their lead-acid RV batteries every year or two. Learn 5 tips to extend the life of your lead-acid batteries in this helpful video.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s review, industry insider Tony Barthel looks at the new 2021 Shasta 21CK Travel Trailer. How does the new Shasta, now made by Forest River, compare to the old Shastas? Well, maybe they shouldn’t have messed with a good thing… Read more and see why here.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Grand Design Transcend Xplor 200MK Travel Trailer
2021 Kimbo Truck Camper: The “spaceship”

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 26, 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.

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.

RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

How to Neutral/Ground bond parallel generators

Dear Mike,
I have a Honda 2000i generator. When I plug in your bonding plug, everything works great and my EMS does not complain when powering my travel trailer. But if I plug in a second Honda generator using the parallel wire kit, do both generators need the neutral ground plug? Or will one suffice since they are now wired together? Thanks. —Jon

Read Mike’s response.

Do not take your picnic table for granted

For most of us, a picnic table is simply something that comes with the campsite we choose for the night. It’s just there, and we give no more thought to it than that. But, like all things, the picnic table has a history. Did you know this?

Reader poll

Do you enjoy fishing?

Cast your line then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Staying safe during a storm

When you arrive at a campground ask at the check-in desk about an emergency plan in case of a bad storm, e.g., tornado or high winds. If they don’t have a plan, make your own. Locate a structure that is safer than your RV, like a bathhouse or the campground office. Brief everybody with you on your plan. RVs are not safe in damaging storms! From Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Also, check out’s Directory of RV Parks With Storm Shelters.

Website of the day

Bucket-list experiences in America’s National Parks
Wow, we want to do all of these things! How many have you done? Take a look through Cheapism’s slideshow and get your walking shoes on – you’re going to want to get started crossing these off!

Every RVer needs these. No, really, you and you and you!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Tips for Wi-Fi and cell data on the road
• As RVers are we “getting away from it all” or is the lifestyle “getting away from us”?
• Storytelling: A pleasant RV spot, a mysterious gray van, and a whole lotta cops…

Recipe of the Day

Cherry Lime Mojito
by Cara J Mastrangello from Albany, NY
This Mojito will be fantastic at any party or BBQ. It’s slightly sweet, tangy and very refreshing thanks to the fresh mint. You taste the rum in this adult beverage, but it’s not overpowering. A great cocktail for warmer nights.

Invite us over for these, will ya? Get the recipe here.

Did you miss this weekend’s recipes?
Crispy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Pillows
Mom’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Watch short cooking videos: Don’t watch near mealtime or you could get terribly hungry. If you love to cook, you will love these videos, most a minute or less.

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.

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. 

Lazydays Expands in Tennessee: If you’re a fan of Lazydays, you’ll be glad to hear that the company just opened its new dealership in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They cut the ribbon at the new 42,000-square-foot dealership April 21. The dealership is called Lazydays of Nashville. It’s the third Lazydays in Tennessee, with other locations in Knoxville and Maryville. That now makes 12 Lazydays dealerships in the U.S.

More New Campground Owners on the Way: It appears there’s still plenty of interest in owning your very own campground. Kampgrounds of America Inc. recently held its first in-person Buyer’s Workshop in more than a year. The event was held at the San Antonio/Alamo KOA Holiday April 10-11. More than 50 potential new campground owners showed up to learn what it takes to own and operate their own park. Just in case you think owning a campground might be in your future, the next KOA Buyer’s Workshop is slated for Oct. 23-24 at the Nashville, Tennessee, KOA Resort. Call 800-548-7239 or visit for details.

Only Short-Term RVing at Skagway Campground: If you’ve got plans to head to Skagway, Alaska, when the Canadian border reopens, we’ve got good news for you, and bad news for some Alaska RV owners who live in their rigs over the summer. The municipally owned Garden City RV Park in Skagway is notifying folks who might use their RVs in the park for seasonal housing that they either have to re-occupy their rig by May 15 or get it out of the campground. The city of Skagway wants to use the time before the Canadian border reopens to make improvements at the park, and they don’t want RVs left in “storage” in the way. Last year during the pandemic shutdown, the city allowed RV owners to leave their unoccupied rigs at the park. The city is also telling long-term renters that they will still have to vacate the campground by mid-October because they won’t be hosting any long-term seasonal campers in 2022.

Proposed Colorado Campground Draws Debate: A proposed new RV park and campground in Eagle, Colorado, is pitting neighbor against neighbor in the tiny town 30 miles west of Vail. The park is proposed for 10 acres along Brush Creek Road, and would include 29 RV sites, 20 tent/van sites and 4 group sites, each with two tent pads. The proposal has been approved by Eagle’s planning commission, and the Town Council has set a public hearing for May 11. The tentative name for the project is Base Camp Eagle. Some angry residents claim the new park could host up to 300 people a day, with 96 vehicle parking spaces and 53 campfires – ruining the quiet, rural feel of the community adjacent to the proposed campground.


The first Disneyland admission ticket ever sold was in 1955 for just $1. Now that’s a happiest-place-on-earth kind of deal!

Two great guides to free campgrounds
Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project on these two new guides. Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various governmental agencies. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We take all of our 8 critters with us, but Billy, the 2-1/2 y.o. Portuguese Water Dog, has decided the dashboard of our Sportscoach is his favorite place!” —Ann & Larry Lauer

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!

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1 year ago

The {bleeped} of my children are male and female.

The sexes of my children are male and female.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tim
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

Interesting. Did it to me too? Spell it a little different and it works.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tim
RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim

I guess those forms of the word haven’t been added to the list to be filtered out and the comments held for moderation. Maybe our IT dude programmed it in so that when that (or other) words in the list show up, they get replaced by “(bleeped)”. I couldn’t figure out where those were coming from in the comments because I was the only one previously putting that in. Hmmmm. Thanks, Tim. Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane at

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

What is Mike Sokol’s opinion of the Cargenerator ?

RV Staff
1 year ago

Hi, Donald. I’ll jump in here and send you a couple of links to Mike’s articles about CarGenerator, since it’s very late right now where he is.
Industry Update: CarGenerator Preview
CarGenerator update / TT-30 outlet
I’ll pass along your question to Mike in case he has something to add. Have a good night. 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago

Billy, the Portuguese Water Dog, does command the position like it was all his idea.

1 year ago

The SS Ideal X in 1956 was not the world’s first commercially successful container ship. The world’s first commercial container ship was the Clifford J. Rogers.
The ship’s first trip carried containers between Vancouver, British Columbia and Skagway, Alaska on November 26, 1955.

1 year ago

The admission ticket to Disneyland may have been $1, but you had to buy tickets for each ride. I remember as a kid in the ’60s, ride tickets were available in books with five different values. The A tickets were for the kiddie rides, while the E tickets were for the prime rides like the Matterhorn. I believe that I have that right.

Phil & Peggy
1 year ago

Only Short-Term RVing at Skagway Campground? The same can now be said of WillowWind RV Park in Hurricane, UT. They no longer offer monthly rates, and the daily & weekly rates are so high that only vacationers headed to Zion Nat’l Park, and don’t care about the cost, are willing to pay them.

1 year ago

Hated the movie that was voted best picture – awful, depressing, just plain sucked.

Bob P
1 year ago

Speak for yourself when you say “we still love them”, I don’t like tacos. Also don’t like anything else that’s messy, hated burger king until I learned to leave the catsup or mayonnaise off, together it makes a mess to eat, either/or but not both.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Darn Bob that leaves out a lot of food items. Ice Cream, cake, spaghetti, BBQ the list goes on. Big napkin and go for it or several napkins.

1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

Could also leave out {bleeped}, foam parties, beer bongs, mud sliding, apple bobbing…. Man, what a dull life. :-/

1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Well, I did NOT know the word s * e * x would be “bleeped”!! How prude.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Did you bleep it, WEB? I didn’t. Although if you had typed it in there, your comment would have been held for moderation by our filters. So someone else here may have see your comment being held and edited it, then approved it. Have a great day! And party on … 😀 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Nope, not ME! The instant it was posted, it “{bleeped}”! That is why I did the follow-up comment… so sorry for the ‘prude’ comment then.  😳 

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Hmmmm. Someone else must have been watching as it came in, then, and “(bleeped)” it. (I wasn’t online that early.) I don’t think our filters can do that. They just hold something for moderation if a word is on the list. Weird. Thanks for the response, WEB. I’ve seen some other people’s comments with “(bleeped)” in them and thought they had done it to maybe save me (the usual bleeper) the trouble. 😆 BTW – If you knew some of the things I’ve done in my past, you would know I’m far from being a prude. (I could put some examples in here, but then the mystery bleeper would certainly bleep me, and maybe question my employability! [Nothing illegal, BTW.]) Take care. 🙂 —Diane at

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Here, I will ‘say’ the “S” word again, {bleeped}

1 year ago
Reply to  WEB

Just instant and automatic….

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Picky, picky, picky…

Richard Hughes
1 year ago

The battery article and video were helpful. Thanks. It is information that most of us know, but a review is always in order.

The Campground Guides may be nice, but how many are going to be open? The guide was published a year ago. Ordered it anyway.

Montgomery Bonner
1 year ago

For RV’ing to grow at the rates it’s now doing, more and more RV parks are going to be needed. If the RVIA and individual manufacturers don’t get behind this in a big way, they are the ones to lose. We took car trip to State of South Carolina, in the two places we visited, there were at least 5 RV storage lots full of RV”s. IF all those RVs hit the road at once, the roads will be choked and there will not be enough spaces to camp in. In the two State Run RV Parks we checked out, both were 95% full, it was Sunday so some people were leaving. It’s getting harder and harder to get a spot for enough time to make trip worth going. Are you listening RVIA and Manufacturers?

1 year ago

Most of these new RVs will be sitting idle or in storage and consignment lots not long from now .. At least that is what my crystal ball says