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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 3, 2021

Issue 1591
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

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” ―Bill Bullard

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Play Outside Day!

On this day in history: 1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.

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

Tip of the Day

Blowing in the wind: 7 truckers’ tips for safe driving

By Nanci Dixon
Several interstates are notorious for wind, particularly in the spring and fall. I-40, I-10, and I-8 have all sidelined us at one time or another. I-40 near Winslow and Flagstaff, Arizona, periodically report semi-trucks that have literally blown over along the interstate. So if trucks have a hard time in the wind, what about RVs? What do the truckers do to stay safe while the wind blows? Find out and learn 7 helpful tips to stay safe.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Northwood Desert Fox 27FS Toy Hauler. Tony writes, “Overall, I think that Northwood has done a great job with this rig and made an interior that is a cut above in the toy hauler world.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
Hélio HE3 Series Mini Travel Trailer
Living Vehicle

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, May 3, 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.

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

Don’t plug a 20-amp cord into a 50-amp outlet!

Dear Mike,
I’ve got a cargo van camper conversion. I just need to plug into a 15- or 20-amp 120-volt socket with my extension cord. Can I use the first adapter to connect to 30-amp and/or connect both adapters in line to plug into a 50-amp socket? Thanks. —Jim

Read Mike’s response.

• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Professional photographer says this is the best tripod for RVers
Writer Nanci Dixon was once a professional photographer and has used every type of photography equipment out there. This is the tripod she uses and says is the best for RVers. It’s lightweight, it collapses, and it can be used with a phone or big DSLR camera. Learn more here or buy one for yourself.

Winnebago’s amazing flying motorhomes

STORY AND VIDEO: In 1976, Orlando Helicopter Airways in cooperation with Winnebago Industries marketed the Winnebago Heli-home, built on a Sikorsky S-55 or S-58 helicopter. Gas-powered, these helicopters were well-suited to become the flying carpets for the RV set, even though few could afford the $300,000 price tag. Learn more.

Reader poll

In the last 20 years have you visited a California redwood grove?

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

Quick Tip

Clean up those RV power cord contacts

Readers may have heard a bit of back-and-forth about how to clean the brass contacts on your shore power cord connector. Please DON’T follow the suggestion made by one RV park that handed out a strip of coarse emery cloth to each guest, telling them to use it to clean up their contacts. Reader “D ‘n C” suggests something a little kinder, like a Scotch Brite pad. Resident electric specialist Mike Sokol adds: “For gold contacts on circuit boards we use pencil erasers. And I’ve used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser blocks for cleanup chores when I want to remove the crud, but not the metal beneath it. When you do need to resurface the metal, then 400-grit sandpaper is what I use.” Read a tutorial on this topic from Mike here.

… and that’s all we have to say about that! Click here to laugh (or groan).

Website of the day

The oldest restaurant in your state that you have to visit
These historic restaurants look so fun (not to mention yummy!). See which one is in your state (or the state you’re currently in) and make a trip for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• The camper who did this should be thrown in jail.
• Try this easy DIY trick to trap fruit flies (watch the video, it works!)
• A sad warning about flimsy step stools

Recipe of the Day

Breakfast Lasagna
by Lynn Zak from Pittsburgh, PA
Do you want something special for breakfast but don’t want to spend the entire morning making it? This breakfast lasagna will quickly become a weekend request from your family. We can see why it has become a favorite of Lynn’s family. It’s sweet and creamy with fresh flavor from the strawberries and blueberries. But, customize the berries based on what you like. A delicious and sweet breakfast treat.

What a fun idea! Get the recipe here.

Did you miss this weekend’s recipes?
Tex Mex Chicken and Corn Chowder
Mom’s Meatloaf Cake

Roadside Emergency Assistant Kit – Every RVer must have one!
This 110-piece Roadside Emergency Assistance Kit should be a requirement to have for all RVers. The kit is for cars and RVs, so you’ll always be safe. The kit includes a 64-piece First Aid Kit, Heavy Duty Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Tow Strap, Emergency Blanket, 11-In-1 Multi-Tool, Flash Light, Bungee cords, Magnesium Fire Starter, Roadside Warning Sign, Roadside Emergency Tools and much more. Learn more or order (seriously!).


You can visit the Grand Canyon via Google Street View. Seriously. Click here and take yourself on a hike down the trail.

The easiest RV security system
This 2-pack window and door security alarm is a simple, cost-effective security solution to protect you against invasions thanks to the 120-decibel alarms, loud enough to make an intruder think twice. The alarm is easy to use, no matter what your technological skills may be. Attach the alarms with double-sided tape, no wires required! Perfect for the RV! Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Billy the Beagle loves to travel in his RV and he can’t wait to take in all the new smells he’ll encounter!” —Andre Picard

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

Did you hear about the guy who burnt his house down by cooking a Hawaiian pizza? He should have cooked it at aloha temperature…

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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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Art Davidson
1 year ago

Regarding the article Blowing in the wind. I would also recommend that you do not use cruise control with high winds.

1 year ago

After reading the update on AJ’s Getaway in the Saturday edition I emailed their lender in support of their cause. This afternoon (the following Monday) I received a cordial response from Shoshana Korrub that said “We are taking all of these recommendations into account. Have a wonderful day!”

I encourage everybody to join the cause and email to express your support and show the lender that there is indeed a great demand for more campgrounds.

Machelle James
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

Hi Gary! Thank you SO much for emailing our Banker! She emailed me an hour ago and said they have well over 100 emails of support! They will be making their final decision in a couple days!! I told her I would stop the emails as she had WAY more than she anticipated! And that’s a good thing!!!

Brian Burry
1 year ago

A little humor is important, humor is like the saying “Beauty (Humor) is in the eye of the beholder!” Some may laugh at different jokes thank others:))

1 year ago

These “leave here with a laugh” in all honesty are pretty pathetic.

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

I have some great jokes with the word pathetic in them if you’re interested?

Michael, Full-Time
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

As far as the “aloha temperature” type, I agree.

Bill Coady
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

Come on. Lighten up. These “jokes” are just for fun. Don’t become a literary critic or perhaps consider developing your own standup routine and share it with all of us. We’ll all laugh (and groan) along with you and support your efforts. Cheers!

Glen Scofield
1 year ago

My wife and I once waited two days to leave Carlsbad, NM because of the high winds between there and I-40, where we wanted to drive west to Flagstaff. A friend had lost his RV on the northbound road to I-40 just a year before. When we did get on the road, the wind was higher than we liked, but it was much lower than earlier in the week. The tips you included are good advice, Ms. Dixon.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

With a bit of newer technology and by downsizing the concept, an Rpod with 4 sets of drone blades on the corners could get us all flying to the boondocks in our Drone Home.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Tony, that is a great idea!

Bob Wood
1 year ago

I need to mail you a new joke book

1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Wood

Bob please do and make it fast.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

The window security system looks like a good, inexpensive idea.

Bob P
1 year ago

That’s not colon cleaner that’s colon eradication