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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Issue 1593
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 could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” ―Helen Keller

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Cinco de Mayo! 

On this day in history: 1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

Tip of the Day

How to Increase the longevity of your tow vehicle

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
When you spend fifty thousand dollars (or more) of your hard-earned money for a tow vehicle, you don’t intentionally abuse the vehicle. But sometimes we abuse the vehicle without knowing it. For example, if you don’t have the proper hitch setup and too much weight is resting on the hitch ball, you put more burden on the tow vehicle. Another example is not monitoring, or maybe not knowing, what temperature the engine, transmission or other components are operating at. Heat is your tow vehicle’s worst enemy.

So where do we start when it comes to increasing our tow vehicle’s longevity? Good question. Let’s start with the basics and go from there.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 12 ways to support your favorite campground

Today’s RV Preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the Keystone Arcadia 370RL Travel Trailer. This trailer is GORGEOUS inside. Take a peek and see what Tony thinks of it here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Coachmen Apex Nano 16T Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Fairfield Lake State Park, Texas.

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 5, 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 no readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card.

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.

Do you know your Cabela’s history?

Many RVers have taken advantage of the “RV welcome mat” extended by Cabela’s sporting goods stores. Many of the retailer’s parking lots have dump stations, some of them even for free use. And taking a hike through Cabela’s is like visiting a giant “man cave.” If you’re into the outdoors, you need to go into Cabela’s – it’s like being outside, while inside. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Get your teeth cleaned at the world’s largest truck stop

Reader poll

Have you ever had to remove a tick from your body?

Yuck! Tell us here, please.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

How to extinguish a campfire

From Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
To extinguish your campfire: Allow the wood to burn completely to ash. Pour water over all the ashes. If you hear hissing, continue to add water until it stops. Use a shovel to scrape through the ashes to be sure lower layers are wet and to check for any remaining sticks or embers that may not have burned completely. Make sure they are not smoldering. Add more water as needed. Do not leave the campfire until it is completely out and cool to the touch. Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Learn more about campfire safety and campfire building from Smokey Bear.

Website of the day

A First-Timer’s Guide to RVing in Mexico
What better day to plan an RVing trip to Mexico than on Cinco de Mayo? This informative guide from A World to Travel tells you everything you need to know about RVing around our beautiful neighbor to the south.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Thought about working the sugar beet harvest? This might convince you
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• RV Tire Safety: “Cold inflation pressure” and clarification of tire terms

Taco bout AWESOME. You need these!

Recipe of the Day

Easy Healthy Inside-Out Burrito
by Amanda A. Becker from San Jose, CA
A flavorful guilt-free dinner. The garnishes in this recipe are a must. They bring together the whole dish. There’s a little kick from the enchilada sauce but nothing overpowering. It’s everything you love about a burrito without the tortilla. If you can’t find Trader Joe’s corn salsa, use a small can of corn and mix with your favorite salsa.

Mmmm! What a great way to enjoy a “burrito”! Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Tri-Color Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese


Allergies bothering you? Perhaps you have “Rhinorrhea!” Any guesses as to what that might be? Well, next time you have a runny nose, tell your friends you have “Rhinorrhea” and watch them cringe!

*If you’re an avid reader, is your life expectancy higher or lower than a non-reader? Yesterday’s trivia explains. 

Block window glare with movable sunshades
[Check state laws before using these while driving.]
Kate Doherty writes, “The automatic shades in motorhomes are great for front-facing glare, but sometimes quartering slivers of bright sunlight affect vision comfort for both driver and passenger. We found these sunshades more effective, especially on the middle of our Jeep front windshield, to reduce glare without impeding vision as the sun visors don’t extend far enough. Because they are so flexible, they fit well in curved windshields.” Read more or order some here

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Hilde, Migna, Zelda. We’re ready to ride!” —Skip Haley

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

I walked into a new restaurant with my wife. It’s called “Karma.” We had heard good things about the food, so we were excited to see what they had to offer. The hostess sat us, filled our water glasses, then walked away. After a few moments of sitting without a menu, my wife was confused. She stopped a nearby waiter and asked, “Excuse me, could we please have two menus?” The waiter responded, “There aren’t any menus. You get what you deserve.”

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1 year ago

Thanks for sharing the AAA covid map. We are traveling this season and it will be a great help.

1 year ago

Loved Hilde, Migna and Zelda … Also good LHWAL.. 😄 

1 year ago

Best thing in today’s edition: The faces of Hilde, Migna and Zelda looking at me  😎 

Bob Palin
1 year ago

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” ―Helen Keller

“We would never need to learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” ―Bob Palin

1 year ago

About day in history. Her patent made hats.

1 year ago

Re: putting out a campfire

We were boondocking with friends and had a campfire. It started raining late as the campfire was down to a few coals and rained all night. In the morning someone threw a paper plate on the wet ashes. Fifteen minutes later the plate burst into flames.

Stirring is critical—water isn’t sufficient!

1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

This is very helpful. Thanks!

John Carroll
1 year ago

Cinco de Mayo — the last battle with the French in Mexico — is not celebrated in Mexico. Commemoration of the day is an U.S. creation.

Bob Palin
1 year ago
Reply to  John Carroll

That is simply not true, although it’s no longer a national holiday all schools are closed in Mexico on May 5th, and the states of Puebla and Veracruz have an official holiday.

1 year ago
Reply to  John Carroll

Not true. The French returned with a larger Army 1 year later and defeated the Mexicans and installed Maximilian. The French finally left after US pressure in 1867 and guerrilla warfare by the Mexicans. My wife is from Sonora Mexico and still does not understand why the US makes a big deal of this since it is not celebrated in Mexico (appears only in Puebla). I just tell her it is all about drinking.

Connie VH
1 year ago

Today’s pets in thought bubbles….

Hilde: “We’re going…WHEN??!”
Migna: “What? We’re doing what?”
Zelda: “Just please don’t forget me.”

Cute beagles! Adorable photo.