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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 6, 2021

Issue 1594
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

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” ―Ben Carson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Nurses Day! Thank you, nurses!

On this day in history: 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

Tip of the Day

How to kill lingering RV refrigerator smells

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Full-timing friends of ours took off for a week away from their RV. On returning home to their hot Southern California RV, they were nearly bowled over by a scent that would cause CSI types to say, “Smell that decomp?” Yep, in their absence the refrigerator decided to take a vacation, too, and the odor of rotting meat and other foods was – to put it politely – simply overpowering. Get some tips on how to rid your fridge of stinky smells, and learn what an RV technician says is the most difficult smell to remove (can you guess?) here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: How to Increase the longevity of your tow vehicle

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Forest River Wildwood FSX 260RT. How does this toy hauler compare to the recently reviewed Northwood Desert Fox? Find out here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Keystone Arcadia 370RL Travel Trailer? 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, May 6, 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.

Your fifth wheel: Leave it hitched or not?

We got an anguished question from a reader: “My husband insists there is nothing wrong with leaving the truck hooked up to our fifth wheel for extended periods of time. And when I say extended, I mean two weeks. … If there are reasons why you should not, what are they?” Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Do you know your Cabela’s history?

Reader poll

How often do you do laundry?

Throw a load in, then respond here.

Special  deals at Target.

Quick Tip

RV refrigerator level enough? There’s an app for that

We’ve preached ourselves “blue in the face” about how critical it is to have your rig level to keep from damaging a running RV refrigerator. Here’s Roger M’s two bits: “LP refrigerators need to be within 3 degrees of level to work properly and to avoid problems with the coolant. But what is 3 degrees? Few bubble levels give you a number. I found this FREE one for Android phones. Easy to use and you can even recalibrate it yourself to a known level surface.” Thanks, Roger!

Website of the day

Most scenic National Park overlooks
If you’re planning a trip to any of the National Parks, make sure to check out this list first. Travel + Leisure tells you the 10 most scenic NP overlooks and, boy, they’re beautiful!

This is the softest, fluffiest, cutest… Well, just see for yourself.

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:

• 58 percent of motorhome drivers say their passengers use the RV’s restroom while the RV is moving
• 69 percent never gamble at casinos
• When shopping online, 57 percent most often use a computer to do their buying

Recent poll: Do you envision yourself living full-time in an RV someday?

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
by Connie Gereffi from Lumberton, NJ
We love chicken cordon bleu and this is a delightful twist on the recipe. It’s a delicious summer dinner and a different way to prepare chicken breasts. The prosciutto ham and Swiss cheese give the chicken a nice salty kick. Brushing mustard on top and adding the ham helps keep the chicken moist and the flavors melt into the meat. A very delicious dinner recipe.

Sounds like a great dinner to us! Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Easy Healthy Inside-Out Burrito

Mother’s Day is just THREE days away! Check out our Mother’s Day gift guide to surprise Mom or Grandma – there’s still time! Click here to see many fun gift ideas.


Who’s the first person in all of the Earth’s history whose name we know? It’s “Kushim,” an accountant from Mesopotamia who lived around 3200 B.C.

*Why would you tell someone you have “Rhinorrhea?” Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Tucker Bojangles. I am a 16-month-old Yellow Lab and I travel full time with my mom and dad in our 5th wheel. I love making new Tucker Buddies wherever we go!” —Dave Jacobson

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!

Make sure to have this Fire Extinguishing Aerosol in your RV
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Comes in a one- or two-pack. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

My boss arrived at work today in a brand new Ferrari. I approached him at his desk and said, “You have an amazing new car! It’s beautiful!” He said, “Thank you! If you work hard, put all your hours in, and strive for total excellence within the company, I’ll get another one next year.”

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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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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Davidson Richard
1 year ago

1st name known has to be Adam as the first man ever made.

Bob Amoroso
1 year ago

I enjoy all the articles you post about many things and places to visit. However, I do not care for it when I click on the link and before I can view anything I must give up my email address etc. I simply move on as I do not want the barrage of emails associated with these sites. I’m sure others move on as well.

Thom R
1 year ago

About the fridge being level-
the only useful thing an RV sales guy said to me was, “If it’s level enough for you to live in comfortably, it’s probably close enough for the fridge.”
Of course there is always a caveat. Some folks can live with a lot more slope.
I use the fridge door and the nearby bathroom door as indicators. Open them halfway. If they stay put, it’s pretty level.
Yes I can double check with my phone or bubble level.

Gregory Brott
1 year ago

Loved Ben Carson’s quote  🙂 

Thomas D
1 year ago

I Phone already has a level app
It’s in ultilities and a compass

David Needham
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

The IOS level is great

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

My new iPhone 12 didn’t have a level app, that I could find last night, so downloaded one. Then I noticed the iPhone’s lens protrude out the back, not a flat surface. Grr.

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  Ken

On my iPhone 11, the measure app has the level. You just have to touch the bottom right where it shows a small level and the world level is underneath. Hold the phone upright or spin it sideways.

Connie VH
1 year ago

Today’s Laugh: 😄😆🤣
Totally LOL!

1 year ago
Reply to  Connie VH

And totally TRUE!

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Leveling RV’s is such a pain. My popup has to have the nose lower so the A/C will drain, another guy it was nose high so his tanks would drain. Sometimes, a couple of ice chests would be so much easier !

Bob Packer
1 year ago

There is an Android app named “Army Knife” that also has a bubble level, plus some other nice goodies like a flashlight, unit converter, timer, stopwatch, compass, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror and ruler.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Packer

yeah, that’s what I have. Use it all the time!

Gary Reed
1 year ago

Regarding the question about leaving your 5 th wheel trailer connected to your truck for extended time periods; No one contacted the truck manufacturer to get their comments on things like springs /suspension settling.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

That’s a good question. I think it was implied that even though he keeps it connected he levels the unit so that in turn would relieve some of the weight off the truck. But I would agree if you are not removing any weight off the truck that can’t be good on the suspension for long periods of time.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Travis

I would think that sitting still is a lot less stressful on a truck than cruising down the road bumping and ‘pot holing’ at highway speeds. I can almost hear my truck breathe a sigh of relief when we finally stop moving . . . .  😉 

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Seems like a constant static load would be worse for the springs than routine bouncing but I am not an engineer.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

But now I am thinking of truck campers and I suppose they have a constant load on the suspension right?

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

I didn’t even think of that, but yeah, I’ll bet that’s true. I have a “Highway Products” Pickup Pac installed on my truck and that by itself is quite heavy even though it is made of aluminum.

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

Pet of the Day…………………….NEVER met a Lab I didn’t like!!

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