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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 13, 2021

Issue 1599

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.

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Today’s thought

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ―Mary Anne Radmacher

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Crouton Day!

On this day in history: 19** – (I won’t say the year for fear of embarrassment.) Your favorite RVTravel.com editor, Chuck Woodbury, was born! Happy Birthday, Chuck!!! 

Tip of the Day

Save money while RVing with these 24 tips

By Gail Marsh
Who doesn’t like to save a buck now and then? Owning and driving an RV down the road isn’t cheap, but there are ways to save significant money and still live the RV lifestyle at the same time. You just need to know where to look to find the savings.

Here are some suggestions for saving money. (We hope you’ll add your own ideas in the comments.)

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 6 tips for scoring a national park campsite

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Rize 18T Mini Motorhome. As he reports, “While Thor makes a number of Class B motorhomes on the Ram Promaster chassis, this is the first one on a platform this diminutive and really offers something for someone who might use the van more as a van most of the time and a camper some of the time.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Mercedes-Benz Metris Getaway? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Chalk Creek Campground, CO

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 13, 2021.

If it’s yours you’ll win an RVtravel.com coffee mug!

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (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.

What you should know about lug nuts

Here’s an area of RV tech that few of us give much thought to — until we have a flat tire on the road. These characters play a critical role in RV safety, yet often get little more than lip service. Here are some thoughts and tips on dealing with lug nuts. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t be a sucker: Internet safety for RVers

Reader poll

Would you rather be admired for being handsome/beautiful or for a great mind?

Come on over, you smart, beautiful human, and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Keep passenger-side safe!

“If you’ve ever had to stop on the side of a busy highway you know it can be scary.
Store anything you might need for an emergency stop (tools, flares, etc.) so you’ll have access to them from the passenger side of your vehicle. This could limit your exposure to traffic and keep a bad situation from becoming tragic.” Thanks for the tip, David Baker!

Did you miss yesterday’s Full-Time RVer newsletter? Good stuff there! Read it here.

No, no, this isn’t corny, but it is one of the strangest things we’ve seen

Website of the day

Road Trip USA
Warning: You will want to road trip after looking through this list of classic American road trips. Click on any one of the road trips listed for detailed information.

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:

• 49 percent of people say they have traveled outside North America within the last 10 years
• Right now, 34 percent of readers say they’re reading this newsletter on a smartphone
• 20 percent don’t really like their given first name

Recent poll: Will you buy the same type of RV next time around?

Lightweight, waterproof, foldable backpack perfect for RVers
Ultra-light, ultra-durable, and ultra-handy for RV trips, this backpack is perfect for small-space living. Pack folds into a tiny sandwich-sized pouch, perfect for storage or for use on airplane trips. Many pockets, including two water bottle slots, make this waterproof pack great for hiking, camping, or day-trips. Learn more and view all of the colors here.

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chipotle Chicken Pizza Rolls
by Lindsey McCue from Los Angeles, CA
OK, these rolls are seriously delicious! A flavorful recipe for the family to help with. The chicken marinade alone is tasty. You may find yourself snacking on the grilled chicken. The combination of the raspberry chipotle sauce with the marinated chicken is a dream. Serve with a little extra sauce for dipping. Yum!

What a fun recipe for the grill! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells


Attention all cereal lovers! If a trip to London is in your future, check out the Cereal Killer Cafe (brilliant name, huh?). At the cafe, you can try hundreds of different types of cereals from around the world. We want to go!

*What famous landmark in New York is struck by lightning 600 times per year?
A.) The Empire State Building
B.) The Statue of Liberty
C.) The Brooklyn Bridge
Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sugar is a 13-year-old shelter adoptee we brought into the RV life last January. She’s pretty skittish still, but our 40′ class A suits her just fine.” —Bob Schilling

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!

Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you find yourself using your computer on your lap, reading your Kindle on the couch, or having a hard time holding that heavy hardback, you need this lap desk! Staff writer Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. The desk has eight adjustable levels and even has a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those who have lower back pain or terrible posture (ahem, Emily). Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Simon & Parker (@guest_126214)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Simon & Parker (@guest_126215)
2 years ago
Reply to  Simon & Parker

Chuck Chuck bo buck
banana fanna fo fu….uh. hold off on that one. 😉

Patricia Neuzil (@guest_126210)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday Chuck! Thanks so much for all you do for us.

Brian Burry (@guest_126199)
2 years ago

A very Happy Birthday Chuck! We appreciate all the work you and your staff do for our knowledge and reading pleasure on RV’s!!! Thank you!
Doc Burry

Nancy Smith (@guest_126183)
2 years ago

🎶Happy Birthday!🎶

Tom (@guest_126178)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday Chuck, I still remember the wonderful article written by Emily last year. What a wonderful present that was.

Mike Albert (@guest_126175)
2 years ago

Happy birthday Chuck!
I hope that you have many more happy and healthy birthdays to come and are able to enjoy what you want to do to the fullest. Normally, gifts are given to the person celebrating their birthday, however, you continue to gifts us with your knowledge and experience with all that you publish.
Thanks and have a Happy!

Wolfe (@guest_126171)
2 years ago

Happy birthday, Chuck… another year on the Y-axis beats the X…

Wolfe (@guest_126170)
2 years ago

Regarding the “passenger side safe” — it’s wise to not hang your butt in traffic while getting emergency supplies, but I still wouldn’t count on it. When I had to wait hours for a #$(&*#$_* road service, I had EVERYONE including the dogs get out of the truck and sit 50 yards *diagonally upstream* from the rig… if a semi clipped the travel trailer, it’s NO protection for any passengers waiting in the truck. I doubt a crashing car would even feel the travel trailer disintegrate as they drove through it, and shrapnel would deflect downstream.

Randall Johnstun (@guest_126169)
2 years ago

Happy, happy, happy birthday Chuck, hoping you and yours will have a great day.

Neal Davis (@guest_126165)
2 years ago

Happy birthday, Chuck! I hope that you have a great one and that you have many more!

Linda (@guest_126163)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck! Hope you have a fantabulous day! Thanks for all the issues of RV Travel!

Dawn (@guest_126162)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Robin (@guest_126161)
2 years ago

Happy Birthday!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_126155)
2 years ago

I continue to be impressed by the recipes you post. We just had a shrimp recipe we found here for last night’s dinner. Dee-lish.

Bob M (@guest_126153)
2 years ago

🎂Happy Birthday Chuck🎂

Don McKelvay (@guest_126151)
2 years ago

Many Happy returns Chuck on your 4-5-6-7-8-9 th birthday- pick a number.

jillie (@guest_126149)
2 years ago

Chuck? There are ways to figure out your age. But we won’t go there. I love telling people my age because then I can I am 10 months until retirement. Can’t wait to join the ranks.

BrianR (@guest_126148)
2 years ago

Happy birthday Chuck. No reason to be embarrassed by your age since you are still getting out and about more than many that are much younger than you.

Gregory Brott (@guest_126144)
2 years ago

Chuck…..enjoy your Birthday….I also got my favorite 60’s band back together to sing Happy Birthday to you!!! https://youtu.be/MjF1bG5LUcs?t=29

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Gregory Brott

Cool! Thanks, Gregory! Have a great day. 😀 —Diane

Tom (@guest_126136)
2 years ago

Toss a high visibilty vest or shirt, similiar to highway workers wear, and put it on when beside
the roadway.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Great tip! Thanks, Tom! Take care. 😀 —Diane

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