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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 17, 2021


Issue 1601
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

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” ―C. S. Lewis

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day!

On this day in history: 1900 – The children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, is first published in the United States. The first copy is given to the author’s sister.

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

Tip of the Day

Top 6 reasons to love and 6 reasons to hate RVing

By Nanci Dixon
We have been on the move and meeting a lot of wonderful people. I can sometimes guess the full-time RVers by the telltale license plates: Texas, South Dakota or Florida. I have started an informal survey by asking them what they love about the lifestyle and what they hate about the lifestyle, as well as some of the things they think are hardest about RVing. Here’s what they said.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2021 Palomino Solaire Ultra Lite 202RB. He says this trailer “really hits close to home for me. The reason is, this is essentially the exact same layout as my own 2016 Rockwood Mini Lite 1905.” How do they compare? Find out here.

Tony’s previews from this weekend you may have missed:
Alaskan Campers Truck Camper
Scamp 19 – The smallest fifth wheel

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

P.S. Are you an expert on trucks? We’re looking for a writer to cover news and developments about trucks that RVers commonly use to tow their vehicles. If you’re interested, and know trucks inside-out, please let us know.

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 17, 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

Danger! Don’t swim near boat docks that have electricity!

Dear Mike,
Do I remember something you wrote about getting shocked around a boat dock? We’re getting ready for our first trip and will be staying by a lake with a lot of docks. What do I need to know to keep my family safe? —Stu

Read Mike’s potentially lifesaving information.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

The second most important step in buying an RV

Editor’s note: Digging through old issues for long-lost but still relevant articles, we came upon this article by long-time contributor Jim Twamley. What Jim wrote here is just as relevant today. So once again, here’s why the pre-delivery inspection is critical when you purchase an RV. Important information.

Reader poll

Would you consider yourself artistic?

Paint us a picture, then tell us here. (Kidding about the picture part...)

Quick Tip

Why do dump valves have openings at the top and bottom of the slide?

“We get asked this a lot by RVers changing out a sticky or damaged RV holding tank gate valve, and the associated, “Won’t it leak?” The answer is that the valve would have to be larger in that area and as you know space is always a premium in an RV. Regarding leaks, the valve actually seals on the surface of the gate with the two lip seals placed on each side of the valve in the flanges. The area outside the seal area is really not necessary for sealing, but gate valve positioning in the plumbing is important. Many leak issues in manual pull or cable pull valve is when the valve is installed at the 3 or 9 o’clock position in the piping. By sliding the gate open and closed in this position, debris, toilet paper, etc., can accumulate in the side of the body where the leading edge of the gate resides when it is closed. In this case, the gate actually pushes TP instead of cutting it, pushing into the end of the body. Over time the gate can’t go all the way past the seals, and a leak results. Another problem with cable operated valves is cables tend to bend. When an ‘open’ gate starts to move toward closed, it runs into the two lip seals, pressing against it. The pressure increases as the gate moves to fully closed. If the pressure is too much, the cable flexes and the gate stops short of being fully closed.” — Doug with

Website of the day

Grilling Hacks
These 7 grilling hacks from USA Today will up your grilling game. You might already know a few, but we bet you don’t know them all!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• 7 handy uses for RV shelf liner you probably haven’t thought of
• Walking sticks provide surprising bonus to your exercise routine
• Our secret to finding the best places in a new town

Recipe of the Day

Fresh Peach & Cherry Cobbler
by Kim Novosel from Temple, GA
It’s National Cherry Cobbler Day, remember? Once you try this cobbler, each year you will anxiously await peach and cherry season. And it will be worth the wait … because this cobbler is that good! Sweet, tart and oh so tasty!

Click here to get this delicious recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Pigs in Egg Roll Blankets
Bourbon Baked Beans

We hate to admit how often this would come in handy, but…


Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the U.S.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Pippy, adopted in Montana, is always copying what Mommy does.” —Judy Glazier

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

What is the difference between a hippo and a Zippo?
One is very heavy and the other is a little lighter.

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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 or this newsletter.

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Robert Tarasek
1 year ago

Need information about installing an awning camping world is way out of our reach for prices

1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Tarasek

The mounting points on your particular RV are the most important parts of the job … and figuring out measurements for length based on those mounting points.There must be good, strong material behind the visible skin of your RV to attach all the brackets.

Brenda Grady
1 year ago

The $39.95 “Dump Buddy” device can easily be duplicated with several quick-ties secured together around the in-ground PVC and several more secured together on one side, over the top & down the other side. A whole lot less expensive and just as secure, if not more so.

1 year ago

When did “tips” become “hacks”?

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

Welcome to “hackin” 20’s…

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

It’s interesting how many very different meanings the term “hack” has now. Here’s the meaning from Wikipedia that applies to the Website of the Day in today’s newsletter: “A life hack (or life hacking) is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.” Have a great day, Gary. 😀 —Diane

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

“Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the U.S.”

Totally true! As if the price of admission wasn’t high enough, if you saunter up to the concession stand for popcorn and maybe a drink, it’s usually more than the cost of the tickets in the first place. When I was still able to donate blood I used my points to get free show tickets. Now that I can’t do that anymore we’ve all but quit going to the show. It has to be a GREAT movie for us to break down and pay up.

Waiting for Top Gun – Maverick!

Wayne Caldwell
1 year ago

The water valve on our 20 year-old toilet room broke on our way back home early this month. Water pump worked and flush valve (flapper) worked, but the water valve had broken and wouldn’t allow water into the toilet. Short search on how to replace the valve and then a quick purchase on Amazon. I had the valve a couple of days later. 15 minutes after receiving the valve our toilet was properly functioning again. The only real problem was that I couldn’t relieve the water pressure at the toilet until disconnecting the water line resulting in a minor shower. After successfully repairing the toilet, I was able to “wear the superhero cape” again.

1 year ago

When I did a repair on dump system because black water valve was frozen in place, the main cause was tiny bits of T.P. that has acted as a paper mache blockage within the sliding valve. Totally locked up the valve from sliding. Lack of regular usage and allowing the system to dry out caused this problem. Not a fun mess to fix.

Thom R
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

We never put TP down the toilets. It goes in a small covered trash can. There is no smell in the bathrooms. We can use any TP that we like.
When dumping black tanks, flush, flush, flush. Sometimes I close and open the valves a couple times while flushing to get any bits of solids out of the seals.
When storing the rig, I put some liquid dish soap with a little water in all the tanks and work the valve to keep the blade from sticking to the rubber.

1 year ago
Reply to  Thom R

We do the same with our TP, works great.

1 year ago
Reply to  steve

same here…

1 year ago
Reply to  Thom R

Same here

Gloria Sluder
1 year ago

Love your Mystery Product of the day

1 year ago
Reply to  Gloria Sluder

Me, too. Added it to my Amazon wish list!