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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Issue 1602
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

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” ―Virginia Woolf

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dirty Dishes Day!

On this day in history: 1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

Tip of the Day

Buying a rental RV – Good idea?

Dear RV Shrink:
We are in the market for our first RV. My husband thinks we should buy a used rental Class C motorhome. I am in favor of buying used, and have studied used rental websites, but they seem to want the high dollar for the motorhomes they are culling from their fleets. Are these units a good deal? Am I missing something? I want to enjoy traveling and not have to constantly worry about repair problems. Should we be considering new instead? —Confused in Cleveland

Read Richard Mallery, the RV Shrink’s, response.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Top 6 reasons to love and 6 reasons to hate RVing

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the K-Z Connect SE C221FKKSE Travel Trailer. He writes, “I think there are a lot of reasons to look at couple’s travel trailers with rear bedrooms, including slightly more closet space (the closet doesn’t have to accommodate the sloping nose of the trailer) and huge kitchen countertops.” Learn more about this rear-bedroom, large-countertop trailer here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Palomino Solaire Ultra Lite 202RB? 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 Daylight time today, May 18, 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 2 readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Patti Schneider of Milton, Florida, and Sumner Schachter of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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.

Got a motorhome? Enjoy life more with a dinghy

If you intend to travel in a motorhome, think seriously about towing a transportation vehicle. … No getting around it, towing a dinghy (transportation vehicle) maximizes the freedom and convenience of traveling in a motorhome. Learn much more in this post by Jared Montgomery.

Yesterday’s featured article: The second most important step in buying an RV

Reader poll

How many keys are on your key ring?

Count ’em, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Reefer madness resolved

From Russ and Tiña De Maris
Boondockers use LP gas to run their refrigerator, and sometimes this creates a problem. If your RV refrigerator “acts up” and doesn’t seem to be cooling, don’t immediately condemn parts. Check the cooling system “burner” first. Scale can develop in the refrigerator chimney, and it can come loose and drop down onto the burner, causing it to operate less efficiently, or go out altogether. Our next-door neighbor pulled in and immediately had refrigerator problems. We checked the burner and, sure enough, scale had dropped onto it, which we quickly blew off. Problem resolved – for a few days – when the same thing happened all over again. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts.

Website of the day

Bucket-List Casinos Across America
If you’re a casino camper or a casino-goer, this list is for you! And even if you aren’t, you might be after you visit some of these – wowie!

OK, now. This is something we really want! We love a product that’s handy AND cute!

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:

• If stranded on a desert island, 79 percent would rather be stranded with their spouse/partner than anyone else (other choices given were best friend, a child, a dog, or other)
• 17 percent say their favorite milkshake flavor is strawberry
• 49 percent of full-timers live/travel in a motorhome

Recent poll: Do you believe there should be “No Campfire” zones in RV parks?

Recipe of the Day

Quesadilla Burgers
by Christina Haley from Union City, TN
The concept of using quesadillas as a bun is genius. They add a cheesy crunch to the delicious burger. The meat itself is moist and full of taco flavor. The fresh pico on top is a burst of flavor while the ooey-gooey pepper jack cheese is perfection. These are definitely decadent… and delicious!

This is a GREAT idea! Join us in making these for dinner! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Fresh Peach & Cherry Cobbler

The wildest multi-tool gadget…
This wild, elusive, totally unique multi-tool carabiner is perfect to keep on your key ring or backpack. When someone asks you for a screwdriver, wrench, can opener, bottle opener, cord-cutter, or ruler, tell them Sasquatch can help! Every camper and outdoor enthusiast needs one of these! It’s cool, but it will also come in handy at the campsite! Learn more or order. (Hurry, before he disappears again!)


There is a hotline that filmmakers can call for science advice with the goal of helping filmmakers incorporate accurate science into their movies.

*What seemingly affordable popular snack costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the U.S? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Woody, the Norwich Terrier, patiently waiting for his first trip in our new Class C Renegade Vienna.” —Natalie Osborn

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

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Morgan Borrowman
1 year ago

First question should be how many key rings do you have? For me its 5 and each has an average of 5 keys/.

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago

We bought a Class B former rental. The “house” portion had been rehabbed at the factory and was in good shape. However the chassis needed new tires, shocks, and alignment. After that it was a good unit and we were pleased with it.

Mark B
1 year ago

Just my personal opinion on buying a previous rental……DON’T DO IT !!!! While the companies claim that they are maintained regularly, they are typically rented by people that are not familiar with RVs, and sometimes by people that don’t care so they get abused. A while back, a friend bought a 2 year old class A prior rental from one of the largest rental companies in the business. It had 85k miles and he got to pick all the new upholstery and carpeting. My question was, if they’re not abused, why would a 2 yr. old motorhome need new carpeting and upholstery? After the purchase, he had nothing but problems. Cabinet doors sagging/falling off, the entry door was loose and jamming,,,,,, I could go on and on, all from apparent abuse. He sold it, and said “never again will I buy a prior rental!” Oh, and they charged full retail on a high mileage well used unit.

Bob P
1 year ago

I’m slow today, I didn’t get the using my blinkers. If you’re talking about directional signals if you have an older vehicle that still uses blinker fluid or you have a newer one that has electrical blinkers. Lol

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

haha! When I was a youjng man, one of my first jobs I worked at a Gulf service station. Every once in awhile, a wise guy would come in and ask me to fill it up and check the blinker fluid…

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

About 65 years ago and as a young airman, I was given a search mission to go and get a can of “Prop-Wash” from the maintenance squadron! (Some things you never forget!)

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Right away, I was thinking of blinkers on horses. I guess I am really slow, and I guess old.

Tim Slack
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

While in Germany in the mid-1950’s, VWs had a little flag-like arm that popped out of the B-column and waved to indicate the direction the driver was going to turn. They worked most but not all of the time. Most Americans called them ‘Mox Nix’, bastardized from the German phrase ‘mach nichts’ meaning ‘makes no difference’. The point is, if either or (all too frequently) both flags popped out and waved, most likely the driver was going to turn one direction or the other sometime soon. No fluid involved….

Michael Galvin
1 year ago

My refer stopped working on propane. Tech found it was fouled with dust. Blew dust out. Problem solved. Advised me to blow it out annually.

1 year ago

If the “scale” dropping on the refrigerator burner is actually rust be careful. The chimney walls could be getting dangerously thin.

1 year ago

Don’t say the CDC says you can start using your blinkers in the joke. Half the people using will stop because of recent CDC history.

1 year ago

Link to Today’s RV review is broken

1 year ago
Reply to  Linda

Had same problem.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
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Emily Woodbury(@emily)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Sorry, all! The link to today’s RV review has been fixed. Enjoy! –Emily

Sharon L Boehmer
1 year ago

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting “page not found” for today’s RV review?

Dalton Mccormick
1 year ago

yes, just go to the list of past reviews, you can get todays by clicking the picture

Emily Woodbury(@emily)
1 year ago

Sorry, Sharon! We fixed the link. Happy reading! –Emily

Thomas D
1 year ago

Well maintained rv?
Maybe, but my C that I bought from a dealer was rented out every minute they had it. Ford made the chassis in April Coachman built the Rv and I bought it 8 months later with 36k miles on it.1000+ miles a week. When was it maintained? The transmission oil was black. The brake rotors were warped. The front end was in need of alignment and front tires needed to be replaced. But it went on to serve my family for 18 years. Glad that I had it but if not a mechanic , I’d have gone broke.

1 year ago

Hi! Thank you for this very informative newsletter.
I am curious to see how people use the space in the very narrow but very deep cabinet found in many rv bathrooms.
Thank you,

1 year ago
Reply to  Céline

Er… I store things in it of course? I tried using it as a bunk …but it was a little dark and I overslept.

Ok, learn to fold towels and linens lengthwise to use the depth…

Last edited 1 year ago by Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Good one Wolfe… LAUGHING!

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Céline

There are SO many different RV brands, models and floor plans that it is impossible to know what space configuration yours may have. Perhaps some measurements of the space and where it is located would help us to envision what you have.

1 year ago
Reply to  Céline

Barbeque tools

1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

Of course mine is vertical space. If yours is horizontal, measure carefully and see if you can find a bin that will fit in there, slide out and let you access your stuff easily.

Pablo Flaifel
1 year ago

Thank you Russ and Tiña for your great Quick Tip. Very helpful.

1 year ago

Great answer by Richard Mallory to the question on buying a used Rental RV, and on buying a new unit. Echoes our experience to a T. Buy a well maintained used unit from a private seller (or maybe a consignment sale), do your homework and take your time.