Wednesday, February 8, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Issue 1603
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.

[activecampaign form=34]

Today’s thought

“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.” ―Brian Andreas

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

On this day in history: 1911 – Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.

Tip of the Day

Lube your slideout?

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
We own a 2011 Coachmen Mirada 29DS. The DS means that it has double slides – one for the bedroom, and the other for the living area. How often do I need to lubricate the slide mechanism and what should I use to lubricate them? —Craig

Read Chris’ advice here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Buying a rental RV – Good idea?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2516S. This rear-bedroom travel trailer is similar to yesterday’s KZ Connect, so how do they differ? Read the review to find out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the KZ Connect SE C221FKKSE 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 Daylight time today, May 19, 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.

How to fix a sticking black tank valve

Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. While he was serving as’s technical editor, a reader asked him about the black water handle on his 2012 Entegra getting more difficult to pull. He wondered if there was any way to ease this or prevent it from getting even more difficult. Chris explains how to fix it here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Got a motorhome? Enjoy life more with a dinghy

Reader poll

How likely is it you will sell your present RV in 2021?

Please tell us here.

Are you ready to share the road with 56 MILLION other RVers this summer? Well, you’d better be! Click here to read.

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

Power pedestal circuit breakers off, plug in, breakers on!

With electricity expert Mike Sokol

Remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF on the campground pedestal BEFORE you plug in your shore power cordset. Then turn it ON to power up your RV. Then, remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF before you unplug your shore power cordset. This stops those sparks that happen when you plug and unplug under load. Those pretty sparks aren’t electrons flying around, they’re bits of super-heated brass that’s flying off your expensive shore power plug. Making sure you plug and unplug into shore power without an electrical load ensures the longest life of your connectors.

Oh, wow! These things are never this nice looking…

Website of the day

U.S. States Ranked by Their Food
Where does your state stand on this list of the states with the best food? Are you surprised? Do you think it deserves a higher spot?

Popular articles you may have missed at

• So did they want a motorhome or a fifth wheel? Don’t try this at home!
• RV travels the highway with slideout extended. Dangerous?
• Boondocking gone badly wrong! (video)

Recipe of the Day

Thai Tortellini Fritters
by Loanne Chiu from Fort Worth, TX

This is such a great appetizer! We used cheese tortellini, but feel free to get even more creative. Oh, and did we mention that the dipping sauce is nothing short of divine?! It is.
These do look divine! Get the recipe here.

Keep those spices organized (for once!) 
Everyone knows the spice shelf is always a mess, but it doesn’t have to be! Make others jealous with this cabinet spice holder. Each rack is fully adjustable and has an adhesive back, so it can stick to the inside of a cabinet, pantry, wall, you name it! Say goodbye to a disorganized spice shelf and hello to the simple life! Learn more or order here.


If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, only 28 people would live on the island. Instead, 1.632 million people reside in Manhattan.

*How can filmmakers be sure the information in their movies is scientifically accurate? Read yesterday’s trivia to find out. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My favorite pet, Blackie, mostly lives on our roof and gets all doughy when scratched under either her second or seventh eye. She does not travel well because of her size, special food needs, and hostile reactions from camp hosts so is usually left at home. But when we get back from a trip, we can be sure that there have been no rat or feral cat infestations at our house, or anywhere else in the hood.” —McGowan Marvin

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!

Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.

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.

Become a Member!

This newsletter is brought to you Monday through Friday by and is funded primarily through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS NEWSLETTER and others from, will you please consider pledging your support?  Learn more or contribute.

Join us: FacebookTwitterYouTube

Need help? Contact us.

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.

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2021 by

Related Articles


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Can’t really argue with the top five on the list – when we go to these states the wife and I hit all the restaurants we can. But how in the world did Tennessee beat Washington?? With the entire region below the 20’s (Texas and Louisiana the exceptions thanks to immigration influences), that placement was shocking. I’ll put a ‘Bulgorito’ from Chops in Everett, WA up against biscuits and gravy any day of the week.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Oh, what a double slap in the face to the foods of North Carolina! Not only did the article use pictures of North Carolina’s Mount Olive pickle jars to talk about Koolickles, but it didn’t give credit to the “Eastern” barbecue which beats Lexington style hands down! Shame!

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago

Today’s “Leave here with a laugh” could be another “Tip of the Day” (for me at least!) and the Reader’s Pet of the Day makes a great “Leave here with a laugh”. Loved them both, as well as the actual Tip of the Day.

1 year ago

Does anyone have some thoughts about how to reuse, discard or recycle RV covers that although torn and sun-weakened in places, still have portions of useable material? I hate filling up landfills needlessly.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ken

Would be useful as awning covers for windows

Pierre Woody
1 year ago
Reply to  Ken

Front jack or propane tank covers, bike covers, lawnmower covers

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

I love Blackie!

1 year ago

I wanted to reach through the screen and strangle the author of ‘US States ranked by food.’ #1 California!?! No way. I am firmly convinced California was settled by pioneers who were asked to leave their home states because their cooking was so bad. And the other rankings were just as nonsensical. Oh well, food for thought I guess.

1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

An article meant to offend everyone. I couldn’t help but wonder what the author eats.

1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

And my opinion is different from yours, surprise surprise. What a wonderful world full of variety we live in. Unless you’re one of those wackjobs who thinks that everyone should have the exact same opinion as they themselves have?

1 year ago

Who cares what the neighbors think I would bring blackie with me camping anywhere. This would make a great conversation starter…..or not.

1 year ago

What? Counterfeits on AMAZON! They actively promote counterfeiting…From Rolex watches to US coins (Morgan Silver Dollars). If a consumer tries to report them…impossible unless you have patent number. Amazon refuses to even check the listing…..I contacted their CS about a fake Rolex being sold for $139.00 and their response was…”How do you know it’s counterfeit?”

1 year ago
Reply to  Engineer

Kinda moot point $139 for a Rolex? Shouldn’t need someone to tell you it’s fake.

1 year ago
Reply to  Engineer

From what I was told China owns Amazon and from what I am hearing China is starting to crack down on what is being sold on its website. So buyer beware of what you are buying on Amazon. I try to go thru on line local sites or Wal Mart. I try to do Wal Mart mostly but find I drift to Amazon because its the only place I can find an item. Although I did find a really nice air fryer at half price thru an independent dealer.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

Hi, jillie. I’ve been searching to see if I could find where it says China owns Amazon, but can’t find anything about it. None of the top individual or institutional shareholders are in China, or are Chinese, as far as I can tell. Can you give us more information about your statement, please? I’m curious. Thanks. Have a great day. 😀 —Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Too many of their items are Chinese counterfeits!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

I agree with that, Debbie. I just don’t see where China owns Amazon. ❓ Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  Engineer

I refuse to buy anything from Amazon. I’ll find another place to buy an item, or I’ll do without. Amazon’s monopoly is trying very hard to put every other business in the country out of business. Their business policies are horrible, and their treatment of their employees and 3rd party sellers stinks as well. Shop Small folks!

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

The exact same thing use to be said about Walmart… but I see that you endorse them. You won’t find many things in Walmart that isn’t produced in China.

1 year ago

It is cool that you post “Mystery Product of the Day” But can we share the love and show products from online stores other than Amazon once in a while?

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Travis

They get paid by Amazon for advertising

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Hi, Bob. We don’t actually get paid by Amazon for advertising. We get paid a very small commission on qualifying purchases through our affiliate code. And we only advertise items that we believe provide value to our readers. As it states at the bottom of our newsletter, “We participate in other, similar programs as well, but only with businesses we believe in 100 percent.” Take care. 🙂 —Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  Travis

I TOTALLY agree!!!

Dave Clarke - Microdac Videos
1 year ago

This is a great magazine but it is way too narrow in scope. EVERYONE in America is interested in getting away for the weekend (Not just RV owners). It would be nice to have an issue devoted to car campers (people who camp in their cars). For example, I drive a Prius and I would love to see America if I KNEW where I could stay overnight (all over America) cheap and safe. People’s backyard, for example – using only their bathroom.
I am also a photographer, so I could trade taking pictures for my overnight stay.
Please think about it.
Dave Clarke
Microdac Videos

Dan and Benet Kruger
1 year ago

Try car camping in google…..all kinds of stuff comes up…..

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

I would say that this letter already provides what you are looking for. References to books on free places to camp, Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Hosts, Walmart, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Cracker Barrel, truck stops, city parks, county parks, roadside rest areas, etc. It’s all out there and its all discussed here. The size of your rig isn’t an issue. Go enjoy!

1 year ago

Today’s ‘Leave Here With A Laugh’ is more appropriate the older we get. It will now be my new mantra.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Exactly right Dan. I read this, looked over at my wife, and we both LAUGHED – in agreement. We ‘snack’ on stuff while on the road that we NEVER keep in the house OR trailer.