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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 20, 2021

Issue 1604
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

“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.” ―Neale Donald Walsch

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rescue Dog Day!

On this day in history: 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

Tip of the Day

Tips for keeping an RV washing machine odor-free

By Nanci Dixon
For those of us lucky enough to have an onboard RV washing machine, opening the door to a musty, moldy smell can be an unwelcome surprise. Especially if it’s been sitting inside and closed up for weeks, or even months at a time.

I soon discovered that in our new motorhome when I excitedly washed clothes and closed the front loading washer door. One week later it was time to wash again. Yuck! The smell practically knocked me over. After running an empty load on hot, the smell was not much better, so I went online to research what was wrong with my brand-new washer. Turns out it wasn’t the washer, it was me. Continue reading to see how Nanci solved this stinky problem.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Lube your RV’s slideout?

Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the new Fleetwood Frontier diesel pushers. Take a look at these models and see what you think and, of course, read what Tony thinks too.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2516S? 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 20, 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.

Avoid drowsy driving: It’s a killer

Driving while drowsy is a formula for disaster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year 100,000 crashes are reported to police nationally in which drowsy driving or driver fatigue is a contributing factor. NHTSA estimates those crashes result in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries. Read more, including the best tips to be safe in case you’re drowsy while driving.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to fix a sticking black tank valve

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Quick Tip

Battery safety

RVers are rightly concerned about having enough battery power. But with batteries come dangers – some not easily recognized. Charging batteries produce hydrogen gas, a highly explosive byproduct. Hydrogen is not something to fear, but respect. To keep safe:

  • Always have plenty of ventilation in the battery compartment. Make sure that hydrogen gas can easily vent to the outside atmosphere.
  • Never operate RV batteries inside the coach. The living quarters of the rig is no place for an explosive atmosphere.
  • Don’t set up equipment in the battery compartment that could spark. That includes power inverters, like the one shown in the accompanying photo.

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Website of the day

As electric vehicles become more popular, so do charging stations. PlugShare shows you every charging location around the country – there are a lot more than you think!

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:

• When buying their RV, 15 percent said that the exterior color/graphic on the RV didn’t matter
• 50 percent say they would never use reuseable toilet paper (would you?)
• 55 percent say they have a very close friend who they can talk to about anything

Recent poll: Have you ever dreamed of owning a campground? 

Recipe of the Day

Blackened Chicken Breast With Fettuccine Alfredo
by Aku N. from Pensacola, FL
The flavors of creamy Italian Fettuccine Alfredo meet blackened Cajun-spiced chicken in this recipe. It’s a wonderful marriage of flavors. The pasta is coated with just the right amount of creamy Alfredo sauce. The seasoning on the chicken breast is where this recipe gets crazy. It’s full of spice and flavor and forms a nice crust on the chicken. A tasty dish to prepare for any occasion from a casual Tuesday night to a special anniversary.

We’re drooling! Someone make this for us, please! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Thai Tortellini Fritters

Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.


You probably think that an octopus has eight arms, but you’re wrong. An octopus actually has six arms and two legs.

*If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, how many people would live on the island?
A.) 28
B.) 88
C.) 257
Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Tayla is 6 and just tolerates Takota (1). We have never traveled with a cat before but he seems to really like it. Tayla’s favorite spot is on the dash watching the world go by. Takota likes wherever he can annoy the dog! Tayla is quite the traveler, going with us on many vacations including to Alaska.” —Kaeleen Buckingham

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!

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And in honor of today’s Pet of the Day…

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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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Bradley Anderson
1 year ago

Kind of funny seeing only 2 charging stations in California when their government is so big on green energy. Guess that’s a tale of hypocrisy.

1 year ago

Not sure what you were looking at. We have 3 right here in Windsor CA and a lot more around the county and state.

1 year ago

You have to zoom in.

RV Staff
1 year ago

Hi, Bradley. According to, as of February 16, there were almost 32,000 power outlets for charging electric vehicles in California, out of almost 100,000 available across the U.S. 🙂 —Diane

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

Tayla and Takota are our pets. I LOVED the Leave here with a laugh!

Jim Thomas
1 year ago

RE: Battery Safety. The Quick Tip ignores the increasing popularity of Lithium Ion batteries, which, being sealed, have none of the safety issues (emitting poisonous, explosive hydrogen) that lead acid batteries do. In fact, under bed storage is becoming a common installation space for people adding solar and inverters.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Thomas

Lithium batteries do no off gas dangerous fumes. However, they do need proper ventilation to allow heat to escape, especially when charging.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

New way to keep your bed warm, especially when they catch on fire, personally I think I’ll keep my batteries outside.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

The LiFePO4 batteries used in RVs aren’t a fire danger–other than from short circuits in their wiring. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries (LiFePO4) are much safer than the Lithium Ion batteries used in cell phones and Teslas.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

We just had LIfePO4 batteries installed in our trailer, and they are in the “pass-through” storage area which is under our bed. MUCH lighter than our old six-volt batteries. They cost a fortune but for boondockers like us, it’s the answer to our prayers. The whole discharge pattern is SO different from lead acid batteries it’s mind blowing. As they discharge, the voltage doesn’t change. I marvel at all this.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Thomas

AGM batteries are sealed and also do not off gas although they are about twice as heavy as Lithium Ion.

David Telenko
1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

Sorry thats not true! Read this:

From a Manufacturer…If that isn’t good enough, take it from one of the battery manufacturers:
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But the “valve-regulated” part of the battery description refers to a vent. In the case of AGM, it’s a pressure-relief valve, usually opening between 1 and 2 psig. Charging too quickly produces hydrogen at a rate faster than it can be absorbed into the glass mat. If this occurs long enough, pressure will build inside the battery, and could force the valve to open.
When this occurs, you’re suddenly releasing the accumulated hydrogen into the battery compartment. So you still need a location that’s free of ignition sources, and open to the atmosphere to dissipate the gas.
Sorry if this offends anyone!