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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 24, 2021

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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

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”―Charles de Lint

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Yucatan Shrimp Day!

On this day in history: 1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.

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

Tip of the Day

18 brilliant uses for tension rods in your RV

By Gail Marsh
Storage is always an issue for RVers. At least it is for me. That’s why I use tension rods. Yep, those little beauties come in handy in almost every room of our RV. Tension rods come in various lengths and strengths (light to heavy-duty) and can dramatically maximize space in an instant. These handy rods are inexpensive, adjustable, and versatile too!

Here are 18 ways that I use tension rods in our RV…

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Winnebago Solis Pocket Class B RV. As he reports, “Its size makes it a respectable daily driver but the features make it a really decent camper. Add to that the fact that you can bring along your adventure gear and you have a nice package overall.” Learn more.

Tony’s review and preview from this weekend you may have missed:
2022 Pleasure-Way RECON Class B Adventure Van
2021 Grand Design Imagine 2610ML Travel Trailer

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Borrego Palm Canyon

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 24, 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.

RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

What’s that in Mike’s hand? He tells you in his article.

Watch Mike Sokol’s Hughes Power Watchdog Surge Protector review with Tony Barthel

Dear Mike,
What do you think about surge protectors? Is there really any difference between the $100 ones and the $300 ones? I’m a new RVer and keep getting all kinds of different opinions from my friends. —Julie

Read Mike’s response and watch this entertaining and very informative video with Mike Sokol and Tony Barthel as they discuss the Hughes Autoformers Power Watchdog Surge Protector, and why using a surge protector is absolutely necessary to protect your RV.

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

How to avoid damaging slideouts when leveling an RV

So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides – before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: Do what your rig’s manual tells you. But here are some more tips.

Reader poll

How would describe the “yuck” factor in dumping your RV’s holding tanks?

Plug your nose, put on gloves, and tell us here!

Quick Tip

Shopping for a motorhome? Advantages and disadvantages of buying used

Advantages of buying used: When buying used, you can expect to pay a substantially lower price for the same make and model of a new motorhome. Often, you’ll find three-year-old motorhomes will be priced 50% to 70% less than a new one of the same make and model. When buying used, you have far more choices in make, model, year and price range, especially if you use the internet to search. When buying used, you can often find the exact motorhome model with the specific features you want (i.e., rear queen-size bed, with kitchen slide on Ford E-450 chassis and Ford V10 motor). When buying used, you’ll often find motorhomes with expensive after-market upgrades you won’t have to pay for (like steering stabilizers and suspension upgrades).

Disadvantages: When buying used, there may be expensive hidden problems with the motorhome that won’t be covered by any warranty. When buying used, you have to rely on the word of the seller about the history and general condition of the motorhome. It is an unfortunate fact that many sellers will be less than truthful about the condition and history of the item they are selling. When buying used, you may find motorhomes that have odors from smoking, cooking, pets and general use. These problems usually won’t be disclosed in the seller’s ads. When buying used, the interior and exterior of the coach are likely to show signs of wear and tear. When buying used, there may be a need to immediately replace tires and batteries – very common in motorhomes four years old and older. When buying used from an individual, there won’t be any financing from the seller. If financing is needed, you’ll have to arrange that yourself before you buy.
From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned.  Available on

Website of the day

This is the best state park near you
Aren’t you curious? Don’t you want to know what the best state park near you right now is? We do! This list from Cheapism will tell you.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Dollar stores that stock groceries are ideal for RV travel
• Getting along – Pointers for a great RV partnership
• I’ve been bitten by the RV bug. Did it happen to you once too?

Recipe of the Day

Maple Mustard Pork Chops
by Lindsay V from Southeastern, MA
These pork chops are so easy and so delicious. Sweet and sour, they turn out tender and juicy. They’re easy enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough for Sunday dinner with the family. If you like pork chops, this recipe needs to be in your dinner rotation.

We will happily add this to our dinner rotation! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Best Chicken Fried Steak Ever
Our Family Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

You’d really win the game with this one! This is great!


According to NASA researchers, the perfect amount of time to nap is between 10 and 20 minutes (power naps). How does this compare to your usual nap time(s)?

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Quincy and Emma love traveling and live their best life when on the road. They wait in the motorhome on the morning we leave. They just can’t wait to go!” —Terry and Joan Enge

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!

Helpful book for camping areas managed by the National Park Service
This recently published book from The Ultimate Public Campground Project describes 2,241 camping areas across the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for new places to camp, this is the book for you. The project has been growing since 2008 and now has a website and an app too. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

A husband and wife were dining at a 5-star restaurant. When their food arrived, the husband said: “Our food has arrived! Let’s eat!” His wife reminded him: “Honey, you always say your prayers at home before your dinner!” Her husband replied: “That’s at home, my dear. Here the chef knows how to cook…”

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1 year ago

“Leave here with a laugh” was good.

1 year ago

I’m very confused.
We keep hearing and reading how RV parks are full and dealership are empty.
We just traveled from southern Arizona to northern Illinois stopping in Deming, Roswell, NM
Stinnett, TX, Great Bend, Seneca, KS
Kellogg, IA, and Joliet, IL.
Never had a problem with CGs and the 5 dealerships we passed were full of RVs for sale.
Am I missing something?

Gary Reed
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Same here we just returned from Florida traveling thru Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. The RV dealerships we passed along the interstate were loaded with RVs. Rows and rows of them.
I too wonder if I am missing Something!

Debby Bradford
1 year ago

Terry and Joan Enge: I love your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels! Please consider joining the Facebook group called Camping Cavaliers. We have a lot of fun and also learn about cool places to camp with our royal toy spaniels.

1 year ago

He has a lot more guts than I do !!!
I would not be laughing………

Lil John Skinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Bd2

My guess is that after the remarks at the restaurant he spent the next
month sleeping on the sofa.
Great laugh though!

1 year ago
Reply to  Bd2

My wife’s comment was, well you do most of the cooking butter cup.

Bob M
1 year ago

Concerning leveling an RV to extend the slides. I often wonder how critical it is to have a perfect level. When you go to RV dealers lots they have the slides out and no stabilizers down. I asked one dealer about it and all he would say is customers want to see the RV with slides out.

Connie VH
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

True. But as a serious buyer, I always wanted to slides out…AND IN. Very often, a dealer would struggle to figure out how to do that, or would have some excuse to refuse to.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

But why not take the 2 minutes to run down the stabilizers? I know I am always sold on the instability of a rig. /s

Bob Staples
1 year ago

About buying used or even new:
We have been very happy since we bought our eight year old Tiffin motorhome. But it has lived outdoors most of its life and the sun takes a toll. FYI, this is the maintenance I had to do for sun damage:
8 yr old – Replaced fridge vent cover.
10 yr old – Replaced patio and slide topper awning material.
13 yr old – Replaced black & gray tank vent caps.
15 yr old – Replaced Maxxair roof vent covers, resealed kitchen slide roof & replaced all vinyl graphic stripes and decals.
17 yr old – Removed Diamond plate, replaced skylight & resealed bedroom slide roof.
Every two years the sealer on the main roof gets touched up as needed.
The sun causes all the plastic and vinyl parts on the outside to disintegrate. Except for the vinyl graphics, I did all the replacements myself, so the cost was minimal. But, it was a lot of work. BTW, I also pay to have it washed and hand waxed with Meguiars once a year to maintain the fiberglass & paint.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Staples

It would be interesting to know what part of the country you live in. I’m guessing from the sun damage it must be the deep south.

Connie VH
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

Or the southwestern deserts. I live there, and I can assure you: there is NOTHING like the sun from the desert’s 100+ temperatures 5 months a year. Storing an RV outdoors … anything, really … can be a very costly mistake.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

FYI, in case Bob doesn’t see your question. He lives in Missouri. Have a great day. 😀 —“Big Brother” aka Diane

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

I still wonder why Walmart doesn’t open a small RV park behind their stores.

1 year ago

I can just imagine what they would look like. People leaving trash everywhere when they leave, just look at the Walmart parking lots.
Then you have the transients and homeless people “camping” there. Who would enforce the rules? And why expect the Walmart employees having to confront belligerent ones not obeying the rules.
These are the reasons more and more Walmart’s are stopping overnight RV parking.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Exactly and the local RV parks would go ballistic on them.

Bob P
1 year ago

A large number of stores lease the land and the building and don’t own anything except what’s inside the store.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

WalmartWalmart (NYSE: WMT) is another retailer that prefers to own its real estate. At the end of last year, the company owned 4,701 of its 5,542 properties in the U.S., which included Walmart and Sam’s Club stores as well as distribution facilities. Mar 3, 2021

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Wal-Mart should contract with some to open small RV parks behind their stores. I think under gate guarded facilities this could be a profitable situation for both Wal-Mart and a contracted individual (company) and keep it small and only for evening stay or two. And no other RV parking anywhere else on the property.