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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

“Live your life, sing your song. Not full of expectations. Not for the ovations. But for the joy of it.”  —Rasheed Ogunlaru

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

On this day in history: 1927 – The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.

Tip of the Day

Using reference points helps you safely drive your rig

By Gail Marsh
Getting a big new rig like a Class A RV or any “new-to-you” vehicle requires some adjustments to the way you drive. Figuring out some reference points on your new ride will boost your driving confidence as well as help you drive more safely.

So just what are reference points? Find out here and learn how to use them.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: YUCK! There was green algae growing in the water hose we drink from! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Cherokee Alpha Wolf 26RB-L Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This is a very livable floor plan with Cherokee adding some nice touches here and there that might make you happy. These include the motion-sensor lights above the outdoor water station and also one in the bathroom – where you’ll need it. The edge of the dinette table looks like live edge wood, which is rather stylish.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Wildwood FSX 190RT Toy Hauler? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Black Bear Campground, Florida, NY

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 26, 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: Chris Collins of Thousand Oaks, California, and Herb Baldwin of Livingston, Texas.

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.

Weighing an RV – 4-corner or CAT scale?

Roger Marble discusses weighing an RV by the 4-corner method versus on a CAT scale, and why it’s important to get fairly accurate side-to-side weights. He recommends the best inflation for your tires to maximize their life and safety. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Truck camper owners: Check out your rims! 

Wondering where to camp by the water this spring? Check out this list.

Reader poll

Have you ever gotten food poisoning from dining in a restaurant?

Yikes! Tell us here.

 2nd edition now available! 
New free directory lists every U.S. RV manufacturer and their makes and models
How many different makes and models of RVs are there in America? has the answer in a new, free, comprehensive 105-page directory that lists every U.S. manufacturer and every brand and model they make. We just added 32 pages of new information, including better ways to search quickly for details on particular models.“RVs: Who Makes What” is available free as a public service from in PDF form. Download your free copy.

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

Stop that flopping sewer hose!

OK, you have set up your sewer hose, tightened everything up and have two full tanks. Let the fun begin. Not so fast. It is a wise person who plans ahead. When the black water comes cascading down that three-inch hose, there is a lot of weight behind it. When it is turned loose, it could lift that sewer hose right out of the connection if it isn’t tightly threaded or weighted down with several pounds of weight on top of that end of the hose. We have a solution to the hose lifting out of the hole. We spared no expense on this device. I found the worst and most stretched out pair of sweat socks I could find, filled each with gravel, tied them together, and draped it over the business end of the sewer hose. It’s hard to believe how much of that stuff will spread out on the ground and cover your shoes before you can close the valve. Whatever you want to call it, this is nasty stuff. You may have heard this called the black water dance. Now you know why. The thing that an RVer learns very quickly is that this is not a septic tank, but just a temporary holding device for some extremely nasty stuff! — From So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised] Available on

Website of the day

35 Surprising Facts About America’s National Parks
Spend a few minutes on this list from Cheapism and you’ll learn a whole ton about our National Parks. There’s a lot of fascinating trivia here!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• DANGER: Beware of camping with only one road in and out
• RV ready: Easy peasy Instant Pot spaghetti
• Accurate RV tank gauges? This could be the real answer!

Forget s’mores. This is wayyyyyy better!

Recipe of the Day

Upside Down Blueberry Pie Cheesecake
by Michelle ‘FLAME’ Kelley from Baltic, CT
Blueberry pie and cheesecake in one dessert? Wow! You’ll keep coming back for one more bite… and later realize it is almost gone. In the flaky pie crust is a blueberry base that is fresh with a slight sugar crunch. The cheesecake layer is creamy and super delicious. This is a delicious pie!

It’s National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, remember? Get the recipe here.



The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the entire world in their lifetime. Wow!

*How do spiders tell specific things about what lands on their web? We told you yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Star is my Blue Heeler rescue dog. My constant companion, she loves to ride and goes wherever the RV travels. A bit shy with strangers, she never met a fellow traveler (with a treat) that she didn’t like.” —Joseph Shamp

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!

Travel off the beaten path…
Off the Beaten Path spotlights over 1,000 of the United States’ most overlooked must-see destinations. In a state-by-state A-to-Z format, this budget-friendly planner reveals the best-kept secret spots so that no matter where you live, you can plan an unforgettable local vacation. Revel in nature, science, art and culture, and encounter the unexpected as you explore undiscovered gems. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

New word: Procaffeinating (n). – The tendency to not start anything until you’ve had your coffee.

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.

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1 year ago

Over the Xmas holiday we stayed at La Quinta hotel in Williamsburg. We needed a dog friendly hotel and picked that one because it was the cheapest in the area. We thought about RVing but realized we needed easy. They have a program called bringfido and because we had dogs they sent us a book that lists places where dogs are welcomed. I was stunned for a shipping fee the book was on them. Need to start looking at this book. Heading to Charlotte NC this summer and whats available in the area. Just a thought. Nice book too.

Brenda G
1 year ago

The Pet of the Day “Star” is almost identical to my dearly-departed, “Aussie Bleu”, of whom I had the pleasure of sharing my life from her puppyhood to almost 12 yrs old…..she and her sister-from-another-mother, “Sheila Bleu” were inseparable and a natural, in-sync heeling team awaiting my nightly command of “Go, get’m girls” when it was time to round up my horses for the night.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

OK, the recipe of the day looks great, and probably tastes even better, but I can’t make that in my camper. Just sayin’! :))

1 year ago

Regarding the Trivia statement, I guess everyone is walking more than I. 3 times around the world is 75,000 miles. If I lived to 75 that’s 1,000 miles per year or 2.74 miles per day. I have some catching up to do.

David Onder
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

Maybe they just meant around the North Pole. 😆

1 year ago

Is there such a thing as an RV travel guide that is organized more by WHEN to travel to certain states? I’m thinking more seasonal, avoiding crowds etc? Asking for a friend!!!!

Connie VH
1 year ago

Procaffeinating is the Laugh of the day?

In my RV-hold, it is part of the Minimum Daily Requirements.


Lil John Skinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Connie VH

You mean everybody doesn’t procaffeinate?
How do they survive?

Tim Bear
1 year ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Wouldn’t it be ‘precaffeinating’?

1 year ago

Gravel-filled socks as sewer weights? Well, that will work, I guess, until the fabric rips. The socks will also leak sand into your sewer hose compartment, and when wet (think rain) they are messy, and yucky to handle. A similar approach is to get two half-liter plastic drinking water bottles, and punch a hole in the screw-top of each. Cut a one-foot piece of venetian blind cord (or similar), and feed each end of the cord down through one of the caps. Tie a knot inside each cap, leaving about 2 inches of cord between the caps. Fill the bottles with gravel or sand, and screw on the tops. Done! In use, simply drape the pair over the end of sewer hose connector. I carry two such pairs for an extra-safe hold-down.

Ron H.
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Rather than carrying around more stuff, especially heavy stuff, just have your spouse put his/her foot on the connection. That has worked fine for us for the past 15 years and no spills . . . yet.

Brenda G
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron H.

For us singles, the aforementioned usage of plastic bottles filled with sand is a win, win, win……weighs less, takes up less space and doesn’t require daily feedings. 🤪

1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda G

Thank you. I was about to say ‘what about solos’ but you said it so much better!

Brenda G
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

GREAT suggestion….thank you!

Dr. Willie Live
1 year ago

Every morning with a cup of Drunkin Donut. At least 2 cups. Good morning world.

Bob P
1 year ago

Well Doc if you have the same problem in your practice as you have with your typing, I think I’ll take my medical needs elsewhere, there are 4 keys separating the R and the U. Unless you do actually drink drunken coffee. Lol

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Well, Bob. I have seen many, many typos in your 1,000+ comments. Some of them I corrected so people won’t give you a hard time about them – like you’re giving to Dr. Willie Live. Just sayin’. BTW – I think he spelled it “Drunkin Donut” on purpose. Have a great day. 🙂 —Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I agree:-)

Stay safe, Joe

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph

Thanks, Joseph. Take care. 😀 —Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Yep Diane, I think I remember, after a late night out, stopping by Drunkin Donut before going on home. That was not a typo.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 I’ve never been to a Dunkin Donut, sober or otherwise. I love donuts too much and know I’d come home with a box full of calories that I’d regret later. Have a good afternoon/evening, KellyR. 😀 —Diane

Last edited 1 year ago by RV Staff
1 year ago

2 bad for those who don’t understand the humor in your dunkin state.

1 year ago

Procaffeinating as I read RVtravel.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom


1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Doesn’t everyone here start the day this way?

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

No. A heart Doctor will tell you no smoking or coffee…

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

I have a heart issue and doctor never mentioned coffee… of course, this is the same doc that refused to see/treat me when i had covid because i might have it. I think they are trying to kill me.

1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

A friend of mine went to a heart Dr. Doc said, Mike you need to quit smoking, cut way back on your drinking, and reduce your salt intake. Mike looked at him and said, Doc, I can cut back on my salt…….

Stay safe, Joe