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RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 28, 2021

Issue 1610
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

“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.” ―Louisa May Alcott

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Brisket Day! It’s also National Road Trip Day!

On this day in history: 1892 – In San Francisco, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.

Tip of the Day

Use tap lights to illuminate dark RV spaces

By Gail Marsh
How many places in your RV could be improved with a little more light? Good news! You can easily light up those dark spaces with very little effort and not much money either. Tap lights are my choice when it comes to illuminating those dark spaces. These little lights have really improved over the past few years. They’re easy to install and use.

Read more about these handy lights here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: RVing with a pet? Here’s a pussycat’s perspective

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Airstream Bambi 16RB Travel Trailer. He writes, “What if you want a small trailer that has that typical Airstream look? Then you might want an Airstream Bambi.” Learn more and see if you’d join the long waitlist for one.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Imagine 3100RD Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Salina KOA Holiday

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 28, 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.

 NEW  Our favorite RV camping guidebooks. Our staff uses these excellent books for research and on our trips.

Video explains RV electrical system basics

This five-minute video explains the basics of how an RV’s 12-volt and 120-volt systems work. It covers converters, inverters, batteries and more. This is good information for anyone, and especially if you’re a new RVer. Watch it here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Why you can’t ever find a space at some RV parks

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Have you ever watched the “Charlie Bit Me” video on YouTube?

Respond here and see if others have watched this hilarious internet classic.

Quick Tip

Bugs in the bumper

Reader “Bd2″ spoke up on the matter of bugs in your bumper – the place where you store dump hoses. ”I have two of these [magnetic bumper plugs] for both ends of my aft hose storage bumper. Drains just fine and keeps the buggers out.” Thanks Bd2! And here’s where he got them.

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again! This is by far our favorite piece of camping decor.

Website of the day

Silly America
This is a fun website to explore! This link takes you to their Roadside Attractions page, where you can explore state-by-state attractions you won’t want to miss. Have fun!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Did you miss Wednesday’s Full-Time RVer newsletter?
If so, you’ll want to click here to read.

Be like Mike Sokol, use silicone!
Mike says: Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. Doing so will break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is silicone-based. We use a lot of Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication. It’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such. You can get some of your own here.

Recipe of the Day

Bar-B-Que Beef Brisket
by Suzanne Larsen from Ankeny, IA
Thanks to cooking this low and slow, the meat was so tender it shredded in a snap. Before I even tasted a bite, I knew it was going to be good from the aroma coming from my oven. This BBQ sauce is amazing too. It may become a staple in my fridge. All the flavors work so well together in this dish. Great for a cookout, tailgating… so many options.

Since it’s National Brisket Day, you better make this! Get the recipe.



Sheep can recognize the faces of other sheep, even in photos! Not only that, but they can remember other sheep for up to two years. That’s un-baa-lievable! It’s woolly cute…

*What was the Inca’s measurement of time? Hint: It was tasty! We told you yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We adopted Maizie about 5 years ago from the local shelter. She is a loyal and constant companion for us as we have traveled up and down the East Coast prior to COVID. Hopefully, our travels will continue one day.” —Deb and Gary Pearce

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!

Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 

Leave here with a laugh

Reader Michael Caufield sent us this photo and wrote, “I had to share this picture of the extent campground managers will go to provide helpful advice!” Too funny! Thanks for sending!

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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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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1 year ago

I don’t think that campground owner put that sign up as a joke. Unfortunately, there are too many uncouth people out there that won’t flush a public toilet. I guess they think the maid won’t mind cleaning up after them.

1 year ago

I saw an easy Philadelphia cheese steak meal that I am going to try this weekend. Get a pound or two of roast beef. Thinly sliced and an onion or two. I boil the onions for about 10 minutes to soften them then add a half stick of butter or a whole one. I simmer that with mushrooms until nicely brown and carmelized. Then I add roast beef and cook about 10 minutes. Serve. I use either a good provolone or swiss. Can’t wait for the weekend.

1 year ago

I happened to make a stop at McDonald’s, the first in many years. Their bathroom had what they called a waterless flush and then again at an auto dealership. Interesting. Just don’t fall in or you’ll be gone. Never in my travels experienced such a thing.

1 year ago

Leave with a laugh is not about the managers as much as the inconsiderate slobs that use the facility. Learn to flush. A toe tap will do if you don’t want to touch it with hands you are going to wash anyway, I hope. Sorry, pit peeve of mine, too many years in the retail industry.

David Telenko
1 year ago

Silicone spray, great stuff tons of uses!!But why would you pay AMAZON $11.49 for free shipping, when you can get it at Walmart or Auto Zone for under $3.00 bucks. I actually know why, but why pay soooo much!!
O MG, just noticed that for 11.49 & free shipping you get 7.5 oz. & @ Walmart you get 11.0 oz. for under $3.00 bucks.
I think the part that really ticks me off is they use the good name of Mike Sokol to get us to look at it!! Just saying.

Last edited 1 year ago by David Telenko
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Sorry Mike and RV staff … David is right. I looked it up on CRC website. #05074(Amazon) refers to 7.5 oz, while 05174 (Wal-Mart) refers to 11 oz … the only difference!
Plus you can sometimes stay overnight for free at a WalMart … try that at an Amazon distribution center…

Richard Hughes
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Sometimes paying the extra is money well spent, just being able to stay out of Walmart. When you add up all the extra things you pick up, you spent more than three dollars and have to find a place to put it.

David Telenko
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

That CRC brand is nationally brand sold in many stores & auto parts storers, at ONE QUARTER of the price of Amazon, the point here if your paying attention is the not so free shipping, you pay for it twice, once if your a prime member & again when you check out. You dont actually see the charge, but do the math. Hey I use Amazon, but I also check other on line sellers also!

Montgomery Bonner
1 year ago

Because of COVID, I am assuming, millions of people bought an RV. These people never owned one before, or had not camped. Not flushing the toilet (too many auto units) is discourteous, just like walking the dog and leaving it’s business behind in someone campsite, or along the road. My feeling is that common sense has been eclipsed by electronics. All people now-a-days know is how to look at phone. FWIW-Why would someone need to take device and bust out the tile in a shower at campground? Or do other damage, what possible reason could be found for that behavior? Come the crash, millions of RV are going to be repossessed and owners will lose them, good riddance. I am sure I do not now want to own or manage an RV park because of the idiots.

Richard Hughes
1 year ago

It isn’t just Covid. The rhetoric of the past few years has focused, not on civility, but “them against us” and acting out with aggressively has become the norm.

1 year ago

too many toilets have automatic flushers these days and too many people are use to that. some have even installed in their homes!! It is not a pardoning but a realization that this is what technology is doing to us. And it is not only kids by the way. i think it is a brilliant idea but wonder if it works? need another sign on door that says “did you flush?”

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  jane

Auto flushers waste alot of water. Count how many times the sensors trigger a flush while you are there.

1 year ago
Reply to  James Starling

I agree with water waste .. it will really affect future generations (is a little yellow water really that scary?) Meanwhile, many stores in the west are using waterless/flushless urinals to no bad effect that I can see (or smell)

1 year ago

The ‘leave here with a laugh’ today made me think the campground put up that sign out of necessity. I cant tell you how many times I have seen public toilets that were not flushed. Yech! It’s proof that there are many thoughtless, careless idiots out there that are not even house broken. Fortunately, toilets like the one in the picture can be flushed by foot.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Probably has a lot to do with their raising, some parents think after the fun of making a baby is done that’s all that’s required. As a former school bus driver I speak from experience with many children that they are surviving their childhood and not being properly raised by their parents.

1 year ago

The sign for the flush handle is not large enough. It’s amazing how many people do not flush the toilets in campgrounds, or rinse out the sinks. Maybe it’s a habit they brought from home!!