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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 4, 2021

Issue 1615
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

“Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.” ―Emery Allen

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hug Your Cat Day!

On this day in history: 1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.

Breaking NewsBREAKING NEWS: Harvest Hosts has acquired Boondockers Welcome. Full coverage on Sunday.

Tip of the Day

Is your tire pressure gauge accurate? How can you tell?

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
If I asked you what the most important thing to check prior to an RV trip was, what would you say?

There are lots of important things to check prior to an RV trip, but your answer should be the tires. We depend on our tires to get us to our destination safely every time we leave home. But unfortunately, the Rubber Manufacturers Association found that 29 million drivers believe tires require no regular maintenance. You might neglect tire maintenance on your automobile and get away with it, but RVs are different. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Reader explains the best driving-to-camping ratio rule

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Scout Olympic Truck Camper. He writes, “This is not a camper for everybody. It’s rugged, simple and basic, but offers the features many adventurers are looking for. It’s certainly a step above a tent. The simplicity and functionality of the design really appeal to me.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Winnebago Voyage 3538BR Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s 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.

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“The tire was defective.” Are you sure?

Tire expert Roger Marble says that simply claiming a tire is “defective” is the go-to excuse used by many that have no working knowledge of, or don’t want to spend the time investigating, “why” tires develop various conditions. Here he explains the real reason why some tires failure.

Yesterday’s featured article: Wacky RV includes a chicken coop

Free 90-day membership to the Dyrt Pro camping app. Learn more or sign up.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Should reservations be required to enter a popular National Park?

Think about it, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Help prevent depleting RV battery

From reader Joseph Brignolo: “More than once I have left the compartment lights or other 12-volt powered devices on overnight, only to wake up with my battery voltage well below 11 volts. One morning there wasn’t enough power to start my generator. (Good thing for the “Booster” switch!) I made a few clear labels with black type to remind me of the lights and systems I may have left on and put the labels on the bedroom sconce on my side of the bed. Now, right before I head off to dreamland, I am reminded to turn off whatever I have mistakenly left on.” Thanks, Joseph!

This is appropriate because tomorrow is the national day you’d do this favorite outdoor activity.

Website of the day

30 Best Podcasts for Road Trips to Make the Miles Fly By
You’ll be grateful for this list of 30 amazing podcasts from Reader’s Digest when you have a long day of driving ahead of you. Happy listening!

Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day

Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese
by V. Seward from Hanford, CA
When we first saw this appetizer recipe we thought it looked interesting. What’s not to love – bacon, cream cheese, and bread? We were not disappointed. These little gems are like eating a cream cheese crouton wrapped in bacon. We loved the smoky flavor and crunch of the bread. You will not be able to eat just one. These little appetizers will be a big hit at your next party.

We can tell you one thing, there wouldn’t be any of these left over! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Southwest Breakfast Frittata Quesadilla

Wow! This is one handy tool!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.


Winds of 50 mph cause the Statue of Liberty to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches. And here’s another piece of trivia for you, but you’ll need to guess the answer. How long is Ms. Liberty’s nose? 3 feet, 2 inches? 4 feet, 6 inches? Or 8 feet, 3 inches? The answer is in yesterday’s Trivia section.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ginger loves to travel full-time with us in our 2020 Newmar Kountry Star. She is an 8-year-old Redbone Coon Hound. Ginger enjoys all the new smells when we stop, nice long naps and laying in the sunshine.” —Denise Carter

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!

Leave here with a laugh

Mark Twain said: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

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1 year ago

Does anyone have a recommendation for a cleanser/cleaner to clean our slide mechanisms? I lube the gears regularly but over time with wind and dust etc., the slide mechanism gets dirt and grime on it. I clean them with dry shop rag but not all of the grime comes off. Thanks & Blessings

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard

Hi, Richard. Here is a link to an article by Russ and Tina De Maris about slideouts: There is a link to a product in it to help slide mechanisms. There is also a link at the bottom of that article to another article on the same topic, and it also includes a link to a helpful product. I hope that helps you. Good luck. 😀 —Diane

Clark Wren
1 year ago

I just was told about a new RV, that is probably the best idea I’ve seen in years..Take alook at what is going to be the best seller for our new, younger RVer’s. The Camp365.
It has it all and foldable. Let me know what you think,

DL Jenson
1 year ago

What a beautiful pup~ those EYES!

Larry Lee
1 year ago

As cute as Ginger is, it appears that she is sitting with her bare naked bottom on the picnic table top.

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

Oh please. What do you think birds and squirrels do to the top of that old weathered table top.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

That looks too small to be a tabletop, Might be the bench.

Lil John
1 year ago

Being in the 70’s age group, I can understand the many answers to the National Park question. Wasn’t it nice in the 60’s and 70’s? Seems like the answer is putting RV and camping spots OUTSIDE the National Parks, and using shuttle busses for visitors. Those outside the park in RV’s should be able to get a pass so they can travel by bus each day as they wish. Imagine Yosemite without automobiles! It would be pure heaven. Not an easy thing to do, but this century is a whole other ball game. By the way . . . Seniors Rule!

Dalton Mccormick
1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Like in Acadia in Bar Harbor,Maine

Lil John
1 year ago

It’s good to hear someone is doing it. Just seems like such a good idea.

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago

Your tool selection is one I discovered about 3 years ago. I have one, my wife has two. They are also available at Menards in the electrical department along with the cell phone chargers & stuff.

1 year ago

Ginger is absolutely a gem! So beautiful.

1 year ago

Nice pet. 0ur cats enjoy RV in 1990 Bounder, with no options.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

Length of Miss Liberty’s nose was not yesterday’s trivia. Dog poop was.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

For others interested, it is 4 1/2 feet.

1 year ago

Read the last paragraph – line in yesterday’s trivia! It says 4.5′.

1 year ago

No, but the answer to today’s trivia question was in yeasterdays’d trivia section..

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

LOL! Bacon wrapped cream cheese sounds delicious. Consult your physician before consuming.

1 year ago

Ginger looks soulful.