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RV Daily Tips. Monday, June 7, 2021

Issue 1616
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

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive is what it is all about.” ―Joseph Campbell

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Oh, and eat a bowl of chocolate ice cream while you’re celebrating National RV Day!

On this day in history: 1929 – The Lateran Treaty is ratified, bringing Vatican City into existence.

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

Did you see it? It went viral — more than 370,000 views yesterday alone. Get a peek at what RVing might be like for RVers in the months and years ahead. RV park owner throws in the towel. The business has changed, even shockingly.

Tip of the Day

Tips to clean a gunky gray water tank. Yes, yours is gunky too

By Nanci Dixon
This all started when our suction cup soap holder in the shower fell off the wall. No big deal – it falls off every couple of months when jostled too much or the suction cup dries up. I decided to clean the soap residue from the soap holder and while at it I cleaned another soap container. The soap didn’t just rinse off and both items needed a good soak.

The bucket I was soaking them in ended up full of soap scum and I realized that the residue in the bucket was a small microcosm of what must be in our gray water holding tank. It was time to clean.

Follow these easy steps to clean that gunky gray water tank of yours!

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Glampervan Class B RV. As he reports, “All the vehicles that come out of the Glampervan shop share a common design series but each one is also tailored to the customer’s tastes and wishes. You don’t just buy a Glampervan off the shelf; there are a lot of options to make it your own.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
Minimaliste Tiny House: Sequoia
Bigfoot RV’s 25B25RQ Travel Trailer

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Oregon Inlet at Nags Head, NC

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, June 7, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Carl Jones of Tacoma, Washington.

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

Can I run a 2-way fridge on battery power alone?

Dear Mike,
Since I’m doing a lot of 6-hour drives across the desert, is there any way I can add an inverter to the 2-way refrigerator in my trailer and power it from 120 volts instead of propane? How long would my 100 amp-hr battery last doing it? Can my truck alternator power this through the 7-pin trailer connector? —Toni

Read Mike’s answer and alternative suggestions.

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

Are RVers eco-pigs or eco-conscious?

By Andrew Robinson
To some people the image of the RV is that of a large, gas-guzzling, pollution-spewing beast full of ugly, inconsiderate tourists. I’m not saying it’s the most eco-friendly activity out there (I think walking or biking takes that blue ribbon), but I can sit here and claim that RVing is actually a very eco-conscious activity. Read more.

Reader poll

Do you have siblings that you never speak with?

Please respond here.

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

Quick Tip

Don’t throw that screw out!

If you find a fastener, a clip, a screw, or almost anything that you don’t recognize on the floor after a road trip – don’t throw it away. Put it in a plastic bag and save it because sooner or later you’ll find where it came from and where it goes.

Thanks for the tip, William Burns!

Know someone who could use a break from their phone? This is for them

Website of the day

The creepiest ghost towns in the USA you can actually visit
Even just reading about these ghost towns gives us the chills! Have you visited any of these yet? Did you see any ghosts?

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Is your RV out of balance? This might be the cause.
• RV Tire Safety: Rules of thumb regarding tire inflation.
• Recipe: Instant Pot Spicy Chicken Curry Soup (Warning: This WILL make you hungry).

Recipe of the Day

Baja Style Fish Tacos
by Stephanie Tate from Toledo, OH
Fish tacos come in many forms. This Baja version is easy to make and full of authentic flavor. The cornmeal crust is crispy while the cod remains tender. We loved these once they were assembled. The fried fish on the warm tortillas are topped with a lemony crema, cool slaw, salsa Verde, and a sprinkle of Cojita cheese. If you like fish tacos, these are irresistible.

Yuuuuummy! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Crock Pot Cheeseburger Mac
Smoked Salmon Dip

And, be sure to check out our three more Recipes of the Day in most issues of our newsletters. Be warned: These may make you very hungry!

See the recipes here (and don’t miss the video).

Top Brands For Top Chefs. If you love to cook, visiting here is like a kid visiting a candy store. See for yourself.


If all the salt in the sea were spread out evenly over the earth, it would be about 500 feet thick.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We call Sherman our ‘camp host’ dog. We host a few months a year and he has been ‘assisting’ us since he was 4 months old. He rides in the gator with us and knows all the rules of gator riding. He knows he does not get out even when no doors are on the gator, does not bark, and even when a dog climbed in ‘his’ gator he did nothing. We call him our last child and, yes, he is spoiled and is an excellent communicator. Every evening he asks for his fresh raw bone. If he feels he has not had enough dinner he brings his dish over to us and paws in it. Needless to say, we are well trained!” —Leslie Schofield

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!

At last! A guidebook to National Forest campgrounds
This guidebook is badly needed. Not since 2003 has there been a comprehensive guide to these wonderful, and typically very scenic National Forest camping areas — until now! National Forest Camping is fresh off the press, published in late May 2021. Forest Service areas offer some of the best camping experiences in the United States. In this directory, you’ll discover 3,704 camping areas in 41 states. Learn more.

Leave here with a laugh

Ladies, you’ll get a kick out of this one…

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it 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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Herb (@guest_129852)
2 years ago

Be carefull how much you are draining the house battery while towing a trailer or fiver! It’s most important function (think safety) is to lock brakes should camper become separated from tow vehicle!!!

Skip (@guest_129814)
2 years ago

Sherman awesome and his mom and dad are trained to keep him in the manner he is accustom. RIGHT ON SHERMAN BUDDY!

KellyR (@guest_129784)
2 years ago

Leave here with a laugh underwire did not get any “what does this have to do with RVing” comments. Therefore, it must have had most men stumped or out looking around the RV trying to find an answer.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Have a great day, KellyR! 😀 —Diane

BadWolfe (@guest_129790)
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

I for one was totally stumped…

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  BadWolfe

Did your wife explain it to you yet, BadWolfe? 😉 Have a good night. 😀 —Diane

Bd2 (@guest_129779)
2 years ago

Laughed soooo hard with joke of the day…..
Our washing machine stopped working. I pulled the back off and looked around and found that the pump was jammed tight. Took awhile but with needle nose pliers I pulled out this wire looking thing…not a clue what it was.
Showed wife and she laughed and said “so that is where it went” and took it away !!!

Jeff Craig (@guest_129769)
2 years ago

Man oh man….

If only I could have sent that ‘Product of the Day’ to Mar-o-Lago six years ago, and set the lock to FOREVER!

Brian Burry (@guest_129739)
2 years ago

I too am not suppose to use our washer as I too have; overfilled/stuffed it too full, washed red clothes that made whites pink, and worse. My cooking is limited to cereal or microwave, and we both live more enjoyable lives respecting these home rules!😊

Kamwick (@guest_129735)
2 years ago

Underwires truly suck. As do bras in general.
Speaking from 50 years personal experience.

Skip (@guest_129815)
2 years ago
Reply to  Kamwick

My wife agrees and I have caught her playing golf on the course or boating, camping and see it coming sailing off. And usually with some comment like it’s more of a sweat band then anything or talk about cramping a style or we know who invented these the same one gender with the ock straps

Retired Firefighter Tom (@guest_129730)
2 years ago

My wife hand-washed her bras [and panties] for many years. I hung them on the shower curtain rod to dry.

jillie (@guest_129695)
2 years ago

We never throw our bras into the dryer. But if it is the underwire even a small hole makes those things come loose. Otherwise if looks like a knitting needle of sorts.

Jeb (@guest_129686)
2 years ago

Sherman looks to be a true camper. As far as the trivia is concerned, so much for desalination.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_129683)
2 years ago

I fail to see the purpose of that ‘phone thingie’.

Jeff Craig (@guest_129771)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Keeps your kids from texting their friends (or worse) all night, when they should be sleeping, or during the day when they should be doing school work or chores. Or, your crazy uncle from retweeting insane posts from now barred former government employees.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_129791)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Ah ha! Never thought of that. Thanks Jeff. Luckily all my kids are in their 40’s so I’m not all that concerned. Though I am concerned about everyone who texts – and drives – out there.

Crowman (@guest_129682)
2 years ago

As a man I knew it was an underwire from a bra as soon as I saw it. My question is is how raggedy was that bra for the wire to fall out? I think the wire wasn’t the only thing falling out of that bra, time to go shopping.

WEB (@guest_129679)
2 years ago

The trivia question got ME thinking, so I looked up that if the world were a smooth sphere, the oceans would cover it with about 2.5kms (8200 feet) of water. So 500 ft of salt would be 6% of it… sounds about right.
Oh, a travel trailer would be submerged. Had to add the RV reference for some people. 😉

Last edited 2 years ago by WEB
RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

Thanks for adding the RV reference for those who need it, WEB! I think it worked! 😆 Have a good night. 😀 —Diane

Richard Hughes (@guest_129676)
2 years ago

My wife won’t let me near the laundry. She doesn’t think I can pound enough into each load. I always wondered about the baseball bat she kept by the washer.

jillie (@guest_129697)
2 years ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

I do not let anyone near my washer dryer. I just say give me the clothes, shut the door and pretend it was a major effort. Not really if you take your time and have a good television show to watch. Hint.

Dan (@guest_129660)
2 years ago

Wives who do laundry? When did that start?

Rick (@guest_129624)
2 years ago

My wife says:”It’s awfully nice he was doing the laundry”

Tom (@guest_129619)
2 years ago

I probably have 10 pounds of “found” fasteners “saved” until needed.

BadWolfe (@guest_129700)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Ain’t that the truth!

Rammer (@guest_129867)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I’m not positive but I have a sneaking suspicion that ALL RV manufacturers hire at least one employee to hide a loose screw on the floor of each vehicle.

jillie (@guest_129870)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rammer

That could be interpreted in so many ways.

TIMOTHY W STITZEL (@guest_129608)
2 years ago

Yes, no need to fix the washer. The wife just has to buy a new bra.

Bob (@guest_129627)
2 years ago

Or walk around lop-sided!

Sue (@guest_129642)
2 years ago

Thank you. Even I didn’t know what it was!

ClayOBX (@guest_129747)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sue

😎👍 had no clue. Thought might be a computer charging device.

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