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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Issue 1617
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
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Today’s thought

“Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Best Friends Day!

On this day in history: 1912 – Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.

Tip of the Day

This is the one thing RVers MUST do outdoors

By Gail Marsh
A recent study showed that only 14 percent of men regularly do it, while 30 percent of women do. Midwesterners do it less than people living in other parts of our country even though doing it may save your life! Or at the very least, keep you looking younger longer…

Do I have your attention? Good. Find out what I’m talking about here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Tips to clean a gunky gray water tank. Yes, yours is gunky too 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Prime Time Crusader 395BHL Fifth Wheel. How does this fifth wheel compare to others with a similar layout? See what makes it different in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Glampervan Class B RV? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for a special “Dad” in your life.

Is this your RV?

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 8, 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.

“Hike” Arizona state parks without leaving your RV

Imagine hiking an Arizona state park trail or visiting your campsite before you head out, giving you the chance to perfectly plan your hike or view your campsite. Arizona State Parks and Trails partnered with Google earlier this year to make that happen. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Are RVers eco-pigs or eco-conscious? 

Reader poll

Do you own an ATV or other off-road vehicle?

Zoom zoom! Tell us here.

Think you can find the perfect RV? Hint: You can’t.
Read about how Gail Marsh and her husband changed their perspective to make their RV nearly perfect.


Quick Tip

Dry out the fridge!

Pop open that refrigerator door and what do you see? Mold and mildew? Yeeuckk! If you have allergies to the stuff, then it’s even worse. But mold and mildew is not RV refrigerator “standard equipment” – you can avoid it. Just make sure you wipe down your fridge when you shut it down after use. Using a kitchen wipe like Lysol or Clorox will help eliminate some of the “starting medium” for unwanted growths. Be sure to prop the fridge door open until it’s dry-dry-dry. Or, keep it open at all times when not in use. Some manufacturers provide a slide latch, or even an accessory card to hold them open. Yours didn’t? Slide a folded hand towel into the open door and gently close the door until it catches on the towel.

Website of the day

12 Most Beautiful Lakes in the United States
These jaw-droppingly beautiful lakes need to be on your must-visit list! How many of them have you been to?

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 26 percent do not drink alcoholic beverages
• 40 percent believe noon is the fairest checkout time at an RV park.
• 30 percent of full-timers who sold their sticks-and-bricks home say they miss it

Recent poll: Do you plan to spend more time RVing this summer than last?

Recipe of the Day

The Smack My @$$ and Call Me Sally Burger!
by Melissa Baldan from San Diego, CA
Want a burger with a kick of spice? Look no further than these burgers. They’re juicy, cheesy, and smoky from the BBQ sauce and bacon. Buffalo sauce gives the meat a unique taste. No extra condiments are needed for this burger. It’s perfect with Melissa’s suggestions. Make sure to have napkins handy because things will get messy.

Yes, we want this burger! Get the recipe.


We’re only laughing so hard at this because it’s true…


Two-thirds of the entire world’s population has never seen snow in person before.

*If you were to take all the salt out of the ocean and spread it across the Earth’s surface, how thick would it be?
A.) 7″
B.) 60 ft
C.) 500 ft
Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.

Help stop snoring. Improve sleep!
Is your partner’s snoring keeping you awake? Instaclear Extra-Strength Nasal Strips can help. They reduce snoring, improve sleep quality, and provide instant relief from nasal congestion by gently opening nasal passages. Highly rated and inexpensive. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Toby is a two-and-a-half-year-old Persian. He loves to look at birds and squirrels as we travel. He is an extremely loving little travel companion.” —Bob and Janie West

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!

Sewer fitting grip help! Gadget to the rescue! 
If you find the bayonet mounts for your sewer hose connections are getting a bit hard to twist off and on (hate to say it, but it sometimes comes with age), here’s a tool that might help. An adjustable oil filter wrench, made to get a grip around automotive oil filters, can also provide a handy grip and plenty of leverage on the bayonet fitting of your sewer hose, and the termination cap as well. Here’s one we recommend.

Leave here with a laugh

What do you call a typo on a headstone?
A grave mistake!

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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2 years ago

I use either an Apple iPad or Apple smartphone to read this newsletter. Just recently every time I click on an internal newsletter link and then return to the newsletter I am at the beginning of the newsletter. Why is this happening?

Jack Putnam
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Fellow Mac user. When you open a link, do not directly exit it. Go to the toolbar and close the entry only for the item you are looking at. The toolbar will show two items open-the address and separately the link you were just at. Close the link and you will go back to the original site at the same place where you left it.

Richard Hughes
2 years ago

I remember the delight on the face of our friend from Mexico, when we took her to Wolf Creek Pass, in Colorado. Standing on a giant snow bank was probably the highlight of her entire visit.

Roger Becht
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

We were in Texas for the big freeze this past winter. There were places in Texas and northern Mexico that had never had snow before. So at least some of that population has now seen snow in their own personal space.

Betty Danet
2 years ago

Toby is a beautiful cat. Good to see feline RVers.

Stephen Malochleb
2 years ago

Forget the candle, plug in the generator!!!!

2 years ago

Good morning
Thanks for your daily newsletter. The quote to light a candle rather than cursing the darkness is from Ben Franklin and is said to be an ancient Chinese proverb. Just thought that you might find that of interest. Thanks.

2 years ago
Reply to  Robert
2 years ago
Reply to  Marvin

Ah. Great link. Part of the story there:

In 1962 former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt died. Many statements of praise were printed from her admirers. Adlai Stevenson used the candle expression in his plaudit. Thus, she was linked to the saying:

Adlai E. Stevenson, United States representative to the United Nations, said: “Like so many others. I have lost more than a beloved friend. I have lost an inspiration. She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”

So, matters little who said it first, it’s about being one who tried to put it into practice.

2 years ago
Reply to  wanderer

Great comment! I wish I could be so succinct. Encouraging to see positive comments from RV people.

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