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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Issue 1618
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

“This is the key to life: To expect everything to be given to you from above, yet to be genuinely surprised and forever grateful, when they are. Expecting all good things to be yours, while not knowing how to take anything for granted. If there may be a key in life, this is the key.” ―C. JoyBell C.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!

On this day in history: 1928 – Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.

Tip of the Day

What types of screws, screwdrivers and driver bits are used in RV construction?

By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
Are you confused with all the different fasteners and screw heads used in RV construction?

You need to be familiar with these screws so you can take the right screwdrivers and driver bits in your RV toolbox. It took some research, but I think I can help explain what to keep in your toolbox so you can deal with any fastener in the RV.

See what tools you might need in this helpful article and video.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: This is the one thing RVers MUST do outdoors


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Featherlite 7841 Living Quarters Horse Trailer. As he reports, “You can go to a horse event and spend the night in your trailer with all the provisions one might expect in an RV, while the back is designed to transport the horses.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Prime Time Crusader 395BHL Fifth Wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Treasure Lake Branson

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 9, 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.

Here’s the stinkin’ plan to get free food…

In the morning before you leave for the day, feed your kids hot dogs and beans. Lots of beans. LOTS OF BEANS!!! Find out why here.

Yesterday’s featured article: “Hike” Arizona state parks without leaving your RV

Reader poll

What is your highest level of education?

Tell us here, please.

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

Lighten up that BBQ!

Got a bum back but still like to grill? Here’s a tip from Robert M.: “I bought a Weber Q 2000 grill for camping use, thinking how great it would be to store it in the camper or, in my case, the pickup bed. I found my back going out on me more than once from lifting and moving it. It almost prompted me to buy a smaller, lighter unit. My son suggested that I should remove the cast iron grill plates and replace them with something lighter! Presto, I found a lightweight ceramic-coated aluminum grill at a local supermarket that fits in just right for under $10. It has cut the weight of the grill in half, works great, and is actually easier to clean than the original grill plates. I have been using it now for four months and my back thanks me for it.” Thanks, Robert!

Website of the day

KOA Blog – RV Advice
Don’t go spending all your time on here (we’re selfish, we admit it!) – but here on the KOA Blog are many helpful articles on RVing tips, info and hacks.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Boondocking gone wrong: One woman’s experience
• The Airstream Nest failure: A closer look
• Deep-clean the black tank to prevent nasty outhouse smell

While this may be aimed at children, adults would have a lot of fun with this too!

Recipe of the Day

Award-Winning Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
by Shannon Renee from Jesup, GA
This strawberry rhubarb pie is perfection! The filling is sweet, tart, and addictive to eat. When it’s cut, the rhubarb-strawberry filling holds up. It’s a beautiful slice of pie. We agree with Shannon – this rhubarb pie recipe is definitely a winner.

It’s National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie day, remember? Get the recipe and bring this to your next summer get-together.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: The Smack My @$$ and Call Me Sally Burger!


Just one day’s worth of Twitter posts, aka “tweets,” would fill a 10-million-page book. Holy smokes!

*What percentage of the world’s population has never seen snow before? It’s probably a larger number than you think! See yesterday’s trivia to find out.

Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from our electrical specialist, Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Both are rescue dogs with dubious ancestry. Cami (female) is supposed to be a Schnauzer mix but I think she has some Wiener dog too. Walter is supposed to be a Cairn Terrier mix but looks somewhat like a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. Both LOVE RVing!” —Joan Wolfsen

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

You have to say this joke out loud (and in an Irish accent!)

How many beans are in the recipe for Irish stew?
239; one more bean and it would be too farty!

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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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4 months ago

Re Trivia – A ten million page book full of tweets from twits. What a depressing thought!!

4 months ago

Would have been nice if “Robert” had told us what aluminum grill he bought for his Weber Q2000.

4 months ago

Some of the jokes are sure weak . Like today

Lil John
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Depends on how many beans you ate!

Charles Allen
4 months ago

Thank you Mark Polk for the information and history of screw types. Nice to have this educational video available. Appreciate it…

Al K
4 months ago

P.L. Roberton was similar to Howard Hughes that he was micro manager. He owned the tooling and made the screwdrivers as well as the screws. For 1 year Ford bought screws from Robertson which is why we know the time saved. Phillips only held a patent and was happy to license his idea to anyone who paid. The U.S. Government wanted standardized screw heads for all American’s and awarded the contract to Robertson. Robertson from Milton Ontario Canada could not keep up with his new found market and lost the contract. Phillip’s waiting in the wings could product the quantities as he would license to anyone. Robertson so dismayed vowed to never sell a screw or screwdriver to an American. Which is why they are termed Square Driver in the U.S. yet always called Robertson in Canada and commonly referred to by colour rather than size.

Leonard Rempel
4 months ago
Reply to  Al K

Being a Canadian, I can attest to the Robertson being the best ever!

Wayne C
4 months ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

I’m not Canadian but sure agree they are great for not slipping or stripping. The screw usually breaks first. Torx gives the Robertson some stiff competition.

Pierre Woody
3 months ago
Reply to  Al K

Also called a Robertson #2, the one that has the red handle.

4 months ago

Good information on the screw head video. Clutch type was used on the GMC Motorhome. Only one size, thankfully. Found a high grade clutch screw driver in mark-down bin at NAPA.

4 months ago

Based on the “stinking plan to get free food and leave here with a laugh” articles, today’s topic for discussion will be flatulence. So, speak up. Let ‘er rip.

4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I was thinking the same thing.