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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, June 10, 2021

Issue 1619
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

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ―Michael Jordan

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Egg Roll Day!

On this day in history: 1793 – The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris. A year later, it becomes the first public zoo.

Tip of the Day

Ways to keep the cool air IN the RV and the hot air OUT!

By Nanci Dixon
Keeping the cool in and the heat out of the RV can be very important in the scorching summertime heat. Where I’m writing this it is 98 degrees – humid and HOT. Our inside RV thermostat reads 99 degrees, and I don’t know if it can even read triple digits! Sometimes it seems cooler outside than in the RV. Wait… sometimes it is cooler outside.

Here are several tips to keep the cool air in and the heat out that you may not have thought of.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: What types of screws, screwdrivers and driver bits are used in RV construction?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Work and Play 27LT Toy Hauler. As he reports, “This is a nice package overall and they have a lot of cargo-carrying capacity. Another big plus in a toy hauler is the sheer amount of fresh water they carry – 98 gallons in this case.” Learn more and take a look around.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Featherlite 7841 Living Quarters Horse Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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 10, 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.

How to prepare easy, delicious meals in an RV

The thrill and adventure of an RV camping trip always fills me with excitement. I look forward to relaxing and enjoying the beauty of natural surroundings, and I also eagerly anticipate the pleasure of leisurely breakfasts and dinners. Because I believe that the quality of a trip is often greatly influenced by the quality of the food, I’ve been determined since my first trip to prepare camper meals that are just as delicious as what I prepare at home. But who wants to spend all their vacation time in an RV galley? Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Here’s the stinkin’ plan to get free food… 

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

Reader poll

Have you ever gone through a divorce?

Sorry to remind you, but please tell us here.

Quick Tip

Towing? Watch brake laws!

Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces have their own laws on the requirement for brakes on a towed trailer. The word trailer also applies to a vehicle being towed behind a motorhome. These laws are normally based on the amount of weight being towed. One problem with this is that it might be legal to tow a 2,000-pound trailer with no brakes in the state where you live, but as soon as you cross the state line of a bordering state it is illegal to tow the same trailer without brakes. Add to this your insurance company may not cover you in the event of an accident involving a trailer with no braking system. Again, the most important reason is for your safety and the safety of others. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

Website of the day

25 Best Things to Do in Lake Tahoe
If you haven’t spent time at Lake Tahoe, you’re missing out. Check out this list of the 25 best things to do while visiting and you’re surely going to plan a trip.

Never buy coffee or tea again! No, really! Check it out.

And the Survey Says…

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

• 64 percent of long-time RVers believe it is more challenging to be an RVer today than it was 10 years ago
• 9 percent bought their RV from Camping World
• 27 percent say they have felt uncomfortable about their safety in an RV park before

Recent poll: How often do you camp more than 100 yards from the nearest other camper?

Recipe of the Day

Loaded Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato Salad
by Crystal Schlueter from Babbitt, MN
Holy cow, this is a unique potato salad recipe. Like Crystal says, it’s a cross between Buffalo chicken wings and loaded baked potatoes. Super creamy, it has a great kick from the wing sauce. We loved all the extra toppings. Red pepper adds a pop of sweetness. Onions give the potato salad a savory flavor. Bacon adds a touch of smokiness. There are tons of fantastic flavors in this potato salad. A must-make for a tailgate, but would be delicious at a cookout too.

If you make this, invite us over! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Award-Winning Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

JUST UPDATED! Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.


How many tweets (from Twitter) does the CIA read in a day? 5 million! Can you believe it?

*Speaking of Twitter, yesterday we told you the number of pages a book would have to be to contain every tweet tweeted in just one day. The number will blow your mind! 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Pepper is our travel companion. She’s almost 14 and rules our 40-foot 5th wheel. She has her favorite cabinet to sleep in and we bought this Sabre because of all the windows she uses to look out of. Of course, she decides when I’ve been on the computer too long and she wants a nap.” —Jay Ward

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!

Easily clean those stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

Why do cow milking stools only have three legs?
Because the cow has the udder!

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2 years ago

I’m amused by your trivia… the CIA and NSA read *almost every* email and FB and Twitter (etc) you post using automatic filters. If you’re flagged, remove “almost”. Yes, there are backdoors to encryption, wiseguys. Because I mention things like this, its a good bet my phone is about to slowdown and gain two IP hops to VA… mind you, I want US intelligence doing it’s job, but its silly to think they aren’t AI-watching everyone these days.

Ian Anderson
2 years ago

A car in tow is not repeat not a trailer, see state of California DMV laws and some other states as well. You must read each states rules to see how they define a “trailer”. I have chastised Polk several times about his knowledge of motorhomes and the rules governing towing of cars.

Lil John
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Anderson

Ian is correct, however when they say anything about speed they always say “towing a trailer or vehicle”. Those that tow a vehicle without braking when the tow vehicle is already minimally braked are asking for it. If you want to be safe use a tow dolly with brakes or put it on a trailer. If your motorhome is a huge unit, then you are o.k. There are so many “oh, by the way” things about towing, no one can cover them all unless you write a book. 1000# or more . . . put brakes on it.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Anderson

Proud of chastising someone who is trying to help RVers tow more safely??? 🙁

Lil John
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

That was my point Bill. Too many folks nit pick everything written. Inquire as to what they mean, but give them credit. They are only trying to make life safer.

Ian Anderson
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I will chastise anyone who gives information that is erroneous.

James Starling
2 years ago

“Website of the day” can’t count to 25

Judy Castle
2 years ago

Just home from 3 week vacation. Lucky to have a fair sized freezer. I prepared several instant pot dishes that I only had to add rice and a canned vegetable. I used my air fryer nearly every day for frozen chicken and a small GF grill for turkey patties. I froze spaghetti sauce as well. Jotted menu on daily planner so that I didn’t have to think about what to cook each night and not end up with only hot dogs for last 3 days 🤣 It was sooo relaxing!

Elizabeth Stafford
2 years ago

Regarding meal preparation, found a website called the family freezer. So, so many wonderful meals that are planned ahead and frozen. Just put them in an instant or slow cooker and enjoy camping.

2 years ago

Missisippi tow without brakes is 1000 pounds. .

Bob P
2 years ago

My grandpa and 3 uncles used one legged stools for milking, it was fastened by a canvass belt around their waist and hung at the bottom of their butt cheeks and as they started to sit down to milk the stool was in the perfect position. With the milk pail clinched tightly between their knees they milked 38 cows by hand twice a day. That was on my grandpa’s farm. The 2 older uncles married and went on to start their own farms doing it the same way, the youngest uncle joined the Air Force and never milked another cow.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Thanks for the info. I looked up one legged milking stools- interesting and ingenious.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

They must have had one hell of a hand shake.

2 years ago
Reply to  Impavid

As do a lot of 16 year old boys…

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I’m 50/50 on censoring this, Bill. 😉 Have a great day. 😀 —Diane

2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

now THAT’S funny! probably won’t make joke of the day though.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Probably not, Larry. I was concerned this censor would get censored for the innuendo. 😆 Have a great day! 😀 —Diane

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

I grew up milking our cow. You bring up a unique set of memories and experiences for sure, especially when you start in Grade School like I did.

2 years ago
Reply to  BadWolfe

I started in a one room schoolhouse.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Bob, you and I must have had the same grandpa or uncle. One legged strapped to him.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

My uncle, as well! I used to love to go visit my aunt and uncle and cousins on their dairy farm because the 50-or-so cows were named after relatives. Which means I got to pet a cow named “Diane.” Well, I liked to visit them for more reasons than that – but what a fun thing for a kid! 😆 —Diane (the two-legged one)

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