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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 11, 2021

Issue 1620
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

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ―Andy Warhol

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Corn on the Cob Day!

On this day in history: 1963 – John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would revolutionize American society by guaranteeing equal access to public facilities, ending segregation in education, and guaranteeing federal protection for voting rights.

Tip of the Day

Hidden storage in your RV? Yup, here’s where to find it

By Gail Marsh
It’s closer than you think… I’m talking about that extra storage space you’ve been looking for. My husband and I never seem to have enough space for things like extra pillows, blankets, and towels. Recently we needed these extras because our grandkids planned to spend some time with us in our RV. I had three days to find a place to put the extra linens because I didn’t want to be tripping over the pillows, etc., while the kiddos were visiting. So, I began my space search…

See all the spaces Gail found for hidden storage in her RV.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Ways to keep the cool air IN the RV and the hot air OUT!


Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the new Cortes Campers fiberglass travel trailer. He writes, “I hear from RV manufacturers who also describe their own products as innovative when, often, they’re not. But things are definitely different at Cortes. And part of that is their familiarity with how things are actually done inside the RV’s space.” Learn more in this sneak preview.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Forest River Work and Play 27LT Toy Hauler? 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 11, 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 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.

“Old Woody,” the 1929 Ford Model A RV of your dreams!

Meet “Old Woody,” a custom-built 1929 Ford Model A with a matching teardrop trailer and wooden steamer trunk. The duo was built by Splinter Auto Works Inc. in Plymouth, Indiana (we don’t know when it was built, but we hope they build more!). Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to prepare easy, delicious meals in an RV

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Oh, heck! We love showing you so many cool products on here, but we end up buying so many of them for ourselves! Like these!

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Quick Tip

Beware the universal lug wrench

Got one of those neat four-way lug wrenches, set to fix anything while on the road? Before you need to use it on your RV, make sure it really fits. Some RVers have found that the wall thickness of these wrenches is too thick to clear the lug-nut-to-rim distance.

Website of the day

The 21 Best Seafood Shacks in America
‘Tis the season for eating seafood outside on balmy summer days! Does it get much better than fresh seafood at a table along the water? Nope. This list will make you drool, we promise (well, unless you hate seafood…).

Roadside Emergency Assistant Kit – Every RVer must have one!
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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Recipe of the Day

Roasted Garlic Mushrooms
by Carol Perricone from Massapequa Park, NY
Perfect for a cocktail party, brunch, luncheon or even alongside a steak at dinner. This is a very economical side dish. These mushrooms are juicy with a crunchy top. Garlic butter and bread crumbs add to the flavor. Definitely have a fork ready when you dig in!

Ooooooh, my! These look and sound soooo good. Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Loaded Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato Salad

Road Atlas: Adventure Edition
As much as we love technology, we still appreciate a good physical road atlas. This highly rated National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is certainly one to love. The atlas has up-to-date road maps for all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico. Cities and metro areas include popular attractions and points of interest. The atlas also acts as a guidebook to National Parks and the top 100 adventure destinations. This atlas is cool! Check it out.


The first known vending machine dates back to the first century. It accepted a single coin, then dispensed holy water.

*How many tweets does the CIA have to read every day? Yikes. Find out yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Klopper loves to look out the windows as we’re traveling. This Mamma’s boy is always the leader of the pack.” —Judith Patterson

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

I was arrested last night after my neighbors complained about me playing Engelbert Humperdinck records all night.

Police released me, let me go.

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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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jillie (@guest_130157)
2 years ago

Todays jokes are always a groaner but a good one every time.

Howard (@guest_130155)
2 years ago

This tree huggin stuff and frequent reference is really kinda silly but I guess no sillier than my suggestion to be observant and take preventative steps immediately before the construction is anywhere near completed and by all means zip the loose lip!

Skip (@guest_130151)
2 years ago

Move the darn birds nest and keep the mouth shut. Next it will be can’t move the mouse nest. Really.

Skip (@guest_130150)
2 years ago

Klopper is the best and handsome. Then again, I am a beagle owner/lover and have been for forty plus years. Beagles rule and always will.

Lil John (@guest_130141)
2 years ago

Leave with a laugh. The best you have had for a while!! 🙂

Sink Jaxon (@guest_130134)
2 years ago

Old Woody…WOW. The coolest EVER

John Macatee (@guest_130113)
2 years ago

Joke of the day , good one!!! Original song by Eddie Miller.

Ed D. (@guest_130110)
2 years ago

Your website of the day article is totally bogus today. We live in Florida and I can personally tell you that there are many Seafood Restaurants in Florida and on the water, that should be on this list! But of course, the author of this article has his/her agenda. SMH

Roy Christensen (@guest_130116)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed D.

This list is about seafood SHACKS not restaurants. Anytime I see a list of the best roads, campgrounds, motorhomes, or SUV’s for instance, I know that this is someone’s opinion. You can agree or disagree with their opinion. Most times there is no way to quantify the best of anything, it is a matter of opinion. I enjoy reading these lists because maybe there is a seafood shack I didn’t know about, but now I might go there. Or a campground that sounds good. That doesn’t mean their list is bogus. No one has been to ALL of the seafood shacks in America, so of course a list like this is not definitive. I have been to Flo’s Clam Shack in Newport, RI and have enjoyed it.

Firefly (@guest_130119)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Their agenda? To offer suggestions of many places spread across this great nation, maybe? What is your head-shaking agenda?

Ed D. (@guest_130128)
2 years ago
Reply to  Firefly

Wondering why they didn’t include any of the great seafood shacks in Florida. There are many. Not just Restaurants but seafood shacks as well.

WEB (@guest_130135)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed D.

The article is an external one to RVTravel so don’t shoot the messenger…
There are FOUR writers to the article and only one mention of Florida… It says “the best” and of course it is a matter of opinion and taste. I personally am one of ‘the haters’ of seafood.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_130109)
2 years ago

I have to carry two four-way lug wrenches. One for the trailer and one for the truck. I found this out years ago when I got a blowout on our trailer. I took out my four-way only to find that it did not fit the trailer. It fit the truck just fine. Luckily we were traveling with my brother-in-law who had HIS four-way, and it fit our trailer. I bought a second lug wrench as soon as we reached our destination. I’ve been carrying two ever since. It’s a PITA, but a necessity.

WEB (@guest_130130)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

May I suggest a cheap set of deep sockets and a ‘strong arm’ or breaker bar? Any cheap ‘4-way’ can be easily bent on a unforgiving nut, but the strong arm works and is easier on the hands I find. Then the set of sockets will accommodate almost any nut size.

Mike (@guest_130143)
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

Get a set of sockets and an electric impact wrench.

John (@guest_130153)
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

20v dewalt big 1/2″ drive impact. It will remove dually as well as 5th wheel lugnuts. 150 lb.ft. on the dually

Gordy B (@guest_130161)
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

I agree, I have a 25in breaker bar and set of deep well sockets and ratchet for when they are loose. Works well when helping someone in need as well.

Lil John (@guest_130142)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

The common mistake is that some lug nuts are fractional, while others are metric.
Best to carry one of each.

Tony Grigg (@guest_130106)
2 years ago

Today’s laugh should be a capital crime. But i loved it!

Tom H. (@guest_130123)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

I agree. Classic groaner!

Rolling Coal (@guest_130101)
2 years ago

Drayton Harbor Oyster Co. overlooking the marina in Blaine Wa is worthy of being added to the list of best Seafood Shacks….. just say’n.

Rick (@guest_130097)
2 years ago

Can’t remove an active bird nest no matter what the bird? What about chickens? They make nests. You can remove their eggs. Can you remove other bird’s eggs and then remove the nest? Just wondering….

Bob P (@guest_130108)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Don’t let the tree huggers know, bird nest are raided by other birds and predators, you never hear about those. Only when someone is stupid enough to let their neighbors know do they get in trouble for disturbing a nest. Birds abandon nests all the time, we had a pair of Blue Birds start a nest in the low branches of a tree that DW had put a metal birdhouse in, after laying 2 eggs they abandoned the nest. My guess is the neighbor has cats and they present a danger to the birds so they left and I assume found a better nest site.

Doug (@guest_130152)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

The “tree huggers” you so flippantly refer to are the primary reason we have so many beautiful places to camp and enjoy. Or perhaps you prefer bare concrete?

Bill (@guest_130214)
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Well said … Thanks for bringing some sanity to this stupid discussion!

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