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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Issue 1622
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

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ―Alexander Graham Bell

Speaking of Mr. Bell: One of his experiments was to teach a dog to do what? Here’s your answer.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Nature Photography Day!

On this day in history: 1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

Tip of the Day

Follow these tips from a veteran RVer

Here are some insider tips from founder and publisher Chuck Woodbury, based on a few decades of RVing:

• Avoid camping on an outside corner of a campground’s loop road. At night, the lights of other campers coming and going will shine onto your RV. Choose, instead, the inside campsite where headlights of passing vehicles will shine away from you, not at you.

• Always inquire when checking into a campground about discounts for various organizations you might belong to — Good Sam, AARP, FMCA, Escapees or AAA. It can’t hurt to ask if there’s a military discount. Heck, maybe they’ll honor your Safeway card (you never know unless you ask).

Continue reading for more helpful tips.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: The sand struggle: A trick to keeping it out of your RV

 →  Listen to this week’s podcast

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Bürstner Lyseo Gallery prototype with inflatable second floor office. As he reports, “Recently, Bürstner GmbH & Co KG showcased a new prototype in their Lyseo Gallery. The reason it makes the news here is that there is a second floor that expands using an on-board compressor such that you can actually use the area for an office or bedroom.” This thing is pretty neat! Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review update yesterday of the 2022 Safari Condo Alto R1713 – Boondocking upgrade? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

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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 15, 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: John Battistoni of Nixa, Missouri.

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.

Test your RV movie knowledge

When it came time for Jack Nicholson to hit the road in the film “About Schmidt,” he did it in style and comfort – in an RV. No surprise there, considering the enormous popularity of RV travel, and the frequency with which RVs are used in Hollywood films. … Test your knowledge of 10 other movies featuring RVs here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Medications + Driving the RV = No!

Reader poll

Do you buy souvenir magnets for your refrigerator on your trips?

Tell us here, please!

Quick Tip

Garden kneeling pads – good in the RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Garden kneeling pads, made out of foam, are great for kneeling in the garden. But pick up a pack of them and you’ll have uses for them around the RV. We keep one with a box of disposable gloves so our knees don’t get wet when dumping holding tanks, or putting down manual stabilizers. But here’s another one: After bouncing down the highway, you park, go inside, open a cabinet door and, hey, stuff jumps out of the cabinet! These neat pads fit right across the opening of a cabinet door (tucked inside) and act as a barrier, keeping items inside the cabinet. And if you hit the bleachers at your favorite athletic or sporting event, they make a great cush for your tush. Here’s a link to a set on Amazon.

Oh, you absolutely need this in your RV’s kitchen! Everyone will compliment you on it!

Website of the day

The best winery in every state
Wine drinkers, this is for you! This list from shows you the best winery in every state. Cheers!

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:

• 47 percent of parents have two children
• Out of a list of the most popular holidays, the highest percentage, 47 percent, say they enjoy Christmas the most, followed by Thanksgiving and 4th of July.
• 69 percent say they enjoy spending days at a time alone

Recent poll: Did you meet your current spouse or partner online? 

Recipe of the Day

Coconut Beer Shrimp With Sweet and Tangy Sauce
by Leah Stacey from Huntsville, AL

The addition of coconut to this breading is an act of genius! Plate these up for your next cocktail party, BBQ or game night.

We like this twist on a favorite – yummy! Get the recipe.


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The BEST Father’s Day gifts, recommended by

• This American flag t-shirt – designed with motorhomes!
• This super cool mug/thermos made out of tires to keep his coffee warm
• These vintage gas pump salt n pepper shakers are so unique!
• This Sasquatch multi-tool is funny, but is also very useful
• This one is for all the dog dads out there… And this is for the beer-drinking dog dads.
• For the taco-lovin’ dad
• These hilarious mints are for the dad who is just a little forgetful…
And you must (must) wrap any gift for dad or any RV-lover in this wrapping paper!


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will be part of the first crew carried by his space flight company, Blue Origin. Who regulates the safety of space tourism? Is it the FAA, the FCC, NASA or nobody? The answer is below.

*How many gallons of water does it take to grow the oranges to produce just one glass of orange juice? The answer will surprise you! Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bella, a brown Dachshund (or as people like to call them a Wiener Dog), is my Christmas present from my wife and kids when I retired 9 years ago. She travels with us whenever we go camping, and as you can see she likes to sit where the sun is.” —James Pollifrone

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!

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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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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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Alice Moyer
1 year ago

Red dachshunds have black noses; chocolate dachshunds have self colored noses (should be a brown but can be lighter). Reds usually have black toe nails. Based on the color of the toe nails in the photo, this dachshund would be a chocolate. (I’ve showed, trained and bred dachshunds for over 30 years).

Roger Becht
1 year ago

The pet of the day is a sweety. We have a male just like her and he also loves the sun. I believe she is called a red, the pink nose is the difference between brown and red. Browns have a black nose reds have a pink nose.

1 year ago

Today’s “Mystery Product” is very appropriate. I wrote the following on the “Reader’s Poll” page about collecting magnetic souvenirs.

Magnetic beer openers. The steel door to the garage, where my home brewery is, and the pantry door are covered. I have about 500 from over 40 different countries.

Thom R
1 year ago

I think a lot of the RV’s in the sales lots are rigs that are in for service. They put them there to make it look full. The ones at a dealer nearby don’t look like new ones for sale. And we all know that the rigs waiting on parts will be there a while…
The RV storage lot near me is full up, a construction company next door to it has a new sign up for RV storage, lots of new arrivals there too.

Joe Allen
1 year ago

Not sure where all the claims are on RV sales lots being empty and RV’s hard to get? Sounds like the government is involved in a mass coverup, again!

Ron Lane
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Paranoid much?

1 year ago
Reply to  Ron Lane

I doubt he’s paranoid, just leary about believing everything he hears. There are 5 rv dealerships where I am and all have full sales lots…..and lots of RV’s out back waiting for parts. All the parts coming in from China are going to manufacturers. This coming from one of the dealership owners here.

Roger V
1 year ago
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Jim c
1 year ago

We just completed a cross country and back trip and we did not see one rv sales lot empty. They all were full. We also saw, those that we could see campgrounds not full. Also, very few rv’s on the road. They must be somewhere all camouflaged up.

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim c

I hate spellcheck too sometimes. How come when I type “TV” it won’t change to “RV”?

Bob P
1 year ago

On our new travel trailer I discovered yesterday when I was dumping the holding tanks some engineers decided to put the valves well under the side of the trailer. The gray valve is at an angle so it can be reached with some degree of difficulty while crouched down. On the other hand the black valve is placed about 15” under the trailer side facing toward the front requiring me to get on my knees and reaching under and pushing the handle towards the front instead of pulling it out. Employers need to develop a common sense test for millennial engineers. 43 years of camping in all kinds of RVs I have never seen holding tank valve handles placed in these positions. Of course it’s probably millennials who are doing the hiring so it seems perfectly normal to them. Lol

Dave Planitzer
1 year ago

Knee pads are great for placing and retrieving jack pads under the rig.

1 year ago

On the kneeling pad, here is a very strong vote. Concrete or rocks are tough, skin is soft.
Duluth Trading has a double sized pad for about $15, worth every penny.

Bill T
1 year ago

“….in Hershey, PA with 33 football fields of new RVs”. Will there be enough of completed pre-manufactured RV’s to fill that much space or will it be filled with partially completed and other units from the manufacturers waiting for warranty repair?.

H goff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T

Maybe like a car show – you show what you brung

mark d generales
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T

Here in Florida – we laugh at the “scarcity” news. Every single RV sales lot is 100% filled and flush with brand new rigs.
After all – RV sales are sales – hype is to be expected. “Better get in and buy now – won’t be many around!”


Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

We laugh at the “scarcity news” everywhere we go. What’s really scarce are empty or close to empty RV sales lots.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill T

Whenever I went there the RVs all needed completion and repair.