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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, June 24, 2021

Issue 1629
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 we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.” —Helen Keller

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pralines Day! Mmmm….

On this day in history: 1949 – The first television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.

Actor and RVer Matthew McConaughey

Coming in this weekend’s podcast

Our podcast host Scott Linden talks with Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey in this weekend’s podcast. McConaughey is not only passionate about his acting and producing, but he’s an avid RV enthusiast, having lived in his Airstream trailer for 4 years while visiting every state you can reach by land except South Dakota. In this conversation, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” explains “what gets his juices going” about RVing. To be the first to hear the podcast, sign up for an email reminder for when the program is available.

IS YOUR RV BED UNCOMFORTABLE? Get a new mattress. Big selection at at great prices. Check ’em out.

Tip of the Day

Water dripping outside and inside my RV on dry day. Why?

It can be a bit disconcerting: You’ve got the RV out for a trip and you notice water dripping down the side of the rig. There’s not a cloud in the sky, but water is flowing away merrily. Or it could even be worse: You flip on the air conditioner on a hot day and after a short while, a nasty drip, drip, drip of water falls from your air conditioning unit – onto the floor – INSIDE your RV!

What’s going on? In one instance, nothing unusual, and not a thing to be worried about. In the latter, a normal thing, but happening in a place where it ought not. The water that you might see streaming down the side of your rig (or off your awning) is simply a byproduct of the weather: Condensation. But why? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Palazzo 37.5 Class A Diesel Pusher. As he reports, “This is a nice example of a Class A diesel pusher. One of the best things is all the storage inside and out. That is a strength of this type of vehicle in general, and a particular strength of this floor plan. Another plus is just the very open feeling of this rig when the slide rooms are pushed out. Also is the fact that there is zero carpeting at all. I can see why these are popular.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel 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 24, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Dana Eulert of Huntley, Illinois, and Jay Miller of Runnells, Iowa.

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.

Really? This fifth wheel setup is bizarre and dangerous

Don’t try this! Talk about a weird, wacky and dangerous setup! Reader Michael Logan came across these photos of an SUV towing a fifth wheel trailer eight years ago. He’s not sure of their origin. Check it out!

Yesterday’s featured article: We did the one thing we never thought we’d do… 

Reader poll

Do you like to celebrate your birthday or is it just another day?

Is celebrating your birthday a big deal to you? Curious RVers would like to know. Respond here.

Quick Tip

Keep the mouses out of your houses

Mice and other small critters can usually find tiny openings into your RV that make entry easy. If you want to keep the critters out, look at your rig as a mouse and inspect every little nook and cranny of the RV’s exterior to see if there are spaces where it could gain entry. You can bet if there’s even a dime-sized hole, a small rodent can squeeze through. One easy way to block such entryways is with steel wool. Caulking works well, too.

Website of the day

Top 20 Weirdest RVs in the World
Check out these 20 wacky RVs from RVshare. These are amazing… but are they safe? Legal? Who knows?!

Cybercrime and ransomware attacks are increasing. You should know what this means for you and your RV. Read more.

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:

• If given the opportunity to own and operate an RV park, 30 percent would like to do so.
• 76 percent have never “camped” overnight in a Cabela’s parking lot.
• 24 percent say their life is very stimulating and that every day is a new adventure.

Recent poll: Growing up, which was stronger, your relationship with your mother or father?

You might not want your husband or wife getting ahold of this… You might need some noise-canceling headphones…

Recipe of the Day

Super Easy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
by Kathy D.
This is a really simple way to jazz up a plain old teriyaki sauce. Magic happens when the chicken marinates. This flavorful chicken is moist and a quick and easy weeknight meal. So much better than takeout. Add steamed rice, a veggie and dinner is served.

Yuuuuum! Get the recipe.



Fairies love shiny things, particularly things no one else seems to want, like old buttons, charms and paperclips. They don’t, however, like human money. That is why they like to give it away when they collect baby teeth. In order to collect the teeth, a fairy must pass three exams in Fairy School. It is no easy task removing a tooth from underneath a sleeping child’s pillow.

*What is the job of a royal anus blower? Yep, it’s a real thing! Read yesterday’s trivia to find out.

Stupid RVer Tricks! Oh, what some of them do! Watch and [maybe] weep!

At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,142 camping areas managed by the BLM in 11 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested on camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ernie and Raydar are great traveling buddies. They have been traveling together in our motorhome full-time for nearly two years and home buddies prior to that for 3 years!” —Terry 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!

Leave here with a laugh

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her. “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.” So the wife got up, unplugged the TV and tossed away his beer.

 New  Our favorite RV camping guidebooks. Our staff uses these excellent books for research and on our trips.

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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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Tony Thornburg
1 year ago

The green little RV with the snowplow is a Barth. I saw one in New Winchester In. a couple years back. I checked recently and it’s no longer there.

Jim Autry
1 year ago

There are only 48 contiguous states in the USA.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Autry

Ha! Thanks, Jim. Yes, I corrected it in Friday’s newsletter, but Chuck went in and added that paragraph in today’s newsletter late last night after I had proofed it (and that paragraph wasn’t in there at the time). 😯 Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

I love fairy trivia. My daughter cos plays Tinker Belle. Its been her fav since forever.

1 year ago

You left out an awfully good solution for mice…have a cat on board!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

Wait until you see Greg Illes’ solution in this Saturday’s newsletter, Debbie. It’s outta this world! 😆 Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

The Prius is a really good looking rig. The company that made this prototype did a really nice job. A nice turn on the old Toyota class C campers. A lot better than tent camping.

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

The other nice one is the Olds/Airstream. That’s an Olds Toronado, which had front wheel drive and a 455 cu. inch engine. That has to be a real cruiser.

1 year ago

Funny Wacky RV’s! The one labeled Harley camper is NOT a Harley! It has a V8 engine in a trike frame!………

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

As well as several other “I’m bored and have a bottomless pit of money to waste so I’ll build something totally illegal to drive on a the road.” The school bus conversions are 10’ tall before adding several feet on top, the maximum height allowable on a federal highway is 13’6” without an oversized permit which are expensive, the converted semi tractor is the same. Just bored rich people releasing their boredom.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Oh c’mon Bob…it’s all in fun.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Not traditional rich people but union-well-off guys with mechanical skills and creative urges.

Jim G.
1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

The “Harley” might be legally registered as a Harley if they used the head pipe and VIN from the motorcycle.