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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 1, 2021

Issue 1634

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

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect — and I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers … make sure your hands are clean!” Bob Marley

Need an excuse to celebrate? To our many readers to the north, Happy Canada Day! We hope travel will return to normal soon so we can visit each other again. We miss you!!!

On this day in history: 1867 – The Canadian confederation occurred with the passing of the Constitution Act, 1867, where the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

Tip of the Day

Should you carry water in your RV tank while traveling?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Should you carry water in your fresh water tank when traveling? If you do, is there anything special you should do? It’s a question that comes up a lot. The “right” answer (and there isn’t really a “right” or “wrong” one here) depends on your RV lifestyle.

First, a bit about water: In the RV world you need to remember — it’s heavy. At eight pounds to the gallon, a typical 30-gallon fresh water tank will boost the weight of your tow (or your motorhome) by almost 250 pounds. With the price of fuel these days, that’s no small consideration. If your rig is already near the “limit” of its gross vehicle weight, casting off that much weight is a way to lighten up quickly.

But then there’s that lifestyle question. Are you headed out with your RV to boondock away from utilities? If you are, and there’s no water close to your boondocking location, you may have no choice but to travel with the water on board.

On the other hand, if you’re headed for an RV resort with full hookups, or a campground with a “known” good water supply, you can skate in and fill up (or hook up) on arrival. There are some RVers who disdain this idea. Many are the stories of RVers arriving at the campground only to find that water supply is “down” for a couple of days, or tastes so bad that it’s nearly unfit for consumption.

Perhaps a compromise is in order. No matter what our plans, we always try to see to it we have a few gallons in the tank. If we hit problems on the road and find ourselves stuck somewhere waiting for, say, repairs, we have enough water on hand to keep us going for a few days if we’re very conservative with our consumption. If you call the campground before you arrive and determine the water is working, then take your few gallons and go; fill up on arrival even if you’ll have hookups, just in case the system goes “kaput” while you’re there.

Of course, the idea of “dumping” water on the ground to lighten your load seems like a pretty serious sin, especially to those of us who frequent desert country. So if you fill on arrival, plan and time your consumption so that much of that tanked water can be used while you’re in the campground so that little is wasted if you decide to jettison the excess on leaving.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Roof air conditioner leaks during a heavy rain

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2021 Keystone Passport GT 2870RL flat fifth wheel. How does this trailer compare to Keystone’s Outback 328RL, also a “flat fifth wheel” but on the higher end of the spectrum. Find out in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Passport SL 219BH? 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, July 1, 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: Warren May of Tallahassee, Florida, and Scott Kosa of Sedro Woolley, 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.

Remove ticks easily from people or pets!
It’s tick season! This Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing them, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s the safest and easiest way to remove ticks and in just a few seconds. Helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. Learn more or order.

Okay to RV with chickens?

Here’s the question from a would-be RVer: “I’m going to retire in five years. My question is: l want to travel around the country with one or two chickens. Are there ordinances or laws about crossing state lines with poultry?” Read more, including some advice from other RVers.

Reader poll

How do you usually buy peas?

Do you buy ’em fresh, frozen, canned or some other way? Inquiring minds want to know.

Respond here and see how others responded (and please, if you have a “pea” story leave it in the comments).

This handheld digital Yahtzee game will keep you busy for hours — like those times you’re riding shotgun down a boring Interstate, or when it’s pouring rain outside and you’re stuck with a cranky hubby or wife you’d prefer to tune out! The solution: Play this fun game and pass the time with pleasure! Learn more or order for less than a cheap fast food meal!

Website of the day

AARP Daily Crossword
As AARP says, “A crossword a day keeps the doctor away!” This is a good daily dose of entertainment, and it keeps your brain sharp. Have fun!

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:

• 83 percent have never “camped” overnight in a Cracker Barrel parking lot
• 25 percent do not have a will
• 15 percent say they do not enjoy visiting “tourist traps” and stay far away from them

Recent poll: Do you feel a threat from wildfires where you live?

Recipe of the Day

Texas Peach Sangria
by Sue Weaver from Belton, TX
Summertime in a glass! This sangria is fruity, slightly sweet with peach flavor and so good. Ginger ale gives it a bit of bubble. The recipe is meant to serve a crowd and would be perfect for a summertime get-together. We opted to add strawberries and they paired so well with the peaches. A simple cocktail that’s full of flavor.

This could be the 4th of July drink you’ve been searching for! Get the recipe.



Rubber ducks have been recognized as the quintessential bathtub toy since 1970, when Ernie, the cheerful orange Muppet on Sesame Street, first sang the catchy ditty “Rubber Duckie” to his best bath buddy. The song rose to number 16 on Billboard’s chart of hit tunes and, decades later, kids still sing the praises of their water play pals. Watch the original Rubber Duckie here (if you have dogs, play loud!).

*Yesterday’s trivia tells you the history of the yo-yo. Think you know when it was invented? You’re probably wrong!

You really can order anything on the internet these days, and this is no exception. (We’re drooling.)

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our grand-dog, Axle. He is a Blue Heeler. A very smart dog and very fast! Squirrels are no match for him!” —Dan Kooienga

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

Mark Twain, who by nature was a lazy guy, once wrote this: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

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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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1 year ago

Another reason to like Mark Twain – For 40 years everything had to be done yesterday. Since retirement, getting it done by tomorrow’s tomorrow works just fine for me.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

One of my favorite mottoes is, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” Mark Twain went one step further. Works for me! 😆 Take care. –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I remember my dad saying after he retired that tomorrow never comes it’s always today. So do it tomorrow.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Great advice! Thanks, Tom. Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

Maybe this should be a reader poll?
Given the current Western drought, how many years until ‘free’ water fills on the road will be a memory? (a la Quartzsite).

Tom H.
1 year ago

Great pic with Axle! Also, love the Mark Twain quote.
And… Definitely tired of folks using this site to plug their political views. I respect everyone’s views, just tired of getting hammered with them on this forum.
Happy Trails!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom H.

The politics about the peas irritated me too. It is no ones business what kind of peas I like.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

Hi, Kelly. I deleted the political comments from this morning, so Tom’s comment about politics is just kinda left hanging in the middle of his other comments, since what he was referring to is no longer there. 😆 Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane, Sorry, I just could not resist my “pea” comment. As Mark Twain might have said – why get up in the morning when you can sleep til noon? Missing the morning didn’t bother me at all. It just gave me a different perception.
Keep on keepin’ on. KellyR

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

I liked your comment, Kelly. Just thought I’d explain for those who weren’t aware of what took place with the comments this morning. 😀 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks Diane. It definitely helped.

1 year ago

ever since we encountered an RV park whose water supply had been shut down by the New Mexico Dept. of Public Health due to e-coli we have carried a full or nearly full tank of fresh water, does that affect our gas mileage? sure but we didn’t buy our MH because of the great gas mileage.

Ed D.
1 year ago

In my case, I travel with a full tank of water(40 gallons). I see no significant difference on my milage.

Trent Mills
1 year ago

Could you use a different recipe link? You just post it as a word file. The one you use wants me to download software to my computer before I can even get a clean print format. I don’t need the pictures, I just need to ingredients and instructions.


RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Trent Mills

Hi, Trent. The link goes to the website, where all of these great recipes come from. I see on there a little icon near the top (under the buttons for FB, etc.) which says “Print.” If you click on that it brings up the recipe on a separate page. At the top of that is the option to “Hide images.” You should be able to print the recipe in the format you want from there. Good luck! Have a great day! 🙂 -Diane

1 year ago

What a gorgeous photo of Axle, the Pup of the Day. So well done! Heelers are great dogs! Thanks you for posting this pic of your Grand-doggie.

Thomas D
1 year ago

Having water on board saved my bacon more than once. Most importantly was when the little hose( about 2″ long) by the waterpump decided to spring a leak. I was able to keep putting water into the radiator to bring the coach in. No waiting for roadside service. Got to a Ford dealer in Tucumcari NM just before closing and they put a mechanic on it right away fixed me up and allowed us th boondock in their parking lot overnight on top of that. With electric too.

Bob p
1 year ago

We carry water based on the length of the trip, meaning how many days will we be on the road i.e. on our trip to Tx we put more than a 2 day trip to FL.

1 year ago

Ummm… the name of the RV trip web software you’re touting above is RV Trip Wizard, not ROAD Trip Wizard… You might want to correct that, as it’s a bit confusing.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Don

Thanks, Don! That paragraph got added by someone-who-shall-remain-nameless after I proofed the newsletter and shortly before it published. I’ve corrected it (now that I know about it! 😯 ). Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

I always carry a FULL tank of fresh water (80) gallons before heading out on our travels. That water gets transferred to the grey and black tanks so the weight remains the same. The extra weight has very little affect to my diesel pusher mpg. If measured I would bet that it is maybe one tenth of one gallon per mile or less which is negligible when comparing to the fuel used to climb a grade such as the Fancy Gap grade on I-77. Having water available for showers, washing dishes, toilet, etc. far outweighs any savings realized in mpg. That 80 gallons when used conservatively will last 6-7 days before having to dump and replenish.

Chic Sanders
1 year ago

Yahtzee, there’s an app for that.

James 3
1 year ago

I’m used to night driving and long distances (chosen profession) . When I’m driving the RV ,I put enough ( depends on the length of the trip) water onboard for flushing and washing up while moving (for myself, wife & kids) . We use bottled water for consumption. When we leave the campground, I do the same for the home trip.

1 year ago

We always carry some water in our RV, because I am old. It has toilet, so I like to be able to use it wherever we stop. Or, I can stop wherever I want, and use it. And I have.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

You are dead on. Mother Nature can have very poor timing.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom


1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

“Done it” many times.

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