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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 2, 2021

Issue 1635
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

“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” Garrison Keillor

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Anisette Day (a liqueur derived from aniseed)!

On this day in history: 1937 – The Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan was reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey.

Tip of the Day

How to take a hike without all the crowds…

By Gail Marsh
The good news? We scored a camping spot for our RV. The bad news? Hiking trails near us are overwhelmed with people. While my extroverted hubby is fine hiking with crowds, I (the introvert) prefer to enjoy the majestic overviews without having to wait my turn because of all the people standing in front of me.

It’s as if a “great awakening” has happened. Overnight, it seems, everyone and their extended family, friends, and furry pets are suddenly into the outdoorsy lifestyle.

Continue reading to see what Gail and her husband do to avoid crowded trails.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Should you carry water in your RV tank while traveling?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2205S Travel Trailer. As he reports, “I have written before that I like the Rockwood/Flagstaff products quite a bit – and there are good reasons. Rather than being a brand allegiance, the company just does things that I think make a difference over the long haul.” Read more and see what those things are…

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Passport GT 2870RL flat fifth wheel? 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 2, 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.

My rude, noisy neighbor. Good riddance!

Publisher Chuck Woodbury hops on his soapbox to tell you about a rude neighbor in his campground. Why are some people so disrespectful of others? Are they just ignorant? Or did their mothers not teach them good manners? Read his thoughts.

Yesterday’s featured article: Okay to RV with chickens?

This would be a ton of fun to play with the gang this weekend!

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Idea: Listen to the RVtravel.com podcast while you’re riding in a subway!

Reader poll

For dog owners: How many words does your “smartest” dog recognize?

Sit! Stay! Beg! Tell us here!

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 in camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.

Quick Tip

Tank level switch fix

If you find the rocker switch that you push to view the fluid levels in your fresh water and holding tanks gives up the ghost, don’t give up hope. They’re hard to find (maybe industry just wants you to replace the whole assembly). However, a small, push-button “momentary contact, normally open” switch can be glued onto the assembly. Take the wires off the hold switch and connect them to the new. Here’s a pair on Amazon.

Website of the day

Pet Friendly Camping at National Parks
This is an incredibly handy list if you have a pet and plan or want to camp in or near a National Park. Keep this one bookmarked!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Recipe of the Day

Slow Cooker Applesauce
by Stephanie Van Den Berg from Pataskala, OH

This homemade applesauce recipe is delicious! It’s so simple you’ll find yourself forgetting about the jarred stuff and making it at home all the time. It’s a great way to use apples that are about to go bad.  Not having to peel the apples before cooking is a bonus. Stephanie suggests a certain type of apples but they weren’t available in our region. We substituted with Granny Smith for tarter applesauce.

Yummy! Get the recipe.



The Pandemic has not been kind to many Americans. A Harris Poll survey found that 61 percent of U.S. adults’ weight fluctuated in the past year with an average weight gain of 29 pounds among those who put on weight.

*Who sings the song “Rubber Duckie” and why was it such a big hit? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Pocket-sized pain and bug bite itch relief balm is good to have! 
This small anti-itch and pain balm is good to keep in your pocket or purse any time you’re around pesky mosquitoes. It’s an all-natural balm made with essential oils that helps relieve pain and reduce swelling. It also helps with spider bites and bee stings. Learn more or order. And see other bug-bite relief and prevention options in this article.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Recently we were camping and became snowbound for 2 days with 20” of snow. No problem for Teddy.” —Ross Hammarstedt

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

What is a queen’s favorite kind of precipitation? Reign!
What is a king’s favorite kind of precipitation? Hail!

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Gary Reed
1 year ago

How do you get rid of the ZYN Flavor Face Off advertising at the bottom of the page?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

Hi, Gary. Sorry. Those are ads that are automatically inserted by AdSense and we don’t have any control over them unless we have their URL and can then block them. Since the ads are inserted randomly, and usually based on what the reader has viewed before, we don’t see what you’re seeing. But if you can get a screenshot of the page and the URL and send it to us at editor@rvtravel.com, we’ll try to block it. In the meantime, you might just try refreshing the page. That might recycle the ad so you see something different. Good luck! And have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

Get an ad blocker for your browser. I use uBlock Origin.

David Telenko
1 year ago

On todays “readers pet of the day” Teddy sure looked happy to be inside! On another note, I noticed that the red handle that looked like an emergency escape hatch. I was wondering if the escape window opened sideways rather than the vertical way (more normal) or was there another latch on the other side that we couldn’t see, just curious!

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

It’s not my RV so I can’t say positively, but I feel confident there is another lock on the other side. It would be very convenient and safer if emergency exits did open sideways. It really would make exiting much safer. I put a step ladder outside our bedroom emergency exit in case we have to get out. There’s something about being octogenarians dropping 6 or more feet to the ground after scraping every part of the front of your body going through the emergency exit that doesn’t appeal to us. It would be so much easier and safer for the window to swing out of the way or even drop out of the way, in the words of our illustrious president, “C’mon man give us a break”, RV industry listen to your clients.

1 year ago

I have always liked most of what I read in Daily Tips, but over time one can’t help but notice the absence of RV reviews of certain manufacturers. Heartland, a major player, is one of those. I could speculate that the brands being reviewed are paying an “advertising” fee. Please me if I’m wrong.

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

“You’re wrong.” There. You wanted to be told if you’re wrong, Alex. Tony did review a Heartland RV, albeit last December. It was the Heartland Big Country 3702FB. https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-review-big-country-3702fb/ As mentioned at the bottom of each post: “These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.” Tony gets requests from readers to review an RV, so those are the ones he usually reviews. He and RVtravel.com get absolutely no compensation for his reviews. That also helps to keep his reviews totally unbiased, since he doesn’t have to say something just to keep the company happy. Have a great day. 😉 –Diane

Al K
1 year ago

Courtesy does cost, but Ignorance is inherited. I too have a noisy older diesel despite a muffler in the exhaust system, I wish it was quieter. As I turn the key to start it I immediately put it in gear it is only common sense.

1 year ago

Traveling with chickens, dogs that p.. and p..p everywhere in camp, a website for camping in National Parks with pets …..
How about a website for campgrounds that DON’T allow any pets!?

Jim G.
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

With all the problems that come with animals in campgrounds, I am looking foreword to a list of “Pet Free Campgrounds”.

1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

Agreed!!!!!!!!! Would love not to have to worry about dogs on leash!!

Bob M
1 year ago

I read on a Jayco Forum that Goodyear is going to stop making the Goodyear Endurance trailer tires for a while. That there is limited supply of the tires presently. Is there any truth to that?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Hi, Bob. I emailed your question to Roger Marble, the tire guru. He just wrote back and said he’s on the road with very little internet at the moment, but he’ll try to check into this tonight if he has internet. He’ll respond to your comment when he has some info. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Roger Marble
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Bob. I did a quick look at Jayco but did not find the Endurance info. What is the title of the thread?

1 year ago

Limeade here with a laugh could use some work and I know there has to be some witt out there with just pushing it sometimes to the line. Maybe some of your staff is just a little prudish. Just saying.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

I think Autocorrect changed Skip’s first word from ‘Leave’ to ‘Limeade’.

Marie Beschen
1 year ago

Diesel owners seem to be the worst! I groan evey time we end up next to one because 9 times out of 10, I can expect to hear them “warming up ” their engines for at least 15+ min! Ugh…

Jayne Kelly
1 year ago
Reply to  Marie Beschen

Some of us diesel owners (Motorhome) have to air up the suspension before we can leave the campground. Some coaches take longer than others. Just saying. No disrespect meant for y’all.

1 year ago

Chuck, I’m with you on the idling of diesels in campgrounds. I guess I should be honored to be included in their world. What is really aggravating is when they purposefully smoke up the vehicles around them at a stop light change.

1 year ago

We had rude neighbors, they would slam their door when leaving and coming at all hours, would sit in their car with their radio blasting in the a.m.before going to work, then let their grandkids run around our site and use a BB gun. We called the manager on that one, and asked if he could ask them to go to a safe place if they allowed kids with guns. They would sit outside after 11:00 pm and play their music while sitting smoking in the dark. Think it was more him then her but really. Guess no matter where you go, your bound to meet rude people. Enjoy what u can.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda

I blame their parents for the way their children turned out, sure we all make choices every day but I know the way I was raised to respect other peoples right to not be bothered by me. I was raised by parents from the greatest generation, I think the baby boomers raised their children the same way. After that it started taking both parents working to make ends meet, then the schools and TV raised the children and heaven knows what that has lead to.

1 year ago

Rude neighbor should have been photographed and shamed on the internet.
As well as providing truck discription and plate number to site owner.

Dan Fabian
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

I agree with you. People just complain and do nothing.