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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 5, 2021

Issue 1636
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

“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” ―Patrick Rothfuss

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Graham Cracker Day!

Oh, we should also mention that this is National Moth Week, a time to celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.

On this day in history: 1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Scout for the perfect boondocking site and claim it!

By Nanci Dixon
More and more RVers are boondocking to escape crowded campgrounds, have some breathing room, and cut costs. When looking for a boondocking or first-come, first-served site, we always unhook our tow car and I scout for the perfect spot while my husband waits somewhat impatiently in the motorhome. In particularly uneven or unknown terrain, it is a good idea to unhook a trailer and explore the area first.

Here are a few things I have learned along the [hard] way…

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Forest River Flagstaff 28TSCSE pop-up trailer with front rack. As he reports, “[T]his is a pop-up tent trailer but with an enormous 105” x 80” front deck for bringing along your various adventure gear. This is called the ‘Sports Enthusiast’s Package’ – and I really have no issues with the name.” Learn more in Tony’s review.

Reviews from this weekend:
2021 Forest River Wildwood 27RK Travel Trailer
LEVC e-Camper van: An (almost) all-electric camper

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 5, 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 $20 Amazon gift cards: Sarah Stranz of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and Bruce Wallace of Wilsonville, Oregon.

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.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Avoid dangerous 15-amp outlet overload

By Mike Sokol
I was recently asked to help figure out why an outlet overheated that was feeding a 30-amp RV. I was confused at first until I asked for and received some pictures of the subpanel and outlet involved. And once you see it all, the answer is pretty clear. Continue reading.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Never buy an RV this way!

Do you think buying an RV and having it delivered to your home or campground is a good idea? Think again. Read here why RV home delivery is probably a bad idea and why we strongly advise against it.

Reader poll

Where do you spend the night most often in your RV?

Think about it, then answer here.

Quick Tip

Keep mice out of the bumper

Kirk writes in to tell us about critters he’s found in his bumper, and how to inexpensively dissuade them from taking up housekeeping: “The majority of bumper plugs I’ve seen have a square hole in the center. I’ve had mice get inside my bumper. Silicone a piece of screen on the inside to cover the hole to take care of the problem.”

Reusable Bamboo paper towels – good for the environment and wallet! 
At first glance, you’d have no idea these weren’t regular paper towels – they look just like it! But these “paper” towels are made from bamboo and are 100% reusable. These washable towels are unbleached and chlorine-free with no added dyes or fragrances. One roll of these will replace almost 85 rolls of regular paper towels – wow! Buy a two-pack here for $14, and save money for months (even years!) to come.

Website of the day

The strangest places to eat in the U.S. 
This list from shows the strangest restaurants you can eat at across the country. Some of these are, well, um, interesting…

Popular articles you may have missed at

• I flooded my RV with poop! Will my warranty cover me?
• Trucks with no drivers coming soon to a road near you?
• Video: American life in 1957. How things have changed!

If there’s a baby in your life, you’ve GOT to buy them this. This is just too gosh darn cute.

Recipe of the Day

Watermelon Summer Salad
by Sheri Mullins from Midland, TX
We loved the refreshing taste of this summer salad. We’re not going to lie. At first, the combination of ingredients had us intrigued, but they all work together. It’s surprisingly fresh and delicious. Soaking cucumbers in the vinegar mixture is strong. But once they are mixed with the sweet watermelon and tomatoes it balances flavors out. We love the slightly salty Feta cheese. If you love salt on your watermelon you’ll love the combination.

If you’ve never had this salad before, you’re missing out! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
4th of July Strawberries
You Saucey Little Dog Sauce (hot dog sauce)


Prisoners on Alcatraz only had access to hot water showers so they didn’t get acclimated to cold water and try and escape the island by swimming.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“We recently brought home a 10-week-old Aussie Shepherd (Trey). Our current dog, Sissy, wasn’t too sure about the new fur baby family member. A week after bringing Trey home a vet check revealed a serious heart murmur. Without heart surgery, he won’t live past two years old. So in a few months, we get him scheduled at Texas A&M to get his beautiful heart worked on and fixed.” —Sylvia Elders

We hope Trey is doing well, Sylvia! 

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. Managing editor: Mike Gast. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink and Chris Epting. Podcast host and producer: Scott Linden. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Betty Danet
1 year ago

Took up golf as an adult and never shot better than 106 but I really enjoyed it and just laughed about getting to play more golf for my money.
Love the Aussie. We have 2 toy Aussies and the happy smile is identical. So glad you’re getting him surgery. Had to laugh at the expression on Sissy’s face.

Tom H.
1 year ago

Played golf in my younger years. Was terrible at it. Realized that being outdoors and walking was what I really enjoyed. Sold the clubs, and took up hiking. Much happier now!

1 year ago

Golf is silly. The only fun part is hitting the ball. The goal is to hit the ball the fewest number of times. Therefore the purpose of golf is to have as little fun as possible.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

😆 Thanks, Bobkat! Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Bob p
1 year ago

I was a caddy for my early teen years (14+15), in that amount of time I witnessed many allegedly professionals turn into raving child like actions enough times that I decided I never wanted to play that game. If golf makes you act like a spoiled child it can’t be good. Lol

Lazy Q
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

You missed out but you don’t know it and that’s ok. Yes it can be frustrating and no matter how much you say you won’t lose it, some stupid stupid little miss step will set you off like a little baby lol also fun part of golf. Unfortunately my back does not let me enjoy the game of golf anymore, which I surely miss. Oh and remember, never worry about what the other person does you only have you to worry about. Never too late to try golf unless you can’t physically do it. You’d probably have fun.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Golf doesn’t MAKE you do anything. It simply REVEALS a person’s true nature. It can be the best form of job interview there is.