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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 8, 2021

Issue 1639
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

“Even migrating birds know that nature doesn’t demand a choice between nesting and flight.” —Gloria Steinem

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Freezer Pop Day!

On this day in history: 1947 – Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident.

Tip of the Day

Secret tips to make sure thieves won’t steal your RV

Each week in our Sunday newsletter we list stolen RVs (and only the ones we’re made aware of – we’re sure there are dozens, probably hundreds, more). We’re hopeful that someone out there will spot a missing rig and call the authorities. A reader recently asked us to offer some tips about securing our RVs so that our rigs won’t end up on the “Stolen RV” column. So, let’s take a look

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Pack backwards before heading off on an RV trip

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Grand Design Imagine 2970RL travel trailer. How does this compare to the very similar Keystone Arcadia 370RL? Find out in this review, and see which one Tony likes best.

Did you read Tony’s preview yesterday of the Rivian Truck Camp Kitchen? 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 8, 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.

Tiny pop-up trailer sets up in one minute – amazing!

Tiny is the new trendy, and this new design, the TakeOff, from Dutch startup Easy Caravanning, is no exception to the trend. It’s adorable – how could you not want one? See it here.

Yesterday’s featured article: The best way to level a fifth wheel? Make it levitate! 

Reader poll

Do you wear/allow shoes inside your RV?

Tell us here, please!

Quick Tip

Trailer users – try these additions to your “emergency kit”

In addition to road flares, first aid kit, etc., here’s a thought from Richard K.: “An item I have always carried in our trailer is an extra set of wheel bearings and seals for the current trailer. Two times since I started RVing in the 1960s, I’ve had bearing failures in remote towns, and having the extras on board saved time and trouble.” Thanks, Richard!

Website of the day

Your state’s most beautiful state park
Scroll through this slideshow and get ready to plan a lot of trips to a lot of state parks – some of these (OK, all of them…) are gorgeous!

You’d get grilled if you bought this – everyone would want to know where they could buy one too!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Where are all the black RVers? Why the outdoors isn’t as inclusive as you think
• 13 tips about work camping that will point you to success.
• Does windchill affect RV water lines freezing when driving?

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:

• 19 percent say their body runs hot, while 17 percent say it runs cold. 63 percent sit right in the middle.
• If they were in the market for a new model RV right now, 62 percent say they’d hold off on purchasing until a later date.
• 21 percent drink between 3-5 caffeinated beverages throughout the day every day.

Recent poll: How would you rate Camping World’s service and repair department?

If your RV’s steps hurt your aching knees, here are a few suggestions for you…

Recipe of the Day

Club BLT Dip Brandy’s Way
by Brandy Male from Mustang, OK
Everyone is a winner when you serve this amazing layered dip at your next party. Adding smoked turkey to mock the flavors of a club sandwich is genius. If you love a club sandwich, you’ll love this easy recipe. Let’s be honest… sprinkling cheese and bacon on top of a dip is never a bad thing.

Jeez, we’re drooling! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cappuccino Cookies

Coffee, tea, water, or other beverage will taste better in this!
Isn’t this the coolest mug/thermos you’ve ever seen? We can’t imagine a more perfect vessel for your drinks if you’re an RVer, car or truck lover! The stainless steel liner will keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for two hours – no more cold coffee! If you buy this as a gift, make sure to get one for yourself too!


If you’re in Iceland and someone says to you, “I will find you on a beach,” that’s your cue to get out of the country as fast as you can! Why? “I will find you on a beach” in Iceland means, “I’ll get my revenge,” or “Don’t make me hurt you!” Yikes!

*Why was George Washington not buried for three days after his death?
A.) They lost his body
B.) They had so many funerals and services it took three days to complete
C.) He was afraid of being buried alive so he asked them that they wait three days.
If you don’t know the answer, find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Bliss, Indi and Favor. These girls enjoy traveling around the U.S. to dog shows and fun events!” —Sheri Mccormick

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!

Of all the black tank treatments we’ve tried, this is the one that works!
Writer Kate Doherty and her husband have tried every black tank treatment on the market – none of them met their standards until they met Doctor Poop, who introduced them to TankTechsRx. Read all about this amazing black-tank-life-changing product here, and be sure to try it out for yourself.

Leave here with a laugh

My friend keeps telling me, “Cheer up, man. It could be worse. You could be stuck underground in a hole full of water!” I know he means well.

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Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
1 year ago

Today is National Freezer Pop Day! Who said? By what authority? After reading for 14 years I questioned this. It must be someone really smart or authoritative. It may be Chuck Woodbury pulling our leg. Google ‘Who designates national days’. You may be surprised to find Chuck Woodbury. Enjoy a freezer pop!

Phil Strong
1 year ago

Really a quote from Gloria Steinem?

1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Strong

“Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.”
– Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

1 year ago

Surely their are better thoughts than Gloria Steinem.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

Aww did Gloria do something to hurt you jeb? Or are you threatened by successful women?

Diane Mc
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

I’m a successful woman. Retired at 50. I had the same reaction. Grew up/worked in the age of the “women’s movement”. Was asked to join organization’s. No thanks. Decided I wanted to learn from men who were successful in business. Worked in several companies in hi tech. Started as a clerk (went to college nights, didn’t finish) in a start up, rose up in the ranks, retired as a Director. Along the way, worked with many other successful woman, who were just straight shooter’s, worked hard, earned respect. Are there misogynistic men? Of course. I was fortunate that most I worked with weren’t. Or if they were, didn’t get in my way.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

And yet you had to share a thought that was clearly sexist…

1 year ago

Thank you for re-running the why black families do not camp article…we all need to read that again and change our perceptions and attitudes to be more approachable to all people. Judge on actions, not on bias or societal pressures

Phil Strong
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

We all? Sorry but I think there are many of us who did not need to read it the first time. Camping is an experience that I for one have always shared with everyone. I know based on my experience there many others just like me.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Strong

I agree, Phil.

1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Strong

If you didn’t want to read it skip it. Did someone force you to click the link. Afraid you may learn something different then your WASP view?

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

He must live in that town where ‘Footloose’ was based.
You know, the one where everyone has a ‘stick up their ****’….

John Macatee
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

“WE ALL” speak for yourself, Mr perfect but everyonelse isn’t. Good grief Tom!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Your trying to be a comedian, correct?

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

I’m with you, Tom.