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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 9, 2021

Issue 1640
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

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ―Michael J. Fox

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Collector Car Appreciation Day!

On this day in history: 1877 – The inaugural Wimbledon Championships begins.

Tip of the Day

Why didn’t I think of that?! An easy trick to keep your sewer hose clean

By Nanci Dixon
I had a chance to attend a seminar last week on all things black and grey tanks and learned a new dump technique. After all these years of RVing, I had never heard of or thought about this sensible tip.

Here is a quick, easy tip to help keep your sewer hose clean…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Secret tips to make sure thieves won’t steal your RV

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Venture Stratus SR231VRB couple’s trailer. As he reports, “As a couple’s camper this is going to be one that stands out to me as having a terrific floor plan along with way-above-average storage.” Click here to read.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Imagine 2970RL 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, July 9, 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 Travel 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.

The easiest way to seal annoying seam leaks

[Disclaimer: Product review is based on press release.] Seal those seams for the season! (Say that five times fast.) Ever revisit your RV after a long winter and find that your cover didn’t do its job? Or been eating dinner outside and heard drips coming through your awning? Ugh. It happens to the best of us, and it’s not that uncommon. Fabric seams that leak are annoying (and sometimes costly), yet so simple to fix. Find out how here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Tiny pop-up trailer sets up in one minute – amazing!

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

BAD NEWS: Tornado rips through Georgia RV park. RVs destroyed, 13 people treated for injuries. Read the story.

Reader poll

How often do you get hiccups?

And what technique do you use to get rid of them? Respond here.

Quick Tip

30 amps – simplified

A 30-amp electrical system on an RV has the capability of using 3,600 watts or 30 amps before you will overload the system. 120 volts x 30 amps = 3,600 watts. Think of it like this: You could use 36 100-watt light bulbs and when you turn the 37th one on it will probably trip a breaker. You should never run more than one major appliance at a time, e.g., air conditioner and microwave. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

Can you imagine getting this in the mail? Personally, we’d be THRILLED about it! This is the best kind of gift…

Website of the day

These 22 Beaches Across America Absolutely Must Be Added To Your Bucket List
The title says it all! How many have you been to? Oh, and even if you’re not near the ocean right now, some of these are lake beaches!

Clubs and useful organizations
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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.

Recipe of the Day

Taco Pasta
by Kelli Thomas from Omaha, NE
Need an easy and hearty dinner recipe? Give this taco pasta a try. It can be whipped up in no time. Taco seasoning gives the dish just enough Mexican flavor, then the tomatoes with chilies add a little heat. Cream cheese and sour cream mellow out the whole dish and help provide the perfect balance of flavors. This will be a perfect weeknight meal.

We like the sound of this! Get the recipe.


Don’t sweat inside your RV this summer!
At we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.


Do you know what the difference between fog and mist is? If you can’t see more than 100 meters (328 feet) ahead of you, it’s fog. If you can see 100 meters in front of you, it’s mist.

*What does the phrase “I will find you on a beach” mean in Iceland?
A.) I’ll get my revenge!
B.) Let’s go fishing
C.) Meet at the northernmost point of the island at midnight 
Yesterday’s trivia gives you the answer. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sam loves the trailer and traveling with us. This is a picture of Sam and me having breakfast and catching up on the news online.” —Kathleen Lee

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!

silicon tape to fix leaksTape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

A lizard walks into a bar pushing a baby in a stroller. “What’s your kid’s name?” asks the bartender. “Tiny,” says the lizard. “Because he’s my newt.” [Hint: Read the last two words “together.”]

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Lil John
1 year ago

Your Trivia question answers are both the same. Can’t see over 100 meters=fog.
CAN see 100 meters (but not over that?) would be fog too. Same distance for sight.

Robert k
1 year ago

Can you convert a camper from 30amp to 50amp so you can run more things together?

Roger V
1 year ago

Never run more than one major appliance at a time? That’s a pretty broad statement. Our high efficiency Coleman Mach 10 NDQ AC runs on the high cool setting while using 11-12 amps. We routinely run the microwave and sometimes the coffee maker while the AC is on without tripping a breaker. Winnebago Travato with updated air conditioner.

Thomas D
1 year ago

You never mention the 80% rule.
A 30 amp circuit will allow 24 amps to be used in continuous service. Years ago, Kenmore had a clothes dryer that used 28 amps. More than likely the curcuit breaker would blow if on for a long time.

Pablo Flaifel
1 year ago

The campground voltage also affect the watts you can use, with 120 volts you have 3,600 watts, but if the voltage is 110 volts, you only have 3,300 watts, 300 watts less. In other words, you can run appliances totalling 30 amps with 120 volts, if the voltage is instead 110 volts, you will need 32.7 amps to run same appliances, and breaks will trip. Voltage fluctuates from time to time and from campground to campground.

Bob p
1 year ago

I routinely use the A/C and the microwave, it’s when DW turns on the hair dryer at the same time.