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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 12, 2021

Issue 1641
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

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” ―Paulo Coelho

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Eat Your Jello Day!

On this day in history: 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform for the first time at London’s Marquee Club.

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

Tip of the Day

Let gravity help you dump your black tank. Don’t follow these examples.

It’s much easier and more sanitary when poop runs downhill. Remember the Forrest Gump saying, “Stupid is as stupid does?” It appears some of these hookups could use a lesson. The law of physics exists for our benefit. When gravity does the work for you, why defy it? When you do, it’s much harder to push sludge uphill. So why make the task difficult?

Follow these tips (and not these funny examples) for dumping your sludge.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Holiday Rambler Nautica 34RX diesel pusher. As he reports, “My wife and I got to sit in and try out all the furnishings and appointments of this all-electric coach. We opened and closed doors and cabinets and pushed lots of buttons. Meanwhile, we heard more about what makes this coach unique.” Learn more.

Reviews from this weekend:
Alliance Valor 40V13 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler
• 2021 Beauer 3X Caravan (travel trailer)

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 12, 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: Bonnie Pascucci of Stevensville, Montana, and John Wilkins of Pilesgrove, New Jersey.

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

Quick tip to help prevent air conditioner breaker tripping

By Mike Sokol
With RV air conditioners tripping circuit breakers like crazy with record-breaking heat recently, I’m getting a constant stream of emails and Facebook comments asking what can be done about it. So here’s a tip from our friends at SoftStartRV that can help, and it won’t cost you a dime. (Thanks, Danny, for the tip!) Here’s the tip. (Note from editor: I think the heat got to Mike. He gets a little carried away with clichés.)

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

Is reusable toilet paper a good idea in your RV?

We came across an article recently about what is apparently a hot topic on Twitter and other social media sites — using reusable toilet paper. For RVers, the practice may have a little more relevance than for residents of traditional homes. What do you think? (Includes a poll.)

New insurance product may be a game changer for RVers. Check it out.

Reader poll

Which hardware store do you shop in the most?

Grab your tools and head over here to respond.

Quick Tip

Shoe holder does new tricks!

From reader Mary C.: “I hang a plastic shoe bag with 24 compartments designed for 12 pairs of shoes on the inside of my motorhome bathroom door to contain miscellaneous necessities like batteries, cosmetics, grooming items, medical supplies, etc. Everything is in clear view and immediately accessible.”

Fireproof bagFire-resistant bag keeps valuables safe!
This silicone-coated fire-resistant bag will save your money, documents, jewelry, passport and other valuables from a fire. Its two layers of supreme fire retardant fiberglass material make it resist fire and heat up to 1000 ℉. It’s waterproof, too, so when the hoses arrive, your valuables won’t be harmed. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Save Our Water
While this website promotes sustainability and wise water usage, there are also a ton of helpful articles here about saving and conserving water. Have you ever thought about rainwater harvesting?

RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 15

This week on the podcast, Mark and Julie Bennett, YouTube’s ”RVLove” personalities, help us learn from their hard-won experience, sharing the things they wish they’d known before they started RVing. The RVtravel.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, and RVtravel.com’s RVs: Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

It’s radio on the Internet! Listen to the episode here.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Jogger tracked for 6 minutes by a cougar! Dramatic video
• Are you unintentionally spoiling RVing for others?
• Campground crowding. “I might as well stay home!” and other complaints

OK, friends. THIS is how you enjoy life. THIS is doing things right…

Recipe of the Day

Blueberry Peach Muffins
by Beth Streeter from Easton, PA
The combination of blueberries and peaches isn’t that commonly used like other combinations… but it should be. These muffins are tender and melt in your mouth. What we really loved is that they’re not overly sweet. So, the sweetness from the peaches is noticeable and you taste the slightly tart blueberries. The buttered spiced topping adds just the right amount of sweetness. These are very yummy!

These sound delicious! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Beef Stroganoff Sandwiches
Roasted Shrimp, Corn, Orzo, Lemon and Parsley Salad


In Norse (Scandinavian countries), the name Siri means “a beautiful woman that leads you to victory.” And that she does!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Otis is the best canine camping companion ever! He’s friendly and enjoys chasing the birds and squirrels. He snores like a sailor!” —Warren Carter

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

I had to bring my lizard to the vet. He wouldn’t stop telling jokes and he was really getting on my nerves! The vet looked at him and said, “Oh, this isn’t a lizard. He’s a stand-up chameleon!”

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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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Michael Galvin
2 years ago

Best way to save water is reduce the size of the human population.

Jesse Crouse
2 years ago

Professional Plumber-“The Plumber protects the health of the nation”. The advent of public sanitation, and personal in all situations is why people are on average living 40 years longer. Ask your local hospital about how they do infection control.

Jesse Crouse
2 years ago

Nice assortment of fuses, but don’t forget the one or two odd sizes. Had to run to an Auto store to get a 40 amp for the water heater. And the glass buss fuses- assorted sizes also.

David Telenko
2 years ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Those are JUNK CHINA fuses that were taken off the market, even by Harbor freight. Spend a bit more & get quality Bussmann fuses, I believe an assortment of 42 are around $18.00 + a fuse checker & install tool, but you’ll still need to get those 40 amp ones as they don’t come in that package!

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Hi, David. I sent your email to Mike Sokol this morning, and he asked us to hold those ads until he can check into the product further. So, I pulled the ad from today’s newsletter. Thank you for bringing that to our attention! Have a good night. P.S. The trip to the mountain property was absolutely perfect. Didn’t see any fish, however. 🙂 –Diane aka Mountain Mama

2 years ago

Rain water harvesting – at least three of the houses I lived in as a kid (Illinois) had cisterns for rain water. That’s why houses had gutters. Cistern water was used for the gardens and clothes washing. I currently catch rain water from the roof in a 55 gal drum with faucet and hose at the bottom for plant water and for toilet flushing during power outages. (Hurricane Florida). Use water from dehumidifier to fill the bird bath and plants. Helps to not run the well pump (electric bill) and keep my well from running dry during dry season. Sort of like boondocking, I guess.

2 years ago

Re: Thought of the Day~clearly Paulo Coelho never owned an RV.

2 years ago

Your today’s thought is a rather strange sentiment for an RV publication that depends on money to pull out of the driveway. I guess the courage part comes into play in plunking down the cash to buy an RV.

2 years ago

The Tip of the Day on black tanks makes the Thetford SANICON Turbo 600 the best option you can add to your coach and say good bye to all that gravity flow mess.

Bob p
2 years ago

The ad for the fire resistant bag states it’s waterproof so when the hoses arrive your items stay dry. Apparently the millennials that wrote the ad have never seen a RV fire as there usually is only steel parts left!

2 years ago

Ironic. Today we have an article about saving water and one where people are promoting reusable, washable toilet paper.

Bob p
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Well you don’t have to worry about me turning my gray tank into a black tank as we believe in using DISPOSABLE t.p.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Reusable washable toilet paper…will a terry cloth wash cloth do the job? Let’s reinvent the wheel.

Tony Grigg
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

I was thinking the same thing. ‘Butt’ frankly, that stuff looks like a solution in search of a problem.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Hey, someone is going to make money off it -think of all the potential sales on Etsy – decorative, reusable tp!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
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Judith Castle
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

My thought exactly!

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