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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Issue 1642
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

“Go for it, while you can. I know you have it in you. And I can’t promise you’ll get everything you want, but I can promise nothing will change if you don’t try.” ―J.M. Darhower

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cow Appreciation Day! Mooooooo.

On this day in history: 1956 – The Dartmouth workshop is the first conference on artificial intelligence.

Tip of the Day

Are quick-release hose connectors worth having? Oh, yeah!

By Gail Marsh
Setting up in an unexpected downpour of rain was all it took for quick-release hose connectors to become one of hubby’s favorite RV gadgets. Do you use them?

We’ve put them on our drinking water hose and black water rinse hose, and they really live up to their name! Now it takes no time at all to snap hoses into place without the hassle of getting the threading lined up and tightened so that no water leaks. The quick-release hose connectors are also great when we camp in cold weather. It’s so much easier to snap hoses on than fumble with threaded fittings when your fingers are frozen!

Read more about this must-have gadget here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Let gravity help you dump your black tank. Don’t follow these examples. 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Cherokee Arctic Wolf 3990SUITE Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “Dollar for dollar, this fifth wheel offers a lot of value in a model that could serve some families very well.” And, it sleeps up to eight people! Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Holiday Rambler Nautica 34RX diesel pusher? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Fort Desoto

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 13, 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.

Discount coupons for As Seen on TV products.

RVer takes pride in cheating campground reservation system

We found this on the Facebook group Florida RV Camping. It made us mad. Why do some people think they do not need to play by the rules? Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is reusable toilet paper a good idea in your RV?

Reader poll

Do you have a primary care doctor?

Get your checkup and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Sticky vent lid?

Is it hard to open your roof vent lid? There may be a couple of reasons for this. First, try to open it. If it won’t open, the seal may be stuck. Go up on the roof (or have someone do it for you) and pry up the edges of the vent lid. Careful! The lid may be brittle from UV exposure and break, in which case it will need to be replaced. Once the edges feel free, go down and crank the vent up, or have a helper do it, so you can see under and around the vent lid. If the mechanism is heavily corroded, a spray lubricant may be in order to free it up. If it’s just a little sticky, a regular silicone-type lube will work just fine in the mechanism. If the seal is sticky, apply a seal lubricant and treatment like you would use for your slideout seals. You can use any lubricant or treatment for rubber, but it has to say it’s safe for rubber. Always use any of these products sparingly.

Website of the day

8 U.S. Beach Vacations That Aren’t Budget-Busters
This list of affordable beach towns will have you itching for sand and ocean waves. Get your beach towel ready and head over to these destinations.

Well this will certainly help keep things spic and span… Podcast Episode 15

This week on the RV Travel podcast, Scott Linden talks with Mark and Julie Bennett of RVLove about their brand-new book on “RV Hacks”.  They share their money-saving, anxiety-reducing tips with us first. The RVtravel podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters,,  RVtravel’s RVs: Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

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

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 far away do you store your RV when not using it? 

Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re camped with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. Learn more or order at a special discount.

Recipe of the Day

Potato Salad Deviled Eggs
by Barbara Sprague from Huntington, WV
These unique deviled eggs are delicious! They have the texture of smashed potatoes and the flavor of deviled eggs. The filling is a little thicker than traditional deviled eggs, more like a potato salad (hence the name). Mash the potatoes as much or as little as you like, play with the recipe. A great twist on a traditional recipe. Fun to serve at a summertime cookout.

Mmm mmm mmm! Get the recipe.



Scotland has the highest number of redheads in the world. It is estimated that around 13 percent of the population in the country has red hair. Comparatively, only 1-2 percent of the world’s population are redheads.

*In Scandinavian countries, what does the name Siri mean? 
A.) “A beautiful woman that leads you to victory”
B.) “Someone who helps fishermen”
C.) “The goddess of fire”
Stumped? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Professional photographer says this is the best tripod for RVers
Writer Nanci Dixon was once a professional photographer and has used every type of photography equipment out there. This is the tripod she uses and says is the best for RVers. It’s lightweight, it collapses, and it can be used with a phone or big DSLR camera. Learn more here or buy one for yourself.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our grandkitty, Armani, who visits us often. Normally he stands guard on the dashboard. This picture was taken during his break time.” —Christine DeAbi

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!

If your dog or cat gets hot in the summer, why not buy them a cooling bed? There are tons of options available on Amazon, and Fido and Fifi will thank you!

Leave here with a laugh

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Dr. Michael
1 year ago

The article about beaches left one out. Jekyll Island (in Georgia) is awesome and there is a nice campground. The entire island is a Federal Park.

Link: Jekyll Island, Georgia • Vacation, Conservation, and Education Destination – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Lil John
1 year ago

The fellow that “cheats” on reservations does so because of a mistake the campgrounds make. When an RV’er comes in or calls in a reservation, the reservation should be for the vehicle/trailer, not the person. When the weeks up that RV must go, regardless of who paid the bill. Stated at the campground and on the registration information should make it all legal. Just saying

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Great idea, Lil John! Sounds like a very obvious solution. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

Leave Here With A Laugh… that brainless guy will be tortured for many years to comes, deservedly so.

1 year ago
Reply to  cee

I think it’s funny and his wife probably did too.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Your name suggests you are a male. I doubt she thought that was funny in such a public forum. I think it’s hilarious but I’m not the butt of that joke.

1 year ago

When we retired we named our motorhome “Before”…as my wife says ‘going to where we have never gone BEFORE, meeting friends we have never met BEFORE’. (And I got to name the toad “AFTER”!)
Full timing for 15 years and still going before and after…

1 year ago

I was so excited to purchase the 2pcs Hand-held Groove Gap Cleaning Tools Door Window Track Kitchen Cleaning Brushes BUT the bristles literally fell out with the first use. Thought “OK, maybe a bad batch” but replacement set also fell apart.

Judy Wiemer
1 year ago

We love our ebikes. Ours is made by LECTRIC. Also foldable. I am 68 my husband is 69. These ebikes opened up the world for us.

Dane Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Where did you purchase them ?

Judy Wiemer
1 year ago
Reply to  Dane Smith $999.00 complete with free shipping. The are made in Phoenix. Great bunch of guys.

1 year ago

Pertaining to the hose quick connect. It would be nice if the manufacturers would supply a rubber cap for the end that stays on RV. Dirt and grit gets into the female end and gums up the ball bearings and spring in the connector and the inlet filter. This is more of a problem with Travel Trailers that have the connectors exposed to the elements.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

There is another drawback, the way they are made they restrict the flow of water which in every RV I’ve owned resulted in poor shower quality. When I get into my spot and start the hook up the first thing I check is the water pressure to see if I need to use a pressure regulator. They also restrict flow by the way they are designed.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

I use the male caps. You can get plastic ones from big box stores. This keeps them clean!

1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

I see the convivence, but you still have to screw the female end to the water supply sort of defeats the purpose.

Sharon B
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Glad you mentioned that. I’ll have to be creative and make one.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago

If he thinks he is going to “getup close and personal” after being apart for some time; I suggest he change strategies.