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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Issue 1643
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

“A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.” ―Amit Ray

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mac & Cheese Day!

On this day in history: 1965 – Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet. The photographs take approximately six hours to be transmitted back to Earth.

Tip of the Day

5 unique uses for elastic hair ties in an RV

By Nanci Dixon
Here are the top five uses for hair ties in an RV. I struggled with clipping cords together with rubber bands, clothespins, and twist ties until I discovered a new use for the elastic hair ties littering our bathroom drawer. Continue reading to see how Nanci makes use of these household essentials.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Are quick-release hose connectors worth having? Oh, yeah! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Palomino Backpack SS-1251 Pop-top Truck Camper. He writes, “I can see this camper making a lot of sense for people. The lower frontal area and lower overall height afforded by the power collapsible top mean easier handling and less of a hit with fuel mileage.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Cherokee Arctic Wolf 3990SUITE Fifth Wheel? 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 14, 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.

A campground in the clouds and a slice of pie. Paradise!

Emily Schneider wrote in telling us about her favorite campground, Campfire Lodgings, outside her favorite place, Asheville, NC. “Four-season camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, minutes from the fabulously hippie city of Asheville, seems like an anomaly. Campfire Lodgings in North Asheville, North Carolina, checks all the boxes.” Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: RVer takes pride in cheating campground reservation system

Reader poll

How organized are you?

Click here and vote, no organizing needed.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

A trick to expand your shower

Feeling “closed in” in the shower? If your shower is equipped with a shower curtain, get a curtain tension rod, mount it a few inches outside the existing shower rod. Run the curtain over the top of the new rod, then back into the shower stall. Gives a few extra inches of space for your shoulders.

Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about it here.

Website of the day

100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways
OK, Midwesterners, it’s your time to shine! Flip through this slideshow and get ready to pack your bags – you’re going to want to visit these beautiful places!

Are you planning to buy an eBike? The Facebook group eBike for RVers is for you!

The podcast
Listen to our recent talk with Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who is an avid RVer. He loves his Airstreams! And more shows are here. Listen as you’re rolling down the highway! You’ll love it!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Is geotagging ruining nature and the outdoor experience?
• New Car Review: 2020 Honda Pilot, can tow up to 5,000 pounds
• An easy tip to keep the motorhome warm on the road (Note: This would work for AC too!)

Since we’re celebrating this today, we think you’ll find this incredibly useful!

Recipe of the Day

AnnMarie’s Buffalo Chicken Wing Mac and Cheese
by AnnMarie Clarke from Sennett, NY
Two of our favorite foods – Buffalo chicken and macaroni and cheese – come together in this delicious comfort food dish. The mac and cheese part is creamy and super cheesy. We love the kick of spice from the Buffalo chicken. You taste the Buffalo flavor in every bite. If you like your Buffalo wings a little spicy, drizzle a bit of extra sauce on top when serving. Your family and friends are going to love this dinner.

Hooooooly cow. We are drooling! Get the recipe.



Birds sing in their dreams. How cute!

*Which country has the highest number of redheads in the world? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Loves to take a ride. Grizzly the Newfoundland.” —Mark Rauenswinter

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!

Wow! This is so handy!
What a great idea! Hook on your steering wheel and you’ll have an instant ergonomic desk. It’s very light, but sturdy enough to support a laptop, lunch or notepad. It mounts quickly on the steering wheel and is easily stowed in the back seat pocket. We love this! Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

A bar in our neighborhood got lots of interesting traffic. Cars swerved into the parking lot, and the drivers would run inside only to reappear minutes later looking confused. One reason might have been the sign outside: “Free Beer, Topless Bartenders, and False Advertising.”

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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Ron T. (@guest_133838)
2 years ago

I was surprised at how many of the 100 Best Midwestern Cities we’ve already been to. Then again we are in Wisconsin and behind the computer the table is covered with maps as we will spend a week in southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa starting the 19th. That’s the organzing/planning me.

Tom Moeller (@guest_133824)
2 years ago

I have noticed adds appearing on rv travel by good Sam owned by camping world.What gives with that?

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Moeller

Hi, Tom. Are you wondering why we run those ads? Or why it says Good Sam is owned by Camping World? If the latter, it’s because Good Sam Enterprises is owned by Camping World Holdings, Inc. Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

Tom Moeller (@guest_133834)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Yes what is your reason for having good Sam as a sponsor advertiser.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Moeller

Oh. That would be Chuck’s department. I’ll send your question to him, since I don’t do anything with advertisers or ads. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Dr. Michael (@guest_133815)
2 years ago

I saw the table on the steering wheel advertised last year.
The comments section was just incredible. There were dozens of comments that would keep you laughing for hours.

Lil John (@guest_133812)
2 years ago

Two thoughts. The poll about organization reminds me of the refrigerator magnet we have. It states “WE PLAN . . GOD LAUGHS” So true!
The steering wheel tray should bring back memories for all the old folks, about when they visited the drive in with car hops. It was great!

JEFFREY ABRAMS (@guest_133807)
2 years ago

Auto sreering wheel tray does not fit pickup trucks steering wheel.

George Pennington (@guest_133792)
2 years ago

Grizzly looks like a Labrador retriever not a Newfoundland!

Julie (@guest_133803)
2 years ago

Agree. Maybe a mix but definitely not just Newfoundland.

cee (@guest_133828)
2 years ago

The head and body are too big for a Lab Retriever. Whatever Grizzly the Newfoundland is mixed with, he looks like a sweetie.

Jeb (@guest_133791)
2 years ago

Birds sing in their dreams. How on earth was that figured out and how much did that bit of trivia cost the tax payer in grant money?

Jeff Johnson (@guest_133802)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

My thought exactly!!

Bob p (@guest_133823)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

This is probably the same person who says dogs only see in black and white, our 10 year old Maltese who has three identical toys except for their color but the blue one is his favorite, he’ll play with the orange one or the brown one but his first choice is blue. Do they pay people to ask these questions of animals and do the animals answer them? Lol

Tommy Molnar (@guest_133917)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Apply for a grant. You never know. The government might just pay you to determine which side of the bed results in better sleep (or some other worthless endeavor).

jillie (@guest_133979)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Sounds like a slow day in the science department

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