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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 15, 2021

Issue 1644
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

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National I Love Horses Day!

On this day in history: 1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

Tip of the Day

The 7 C’s of Camping and RVing

Whether you are visiting a state campground or commercial RV park, the camping etiquette guidelines below are meant to enhance your camping and RVing experience.

  • Care: Care how you camp by being considerate of your fellow campers or RVers and use campground manners.
  • Caution: Be cautious in the use of or camping equipment both on the road and at campsites. Improve your camping skills, knowing the right way is the safe way.
  • Courtesy: You are never so sensitive to others as when we are camping and that is why courtesy is so important. Practice politeness because it enhances the camping experience. Respect the privacy of others, control your children, leash and pick up after your dogs.
  • Cleanliness: Be clean in your camping habits and teach your children the importance of cleanliness. Pick up litter no matter who left it and be proud of the campsites you leave behind.
  • Cooperation: Observe the letter and spirit of camping regulations and the rules established to protect your enjoyment of the outdoors. Since camping at its best is sharing, work cooperatively with others to make it better for everyone.
  • Conservation: Protect the environment in which you enjoy camping and help those whose job it is to guard and wisely manage your country’s natural resources. Leave a better outdoors for those who follow us.
  • Common Sense: Apply common sense to every situation knowing that reason, understanding and humor make camping better for you and others.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 5 unique uses for elastic hair ties in an RV

Discount coupons for As Seen on TV products. Some of these are neat!

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Sanctuary 19P 4X4 Class B Van. He thinks this van comes close to being pretty terrific, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. See why in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Palomino Backpack SS-1251 Pop-top Truck Camper? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Mission RV Park El Paso TX

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 15, 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.

What you didn’t know about RV tire pressure

Here’s a great post by Eric Johnson at TechnoRV about tire pressure and tire pressure monitoring systems. He explains how different factors affect tire pressure and how important it is to have a TPMS. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: A campground in the clouds and a slice of pie. Paradise

Use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!
At RVtravel.com 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.

Reader poll

What cell phone provider do you have?

No calling or texting, just tell us here.

Quick Tip

Be prepared to manually retract slideouts

Find out the exact procedures for emergency manual retraction of your slideouts before you need to use them. Write them out in language that you can understand and keep them where you can find them. You probably will never use them, but Boy Scouts have a good motto: Be Prepared! —From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

Website of the day

Best Vet Hospitals in America
This is for your pets, folks, not your favorite veterans. If your pet is sick, has an emergency, or just needs their booster shots, see if you’re near any of these amazing pet hospitals. They’ll take good care of your furbabies!

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 podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com,  and RVtravel’s RVs: Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

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

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Caprese Chicken Stacker With Reduced Balsamic
by Stephanie Beacham from Jacksonville, NC
This recipe is a Caprese salad with a chicken breast added… and the chicken is a yummy addition. It tastes like summer and is a great dish to make with tomatoes and basil when they’re abundant. The balsamic vinegar reduction drizzled on top is slightly thicker than if you didn’t reduce it and adds a pop of sweetness to the dish. The marriage of flavors in this easy dinner is wonderful. Pretty when presented, this is a restaurant-quality meal.

Mmmm, we want this! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: AnnMarie’s Buffalo Chicken Wing Mac and Cheese

Keep your RV fridge from growing mold when your RV is stored. Very clever.


There are more species of oaks on a single hillside on the banks of the Alabama River than anywhere else in the world. The Mobile River Basin makes Alabama home to more species of freshwater fish, mussels, snails, turtles and crawfish (or crayfish) than any other state.

*What do birds do in their dreams? We told you yesterday.

This is something we’d like to sit around the campfire with for a few hours…

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Annie (R) and Jake (L). On guard duty.” —Frank Heim

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

My fitness goal is to get down to what I told the DMV I weigh.

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1 year ago

I camped at Garner last month and actually came across 2 families of campers that met the 7 C’s. It is so nice to camp next to courteous and thoughtful people. Wish there were more campers like those families from Dallas and Sinton and the real treat, they had no undisciplined barking dogs!!!

Gary Byler
1 year ago
Reply to  dcook

I believe people who have experience volunteering as campground hosts definitely meet the 7 C’s. Individuals who spend months or cumulative years enforcing campground, forest and/or park rules have it ingrained into their DNA.

Annita Quiggle
1 year ago

We use Straight Talk from Walmart

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

Common sense? Haven’t seen much of that in the past several years.

1 year ago

When I put down my weight on DL? They gave me the twice over and said nothing.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

Today’s thought is extremely relevant in these times . . .

Roger Becht
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Today’s thought needs a like button as well.

Tom H.
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Agreed! Especially the common sense and cooperation.

1 year ago

Tip of the Day needs a “like” button! 😊

1 year ago
Reply to  Sue


Diane Mc
1 year ago

Ben Franklin quote: 🔥🔥🔥

1 year ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Say what you mean!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Hi, Diane. I’ll bet you meant 3 thumbs up, instead of 3 fires? (Those emojis are too small to see what they are.) Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

The Tip of the Day was great! The 7 C’s of camping. Going to put that to memory!

John Macatee
1 year ago

Oh so current: “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin

1 year ago
Reply to  John Macatee


1 year ago

Don’t mess with Annie and Jake!

1 year ago
Reply to  Kamwick


1 year ago

Quick tip: Can you give me some references on the slide out and stabilizers to manually retract

1 year ago
Reply to  Shon

I assume Lippert in most cases would help.

Jeff Arthur
1 year ago
Reply to  Shon

Google & YouTube are your resources for this information. First you must know exactly what system you have ! They are not all the same . Do your research & don’t count on your dealer to give you correct information.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

Loved the laugh! Might add that a second goal is to never look like my DMV photo. Yikes!

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

HAHA! My DMV photo looks like I’m chewing glass!

1 year ago

Quick Tip: Be prepared also to manually raise your hydraulic jacks.

1 year ago

Mardi Gras started in Mobile. Very family type operation. Come to Mobile for Fat Tuesday.

Thomas D
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Mardi Gras in July? Since when?

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Like everything else this can be credited to………wait for it…….Covid19.

Also. We never miss a chance to party

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Or come for Joe Cain day and stay through Fat Tuesday.