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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Issue 1647
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 dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.” ―John Grogan

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fortune Cookie Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile.

Breaking NewsVaccinated Americans will be free to visit Canada again beginning August 9. Read more.

Tip of the Day

The glowing gadget with many uses. You’ll want it for your RV

By Gail Marsh
One of my favorite things about camping is the ability to enjoy the outdoors – especially at night. I love looking up to see the stars, I love listening for owls and other nighttime sounds, and I like walking around the RV camp at night, too. It’s fun to see the hubbub of daytime activities settle down and gradually quiet for the night. I like sitting at a picnic table to feel the nighttime breeze as it cools the daytime temps.

What don’t I like? Having my outdoor porch light shining in my eyes. I also don’t care much for the mass of bugs that the porch light attracts. The problem is that if I don’t have my porch light on, I run the risk of bumping my shin on our RV steps or worse, smacking my head on our RV slide-out! Yes, I can carry a flashlight (if I remember), but I’ve found something much easier: glow-in-the-dark tape!

Check out all the amazing uses for this glowing gadget here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Tips from the experts: Get the most from your AC and heat pump

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4X4 Class B. Tony summarizes, “Combining real off-road prowess, very innovative storage, a huge battery and smart way to recharge that, and a flexible interior, this is one of the better Class B vans I’ve seen. But, more to the point, it’s absolutely clear that the folks at Storyteller Overland actually use these vans and build them as a result of actual off-road back-country use.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Hi-Lo 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 20, 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.

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.

“Redneck” houseboat? Good idea or not?

This was posted on the Texas RV Camping group at Facebook. We’ve heard of barges for rent where you can drive on your RV for a houseboat kind of experience. But, really, is this setup safe? What do you think?

Yesterday’s featured article: See how RVers remodeled their rig. It’s gorgeous! 

Reader poll

Do you view a glass as half full or half empty?

Fill it up and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Driving in dust or smoke? Here’s help

If you must drive in dusty conditions (gravel road, dust storm, etc.), fire up your generator and run ALL of your roof air conditioners while driving over any dusty roads. Doing this will help keep dust from creeping in through any tiny holes. Also, if you find yourself driving through smoky conditions as a result of, for example, wildfires, running your air conditioners will help reduce the smoke and odor inside the RV. Don’t forget to check the filters on the air conditioners later. Thanks to Ron Jones,

HELP! Have you seen this stolen RV?

This 2018 Micro Mini was stolen yesterday morning at 6 a.m. from Tacoma, WA. It was being driven away by a brown truck. WA plates 69348AA.

If you see this trailer, please leave a comment here and we will get in touch with the owners, or call the Tacoma Police Department at (253) 287-4455. Thank you!

We’ve got to get our hands on this! What fun this will be to go through…

Website of the day

7 Great RV Security Systems That Are Worth The Investment
The folks at RVing Know How have brought you this helpful list of the best security systems for RVs. If you don’t have one installed, you might want to consider it. (Especially with so many RV thefts happening these days!) Podcast Episode 16

The breakout star of “Nomadland,” Bob Wells, opens up about making the Academy Award-winning film on this week’s RVtravel podcast. The podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and


Listen to the full podcast 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:

• 44 percent own a boat: most own a speed boat, followed by a kayak or canoe
• 51 percent say they cook dinner from scratch every night or almost every night
• 84 percent are currently married

Recent poll: Do you use special RV toilet paper or a standard brand from the supermarket? See what the majority of RVers use.

Our top 5 best-selling products this month:

• Bureau of Land Management Camping: Directory of 1,142 Camping Areas in 11 States

• Nature’s Willow Bug Bite Balm, Natural Insect Bite, Pain & Itch Relief

• RV Camping in Corps of Engineers Parks: Guide to 644 Campgrounds at 210 Lakes in 34 States

• Southwire Company Neutral-Ground Bonding Plug

• TankTechsRx – RV Holding Tank Treatment & Cleaner

Recipe of the Day

Southern-Style Hush Puppies
by Elaine Bovender from Wilmington, NC
This is a heavenly basic hush puppy recipe. Made with simple ingredients, you taste the sweet goodness of the cornbread. Bits of onion add a little pop of flavor. Just imagine these golden, delicious fried Southern-style hush puppy balls of goodness served alongside your favorite fried fish or shrimp. They’re so tasty you could eat them alone, too.

These do indeed sound heavenly! Get the recipe.



Having trouble making a decision? Ask Siri! Apple’s Assistant, Siri, will flip a coin for you. Just say, “Hey, Siri. Flip a coin.” Decision made!

*Why won’t Canada run out of maple syrup? And no, it has nothing to do with maple trees. Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“This is Chico and his little sister Mila. We are full-time RVers and they have adjusted beautifully to a house on wheels. As you can see they were both trying to drive.” —Colleen and Jim

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!

So cute! Check out all these great toys for your favorite dog (or cat).

Motion-activated LED lights illuminate dark places
Long-time reader Snoopy recommended these lights and we think they’ll come in handy for RVers. Snoopy wrote, “We got tired of finding stuff where it didn’t belong in our dark cabinets above our dinette and sofa. There are three cabinet doors on each side but it was one huge open space. So I made some dividers and painted them white and installed these battery-operated motion-activated LED lights. Works great.”

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DL Jenson
1 year ago

Leave here with a laugh has to be photo shopped~ pretty funny though

1 year ago

I don’t know about motorhomes but if you have a truck slide in camper or tow type trailer, and you travel a lot on dusty roads, turn your front roof vent around and leave it fully open. The wind won’t break it off and there’s clean air up top that will pressurize your RV and keep the dust from filtering in around all the low points. I tell you this from experience. It works.

1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

So you are saying the dusty road dust never gets above 8 or 9 feet? Lol.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

The dust coming from behind your vehicle, would ‘backflow’ above the vehicle, so in theory, Impavid has a point. Now, if they were driving BEHIND someone else, then he’d be Hoovering up all the first vehicles road debris. That said, it seems like a lot of work for little reward, compared to just taking a Swiffer duster to everything.

1 year ago

P.S. When the roof unit is running the fan draws in the dirt which will flow through the condenser fins. You would have to disassemble the cover to clean them.

1 year ago

In either case, the dust would get all over the cooling fins of each unit. It would be much easier to clean the vehicle ac cooling fins than to have to disassemble the roof unit to clean the coils. In both cases, the dirt would lessen the efficiency.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pat

Roof vent doesn’t have cooling fins, only A/C has them.

1 year ago

I asked Siri to flip a coin. She doesn’t understand.

1 year ago
Reply to  SGittle

I asked Siri what was the meaning of life. He (mine’s an Australian dude with a sexy voice) says he doesn’t know.

Joe Allen
1 year ago

Hmm, an RV that creates positive air? Interesting, but it does not happen with air conditioners running! Just an FYI.

1 year ago

About running your AC, your AC will not help as it re-circulates the inside air, it does not bring in out side air and pressurize the RV dust will come in the same AC on or off.

Bob p
1 year ago

I beg to differ on the tip about using your roof a/c in dusty conditions. The a/c is a recirculating system, it doesn’t pressurize the interior creating a blocking effect to keep dust out. Also the statement to check your filters after admits the dust will get inside because the filters are there to clean the inside air. If your dash air has a filter running the a/c on fresh air would tend to create a slight positive pressure inside possibly preventing some dust inside, but the volume of inside airspace is so great compared to the dash air capacity it won’t do much. That’s why running just your dash a/c in a motorhome while traveling only cools the driver/passenger area. The rear will get hot.

Thomas D
1 year ago

Other than keeping windows closed, running your ac provides no positive pressure to keep dust out. No rv ac that I’ve owned provides for outside air to b e added to provide positive air pressure. I’ve always done that because thecoach stays uniformly cool rather than using dash air and warm in the coach.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago

My only comment is- For speedy recovery call Corleone/Brazzi Recovery in New York and make sure you have CASH when you get it back and don’t argue on price.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse