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.
“When you say ‘I’ and ‘my’ too much, you lose the capacity to understand the ‘we’ and ‘our.’” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hot Dog Day! Woohoo!
On this day in history: 1969 – Apollo program: At 02:56 UTC, astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon, followed 19 minutes later by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
Tip of the Day
12 easy RV cleaning tricks with everyday products
There are many ways to clean an RV and many products to do so. Here are 12 easy cleaning tips with everyday household products that you probably already have on hand. Continue reading to see how you can use toothpaste, bug spray, WD-40, olive oil, paintbrushes, newspapers and more to keep your RV sparking clean.
→ Yesterday’s tip of the day: The many uses of glow-in-the-dark Duct Tape in your RV!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Newmar Essex 4551 Class A Diesel Pusher. This rig may be expensive, but are the features and the attention to detail worth it? Tony thinks so. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4X4 Class B? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click 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 21, 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.
You will never see another 5th wheel trailer like this!
A reader sent us this photo of a home-built fifth-wheel setup. It originally appeared on the Facebook page of Camden Trending. One thing nearly everyone agreed on was how cute this is. But are the before and after pictures even of the same van? What do you think?
Yesterday’s featured article: “Redneck” houseboat? Good idea or not?
Stay cool this summer
Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. SoftStartRV makes it possible. No kidding!
Which of these major professional sports do you like to watch the most?
Let’s see what’s most popular with our readers. Tell us.
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Arrive to your destination before sunset
It’s always best to try and arrive at your campground a couple of hours before sunset, as this gives you time to get situated while there is still sunlight available. Arriving after dusk can make it extremely difficult to set up your campsite, and if you show up later in the evening, you could end up causing commotion and bothering other campers who are trying to rest. Research how long it’s expected to take you to get to your destination, and always add in a buffer of an hour or two to account for pit stops and unexpected hold-ups. —From the book Best RV Tips from RVtipofTheDay.com.
Make sure to have this Fire Extinguishing Aerosol in your RV
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Comes in a one- or two-pack. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
If you’re into birdwatching or just enjoy birds in general, you’ll have fun exploring this everything-bird website. You’ll find bird news, birdwatching gear, locations and travel articles, bird identification and much more. Tweet tweet! (That’s how you say “Have fun exploring!” in bird… we think…)
RVtravel.com 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 RVtravel.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and TearDropShop.com.
LISTEN TO A 30-SECOND CLIP OF BOB’S INTERVIEW:
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The description of this should read, “Your small-space hopes and dreams!” Seriously, this is perfect for RVs.
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Recipe of the Day
Louisiana-Style Smothered Pork Chops
by Tammy Raynes from Natchitoches, LA
What a tasty and easy pork chop recipe. Smoky sausage alongside the Louisiana-style veggies really gives this dish a great flavor. Make sure to use a good smoked sausage, similar to andouille, for flavor. The pork chops are tender and melt-in-your-mouth good. Serve over rice with a couple of shakes of hot sauce and green onion for a Louisiana-style dinner.
Oink! These sound delicious! Get the recipe.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Southern-Style Hush Puppies
Easily clean those stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.
Used cars and trucks were 45.2 percent more expensive last month than they were a year before in June 2020, while new cars were only 5.3 percent pricier, according to the Labor Department. —Wall Street Journal
*How can your phone flip a coin for you? It’s easy! Find out how in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Bunny is a rescue dog who loves to travel.”
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
My sister didn’t do as well on her driver’s-ed test as she’d hoped.
It might have had something to
do with how she completed this
sentence on the written exam: “When the ______ is dead, the car won’t start.” She wrote: “Driver.”
—Nathan Hellman, Brooklyn, New York
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