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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 23, 2021

Issue 1650
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.

Today’s thought

“In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of – moments when we human beings can say ‘I love you,’ ‘I’m proud of you,’ ‘I forgive you,’ ‘I’m grateful for you.’ That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.” ―Fred Rogers

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Ford Motor Company sells its first car.

Tip of the Day

You can do laundry even without a sewer hookup!

By Nanci Dixon
We are lucky to have a washer and dryer onboard. We use it frequently when connected to full hookups. This year, due to poor planning and crowded campgrounds, we moved frequently and seldom had full hookups. Most of the time we had electric hookups, but only sometimes did we have water.

As I watched the laundry basket pile grow taller and taller, I knew we definitely needed to wash at least a few things. We were hooked up to water and I realized that there was enough room in the gray tank to run a load or two of clothes.

How did Nanci know there was enough water to do laundry? Find out in today’s tip.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Set up your RV with money-saving dollar store finds

Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the new Wingamm Oasi Class C (or B+), an Italian RV. As he reports, “Italian RV manufacturer Wingamm is planning to bring their Oasi Class C RVs to the U.S. for the 2022 model year. Based on the front-wheel-drive Dodge Promaster cutaway chassis, the first models to arrive on these shores will be the smallest of the series, the Oasi 540. Wingamm makes a great use case for this camper.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 5 Mars Illusion Minivan Class B? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Bonneville Salt Flats

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 23, 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.

The peace and satisfaction of “living small”

RVer Jimmy Smith reflects on how “living small” in the 100-square-foot RV he shares with his partner, Julianne, has brought him peace and contentment. You will enjoy this short essay.

Yesterday’s featured article: RVs in Japan are a lot different

Using these would be a very mesmerizing experience! We wonder what the marshmallow would look like…

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you have a dash cam on your RV or tow vehicle?

You don’t have to be on camera to tell us here.

Quick Tip

Sunscreen is needed while driving

Okay, you may not think of this as an RV travel tip, but many folks believe they are protected from the sun when they’re in their vehicles, and while most glass does provide some protection, UVA rays can still penetrate through. To keep you and your passengers sunburn-free, don’t forget to apply sunscreen before a long trip in your car, truck or RV. That way, you can all soak up the sun without worry. —From Best RV Tips from

The best kitchen sink strainer – no more odors or clogs!
If you’re unfamiliar with the revolutionary Kitchen SinkShroom, you’ll want to introduce yourself. This popular sink strainer prevents anything from going down your kitchen sink’s drain (in your house or RV). Say goodbye to odors and clogs – the SinkShroom won’t let that happen. Read more about it and its partner, the TubShroom, here, or order one here.

Website of the day

The Best RV Dash Cams in 2021
Speaking of dash cams (today’s poll), here’s a list from RV Hometown of the seven best RV dash cams to buy, and things you should know before buying one. If you’re thinking about getting one, consult this list first.

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.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
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

Shrimp Fajitas for Two
by Anne Hasselbrack from Edgewater, MD

These shrimp fajitas were seasoned to perfection and just the right amount for two people. We love the combination of seasoning… slightly sweet and savory with a little spice. A great recipe for a beginner cook looking to treat someone special to an amazing dinner. You’ll look like a pro!

We are drooling! Get the recipe here, then invite us over for dinner, please!


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


A human uses about 550 liters of pure oxygen per day. That comes out to about 19-cubic-feet. That’s a lot of oxygen!

*Where does the word dumpster come from? The answer is fascinating. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bobby Lee is a 6-year-old very spoiled Jack Russell Terrier. Loves going everywhere with us. Loves his daily 2.5-mile walks. Loves anyone who gives him treats. Thinks he owns the couch in our new Montana.” —Dana McHugill

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!

Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.

Leave here with a laugh

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David Kellebrew
6 months ago

Where can I buy replacement captain chairs for a reasonable price?

6 months ago

I had to send that photo to a friend of mine who has very nosy neighbors. Body bags r us.

6 months ago

19 cubit feet of oxygen per person per day…Considering that there is 48,185,000,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere at the present time, and that plants are constantly recycling carbon dioxide, so that that amount is continually being maintained, the 133,000,000,000 currently being used should be kept in perspective. Of course, RVers should immediately stop operating our unnecessary oxygen guzzling vehicles so that this supply of oxygen can be reserved for the preservation of life.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

It’s either lack of oxygen or your statistics, CeeCee, but I’m feeling dizzy all of a sudden. 😆 Have a good evening. 🙂 –Diane

Thomas D
6 months ago

You cant please everyone. I thought leave with a laugh
was especially funny. Although we have automatic pickup trucks so being too long, they would not pick it up

Joe Malvasi
6 months ago

I liked the article on Dash Cams. I have the Garmin 65W. Great dash cam. I use suction mount and plug into my 12V outlet. This way I can use it in my motorhome when traveling, and my other vehicles when not driving my motorhome.

6 months ago

“Leave here with a laugh” is in very poor taste, especially considering those who lost loved ones.

6 months ago
Reply to  Jopa

Get over yourself.

Karin S.
6 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

Now, now, play nice. No need to bash him/her.

Randall Johnstun
6 months ago
Reply to  Karin S.

We all need to lighten up, smile and laugh at life. Be happy.

6 months ago

Couldn’t agree more.

6 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

Wow, your a joy

6 months ago
Reply to  Jopa


still buying green bananas
6 months ago
Reply to  Jopa

When you lose your sense of humor, it’s over 😤

6 months ago
Reply to  Jopa

I thought it was funny as hell. Someone needs to grow a sense of humor.

6 months ago
Reply to  Gary

It’s not “funny as hell” when people have died from Covid-19 and there is no room at burial/cremation sites to handle all the bodies. Let the sanitation workers think they are picking up the bodies for disposal? There are many things to joke about, but this is not one of them.

6 months ago
Reply to  Jopa

I really am sorry that this triggered pain with you or others. We personally lost two close family members to this terrible virus. The last one was just June 11th.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  BadWolfe

We’re very sorry to hear that, BadWolfe. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. –Diane

Bob p
6 months ago

The trivia about 19 cubic feet of pure oxygen per day, how much air are we breathing to get the 19 cu ft since the air we breathe is only 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% inert gases? How many math geniuses can figure that out? Seems the author couldn’t!

6 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

From a different perspective, public school classroom indoor air quality standards call for one cubic foot of incoming fresh air per student, per minute. Different applications have varying ventilation requirements.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Really? Some government official actually spent money and looked into this? I don’t remember seeing or hearing anything about this when I was in school in the 50’s. I guess nobody cared – and yet here I am still living and breathing.

6 months ago

Sorry guys – the sunscreen tip is ridiculous. UV does NOT penetrate glass. Ask yourself when was the last time you got a sunburn while driving with your windows up!? Please…

6 months ago
Reply to  Don

I was curious about this, so I went to The American Cancer Society states that UVB rays are blocked by windows, but some UVA rays penetrate glass. If you’re near glass exposed to direct sunlight for extended lengths of time, they suggest sunscreen. It doesn’t burn your skin, but can cause damage.

6 months ago

I love “leave here with a laugh”! I think I have a new way of packaging my garbage!

Bob M
6 months ago

When I see a review like your dash cam and it has a button that takes you to Amazon. I don’t trust the authors review or buy the product.

Jeff Arthur
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob M

I’ve owned 5 dash cameras. Failure rate is overwhelming. Company’s backing warranty is nonexistent beyond 90 days ( credit card)

Oh ,and link I tried didn’t work on the Homder camera. After google search didn’t find any for sale. Very suspicious ,but yet doesn’t surprise me

6 months ago

I think today’s thought should be:

“In the eternal…” instead of ” in the external…”

6 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

I thought that as well. Typo!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

I just looked up Fred Rogers’ quote with “external.” That’s how they all came up on the search. I looked it up as “eternal” and they all came up as “external.” So it apparently is correct “as is.” Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane