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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Issue 1652
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.

New, innovative way to explore campsites virtually
Now, “drive” through federal campgrounds virtually — just like with Google Street View. Explore campsites from all angles. See one you like? Click and reserve it right on the spot. Watch a demoLearn more.

Today’s thought

“Do the kind of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.” ―Morrie Schwartz

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Crème Brûlée Day!

On this day in history: 1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland.

Tip of the Day

Mini stick-on button lamps are perfect for RV’s dark spaces

By Nanci Dixon
I had seen these mini stick-on LED button battery lamps advertised here on for a while before I decided to try them. Even with all the overhead lights on in the RV, it was hard to see into the cabinets, particularly when trying to read the temperature on thermostats, battery charge rate and even to choose what cap of the day to wear.

When we are boondocking I conserve as much power as possible and hitting the light switch that turns on 12 lights at once just so I can see in a cabinet is not my first choice to preserve power. When I finally got tired of finding a small flashlight to see in the dark cabinet, I decided to try these little lamps. Continue reading to see where Nanci uses the lamps, and what she thinks of them.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Here are some ways RVers are making money on the road. You can do these too! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 195RB Travel Trailer. As he reports, “With so many safety and usability features and a choice of two interiors now, this little trailer might be a really terrific choice for even more buyers. There’s value, a good warranty and this certainly is a good size for couples who don’t necessarily want to haul around something gigantic.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Wayfarer “Walter” Class B van? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

NEW! “Why I love my RV”

Every Monday through Saturday, readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. Today, we hear from readers Jeff Steiner and Judy Pupek. Click here.

Read yesterday’s RV love stories.

Is this your RV?

Oxbow Campground Deering NH

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 27, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tom Westerfield of Box Elder, South Dakota.

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.

Readers’ favorite RV parks and campgrounds. Stayed at any of these?

We asked you: Do you have a favorite RV park or campground? Here are some of your answers, organized by state.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is it safe to leave a deposit with an RV dealer?

Reader poll

Do you like to visit offbeat roadside attractions?

We won’t make you stop to see a dinosaur or a three-headed cow to answer this one. Just come on over and vote here.

Quick Tip

Know your own whereabouts

When you get into a new RV park or boondock site, it’s not a bad idea to jot down information on your location, including site number, park phone number, GPS coordinates, etc. If an emergency pops up during your stay, this information might pop out of your mind. A small dry-erase board mounted where you can easily find it makes a great place for this critical information.

Website of the day

For those of you who enjoy going to festivals (music, food, cultural, historical, seasonal, film, etc.), this website is for you. Everfest lists every upcoming festival around the country – search by festival or category. If the dates aren’t listed, copy the festival to Google and you’ll see the dates there.

We’re actually quite surprised at the number of good reviews these have. We didn’t think anyone would use them but we’ve been proven wrong! Would you? 

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:

• 41 percent go for at least one walk every day
• 32 percent of grandparents have six or more grandkids
• If they were standing in front of a roller coaster right at this moment, 37 percent would hop right on and ride it

Recent poll: Are you watching the Tokyo Summer Olympics? 

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Steak and Veggies Tacos
by Joann Gough-Stallbaumer from Lenexa, KS

Nearly every element of these steak tacos is grilled. A fantastic dinner option when you don’t want to turn on the oven. The steak is tender, hearty, and full of flavor from the marinade. It’s a wonderful complement to the caramelized red onion and tangy grilled tomatillos. Crumbled queso fresco and sliced avocado add a bit of creaminess to every bite. Be prepared to make a full taco bar. You and your family will not be able to eat just one.

Grilled steak and veggies? Heck yeah! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: King’s Hawaiian Tuna Melt Supreme

Camco sewer hose wrenchTwo of the best black tank dumpin’ gadgets
Tony Barthel writes: “Dealing with the black tank is one of the least enjoyable parts of the RV lifestyle. When a product comes along that makes the process even a little bit friendlier, I’m in. As such, two Camco products have really made my black tank dealings less miserable and have taken some of the frustration out of parts of this process.” Read more about these two helpful products here 


You know those colorful instant top ramen packs that line grocery store aisles? Well, if you ate instant ramen for every meal, you’d only spend about $140 on food per year. (Your life expectancy may drop though…)

*What happens to your body when you watch someone plunge into ice cold water? Is it possible your body temperature drops, or is that just in your head? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“It’s not a dinosaur eye. It’s my dog Tovah’s nose peeking out from under her bed cover.” —ToriLynn Hinton

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 (or your pet) more than once. Thanks!

The funniest sign for your RV (and a best-seller with readers!). Click here to laugh.

Leave here with a laugh

Imagine you are a car mechanic and are asked by a young woman to get her car unstuck from a garage where it is pinned in an impossible position. You’ll bend over laughing at this classic gag!

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

The RV Geeks

Listen to this week’s podcast

Episode 17: Industry news, sales trends, new RVs, plus international RV travel, tips and advice, bucket list destinations, laughs and insider information behind the scenes at The RVers television show, this week on the podcast. The team behind and in front of the camera, including The RV Geeks, are Scott Linden’s guests this week.

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5 months ago

No grandchildren and don’t see any for a long time, I walk when its not so hot out and depends on the roller coaster.

Jim Collins
5 months ago

Help after 2 long a time we are getting our Jayco Redhawk 29′ ,ready to go back on the road, is it worth it to renew my membership in Good Sam and their extended warranty program

K Ehnisz
5 months ago

Know your own whereabouts – Also know and have the Hwy number and nearest milepost of the road near campsite. Weather watches/warnings etc often refer to a Hwy number and a range of mileposts

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago

Trivia is incorrect! 3 meals a day is 1095 meals. $140 divided by 1095 is 12.7 cents per package! The cheapest I could find is 25 cents per package!

Jay Ray
5 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

You missed the point. No one would ever eat that much Ramen.

5 months ago
Reply to  Jay Ray

You haven’t met my daughter. She could eat ramen until the factory went out of business. We have recipes for ramen. Peanut butter ramen, traditional ramen, shrimp ramen……I think we know where this is going.

Roger V
5 months ago

Great video! Loved watching Candid Camera back in the day.

5 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

They revived it years ago. But you do see it on the cable channels every now and then.

5 months ago

The car brought back memories of High School. On graduation day, a bunch of us lifted ‘Marlene’s’ VW beetle and put it between the columns on the schools entrance. Not only between the columns, but up four steps. The expression on her face and panic in her voice made it worthwhile.
Of course we did bring it back down the steps.

John Macatee
5 months ago

Ha, laugh of the day, candid camera!! Hilarious

D.T. Smith
5 months ago
Reply to  John Macatee

That is the kind of shows we need back instead of the divisive garbage on the T V now.

5 months ago
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David Telenko
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Jim Collins
5 months ago
Reply to  Travis

Completely agree

5 months ago
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