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RV Daily Tips. Monday, August 2, 2021

Issue 1656
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

“We lay there and looked up at the night sky and she told me about stars called blue squares and red swirls and I told her I’d never heard of them. Of course not, she said, the really important stuff they never tell you. You have to imagine it on your own.” ―Brian Andreas

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

On this day in history: 1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

RV bathroom often underrated in buying process

When shopping for an RV, it’s easy to be influenced by advice that you should concentrate on models that provide the appropriate amount of sleeping, dining, meal preparation, storage and closet space for your family. Those aspects are, indeed, important. But while you’re focusing your attention on those areas, don’t allow yourself to neglect features and equipment that could make the difference between being comfortable or miserable on a camping trip.

“Who can forget the frustration expressed by one RVer who examined a motorhome’s toilet compartment and complained, ‘I could do my business there okay, but I’d have to go into the hall for the paperwork.'”

For example, the most underrated area in an RV is the bathroom. First-time buyers tend to ignore the size and features of RV bathrooms, only to learn later that they spend more time in those tiny spaces than they thought they would. Veteran RVers consistently rank bathroom size, location, layout and features as among the most important considerations in their purchase of a new unit.

Continue reading.

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Rockwood Geo Pro 20BHS Travel Trailer. Tony says this trailer is a big deal in a little package. How come? Well, read today’s review and find out!

Reviews from this weekend:
2021 ATC Game Changer 2015 Toy Hauler
CAMI Terra Wind “floaterhome” (yup, it’s also a boat!)

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, August 2, 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 three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Donna Roye of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Steve Hansen of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Lindy Kolthoff of Pittsburg, California.

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.

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

When you DIY, take a picture – it will last longer

Dear Mike,
Looks like I really goofed up and installed my battery terminals backwards. My converter made a pop and let out a puff of smoke. I only had the wires on it for a second, so I’m surprised this happened so quickly. My neighbor says he can replace the fuses in the converter for me, but what do I need to do next time to avoid making this same mistake again? —Dizzy in Duluth

Read Mike’s response with lots of important tips.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Ask DaveNew column: Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club, a one-stop go-to online resource for RV enthusiasts. He is also the owner of Passport Media Creations, which has developed several RV dealer and safety training programs. 

In Dave’s new column Monday-Saturday he’ll address one technical reader question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

Is it better to have the front of the trailer a bit too high or a bit too low?

Dear Dave,
I cannot find a hitch receiver that makes my camper completely level. I have tried five types with different drops. None are right on the money. I finally settled on one that puts the camper an inch higher in the front than if it were completely level. So my question: Is it better to have the front of the trailer a bit too high or a bit too low? —Emma Jean H.
Read Dave’s answer.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Are slide out stabilizers a good idea?

This RV has its very own fire truck

This RV comes with its own fire truck. Or, to be more accurate, we’d have to say the fire truck comes with its own RV. Reader Gary Jones spotted this in Quartzsite, Arizona. Check it out.

“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 Jerry X Shea and Steve Lortie. Click on the link at the bottom of that page for a form where you can tell us why you love YOUR RV! Click here.

Reader poll

What do you usually prefer, a pull-through or back-in campsite?

Either way, drive on in and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Trailer tow ball height

If your tow vehicle is too low or too high, the trailer weight isn’t distributed evenly on the axles, which can lead to damage. Adjust the height of your tow ball so that the trailer is level when hitched to the tow vehicle and on level ground. Your trailer axles will love it, and so will you – it’s much easier walking about in a level rig. Read a more complete explanation in today’s Ask Dave, above.

Get your kicks on, well, you know how it goes… 
The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road is the perfect companion for anyone traveling down Route 66 or who has ever wanted to. Amy Bizzarri, a Route 66 expert, takes you on an inspiring and entertaining journey down America’s most favorite famous road. Along with fascinating history and travel inspiration, the book also includes itineraries so trip planning is a breeze. Learn more or order.

Website of the day
Whether you’re vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, whether you want to be or not… it doesn’t matter. This website has a ton of great information about the COVID vaccine. If you’ve got questions, it has answers. Podcast Episode 18

Keep the shiny side up this week on the podcast. The RV Safety & Education Foundation alerts us to the common goofs we make. The podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and

Listen to the episode here.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Campground Crowding: “A loss of community” among RVers
• The Day It Rained Whale Blubber
• Save your RV slideouts from damage with this amazing tool!

Recipe of the Day

Citrus & Feta Salad, Homemade Honey-Lime Dressing
by Melissa Buchanan-Smith from Clarkston, MI

Yum! This citrus salad is different and delightfully refreshing. With a honey-citrus flavor and a mild Dijon tang, we loved the salad dressing. The mix of greens with sweet clementines and pomegranate seeds is so delicious. Feta cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds add a little salt that balances the sweetness of the fruit. For extra flavor, add grilled chicken to the top for a complete meal. This salad makes healthy taste good.

Mmmm, this sounds delicious! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
Strawberries and Cream Cobbler

If you don’t need to do a whole ____ of _____, this will come in very handy! What are we talking about? Click here and you’ll figure it out.


California was named after a fictional island in a 16th century romance novel. The novel, Las Sergas de Esplandián, describes an island named California ruled by a Queen Calafia. The author, Rodríguez de Montalvo, was thought to have named the novel after the Arabic Khalif or Khalifa, but he may have also been influenced by the term “Califerne” in a French poem, The Song of Roland. When Spanish explorers first discovered California on the Baja Peninsula they thought the peninsula was an island similar to the one described in the novel. They named the land California.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our sweet “co-pilot” Moe. She goes by several names: Moey, Moe Moes, and Mosicle. She is a little rescue dog and loves living with us full-time in our class B van. She knows when it’s time to move on and enjoys exploring each new spot we call home. She’s been the perfect travel companion for us as we explore this beautiful country.” —Joe and Tish Reed

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!

Cut up a whole watermelon in minutes!
This stainless steel watermelon slicer works like magic! If you eat watermelon, you need this! Simply push the tool into the watermelon, and pull out perfectly cubed pieces of this sweet summer treat. It couldn’t be easier. Learn more or order here.

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jillie (@guest_136402)
2 years ago

Speaking of Watermelon….it was revealed to me today that today is national watermelon day…

Kamwick (@guest_136394)
2 years ago

Seeing little Moe is one of the sweetest things this morning!

James (@guest_136382)
2 years ago

Your web site of the day , I say ugh . TMI about covid everywhere I turn

Bill (@guest_136392)
2 years ago
Reply to  James

How can you have tmi on a virus that is disabling or killing thousands of people every month. Please stay at home and help keep RVing safe.

Kamwick (@guest_136395)
2 years ago
Reply to  James

Well, considering that so many are still so ignorant, it’s never “TMI”.
Reality will always intrude…..

Jeff Craig (@guest_136421)
2 years ago
Reply to  James

Yes, everywhere you turn everyone is talking about COVID….
Talking about the people they have lost to the disease.
Talking about how their insurance companies are a nightmare to deal with after a stay in the ICU.
Talking about how common sense has been replaced with anger and partisanship when it comes to protecting themselves and their family.
So, maybe, a review of the facts, so you can help end the pandemic and put this behind us.

Karin S. (@guest_136380)
2 years ago

OMgosh!! The pet of the day, Moe, is soooo dang cute!! Great rescue find. The other nick name of “mosicle” is hilarious.

Tony Grigg (@guest_136353)
2 years ago

STILL no answer to the Brain Teaser from Saturday? I know the answer, but some folks may still be fretting.

Brenda (@guest_136393)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

If I remember from reading yesterday’s newsletter, they fixed the glitch and shared the answer.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Hi, Tony. The answer is in there. If it doesn’t show up for you, you may need to reload the page or try a different server? (I’m not techy, so am not sure.) But if you still can’t see it, here’s the answer: “Black. The man in front knew he and the middle man aren’t both wearing white hats or the man in the back would have known he had a black hat (since there are only two white hats). The man in front also knows the middle man didn’t see him with a white hat because if he did, based on the tallest man’s answer, the middle man would have known he himself was wearing a black hat. So, the man in front knows his hat must be black.” (We don’t want our readers “fretting,” as you say.) Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Tony Grigg (@guest_136411)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks for the update, Diane. I read yesterday’s letter early in the morning and you must have made the correction after that.
BTW- I had already worked out the correct answer on Saturday, but I just wanted to see a confirmation.

Thanks again!

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

You’re welcome, Tony. You’re smart to have figured it out. I just read it through and gave up without trying. (Too much for my 74-year-old brain. 🙄 ) Take care. 🙂 –Diane

John Massengale (@guest_136352)
2 years ago

The fire truck/RV should turn a lot of head when going down the road or pulling into a campground.

John Massengale (@guest_136351)
2 years ago

We messed up with our last motorhome, looked at the bathroom but didn’t try it and now we find it tight quarters.

Dan (@guest_136341)
2 years ago

The link to the website of the day ought to get the keyboards clicking. Bold move.

Engineer (@guest_136337)
2 years ago

Why when I click on a link in this newsletter I then get numerous ads for stuff for sale that has nothing to do with this newsletter? Can this be eliminated?

Karen B. (@guest_136438)
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Just go to the top line where the Aa is and click on reader view

Bill N Stacey (@guest_136332)
2 years ago

Website Of The Day: AmericasFrontlineDoctors dot org….

John (@guest_136387)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill N Stacey

I agree

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill N Stacey

Hi, Bill N Stacey. Here’s an interesting article about America’s Frontline Doctors from The World News Group dated July 31, 2021:
And here’s an article dated July 20, 2021, from The Daily Beast (a news website whose political stance is “non-partisan but not neutral”):
Wikipedia states: “America’s Frontline Doctors is an American right-wing political organization known for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.”
You have a right to your own beliefs, as does everyone. But that doesn’t mean just because you post something at that we agree with what you’re promoting. –Diane

Engineer (@guest_136331)
2 years ago

When I click on this link I get a strange UTube video

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Are slide out stabilizers a good idea?

Emily Woodbury
2 years ago
Reply to  Engineer

Now that is weird! Thanks for letting us know, Engineer. We fixed it! –Emily,

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