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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Issue 1658
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

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde

Need an excuse to celebrate? Oh, boy! Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

On this day in history: 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the gold medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, as Adolf Hitler watched, disproving to the world audience the Fürher’s notion of the superiority of an Aryan “master race.”

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

Tip of the Day

Be weight- and space-efficient in your RV kitchen

By Adrienne Kristine
No matter how large your rig is or how much storage space you think you have to fill, the weight of what you store can be a problem. Cans and bottles are heavy. Boxes of cereal are bulky and contain air. (“This package is sold by weight, not volume. Contents may have settled during shipment.”) If you remove the cereal and put it in a gallon-sized plastic zipping freezer bag, you have removed the air and can stack the cereal anywhere.

By shopping at brick-and-mortar or online stores that offer bulk food, I can purchase soup mixes, textured vegetable protein, dehydrated vegetables and fruit, cereals, granola, flour, sugar, grains, spices, etc. I order soy-based meat products online from a company in Tennessee (I’m vegetarian). I’ve served soups and stews made from ground or chunk “chicken” and “beef” to my fellow RVers without anyone realizing the dishes contained no animal-based products. A company in California provides organic dehydrated veggies and fruit; you can order online. Read more.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 17 unusual uses for dryer sheets in your RV

Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the new 2022 Alliance Avenue 32RLS Fifth Wheel. He writes, “I see Alliance as being a real competitor to the larger RV companies. The design of these rigs shows some major attention to detail and the use of higher-quality materials puts them a step above the rest. For example, the wall construction on these features an Azdel substrate both inside and out, which means greater resistance to water damage.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Airstream Pottery Barn Special Edition Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Strafford/Lake Winnipesaukee South KOA

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 4, 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.

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 a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

If my slide outs are motor-driven, which part should I lube?

Dear Dave,
My Tiffin slide outs are motor-driven. What do I lube? I have top and bottom tracks and two rollers inside. —Ed
Read Dave’s reply.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: AC unit works, then doesn’t. What gives? Read it here

The truth about Butt Wipes and RV holding tanks

By Emily Woodbury
It was a Tuesday and I got a knock on my door from my trusty (and well-loved) Amazon delivery man. I didn’t think I had ordered anything but, then again, sometimes I forget. I opened the box and saw an army-green box inside. What the…? A 42-pack of Bob’s Butt Wipes. Wow! Just what I’ve always wanted! As much as I can appreciate the importance of butt wipes, I was sure I had not ordered these (I didn’t have that much wine…). Continue reading to find out where this “gift” came from and if they’re “flushable,” as claimed. [You should read this. It’s informative and has a funny ending. 😆 —Diane]

Yesterday’s featured article: How to add an instant bathtub to your shower

“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 Martha Holmes and Rocky Burrous. 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 is your favorite day of the week?

Respond here and see how others responded.

Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy hard book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. Learn more or order.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Beware the age of tires

Tires don’t last forever. The accepted rule is that tires last five years. The industry recommends having tires that are older than five years professionally inspected on a regular basis. Personal experience indicates that it’s probably not worth the risk … get new tires. Is your life, or someone else’s, or the destruction of your RV worth it? Budget for new tires every five years or as needed due to wear. By the way, this is for the tire’s age, NOT the vehicle’s age. The tire age can be determined by referencing the date stamp on the tire. —Chris Dougherty

This is definitely something we never thought we’d need, but after looking at the photos in the review (which sort of made us want to barf…) turns out we might need one

Website of the day

How to Maintain & Extinguish Your Campfire
This helpful and well-designed page on is a great resource. Now more than ever it’s important to know how to build a proper campfire, and once you’re done for the evening, know how to put it out. Podcast Episode 18

How to avoid watching your RV go up in smoke…
… is one topic this week on the podcast. 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

• Every RVer should have one of these portable air compressors
• Caution! Snakes, scorpions and spiders lurk near campgrounds – beware!
• Best RVs of 2021 honored in free, online magazine

Don’t swelter in your RV anymore!
At we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.

Recipe of the Day

Homemade Chicken Hot Pockets
by David Henson from Iuka, IL

Super easy and super tasty! The puff pastry is wonderfully flaky once baked. The shredded chicken filling is super tasty. Enjoy these for lunch, dinner, or a light snack. Easy to make – try experimenting with your favorite fillings.

We’d like someone to heat up one of these for us! Get the recipe.



2017 was the year digital ad spending beat TV ad spending. Are the days of cable TV over? It seems they may be heading that way…

*How many RV technicians are there out there and how many are certified? The number is shocking… Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Buddy loves to travel. Each campground is a new adventure park to explore. He has his own little ‘nest’ to relax as we drive around the country. In the past 6 months, we have traveled over 8,000 miles in 22 states.” —Alan Fires

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!

Temperature gun is “essential equipment” for many RVers
Aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.

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2 years ago

In respect to using tush wipes, a veteran full timer told me he and his wife both use wipes instead of RV toilet paper to prevent black tank issues (no clue how we got into this conversation). He said they use zip lock snack bags and a small flip top wastebasket. They put a plastic grocery bag as a liner in the trash can and put the soiled wipes in the snack bag seal it up and then into the wastebasket with a rotating lid. He said there was no odor whatsoever and when they have access to trash receptacles they pull the plastic grocery bag out, use the handles to tie the bag shut and dispose of it. He said they have been using this procedure for years and have not had problems emptying the black tank.

Leon Worthy
2 years ago

If I keep hitting curbs, I’ll never have to worry about my tires needing replacement due to age/wear…!

2 years ago
Reply to  Leon Worthy

I don’t know if this is your issue, but I got a great tip from an RV salesman on my first try at driving a small motorhome. He said when at an intersection and turning right, drive straight out into the ‘new’ road until your butt is in the new road, then cut the wheels. It’s scary at first but it works and I don’t hit curbs.

Same thing applies if you are low to the ground and see those awful scrape marks on the pavement where trucks and rvs have scraped bottom. Your instinct is to ‘ease’ onto the road at an angle (if you can’t turn around and go elsewhere). But you’re better off to drive straight onto the road and then make your turn, you may not scrape at all.

Lil John
2 years ago

Leave here with a Laugh is great! We refer to ours as a Furryvac.

Jim Gregory
2 years ago

Thank you for adding Dave’s column. Information like this is why I’m a paid subscriber and have been for several years. If you enjoy this newsletter please “subscribe” if you haven’t already done so. I have a small payment automatically sent from my bank account each month. And no, I don’t work for the newsletter🙂

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Gregory

Thank you so much, Jim, for all of your aforementioned support (verbal and otherwise). We appreciate all of the above, and YOU, very much! Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

2 years ago

I have a kitchen Roomba, feline version. She will literally vacuum anything edible from the floor. We refer to her as ‘the stomach’. She also steals cat food from her friends. Upside is no wasted cat food.

2 years ago

Ask Dave column is great again today. The Schwintek system diagram and pics are really nice. Now I have a better idea of what I am lubricating behind the rubber gasket.

Michael Roach
2 years ago

Hey ! I have one of those roomba’s, works quite well as a dishwasher too ! Just kidding.

Joe Malvasi
2 years ago

Wow, now tires are only good for 5 years!! Was 10, then 7, now 5! I agree with professional inspections, but replace every 5 years…..hmmm

Bob p
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Malvasi

It really depends on the manufacturers chemical makeup, and whether you keep your tires covered to protect them from the sun. If we are going to be stopped for more than two days I cover my tires, it takes less that 5 minutes and extends the life of expensive tires.

2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Malvasi

They’re talking about trailer tires of the ST designation, you know China Bombs. Run them any longer and you’ll find out why they said change them.

Bradley Anderson
2 years ago

The “Why I Love My RV” articles are really fun to read. Short and to the point reasons for their appreciations of the coach.
Kudos for starting this column!
I also like the “Ask Dave” columns. Good info to read.

Curt Rissmann
2 years ago

The kitchen roomba is hilarious

Mark Gilley
2 years ago

Every day above ground is a great day. I like them all.

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