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RV Daily Tips. Friday, August 6, 2021

Issue 1660
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

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” —Henry Ford

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Beer Day! Or if you prefer something tamer, it’s also National Root Beer Day.

On this day in history: 1945 – The United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Tip of the Day

Goose gripes: Get ’em out of my campsite!

By Gail Marsh

I like Canada, I just don’t care much for their geese! I understand that Canada geese are unique in many respects: They mate for life; they have at least 13 different calls and begin to communicate with their young even before they hatch from the egg; they’ve been known to travel more than 620 miles in one day. Amazing? Yes. Unique? You bet!

My problem isn’t with all Canada geese. I have an issue with the Canadian geese that have claimed our RV campsite as their personal territory.

So how do you deal with them, stop them from coming back and protect yourself from them? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Gray water tank can smell more than black. Here’s why and what to do about it

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Palomino Revolve EV1 – All-electric travel trailer. What sets these trailers apart is that they’re entirely electric. What does that mean and how do they run? Find out in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Cherokee Wolf Pup 14CC, a tiny but mighty trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Cottonwood – Corps of Engineers, Yankton, SD

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 6, 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.

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!

Two-stage AC not working, and it’s not the thermostat! What will make it work?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2007 Winnebago Journey that has a two-stage basement air conditioner. It has always worked well until now. The second stage is not kicking on. Was told at the service center that 95 percent of the time it is that the thermostat is bad and not calling for the second stage. After spending $181 on a new thermostat, the second stage is still not activating. What else can I check? The first stage is cold but not enough for the summer heat. Thank you in advance. —David
Continue reading for Dave’s diagnosis.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: I’m looking for a sun visor for my RV. What’s the one you use? Read it here. 

Now this is something for Stephen and Sadie (below) could have benefited from! If you own a Fido or Fifi, you’ll absolutely want to click here.

Fifth wheel burns to the ground in 20 minutes. Totally destroyed!

From super reader Steve Barnes: A quarter-mile from our site on BLM land 25 miles from Yuma, AZ, a 38-foot fifth-wheel erupted in fire. … It only took 20 minutes from the start of the fire for it to burn to the ground. It is all fiberglass, plastic and imitation (plastic composites) wood. Read more and see the depressing photos.

Yesterday’s featured article: The award for the RV with the coolest paint job EVER goes to…

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Reader poll

Do you need to work to pay your bills each month?

Respond here and see how others responded.

For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)

“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 Mary Martin and Joe Hicke. 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.

Quick Tip

Be careful backing up

The Insurance Institute for Safety reports children under the age of 5 and adults 70 years and older are more vulnerable to being hurt or killed by a vehicle backing into them than others. A person walking, standing or on a bicycle is also more often hit by a car that is backing up. The driver responsible for the crash is frequently behind the wheel of a van, SUV, pickup truck and sometimes even an RV. Because these vehicles sit higher off the ground, it is more difficult to see someone who is behind them.

Backing up crashes most often happen at slow speeds on non-public roads such as in parking garages, parking lots, residential driveways and alleyways. Fewer happen on public roadways. Be extra careful in campgrounds, where children may be playing and out of sight. To prevent tragedy, get into the habit of looking carefully behind your vehicle before you get in.

Easy way to add water to your batteries!
Never, ever, let your automotive or RV deep cycle batteries run out of water. Here’s a simple way to keep them topped off for maximum performance and long life. Just use this syringe with distilled water. So easy. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Travel Oregon – Scenic Drives
Put an RV trip along the beautiful Oregon Coast on your travel list. It’s unforgettable! Here’s a great resource from Travel Oregon of all the best scenic drives in the state. 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.

Clubs and useful organizations
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill. Deep-clean virtually any surface. Perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. Learn more or order here.

Recipe of the Day

Salisbury Steak Meatballs
by Liz Lanza from Centerville, PA

Definitely add these Salisbury steak meatballs to your dinner rotation. Thanks to onion soup mix and Italian bread crumbs, the meatballs have a nice savory flavor. After simmering in the Crock Pot, the gravy becomes nice and thick. It is great over egg noodles. The flavor combinations are perfect in this recipe with minimal ingredients. Serve with a veggie on the side and this is an easy dinner option.

We are droooooooling. Get the recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Wimpy Mac (Hint: It’s NOT wimpy)


Leo Hirschfield completed the invention of the Tootsie Roll in 1907, after patenting a technique to give the candy its unique texture. He named the candy after his daughter Clara, whose nickname was “Tootsie.”

*If you had to guess the most congested city in the world, what would you guess? And what countries are tied for second place? Read yesterday’s trivia to know which countries you’ll want to avoid driving the RV in…

Keep mice out of your RV
The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sadie is a rescue from a Tennessee shelter who was transferred to Massachusetts. We thought she was a lab mix until we were on a trip in Florida and a guy walking his dog said, ‘That’s a good-looking Plott Hound.’ We had to look it up, but sure enough, she’s a Plott Hound. But I call her my dash hound – you can see why from the picture. When we’re parked she’s always watching for me.” —Stephen Malochleb

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!

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What do you call a fake noodle?
An impasta!

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Phil Atterbery
1 year ago

As far as a battery water servicing device goes, mine may be more practical if the battery bank is hard to see directly from above. A simple spray bottle nozzle with an extended hose placed into the distilled jug. On the nozzle end a 10″ piece of the same hose you used in the bottle. Secure it to the adjustable spray cap. Place tube in battery water hole, squeeze trigger ’till properly serviced.

Gary W.
1 year ago

Joke should be worded “What does a New Yorker call a fake noodle?”

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Or A Bostonian.

Ed D.
1 year ago

Today is International Beer Day, not National Beer Day which is April7.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

It is also National Lighthouse Day as well.

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

Good to know.

Lil John
1 year ago

Your “Quick Tip” is good, but not near complete enough. I teach Driver Education and can tell you that just “looking behind your rig before getting in” is NOT enough. Over 50 children are killed each year by people backing up. The new backup cameras will hopefully bring that number down, but you should:
Turn off any music in the vehicle and roll down a window . . you have to hear!
Constantly check mirrors and windows . . kids are quick.
Back very slowly!!!!
To be completely safe, get someone to watch as you back. Easy to do and the only way
to be completely safe, especially in busy areas like campgrounds.

1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Excellent advice. Thank you.

1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Lil John
You are spot on. I installed a backup camera but I usually have my wife get out anyway and “stand guard” as I back up in occupied areas.
Also helpful when there are over hanging branches that will not show up in camera.

1 year ago

Wife completed a DNA test for our rescue dog. Results came back: 50% Chihuahua, 25% Shih Tzu and 25% blood hound. Our joke is that the company spun a wheel and picked those results. (definitely a Chihuahua, for sure!)
We affectionately call her our 50/50 dog. 50% of the time she is sweet, kind and loving. The other 50% of the time she is a Devil-dog.

1 year ago
Reply to  BadWolfe

There is a new breed of dog called a Rat Chi. Rat Terrier Chihuahua. From what I was told this dog breed has over 20 or more breeds built into this little body. The energy of a jack russell, the leaps and runs of a greyhound and lets just say she is a lover not a fighter. The other three just look at her like where does she get the energy? If I could bottle it I would be a rich woman.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

Pet of the day – we have a Plott Hound mix and she LOVES the dash! Wonderful dogs.

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago

Fresh Cab rodent repellant REALLY works!! I’ve used it for years in 3 different RV’s. I have NEVER had a rodent problem and my house is surrounded by woods. Upon opening up the RV in the spring, I put the “used” Fresh Cab packs in 2 large zip lock bags, combine those with some new fresh packs in the fall.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

We’ve had similar results with Grampa Gus mouse repellent. I use sticky traps with peanut butter bait in my garage and used to get about a mouse a week. This past winter we went south (via RV, of course) for 4.5 months and deployed Gus throughout the house and garage. Upon our return we had ONE bat stuck to a trap and no signs of mice anywhere. As for the bat, I have no idea …