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RV Daily Tips. Friday, August 20, 2021

Issue 1670
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 so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. ―Norman Vincent Peale

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day!

On this day in history: 1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.

Tip of the Day

A truck stop makes the perfect stop, even overnight

Perhaps you’ve been there … It’s fast approaching dinnertime. Everyone is getting a bit hangry (hungry and angry) and needing to stretch. Face it. You tried to cram too much travel time into one day. What to do first? Get food? Try and find an RV park in the area and hope by some miracle they have a site for your rig? Pull over at the next rest area and try to catch a few winks? Before your fellow travelers get too overwrought, find the nearest truck stop. Yes, you read that right!

Read about all the many benefits of stopping at a truck stop, even overnight!

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Zoning in your brake controller for optimum trailer braking

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Lance 960 Truck Camper. As he reports, “Lance has really positioned itself as a premium brand in the pickup camper market and this new floor plan shows why they continue to have a strong following.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 NeXus Viper 25V B+ Motorhome? If you missed it, you can read it here.

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 20, 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: Donna Ziegler of Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Travel 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 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 column Monday-Saturday he’ll address a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

What is the proper setup of safety chains when towing?

Dear Dave,
When I learned to hook up my camper and now my tow car I was always instructed to cross my safety chains. I see many RVers not doing so. When I ask them about it they respond it is unnecessary. What is the proper setup of safety chains when towing? —Michael

Read Dave’s reply.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does the check engine light come on intermittently? 

The Geezermobile and me: A widower’s journey getting back on the road

By Eric Manchester
Mona died somewhere between hoping and planning. For all our 29 years together, road-tripping was a shared delight. First, in our old Triumph TR6 sports car, then in our succession of minivans to accommodate Mona’s many, complex and worsening health conditions. When it became too painful for Mona to even ride to the grocery store, it seemed that our days being someplace “out there” might be over. New possibilities emerged in 2016 with our acquiring Geezermobile, a 1998 Triple E Commander motorhome. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV Travel reader offers advice about buying an RV

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

When was the last time you visited a museum?

No admission required for entry, just click here and tell us.

A few of our staff members use these and love them. If you’re a swimmer, boater, bather… you’ll appreciate it.

Quick Tip

No more “flyaway” picnic table cloths

“To secure table cloths to picnic tables there are clip on weights and spring clips that don’t fit the thickness of all tables and easily get misplaced. Simple solution: After laying down the table cloth, use a friction tie down strap [aka cargo tie downs] around each end and give a pull. Fits all tables. The table will blow away before the table cloth.” Thanks to Joe Kleinsmith, SFC US Army Retired

“Why I love my RV”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. 

From Matthew Colie
GMC Glacier 23 made in 1973

“She is a complete pleasure to drive, just the right size for the two of us and the two dogs. At about 70 years old (me), and near 50 years old, Chaumière’s maintenance is getting a little tougher than it used to be, but we love her too much to give her up. We usually do about 8k per year in week-long trips, but we have really missed traveling being tied down by the plague. Oh, yes, she is well paid for. And I can do all the maintenance she needs in my own barn at my own pace, and I know it is done right. I have very few things that were not available when she was built, like a microwave, a better galley tap and a CD player.”

Make sure your fridge stays cool all summer
It’s important to check on your fridge – you don’t want it to stop working in the summer heat! Consider purchasing a digital thermometer like this one. This will enable you to check the inside temps of both the fridge and freezer without having to open the doors – letting all that nice cold air escape. (This is especially important if you have medications that must be stored at a specified temp.) Read more tips on keeping your fridge cool here.

Website of the day
This website is a good one to know about. Here you’ll find ways to “get ready” for any disaster such as wildfires, storms, hurricanes, flooding, extreme heat and more.

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.
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Apple Rhubarb Crisp
by Rhonda Wheeler from Warren, MI

Apple crisp is a traditional dessert. This recipe, though, adds rhubarb, which elevates the flavors. The apples are sweet and the rhubarb is lightly tart. Then, the mixture of spices and brown sugar is balanced perfectly. Oatmeal crumble on top is nice and crispy. The tenderness of the fruit and the crunchiness of the topping are a fantastic mix of textures. Easy to make, this is a delicious apple rhubarb crisp.

Our mouths are watering! Get the recipe.


Sewer fitting grip help! Gadget to the rescue! 
If you find the bayonet mounts for your sewer hose connections are getting a bit hard to twist off and on (hate to say it, but it sometimes comes with age), here’s a tool that might help. An adjustable oil filter wrench, made to get a grip around automotive oil filters, can also provide a handy grip and plenty of leverage on the bayonet fitting of your sewer hose, and the termination cap as well. Here’s one we recommend.


The official state question of New Mexico (and yes, that’s a thing, apparently) is “Red or green?” Do you know what it’s asking? We’ll tell you the answer in tomorrow’s Saturday newsletter.

*Where is the most common place in a house or RV where people hide their valuables? Is it a place burglars often look? We told you the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our boys, Tito and Shorty. Chihuahuas. Great travelers.” —David Needham

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!

Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!

Our favorite RV camping guidebooks. Our staff uses these excellent books for research and on our trips.

Leave here with a laugh

Thanks for sending, Mark Schaffler!

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
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1 year ago

We had two chihuahuas and a choodle with us back in 2016 before our one passed away a year later. The one chihuahua kylo ren loved camping. Loved it so much he had to go to other campsites to visit. We ended up nick naming him roaming gnome. He even crashed a wedding one summer. We did not know he disappeared until a woman came up to us and asked if he was ours. No matter how we contained him he still got loose. We have four now, not by choice and our roaming gnome passed away last May but O the memories. As for todays RV? That pop up looks like the one we traded for a trailer in 2016. So glad we made that decision to trade up. Makes it so much easier to set up and start relaxing with a glass of wine watching others trying to get that tent set up and the pop up up.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

GMC 23 motorhome, last time I saw one of those was at the Amarillo KOA in June 2021.
Beautiful !

Shamrock camper
1 year ago

Please note there is only ONE loves that has rv parking with hookups

1 year ago

After reading the trivia I looked up the question to see what it was about. Saw a bigger than life, real looking, picture of red and green chili peppers. And then noticed I was actually smelling them.

1 year ago

Do y’all have to have that pop-up ad for the weekend newsletters pop up TWO times in every issue? I have to “X” it off the screen after reading an article, then back on the main page it pops up again, so I have to clear it off…. again. Extremely frustrating since we already subscribe to both the weekend and weekday newsletters. Just sayin’ . . . . .

Jessica Sarvis
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda

Since we don’t require readers to sign in to use our website we use cookies to track who has seen what, like our popup. If you have cookies blocked in your browser or are using a private browser it won’t know if you have already seen it. Please give our site permission to use cookies in your browser’s privacy settings or stop using a private browser to read our website and that should take care of the issue. Thanks!

1 year ago

Please leave the truck stops for truckers! There are always other places to stay that truckers can’t.

1 year ago

LOVE the pic of the “mature” GMC motor home with Devil’s Tower looking like it’s right in their backyard!!

1 year ago

Trivia answer is red and green is their chili choice and if you want both ask for Christmas. Been there to eat both.

Gary G
1 year ago
Reply to  Crowman

Haven’t been there and new answer, love Mexican food. 😎👍

Terrence Griffin
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary G

It is not Mexican food. It is New Mexican food

Larry Lee
1 year ago

The refrigerator thermometer you have recommended does NOT allow you to check the temp without opening the door as your write-up described. There is no remote sensor. This thermometer sits inside the fridge and can only be read by opening the door and looking at it.
However, there are units on Amazon that do function as you describe and some of them are even cheaper.

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

My favorite.

Indoor temp at the base, sensors: one for the fridge, one for the freezer, and one hanging on the x-chocks to give me the outside temp.

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

This is Amazon putting this ad in. Bad reviews and all. Have seen it several times. Must contact Amazon. Good luck!

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  James Starling

Google is the culprit I believe, according to RV TRAVEL

Roger Marble
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

We use a low cost “Indoor/Outdoor” model from Wallymart. Have it hanging on wall near the refrig. The wireless “outdoor” sender is in bottom (refrig). No more opening the door to learn the refrig temperature or to know if it is working.

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

Ad is inserted by Google

1 year ago

Leave here with a laugh–

I choose both!

Stay safe, Joe

1 year ago

You go! Matt