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RV Daily Tips. Monday, August 23, 2021

Issue 1671
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

“Hope is a walk through a flowering meadow. One does not require that it lead anywhere.” —Robert Breault

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

On this day in history: 1904 – The automobile tire chain is patented.

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

Tip of the Day

Duct tape: The incredible universal fixer and 16 ways to use it

By Gail Marsh
My uncle always said, “You can fix just about anything with duct tape.” I can’t believe it took nine years for him to lose his medical license.

Its history is amazing!

There are lots of funny jokes about duct tape; however, duct tape is really pretty amazing! Did you know that duct tape was invented by a woman? Vesta Stoudt, mom of two World War II soldiers, worked packing boxes of ammunition for the war effort. When inspecting the ammo packages, Vesta noticed a flaw. Paper tape was used to seal the boxes. Then the boxes were dipped into wax to make the complete package watertight. Opening these boxes could be problematic. It just took too long, especially when soldiers were under fire. Vesta thought a waterproof tape could seal the boxes better and still allow the boxes to be opened quickly.

Continue reading and see 16 ways to use duct tape you may not have thought of.

Today’s RV preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new The Boulder™ from Colorado Teardrop Campers. As he reports, “This is the first RV I’ve come across specifically designed to assuage those fears of towing with an electric vehicle. Why is that? It can literally charge your electric vehicle.” Learn more.

Reviews from this weekend:
2021 Venture RV Sonic X SN220VRBX Travel Trailer
2021 Keystone CrossRoads Cruiser Aire CR28BH Fifth Wheel

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 23, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Darlene Getchel of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Betty Studzinski of Georgetown, Texas.

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 Dave

Ask DaveDave 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!

Plugging in your RV at home

Dear Dave,
I keep my camper plugged into a 20-amp outlet when it is in the driveway. Before I leave on a camping trip, I attach a charger to be sure the camper battery is as charged as possible. Should I unplug the shore power while using the charger? —John

Read Dave’s answer.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Can my air conditioner filter out wildfire smoke?

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

“Stop dragging my chains around” – Protect 7-way plug and chains

Dear Mike,
What can I do to keep my 7-way trailer plug clean? Seems like there’s no good way to hang it that will keep the rain and dirt out of the contacts. I’ve been putting a plastic lunch bag over it with a rubber band, but that seems like a poor solution. You, of all people, must know of something better. —Belinda from Bugtussle, KY

Read Mike’s answer.

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

Reader poll

Do you carry an air compressor with you to inflate your RV’s tires?

Check their pressure then come tell us here.

Quick Tip

Carry tire balance beads with you, just in case

If you need to have a motorhome tire replaced by a service company “alongside the road” and carry only an unmounted tire, you will face this problem. The service tech can mount your tire, but doesn’t have the equipment to balance the tire in the field. An anonymous reader suggests carrying tire balance beads (available on Amazon) with you in your tool kit. Ask the tech to put them in the tire and you’ll eliminate the need to add another stop for tire balancing. Thanks for keeping us in balance, whoever you are!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Cheryl DeNoi
1983 Apollo Sceptre

“What don’t we love about our unique RV?!?! First off, it was one of 44 ever built, there are only a few on the road today (we tell fellow RVers it’s like spotting a Yeti!), it was custom-built and special ordered and it looks almost as good as the day the first owners, whom we purchased it from, got it. The craftsmanship, inside and out, is beyond compare. We love giving tours of it and telling anyone who asks the history of these unique rigs. In fact, we wouldn’t trade it in even if we won a huge lottery, that’s how much we love our Apollo Sceptre!”

Oh, this is sneaky. Veryyyyyy sneaky. However, this would be perfect for crowded tourist attractions!

Website of the day

34 Best Fall Vacations In The US: Take Your Pick
This list from Texas Breaking will give you some fall-spiration! How many of these places have you been to? And how many of these places have you been to during fall? Time to plan a trip! Podcast Episode 21

“Drive through” your campsite virtually before you get there … on the podcast. Brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and

Listen to a 20-second clip of the episode.

Listen to the full episode here.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Why you should NOT refill disposable propane cylinders, with an exception
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Recipe of the Day

Outrageous Cuban Sandwich with Mojo Sauce
by Barbara Miller from Oakdale, MN
The layers of flavors in this sandwich were really good. I just loved this mojo sauce. And the pickles and onions added the perfect amount of crunch.

It’s National Cuban Sandwich Day, remember? Here’s your chance to celebrate! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Onions and Cheese Sandwich
Buttermilk Fried Chicken With Spicy Honey Drizzle

Prevent blisters with this anti-blister balm
Judging by the thousands of reviews, this BodyGlide Anti-Blister Balm really works! It’s easy to use – simply apply this to places on your foot you’re prone to getting blisters before putting on your shoes. Use it daily with new shoes to break them in. No more blisters, no more rubbing! It’s infused with vitamin A and C, which helps soften and restore your skin. Learn more or order.


What was the first TV show on air that showed a toilet? Was it Honeymooners, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy or The Brady Bunch? It was Leave it to Beaver! The Brady Bunch did let the audience see into their family bathroom in one episode, however, no toilet was shown. The sound of a toilet being flushed wasn’t heard on TV until an episode of All in the Family.

(Thanks for sending this “crappy” trivia, Tom Hart!)

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“‘A Day In the Life’ — My pooches doing what they do best. Black dog clockwise, Alex, Fleur, Rollo.” —Chris Mead

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!

Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource

By far the coolest bottle opener for RVers!
Look at this adorable vintage trailer bottle opener! You’d be the star of the campground if you opened everyone’s beer or soda with it! It’s a magnet, so you can always find it on your fridge, and it comes in two colors. It would make a great gift too! Learn more or order.

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What is Forrest Gump’s email password?

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5 months ago

Those three look like ours when its time to curl and watch some television.

Brian Burry
5 months ago

Just loved the day in the life of the Pet of the day! So cute, so precious, loved doggies 😊👍🏻

5 months ago

The Website of the dDay has an odd segway into current politics in Texas. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but it has nothing to do with fall trips. Somebody’s bias showing?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray

Huh? Not sure what you’re referring to as the segue (correct spelling), Ray. We listed the website for the suggested fall trips – absolutely nothing political or biased about it. Take care. 🙂 – Diane

Tom H.
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I agree with you, Diane. There’s always junk at the end of a lot of stories, ads/clickbait. To suggest that RV travel would use something like that to push an agenda is quite a stretch! Keep up the good work!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Thanks, Tom. Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Retired Firefighter Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I saw eight ads for a smartphone heart monitor when I first looked at the “34 Fall Vacation Spots”. Going back I now see ads for other junk. It’s not RvTravel putting the ads in, its my Yahoo home page. Pain in the butt. I’ll have to get my son to disable the popup ads. [At 76 I just don’t know how.]

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago

Thanks for the info, Tom. Sometimes we manually put ads on our page (which we have control over), and sometimes the ads are automatically inserted by Google (which we can sometimes block). But if it’s someone else’s website, we don’t have any control over what ads show up on their page. It might be your Yahoo home page, or it might be the auto-inserted ads from Google on whatever website you are looking at. Ugh. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Jeff Craig
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I use the ‘Adblock Plus’ extension for my Chrome browser, so most of the adverts from sites never show up (unless they are on a whitelist like RVtravel is).

Jeff Craig
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray

I’m guessing he was referring to the articles on the ‘Texas Breaking’ website about the shooting and COVID running rampant across the state. Not sure if that’s considered ‘current politics’, (well, to conservatives it probably is) but some would complain that Seattle got the top nod on the list, too.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Hi, Jeff. If we could have gone to another website just for the list of places to visit, we would have, in order to avoid all of their ads and other articles. But since it was their list, this is the only way we could link it. Also, at the top (right above the listing of Seattle 😉 ), it says: “The Best Places to Visit in the Fall — In no particular order, here are the top fall vacations in the United States.” Have a good evening. 🙂 –Diane

Bob M
5 months ago

Rickets Glen state park isn’t in the Pocono’s. It is a beautiful State park.
On the Jayco Owners Forum it was mentioned that if your RV breaks down to call 911 for the police to assist and have the proper type tow vehicle ordered. I feel this is a good idea and may save your life. Last week a 82 year old man driving his class C motorhome broke down 2:00 am on Interstate 84 in NEPA. A fifth wheel dump truck hit his RV killing him and sending his passengers to the hospital. The RV disintegrated except for the Ford chassis. Maybe even get out and site away from the road.

5 months ago

I watched the DeNoi’s video on the transformation of their Apollo Sceptre, it was very interesting. Nice job!

5 months ago
Reply to  Pat

Pat: Where did you find the video? This is indeed an interesting motorhome!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Hi, DW/ND. Here you go: Enjoy. And have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

5 months ago
Reply to  Pat

I also watched the DeNoi’s video and would like to see the rig in person. This motor home looks beautiful inside and out, and is a project of love and shows it. What really burns my feathers is that they can be denied from some RV parks because it’s older than 10 years old! Just doesn’t seem right to me without an owner sending photos but there again I do not like staying at parks like that even though our MH is a 2020!