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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, September 9, 2021

Issue 1684
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

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Teddy Bear Day!

On this day in history: 1972 – In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.

This incredible coffee mug can be yours!
Wow! What great news!! This coffee mug not only holds your favorite beverage, it shows everyone you’re a proud RVer and a proud fan of And, as we always say, we guarantee your coffee will taste better in this. If not, well, you must have defective taste buds! Design is on both sidesLearn more or order your very own mug!

Email us a photo of you with your mug after it arrives ( We’ll post it!

Tip of the Day

This is a gadget every dumpin’ RVer needs

By Nanci Dixon
I am the designated holding tank flusher and I am constantly working at creating a nice gradual downhill slope for the sewer hose. As we all know, *beep* doesn’t run uphill.

We camp in a number of parks that do not have even ground between the RV and the sewer connection. Even with the standard plastic slinky I end up putting down jack blocks, boards, in an attempt to stretch the hose straight or prevent it from dropping down when dumping.

Enter my new favorite sewer hose support. I found it at a big box hardware store when looking for Grandpa Gus’ mouse repellent (different story) and decided it was worth a try.

See what it is and how it works.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 17 useful ways to use Velcro inside and outside your RV

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Cherokee Wolf Pup 16BHS Black Label. As he reports, “Considering the price of this camper, you really do get a lot of value. There are also some really nice features like the MAXXAIR fan and that really, really fancy shower head. Overall, I can see why Cherokee sells so many of these trailers, especially in the more pedestrian model (as opposed to the fancier Black Label edition). There’s a lot of value here.” Learn more and peek inside.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the updates on the 2022 Keystone Cougar 22MLS? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Did you evacuate your home with your RV because of wildfires or Hurricane Ida? Please tell us about your experience in 250 words or less. We’d like to share some with other readers. Send to – attach a few pics if you have any.

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, September 9, 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 card: Claire Dial of Modesto, California, and Theresa Howell of Rose City, Michigan.

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 DaveAsk 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. Monday-Saturday he answers your technical questions.

How can I repair a leaking PEX water line?

Dear Dave,
What is the best and easiest way to repair a leaking water line made of PEX? And can I buy those fittings at a local hardware store? —Herb

Read Dave’s answer.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does RV’s gas range only work intermittently?

Take a look inside this incredible retro RV!

We’ll bet you a brand-new Airstream that you’ve never seen anything as neat as this before! Arno van der Naald (in Belgium) posted these photos of his RV on the We love Old Campers and Motorhomes Facebook page. He writes, “Here [is] an impression of my ’71 Van Hool. It used to be a city bus in Brussels, Belgium. Built it 5 years ago.” He explains to a commenter that it does indeed run and drive. So cool! [I’m ready for a butterscotch malt, too thick to slurp through the straw! —Diane]

Yesterday’s featured article: RV crime video: A look back at the great L.A. motorhome chase

Reader poll

What are your top reasons for stopping at rest areas?

There could be many reasons, but tell us your’s here.

Quick Tip

High altitude generator tip

When operating your generator at altitudes above 5,000 feet, it may be necessary to make an adjustment to the automatic choke on the generator engine. Learn how to do this before you need to do it. —From Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy.

We LOVE a product with more than one use. This could be your living room’s solemate…

Website of the day

9 U.S. National Parks That Are Better in Fall
National Parks are gorgeous any time of year (no one can argue with that!). But here are 9 parks that are just extra magical in the fall. Check ’em out in this list from Forbes. Podcast Episode 23

Good Sam, Camping World, Let’s Make a Deal? Find out what the owner of all three might do with them, this week on the podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters,, RVtravel’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

Listen to a 40-second clip of the episode.

Listen to the full episode here.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 50 percent say they have a very good first aid kit aboard their RV (and 47 percent have a very basic one).
• 53 percent once smoked cigarettes but do not any more. 4 percent still smoke, and 43 percent never did.
• If given the chance to lose weight, 11 percent say they wouldn’t take it – their weight is just about right!

Recent poll: Fifth wheel owners: Which brand of truck do you use to tow your RV?

Protect yourself from intruders, bears and more!
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Recipe of the Day

Apple Turkey Meatballs
by Susie Price from Bartlett, TN

Meatballs are always popular and this puts a fall twist on them. They’re unique because apples and Dijon mustard are added to the ground turkey. After being baked, the meatballs remain nice and moist. Then they’re coated with a light balsamic glaze that gives the turkey meatballs an amazing sweet and tangy flavor. These make a great appetizer or main dish (serve over long-grain rice).

This sounds like the perfect it’s-almost-fall recipe! Get it here.

See yesterday’s recipe: Chicken Fettuccine With Broccoli


Going to Paris? Which one? There are more than 30 places around the world named “Paris.” There’s a Paris, Arkansas, a Paris, Idaho, a Paris, Maine, a Paris, California, a Paris, Tennessee, a Paris Wisconsin, a Paris, Denmark, a Paris Peak in Antarctica… you get the point. Here’s the full list.

*How many curls are in Shirley Temple’s hair? Is it the same every day? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

Kacee is a white German Shepherd who is nine years old. JJ is two. Both came from Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue in Denver. Kacee was bred as a show dog in Utah, but popped out white and AKC does not recognize white as a breed standard. He was in five other homes before finding us. He was a train wreck and a BIG bully. It took time and patience but he is the best dog. JJ was found on the streets of San Antonio as a small puppy about two months old. She had a bad eye infection while in a high-kill shelter and the doctor had to remove her eye. Now she is our one-eyed monster! Kacee has been in over 20 states while we drag our TT around and JJ is just getting started. Very few people come to our campsites for some reason…” —Gary Machholz

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!

RVT DOGS ON VIDEO! You’ll love this — two minutes of cute dog photos owned by readers. Watch. And they stay tuned for parts two, three, etc.! Coming soon: RVT readers’ cats!

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

Remove ticks easily from people or pets!
This Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing it, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s the safest and easiest way to remove ticks and in just a few seconds. Helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. It’s tick season! Learn more or order.

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Popular t-shirt in Mt. Rushmore area.

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Brian Burry
1 year ago

We are so happy for Kacee and JJ that loving, caring people adopted them! What beautiful and loving dogs they are!!!

Gary Machholz
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Thanks! GSD’s are definitely beautiful and loving. K & J are no exceptions. They are so amazing with our toddler granddaughter and infant grandson it’s incredible. They keep them away from steps and help to keep them from falling off the couch among other things.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Machholz

They are both beautiful! Thank you for taking in a “special needs” puppy and treating her just like any other member of the family! K & J are both really lucky to have you!!!

Gary Machholz
1 year ago
Reply to  Lindalee

Thanks, but we feel lucky they found us!

Stu Mathison
1 year ago

For sewer hose support I use lengths of plastic gutter. I stored my hose in a 4″ pvc pipe slung under the frame of my class A and two sections gutter “nested” with the hose riding inside. I still needed supports and carried blocks of 2×4 and used other “foundlings” for support.

1 year ago
Reply to  Stu Mathison

Use the same for my hose support, but use a homemade support made out of 1/2″ pvc pipe and 3/16″ hard wire. Very adjustable.

1 year ago

All I can say….I’m lovin’ Kacee and JJ! Bless their little hearts!

Gary Machholz
1 year ago
Reply to  Terri

Thanks! We are pretty crazy about them! I have never taken a trip in our current TT without Kacee. He’s been in something like 24 states.
Not so little, though. K goes about 85lbs and J is about 75.

Last edited 1 year ago by Gary Machholz
Pablo Flaifel
1 year ago

Quick Tip that requires you to buy a book to find out the answer is not much of a quick tip.

Sharon L Boehmer
1 year ago
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RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Pablo Flaifel

It wasn’t a question/answer situation, Pablo. It was a suggestion to know how to do that for your particular generator before you get in a position to need it. It would probably be included with your generator’s instructions, in a manual or online. I doubt that the specifics are even in the book that the tip came from, since they could differ by brand, type, etc. We just listed the book because that’s the source of that suggestion. Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Hi Diane,
Can you tell me if the high altitude generator tip is for a propane generator or a gas generator? Thanks.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Denise

Good question, Denise. I have no clue, but I’ll check with a couple of our RV experts to see if they can answer this for you. Sorry I don’t know. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Denise

Hi, Denise. Here’s what RV expert Dave Solberg says about this: “Propane is also affected by high altitude as refrigerators and furnaces have issues due to the thinner air. I know several gensets that offer a replacement orifice for the carb which is fairly easy to install with an allen wrench. Some older Onan gensets did have a high altitude lever on the carb but that was back in the late 80’s and early 90’s.” I’m not sure if that answers your question or not. Maybe it says something in your generator manual or online? Good luck! 🙂 –Diane

Charles Allen
1 year ago

Thank You Dave for the repair information for PEX waterline. The repair looks pretty straight forward. PVC cutter is the perfect tool for the job.

Rock & Tina
1 year ago

Tip of the Day – Read the reviews on Amazon carefully before purchasing the recommended  sewer hose support.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

A friend gave me one (guess he didn’t like it). I tried to use it once and did not like it at all. It has to be straight, and that right there was the major problem. That, and not being long enough in most cases. Yeah, read the reviews on the Amazon link.

1 year ago

Lucky Dog!

Gary Machholz
1 year ago
Reply to  tom

Lucky US!!!!

James 3
1 year ago

#1 reason I stop at a rest area is to use the restroom in my RV. I usually do that when fueling but if needed, the rest area is a safe place to pull over .

Michael L Wallace
1 year ago
Reply to  James 3

I do too but why are Walmarts and their community being so bad for RV one-night stopovers?

Bob p
1 year ago

Most Walmart’s welcome RVers, usually the ones that prohibit them is where there is a campground nearby that has lobbied the local city council to prevent campers from using free facilities, then you call to get a site and they’re full..