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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Issue 1692
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

“He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.” ―William Blake

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

On this day in history: 2001 – America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by more than 35 network and cable channels, raising more than $200 million for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

Tip of the Day

Carrying an extra water hose can save frustration

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
As RVers, we’re limited on just how much stuff we can carry with us. There’s only so much space in the rig — being piled from floor to ceiling isn’t conducive to moving about freely. But there’s one thing you may want to carry more than one of — a water hose.

Keeping a l-o-n-g water hose in the rig is always a given, particularly if you frequent RV parks with hookups. But a short coupled water hose, just a few feet long, can make life a whole lot easier when on the road. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: It’s time to clean your RV’s roof. Here’s how to do it and what you’ll need

Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the new 2022 r-pod RP-201, a no-slide two-axle trailer. He writes, “I think they’re going to have another big hit on their hands with this offering, especially if there are others like me who have no interest in slide rooms.” Take a first look at this new trailer here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Northwood Arctic Fox 22G? 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, September 21, 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: Preston Tempero of Liberty, Missouri, and David Nestor of Sanford, North Carolina.

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

My fridge doesn’t cool. Can I fix it myself?

Dear Dave,
My propane fridge lights up but does not get cold. It’s likely sat for a long time unused and probably not level. Are there any DIY tricks I can do at home to revitalize my fridge without paying a professional (funds are limited)? —Jason

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why is the sidewall on my trailer “crinkling”?

Our top 5 best-selling “mystery products” this month…
Other RVers love these! 

  1. A space-saving organizer – your drawers will thank you!
  2. As soon as we saw this product we bought it for ourselves. You’ll want it too.
  3. This keeps your RV clean without you doing any work. Love to hear it!
  4. We love brilliant products for the campsite. This is definitely a brilliant product.
  5. This product makes doing a certain job MUCH easier (and much less time-consuming too!).

An RV rental horror story: “I was ripped off by an RV rental scam!”

This comment was left on our Daily Tips Newsletter by Brian Burry. Here’s Brian’s story:
“Before my wife would consider us purchasing an RV, she demanded I rent one (we rented a 31-foot Class C years ago), so I did. I went online and found an RV Share and rented a 40-foot Class A DP for 4 days at a cost of $800 with a $500 deposit up-front. … He said he would deliver to my house in central California so I could drive my wife to Pismo Beach where I rented us a nice RV park space. Then the RV owner asked if I could go ahead and pay him the $800 ahead of time, as his wife needed a minor surgery. ‘Sure,’ I said.” — Oops. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is moisture in tires a bad thing? What about in RV tires?

Reader poll

Overall, do you believe social media has been a blessing or curse to society?

Don’t hide your feelings, tell us here!

Quick Tip

Prepare recipes for the road

Favorite recipes look good for the road? Take a photocopy of them, note the ingredients needed. Next trip, pack the ingredients – and the recipes – in your galley items.

This is one cool puzzle! 
If you’re like a majority of people, you’ve done a puzzle or two (or 10) during the pandemic. If you’re in need of a new one, check this one out. A vintage car with an Airstream on the beach. Puzzles don’t get much cooler – plus the sunset is beautiful! Get one for yourself here. It’s the perfect fall activity!

Website of the day

Oldest National Parks in America
Before you visit this website, take a guess: Which National Park do you think is the oldest? OK, now you can click and find out! Podcast Episode 25

Top-to-bottom inspection you should do before you buy a used RV, this week on the podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters,,, and’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

Listen to the episode.

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:

• 55 percent bought their current RV new, not used.
• 57 percent buy most of their RV parts and accessories from Amazon.
• 18 percent say they were an excellent, near-perfect student in high school.

Recent poll: Do you have an extended warranty on your RV? 

Book a must-have for state park campers!
This recently published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. It’s on sale for a great price right now! Learn more or order.

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Recipe of the Day

Sour Cream Pumpkin Coffee Cake With Pecan Streusel
by Lisa Myrick from Wilmington, NC

This is the ultimate coffee cake for fall and the holiday season. The cake is buttery, tender, and moist. Pumpkin is layered in between the cake and streusel. It is not an overpowering pumpkin flavor. There’s a hint of pumpkin spice but, thanks to the streusel throughout the cake, cinnamon is the more dominant flavor. Once baked, the streusel sprinkled on top is buttery, sugary, crunchy, and delicious.

Well, we weren’t planning on drooling but we are anyway! YUM! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Traci’s Famous New England Clam Chowdahhh

We’ve actually advertised one of these in the past but dang, this one is WAY cooler! And it doesn’t take up any space!


You may have heard this theory before and wondered if it’s true…. It is! Here’s how it works: When you see a flash of lightning, immediately start counting the seconds between the lightning and the thunder clap. Take that number and divide it by five, and that’s how many miles away you are from where the lightning struck.

*Do babies have accents? You’ll have to read yesterday’s trivia to find out this fascinating answer. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We found Jasper as a stray pup at 7 weeks old and she is a true joy in our lives! She loves the adventures of our new RV lifestyle and is a smart and loving co-pilot! Onward!” —Janet Warncke

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!

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

Say goodbye to back pain
As RVers, we spend a lot of time sitting while we drive from place-to-place. These orthopedic memory foam support back and bottom cushions will relieve you from any lower back pain and will instantly improve your posture. The washable covers can be removed, and a breathable mesh will keep the cushions from making you sweat. Look at all those amazing reviews! Click here.

Leave here with a laugh

“Never leave the chair again!”

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Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Never going to buy the ‘Product of the Day’. Opening jars and relocating errant spiders back outside are the main reasons my wife keeps me around….

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

😆 I kept my husband around for a few years because he was the dishwasher. But I’ve been doing my own dishes for 41 years now. Much better arrangement. 😆 I hope you’re enjoying our last, and absolutely gorgeous, day of summer here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Have a good night. 🙂 -Diane

1 year ago

I don’t text, tweet, follow, or like and I get along just fine.

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

I agree with you completely!!!

David Telenko
1 year ago

Todays trivia was very informative, well for me at least. I was taught that the seconds in between the lightning & the thunder was the distance in miles, not divided by 5.
Thanks for the information

1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Same here.

1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

I always counted seconds too. Devide by 5 makes scientific sense though. Speed of sound is about 1100 feet per second. Thats close to 1 fifth of a mile.

Learned something new today

Dr. Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Speed of sound is 767 MPH

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Same here, Snoopy. (74 years of calculating it the incorrect way. Well, once I could count, anyway.) Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Retired Firefighter Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

Sound travels about 740 feet per second at 0 degrees C [that’s a mile in about 5 seconds] and travels a mile in 7 seconds at 20 degrees C. That’s 0 degrees F and about 70 degrees F.

1 year ago

Re: Print recipes for the road. I save them to a PDF file for viewing on computer, tablet, or phone.

1 year ago

So maybe I would have time to do that really cool puzzle while setting on the comfy toilet. But seriously that toilet would be hard to clean.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Travis

If you never have to leave it you’ll never have to clean it, it needs a headrest so you can fall asleep doing your puzzle. Lol

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Wow, that sounds like today’s modern nightmare 😉

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