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RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 1, 2021

Issue 1700
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

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” ―William Arthur Ward

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Homemade Cookies Day!

On this day in history: 1908 – Ford Model T automobiles are offered for sale at a price of $825.

Tip of the Day

RV Mods: An access door for your cat or dog

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We’re not sure where to lay our (pardon) paws on any hard statistical information, but if an eyeball survey of RVers carries any weight, a lot of you are traveling with cats. These furry little bed warmers can be welcome traveling companions, but they also come with their own set of issues. For one, where does one install the cat litter box? Some place it in the shower stall – which may not be such a bad location provided the door doesn’t close, locking Fluffy away from her biffy.

At one point, our traveling research rig was a truck camper – a far cry from the space afforded by our full-timing fifth wheel. The idea of having a litter box underfoot in those limited few square feet of floor space was just unthinkable. There was, however, a plethora of space available outside the camper, yet still enclosed by the truck bed, in the wheel well area of the truck. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: You’ll be surprised by these 5 ways to use chewing gum in or around your RV

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2022 Jayco Terrain, which he describes as “grade A in a Class B.” As he reports: “I think Jayco’s going to have quite a hit on their hands with the Terrain, and this really gives them a strong position in the Class B van market. The (optional) graphics, interior design and thoughtful features along with solid specs of their power system show that Jayco has been watching the market and is stepping in, learning how to dance.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Sabre 37FLL fifth wheel? 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, October 1, 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: Tim Nowak of Elkhart, Indiana.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s  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!

Why does my roof AC unit have a rotten egg smell?

Dear Dave,
We are living in a Coachmen in Wyoming while our house is being built. The air in the bedroom when turned on smells like rotten eggs or sewage. We are first-time owners of a camper. We Google and read the books. There is no animal in there. The air is cold. The bedroom has no thermostat; the living area does. No problem in the living area. What do think it could be? Please help us. Thank you. —Cindy Shiflett

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why do I need to keep the shore power cord plugged into the onboard electrical box?

It’s officially October, which means it’s time to pull out your fall decor! We’ll tempt you with this

For good health, exercise … your generator!

From Onan Generators
It may seem strange that not using a machine could cause performance problems, but with RV generators that’s exactly the case. Regular “exercise” is an important part of keeping your generator healthy. Learn more about the best care for diesel and gas generators.

Yesterday’s featured article: Propane safety made simple – Part 1

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Did a close friend or relative recently buy their first RV?

Think about it then tell us here.

Tire ToolAffordable tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.

Quick Tip

Help remembering your license plate number

Every so often you’ll be asked for your RV or car’s license number — some campgrounds ask for it, for example. If you have a problem remembering it, take a photo of the plate with your smartphone and don’t delete it later. You’ll have the photo for a reminder, and perhaps avoid a long walk back to your vehicle to fetch it.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Susan Smith
2007 NuWa Hitchhiker 30 ft.

“Absolutely loved this 5th wheel. The floor plan was perfect for us. The quality of how it was made was fantastic. I can’t say enough about this beautiful 5th wheel. We had to sell it and it broke my heart, as my husband lost his sight and can’t drive anymore. You cannot find quality like this anymore, as we have looked and looked for something smaller.”

Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.

Website of the day

Wild Western Towns in the USA
How many of these incredible Wild West towns have you been to? We’ve been to quite a few, but want to visit them all!

A thing that does all things!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 875This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen. Check it out.

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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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Mind-Blowing Apple Butter Recipe
by Russ Myers from Necedah, WI

Oh, wow! This one brought back some wonderful childhood memories. When I was a little kid, I always enjoyed apple butter on toast when I went to my Aunt Margaret’s. This apple butter tastes like what I remember from then. Package this apple butter in small jars and it would make a great gift for friends and family. This is a really easy recipe to prepare. I used Granny Smith apples. There was a wonderful sweet/tart flavor.

Mmm, this sounds yummy! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Sesame Green Beans

The neatest RV “safe” we’ve ever seen…
Fear losing your keys? There’s no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or RV that thieves can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem. The HitchSafe slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide it with an ordinary-looking dust cover. Read more about it here.


The French word “cahute” means cabin, which morphed into our word “cahoots.” In early America, you were “in cahoots” with somebody if you were camped out together in one shelter.

*What caused several major battle scenes in the movie “Braveheart” to be reshot? It’s a funny answer… Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Grizzly, our 155 lb. Newfoundland, wouldn’t let me shovel under him.” —Mark Rauenswinter

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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!

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11 months ago

Topless chicks… that’s funny!……winner, winner chicken dinner(?)

Richard Hughes
11 months ago

I always get a chuckle when you post a picture of a quarter million dollar coach in the “Is This Your RV” section. I am sure the owner could really use the money.

Gary Smith
11 months ago

The article about Onan generators was good but I would like to see them address propane powered units. Is two hours really necessary or would 30 minutes (under the same load) suffice?

Brian Burry
11 months ago

Grizzly looks like “Hey, what is wrong with you, don’t you like snow?!” He does!😀

11 months ago

Topless Chicks!….. Here comes PETA! 🙂

Lil John
11 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Isn’t that People Eating Tasty Animals?

11 months ago

Topless chicks. O M G I love it! Best one yet.

11 months ago
Reply to  jillie

Yea definitely a keeper #1

11 months ago

Loved the pet of the day and the hot chicks!

11 months ago

I have pictures of the license plates on all cars and rv. I was able to get out of an automated toll fine when I emailed them a photo of my rv that did not match up with the tail lights of their photo. Hard to tell the difference between my 8 and the offenders 6 on the night time picture.

The Lazy Q
11 months ago

Re Quick Tips: I find it easier to use notes on my iPhone to keep track of things to remember. I placed our license plates into notes on our first trip when I had to walk back and get the numbers for check in.

David Telenko
11 months ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

I also use my Notes in my iPhone, not just for the license plate number’s, but for all the info for the MH. Including VIN, height, all filters, all ID numbers, etc. Also both dingy information! This works great for me, I’m sure there are other ways for keeping track of useful information!

Gary Sain
11 months ago

Re: the chick’s. That’s NOT how you make chicken pot pie.

11 months ago

I enjoyed the photo of Grizzly. It reminded me of when I supervised Animal Control. We received a complaint about someone who left their dog outside in all kinds of cold and snowy weather. It does get cold in North Iowa. She investigated and found an older dog asleep on their deck. The owner said he’d given up trying to get his dog to come in out of cold weather. He provided heated water and plenty of food, the dog was happy! The complainant drove by later took a photo and posted it on Facebook exclaiming the cruelty of the owner. You would not believe the language used in the e-mails that came to me, usually from people in the more southern states who may not understand our weather. Did I mention, the dog was a Malamute? 🙂

11 months ago

Re: Website Of The Day. I’ve managed to visit several of the old west towns offered in the article, and seen more than enough gun fight battles. I saw Front Street in Dodge City, KS when it was still a interesting for my kids, but there isn’t much left of it now. Unless you need gas or food, it’s barely worth stopping. Deadwood, SD has evolved into a city-wide casino. If you go, you better be ready for the nonstop dinging of slot machines, even in the restaurants. However, I would go back to Durango, CO in a heartbeat. The train ride to Silverton and back will knock off your socks. Unbelievable scenery, especially when you can see how the rail bed was cut out of the mountainside. I think it’s time to check on an RV park at Durango.

11 months ago
Reply to  Dan

PS – I wish I new of today’s Quick Tip a long time ago. Gonna do that today.

11 months ago
Reply to  Dan

yes i did the silverton to durango and it is a great train ride, if you haven’t and can you have to try the cog railroad at mount washington new hampshire another awsome ride

11 months ago
Reply to  AWH

We did the Mt Washington cog railroad few years ago, agree it is awesome. Make sure your fillings are secure.

Retired Firefighter Tom
11 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Did both during our 35+ years of travel across the US to all 49 states on the continent. Still missed a lot of stuff, though.

11 months ago
Reply to  Dan

To each his own, I guess. We just visited Dodge City, KS 4 days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Boothill Museum and other areas of interest even though some things were closed due to the off season. Sadly, we only had 3 hours to spend and didn’t get through it all. We have visited several of the other areas mentioned also.

11 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

we did the Boot Hill Distillery tour first…never made it to the rest of the stuff…and spent $300 on “takeout”

11 months ago
Reply to  Dan

We did the Silverton ride several years ago; great experience; the coach hostess was a Geologist & did a wonderful job. Very interesting.

Gary Byler
11 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I couldn’t agree more about Durango. We also rode the train and drove to Ouray several times during our stay. We parked our Trailer at a RV Resort a few miles out of town that was magnificent. The back of the unit hung over the edge of the Animas River. It was bliss to sit outside listening to the water and looking at the scenery.o

Bob P
11 months ago

William Arthur Ward was wrong, you can forgive but you’ll never forget.

Tommy Molnar
11 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

True that, Bob.

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

We need to forgive so that we don’t let bad experiences taint our relationships with others. However, forgetting may be very unwise. We should remember and learn from the past or we will repeat the same mistakes. WAW’s rhetoric flows well, but that doesn’t mean his pearls were all wise.