Tuesday, October 26, 2021


RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 8, 2021

Issue 1705
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

“Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.” ―Tyler Kent White

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Off-Road Day!

On this day in history: 1645 – Jeanne Mance opens the first lay hospital in North America (Montreal, Canada).

Tip of the Day

(Road) Gators ahead!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Road gators. We’ve all seen them, and often had to dodge them. Those big old ugly chunks of tire tread lurking out there on the interstates and highways of the country. Mostly they just lay there, but sometimes, with a little nudge from a passing vehicle, they fly up in the air and do serious damage to body work and windshields. More often, the unfortunate driver who can’t avoid them hits them and suffers under-body damage, torn up tires of their own, even gashed fuel tanks.

So what’s the best way to deal with an unexpected road gator? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: One very easy fix to keep mice and other freeloaders out of your RV

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Heartland Torque 350 Toy Hauler. Tony writes, “When you’re in this range of fifth wheel toy haulers, you’re likely wanting space for some serious toys. This unit delivers with an 11’ 1” garage at the rear. It’s capable of hauling side-by-sides – thanks, in part, to the 101”-wide trailer body. But what really sets this floor plan apart is the way the living quarters are arranged.” Learn more and take a peek inside.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Thor A.C.E. 27.2? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Lake McConaughey, Nebraska

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 8, 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: Sarah Stranz of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and Melvin Gregory of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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!

The RV’s awning stitching leaks. What can I do?

Dear Dave,
We have a 2016 Rockwood fifth wheel camper. The awning is one of the newer type with the shield that covers the awning when retracted – an improvement, I think. The problem is that the awning is two-piece. A seam runs the length of the awning about a foot off the camper wall. The needle holes leak when it rains and the drops fall off wherever. Is there a product that the seam can be sealed with so it doesn’t leak? Thank you. Keep up the good work. —Herbert

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How do I determine my travel trailer’s R-value?

Video: The Rolls-Royce of the future is INSANE

We… we… we don’t even have words! Look at this thing! The Rolls-Royce of the future (from the year 2035, as the title states) is here, and it couldn’t get any fancier. A custom luggage door, a projected red carpet (this part is really somethin’), a heated umbrella compartment in the door, a silk couch and a robot named Eleanor that drives you around? Sign us up! Now, if only they’d make one that could tow an RV… Check it out! Then take our poll.

Yesterday’s featured article: Can’t hold your water? Bladder tanks tote it to your RV

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you stay more often at public campgrounds or commercial RV parks?

Please tell us here.

You won’t ever want to use this for what it’s meant for because it’s just too cute!

Quick Tip

“Whitening” discolored exterior plastic

Exterior plastic on your RV discolored? Some RVers say if it’s white plastic, try spraying it with water with a little bit of Rit brand blue dye. Be sure to mask off any unaffected areas with shop towels taped into place to keep the solution from drooling down where it shouldn’t.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From John Steinbrenner
2018 Thor Wiindsport 29M

“We absolutely love the outdoor kitchen! At the time we purchased the RV, we weren’t sure the outdoor kitchen was necessary. That being said, as we look to upgrade to a larger Class A, the outdoor kitchen is a must.”

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

Our readers’ 10 favorite products from Amazon in September
The results are in, and we have a new list of the top 10 products you ordered at Amazon.com last month through our affiliate program (where we get a little commission). Most of the products made the list for the first time. Chances are you’ll find something here you think is pretty darn groovy! Check ’em out!

Website of the day

Reserve a campsite at an Oklahoma State Park
Perhaps the solution to crowded campgrounds is getting away from the ones that are the most crowded… Oklahoma might not be at the top of every RVers’ travel bucket list, but it does have plenty of beauty to offer! Book a campsite and see for yourself.

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
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

Apple Burritos
by Agnes Stroud from Goshen, AL

These apple burritos are an easy-to-make fall dessert. They’re a cross between a sopapilla and a mini apple pie. The combination of buttery tortillas mixed with tart and sweet apples is an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

Oh, these sound GOOD. Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Pierogi Casserole

For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)


Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World newspaper introduced the first crossword puzzle on Dec. 21, 1913 — a diamond-shaped puzzle created by an English journalist who called it a “word-cross.” It was later renamed a “crossword puzzle” and became a regular World feature. Other papers soon copied the idea.

*What was bubble wrap originally designed to be? And nope, it wasn’t intended for its current use. Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Rosie, our little Lynx Point Siamese, helping mom on a trip to Florida. She travels everywhere with us.” —Paul Grossmann

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!

Leave here with a laugh

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17 days ago

I would love to see one of these RR’s driven on a Colorado road….and the dump truck following picking up the pieces of the car.

18 days ago

Glad to see an article on Oklahoma State Parks. Yes, we have lots of them. Some in the hilly, wooded areas in the eastern part of the state, and some of them in the rocky hills of the southwest part of the state. Come for a visit!

Dr. Mike
18 days ago

Rolls-Royce of the future–
Yeah, well it looks like some of the Rolls engineers have been working from home a little too long these days.
I have ridden in several Rolls and while the car may look nice, the ride was horrible. If you want to spend the same (or more) on a vehicle and have a ride that is absolutely perfect, then purchase a Bentley.

Flying Spur Mulliner Features | Bentley Motors

18 days ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Totally agree. Having lived in England and driven most all British vehicles the Bentley spur is awesome. The Austin and Morgan are just fun rough sports cars.

Brad G. Hancock NH
18 days ago

Regarding the future Rolls Royce…….Is there base plate and a tow bar system available for this? This would look great being towed behind my rig.

18 days ago

Like luggage, a gentleman will always send his RV ahead.