Tuesday, October 3, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Issue 1723
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.

If you shop at Amazon.com we’d appreciate you using this link. We get an itty bitty commission if you buy something, but they add up and help us pay our bills (including our hard-working writers!).

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Today’s thought

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ―Rumi

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

On this day in history: 1911 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.

Tip of the Day

Basic RV etiquette that isn’t always talked about, but makes all the difference

By Gail Marsh
We all learned the “magic words” as a kid. Do you want a piece of pie? What are the magic words? “Please” and “thank you.” “Magic words” and other proper manners were taught to most of us as we grew up. In the spirit of “never stop learning new things,” I recently learned a few rules of etiquette about RVing that I hadn’t known before. Here they are. (Please. Add to my list. Thank you!)

Yesterday’s tip of the day: This affordable, effective device will track your RV or other items if stolen

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Grand Design Solitude 380FL. As he reports, “I will say this is a very-well-thought-out fifth wheel with a lot of details that just show that someone’s paying attention.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Cherokee Alpha Wolf 28FK? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Check for gas leaks often by using this!
Russ and Tiña De Maris write: “We keep our natural gas leak detector tucked in the door pocket of our tow vehicle so we can check for leaks when we reconnect an LP bottle after filling. We also use it whenever we make up a new connection on a gas line, or ‘think’ we might have a leak. Here’s one you can pick up for a good price with lots of good reviews.”

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, Nov. 3, 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.

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

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.

Can I insulate my shower skylight?

Dear Dave,
The shower skylight in our RV lets in a lot of light and heat in the summer and a lot of cold in the winter. I would like to install a reflective insulation between the two plastic domes. Will this cause any problem? Thank you. —Roger Ewing

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why am I not getting 120-volt power to the water heater?

Video: Take a virtual drive in stunning Zion National Park

Feeling cooped up in these Pandemic times? Here’s something that will lift your spirits and, good or bad, make you yearn to pack up your RV and hit the road – in this case to magnificent Zion National Park. Check out this gorgeous 23-minute video by RVtravel.com reader Mike Fousie.

Yesterday’s featured article: Use the NADA Guide when buying a used RV

Reader poll

Do you know how to use a sewing machine?

Sew us a shirt and tell us here! (Just kidding, you don’t have to sew us a shirt… but it would be nice of you!)

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

No faucet sprayer? Try this

RVs in the low/medium-priced range may not have any type of flexible sprayer on the kitchen sink. Replacing the faucet with a unit that contains a sprayer built into the faucet head is an excellent method for solving the sprayer issue. Purchase one at your local hardware. Since the fittings are standard (like a house) it’s an easy replacement. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Leslie Pederson
2017 VanLeigh Vilano 375FL

“I love how the spaces are divided up a bit and have separate rooms. The laundry is easy to use and the bathroom is large with double sinks. I love all the space in our bedroom.”

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

Website of the day

How the Bigfoot Legend Began
We all know and love Mr. Squatch, but do you know the history behind his famous story? The History Channel tells you everything you need to know (and you don’t have to search for it!).

This is a big dill! For someone who likes these, this might make a great stocking stuffer… or a sandwich stuffer…

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Readers say THIS is the worst kind of road to drive. We offer tips
• Tire pressure gauges lose accuracy over time. Here’s how to check them
• An important guide to getting medical help while on the road

Recipe of the Day

Chicken Joe Wraps
by David Henson from Iuka, IL

Sloppy Joes just got a facelift with this easy dinner recipe. We loved the creative twist on Sloppy Joes. The sauce is delicious mixed with chopped chicken. Placing the filling in a wrap with cheese and grilling creates a tasty sandwich. The sandwich press makes the wrap crunchy and the inside cheesy. Make sure to serve these hot. They’re so good!

This might just be our new favorite recipe… get it here!

See yesterday’s recipe: Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs

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The busiest airport in the world (yup, the entire world) is Atlanta, Georgia. You’d think it would be another airport in a large city, such as New York or London, but nope. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is passenger-for-passenger the busiest airport in the world and has been since 1998. Direct flights from the seven-million-square-foot airport reach all of North America, all of Central America, most of South America, most of Western Europe and parts of Africa, South Korea, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

*What is the top-grossing holiday film of all time? We told you in yesterday’s trivia.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sherman has been camping with us since he was about 4 1/2 months and is now five years. His likes are hiking in the woods and, most of all, the beach. His dislikes are curvy roads and the wheels going over the rumble strips. That is when he parks himself on my lap.” —Leslie Schofield

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!

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.

Leave here with a laugh

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George C
1 year ago

The tip about using residential faucets is right on, but the mention of standard fittings might be a little misleading. Standard residential faucets generally use 3/8″ compression fittings. Our RV (vintage mid-2000s) uses “standard” 1/2″ PEX/pipe thread fittings. Simply compression-to-pipe adapters are commonly available, but an installation may not be as plug-and-play as the trip implies.

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago
Reply to  George C

Yes George, that’s what I noticed when I changed our sink faucet. It came from ETrailer adapted for an RV connection with FIP (ferrourous iron pipe) fittings. Those are straight (not tapered) pipe threads.
I’ve always advised folks to buy components made for RV installation whenever possible. If you can’t, take the old one with you to match up the new one.

Last edited 1 year ago by Phil Atterbery
1 year ago
Reply to  George C

Feeder lines for sink faucets are made in different sizes. If your RV feeder lines don’t fit the residential faucet you buy, it is pretty easy to buy new, flexible, feeder lines with 1/2 inch to 1/2 inch fittings or most any other size you need.

1 year ago

I don’t give reviews either positive or negative. I am not computer savvy enough to find the proper place for the review. I have tried in the past, and it seems that I am always sent to some site I have never heard of, so I just delete it and move on. I don’t text, tweet, like, or follow and I have no desire to begin.

1 year ago

Years ago I purchased 4’ X 8’ sheets of foil backed 1’ insulation and cut panels for my skylights and all windows to keep sun out and heat in when needed. They store behind my couch and are light and easy to use. Tape around the edges keeps them from flaking.

1 year ago

I replaced the typical bathroom faucet with a bar faucet. Now, you can really use the sink.

Scott R. Ellis
1 year ago

The TST TPMS advertisement’s being presented as an article is, uh, well, unethical.

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Unethical??? The intro clearly states that the “article” is about TST and their great custom customer satisfaction.

Leonard Rempel
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Get a life. This is an information newsletter that is supported by advertisers. I just don’t understand why negativity has made it’s way to an RV newsletter. Sheesh.

Al K
1 year ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

This Reply is for Scott:

There wouldn’t need to be any advertising at all in this newsletter if more people stepped up and contributed to it’s production. 96% of those that are reading this take it for granted and freeload. That leaves the remaining 4% of us and the advertising revenue to support their morning read with a cup of Joe. Come on people throw a few dollars a year into the pot! As far as the TST TPMS advertisement I see no harm and I liked it so much bought 6 more for my Dually.

Last edited 1 year ago by Al K
Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Al K

Well said! Freeloading is much too common today. This is a great site, and as a lifelong RVer I can put up with a few bumps.
Donate if you can!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Al K

Thank you very much for your supportive message, Al, as well as your financial support. We appreciate all of the above, and you, very much! Take care. 🙂 –Diane

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

You must be looking at something else, Scott. All I see is the ad for the TST TPMS, not an article. It’s referred to as a “text ad” because there is some text with it. Sorry if it offended you. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane, I even read back thru the newsletter, and as hard as I tried, I could not find anything unethical, aggravating, disappointing, or contrary, to complain about. I guess you will have to try harder in the next news letter. lol Keep on keepin’ on.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Thanks, Kelly. Sometimes those things can be found in the comments, however (and sometimes unfortunately). 🙄 Have a good evening/night. 🙂 –Diane

Scott R. Ellis
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Well, my bad, I guess, folks. I clicked that link expecting a general discussion of TPMSs, and was (obviously) put off to find it was an advertisement for a particular brand. And upon re-reading, well, that was easy enough to do, actually. Print media says “Paid Advertisement” (no matter how small the print) when that’s what it is, and I personally would appreciate a similar gesture here. However, “unethical” was probably too strong, and for that I apologize.

And I get to agree about “freeloaders,” not being one of them.

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