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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, November 4, 2021

Issue 1724
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

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” ―Paulo Coelho

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Men Make Dinner Day! It’s on, gents!

On this day in history: 1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Tutankhamun’s (“King Tut”) tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Tip of the Day

City water inlet regurgitates – Help!

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
I have an issue with the fresh water from my fresh water holding tank shooting out the city water inlet connection when I turn on my freshwater tank pump. There is a trickle of water coming to the faucets. However, when the city water connection is hooked to external water source, everything seems to be OK. Do you know what might be causing this, and can it be corrected fairly easily? Thanks. —Jessie Lynn

Read Chris’ advice.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Basic RV etiquette that isn’t always talked about, but makes all the difference

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Stella Vita, a solar-powered experimental motorhome from the Netherlands. Tony writes, “Dubbed Stella Vita, the project the 22 students came up with was a completely solar-powered RV that has all the features you would expect in a motorhome but without the need for having to ever refuel.” This thing is bizarre-looking but totally cool. Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Grand Design Solitude 380FL? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

High Sierra Music Festival

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, November 4, 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: Mark Stoller of Valley Springs, South Dakota.

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.

Why does my RV smell like sewage after I dump the black tank?

Dear Dave,
We have a 2014 Winnebago Tour. My issue is that when we’re leaving a campsite and dump the black tank, for the first 30 minutes we get a stink from the toilet. I have looked and looked for any possible breaks in the vent pipe and just can’t find anything. We have tried leaving windows open, and tried running the fan (I know that’s a no-no). We have left water in the bowl (and it stays in the bowl for hours). I am out of ideas. Any suggestions? —Jim

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can I insulate my shower skylight?

3-in-one oilOne of the most useful products ever!
How many times has a can of 3-in-One Oil saved your day? It lubricates, cleans and protects against rust and corrosion. Great for wheels, casters, sliding doors, chains, power tools, and external parts of small motors, hinges, nuts and bolts, wheels, fans, and other moving parts. And a can costs less than most hamburgers! Learn more or order.

This pickup truck drives upside-down – no joke!

How about towing your RV with this thing? You’d get stopped so much you’d never make it to your destination! Check it out here, including video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Video: Take a virtual drive in stunning Zion National Park

Reader poll

Do you have a passport? If so, do you carry it with you on your RV travels?

Come get a stamp and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Check your roof

The rainy season upon us. If you have not inspected your RV’s roof lately for possible leaks, do so now. Allowing water into your RV can result in large repair bills if not attended to quickly. Do not take a chance. Inspect today or have a professional check.

If you are in a really, really bad mood today and don’t feel like talking to ANYONE, then maybe this is what you need to help you get through the day. Heaven knows, many of us have days we wish we had this.

Website of the day

Main Street of America: Route 66 attractions state by state
Have you ever driven the entirety of Route 66? If so, you’ve probably been to most, if not all, of these attractions. Still, this list is fun to scroll through.

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:

• 14 percent only dump their RV’s tanks at free dump stations
• 25 percent have not flown on a plane within the last 10 years (only 1 percent have never flown on a plane before!).
• The highest number of voters, 49 percent, have an Android for a cell phone. 46 percent have an iPhone.

Recipe of the Day

Tuna Noodle Casserole
by Marianne Gleason from Cincinnati, OH

This tuna noodle casserole is creamy, savory, and so good. It’s a very classic recipe with a few twists. French onion dip adds a unique and super yummy flavor to the casserole. It adds the flavor of onions without the work of dicing them. The cans of cream of mushroom soup and cheese really give this dish a creamy texture. Quick and easy to throw together, this tuna noodle casserole is a great family meal.

We love Tuna Noodle Casserole, and the twist on this one sounds delicious! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Chicken Joe Wraps

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The first vending machine dispensed holy water. That’s right! A first-century mathematician and engineer, Hero of Alexandria, designed a device that would stop people from stealing holy water from the church. The device was an urn with a hidden mechanism that would dispense holy water as soon as a coin was dropped through a slot.

*Where will you find the busiest airport in the world? Betcha won’t guess it right! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gizmo is a very loving Shih~Tzu with anxiety and abandonment issues. But we love him anyway. Lol.” —Don Clark

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!

Drink the water…anywhere!
We carry our LifeStraw with us everywhere. This little straw filters out 99.99% of bacteria and parasites in any water source. Carry this lightweight lifesaver in your backpack hiking (you won’t have to carry pounds of water, hurting your back), when you travel (sure, you can drink the water in Mexico!) and keep it in the pantry in case there’s ever an emergency or natural disaster. We couldn’t recommend a LifeStraw more. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

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Editor: Emily Woodbury.

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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  1. And I was just complaining that my current project has taken me a week. My wife said, “Why are you trying to eat the whole elephant, slow down.”


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