Tuesday, December 7, 2021


RV Daily Tips. Friday, November 5, 2021

Issue 1725
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

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ―E.E. Cummings

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

On this day in history: 1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.

Tip of the Day

Your RV’s stovetop is disgusting! Here’s how to easily clean it

By Nanci Dixon
I had been avoiding taking our Atwood gas stovetop apart to clean under the vents even though I could easily see how much I needed to. I just couldn’t avert my eyes any longer. When at our motorhome service center, one of the service guys showed me how to slide out the top. Here’s how I cleaned it.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: City water inlet regurgitates – Help! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Heartland Prowler 240RB. As he reports, it’s “a relatively affordable stick-and-tin travel trailer with no slides but a decently livable floor plan.” It has lots of pluses, but Tony was surprised at the price. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Stella Vita, a solar-powered experimental motorhome from the Netherlands? 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, November 5, 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.

What tools should be in my RV’s toolbox?

Dear Dave,
Would you post a list of tools you recommend to be carrtied in a tool kit for a travel trailer. Thank you. —Jack

Read Dave’s (extensive) list here. Did he miss anything?

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does my RV smell like sewage after I dump the black tank?

????? Mystery Product of the Day ???
When the time comes when this saves your day when RVing, we hope you will write us and say “thank you.” The chances are excellent that day will come and, boy, you will be so thankful you have this.

Make that dish drainer do a better job!

Here’s a quick and easy DIY tip to make your dish drainer drain better. Learn how.

Yesterday’s featured article: This pickup truck drives upside-down – no joke! 

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?

Up, up and away! Tell us here.

Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including costly water damage. This Thetford rubber seal lubricant prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight damage. Also use on door and window seals. The mineral oil product acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order.

Quick Tip

Storage tip for small batteries

“Mr. Pinto Bean” offers this addition to your winterization checklist: “With winter closing in and we start winterizing the RV, one important tip I would like to offer. Remove the batteries from all remote [controls] and store the batteries in a small pill bottle your prescription was in. If the batteries leak, the leakage remains inside the bottle, and they are just transparent enough to see what is inside.”

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Richard Davidson
2019 LTV Unity

“Previously owned and loved our 40-foot Mountain Aire but decided to downsize to this 25-footer. Love that I don’t have to tow a vehicle, love that I can stop ANYWHERE I want to and not worry about being able to park, love that I can U-turn at most any intersection, love that I have everything I had in my 40 footer (except a washer/dryer) in a smaller configuration, love that I have enough battery power to boondock anywhere I want, love that washing and waxing takes less than half the time and effort as our previous coach, love how user-friendly and comfortable it is… What’s not to love?”

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

Free 90-day membership to the Dyrt PRO camping app. Its campground directory is superb. Save $$$. Learn more or sign up for free.

Website of the day

50 State Flags of America and the Meaning Behind Them
This fascinating list from Reader’s Digest tells you a little bit about each state’s flag. Some of their stories are very interesting! (Don’t ever say this newsletter doesn’t teach you things!)

Clubs and useful organizations
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Garlic Parmesan Wings
by Mandy Bidwell from Friendship, NY

If you’re a fan of garlic, you need to stop what you’re doing and make these garlic Parmesan chicken wings. They are spicy and garlicky with a hint of Parmesan flavor. We could eat these all day. So good, you’re going to want to make these chicken wings all the time, not just during football season.

Mmm mmm mmm! Sounds good! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole


Amazon is working on a smart refrigerator that will monitor its food supply and even order items that are running low. The plan is that Amazon would not manufacturer the fridge but would link up with an appliance company to preinstall the software. SOURCE: Insider

*Do you know what the first vending machine ever invented dispensed? You’ll never guess! Check yesterday’s trivia for the fascinating answer. 

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Here are my boys relaxing after getting home from an RV adventure. Finny is a Welsh Springer and Annie a Mini-Eskimo.” —Steven Blecic

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!

RV inline tank sanitizerDevice keeps fresh water tank clean
Tony Barthel writes: “The RV Inline Sanitizer is the simplest of solutions. It’s essentially a reservoir in which you put bleach and then use a source hose and a delivery hose to fill your fresh water tank. The sanitizer effectively adds the bleach as you fill the tank. It is truly that simple.” Read more about this nifty device here.

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1 month ago

I need to get organized what with the tools I use for the RV. Why is it after I get the RV cleaned and put to bed I hear of another great idea. I guess I can still get into the RV even after its been put to bed. I guess I will make a list and once we get it ready in April will apply this great idea. A tool chest. Small very small.

Lawrence Neely
1 month ago

smart refidgerator sounds like a dumb idea. My tastes change by the week, so my “supplies” are not consistent every week. Plus with the wife and me, a few of times items go bad before we can finish them. Also, I still go to the store to buy what I need (or figure out what foods I feel like having this week)

1 month ago

What a cheap shot Tony Barthel makes at Cummins without any research in his part. Lousy journalism, if that’s what he would call himself……

Last edited 1 month ago by Engineer
Rob Sorensen
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

I have to agree with you.
When I read his review, and he blames Cummins for a part and a problem they are not supplying, I wondered does he really do any research? Lost a lot of confidence in his reviews.

Tony Barthel(@tony)
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

For the owner of the vehicle it’s a Cummins engine. The owner doesn’t care that Cummins didn’t make the specific part that’s causing problems as Cummins is being sold to the owner as the company making the whole solution.

If you bought an RV with a Ford Godzilla gasoline engine and a supplier-side part that Ford didn’t make failed causing engine problems, you’d blame Ford, right?

I understand supplied systems and the DEF systems in particular are really the issue, but it’s still a Cummins-supplied solution and, as shown in links in the article, Cummins is not stepping up.

So, yeah. It’s Cummins’ problem to deal with and I wouldn’t buy an RV with a Cummins engine until that company steps up and provides a solution.

Tony Grigg
1 month ago

LOVE that guy’s ‘boat’!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Me, too! Wish that was all I had, but NO had to have a Grady-White Overnighter! It is too deep a draft for the waters around here so it sits (in expensive storage) SIGH!!!

Thomas D
1 month ago

If i had to survive on what my wife now cooks I’d be long dead. She did all the cooking for our family until she retired and announced, I’m done, if you want to eat you cook it.
Good deal
We eat what I want, when I want. And I really like cooking but planning isn’t much fun anymore. Its been 30+ years.

1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Boy does that sound like our household. I told the husband to look at recipes we have made in the past and make a grocery list. We have a full freezer and yet to make half of what he wanted to make. O well. Good luck.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Just a quick quiz here. How many of you guys made dinner yesterday?

Thom R
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I am the chef most evenings…

John Macatee
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I did! My famous Burritos! I bbq at least 4 times a week, conjure up the side dishes and yep I love to cook.

Lawrence Neely
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

all the time since I am the cook

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I had already decided to try out a recipe to see how hard it would be to cook it in the RV. I rarely cook at home, so it was a surprise that whoever creates these national days honored me in that manner. I’m pleased to be so recognized.

1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I did.

Megan Edwards
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

This is why we go out to eat a lot. No one wants to cook.

1 month ago

Battery tip is right on target. Don’t forget to check the battery in your smoke detector, it’s that time of the year.

1 month ago
Reply to  tom

Absolutely. Batteries are notorious for leaking and ruining electronic devices.

Tony Grigg
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

I don’t have to check my smoke detector battery. The SOB goes off everytime I make a piece of toast.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Ha! You must have curly hair, Tony. When I was a little girl, my grandma used to say that burned toast would give me curly hair. (Didn’t happen.) Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

FYI (groan) I do love the responses!
Most states now sell only smoke detectors that are sealed and must work for
ten years. Then you throw them away and buy another.
Good idea, since people died because they would not change the batteries.