Tuesday, December 7, 2021


RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Issue 1728
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!).

Today’s thought

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world … would do this, it would change the earth.” ―William Faulkner

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the Marine Corps 246th birthday! Happy Birthday, Marines!

On this day in history: 1775 – The United States Marine Corps is founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia by Samuel Nicholas.

We salute our readers who served (or currently serve) with the Marines. Here’s The Marine Corps Hymn (recorded in 1942):

Tip of the Day

Holding tank tips for the stationary RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
While the term “recreational vehicle” fosters visions of hitting the open road and exploring new sights, new civilizations, we don’t always boldly go where we haven’t gone before. Sometimes we may be “stuck” in the same place for a couple of weeks – even months. Having a “stationary RV” means special care of the black water holding tank. Here are some important tips.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Tips for getting a stinky RV fridge smelling new again

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Cherokee Wolf Pup 18RJB mini toy hauler. Tony writes, “The Cherokee Wolf Pup 18RJB is a small, single-axle toy hauler that packs a decent number of features into an affordable and very towable package.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Opus Camper OP15 overlanding trailer? 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 10, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Mark Bush of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ali Fiddler of Reno, Nevada.

We are discontinuing the contest at the end of November. We’ll have a brand-new contest. This contest will return again after a break.

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’s toilet keep running?

Dear Dave,
My toilet was running and not spraying the bowl when flushing. I have low water pressure in the kitchen sink. Now, the toilet has stopped running all the time, but if you try to rinse the bowl too long it starts it all over again. The shower is okay, but I noticed the sink flow has slowed. What’s going on? —Linda

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can I run a residential fridge on 190w solar panel and a battery?

It’s checkout time, your RV has a problem, won’t move. What to do?

By Chuck Woodbury
I have wondered what would happen if it were time to check out of my site in a packed RV park, but my motorhome had a mechanical problem and it couldn’t move. What if it were a park where every RV space was reserved for every night: somebody was due in your spot later that day? What would you do? Here is a letter I received today that got me thinking about this. Read more then let us know here.

Yesterday’s featured article: What’s better for you: Class C motorhome or Class B van conversion?

Have you ever considered staying overnight in a casino parking lot or RV park? Check out our column, Casino Camping, to learn more and get recommendations from our readers.

Reader poll

Have you taken an ancestry DNA test like 23andMe or AncestryDNA?

Please respond here.

COMPACT ELECTRIC TOASTER. Perfect for the RV. Great gift! Learn more.

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

Easy and neat power cord storage

Carol L. suggests for those who fumble with disorganized charge cords – hit the produce counter! Carol hangs onto those plastic boxes that things like strawberries and blueberries are marketed in, then repurposes them by winding up those cords and putting them in individual boxes. Easy to see what’s in the box without having to untangle it. She also keeps the stored cord near where it will be used. Thanks, Carol!

Ilene L. also has a great idea for storing power cords: “I use plastic ziploc bags. They don’t take up much room and I write on the bag with a marker and can see what the contents are without opening the bag.” Thank you, Ilene!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Jef Boutin
2017 Hi-Line Premier 46

“I love our floor plan! It’s got a spare bedroom in the back for me to use as a hobby room. I build plastic models. My wife closes the door to my ‘room’ and she doesn’t have to see me or my mess!”

Jef, we want to see some of your plastic models! 

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

We didn’t know this existed! This is the sweetest idea! You’ll surely make someone’s day, er month, with this!

Website of the day

101 Ways to Live Sustainably 
This page from Curbed.com is not only informative but also entertaining to look through and well-laid-out. Check it out and make a few small changes in your life.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• 8 tips for cleaning glass shower doors. No more grime or streaks!
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Recipe of the Day

Millie’s Cajun Chicken BLT
by Millie Johnson from Valley Head, AL

It was love at first bite with this delicious chicken BLT. The meat is juicy and full of Cajun spice. We really liked the kick of flavor from the aioli paired with the smoky bacon. The provolone cheese melts nice and gooey. This definitely tastes like a gourmet chicken sandwich you’d pay a fortune for at the deli.

We’d absolutely order this at a deli! Get the recipe here to make it at home.

See yesterday’s recipe: Southern Goulash

Photo Credit: The White House


Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to ever use email during his time in office. Although he was the first president to ever use email, he certainly didn’t use it often (things sure have changed with the invention of Twitter!). At the Wired for Change conference in 2011 Clinton joked, “I sent a grand total of two emails as president, one to our troops in the Adriatic, and one to John Glenn when he was 77 years old in outer space. I figured it was OK if Congress subpoenaed those.” Clinton wanted to send John Glenn an email in space so badly that he borrowed White House physician Robert Darling’s computer, the above pictured Toshiba Satellite, and sent it from Darling’s personal AOL account. Neither the White House nor President Clinton had their own email address at that point.

*How is the sex of an alligator determined? A weird question, but an interesting answer. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Meet Max, our 15-year old who adores squirrels but hates cats. Loves to RV and meet new friends.” —Karl Zinchak

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!

3-in-1 NOAA radio, flashlight and phone charger must-have for RVers
This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe, you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.

Leave here with a laugh

What do you call James Bond taking a bath?
Bubble 07.

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27 days ago

In regards to today’s article about an RVer unable to vacate a spot reserved for another camper: I am scheduled to arrive at specific site at a campground on Dec 5, that campground called and asked if I would be willing to take a different site if my scheduled site is still occupied on Dec 5 and I told her that would be OK. After that I found out the camper unable to vacate the site is a friend of mine! Small world. Several times I have arrived at a campground to find my reserved site occupied, always by a camper able to move but unwilling to do so.

Ron T.
27 days ago

How is the s*x of an alligator determined? I know the answer from yesterday, but my first thought is – Very carefully!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
27 days ago
Reply to  Ron T.

😆 That’s for sure. And our filter bleeped out your word (s ex) from the poll. (I had to add the space or I would have been bleeped too.) Have a great day, Ron. 🙂 –Diane

25 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Maybe the word “gender” wouldn’t be bleeped?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
24 days ago
Reply to  Bonita

That’s true, Bonita. But that wasn’t the word used in the article, where it didn’t get bleeped. Silly filters! Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Thomas D
27 days ago

A recent article in consumer reports said that only 7% of plastic gets recycled.thats too bad but with the mix,how do you make it pure enough for the next product you wish to make. Milk jugs for instance. Do you remove the cap and ring? 2 different plastics. Same with water bottles. 2different materials.
New,virgin material costs less.
Its all about cost. Period.
One country in Europe burns everything and also take the neighbors trash too. Makes electricity and steam for heating. Technology exists to have clean exhaust. We in the Usa could do better.

27 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Agreed. Way back when: “save a tree, use plastic bags rather than paper”. What a crock. Paper comes from renewable forests, like corn, wheat, etc., and it biodegrades in weeks. My theory is: Melt ALL plastic into square yard bundles and store it in vacant mines and one day science will discover how to use it. It came from oil and maybe one day will be able to be converted back to oil, or other useful products and we won’t have to drill thousands of feet to find it. We can go in and get it with ELECTRIC fork lifts. If nothin else it will be stored like nuclear waste rather than killing ocean life.

27 days ago

Charge cords. I wrap a colored label around the cord with the appropriate name, and put a piece of the same color on the matching device. Use as many different colors as you can. Tried this on an overseas trip – FANTASTIC! Been using it ever since.

27 days ago

What happened to all the people who sent in pics from the very beginning. I’ve heard and seen that they haven’t seen theirs, nor have I seen ours. I’m disappointed that this is being discontinued. I really look forward to it every day. It also keeps me reading it regularly and not missing a day or playing catch-up.

27 days ago
Reply to  SuePen

Also don’t see the point of RV Travel including pictures they have taken of RVs…those people may not even read/know about the newsletter.

27 days ago
Reply to  Linda

SuePen and Linda, very good points

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
27 days ago
Reply to  SuePen

Sorry, SuePen. There were more than 3,000 photos submitted. Kinda hard to post them all at just one per day. I’m not sure what the plans are for another contest, or when this will be back. But I’m sure there will be something fun. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
27 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I forgot to mention that all of the RVs posted in the newsletters are selected totally at random. 🙂 –Diane

27 days ago

The Trivia for today I find ironic seeing how emails got his wife in hot water. All 10,000 of them. Oh wait somehow they got deleted. LOL All good.

27 days ago
Reply to  Travis


Leonard Rempel
27 days ago

To all who think recycling is “doing our job”. The best way to recycle is to make a very concerted effort to not purchase recyclables in the first place!
Do not use plastic bottled water, try filtered tap in a re-usable container. A large percentage of our plastic ends up in third world countries and never breaks down.
I am certainly not a “holier than thou” type, but we all need to think twice about what plastic or recyclable we purchase first and foremost. The smaller our own carbon footprint, the better future generations will have it.
Just my humble opinion.

27 days ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Totally agree. Everyone should try to not buy the plastics in the first place. It’s not easy, but just a little effort will make a difference.

27 days ago

I coil the 30 amp power cord into a plastic box. Room for the adapters inside the coil.

Wren Grace
27 days ago

In response to the 101 Ways to Live Sustainably site, as full time RVers originally from VT where there are good recycling practices (including composting and eliminating plastic bags), it is painful for me to see how much of the trash that we dispose of could and should be recycled. Most National Park have recycling bins and some states (FL and MN are some good examples) have good recycling options but it’s discouraging to see how few places there are which recycle.

Wren Grace
27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

Great list, btw!

27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

Recycling here in Lower Alabama excludes non-aluminum cans and glass.

Lee Ensminger
27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

I agree. We travel in our RV and trawler, and are disappointed at the amount of stuff we have to just throw away because no recycling is available. At home, we recycle about 80% of what we just have to throw in the trash while on the road [or water].

27 days ago
Reply to  Lee Ensminger

We. Up very little in plastic. If we are on a short RV trip and park doesn’t have recycling we take it home with us to recycle, or look for place to recycle we are visiting.

27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

Same here. The last time we stayed at an RV park there were separate containers for trash and for recyclables. That was the very first time we saw that in any park. Best of all, when I dumped ours I could see that others were separating their stuff too.

27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

WI state parks also have recycling

27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

Agree 100%. I feel so guilty throwing away things that should be recycled. But very few RV Parks have recycle bins.

27 days ago
Reply to  Wren Grace

There are a lot of places that recycle, but you may have to take the product there. I tear apart motors, our old dish washer – the cabinet now used to store tools, lamps, you name it, for steel, aluminum, copper, and computers for motors and silver and take that to recycling centers. It keeps it out of land fills and that much less needs to be mined, thus saving our precious resources. This comes from my parents who lived thru the depression and the sand storms out west. You save or reuse EVERYTHING. As a kid I participated in paper and metal drives to support THE war. It’s been a part of my life. Making a difference takes a bit of effort. Besides, if you take something apart before disposing of it, you learn how it works and the next time you don’t have to get rid of it, and can fix it, therefore again saving resources and money for a new one. My Maytag washer and dryer are 49 years old and still doing the job. Newer may be newer, but not necessarily better. Paper and glass for me.