Wednesday, December 8, 2021


RV Daily Tips. Friday, November 12, 2021

Issue 1730
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 Daily Deals at Amazon.

Today’s thought

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day!

On this day in history: 1954 – Ellis Island ceased operations.

Tip of the Day

Deep clean your RV before storing it. You’ll be so glad you did

By Gail Marsh
Just so you know, I’m that person. The one who absolutely cannot leave for vacation until our sticks-and-bricks home is clean enough to pass a hospital inspection. Yes, I’m a clean freak. So, when it comes to storing the RV for the off-season, I get out my checklist. Hubby rolls his eyes (in a loving way) and also rolls up his sleeves. Then, we get busy!

Here’s what we do.

Yesterday’s very special articles of the day: A tribute to Veterans, by Ernie Pyle, and A Vet’s View: “Camping is therapeutic for military veterans”

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Grand Design Imagine XLS 22RBE. Tony writes, “Overall, I really like this floor plan for so many reasons. It’s not very big but it offers a huge amount of interior storage.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Opus OP2 pop-up? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Guys, if there is still a little boy deep inside you, then this will bring back wonderful memories.

Is this your RV?

We goofed up on today’s contest but we will be back tomorrow!

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 12, 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.

Furnace blower doesn’t work, so where’s the warm air coming from?

Hi Dave,
We fired up our Dometic furnace while out last weekend and, oddly, the blower didn’t come on. The furnace came on because we felt warm air through the lower vents (and heard it), but the big (loud) blower didn’t come on sending turbine-speed warm air through the top vents. When we turned on the AC to troubleshoot, the big blower DID come on, shooting cold air through all the vents. What’s going on? —Jennifer

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: All three of my RV’s drain valves are stuck. What’s the solution?

Disaster at the dump station

This man attempts to dump his rental motorhome’s black water tank (sewer tank) in this one-minute video. One big mistake was opening the valve quickly, instantly overwhelming the hose. Warning: This is disgusting, but if you’ve got the stomach, it just might make you laugh (perhaps a little nervously).

Yesterday’s featured article: Why is Veterans Day always observed on November 11? This is Mike Sokol’s tribute to veterans he has known, and also his observation that while our current times are a bit rough, we have to put it all into perspective.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

How well can you ride a horse?

Yee-haw! Tell us here.

Firearms laws guide updated for 2021
The Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from the previous issue. Learn more or order.

Quick Tip

Easy way to check slideout tops

We love, and try to baby, our fifth wheel, so we check the top of our slides for debris before closing. We purchased a “selfie stick” so our phone can reach up and take a picture. Works like a champ and we only have to get out a ladder if there is something that must be moved. Big saving in time and effort! Thanks to Roy and Janie Ann Slade.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Bret and Laura Medbury
1992 Safari Trek 2400

“We own a Safari Trek. We say it is 24′ long outside but 34′ feet long inside because the Electro Magic bed disappears to the ceiling during the day. A Trek has all the features of a longer/larger class A in a package that is about 10′ shorter than its equivalent because of the bed. The length provides much greater maneuverability, easier driving, improved fuel efficiency, and is accepted at many more campgrounds where length limits exist.

Treks were produced from 1991 thru 2008 in various floor plans, on various chassis, both gas and diesel, and in lengths up to 30′. I have been in some sort of motorhome since 1973 and the Trek is, by far, the best all-around, most efficient in multiple ways, coach I know of.”

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

A toaster fit for an RV!
Want to keep a toaster in your RV but don’t have the space for it? This slim, compact toaster is made for RVs – it hardly takes up any space! The slots for your toast are normal width, and can even reheat and defrost foods too! It’s easy to use, and the reviews are stellar! Learn more or order one for your RV here. Happy toasting!

Website of the day

Attractions of America
If you’re looking for something to do in any and all 50 states, this is your website! You could be exploring here for hours…

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.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
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

Hamburger, Sausage, Broccoli Alfredo – Low Carb
by Diane Atherton from Pine Mountain, GA

This easy low-carb dish won’t win a beauty contest, but it would take first place based on taste. Seriously yummy! The combination of beef and sausage is a great base for the dish and adds so much flavor. The creamy Alfredo sauce is not only easy but is just the right amount for the recipe. Even if you aren’t on a low carb diet, this is a must-try.

We’ll absolutely give it a try! Get the recipe and try it with us.

See yesterday’s recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers


It’s sometimes said that so-and-so “can’t hold a candle” to someone else. Where do you suppose that saying came from? Here’s where: Four centuries ago, young male servants called “link boys” held candles to light the way for privileged people into dark places. This was the simplest job for the least capable hired help. Anyone who “couldn’t hold a candle” to somebody was thought none too swift.

*What can’t you sink in? A) Crude Oil, B) Lava, C) Quicksand, or C) Gasoline? The answer is in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“The first part of setting up camp is to make sure 13-year-old Zoe is comfortable. This bed is supposed to help keep her clean. Ummmm, not working so well!” —Rhonda Brodbeck

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!

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26 days ago

The toaster fit for an rv is way too expensive. We bought a Cuisinart toaster at Walmart for less than half the $31 for this one & it does more. It’s worked perfectly for over 5 years. It’s also over an inch shorter each way, which is the whole purpose of this tip.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Fred

Hi, Fred. I just tried looking up what you’re referring to. A mini Cuisinart toaster at Walmart now is about the same price as what is in our Amazon ad. I think the price has gone up considerably since you purchased yours five years ago. Have a good evening/night. 🙂 –Diane

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
26 days ago

SELFIE STICK! Super idea above from Roy & Janie Ann Slade, “Quick Tip” above⬆️. I photo every project for studying at night including plumbing & elec behind the bulkhead, underneath the chassis, behind the tv, etc. Great when troubleshooting I don’t have to crawl under. SELFIE STICK! Wonderful. Thanks.

26 days ago

Is this your RV? Same as yesterday?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

Dang! Good catch, Snayte. When I proof the newsletters, etc., I am mainly looking for typos. I didn’t even notice it was the same RV that someone put in there. (Or maybe they’re identical twins?) With more than 3,000 RVs to randomly choose from to include in there, it’s not like we’re running out of entries. Thanks! Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

26 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks, have a great weekend

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Thanks, Sam aka Snayte. But what’s a “weekend”? 😆 I haven’t had one of those in years. Good thing I really love what I do! I hope you have a good weekend, as well. (I’ll enjoy mine vicariously.) 🙂 –Diane

26 days ago

Hmmm. Do you want to know what I believe is the true meaning of ‘can’t hold a candle to’? It is a little gross but pragmatic..,

Prior to sleeping with a “lady of the night” a gentleman was wise to inspect for signs of any kind of STD or other undesirable infestations. It was dark in the bed chamber so a candle was held close.

It was considered very bad form for a man courting a woman to do such a thing as it would insult a lady or her families honor.

Hence the term “you can’t hold a candle to her” or “to a lady”.

26 days ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

These days those key chain l.e.d. flashlights are really handy.

26 days ago

Love the mystery product of the day!
I have been collecting American Flyer trains for a little over 50 years. Have been a member of the Train Collectors Association on and off since the mid 70’s. If you have an interest in these toys and in the Lancaster PA region schedule a stop at the Associations museum at 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks Pennsylvania. The building looks like an old train station and is behind the Red Caboose motel and near Strasburg PA and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania that has many restored engines.

Judy and Bob
26 days ago
Reply to  Joe

And while you’re there, be sure to take the ride to Paradise on the Strasburg Rail Road!

Bob P
26 days ago

The idea of using a selfie stick to check the slide roof is good, I have a 12’ ladder that breaks down into 4 3’ sections and can make a 6’ step ladder that I set up outside our bedroom emergency exit ( we are in our senior years and don’t feel like dropping 5’ to the ground in an emergency) so it’s sitting close to our only slide out so I just move it over a few feet climb up and look and fold it up. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR EMERGENCY ESCAPE PLAN? Also check and make sure your escape windows will open, in our previous motorhome I had to use a larger screwdriver to pry the window Open from the outside, not a good thought when flames are licking at you a$$.

Davidson Richard
26 days ago

How well can I ride a horse? Pretty well. However I may not be able to walk for a couple days afterwards.

26 days ago

And your legs look like a tunnel entrance.