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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Issue 1733
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

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ―William Faulkner

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Take A Hike Day! (And that’s meant in the nicest way.)

On this day in history: 1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)

Tip of the Day

This gadget makes draining the fresh water tank quick and easy

By Nanci Dixon
We always carry some fresh water in our tank as it is always needed when boondocking. it has also been needed more than once when the water was shut off at a campground or the fill station was closed. But when that fresh water is not-so-fresh after a while and needs draining and sanitizing, where do you drain 40-90 gallons of not-so-fresh water? Find out with the help of this nifty gadget.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: You will be surprised by these 18 incredibly handy uses for a kitchen sponge

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Cedar Creek 291RW fifth wheel. As he reports, “Part of the Forest River family, Cedar Creek is a higher-end line of fifth wheels that incorporate some nicer features, which you’d expect in the upper price category.” There are quite a few features that he likes about it, but he has a major gripe with Forest River’s website. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Ibex 19MBH bunkhouse adventure trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

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 17, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Kathleen Verdino of Sun City, AZ.

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.

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 furnace function irregularly but works fine outside of its housing?

Dear Dave,
The Dometic heater goes on and off irregularly while mounted inside the housing under the refrigerator. I pulled it out to examine it and possibly take it in for repair. However, it runs fine outside of the housing when on the floor. I repeated this several times because it makes no sense. —Jim

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can I plug my trailer into my house with no problem?

Stay safe on your RV roof

The first rule of anything you do with an RV roof, even if to just check it out on a ladder, is to know your limitations and your comfort zone. … When you think you do need to get on the roof, here are a few safety precautions that are worth your time to follow.

Yesterday’s featured article: No! No! No! This fifth wheel towing setup can’t be real! Or can it?

Since it’s National Take A Hike Day, check out the top 10 best hiking trails in the U.S.!

Reader poll

What genre of movie do you most commonly watch?

Press play and tell us here!

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

Help a tenter

On a cold, dreary, rainy day, if there are tent campers nearby in your campground, invite them into your RV to warm up and dry off. Maybe offer a cup of hot chocolate. If it’s a real downpour outside they will greatly appreciate your hospitality. They may have never been in an RV before and have questions for you. Brag a little. You may convince them that maybe it’s time for them to move beyond a tent into something a little more comfortable. Hey, it happens to the best of us!

If you’re Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton or Keith Richards, you’ll LOVE this!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Joseph Eafrati
Winnebago Adventurer 2014

“I like the bath and a half. My wife gets the rear bath and I have all of my man stuff in the half bath. I don’t have to move her stuff to get to mine. And that’s a big deal to me.”

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

Website of the day

Top 10 movies about camping
Speaking of movies about camping (in today’s poll), check out these great movies about camping and the great outdoors. Make some popcorn and get comfy!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Need more space in the RV kitchen? These will save you space, time and money
• Don’t skimp on sleep! Tips to get better sleep in your RV
• Full-timer pleads, “PLEASE don’t buy me anything!”

Recipe of the Day

Broccoli Shrimp Casserole
by Dennis Purcell from Ann Arbor, MI

We loved this creamy, cheesy, broccoli casserole. Adding shrimp bulks it up and could be served as a main meal or a side dish. Cayenne adds a little heat to the casserole. But we really enjoyed the bacon. It adds a smoky flavor that’s nice with the savory cheese and creamy broccoli cheddar soup. Done in 30 minutes, this is an easy dinner.

Mmmm… This looks and sounds good! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes

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What dune or desert area inspired Frank Herbert to write his iconic Sci-Fi novel (and recently released re-made movie) “Dune”? The Oregon Dunes! The incredible Oregon Dunes located along the central coast of Oregon are the largest area of coastal sand dunes in North America. When visiting, Herbert was fascinated with the idea of sand dunes swallowing up a community serving as an antagonist in a story. Later, the story of “Dune” was born!

*What is the busiest freeway interchange in the world? Can you guess? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia (and avoid that freeway!). 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Beau is a 13-year-old Lab that is very loyal to his owners. He loves to ride in the motorcoach and truck.” —Harold Darrow Jr.

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!

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  1. Re: QuickTip
    Several years ago while camping at Calico Ghost Town in so-cal, we experienced a freak rain/windstorm during the night. Remembering we had tenters for neighbors, we opened our rig to them for shelter. Our Winny went from a 6 sleeper to 12.
    We had a great time with new friends, albeit a bit cramped. 😝

  2. Quick tip of the day, You may convince them that maybe it’s time for them to move beyond a tent into something a little more comfortable. You may even get them to buy the one you’re in. 😂

  3. I think Tuesday Thursday and Saturday you should have a section on How I hate my RV.
    You would most likely have more input that I love my RV does. LOL

  4. About the sorriest list of camping movies.
    Also I recently watched the movie Dune…didn’t like it and don’t understand the so called glowing ratings…guess I’ll add that to the sorriest list of camping movies.
    I do find that my taste in movies are completely opposite of so called critics, if they say it’s great, I know it will suck and vice verse.

  5. The website linked to your “Website of the day” doesn’t appear to work for those outside of the USA. This is the message I get when I click on the link:”We appreciate your interest in our content. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to allow international traffic or online transactions.”

    • I got the same message. I just can’t understand what could be more international than the Internet. Delivering content anywhere is the whole mantra of the web. Online transactions can be a small issue but millions of companies are doing it, so that is just an excuse.

  6. The Top 10 Movies About Camping? Really? There are some good movies listed, but hardly any are even remotely associated with camping. And, where then, is RV, starring Robin Williams? I guess once again anyone with a key board and an opinion can be a journalist.


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