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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, December 9, 2021

Issue 1749
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 bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” —Michael Altshuler

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Christmas Card Day!

On this day in history: 1851 – The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal.

Tip of the Day

They’re not just for shoes: Use shoe organizers throughout your RV!

Living in an RV can be a challenge. Whether for a weekend or months at a time, finding adequate storage is a constant struggle. There are never enough drawers in the bedroom, for one thing. If you plan to make any meals inside the camper, you’ll soon discover that kitchen storage is at a premium, too. Toy storage is an issue if you camp with children or grandchildren, and if you have a hobby … well, you get the picture.

Don’t despair! The solution is easy and inexpensive, too. Shoe organizers! That’s right, those hanging bags that feature a number of individual pockets, each sized to hold shoes. Shoe organizers will solve a lot of storage issues and you’ll be happy with the convenience.

Continue reading for some great organizational tips.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Don’t forget to clean those dirty RV AC and heat pump filters. Yuck!

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Cougar 25RDS. He says this is “a new version of a favorite floor plan,” so see what he means in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Airstream Bambi vs. Caravel – Two 20FBs compared? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

We are continuing this feature by popular demand!

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.

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.

Can I use tow vehicle battery and jumper cables to supplement my trailer’s house battery?

Dear Dave,
… Can I use jumper cables and the battery in my tow car to help keep the travel trailer battery charged? I know when I have jumped cars with dead batteries, there usually is a healthy spark when connecting the jumper cables. I am worried that this might cause a problem with the electrical system of the RV. Is this okay to do? I have a battery kill switch. Should I turn the power to the RV off before connecting the jumper cables from my car to it? Thanks so much. —Michael

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: I’m not getting power out of my WFCO 8275 “inverter.” Why not?


Live Ask the Expert webcast with electricity experts Mike Sokol and Mike Zimmerman tonight at 7 p.m. EST. Read more about it and sign up for a reminder at the bottom of Monday’s J.A.M. Session, here.

A good place to carry books in your RV

By Jim Twamley
How about setting a goal for yourself to read two books a month or more? RV parks usually have a free book exchange where you can trade in books you’ve finished for some you haven’t read. If you are like me, you probably have several books you like to keep around for reference. Both weekend and full-time RVers enjoy taking books along on their travels, but where do you store them? Read more. (Get it?)

Yesterday’s featured article: Tips from a pro: Digitize your family photo albums

NEW! Forums

Most writers are getting their own forums, where readers can discuss their articles with them. Here are five you can visit now.

• Dave Solberg (RV Repair and Maintenance)
• Mike Sokol (RV Electricity)
• Tony Barthel (RV Reviews)
• Roger Marble (RV Tires)
• Dr. Karel Carnohan (Ask the Pet Vet)

Words of wisdom from this book:

Appreciate the many things that make your life so valuable.

Reader poll

Have you ever watched the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Make your own RV step covers

Ben W. sent in a tip on keeping RV step covers renewed – he makes his own covers. Here’s how: “This can be done really inexpensively by purchasing a remnant of ‘astro-turf’ and a small container of tent grommets at a big box store or Harbor Freight. The grommets come with all the tools you need except a hammer. I just punched three holes on each side of the measured piece of astro turf and then installed the grommets and used nylon zip ties to attach them to the steps. This is cheap, and when they get dirty you can just spray them off with water. When worn out you can adjust them or just replace them as needed. I’ve had a set on my 5th wheel now for two years and they still look great. Astro turf comes in a variety of colors so that you can match the decor of your RV.” Thanks, Ben!

Best SellerOur top 5 best-selling products last month:

  1. Thetford Tank Blaster Holding Tank Cleaner
  2. Southwire Neutral-Ground Bonding Plug
  3. Thetford RV Drain Valve Lubricant
  4. Camco Water Heater Tank Rinser
  5. Southwire Advanced AC Non Contact Voltage Tester Pen

Website of the day

The Gene Autry Show on Shout! Factory TV
If you’re a fan of Gene Autry, you may be familiar with The Gene Autry Show, which aired in 1950. Go back in time and watch the first 10 episodes of the show here. You’ll love it!

Did you miss yesterday’s Full-Time RVer Newsletter? If so, read it here!

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:

• 67 percent say they are very interested in learning about their country’s history and seek out opportunities to do so.
• 31 percent are reading this newsletter on their cell phone.
• 5 percent have waited two hours or more to dump at a dump station.

Recent poll: Will you put up a Christmas tree this holiday season?

Recipe of the Day

Christmas Crunch
by Christine Bronston from Ponca City, OK

We love the sweet and salty combination in each handful of this Christmas Crunch. The salt of the pretzels and the salt lightly sprinkled on top balance the sweetness of the white almond bark. Buttery toffee bits on top add another layer of deliciousness to this easy Christmas treat. This would be a great homemade holiday gift for your mail carrier, school crossing guard, teacher, or just to munch on while preparing the holiday meal.

We’re drooooooling. Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash


Netflix wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for the movie “Apollo 13.” After receiving a ridiculous $40 late fee from his local movie rental company after renting “Apollo 13,” Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings thought there must be a better way of doing things. Hastings explained he wanted to create a movie rental business by mail, but didn’t know about the invention of DVDs at that point. The rest is, of course, history.

*Speaking of Apollo 13, what does moon dust smell like? We tell you in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Jack is a rescue dog that came to us when he was 2 years old. He is an Australian Shepherd mix, likely with Corgi. He is very devoted to his forever family and loves to travel with us in our fifth wheel. Jack is a spry 9 years old!” —Michael Hampton

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!

We are just going to have to admit right now that we already bought one of these. It makes a darn good product, and it’s RV-sized!

Leave here with a laugh

At our most recent staff meeting via Zoom, an always very funny Russ De Maris was telling us he made a BIG mistake. He told his suitcase they wouldn’t be going anywhere soon because of COVID. Now he’s dealing with emotional baggage.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

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Roger Marble
13 days ago

I don’t understand the obsession with cleaning out the black tank. Drain black then shut that valve. Drain the grey which washes out the hose then close that valve. 30 sec flush of the hose will clean the soapy water out. You are going to use the tanks again, probably within a few hours. Ask anyone with a septic tank at home if they have washed out that tank when it gets pumped every few years. I bet never. IMO these folks are inconsiderate and self-absorbed for no rational reason.

David Telenko
1 month ago

Pet of the day Jack, looks to be a bit of a picture ham!! Very pretty dog & an awesome background.

1 month ago

Jack sure is a beautiful dog. The owner must get compliments everywhere!

The Lazy Q
1 month ago

And the Survey Says:
• 67 percent say they are very interested in learning about their country’s history and seek out opportunities to do so.

The only books I read are about our countries historical events, I especially like the old west era and mountain men era…

31 percent are reading this newsletter on their cell phone.

Using an iPad to read, got rid of laptop years ago…

5 percent have waited two hours or more to dump at a dump station.

Never and never will…the last time I used a public dump station was in June while visiting my son in Oregon, took 30 minutes for my turn which seemed 2 hours. People just do not know how to quickly dump when there is a line waiting…now is not the time to repeatedly dump and flush until every last spec in the black tank is empty and the water runs clear, dump and move on and quit being rude (there is no justification….not one) to hold up the 20 people behind you. If you must, dump then get back in line or wait until no one is there.

Dr. Michael
1 month ago

About “Today’s Thought”:

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit Fly’s like a banana.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dr. Michael
Jeff Arthur
1 month ago

I used a rubber entrance mat for covering my steps. It was the heavy rubber type with pattern of small squares & fuzzy on top . It was already the perfect width . Just cut into 3 pieces & screwed down with self tapping screws. Very sturdy & secure .
Soon to be replaced with Torklift revolution steps. That was the best upgrade I ever did!

John M
1 month ago

Funny : Leave here with a laugh. Sounds normal today.

William Albert
1 month ago

An alternative to the Wacaco Minipresso NS, Portable Espresso Machine is the AeroPress Go Portable Travel Coffee Press It’s half the price and you can use any ground coffee!