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RV Daily Tips. Friday, December 17, 2021

Issue 1755
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

“Where there is anger there is always pain underneath.” — Eckhart Toole

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Maple Syrup Day!

On this day in history: 1989 – “The Simpsons” premieres on television with the episode “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.

Tip of the Day

Can you drive a Class A RV? Here are tips to get you started

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Many folks, on “thinking” about getting their first Class A motorhome, are a bit intimidated. After all, they’re so BIG! However do you pilot that big thing down the road? How could you ever get comfortable maneuvering so much mass? Here’s some advice from those who’ve made the big leap and now are proud pilots of those big coaches. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Keeping your powder – er, paper – dry in a wet bath

Today’s unusual RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the unusual Sundowner TrailBlazer RV 1669 travel trailer. It’s a horse trailer. No, it’s a travel trailer. It’s, well, sorta both… Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Rockwood Mini Lite 2514S? 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.

My trailer needs to lose weight – Can I remove one propane tank?

Hello Dave,
I’m looking to lose some RV weight. I never use a full propane tank per camping season. I have an automatic switchover system. Any way I can eliminate one of the propane tanks? It will save me 35 pounds. Thank you, Dave.  —Al, Sr.

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How can I get internet service in my RV?

Video and article: The don’ts of “camping” at Walmart

Every evening across North America, thousands of RVers pull into a Walmart parking lot, and not just to stock up on groceries. For many, it’s where they’ll spend the night, free of charge, courtesy of the store and endorsed by the Walmart corporation on its website. That all sounds good, but there’s more to the story: Increasingly Walmart stores are erecting “No overnight parking” signs. Find out why and watch a 6-minute video from the folks at the popular YouTube channel Drivin’ and Vibin’ about seven things you should never do if you plan to stay in a Walmart parking lot.

Yesterday’s featured article: It’s all about the light: Easy tips for taking better photos

Words of wisdom from this book:

Keep a stash of extra batteries.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

How do you feel about farm-raised seafood vs. wild-caught?

Cook up some salmon then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Dump tanks at fairgrounds

Looking for a place to dump your tanks? Check out county fairgrounds. Many have dump stations where you can dump inexpensively – sometimes for free

This is such a thoughtful thing for the person in your life who likes to… well, we can’t tell you or we’d give it away. But we love this!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Hubert Hurst
2021 Thor Class B Sequence 20L

“I have been camping and traveling in an RV for more than 50 years and we get something new every three or four years. This one is easy to park almost anywhere. It has all the necessary items such as a stove, micro/convection oven, sink in kitchen and bath, twin beds, TV, AC, refrigerator, clothing closet, generator, solar power, shower, toilet, drawers, two tables, back camera, etc., etc., etc. The one thing about RVs is that each year they become more complex. This one has a touch panel to operate almost everything and if that isn’t enough, you can also do it with your smartphone. It’s a dream to drive and gets a solid 17 mpg. The only complaint I have is the dealer should have a month of school to train all new owners to operate all the new technology.”

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

Website of the day

The 25 Best Wineries in the United States
Okay, wine drinkers, this one is for you! These 25 wineries look beautiful and their wines sound fantastic. We’ll meet you at one (or two) of them, deal?

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

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

Roasted Garlic Mushrooms
by Carol Perricone from Massapequa Park, NY

Perfect for a cocktail party, brunch, luncheon or even alongside a steak at dinner. This is a very economical side dish. These mushrooms are juicy with a crunchy top. Garlic butter and bread crumbs add to the flavor. Definitely have a fork ready when you dig in!

Oh, our fork is ready, Carol! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Orange Coca Cola Ham

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It is illegal for the U.S. Treasury to print a living person on currency. So, if you have a dream of being on the newest bill, you may have to well, you know, die first…

*What was the popular Chinese food take-out container originally designed for? Nope, it wasn’t Chinese food. Yesterday’s trivia gives you the answer. 

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our RV travel companions, Sal and Tallulah Belle, just finished a 5-stop, 1,700-mile trip throughout Florida and the Keys.” —John Kirby

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!

VIEW CAMPSITES just like you were driving through the campground. See one you really like? Learn instantly if it’s available and reserve it on the spot at Campground Views.

Leave here with a laugh

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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Gene L (@guest_157013)
1 year ago

As a letter carrier, I had a little dog that would wait for me every day so she could run to my truck to get her cookie. Her owners even gave me a little caricature titled “Penny’s Mailman”

Carl Jones (@guest_157012)
1 year ago

I just went on a local and Walmart corporate site and search for information on parking in their parking lots and found nothing. Can you tell me where you found the endorsement?

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl Jones

Hi, Carl. Here is a link to Walmart’s Frequently Asked Questions page: Select the third question down, “Can I park my RV at a Walmart store?” and it explains their policy. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Joe (@guest_157011)
1 year ago

Love the leave here with a laugh. Our yellow lab was on a watch list by Fed-X and UPS due to her getting into the truck, laying down in the back and taking a ride. She once made a 6 mile round trip in one of them. Sadly she has passed away

Brian Burry (@guest_157001)
1 year ago

Both Pet of the Day and Leave here with a Laugh UPS Driver and doggie were so very cute! We love these!

Larry (@guest_156986)
1 year ago

Sal and Tallulah Belle look to be quite the pair. Beautiful!

jillie (@guest_156978)
1 year ago

I love the photo. Dog and UPS. Wheres the box? Reminds me of our water people who came to fix our water meter. Our one dog would not leave them alone. I asked them if they needed a mascot. Our little Stella always needs to know. Mushrooms? That looks awesome….dinner anyone?

Brenda (@guest_156976)
1 year ago

Lately we have seen a couple RVers park here in our Walmart parking lot, literally within 2 miles from the RV park we are at. When I saw the post about the “Shouldn’t do”, they did. Yep, slides were out, steps down, jacks down, dish was out, but at least still hooked up. We are full timers and yes on occasion stayed at Walmart, but we never did that. I guess that’s why we don’t stay there anymore. Less and less Walmarts are accepting RVers. Please use it as a quick overnight, you want to deploy, find a park. If you can find a nearby park due to issues or weather, show a little respect, even at Walmart.

Ron Sifford (@guest_156968)
1 year ago

Allstars is a waste of money

Dan Coffey (@guest_156974)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron Sifford

Allstars? Maybe the problem is that you have a flake.

CeeCee (@guest_156994)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron Sifford

AllStays is the most useful app I have. I only wish it could show distances. I use it to plan all of our trips, even car trips, as I can locate motels, restaurants, fuel stations, repair shops, etc. I highly recommend it! I’m sorry it hasn’t been as useful to the poster.

Dan Coffey (@guest_156999)
1 year ago
Reply to  CeeCee

My AllStays does show mileage and the reason I love using it to plan how
far to travel each day.

Bob p (@guest_156962)
1 year ago

The leave here with a laugh wouldn’t apply to our 6# Maltese, he goes ballistic every time he sees a UPS or FEDEX driver. We don’t know if it’s the uniform or what. Lol

John Macatee (@guest_156975)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

As does our Jack Russell!

ValC (@guest_156959)
1 year ago

I love your pic and caption of UPS delivery and pup! For several months I subscribed to Chewy for my Maltese X. She became so familiar with that arrival that she goes crazy whenever ANY box comes in the mail. Unfortunately I cancelled the subscription because they just didnt have items small enough for her in most cases (6#). So, yes, I wrap up a package of treats for her every once in awhile. They are our children!

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