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RV Daily Tips. Friday, December 24, 2021

Issue 1760
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.

Today’s newsletter is shortened. It’s Christmas Eve and we have to help Santa pack up his toy sack! 

Also, please note that there is no Saturday newsletter tomorrow. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good... day! is always looking for new freelance writers. The pay can be good for the right person. Interested: Contact us at

Today’s thought

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – you feel it. You know it. You believe it.” —Kevin Alan Milne

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Christmas Eve! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Tip Article of the Day

The red hat that became my most cherished Christmas memory

By Gail Marsh
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? Something from a holiday(s) in your past that warms your heart and puts a smile on your lips any time of year, but especially at Christmas? We all have memories of growing up. Some better than others, right? Life has a way of hurting us at times and holidays are certainly no exception. But as a “glass half full” kind of gal, I try to skip past the not-so-good memories and dwell instead on the pleasant ones. So, here’s my favorite Christmas memory

Editor’s note: You’re going to want to read this. It will definitely make you smile!

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Curing the curse of hard water RV plumbing issues

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews Santa’s Sleigh. This review is from last year, but if you missed it, you can read this hilarious, festive review here. (You don’t want to miss this!)

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the new aerodynamic trailer, the Snoozy II? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Tony and Peggy’s Christmas podcast

This week Tony and his wife Peggy talk about activities to do when camping over Christmas. Then they have some RV shopping info and a great gadget to keep you warm. Plus, they have tips to keep rodents out of your RV over the winter. And learn about the wonderful little Christmas gifts they leave on their fellow campers’ steps on Christmas Eve.

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 are my RV’s Workhorse UFO brakes locked up? What to do?

Dear Dave,
We just bought a 2008 Forest River Georgetown XL with UFO chassis. It has 15,000 miles on it. We live in Florida and drove it home from Kentucky. Just before we left we had new tires put on and placed on a scope. As we arrived in Florida, the brake light and hydraulic brake fluid warning light came on. The problem is, at this moment, we need to find someone to work on it but we have not found a mobile mechanic as of yet, and for some reason it seems to have locked up. Any suggestions to get it unlocked to get it to the mechanic safely? We didn’t know if this was a safety thing or we are just not doing something right. This is our first one and we have no idea about it and we’re trying to learn as much as possible. —Katrina

Read Dave’s advice.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Should I shut off my inverter during storage?

Quick Tip

Campfire cooking tips and tricks

Photo courtesy of Florida State Parks

The most basic way to cook is over an open fire using a stick or long skewer: Think kebabs or marshmallows. Turn your food often so it cooks evenly. And remember, cooking directly over an open flame isn’t necessarily the best idea. Coals can offer more consistent heat with less risk of burning your food. If your campfire has a grill – or if you bring one with you – you can use a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven to fry, sauté or bake your meal. But if you want to keep it simple, use an empty coffee can or a foil packet meal for an all-in-one option. You can layer vegetables, meat and seasonings together to make sure everything cooks perfectly.

Website of the day

History of Christmas
This page from the History Channel would be fun to read out loud with the family at Christmas Eve dinner tonight.

Recipe of the Day

Gingerbread Waffles
by Virginia Duncan from Decatur, AR

Your family and guests will go crazy for these gingerbread waffles. They’re light, airy, and slightly crisp on the outside. You taste the ginger flavor, but it’s less sweet than a piece of gingerbread. Great if you’re having guests during the holidays. Use Virginia’s suggestion and make them ahead of time. Come the morning, pop them in the toaster or oven, and breakfast is served in a flash.

This is the most perfect, most festive breakfast to make for your Christmas guests! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Christmas Reindeer “Crack”


According to Santa’s team of scientists, in order for Santa to visit every house in the world on Christmas Eve, he would have to visit 822 homes per second. That means he’d have to travel about 650 miles per second! Boy, he’s fast!

*What is the best-selling Christmas song of all time? We told you in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Libby is a 16-year-old Peek-a-Poo, a rescue from Montana. Cody, a 6-year-old Cairn Terrier mix, is a rescue from Wyoming.” —Bob Burtch

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!

Leave here with a laugh

We know we share this every year on Christmas Eve, but can you blame us?

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.

Contact information

Editor: Emily Woodbury.

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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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Michael Galvin, PhD
29 days ago

At that speed, Santa and the Reindeer would burn up in the atmosphere.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
29 days ago

Maybe that’s another use for Santa’s magical dust. Hmmm. Have a healthy and fantastic 2022, Michael! 🙂 –Diane

Bob M
1 month ago

Merry Christmas

Retired Firefighter Tom
1 month ago

Thanks to the whole staff for all the hard work they do to put together this daily news. Enjoy the Holiday with family and friends. Your hard work is appreciated by your readers and you really deserve to take some time to be with family and friends. I would feel bad if I forgot to include Chuck for starting this newsletter so many years ago. [Hey! When you’re about to hit 78, ten years is a KING time ago.] And Emily, too, for following in her dad’s footsteps.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

Hope you all have the happiest of Holidays!

Lil John
1 month ago

The very best of the Holidays to all the staff. What a great job you do!
Also, The best to all our Military having to man posts without family this Christmas.
We love you all, and wish you the best!

1 month ago

Merry Christmas to everyone at RV Travel and to all RV-ers out there! Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Randall Johnstun
1 month ago

Merry Christmas to everyone at RV Travel, you make rving life more enjoyable.

Robert Jobson
1 month ago

merry Christmas to all

1 month ago

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope everyone has an AWESOME Christmas and New Year!!

1 month ago

Merry Christmas to the people who put this newsletter together, and to those of us who read, appreciate and enjoy their efforts.

martin a
1 month ago

Merry Christmas to Chuck and Emily and staff, your efforts are appreciated! Also Merry Christmas to fellow readers though we may not meet or personally know each other, we are a family of sorts who gather here to share and learn and help each other. Thanks to each of you.

1 month ago

Happy Holiday’s All!!!
Enjoy!! Stay Safe!!

PS; Will Let you know When Santa “Takes Off” !!

1 month ago

My lady made the “deer crack” from yesterday’s recipe. Close to diabetic coma now.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Gregory Brott
1 month ago

Merry Christmas!

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

Don’t forget that 2022 is pronounced 2020-too. 😲😲😲😲

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Just one more person wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. It’s been fun ‘meeting’ you all on this newsletter.

Frank Hembree
1 month ago

Merry Christmas y’all.

1 month ago

Merry Christmas to all, and thank you to the staff for all the great newsletters.

Joe Allen
1 month ago

Missed my favorite poll or is this your RV, but want to take this time to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year! Thank you for a great newsletter!

Jack D Fetterman
1 month ago

Merry Christmas!