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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Issue 1778
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 scariest moment is always just before you start.” ―Stephen King

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Popcorn Day!

On this day in history: 1953 – Almost 72 percent of all television sets in the United States are tuned in to “I Love Lucy” to watch Lucy give birth.

Tip of the Day

Where to store dirty laundry in the RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Politicians loathe it because somehow, it always comes out. RVers fight with it, because in a tight space, where do you put it? What is it? Dirty laundry! Where to put the dirty laundry until wash day rolls around. If someone could come up with a “one size fits all solution” they could really clean up. Meantime, here’s a laundry list of possible solutions.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Brilliant camping hacks and tips using steel wool

NEWS! Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel writes about the new Winnebago all-electric motorhome concept, the e-RV, just announced at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Tony says, “This new vehicle, based on the full-size Ford Transit van, is completely electric, zero emission, with no propane or other liquid fuels aboard whatsoever.” You’re going to want to read this announcement.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Coachmen Prism 24FS? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

CONTEST! Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

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 connect a portable propane tank to my RV’s outside quick propane connect?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2018 Winnebago 29VE that has a quick propane connect for a grill at the back. Is it possible to take a portable propane tank with a regulator and a quick connect adapter and plug it into the adapter in the back to run the RV stove and refrigerator when the main tank is empty? —Alan

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does only one side of the circuit breaker work with 50-15 amp dogbone?

JOIN DAVE THIS WEEKEND for educational seminars at the Charlotte RV Show. Learn more.

 Stay cool this summer: Save $70 on a Soft Start! 
Hot temperatures on the way. Unless your RV has a SoftStartRV, you’ll be unable to use your air conditioner in low power situations or with many generators. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible in low power situations. Right now for a limited time, RV Travel readers can save $70 on each unit. This is the lowest price available! Money back guarantee. And the new units are even smaller! Used and endorsed by publisher Chuck Woodbury. Learn more or order at the special discount price.

Walking sticks provide surprising bonus to your exercise routine

One challenge for RV enthusiasts is how to efficiently store sometimes bulky exercise equipment. Walking sticks can be stored about anywhere. Folding bikes and collapsible kayaks help define the axiom of big things in small spaces. But there’s another likely unheralded option—walking sticks. They’re available in fixed length, adjustable styles and folding varieties and are ideal for campground walkabouts or more adventurous treks. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV sales people: Which customer service approach wins the sale?

Reader poll

What part of this newsletter do you most look forward to every day?

Your answers (up to two) will make a difference! Please tell us here.

For Lovers Only…

Listen up, romantics. If you have a special someone you’d like to surprise with a secret message right here on this website (could be your wife, husband, partner, child, neighbor, friend, etc.) submit it to us here. Don’t use their real names, use a special name that only they’ll recognize. Oh, how fun it will be when they read it! You’ll make their day! We’ll feature these in our upcoming newsletters, so keep your eyes open.

Here are a couple of responses.

To: Tumbleweed
From: Little Zeke
“Thanks for loving me even when I ‘fall.’ I’ll always love you. Almost 43 years and counting.”

To: Hey Gorgeous
From: Hey Handsome
“I can never say enough how blessed I am to always have you by my side in this journey of life.”

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

We haven’t tried this out ourselves, but this could SERIOUSLY come in handy. It might even save you someday!

Quick Tip

Add longevity to your vent lids

One clever RVer sprayed his roof vent lids with an automotive clear coat. He did it so that dirt and dust wouldn’t stick to the vents, but found that it added nearly a decade of longevity to the lids. You can get the stuff in a spray can, like this from Amazon.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Austin Crehan Jr
2013 Mesa Ridge by Open Range, 338RLS

“We love the kitchen dining areas. Small enough to function, large enough to move around in. Love the AC units. Many complain of sweltering in hot, summer days. Not us. Love the water storage—gives us the freedom to function for days. Love the fireplace on cool days/nights. Love that with slides in we can move from end to end inside the unit. Our bed is comfortable and the bedroom is our darkened cave for sleeping. Plenty of storage in the RV.”

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

Website of the day

DIY RVs and Vans You Have to See to Believe
The headline is true. We couldn’t begin to describe most of these to you even if we wanted to! Some of these are absolutely incredible!

ABC's of RVingBy RV Travel publisher Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!

If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by publisher Chuck Woodbury should be a must-read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both printed and free Kindle Unlimited editions.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• What if RVers could make suggestions directly to the industry? What would you say? (includes 109 reader comments)
• Did we fix our truck’s scary “death wobble”? No, but here’s more information…
The future of RVing as many know it is doomed

Recipe of the Day

Bacon Bleu Brussels Sprouts With Mustard Sauce
by Michelle Wolf from Berlin, NJ

We feel like Brussels sprouts are a very misunderstood veggie. This recipe is hearty enough you could eat them as a meal. The Brussels sprouts are roasted until they’re crisp on the outside. When tossed with the tangy dressing and savory cheese and bacon, this is one fabulous side dish. Toasted nuts on top add a little bit of nuttiness to the sprouts. We’ll definitely be serving this one to guests.

We love brussels sprouts and this recipe sounds gooood! Get it here.

See yesterday’s recipe: Orange Cream Cheese Bread

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Despite horses being introduced to the Americas by Spanish explorers, horses were actually being reintroduced to the Americas. The oldest fossils of horses were found in the Wind River Basin in Wyoming. So why did they disappear in the first place? Nobody knows (well, they have some guesses). But if the Spanish hadn’t reintroduced us to one of our own species, there may not be as many horses as we have today. (There are currently 9.2 million horses under human care in the U.S. and an additional 33,000 wild horses.)

*What color were goldfish originally? Hint: It wasn’t gold! Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This was our beloved Timber. Sadly, he was with us for just one camping trip before we lost him unexpectedly in 2019. Still miss him dearly.” —Terry & Shelley Smith

We’re so sorry about the loss of Timber, Terry & Shelley. He had the sweetest face!

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!

sewer sealStinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.

Leave here with a laugh

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.” A voice from the back of the room said, “Yeah, right.”

Words of wisdom from this book:

Inspire your children to live life to the fullest.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
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1 year ago

As for roasted brussel sprouts? I tried it in the air fryer and it turns out better then any way I ever tried. Otherwise my brussel sprouts turn into soggy sprouts.

1 year ago

The native americans never had horses until they were brought over by the europeans. Why they did not appear here? Is because from what I researched years ago on horses, this was a high school project, was a land bridge. When the earth spilt apart the mantles the horses were supposedly cut off from the americas. Although there was a species of horses that is what is like the miniature pony today. So that is what I found in my research. neigh merrily neigh…..

Ron Langlois
1 year ago

One thing I like about rv travel is the different campgrounds in different states you show or detail. it gives different ideas where to travel once Covid-19’s slows down. thanks Chuck

1 year ago

Great recipe, great LHWAL!

1 year ago

Timber looks like he loved everybody! Sorry for your loss.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  cee

Hi, cee. Doesn’t Timber look like the sweetest dog? Seeing his picture and reading the story made me tear up. (I love dogs.) Take care. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Me too Diane. So difficult to lose your friend 💞

Montgomery D Bonner
1 year ago

One of the advertisements I see on this letter, both daily and weekend is Thousand Trails. I am telling everyone that reads this, to forgo buying that membership. I have owned for over 15 years, Palatium Plus Level. And I cannot make any reservations online because the places I want to go are FULL. Their reservation number is also not TAKING CALLS, due to high volume. Avoid any and all membership parks until if any semblance of normal every gets back to RV lifestyle. That all the new RV’ers are ruining it for all is my take. Manufacturers are walking with smile to bank but forgetting the many loyal customers they currently have with not taking the “limited RV parks and spaces issue” to their hearts and doing something to help us. That mine is for sale is a given.

RV Staff
1 year ago

Thank you for your comments, Montgomery. I just want to let you know that Thousand Trails is not one of our advertisers on, so any ads you see for it are inserted by Google. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

It’s better to be a smart a$$ than a stupid one.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago

Loved the “Yeah, right” joke.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago

But then, my Mom always said I was a smart aleck.

1 year ago

I can hear the ‘yeah, right’ very clearly. Smart aleck.

1 year ago

Terry and Shelley, I am really sorry for your loss of Timber. A Golden has to be one of the best friends anyone could have. They are loyal, loving and most of all one of the gentlest dog on earth. All they want from us is to be petted and loved and they return the love 10 fold. They look up at you asking for attention.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Like Bob, I’m very sorry for your loss!
After seeing his picture, I can certainly see why Timber meant so much to you!
I have rarely seen a dog that looked so wanted, appealing, and needy!!!
His picture will be in my memory for a long time!!!
Thanks for posting it.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

I echo these comments. Had we owned Timber I’d feel exactly the same. It hurt to know he’s not with you any longer (except in spirit). Maybe another will find you soon.

Stephen Malochleb
1 year ago

Reader poll needed one more option, (all of the above). :):):)

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John M
1 year ago

Agree all option would be good.

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