Tuesday, October 3, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Thursday, February 3, 2022

Issue 1789
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

“If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.” ―Lemony Snicket

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Missing Persons Day. We highly recommend you keep an eye on the FBI Kidnappings & Missing Persons page. As constantly traveling RVers with our eyes all over the country, we have a good chance of bringing some of these people home.

On this day in history: 1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.

Tip of the Day

Tips for RV consignment selling

How it works: You and the consignment operator agree on a sale price. From there, the dealer keeps anything above your minimum. The dealer may also require a “commission” or percentage fee of your “bottom line price.” You ask $50,000, the dealer keeps a percentage of the $50,000 — above what he sells the rig for. He may also require a “dealer fee” of a set amount.

Here’s how this might work out

Yesterday’s tip of the day: RV Mods: Stretching your basement storage

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Impression 240RE. As he reports, “Until my friend brought this rig to my attention, I had never heard of this brand of Forest River.” See what he likes about it, including the floor plan and the “secret” storage it offers, in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Alliance Paradigm 385FL? 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.

Will reflective material damage my RV’s windshield seal?

Dear Dave,
Will a reflective windshield sunscreen damage the seal around the RV’s windshield? —JR

Read Dave’s answer and see what he suggests.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How often should I lubricate my slideout mechanism and with what?

[Full disclosure: We pulled the rerun post about a new tank gauge system. We should have checked with Russ, the author, before rerunning it. (He expressed “qualms” about the system, after checking into it further. We didn’t realize that when we put the post in here.) Sorry, readers and Russ.]

Reader poll

Have you ever seen the Old Faithful geyser erupt in person?

Don’t miss it! Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Buy battery-powered CO and smoke detector(s)

Great tip from George Bliss, veteran RVer and longtime reader of (plus frequent tip contributor to) RVtravel.com: Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors come together in a single unit. They are cheaper than dinner in a restaurant and the battery ones will last 10 years. But be sure to buy one that runs on battery power. If you have one that plugs into 110 volts, it’s no good when dry camping or overnighting without power. Thanks, George! Editor: Here are several to choose from on Amazon.

Website of the day

Must-visit museums in Southern California
If you find yourself in beautiful, sunny Southern California, you must stop at one of these 28 funky museums. There’s something for everyone on this list. Note: This hasn’t been updated since 2019, so make sure these museums are still open before planning your visit.

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: Pookie Man
From: Pookie Girl
I love you Pookie Man! I’m having the time of my life traveling with you!”

To: Motorcycle Man
From: Babs
“We have been thru hell sometimes. We are 55 years married. We are hoping for 55 more. He is my rock as I am his.”

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 19 percent always or almost always buy organic foods instead of non-organic.
• 18 percent have a current gym membership.
• 87 percent sometimes or always use a space heater in their RV.

Recent poll: Do you have a campsite reservation this summer at a U.S. National Park?

Recipe of the Day

Sinful Cheese Dip
by Amber Franks from Savannah, TN

Make a batch of this cheesy dip for game day and you’ll be asked to bring it wherever you go. By browning hot sausage and ground meat, then adding it to melted cheese makes this very filling. This hearty dip is not extremely spicy. If you like a little heat, opt for a spicy picante sauce. Great for game day or a party.

Yup, we’ll be making this all right! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Pot Roast Nachos

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The Panama Canal isn’t the only body of water that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. At Parting of the Waters, deep in the Wyoming Teton wilderness, you’ll find a stream that splits in two and does, indeed, connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. Read more about it here.

*Where will you find the highest sand dunes in California? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Adopted Pippen from a rescue at age of about 2. Due to the pandemic, this past Easter was our first opportunity to take him camping. Went with our daughter and her family and he loved it, especially going on a hike and exploring with us. This is him wearing my hat on the drive home in our truck pulling our Cruise Lite trailer.” —Thomas Cushard (Note from editor: We’re sure Pippen has enjoyed many more hikes and adventures since then. What a cutie!)

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!

Y’all cowboys and cowgirls are going to love this! We could have used it as our laugh of the day too. It’s funny!

Leave here with a laugh

“I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.” —Rita Rudner

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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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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1 year ago

Thank you for your immediate response on the new tank gauge system. We had come back to RV Travel this evening to reread that article and purchase the system. I don’t know of any other publication that would have had the integrity and caring for such honesty and quick response. I was extremely pleased with this publication before but you have my undying support from here out. Thank you!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bugsy

Thank you, Bugsy! We appreciate your kind words. Yes, we try to be 100% accurate in everything we publish, but sometimes we make a mistake. As soon as we find out, we admit it and correct it. So, thank you for acknowledging that you realize we’re only human. Take care, and have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Gary Gozdecki
1 year ago

Remember that CO detectors usually expire before Smoke Detectors.So it might be wiser to buy separate units.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Gozdecki

I would think, in that case, that the expiration date on the item would be for the earlier part to expire – in which case it would be replaced sooner rather than later. I just looked one up on Amazon and it says: “No battery replacement needed – combo smoke and CO detector operates on a non-replaceable, 10-year lithium battery.” So, I’m sure that means both parts of the detector last that long and then the whole unit is replaced. Have a good night, Gary. 🙂 –Diane

Vanessa Simmons
1 year ago

The thought of the day…I read and reread almost EVERY post I make before hitting post. Then I read them again and if there are errors I edit it. I don’t understand people who don’t do this!

1 year ago

Trivia of the day is a real stretch on several counts.

Kyle Petree
1 year ago

There is also a lake in Yelllowstone that drains to both the Atlantic and Pacific.


Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

The first tip in the Cowboy Wisdom is the best.

I looked at that FBI list of missing persons. I’ve memorized each and every face and will have no trouble recognizing any that I happen to see.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

DFW is twenty degrees and ice covered roads. This is not a good day to visit.

1 year ago

Central Florida is 80 deg today and was freezing just a few days ago. Black Hills were warmer than Cent Fla those few days ago, as well. I love it that we humans who think we can control everything, has Mother Nature to put us in our place.

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