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RV Daily Tips. Monday, February 28, 2022

Issue 1806
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

“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul” ―Victor Hugo

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Public Sleeping Day. (Does taking a nap in your RV in a public park count?)

On this day in history: 1953 – James Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April’s Nature (pub. April 2).

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Is RVer stuck with sticky black water valve?

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter about a sticky black water valve he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
Pulling the black water handle on my 2012 Entegra is getting more difficult compared to the gray water side. Is there any way to ease this or prevent it from getting even more difficult? —Ed

Read Chris’ response

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel looks at the 2022 Wildwood X-Lite 28VBXL. Tony writes, “[I]f you can make a space that can be used in more than one way, you’ve earned my interest. And this trailer is really, really good at both space utilization and also taking spaces and making them multipurpose. … I can see this trailer making a lot of sense to the right buyer who may really get a lot out of the flexible design and unique features. ”

Click 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.

Why can’t I get power through my Smart Surge Protector?

Dear Dave,
I have a Power Watchdog Smart Surge Protector with Emergency Power Off (EPO) and a Generac GP3300i portable generator for a Lance 2465. In order to get power to the trailer, the surge protector cannot be used. Do I need to ground the generator? —Charlie

Read Dave’s answer.


Powering your house from a portable generator

Dear Mike,
What are the ways you can power your house from a portable generator? I had a power outage for a few days over the winter and ran a few extension cords into my refrigerator and television set, but there must be a better way. And what about this suicide cable I keep hearing about? Is it actually safe?

I don’t need a lot of power, but it sure would be nice to turn on the lights and run a few small appliances if the power dies. How can I do this safely next time? —Sharona

Read Mike’s very informative response

• RVelectricity post from Saturday: Are campgrounds ready for EV charging?
Read more of Mike’s articles here.

My two favorite black tank dumpin’ gadgets

By Tony Barthel
Dealing with the black tank is one of the least enjoyable parts of the RV lifestyle. When a product comes along that makes the process even a little bit friendlier, I’m in. As such, two Camco products have really made my black tank dealings less miserable and have taken some of the frustration out of parts of this process. Continue reading

Reader poll

Do you shop at Costco?

Tell us here

Penetrating oil can save the day!
It can be a bad day on the road if you break down and need to loosen a screw or bolt and it won’t budge. Here’s help: This rust eater, deep penetrating oil will penetrate rust, scale and corrosion to free parts and assemblies instantly. It will free up rusted machine screws, bolts, nuts, clamps for mufflers and tail pipes, locks and more. You need this! Learn more.

Quick Tip

Avoid tire “blowouts” with proper inflation

An RV tire can lose up to half its inflation and still not appear flat. Tire “blowouts” are one of the most common insurance claims as they can cause damage not only to the tire but to the undercarriage of the RV as well. Watch this important video from Chris Dougherty to see an example. Tire “blowouts” are often caused by underinflated or overloaded tires.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Angela Klinger
2017 Arctic Fox 1140 Truck Camper

“We have been full-timing for 16 years and our 2005 Holiday Rambler Presidential fifth wheel is retired on a lot on a ranch in Tombstone, Arizona. Before we went full-time, we had a truck camper and we did a lot of camping with our horses. We loved our fifth wheel but as we traveled we often said how much we missed traveling in a truck camper. We decided to buy the Arctic Fox 1140 (nicknamed the ‘Foxes Den’). The room and storage inside and outside in this model is unbelievable. Our longest trip in it so far has been one year. We love having our home with us when we sightsee and we love going off-road and being by ourselves. We have solar panels, an onboard generator, an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, a microwave/convection oven, a 3-burner stove, oven, and a dry bath. All the comforts we need. It’s heavy and we carry it on a 2018 Ram diesel 5500 4-door with a custom-made utility bed.”

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

Website of the day

14 Destinations to Visit and See Gorgeous Spring Flowers
Tomorrow is March (can you believe it?) and that means spring flowers are just around the corner! Start planning your trips around where the flowers bloom. Trust us—it’s a beautiful idea!

Oh, shucks. We hate when we get sucked into wanting (and sometimes buying) our own products, but this one is just too eggcellent to pass up!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• The load mis-taken: A hilarious story on what NOT to bring RVing
• RV Tire Safety: Tire life – Why can’t I get a straight or consistent answer?
• Motorhome sideswipes truck. Video captures it all. Ugly!

Recipe of the Day

Workday Breakfast Burritos
by Roni Rawlins from Carnegie, OK

We’re all looking for healthier breakfast options and ways to simplify our morning routine. These easy breakfast burritos are the perfect option. Using fresh spinach, turkey sausage, and egg whites make a delicious protein-packed, lower-calorie breakfast. The flavor is so fantastic you wouldn’t guess it’s egg white and turkey sausage. The tiny bit of American cheese adds that melty cheese factor you want in a breakfast burrito. Since these are prepped ahead of time, it’s an easy way to avoid the temptation of a not-so-healthy breakfast. It’s also economical.

Click here for the recipe


Roosters have earplugs! Well, sort of… If you’ve ever been woken up by a rooster at the crack of dawn, you know how loud they can be. So how come roosters don’t go deaf at their own crowing? The smarter-than-you-think animal has developed a way to plug its ears when it opens its mouth. The canal shrinks and the soft tissue inside covers the eardrum, reducing the alarming sound of its crowing by more than half! Darn smart roosters!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gigi, our little half Mini Aussie and half Corgi, is always ready to travel and let the world pet the softest dog ever.” —Walt Williams

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 owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!

A Rand McNally road atlas for kids—how fun!
Give this Rand McNally Road Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place. It also has state facts and fun state-related activities. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

OMG! This is too cute! Every dog needs one of these!

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7 months ago

Sams Club. Never shopped at a Costcos although I went inside for a tour and said it looks like a Sams Club with different stuff. Been a Sams member for over at least 15 years. Hooked.

Annita Quiggle
7 months ago

We shop at Sam’s Club not Costco

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago

Your trivia info today was interesting. I wonder what grant-surfing intellectual came up with this absolutely useless info, even if it IS interesting.

7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

AMEN! Tommy – Amen!

Jeff Craig
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tyson Chicken employees, while processing every scrap of flesh for your McNuggets.

7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I think the poor hens realized this before anyone else. Maybe they told on the roosters.

7 months ago

Did the roosters figure this out before or after they noticed the problem? Why aren’t humans smart enough to evolve a way to protect our ears?

7 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

You have fingers to plug your ears by the time chickens are fingers it is to late.

7 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

What! I’ve seen chicken fingers for sale at stores and resturants…

Dennis F
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

Now that’s funny!

7 months ago

Great newsletter today! Thanks for not including any half-baked articles designed to rile those of us whose negative nabobism is near the surface.
Very informative article and comments on black flush valves!
Also, since so many of us are downsizing, maybe a few more reviews of B’s or C’s that have the all important swivel front seats (captains chairs)

7 months ago

re: spring flowers.

Wow, clearly Martha never goes south of the Mason Dixon line. March is a superb time to visit the azalea and other gardens of Natchez, Vicksburg, Mobile, Charleston, Savannah. Not sure when the big azalea bloom is in Norfolk, it might be later. But, sheesh! Mid-March to Mid-April is one big flower show in the deep South.

7 months ago

Re: tires. Blowouts are frequently caused by UNDER inflation. Almost never by over inflation. Your lead-in implying that they are equal causes is dangerously misleading. Far too many people think the “pressure number” on the tire is a “maximum”, and consequently are under-inflating overloaded tires. Please keep trying to educate a very stubborn set of RV’ers on this subject, but do it correctly.

7 months ago

GIGI is the Cutest!!!!

7 months ago
Reply to  Debra

Isn’t she though! You beat me to complimenting Gigi but I can join you in it! Thanks, Debra and Walt, thank you for sharing Gigi with the rest of us dog lovers!