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RV Daily Tips. Monday, April 18, 2022

Issue 1841
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, product reviews and more. Thanks for joining us. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” ―Pablo Neruda

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Animal Crackers Day!

On this day in history: 1930 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that “there is no news” in their evening report. (Hah! Can you even imagine?)

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

Tip of the Day

12 unusual uses for pennies inside and outside your RV

By Gail Marsh
“Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck.” You may have heard this saying when you were little, like I did. I’m not sure about the guarantee of “good luck,” but I do know that there are several unusual uses for pennies that just might help in and around your RV. Take a look and see for yourself. After reading these, you’re going to want to pick up the next penny you find on the ground!

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Today’s RV review…

Jayco Eagle HT 24RE: The smallest Jayco fifth wheel

Tony writes, “This model would make a tremendous amount of sense to a lot of people. While this would be about the same size as a truck and average-sized travel trailer when being towed, there’s the additional size and capacity plus the better towing of a fifth wheel.” But what’s Tony’s gripe with Jayco?

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.

When I exercise the generator, can I leave the shoreline cord plugged in?

Dear Dave,
I understand that I should exercise my generator at least 2 hours per month, and at least at 50% load. If I am hooked to 30-amp shore power and start up the generator to exercise it with AC on, is that sufficient / correct? In other words, is it okay to leave the RV hooked to shore power while exercising the generator? Or should I disconnect while exercising the generator? Thanks for your response! —John, 2018 Leisure Travel Van Unity TB

Read Dave’s answer


More ways to recharge an EV on the road

I’m getting a lot of response and opinions about my J.A.M. Session a few weeks ago about recharging an EV on the side of the road with a portable generator or Solar Power Station. So I’m going to cut through all the dross and tell you the basics of how roadside recharging could work. Note that I do all the calculations and field testing myself, so this isn’t some wish-list proposed by some company with a horse in the race. These are calculations and possibly test results from my own FunkWorks Lab.

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Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Lakes where you can fish without a state fishing license

We profile three RV parks around the USA where you can fish without a state fishing license. For RVing anglers who travel from state to state, it’s a hassle to fish in public waters which require a state license, and the fees can add up. But by staying at RV parks with private lakes, no license is required. Learn about three such places.

Reader poll

How long was the “courtship” with your current spouse or partner?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, posted this tip while he was serving as’s technical editor.

RV refrigerator check

As you open your RV for the season, be sure to check the refrigerator before you start it up. First, remove anything you have in the doors keeping them propped open, and make sure the inside of the unit is clean. Close the doors and go outside and open the refrigerator compartment. Clean this area well. Webs, dirt, pine needles, etc., need to be removed, and vacuum it out. If you see any damage, have the unit checked by a Certified RV Technician. Once this is done, turn on your LP gas and turn the refrigerator on. It may take a number of tries to get it started while the air is purged from the LP lines. Once it starts, watch it for a bit to make sure it stays lit and everything is okay, then switch it to Auto and let it run for 24 hours to get cold.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Lynn Davis
2020 Renegade Verona LE

“From the time we back it out of the garage we are on vacation. There’s not one thing we would change. It’s all electric, has a bath and a 1/2, and a king-sized bed. It has a residential kitchen, a fireplace, three slides, unlimited hot showers and a full washer and dryer. Not to mention it’s just fun to drive. We Love our RV!”

If you’d like to see this feature continue, please tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.

Well, once again, we got sucked into our own product suggestion and just ordered two of these for two blank (we can’t say the word)-obsessed people on our staff. You might want this too.

Website of the day

Jazz Travel Guide: 25 U.S. Venues You Must Visit
If you love listening to live jazz, you’ve got to check out this list. Some of these places are famous, while others you may have never heard of. Either way, we’ll see you out at some of these!

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• RVs are about to upend American life
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Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Salsa
by Natalie Miller from Huber Heights, OH

A refreshing salsa for summer. It’s slightly sweet and tangy and has a little heat from the jalapenos and diced onion. Tomatoes and onions surprisingly complement each other very well. The tiny bit of cilantro adds a touch of freshness to the salsa. Perfect for summer cookouts and pool parties. Make sure to chill this for a few hours before serving. The flavors become even better after sitting. If the jalapenos scare you, just leave them out or cut them back.

Click here for the recipe

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Since it’s National Animal Cracker Day…

In 1902, Nabisco began selling animal crackers, which they called Barnum’s Animals, named after P.T. Barnum, one of the country’s greatest showmen. The familiar circus-themed box they come in was originally designed to be a Christmas ornament. After you were done eating the crackers, you were supposed to take the string and turn the package into an ornament. And that string? Well, each year 8,000 miles of string are used in the packaging! Each shift at their New Jersey factory uses about 30 miles of string. Jeez!

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Lando the cat and Kylo the dog are best friends and love to travel and take in the scenery!” —Rob Boyer

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!

Brand-new! 2022 The MILEPOST is the best Alaska Travel Planner
Driving to Alaska soon or planning a trip? This is the book you need! The MILEPOST is Alaska’s best-selling travel guide and the 2022 guide is the 74th edition. It includes mile-by-mile descriptions of more than 15,000 miles of road in Alaska and through Canada, and includes more than 100 city and highway maps. Happy Travels! Learn more or order.

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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Jesse Crouse (@guest_177387)
1 year ago

Wait till they become teenagers and the college bill’s come in.

Sharon L Boehmer (@guest_177329)
1 year ago

Fishing without a license- my understanding is that in Texas, you can bank/pier fish without a license in the state parks. And yes, we need a federal fishing license for those over 62. Last summer’s trip was all about fishing, for him, and he ended up with 6 different state fishing licenses.

Bill B (@guest_177321)
1 year ago

Lando and Kylo demonstrate getting along with each other so well.

Glenn (@guest_177292)
1 year ago

Getting a spinning circle and “Please wait while we verify your request”. Your site won’t load until I request the desktop site. This just started in the last couple of days. Using a Samsung tablet with Firefox browser. This happens when clicking your email link.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Glenn

Sorry, Glenn. I’m checking with our IT folks to see if they have any idea of what’s causing that. We apologize for the inconvenence. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Glenn (@guest_177373)
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

👌 Thanks, you too.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_177276)
1 year ago

Saw one of these written on a dirty rear window. “I wish my wife was this dirty!”

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Funny! Thanks, Tommy! Take care. 😀 –Diane

Jesse Crouse (@guest_177388)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I think that might come under “Be careful what you wish for; You just might get it”.

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_177261)
1 year ago

The Leave Here With Laugh picture is great. It reminds me of the remark Groucho Marx made to a contestant on his live TV show YOU BET YOUR LIFE. Since this is a family oriented site, you’ll have to use Google to find out what Groucho said. It was classic Groucho!

tom (@guest_177263)
1 year ago

Something about a cigar.

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_177266)
1 year ago
Reply to  tom

Hi Tom, Yes it was, but I just did truth check on this and apparently the quote is an urban myth.

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