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Issue 1907
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.


Today’s thought

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” ―Kazuo Ishiguro


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Daiquiri Day! Cheers!

On this day in history: 1977 – The world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2) and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time (ET).



Tip of the Day

No mess, no hassle RV sewer hose storage tips

By Gail Marsh
We’ve had several “adventures” with our sewer hose. In our first RV, the previous owner stored the hose in the RV’s hollow, rear bumper. We did the same. It seemed like the perfect place, and so convenient. The hose stayed far, far away from our other RV equipment. No worries about cross-contamination or lingering odors. It was perfect. That is, until on our third trip out the bumper cap came off and the sewer hose vibrated completely out of the bumper! Clueless, we arrived at the campground without a sewer hose. Worse, we were hours away from a store that sold them. The experience cured us of the bumper storage idea.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Flagstaff Classic 8529RKSB fifth wheel

Tony writes, “This is an unusual floor plan in fifth wheels that almost has three logical spaces to hang out. Further, this is one of the brands that has spoiled me and why I always complain about the same things in other brands. I know they don’t have to be the way most manufacturers do them.” He adds that this is a fifth wheel brand he could recommend without reservation.

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For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

Should we be concerned about full-body RV slides with appliances?

Dear Dave,
Just looking over some of Tony’s RV reviews, it looks like a lot of the travel trailers he looks at have full-body RV slides of mechanicals in them such as refrigerator, sink, oven/stove, etc. How does this affect the slides and mechanical systems? Looking at a review with suspension issues and slides above them, I would think that full slides with mechanicals in them could be a major issue. I’m not looking at these, but what are some of the points to look at before purchase? —Jeffrey, 2016 Gulfstream, 30 ft.

Read Dave’s answer



NEW! Video of the day

Gas vs. EV: Who wins? This is one epic RV towing showdown!

Welcome to the Epic RV Towing Showdown: GMC gas truck vs. electric Ford F-150!

  • In one corner we have a gas-powered V-8 GMC Sierra.
  • In the other corner is a fully electric F-150 Ford Lightning.

The challenge is to see which RV towing truck goes further on a single charge versus a single tank of gas when hauling identical travel trailers.

You’ve gotta see it! Click here to watch


New (or any) RVers – There is hope! You CAN find campsites!

Are you one of the thousands of new RVers or looking to become one? Are you discouraged by the headlines and statements you read in this newsletter and elsewhere, such as: The need to make reservations a year in advance; “Not in my backyard” objections to proposed RV parks; RV ownership at an all-time high and millions more planning to buy; the ability to go where you want, when you want is a thing of the past. Dave Helgeson offers words of encouragement to both new RVers and longtime RVers, along with many suggestions of finding campsites outside of traditional campgrounds, here.


Reader poll

How much of your clothing do you buy on Amazon?

Tell us here


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Can chopping vegetables be “cute?” Yes! And this is how!


Quick Tip

Stop slideout plumbing leaks before they start

Responding to a story we posted regarding water damage to RVs, longtime reader Dave Telenko pointed out an area of concern that some RVers might miss. “Another spot to check is the kitchen slide. Not only the pressurized water, but the drain line that flexes back and forth every time the slide goes in and out. On our 2017 Forest River 34Q, there was such a leak. The problem is the mating of a soft flexible hose (bilge hose) into standard ABS (house plumbing) pipes with a compression-type fitting. It didn’t work and leaked. I put a piece of metal on the inside of the soft hose and then tightened up the fitting. It was tight. I tried to pull it out and no way could I do it.” Thanks, Dave, for keeping us “on the dry slide.”


On this day last year…



Website of the day

Alaska.org
Heading to Alaska soon or thinking about planning a trip? (Come on, it’s a DREAM RV destination!) Start your planning here.


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:

• 17 percent believe that generators should never be allowed to be used in National Park campgrounds.
• Another 17 percent use a dehumidifier in their RV very often.
• 7 percent say they’ve slept more than 7 people in their RV at one time.

Recent poll: How far did you travel to buy your present RV?


Recipe of the Day

Loaded Nacho Dip
by Sheila Kremer from Tyndall, SD

This cheese dip is literally loaded with all kinds of texture and flavor. It’s an easy Crock Pot appetizer recipe. If you use the liner as recommended, clean-up is a breeze. The dip is full of ground meat and yummy smoky bacon. The onions are cooked with the meat mixture so they are nice and soft. Super cheesy, this dip makes a lot, so it would be perfect for a crowd.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Photo credit: Godot13, Wikimedia

The very first U.S. dollar bill was issued in 1862 and featured a portrait of Salmon P. Chase. Chase was the then-sitting U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He remained on the dollar bill until 1869 when his portrait was replaced with the first U.S. President, George Washington. However, years later Chase reappeared on the $10,000 bill, a certificate used to trade currency between banks. Huh!

*What popular show’s main character sings the show’s theme song? Take a guess then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“It’s our turn to drive! Yoshi and Mojo (Shih Tzu and a Shih Tzu/Bichon Frisée mix) always jump into the driver’s seat when we stop for fuel to watch us out the window. They have become great little travelers and we love having them as traveling companions.” —Charlene Guidry

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!


Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.


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Al Debes
4 months ago

The bumper cap fix drill a 1/4 inch hole in bumper and cap all the way through. Drill hole in bolt and use a slip pin. Have done it thus way since 1982. Haven’t lost one yet. Cost $2.00

Linda H
4 months ago

Thanks for the Alaska website of the day! Heading out on a trip of a lifetime next month and already found some can’t miss adventures!

Matt Colie
4 months ago

I so hope that this typo is your biggest mistake of the year. If it is, I already have you beat.

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Emily Woodbury(@emily)
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt Colie

It was indeed a typo! But now I’m curious about yours… –Emily, RVtravel.com

Rock & Tina
4 months ago

Trivia – Washington first appeared on the US one dollar bill in 1869, not 1969.

Bob p
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

I was going to say about all I had I 1969 was a few $1 bills and I thought they all had George Washington on them. Lol

Snayte
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Thanks I thought that might be inaccurate. I would have thought I would have seen one with Chase on it if they were around until 1969.

Joseph
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Thanks for clarifying! That caught my attention too, now I don’t have to Google it😎.

Stay safe, Joe

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Emily Woodbury(@emily)
4 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

Whoops! Thanks, all. That was a typo and we’ve corrected it. –Emily, RVtravel.com

KellyR
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

That had me too. I know that when mowing lawns in the ’50s I got paid in Washingtons….and half dollars. And every Christmas, I would get a brand new crisp Washington from Grandma. (RVT, yep many of us readers do read every word.)

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

I totally “spaced out” on that one when I proofed it last night. OY! –Diane

KellyR
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

That’s what 28/7 gets you.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

I’m surprised I don’t miss much more than I do! If I do get any sleep, guess what I dream about. Proofreading newsletters. 🙄 Have a great day, Kelly! 😀 –Diane

Brad G. Hancock NH
4 months ago

Yoshi and Mojo made me smile:)