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Issue 1912
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

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” ―A.J. Cronin

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day! We like the sound of that!

On this day in history: 1947 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.

Tip of the Day

Slide out seals, Part 2: What can happen if you don’t maintain your slide out roof

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
Neglecting your slide out roof seam tape and wiper seals can cost you thousands of dollars.

For example, in the pictures below, this owner was saying that there was water leaking into the inside room of the slide out, as well at the bottom floor line.

When we asked the customer if he has been servicing the slide outs, he said “no,” and stated that they didn’t know that anything needed to be done!

Wait until you see these photos… 

Today’s RV review…

Hiker Trailer makes some interesting ‘square drops’

Tony writes, “While I have looked at a lot of RVs, including the most affordable trailers, most are well over the mid $25,000 price just for the entry-level models. Hiker is different.

“In fact, Hiker Trailer models start at $5,995 for the Highway Deluxe. So what’s the deal?”

Continue reading

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Ask Dave

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

How do I fix a crack on my RV’s gray water tank?

Dear Dave,
There’s a crack on top of my RV’s gray water tank. How do I fix it? —Buck, 2021 Puma Palomino

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

RV organization ideas: Find ANYTHING in your RV in 15 seconds or less

By Cheri Sicard
In the fun and informative video below, you will not only come away with tons of RV organization ideas that can help you organize your own RV, but you’ll also meet Tiki.

Tiki is an inspiring solo full-time RVer. In the course of the video, you will get to tour her 23-foot 1984 Champion Flagship motorhome, which she completely gutted and remodeled.

In the process of doing so, Tiki created the ultimate perfectly organized RV. Everything, and I do mean everything, has a place. Likewise, Tiki’s organized RV is always neat, uncluttered, and camera ready.

Watch the video

RVer suspects sewer tank leak, but where is it?

A reader writes: “I suspect we have a leak in our black water system between the toilet and tank, which sits directly below the toilet. I can see the pipe that goes straight down to the tank… I cannot tell how this pipe is attached to the toilet, but that is where I suspect the leak may be.” So where might it be?

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Quick Tip

Hang that sewer hose in your basement

Not everyone has a great storage place for their sewer hose. Reader Mike R. worked out a way to park his: “I bought a plastic fence post at Home Depot. Cut it to fit in my Class A basement. Suspended it from the roof of the basement with nylon web straps. Put an end cap on each end and attached it with a thumb screw, then marked which length it contains. It holds a 15′ and a 5′ hose. Each respective hose is accessible from both ends.” Editor’s note: If you live in an area where your local “Homer” doesn’t stock vinyl fence posts, you can order them shipped direct to your house. Thanks, Mike!

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Travel Nevada – Road Trips
There’s a lot more to Nevada than just Sin City. It’s a beautiful state! This page on the Travel Nevada website tells you about amazing road trips you should add to your to-travel list.

Now this is one smart invention! And it’s great for us RVers who spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. *adds to cart*

And the Survey Says…

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

• 62 percent have had to remove a tick on their body more than one time. 14 percent have had to remove a tick one time.
• 28 percent do laundry at least twice a week, sometimes more.
• When they go out to eat, the majority of voters, 55 percent, usually go out for dinner. 32 percent go out for lunch, and 13 percent go out most often for breakfast.

Recent poll: Where do you prefer to stay—in a scenic, primitive public campground or a nondescript but clean RV park with full hookups?

Recipe of the Day

My Hot Diggity Dog Mac & Cheese
by Tammy T. from Phoenix, AZ

Creamy mac-n-cheese combined with hot dogs, my oh my. This will be a hit with kiddos – big and small! With a hint of nutmeg, the mac-n-cheese alone was delish. Adding the hot dogs makes this a fun dinner! We baked it up in a 9×13 baking dish.

Click here for the recipe

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Back in the 1930s, the “cool” thing to do was get your social security number tattooed on you! What a thought! When the Social Security Administration was formed, there were no worries that someone would steal your identity or anything of the sort—it was just a way for you to apply for jobs, get your money… and that was pretty much it. While some people memorized their numbers, a large number of people ran out and got them tattooed on their bodies. Some people got their numbers engraved on a piece of jewelry, which, if you spend time in antique shops, you may be lucky enough to find today.

*What mammal needs the least amount of sleep? A giraffe? A horse? A goat? A hippo? Guess, then see if you’re right in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Miso is a two-year-old purebred Cocker Spaniel that loves to travel! He explores the outdoors with us, and loves sitting in his chair outside enjoying the fresh air.” —Lauren Wilson

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!

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  1. The petite gal at “Interstellarorchard” bought a Hiker after she sold her Casita. A few months later, her column and web site vanished.

    • Hi, Donald. Becky’s Instagram account says, “Off the road since 2021. Thanks for 9 great years!” Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

  2. Now does this mean that I can’t celebrate today with my Coffee Milkshake? That would be two days instead of one and I do like coffee milk shakes!

    • Go for it, Mike. Especially since there were two Tuesdays this week! 😆 And with the heat, I’m sure those are especially refreshing. Take care, and stay cool. 😀 –Diane

  3. Link is broken for TODAY’s news letter. Got to the Coffee Milkshake and realized it. Thought I was lucky by having two “days” of my favorite milkshake!

  4. I cannot believe you allowed a boring long never-ending prostate video to be allowed in your awesome newsletter.

  5. re: SSN tattoos
    I have seen this on the side of body under the arms. Also seen the blood type tattoo also [ + – A B ] in same location.
    This was done during the early stages of the cold war in anticipation of nuclear attacks. They wanted to able to ID the dead and know what blood type the injured where.

  6. Leave Here With A Laugh was pretty good. Coincidentally, I bet a LOT of people want to leave their boot exactly where it is in the bottom center picture.

  7. I second the PVC fence post for sewer line storage. However, be aware that it comes with slots already cut into one or more sides. Be sure to get the kind with slots on only one side and place that side on the top to prevent drips and to allow ventilation. The zip ties have worked well for me, and I did buy the heaviest duty zip tie I could find.

    • I also used the PVC post and added a length of plastic rain gutter that slides in and out of post freely. Screwed a short length of wooden dowel across the open end for a grab handle. This also keeps the hose fittings in place with the hose behind them. Easily holds 20 ft. of hose, caps, elbows, etc. Added a small drawer pull to the post cap and a short bungee to hold the cap on.

  8. A PVC pipe works perfect for your sewer hose too. Attached ours right after getting new RV. Been using for 7 years with no issues>

    • I can think of better places to store my sewer hose than inside basement. I purchased a septic field 4” drain pipe with drain holes, installed a vented cap on one end, a screw on cap on the other and hung it under the RV with plumber strapping. It’s always wet when I put it away so it drains and dries as I drive, no mess, no smell inside the RV.


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