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RV Daily Tips. Friday, December 30, 2022

Issue 2025
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

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” ―Albert Schweitzer

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bacon Day! (Yes!!!)

On this day in history: 1927 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.

Tip Article of the Day

Editor’s note: Gail wrote this last year but we wanted to share it again. 

My most memorable New Year’s Eve – A wonderful time with strangers

By Gail Marsh
My husband and I rarely go out on New Year’s Eve. We much prefer staying home. But one New Year’s Eve we were adventurous – by our standards anyway – and decided on a whim to get Chinese food. There was a restaurant not far from our home and we wanted to “do something nice for ourselves” after surviving a particularly hectic Christmas season with our three small (and very active) children. The memories of that one New Year’s Eve are repeated and embellished and recollected each year as we flip the page on the Old Year and brace for the New Year to come. You’ll see why soon enough…

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Ask Dave

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

Why do some appliances work on LP but cooktop and generator do not?

Dear Dave,
In the recent past all the propane appliances in our RV worked fine, but on our last outing the generator would not start and the cooktop would not light. The fridge, water heater and furnace all worked as they should. There was never a smell of propane from the cooktop. Any suggestions? —Howard, 2017 Winnebago Fuse 24A

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV Shop With Dustin

How do I prevent an RV LP gas leak?

Recently, we sat down to talk about a post that went viral involving an LP gas leak. Two campers were not aware that their RV had an LP gas leak. One of them lit the propane stove to cook breakfast and it caused the RV to explode and catch on fire.

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Video of the day

Brilliant budget DIY RV exterior paint project

By Cheri Sicard
Is your RV starting to look a little worn or shabby on the outside? Have you even considered RV exterior paint as a possible alternative to a dirty RV exterior marked by age and cracking or peeling decals? If so, this video may help.

Click here to watch

Level makes trailer re-hitching easy

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Folks who tow travel trailers and fifth wheels often struggle with hooking back up after setting up their trailer for livability. The problem is this: You unhitch and level the trailer; when it’s time to hitch up again, getting the front of the trailer to the right height to hitch up can be a pain in the neck. Well, here’s just the thing to make trailer re-hitching easy!

Reader poll

Did you stick to your 2022 New Year’s resolution?

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Quick Tip

An easy way to help control food costs

Keeping food costs down can also result in keeping time spent in the galley reduced, providing more time for other pursuits. Here’s a tip for the rolling chef: When preparing meals, consider if your menu choices can be prepared in larger portions and reprised at a later date. Can you make double or triple portions, and put the leftovers in the freezer? You’ll save on time, often on ingredients, and later, after a long day on the road, your frozen meals can be popped in the microwave or gently reheated while left in the bag and warmed up in a pan of water.

Now this would be something to surprise your New Year’s Eve guests with! Appetizer, anyone?

On this day last year…

Website of the day

New Year’s Traditions From Around the World
Do you know why, and in what countries, folks make noise at midnight? Do you know what foods are lucky? What do other countries “pop” other than champagne? All that and more.

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Recipe of the Day

Mom’s New Year’s Hoppin’ John

by Fran Murray from Fountain Hills, AZ

Black-eyed peas are delicious. But add bacon to them… and you have a winner. Everything is seasoned just right in this recipe. Start your new year on a lucky note with this yummy meal.

Click here for the recipe

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In the 1920s, Americans saved Ecuador’s economy by consuming millions of Eskimo Pies (now called Edy’s Pie). Yup, that’s right! In the 1920s, Ecuador went through its own depression and was in need of a massive infusion of money. At the same time in the U.S., the Eskimo Pie was invented (if you’re unfamiliar, that’s an ice cream treat covered in chocolate). By 1922, Americans were consuming so many Eskimo Pies that global cocoa prices were driven up 50 percent. Since Ecuador was, at the time, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, they received enough money to lift the entire country out of its depression.

*What soup is named “the soup that won the war”? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My Buddy the Weimaraner is my constant companion, my loyal friend. He’s such a presence and loves everyone!” —Tena Fairfield

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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martin a
1 month ago

Thanks to all who make this newsletter possible, you all do a good job! I learn things and occasionally contribute a tidbit as well. I hope we as a community can always be supportive of each others needs when we are aware of them that is what makes this a family in my mind. Happy New year to all, keep on traveling!

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  martin a

Thank you very much, Martin. We appreciate your kind words, and the “tidbits” that you contribute. We hope you and yours have a healthy and very wonderful 2023. 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago

Buddy knows how to present his best side, beautiful, Tena. My brother trained Weimaraner’s to flush and retrieve game birds. Seems there was always 5-6 of them at his kennel, they were all sweet loving dogs even tho they belonged to his clients.

1 month ago
Reply to  Cee

Beautiful, beautiful hound, they are among the best.

1 month ago

laugh of the day reminded me of a BBQ place I was at that had a vegan section on their menu.

It was the list of soft drinks. 😀

William Anderson
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Or Rudy’s BBQ in Albuquerque. Their aprons said “I did not claw my way up the food chain to eat vegetables”!

Caren Kelly
1 month ago

Happy New Year to everyone and especially the RVTravel team, here’s to a excellent 2023!

1 month ago

Buddy is a beautiful dog!!

1 month ago

My daughter had a great Weimaraner. She died after a year of diabetes. I always loved that dog. She did scare visitors but they quickly found out how gentle she was.

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

I want to thank the entire RVTravel team for all of the hard work you do every day throughout the year. It’s a lot of hard work and long hours creating these newsletters and daily tips and we all (I think) truly appreciate your hard work.

David Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

I agree. Thank you.

Tom M
1 month ago

Same here.

1 month ago

Totally agree as well. Everyone else who agrees raise your hand.

Marie Beschen
1 month ago
Reply to  Impavid

My hand is raised!!

1 month ago
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Diane Mc
1 month ago
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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Thanks, “other” Diane. Impavid will probably look at this and think it’s from “this” Diane. I’ll reply to everyone’s wonderful comments shortly. 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago
Reply to  Impavid

My hand is raised!

I’ll add: Happy New Year to all especially the crew! Thanks a million for what you do for us (the family of RVers)!

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Lindalee

Thanks a million for you and all of our other wonderful readers, Lindalee! We appreciate all of you so much (or we wouldn’t be here, actually). We all love what we do, but getting good feedback for our efforts makes it all very worthwhile. Have a healthy and wonderful New Year! 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago

Started watching from the beginning when we bought our first RV…over 20 years plus, 2 travel trailers and our now perfect for us motorhome we feel like it’s part of our family…learned so much over the years…passed this on to all of our RV friends and family…thank you Chuck and Emily…

Roger B
1 month ago

Absolutely, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.🎄🎉

1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The best of my daily reads ,,,,

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Norb

Thank you, Caren, Wayne, David, Tom M, Impavid, Marie, Tom, (“other”) Diane Mc, Barbara, Roger B, Norb. We appreciate you all, and your kind words. We wish you all a healthy, happy and terrific 2023! 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

You said it all Wayne 🤚🖐🖖👌✌️👏

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  cee

Thanks, cee. We appreciate you, too, and wish you and yours a healthy and wonderful 2023. 😀 –Diane at

Bill Coady
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

I agree! Thank you to the entire RVTravel crew. Happy New Year

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Coady

Thanks, Bill! All of us at wish you and yours a healthy and terrific 2023. (And I don’t know why, whenever I see your name, “Wild Bill” pops into my head. Sorry. 😆 ) –Diane at

Steve Minor
1 month ago
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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
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Thank you, Steve! We appreciate you, and all of our other readers, more than we can say. Have a healthy and terrific 2023! 😀 –Diane at