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RV Daily Tips. Monday, January 2, 2023

Issue 2026
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

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” ―Dale Carnegie


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Buffet Day!

On this day in history: 1974 – United States President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 mph in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.



Tip of the Day

It’s time to plan 2023 RV group trips now—Don’t wait!

By Gail Marsh
With the ongoing influx of thousands of new RVers, you do not want to put off planning your 2023 RV group camping trips. Whether it’s a single reunion weekend, a few weekends in the summer, or a longer regional tour that takes weeks, the time to plan is now. Here are some tips to help you get started…

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 TOP 5! These were our top 5 most popular Daily Tips articles in 2022

  1. Don’t throw out your Pringles can! Use it these 11 ways in your RV (Yep, this was the most popular, all right!)
  2. You can be TOO nice of a campsite neighbor. Don’t do these four things. 
  3. 21 unusual but brilliant uses for Dawn dish soap in your RV
  4. You should be using broom holders in your RV (and not just for holding brooms!)
  5. 22 tips and gadgets to make the most of a small RV kitchen

 CONTEST!  Is this your RV?

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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors and writers 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.” 

RV black water flush sends water under the shower

Dear Dave,
I hooked up my black water flush and found water coming from under my cabinet. I removed the inspection cover under my shower and could see water on top of my black tank. Any ideas?  —Terrance, 2016 Grand Design 308BHTS

Read Dave’s answer


In the RV Shop with Dustin

Can I stow my Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bars in a different order?

Recently, our RV repair shop received the below email from Jerry regarding his Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bars:

“I am looking at getting a Nighthawk tow bar for my dinghy tow. The question I have has to do with folding it up to stow it when not in use. The videos I’ve seen show a 3-step process:

1. Bring the arms together
2. Rotate the arms up 90 degrees
3. Rotate the arms clockwise or counterclockwise 90 degrees

Question: Is it possible to stow the tow bar reversing steps 2 and 3?”

See Dustin’s answer


Coming Wednesday: Live video chat

Dave and Dustin answer your RV repair and maintenance questions

Our two tech experts will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So pick their brains via chat. Ask questions about RV repair and maintenance or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information. Learn where to watch in Wednesday’s newsletter.


Video of the day

Amazon CamperForce: Good-paying seasonal work for RVers

By Cheri Sicard
The video below is a CNBC story on how Amazon’s CamperForce is changing the ways companies handle seasonal staffing shortages while giving RVers an opportunity for well-paying temporary work.

In it, they profile an RVing couple who work for Amazon each year from December through February as temporary workers that fill seasonal needs. This couple has been working for Amazon seasonally for the past three years. The job allows them to make a decent amount of money in a short amount of time.

Click here to watch



An embarrassing story of a recital in majestic Kartchner Caverns

By Rod Andrew
Visiting Kartchner Caverns State Park should be on everyone’s list of essential experiences in Arizona, as they are among the finest of the many geological marvels of Arizona. Other travelers had advised my wife and me to visit them, and we were not disappointed. They are not as massive as some cave systems, but they still fill visitors with a sense of eons past, and their relatively smaller size makes the experience a very intimate one. … Continue reading about Rod’s embarrassing recital here. (Maybe you were there for it? You would remember, if you were.)


Reader poll

How many years in a row did you work at the same job at the same company?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

There’s always room for more space!

Reader Lisa Adcox writes, “In our first travel trailer we needed more storage. So we took the dinette out and added a cabinet. Put a top on it that was wide enough that it was like a bar so we could put stools up to it and still have an area to eat at. We took the existing trim and cut down the leather and put it back on the wall behind the cabinet. The RV dealer asked while in for maintenance if we had ordered it as a special order. They even took a picture because another RVing couple had wanted to do the same thing. We loved it. Did something similar in the second RV but used a table top that was there as the top of a custom cabinet my husband built.”

Very cool, Lisa! We love this idea! See, folks? There’s always extra room for more space!


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
Despite its recent release, this was one of the best-selling non-fiction books of 2022. A few of our staff members are reading it right now and highly recommend it.


Website of the day

Casino Camper
Want to stay at a casino in your RV? Some of the perks are wonderful (sometimes free camping, sometimes free food…). This site lists many RV-friendly casinos across the U.S. and in Canada.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Lemon Laws (kind of) protect new and used RV buyers. This is how they REALLY work
• Letter to the editor: Why it’s important to have a plan in case of a health scare
• The truth about RVing: It’s NOT always rosy …



Recipe of the Day

Good For You Breakfast Bars

by Jewel Hall from Cullman, AL

Jewel’s breakfast bar recipe is proof that “good for you” can be delicious, too. We would be happy campers if we could have one of these bars and a cup of coffee every morning… Talk about getting the day off on the right foot! They are crunchy, chewy, and sweet with a hint of peanut butter flavor.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

A typical lightning bolt moves at about 224,000 miles per hour, or about 3,700 miles per second. However, since the light we see from the bolt travels at the speed of light, that translates to about 670 million miles per hour, or about 186,000 miles per second. Whew!


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Buster the Yorkie is a great little traveler. On my trip through Canada, he would sit on my lap when I had my window rolled down, just a few feet from Bison, and watch with me instead of barking. He’s my traveling buddy!” —Debbie Christianson

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!

HAPPY DOG OR CAT: That’s what your little pal will be if you give him or her one of these.


Our top 5 best-selling Amazon products in 2022:

Of the thousands of items our readers purchased on Amazon through our affiliate links, these were the most popular:

  1. Corps of Engineers Camping: Directory of 942 Camping Areas in 35 States
  2. The Camco Lead-Free Water Bandit
  3. The book: 50 States 500 State Parks
  4. Southwire’s Neutral-Ground Bonding Plug
  5. Thetford’s Drain Valve Lubricant

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See, sometimes staying in hotels can be fun!


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Lexi's Mom
25 days ago

Awesome idea for the “extra space”. I’m already thinkin of how to do this in ours.
Appreciated the “what about the extra weight” reminder, I’ll keep that in mind too!

Thanks everyone for the ideas!

Lindalee
26 days ago

Buster is a cutie!!

William Mahoney
27 days ago

Wrong year on cover page. Just saying.

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Diane McGovern
27 days ago

Thanks, William. I just noticed it when I was proofing tomorrow’s email that said 2022. I wondered if I had missed that on today’s email when I proofed it last night. Sure enough … but can’t do anything about it now. Shoot. Have a healthy and great 2023! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Kaeleen Buckingham
27 days ago

The pet of the day Yorkie is cute but I hope he is not sitting on your lap while driving! What a distraction that could be!

Rodney Lacy
26 days ago

Also can be deadly for you and him. Airbags can go off in an accident and crush the dog.

Dana D.
27 days ago

Regarding the room for more space, is that cabinet in the slideout? If so when the cabinet is stocked full how much more weight if any over the dinette weight is there? I worry about slide warping when extended. Maybe I’m worrying about nothing.

Brenda
27 days ago

We worked an Amazon as a seasonal Workamper. Pace is fast, dirty, on your feet long hours, easily can get lost, and never know if your job gets changed. They do have a nurse station there, just in case. I’ve worked three job at one time, but I wouldn’t go back, my husband said he would.

tom
27 days ago

Comment on Casino Camping, Vicksburg, MS has five casinos that provide very reasonable camping. Great for just the night or staying awhile.

Jopa
27 days ago

“Leave here with a laugh” I sure hope those towels were laundered before using!

Spike
27 days ago
Reply to  Jopa

My thought exactly!

Impavid
27 days ago
Reply to  Spike

I agree. They would have gone straight to the floor for housekeeping to pick up and launder.

Lil John
27 days ago
Reply to  Jopa

I agree! But it sure is nice when the folks doing your room have a sense of humor and will work with you. More towels was probably not a problem. It looks like a cruise ship by the paper it’s holding!

Brad G. Hancock NH
27 days ago

The Pet of the Day picture is priceless!!!!!!! 🙂