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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Issue 2122
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

“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” ―Dean Koontz

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

On this day in history: 1842 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail from Elm Grove, Missouri, with 100 pioneers.

Tip of the Day

Save your RV’s refrigerator: Leveling tips for overnight stops

By Dave Helgeson
I recently read the following tip on about leveling an RV:

Do you level? That’s a question repeatedly posted on RV forums, regarding leveling an RV when stopping at the end of the day. Here’s a typical response: “I try to get it relatively close unless it’s just for an overnight stop, in which case I don’t bother.” Unless it’s an overnight stop? ALWAYS level your RV. …

I was rather shocked by people’s thinking that running an absorption refrigerator out of level overnight or for any length of time is an acceptable practice. As mentioned above, the damage is cumulative, adding up each time you operate your refrigerator out of level.

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Ask Dave

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

Do my RV’s slide outs need support if RV is permanently parked?

Dear Dave,
I have read a lot of reasons why people don’t like jack supports under slide outs. I agree with most of the reasons why the jacks can hurt, but have never found any info on cable slide supports. My camper is 40 feet, with the front two slides being BAL Accu-Slide cable and chain driven for the living room. Seeing as how it will not be coming in and out, ever, do you think it should be supported? The camper has an aluminum frame, but I am still scared about putting weight in those slides because of some water damage around them. Any help would be great. Thank you. —Lenny, 2013 Forest River Cardinal 3800

Read Dave’s answer

RV Video Tour

Retro style ‘glamping’ in the 2023 nuCamp Barefoot travel trailer

Looking for retro style without the expense and hassle of restoring a vintage RV? nuCamp’s Barefoot travel trailer might just fit the bill.

This little trailer is far more than the cuteness that will steal the show at your next glamping gathering. It’s extremely practical, as well.

Click here to tour

Video of the day

Vanspace 3D RV design software lets you create your perfect RV

By Cheri Sicard
If you have ever thought about designing or building your own camper van or RV, you need to check out the 3-D RV design software from vanspace 3D. The best part? You don’t need any design experience or much in the way of computer skills to use this program.

The video below is an online tutorial that teaches users how to use this unique software that lets you design your own perfect camper van or RV. Watching it is the best way to see all the features this RV software offers and determine if it is right for you.

Click here to watch

7 things to ask yourself before planning an RV remodel

By Cheri Sicard
Embarking on an RV remodel can be an exciting, fun, and rewarding undertaking. The finished results can be dramatic! However, biting off more than they could chew and/or unforeseen circumstances have turned many RV remodelers’ dreams into nightmares. Right now, before you embark on ANY RV rehab project, take a little time and do the #1 most important thing a lot of folks neglect (and later regret), and also ask yourself these important questions.

Reader poll

Which do you most enjoy, giving gifts or receiving gifts?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Sewer cap tip from a sadder-but-wiser man 

Dan H. sounds like a man with experience. He suggests, before taking the cap off your RV sewer outlet, “Make sure all tank valves are closed… There is a lot of pressure behind 50 gallons of gray water!”

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Ultimate Bunker
Okay, even if you’re not planning on building an underground bunker, this website is still totally cool. They build custom bunkers, safe rooms, custom shipping containers and more. You’ll want one of these as your man-cave or she-shed!

Now THIS is fun! This would be a perfect rainy-day activity for a summer activity. Wait, what? Oh, just click here and you’ll see.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 2,000 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 25 percent would not stay at a haunted hotel.
• 34 percent have gotten locked out of their RV.
• 5 percent say they hardly ever sleep, and that sleep is a big issue for them.

Recent poll: How often do you go out to eat?

Recipe of the Day

BBQ Pulled Chicken Puffs

by Karen Sills from Harrisville, MS

These pulled chicken puffs are fantastic. Using store-bought pulled chicken and sheets of puff pastry means you can make them super fast. It’s almost like a pulled chicken sloppy joe inside flaky puff pastry. These make a great meal or cut the puff pastry into smaller circles for a party appetizer. Yum!

Click here for the recipe


Loyola, California, is the richest neighborhood in America. The average household income in Loyola is $326,069, with the median income a little lower at $246,563. The median home listing price is $3,899,000. Loyola, in the Bay Area, also borders Los Altos Hills, which is one of the richest towns in America.

*Ever wonder what’s actually in Spam? We tell you all about it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Publisher’s Pet of the Day

“Archie was a bad boy and got caught in the act.” —Chuck and Gail (of

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Sunday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

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16 days ago

WOW!!!! Lived on the SF penisula all of my 67 year life and I never even heard of Loyola!!! I live 14 min by car or 18 miles from there! Used to work in Los Altos Hills? 😀
ps I cannot afford to live there!

Neal Davis
18 days ago

Archie is very cute, even when he is bad!

20 days ago

My wife hollered at me for locking her out of a popup once. I walked over, pulled the canvas off the door velcro, reached in and flipped the lock lever. Then just walked back to my chair at the fire….

21 days ago

Archie seems rather proud of his mischief making! He’s still a toddler.

22 days ago

Our Lacey must be Archie’s sister – so small,, so cute, and SO “innocent”.

Herb Zechman
22 days ago

Put a clear elbow on your sewer outlet and never another surprise!!

22 days ago

34% have gotten locked out of their RV? Holy moly.

It is a fear of mine for sure but has not happened in my almost 2 decades of RVing, but I did help a friend shove his wife through an open window once when they got locked out.

22 days ago

Good Boy Archie! You are saying Let’s Go RVing so I and my Furever Furfamily don’t get bored. So cute getting caught in the act with an adorable smile! Makes our day!!!

22 days ago

Emily, give Archie and his dad and mom caretakers a hug for me; I haven’t seen them in a few years!

Emily Woodbury
22 days ago

We fixed the poll link. Sorry about that! –Emily

22 days ago
Reply to  Emily Woodbury

Thanks Emily for correcting that little issue!

Cindy Sanders
22 days ago

Love Archie. That face

22 days ago

Reader poll not working

22 days ago

I use to love giving gifts , but seems harder to figure out what they want and getting more expensive. I rarely get gifts, so like what I get.

22 days ago

Link to the poll still not working. 😊

22 days ago

Another comment Link to poll is not working.

john W & lana S stahl
22 days ago

Thanks for the newsletter. It is the first thing I read every morning.

Jim Fellows
22 days ago

Link to poll just takes me back to the top of the page.

22 days ago
Reply to  Jim Fellows

Me too.

22 days ago

The link to the Poll just links right back to the newsletter main page.

22 days ago

Link to poll not working?

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