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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 22, 2023

Issue 2126
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

“Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends.” —Steve Saint

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

On this day in history: 1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.

Did you see the news? Click here for the latest news for RVers.

Tip of the Day

How to budget, and budgeting tips, for RVers

By Gail Marsh
My husband and I often take work camping jobs that allow us to live in our RV for several months at a time. I’m not going to lie. It took a while to figure out how to budget for us RVers.

Everyone’s different. RVers travel differently. Some folks like to stay put in one spot while others may choose to travel most of the time. Still other RVers split the difference. That’s why there isn’t a “one size fits all” budget for RVers. With that caveat in mind, there are some tips we’ve learned along the way. Not every tip will apply to your situation. Just adopt the ones that you think might work.

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Ask Dave

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

My RV’s water pump “cycles” when not in use; dealer says this is normal. Really?

Dear Dave,
My RV’s water pump will kick on for about two seconds once or twice a day when no water is being used. The service repair folks said that was normal. This did not occur in my other RV. Should I be concerned about a slow leak, or is this truly normal? Thank you for your assistance and time. —Cathy, 2023 Chateau 27R

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV Shop with Dustin

Learn more about RV refrigerator service and why it’s so important

RV refrigerators have different maintenance requirements than home refrigerators. Watch my video below where I’ll go over why it’s so important to keep your RV refrigerator serviced annually.

House models simply sit, whereas RV refrigerators must endure a strenuous existence of regular jostling, periods without consistent cooling and out-of-level situations.

Continue reading and watch the video

Video of the day

Cargo trailer RV conversion: From ugly duckling to swan

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Catherine Gregory gives us a tour of a cargo trailer RV conversion that she built for her sister. The stealth trailer is just 6’ by 10’ but it packs a lot of features into its tiny interior.

It’s amazing to see the tour from an empty cargo trailer into a beautiful camper.

Click here to watch

Introvert RVer says getting out of comfort zone brings unexpected fun times

By Gail Marsh
I’ve written before about the tension that exists between an introverted personality and an extroverted one. Put those two personalities inside a very small living space (like an RV) and you might rightly predict an explosion of sorts. … As with so much in life, the choices we make have the power to either enrich our life or make us miserable. The choice is up to us, and I’d like to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone. This is very interesting.

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Quick Tip

RV owners: Remember this when replacing refrigerator

From our friend Roger Ford at
We have seen a lot of comments from RVers who have replaced their RV absorption refrigerators with household refrigerators. However, they have found that when this household refrigerator stopped working properly, a new problem ensued:

  1. When calling an RV service center they were told: “We do not service household refrigerators. You need to call an appliance repair center.”
  2. When calling an appliance repair center they were told: “We do not service RVs. RVs are not covered on our insurance.”

Some of these refrigerators were still under warranty but there was no one to work on them so the warranty was useless. Just another reason RV refrigerators are the best choice.

Website of the day

As electric vehicles become more popular, so do charging stations. PlugShare shows you every charging location around the country – there are a lot more than you think!

If you gave this as a gift to someone we’re guessing it may be their favorite gift they receive all year! You could put their RV on it! Or their dog!

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Recipe of the Day

Cobb Potato Salad

by Linda Bonwill from Englewood, FL

Soooooo good! The dressing is great, toppings are delish… What’s not to love?!

Click here for the recipe


The most manufactured drink in the world is… what? Coffee? Tea? Alcohol? Soft drinks? If you guessed tea, you’re right! Tea is not only the most produced drink in the world, but its production is actually equal to all other processed drink types combined (think alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, etc.). That’s a lot of tea!

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Schnauzer pups, Faith and Joy, are almost ready to go!” —Deborah Butler

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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Jesse Crouse
7 days ago

Who would you call for the new 12 volt fridges?

9 days ago

The mystery product is for quitters. 🙂

Diane McGovern
9 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

Huh?🤔 Have a good afternoon/evening, Snayte. 😀 –Diane at

6 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

Leftover wine???

Diane McGovern
6 days ago

Ohhh, like they quit (drinking) before the bottle of wine is empty? Thanks, Denny.👍 Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at

9 days ago

In glancing at the EV Plug Share map of the USA, I was astounded that the West Coast and the North East areas had the fewest units. That didn’t ring true with what I perceived to be the “politics” of EVs.

9 days ago

17 yrs FT, moving weekly. Our 2005 MH came with a Norcold 1200. By 2017 we had replaced 3 cooling units, a couple fire detection modules, placed fans in various places trying to get it to cool properly, etc., etc. In 2017 we installed a Samsung res. frig. No further problems.

john W & lana S stahl
10 days ago

Today is NATIONAL MERCHANT MARINES DAY but you did not mention it.

10 days ago

,,,, fit thru the RV doorway. See previous comment.

10 days ago

I have seen a video by a dealership wherein the owner states they will no longer sell or service RVs with residental refrigerators. The reason being they require a slide be removed if they are to be replaced. They will not

9 days ago
Reply to  Ray

I would agree that a full sized residential refrigerator will not fit thru the entry door however, our residential refrigerator is apartment sized residential refrigerator meaning it is about 6-8 inches less depth than traditional residential refrigerators. Other than that, same in every way including ice and water dispenser in the door. We had to replace it immediately upon delivery as they shipped our DP with a side by side fridge instead of the French door style refrigerator which was not what we wanted.

With the entry door removed and fridge doors removed, out it went and in came the correct Samsung French door apartment size refrigerator with the freezer drawer below.

Bill Braniff
10 days ago

Leave here with a laugh. The first time I sincerely laughed and enjoyed a photo of a lady and her faithful companion. Funny and also serious.

10 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Willing to bet no one messes with her.

Jim Johnson
10 days ago
Reply to  Tom

A lamb in wolf’s clothing!

10 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Loved the picture and had a good laugh this morning!

10 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Hopefully just a staged photo and not one while she’s actually driving.

9 days ago
Reply to  Bill Braniff

Beware of women traveling “alone”.

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