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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Issue 2138
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, RV videos, product reviews and more. Please tell your friends about us.

Today’s thought

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ―Lao Tzu

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is World Caring Day.

On this day in history: 1929 – The Lateran Treaty is ratified, bringing Vatican City into existence.

Tip of the Day

Solo camping: Tips for staying safe while RVing alone

A while ago, we ran a survey asking readers: “Couples: Would you likely keep traveling with an RV if your partner died?” The majority, 74 percent, answered, “Yes, I believe I would.” Many men seemed not worried in the least.

That got me to thinking. What would it take for me to feel comfortable (read: “safe”) when solo camping as a woman? After a bit of research to see what other women do (or have done), this is what I found:

Click here to read

Ask Dave

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

RV window seals shrank, exposing opening. How to fix?

Dear Dave,
The outside seal on one of my RV’s windows has slipped, exposing part of an opening in the corner. The molding is hard and will not move. Do you have a suggestion as to how to fix this? Thanks for your attention to this and your help. —Lewis, 2005 Coachmen Leprechaun

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV shop with Dustin

Where to find your RV’s awning model and serial numbers

An RV owner in one of my Facebook groups asked, “Where can I find the awning model number and serial number?” You can find your awning model number by opening the awning. Then, on the right-hand side, facing the camper, there should be a small tag with the serial number and manufacturer’s model number.

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Video of the day

RV DIY Project: Tow vehicle water storage for boondocking

By Cheri Sicard
If you are a boondocker, you know that having enough water along can be a challenge.

Tony and Tina from TNT RVing are about to upgrade their water storage system for boondocking in the video below.

So what did they do?

Click here to watch and find out

Traffic stops in Mexico: What to expect if stopped by the police

By Cheri Sicard
Seeing the flashing lights of a police car in your rearview mirror is always stress-inducing. But traffic stops in Mexico, where you don’t know what to expect and you may or may not speak the language, can be even more so. Those RVing south of the border should be aware that traffic stops in Mexico are significantly different than in the United States. … Read what to expect, and about Cheri’s very interesting experiences, here.

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Reader poll

What time do you usually eat dinner?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Cool down that refrigerator

Hot summer days can really raise the load on your RV refrigerator. Several things can help keep the chill on your cooler. First, reduce the number of times you open and close the box. If possible, park your rig so the back side of the refrigerator is shaded. An inexpensive, 12-volt (as appropriate to your RV electrical system) “muffin fan” mounted under the condenser coils on the outside of the refrigerator will help to blast off heat from the coils, increasing the cooling ability. Find voltage for the fan from refrigerator wiring using your electronic multimeter.

On this day last year…

This made us laugh out loud! As soon as you see it you’ll know EVERY RVer needs this on their RV!

Website of the day

The 8 Best National Parks in Canada
We talk a lot about American National Parks, but of course we can’t forget about our Canadian friends. News flash: Canada is GORGEOUS!

Popular articles you may have missed at

Recipe of the Day

Cajun Butter-Basted Grilled Chicken

By Cindy Sandberg from Carlisle, IN

Know how to amp up your grilled chicken this summer? Make this butter-basted grilled chicken. The Cajun butter glaze is sweet and spicy, but the spice is not overpowering. We basted our chicken until it was gone. So good, we didn’t want to waste a drop. You can use chicken with or without skin. We tried both, and the chicken with skin did char a little between the honey and fat. It was still delicious.

Click here for the recipe


Modern nail polish debuted in the mid-1920s. By 1931, 85 percent of American college women were wearing it.

*What do pilots and co-pilots do differently on each flight? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Jake (Lab) was with us for almost 14 years. The sweetest dog I have ever known. At 97 pounds, he could have been a handful, but his love of people, dogs, and cats made him a campground favorite. I would walk him on a leash because of the rules, but children of all sizes would run out to pet him. When he passed last August, I posted a note on my Facebook page. I received over 300 responses of sympathy. He was that special.” —Max Hegler

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!

RVing with Dogs group on Facebook. You’ll love it.

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Leave here with a laugh

I’m going to write a book about all the things I should be doing with my life.
It’s called an oughttobiography.

Thanks for sending, Ray M.!

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Bill Byerly (@guest_239566)
5 months ago

Loved the laughs

Janette Steele (@guest_239565)
5 months ago

I have been traveling on my own for most of each year for eight years. I have run into only one problem so I found Gail ‘s story far overreaching. she makes it sound like a woman traveling alone that’s really something unusual and there’s a lot of us out there and we don’t all carry stun guns.

Neal Davis (@guest_239564)
5 months ago

Very sorry for your loss, Max. 🙁

DW/ND (@guest_239516)
5 months ago

When eating at home it is usually supper at 6:00pm. When going out (or dining out), it is dinner. A more formal setting with either just the two of us or with friends and usually around 7:30 or 800 pm. When traveling on Amtrak (a more formal setting) we would have dinner about 7:30pm. Breakfast and lunch remain at the usual am and noon time frames.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_239505)
5 months ago

I live in upstate NY and the smoke has been very persistent over the past several days but a change in the wind direction hopefully by early next week will take the smoke in a different direction.

Snoopy (@guest_239503)
5 months ago

Todays Quick Tip had some great points. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years, make sure to cool your refer down before you put anything in it. Especially if you have an absorption refrigerator & only put in items that have been pre-cooled from your in house refer. As a rule of thumb I only replenish items like beverages when we go to bed in the evening. This has worked for me for a long time!

Bob M (@guest_239496)
5 months ago

People camping in the North East part of the US are having their camping disrupted by the Smoke and smell from the fires in Canada. Started blowing down yesterday afternoon into NEPA. Very strong smell and visible smoke.

Bruce (@guest_239497)
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob M

We are having Air quality problems here in Wisconsin from the Canadian fires also. Unbelievable how far smoke can travel.

Lauren Embury (@guest_239499)
5 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

Last year here in BC we had lots of smoke from the fires in Washington and California. Both sides like to share the smoke

Cancelproof (@guest_239527)
5 months ago
Reply to  Lauren Embury

During our drive into Western Canada last summer, we encountered some road closures due to the fires and smoke which was primarily out of Washington and Oregon so yes, it is a shared air space for the smoke.

Diane McGovern
5 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Hi, Cancelproof. A lot of that smoke in Washington, etc., last year was from the Bolt Creek fire, which burned right across Hwy. 2 from my mountain property. (There were a couple of flareups on my property but they put them out quickly, luckily.) And I think it’s interesting when sometimes our smoke on the West Coast is from Siberia. So we’re definitely sharing the air (and smoke, etc.) all over the world. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane aka Mountain Mama

Cancelproof (@guest_239531)
5 months ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Our daughter is in the Black Diamond area, near you, and she called everyday last summer while we were on the road, to give us road closure updates and areas to avoid. Sent us links to check for updates. Safety First, must have got that from her mother. 😉

Diane McGovern
5 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Yep, I’ve been to Black Diamond, but it’s been a long time. During the Bolt Creek Fire last year I didn’t know if my 18+ acres of wild flora and fauna were going to still be there for me to enjoy, but it is. Whew! I kept very close track (online) of the fire day and night, including looking at the heat radar (which I when I saw a couple spots on my property were on fire.) I wish they would catch whoever started it. When my boys were small (well, if they were ever small, since they’re both 6’8″ now) we would tent camp right where it started. Sad what happened to such a huge area and all the impacted wildlife, etc., probably from carelessness. Take care. 😀 –Mountain Mama

Bill Byerly (@guest_239567)
5 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Headed that way in the next week or two. Here’s hoping and praying for no fires in either country..

Don (@guest_239475)
5 months ago

Thanks for sharing your story about Jake.

Brenda (@guest_239471)
5 months ago

Your question on what time do we eat each day, it didn’t have our answer on it. We normally eat what we call “Linner”. We eat anywhere from 2:00pm to 3:00pm for our big meal, unless invited out. We then will have homemade ice cream or something for dessert after. We find it helps our digestion.

Ron L (@guest_239506)
5 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

We eat at almost that time. Wife has digesting problems and will get heartburn if she eats any later than 4pm.

Gary W. (@guest_239704)
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Heartburn is not a digestion problem, it is an acid reflux problem.

Spike (@guest_239464)
5 months ago

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ―Lao Tzu

Apparently Lao traveled before the pandemic and campground crowding!!! 😉 🙂

Les (@guest_239500)
5 months ago
Reply to  Spike

…and didn’t have a job…

Cancelproof (@guest_239526)
5 months ago
Reply to  Les

But did have a Black VISA with him…..

KellyR (@guest_239528)
5 months ago
Reply to  Spike

My motto has been: “Don’t tell me where to go or what time to get there.” Made some great adventures. Yes, however, before Covid.

Bob (@guest_239460)
5 months ago

The Mystery product is amusing, however it only causes the vehicle behind you to drive even closer so the can read it! Same as bumper stickers.

Mel Hartman (@guest_239493)
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Good point!

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