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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Issue 2172
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

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hire a Veteran Day! Thank you to all of our brave men and women who served our country. Employers, please consider hiring these skilled, hard-working and very deserving veterans who served our country to protect our freedom.

On this day in history: 1897 – American author Jack London embarks on a sailing trip to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush, from which he wrote his first successful stories.

Stay Safe and Secure Between Destinations 
Tifton Overnight RV is the place to stay while you’re on the way! Located just off of I-75 at Exit 62 in South Georgia, this RV stop offers full hook ups, pull-through sites, a fenced dog park, and fast WIFI—and is within walking distance of restaurants including Starbucks, Waffle House, and Chick-fil-A. Are you headed North or South?

Tip of the Day

Smart ways you can beat the heat while RVing

By Gail Marsh
It’s hot. Really hot. Locations across the country are setting all-time heat records this summer. Perhaps no one knows about heat better than RVers. Face it. We RVers battle the heat while living in what’s basically an oversized tin can or cardboard box. The question on all of our minds is: How can we beat the heat while RVing?

Find out here

Ask Dave

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

Why do my RV’s lights only work for a few minutes when unplugged or with generator off?

Dear Dave, 
When my RV isn’t plugged into shoreline power, the lights only work when I’m running the engine or generator. If those are off, the house lights only last a few minutes. Why? Thank you. —Daphne, 2000 Thor Infinity

Read Dave’s answer

RV Tours

Tour the 2023 KZ Durango Sportsmen 231RK small fifth wheel

KZ Durango Sportsmen small fifth wheel

By Cheri Sicard
If you are in the market for a small fifth wheel, you might want to check out the video tour below from J and A Review of the 2023 KZ Durango Sportsmen 231RK.

I really love the rear kitchen floor plan as it makes such an efficient use of space, including providing extra counter space. You’ll find a nice-sized propane/electric fridge and freezer, a 3-burner cooktop, oven, microwave, and a large farm-style kitchen sink. Lots of kitchen cabinets will hold cooking and eating utensils in addition to a well-stocked pantry.

Click here to tour

Video of the day

Easy and inexpensive RV tank sensors upgrade

By Cheri Sicard
Jared Gillis of All About RVs (one of our readers’ favorite RV YouTube channels) is not a big fan of RV tank sensors, but he gets so many questions about them and sees internet threads constantly with questions, he thought he would address the topic.

Like many of us, Jared is not a fan because tank sensors are often wildly inaccurate. I know that mine are, to the degree of rendering them useless.

Click here to watch

How to avoid scams when buying an RV online

For some people, an RV scam may seem obvious, but with the thriving market and influx of newbies, potential starry-eyed RV buyers can talk themselves into anything… and scammers know that. Recently, had a listing for a 2014 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31K priced at $23,000. The deal of the century! Read this important info if you’re shopping for an RV online.

Reader poll

How capable are you or your partner in making repairs to your RV?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Slow down to save money

Our longtime reader, Gray, suggests slowing down might save you money. “For the lead-foot RV drivers among us, here are some HARD facts. None of us can argue with the laws of physics, although many do ignore or deny them.

“Aerodynamic drag increases with the square (x2) of the vehicle speed, and engine power required to overcome drag increases with the cube (x3) of vehicle speed increase. Thus 2x speed=4x drag=8x power. Example: Going from 55 mph to 65 mph, an 18 percent speed jump, increases drag by 36 percent, which requires 54 percent more engine power. So for that 10 mph increase in speed, your engine is working half-again as hard.

“So how does that 70 mph freeway speed limit affect fuel mileage, as opposed to the  double-nickel speed limits? 70 mph is a 28 percent speed increase over 55 mph, which is 56 percent more drag needing 85 percent more power to overcome. If your RV is getting 12 mpg at 55, you’ll probably get 10 mpg at 70 mph.

“Here is an excellent web-based calculator to estimate speed impact on vehicle fuel mileage.” Thanks, Gray!

On this day last year…

Website of the day

38 Popsicle Recipes to Help You Keep Cool This Summer
You’re never too old for a popsicle! Trust us, once you have homemade popsicles in your freezer, you’ll never want to be without them! And, they’re healthy! (Hey, speaking of popsicles, here’s the interesting story about how they were invented!)

Ever wonder how you can gain access to a nude beach without actually being nude? Welp, this will surely do the trick! [Unless you’re female. Just sayin’.]

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 2,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 9 percent of people say they could never give a speech in front of 100 people, even if it was on a subject they were passionate about!
• 18 percent video chat with friends and/or family on a regular basis.
• If offered top dollar for their RV right now, 37 percent would jump at the opportunity to sell.

Recipe of the Day

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

by Sharon Colyer from Louisville, KY

These are flavorful chicken enchiladas with an easy-to-make homemade creamy sauce. The enchilada sauce is chunky and flavorful. Tortillas are dipped in the sauce, filled with a chicken mixture, and rolled. By doing it this way, after it’s baked, the filling is super tender. A hearty dinner that will be a crowd-pleaser. They heat up wonderfully the next day as well.

Click here for the recipe


Which mammal sleeps the least each day? If you were going to guess horses, you’d be right. Horses only sleep for about 2–2.5 hours each day, and that only happens in about 15-minute intervals. Horses can also sleep both standing up and laying down, but they only need to lay down (a requirement to reach REM sleep) for about an hour or two every few days to meet the minimum REM sleep they require. Interesting, huh?

*Which country has the largest population of camels in the world? Nope, it’s not where you think! Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here’s Zorro saying, ‘Let me in, it’s dinner time!’ After another ‘gift’ from our daughter 12 years ago, he has traveled 65,000 miles with us on a boat and RV. Best thing, he never wanders away. Never has needed a leash.” —Richard and Greti Genovese

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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Debra Craig
2 months ago

Zorro is a lovely kitty! Glad he enjoys his rving life. Sadly we just lost Misty, our kitty of 16 years to cancer. She had been a full time rver since 2017 and was our best pal.

A note on free ranging domestic cats, USFWS estimates they kill 1.3 to 3.7 billion birds annually in the US in addition to billions of mammals. They are just following their natural instincts, but it is a a big impact on wildlife.

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Debra Craig

Thank you for the information, Debra. We’re very sorry to hear about Misty. Been there and gone through that so many times, and it never gets easier. Take care. 🤗 –Diane at

J Paul
2 months ago

Slow down to save money needs to review basic arithmetic. Squaring a number is not multiplying it by 2 and cubing isn’t multiplying by three. The actual fuel economy calculations are worse than presented.

2 months ago

Traveling from Vegas to SLC Utah the speed limit is 80 is some places. Y’all can just go around me. I’m not on a company credit card and I have a very small income, gas ain’t cheap!
Besides, I’m RVing to enjoy the journey, not to rush through it. It’s about the adventure not the race.

Lexi's Mom
2 months ago
Reply to  cate

absolutely Cate 🙂
I totally agree, a few mph more, doesn’t make you arrive much sooner.

2 months ago

I would hope that Zorro doesn’t wander away, especially when on a boat.😂

2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Been in the water three times…cats do swim well..really

2 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I had a cat who loved bubble baths! Cats can swim, they just usually don’t like it.

2 months ago

I see a lot of RVs go by me that I have to assume are rentals, or borrowed, the way they are being driven.

2 months ago

We found many RVer’s go faster then the tires are rated. Now know not everyone is full timing and has everything they own in it for the weight, but we watch some go by so fast it scares us for them. The smaller ones start to sway. We usually stick around 55-65, depending on the roads, some less than that. We popped a tire going slower than usual and that was scary enough. Just think if we were going 70 or more , as we have seen some do. No place is worth dying to see. Be careful out there.

2 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

Just heaven

Steve Minor
2 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

AMEN !!!

Jim Johnson
2 months ago

Speed, drag, power… What today’s trivia didn’t mention is speed is AIR speed, not GROUND speed. Doubt me? Think about the times you encounter headwinds vs tailwinds. If your vehicle has an engine tachometer, take note of your current RPMs at cruising speed on fairly level road with little or no wind. Then adjust your cruising speed based on the tachometer when conditions change [keeping in mind that often you should just enjoy the fuel savings with a tail wind rather than go faster than safe for your rig and tires]

Tom M
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

I thought today’s trivia was about horses sleeping habits ?

James Starling
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

Your speedometer is ground speed, metered by rotations of your wheels. Your tachometer will be consistent with your speedometer and gear changes.

2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

To get an accurate picture of wind and the load effects of drag vs gas mileage – you need a vacuum gauge which instantly shows you your mileage and how much power is being consumed (or it takes) during every phase of travel, level, hills, idling, wind, on and on…… Easy install and informative.

2 months ago

Quick tip: wish I could actually get my wife to understand the money that can be saved by slowing down, not to mention the safety factor

Bill Bamber; Edmonton Alberta
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Got to Hold On & remember they are on a Mission. What & Where I do not know!!

2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Buy and install a vacuum gauge on your instrument panel. She’ll see and get the idea!

Angela Klinger
2 months ago

What an adventure Zorro has had, especially living on a boat. 🐾❤️

David Stansbury
2 months ago

“Leave here with a laugh”. Now that’s a good one!

Lawrence Neely
2 months ago

I wonder what would have happened if it was on his wife’s head

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Lawrence Neely

🤕 Have a good night, Lawrence. 😀 –Diane at

2 months ago

Zorro knows where his servants live.

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