Saturday, September 30, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 31, 2023

Issue 2176
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

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ―T.S. Eliot

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

On this day in history: 1964 – Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.

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

Tip of the Day

RVs and roundabouts – Get safely through the traffic circle

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Back in the 1990s, drivers in the U.S. got their first experience with roundabouts or traffic circles. The reaction was swift—many felt this new traffic “intersection” system was a dangerous, new-fangled way to increase accidents. But like a lot of “new” things initially viewed with suspicion and/or skepticism, Americans are getting more used to roundabouts. But maneuvering a big motorcoach or a rig with a towable through a traffic circle can cause some RVers to break out in sweat. Here’s how to get your RV safely through the roundabout.

Read it here

Ask Dave

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

RV’s retracted slide room blocks bedroom. OK to extend it partially?

Dear Dave,
When traveling and pulling into an overnight stop we have no access to the bedroom without putting out the slide. I was told both that it was okay to put the slide out just a bit to have access to the bedroom, and that it was not okay to do this and that the slide has to be fully extended. Can you tell me which is true? Sleeping on the L-shaped sofa is very uncomfortable for a 70-year-old lady like me! —Sharon, 2021 Forest River Wildwood 22RBS

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV shop with Dustin

RV Extended Warranties: Part 1: What RV mechanics really think about them

You’ll often hear conflicting stories about extended warranty plans. Some consumers hate them, some won’t travel without them. I recently sat down and interviewed Staci from Wholesale Warranties to talk about them.

In this episode, I share the experience from the repair center’s view.

Click here

You don’t need a noisy generator!
With a Jackery portable solar generator you can power your RV and devices any time of day silently — no noise and no exhaust to bother neighbors or violating usage hours. Many models to choose from. Find out why these are so popular!

Video of the day

Top 7 internet ground beef hacks put to the test

By Cheri Sicard
As I know many of our readers use ground beef as the basis of many RV meals, I thought these ground beef hacks could come in handy.

Nicole McLaughlin and the team from My Recipes [more than 267K subscribers and 45M views] tested seven of the best ground beef hacks trending on the internet and social media to see if they were actually worthwhile. Here’s what they tested and their conclusions…

Click here to watch

Top 12 driver errors — Will they catch you?

RVers may spend more time behind the wheel than the average driver. That gives us plenty more opportunities to do something bone-headed and get into an accident. Here’s the Top 12 list of driver errors. Check them out and see if perhaps you need to make any adjustments to keep yourself—and others—safer on the road. Continue reading.

Reader poll

How many pairs of shoes do you bring with you on your RV trips?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Unstable entry step?

If that bottom fold-down step on your rig leaves you a bit breathless for its lack of stability, consider this mod. Obtain a scissor-style jack with a flat top, stand it on a block of wood under the bottom step. Crank up the jack to add just enough stability, without raising the step above level. Consider a bargain price for the jack at the local auto wrecking yard, or bust out $25 and buy one from Amazon.

What makes you explore more? What makes you worry less? This does! It really does!

Website of the day

Smokey Bear
Only YOU can prevent wildfires. It’s true! Smokey would love it if you would visit his website and spend a few minutes learning about how you can be fire-safe this summer.

Popular articles you may have missed at

Recipe of the Day

Pasta Slaw

by Shelene Wilhelm from Lander, WY

If pasta salad and coleslaw had a baby, this side salad would be the result. It’s truly the best of both worlds. This cool and creamy salad is slightly sweet and tangy and full of texture. Cucumber and bell pepper add a touch of freshness and there’s a little bite of onion. Once it sits, the flavors blend very well. A delicious side salad for any summer BBQ.

Click here for the recipe


Escalators in various forms were invented by different people all over the world in the late 19th century. In England, French manufacturer Piat gets the escalator inventor title, and their first escalator was installed at the Harrods store in Knightsbridge, London. The experience for new riders was apparently so exhilarating and so disorienting that Harrods employed an attendant to stand at the top of the escalator and sell brandy to help the riders stop, take a sip, and regain their composure.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here is my newest camper, Brodie (West Highland White Terrier). He is 5 months old. His first camping trip was on the way home from picking him up. He is interested in everything!!!!” —Rhonda Brodbeck

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.

Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $10. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the Latest News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

If you shop at we’d appreciate you using this link. We get an itty bitty commission if you buy something, but they add up and help us pay our bills (most importantly our hard-working writers!).

rv travel logoContact information

Editor: Emily Woodbury

Editorial (all but news)
Editorial (news)
Help desk: Contact us.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Mail us at 9792 Edmonds Way, #265, Edmonds, WA 98020.

This newsletter is copyright 2023 by RV Travel LLC.


4.1 22 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 month ago

The readers poll perhaps needed to distinguish between full time rving or not. We full time and I definitely have packed away a few more pairs of shoes than when we used to camp on weekends and vacations only.

1 month ago

Wonder how many trips in the Escalators you can make before they make you walk the stairs, or attempt to walk up.

1 month ago

A sip of brandy before getting on the escalator. Maybe that is what I need before I get on a roundabout until I get used to them.

1 month ago

Thought of the day.
I think I used that logic with my 1st girlfriend 🤔 she didn’t buy the logic.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom
1 month ago

Looks like Oliver Travel Trailers is stooping to a new low like Camping World and most every other RV dealer out there with 20 Year predatory financing on their trailers.

Shame on you Oliver.

1 month ago
Reply to  bull

Why is it predatory? No one is forcing you to use their financing. The good news is that Oliver trailer will still be in fine shape after whatever time you finance it.

1 month ago

Having to partially extend the slide to enter the bedroom just shows that the owner did not do their homework when purchasing. And the manufacturer dropped the ball in designing the unit. This is not only with access to the bedroom, but also the bathroom, refrigerator and other areas that may need to be accessed during a quick stop. Most truck stops and parking spaces do not allow slide to be extended.

Tom H.
1 month ago

I don’t get why every newsletter doesn’t receive 5 stars. I’ll admit that not every article within each newsletter appeals to me or my situation but overall this is the best communication/information for RVers. C’mon folks, let’s give credit where credit is due.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom H.


T. Hudson
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Absolutely agree!

Norb D
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Here, here!!

Jim Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Chuck, Emily & regular contributors would appreciate if you sent them a donation. Agreed that not every issue is beyond my expectations, but I have picked up some fantastic tips and reminders from RV Travel that aren’t just RV manufacturer or dealer sales pitches.

Bill Byerly
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Totally agree with you!!

Jesse Crouse
1 month ago

How many times was the new gravy boat washed?

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Not enough times. Just sayin’.🤢😅 Have a great day, Jesse. 😀 –Diane at

Mike Albert
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Wait! I thought is was a travel mug…

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Whatever you want it to be, Mike. (At least our logo isn’t on it!🤣) Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Only used for yellow gravy🤣

1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

I worked for a medical supply Co. They used these for beer at the annual company picnic.

Bob M
1 month ago

That fence in Readers’ Pet of the Day wouldn’t keep my pup in. She’d be over it a second.

Charlie Sullivan
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob M

He didn’t put it up for your dog!

1 month ago

Within a few days of your tire expert stating that black spare tire covers could cause spare tires to age prematurely or to be damaged by heat buildup, your mystery product of the day is a predominately black spare tire cover???
Sorry, I don’t get it. Does the staff disregard its own expert’s advice?

1 month ago
Reply to  Carl

First, the staff has to read what their experts write. Second, they do get paid by Amazon, when this stuff sells…..

Bob P
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl

Be careful, it’s not nice to question a staff members writing, even if it is questionable.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

ha ha

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

Huh? If there’s an error, readers need to correct it so new RVers don’t follow it.

1 month ago
Reply to  Carl

It was clearly stated that it was a mystery.

Sign up for the

RVtravel Newsletter

Sign up and receive 3 FREE RV Checklists: Set-Up, Take-Down and Packing List.