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RV Daily Tips. Monday, September 11, 2023

Issue 2206
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

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” —David Levithan

Today is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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Tip of the Day

Quick way to verify a campsite length from afar

By Dave Helgeson
Do you camp often in public campgrounds? Maybe you find the maximum length restrictions listed in campground directories unreliable? Do you wish there was a way to visit the campground to determine the length and width of the typical campsite before you spend time and energy to drive the RV there? Well, there is a way to look at campgrounds to verify a campsite length…

Continue reading

Ask Dave

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

Why does heat of RV’s roof air come from ceiling ducts but not the floor?

Dear Dave,
We have a Coleman-Mach ducted A/C and heater. When we turn on the heat we get warm air out of the ceiling ducts, but the lower ducts in the wall blow out cold air. The dealer says nothing is wrong. Unless I am mistaken, I would think the warm air should come from all the ducts. The heater does the same thing whether we are running on electric or propane. —Richard, 2022 Cruiser Twilight 2690

Read Dave’s answer

RV Reviews

Forest River Impression 235RW leaves a good… feeling

By Tony Barthel
Today’s RV review is of the Forest River Impression 235RW fifth wheel, a smaller fifth wheel with a layout that could work very well for some campers. While this smaller 5er is built more as an affordable model, it does have some surprising features that could serve some travelers well. Depending on your style of camping, there is a lot to like about the Impression 235RW fifth wheel.

Click here to read

In the RV shop with Dustin

Have these RV water heater maintenance tools on hand

The task of replacing an RV water heater element may seem difficult, but most RV owners can make this repair themselves. Having the right RV water heater maintenance tools on hand will not only help save time but also save money on repair costs.

Click here to see what tools you need

Video of the day

How to build a DIY portable power station

By Cheri Sicard
Portable power stations that can be charged with solar panels are amazing. I love mine and have long sung their praises. But folks in RV Travel’s RV Electricity Facebook group kept insisting I could make my own for far less money. Yes, even me. Well, personally I don’t have tools, skills, knowledge, nor the desire. But if you do, the team from ReeWray Outdoors has a step-by-step DIY portable power station video tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make your own solar-charged portable power station.

Click here to watch

Our country must find hope within the Survivor Tree

By Gail Marsh
It was just about a month after the 9/11 attacks when a survivor was discovered amidst the ruins. A Callery pear tree was rescued, barely alive, from the rubble by recovery workers. The tree’s branches, snapped and mangled, looked pitiful. The tree’s trunk was blackened from fire and soot. Its roots, having been violently ripped from the ground, helplessly flailed in the breeze.

Was it worth saving? Yes. At a time when the entire country witnessed so much death and destruction, saving the Survivor Tree was worth the effort. The New York City Department of Parks took the tree and was determined to nurse it back to health.

The tree was eventually returned to the 9/11 Memorial site. Continue reading.

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Hey, pass the dog a beer, won’t ya? No, this isn’t a joke! The dog wants a beer!

Quick Tip

Enclose sewer hose stink

Paul R. has a thought on smelly sewer hoses, responding to a suggestion it be stored in a storage box. “Rather than taking up a lot of room with a large container that gets stinky, I put end caps on my slinkys so they are sealed when not in use. My motorhome has a storage tube for one, and I carry two others in a cross-body storage area in rain gutter type supports. Keep the stinky in the slinky!” Thanks, Paul!

Website of the day

15 national parks for fall color
This list from The Wilderness Society will help you plan your upcoming leaf-peeping trips. We’re getting excited. Are you?

Recipe of the Day

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Taco

by Chantell Byrd

Spice up your Taco Tuesdays with these grilled shrimp tacos. Individually, each component is tasty. Once assembled, they’re delicious. The seasoned grilled shrimp have a slick kick and are full of flavor. Slightly tangy, jalapeno adds a punch of flavor to the cabbage slaw. On top is a smoky chipotle and adobo crema that’s fabulous on its own. Warming the tortillas on the grill is an excellent idea. Once assembled, these are made-at-home, restaurant-quality shrimp tacos your family will love.

Click here for the recipe


The number of children dying from being left in a hot car is on the increase. There have been at least 965 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998, according to Jan Null, meteorologist and founder of noheatstroke.org. Of those deaths, 53% were because someone forgot a child in a car.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Brownie had four legs until cancer got one of her hind legs. She did not let this stop her from continuing to travel the USA.” —David Bennett

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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A popular t-shirt in the Mt. Rushmore area.

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21 days ago

Not that long ago RVs had the perfect retainer for their stinky slinkys, which also served as a back bumper. For a few dollars more, boards elected to have the RV owners store their slinkys inside. After all, who needs a back pumper? And what’s a little stink in the storage bin.

Pat Bonito, Sr
21 days ago

Can anyone tell me where to find this “Behind Mount Rushmore” Tee Shirt

Chuck Woodbury
21 days ago
Reply to  Pat Bonito, Sr

It’s sold in most tourist shops in the Mt. Rushmore area, and probably throughout the state as well.

20 days ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Thank you. Was hoping for a way to order from Georgia. Just my luck. Have a peachy day!

21 days ago

Brownie you are the definition of hope, conquer and having fun living! Thank you for sharing this adorable pup of yours David

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse
21 days ago

1998 TO 2023 is 25 years During those 25 years, the writer lists one set of data covering all those years and claims the death rate is on the increase. It is terrible that children die in closed cars, but lets get the stats in the right place.

Diane McGovern
21 days ago

Hi, Primo. According to KidsAndCars.org and NoHeatStroke.org, about 38 kids die each year from vehicular heatstroke. There were 36 such deaths in 2022 and 25 so far this year. Very sad. Take care. 🙂 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob P
21 days ago

I want my stinky slinky to dry out so I leave mine in a length of PVC drain pipe mounted under the RV.
If you are so addicted to your phone that you neglect to see your child in the back seat you should be shot, I can’t imagine a parent forgetting a child in the back of a car!

Thomas D
21 days ago

When I was a kid, 70+ years ago my mother would take us shoping and often leave us in the car. No big deal. if necessary you could crank down the Windows. And kidnapping? Never gave it a thought I’ll bet. Who’d want 4 screaming brats.I
Try rolling down your windows today if a sudden rainstorm comes up

Mikal H
21 days ago

Hopefully “Brownie” didn’t get knocked out with a horse shoe!!! 🙂

Neal Davis
22 days ago

Thank you, Emily and Diane! 🙂

22 days ago

Child deaths in hot cars is beyond belief. Why would anyone in their right mind leave a child in a hot cat? Not only the heat, but the chance of someone taking the child.
How can anyone forget they have a child in the car?
It’s the same as leaving an animal in a vehicle on a hot day. I have already called the police to report an dog in a car in a parking lot, that was unresponsive. The officer broke a window and got the dog out. The owner came out of a store and said she was only gone for 5 minutes. We stood there for 20 minutes waiting for the owner to come by. The total time it took the police to arrive and break the window was well over 45 minutes.
The owner was cited for animal cruelty. I can’t imagine what could have happened if it was a child.

Bill Braniff
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob

The ones that do leave infants or children in hot cars are obviously not in their right minds.

Dave L
22 days ago

On the water heater maintenance story….. Would be nice to list the typical socket sizes of the wrenches needed for the anode and heater element removal to save trips to the tool store….. (ask me how I know).

Jesse Crouse
22 days ago

Just got out of the hospital from heart surgery and there were multiple bare buts walking down the hall. They make you walk before you can leave. Not a good sight.

21 days ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Jesse, I trust your surgery was a success and hope it serves you well into the future. Amazing what the medical profession can do these days. (I had a similar site during a colonoscopy a couple years ago – not a pretty site!)

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