Wednesday, November 29, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Thursday, September 28, 2023

Issue 2219
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 real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ―Marcel Proust

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Drink Beer Day! It’s also National Good Neighbor Day, so perhaps bring your neighbor some beer?

On this day in history: 1928 – Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

Tip of the Day

Have a paint nick or chip on your RV? Here’s an easy trick

By Nanci Dixon
After many miles and a few gravel roads, our motorhome had a number of paint chips and nicks. I blame it on the road and not on the fact that more than a few times I have opened our bay storage doors too close to a chair or table and WOMP! Oops…

The last time we were at the manufacturer’s to have a few warranty items taken care of, I had the paint chips fixed too. They showed me an easy fix—use mini automotive repair paint sticks or brushes. Works like a charm.

Continue reading and see how it works

Ask Dave

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

My RV’s awning has a few small holes. Can I use Flex Seal tape to patch it?

Dear Dave,
My RV awning on the top edge where it attaches to the gutter is starting to get small holes and cracks from sun deterioration. I’m wondering if I could use seam tape or Flex Seal tape or something else to repair it to make it last longer? It is only the first 2-3 inches that is exposed to the sun when retracted. —Michael, 2018 Winnebago FE32

Read Dave’s answer

RV Tours

Tour artist’s colorful restored 1970 Roadrunner travel trailer

In the short video below the team from Adventure Sports Network join jewelry artist Eileen Ricigliano for a tour of her amazing restored 970 Roadrunner travel trailer.

Eileen says she never planned to restore a vintage trailer, let alone live in it full-time. It just kind of happened and fell into place, and once she saw the 1970 Roadrunner travel trailer, she instantly knew that this was for her.

Click here to tour

Video of the day

Visiting the world’s largest gas station: Buc-ee’s Sevierville, TN

Buc-ee’s travel stops have always been popular among RVers for their wide variety of goods and reasonable fuel prices, but the company recently outdid even itself when they opened the world’s largest gas station in Sevierville, Tennessee.

When the 74,000-square-foot facility recently opened, the “Today” show was there to document the occasion. The video below gives a quick tour of the most massive Buc-ees of all.

Click here to watch

Ghost Town Trails – Coolidge, “Montana’s Mystery Camp”

By Dave Helgeson
Coolidge, Montana, is the featured ghost town in this month’s installment of Ghost Town Trails. Last month we visited Elkhorn, Montana, and the two buildings that graced the cover of a very popular 1970’s coffee table book. That book, “Ghost Towns of the West,” was the start of many ghost town adventures for me and my family. While Elkhorn was well publicized, the ghost town named Coolidge was not. Continue reading.

Reader poll

Do you have dreams about falling?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Microwave security is “totally tubular”

Here’s yet another take on holding that precious turntable in place while bouncing down the road. Here’s Glen S.’s take: “Whenever we travel in our RV, I secure the turntable in the microwave with a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels. Cut to just a little more than the length from the dish to the ceiling of the appliance, and wedged in, the cardboard tube has worked for us for several years. After a while, of course, the tube needs replacing. Lately, I’ve found a much more substantial cardboard tube from something else (I don’t remember what). Cut to the desired length, it has sufficed for the last couple of years and several road trips without damage to the turntable.” Thanks, Glen!

Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy hardcover book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. Learn more or order.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Best U.S. Factory Tours and Museums
We guarantee you’re going to say “I want to go!” when scrolling through this list of the best factory tours and museums across the U.S.

How do people think of these things? We guarantee, and we mean guarantee, that if you give this to someone who loves tools, whether they’re a mechanic or a handyman, they will jump with joy! This makes for a great gift — so unique, funny, too. Who came up with this idea? Brilliant! See for yourself.

DID YOU MISS yesterday’s Full-Time RVer newsletter? If so, make sure you read it here. There’s a quick tip about improving your RV’s interior for cheap that you may want to see…

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:

• 47 percent bathe every day. Yes, that means 53 percent do not bathe every day.
• Only 9 percent say their RV has a built-in outdoor kitchen.
• 46 percent say they would probably or definitely eat roadkill if it were put in front of them (cooked, we hope!).

Recipe of the Day

“Okie Dokie Smoky”

by P B from Fresno, CA

There’s nothing better than a one-dish breakfast meal that feeds the whole family. This scramble is quick and easy. It really fills you up. We loved the smokiness from the sausage and bacon and pop of color from the green pepper and onions. Kicking up the spice with a little bit of salsa was pretty tasty. Great for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

Click here for the recipe


Did you know there are sturgeon fish bladders in your wine? Yup. There’s also human hair in your Hot Pockets, and sheep wool grease in your cereal. Grossed out yet? Check out this list from Cheapism of secret (weird) ingredients hiding in your everyday foods. (Erm, maybe take this information with a grain of salt… Hey, is there salt in that?!)

*How did the word “sheriff” come about? It’s a fascinating story. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Frank, our Snowshoe Siamese, has been RVing with us full-time since 2018. He’s adapted well, only a few escapades, but is always nearby when we discover he has slipped out. He lives with us and his two sisters, Minnie and Pearl. Here he is showing off his fall nail caps colors.” —Patti Hooper

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!

Leave here with a laugh

Many years ago a man who spent his whole life alone went on a trip to visit a long-lost friend. He had never seen train tracks before, so when he discovered some he followed them. Sure enough, a train came. The engineer blew and blew the train’s whistle but the man didn’t move. The train struck him, sending him to the hospital. After he recovered, he finally made it to his friend’s house. While in the kitchen, he suddenly heard the tea kettle whistling. He grabbed a baseball bat from the closet and proceeded to bash the kettle into an unrecognizable lump of metal. His friend rushed into the kitchen and saw what happened. “Why did you ruin my tea kettle?” he asked. The man replied, “Man, you gotta kill these things when they’re small.”

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.

rv travel logoContact information

Editor: Emily Woodbury

Editorial (all but news)
Editorial (news)
Advertising. Information here
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 many affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates 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 the 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 9 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

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

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Neal Davis (@guest_255434)
1 month ago

Thank you, Emily and Diane. Today’s funny certainly was that; thank you!

Last edited 1 month ago by Neal Davis
Myque J. (@guest_254928)
2 months ago

Another amazing tour that went unmentioned: the Boeing Factory in Seattle! If you’re ever in the area, don’t miss it. Absolutely amazing to see an assembly line for airplanes!

Gary W. (@guest_254919)
2 months ago

Newest/Oldest is back! Yeah!

Museum/factory tour article is a big fail with out mentioning the Corvette museum/factory in Bolling Green.

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

I knew you’d notice, Gary.😉 Yeah, is right!!! The company that handles our commenting section put in upgraded security measures. Took awhile, but thank you all for your patience in the meantime.👍🤗 Have a great day! 😀 –Diane at

Snayte (@guest_254929)
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Now if we could only get it to default to oldest first.

Gary W. (@guest_254931)
2 months ago
Reply to  Snayte


Walt G. (@guest_254908)
2 months ago

Buc-ee’s comment !
sorry to complain, not about Buc-ees but the people who gas up and then leave their car, truck or whatever at the pumps.
then go in the store and spend whatever time it takes to shop, etc.
While in Fl I pulled in with my class c and rode around the pumps looking for “ one “….. nope full of empty vehicles that could have moved 30 feet to the empty spots all around the perimeter. Yeah, I’m 77 years old but not rude ! This goes on all over the country . Common courtesy what is that today ?

Sandi Pearson (@guest_254899)
2 months ago

Remove the turntable and rotating roller thingy, wrap in towel and store in drawer…eliminating rattles where ever we can. I see a future survey!

Chuck (@guest_254945)
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandi Pearson

I do the same only I leave it in the microwave

Tommy Molnar (@guest_254891)
2 months ago

Your Survey Says, “Only 9 percent say their RV has a built-in outdoor kitchen”. How can that be when almost every RV review shows outdoor kitchens?

Tony Grigg (@guest_254901)
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

MOST folks don’t own a NEW rig.

Tom (@guest_254905)
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

If it is built In how can it be Out?🤔

cate (@guest_254920)
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom


T & S (@guest_254890)
2 months ago

We put ours on our bed before travel.

Tony Grigg (@guest_254887)
2 months ago

LOL! We are all coming out of the woodwork today about microwave plates. We put a loaf of bread, hamburger buns, etc. inside before we travel. Next? 😏

Bill (@guest_254900)
2 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

This is the way to go!

Ron L. (@guest_254915)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

We do this also and even store bags of potato chips and such.

DonH (@guest_254886)
2 months ago

Microwave security!? Surely you’re joking… LOL!

john W & lana S stahl (@guest_254884)
2 months ago

Yes, some roads are real bad and sometimes we hit unexpected bumps even on the Inrterstates. Our microwave popped open and the plate fell out and shattered all over the floor. We replaced it. Now we take the plate out and put it in a drawer before each days travel.

Les (@guest_254880)
2 months ago

Just put an appropriate size pillow in the microwave while traveling.

Kathy Franklin (@guest_254872)
2 months ago

Bad roads has caused microwave door to bounce open, I store tray in a drawer during travel.

Bob (@guest_254868)
2 months ago

We remove the tray, wrap it in towel and stand it up in the back of one of the cabinets. The stuff in the cabinet holds it in place.

Gigi (@guest_254861)
2 months ago

The Spam Museum in MN is a fun place.

Gil (@guest_254855)
2 months ago

“Quick Tip”, use a pool noodle instead, lasts longer than cardboard and has more flexibility.

Rally Ace (@guest_254863)
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Or just wrap it in a towel.

Bob P (@guest_254873)
2 months ago
Reply to  Rally Ace

Y’all must be driving on some outrageous roads, I’ve been RVing since 1978 and never had a problem with the microwave.

DW/ND (@guest_254918)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

I think they have Ford chassis! Like riding between railroad tracks! Love my rear Air Suspension on our 1994 34′ Class A! Some large bumps may cause the silverware to briefly rattle a bit!)

KellyR (@guest_254936)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

I’ve been RVing forever and never had a microwave.

Sign up for the

RVtravel Newsletter

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