Wednesday, November 29, 2023


RV Daily Tips. Monday, October 16, 2023

Issue 2231
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

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” Harry S. Truman

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Global Cat Day! But if you have a messy computer desktop, we think you should celebrate National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day instead!

On this day in history: 1846 – William T. G. Morton administers ether anesthesia during a surgical operation.

Tip of the Day

11 uses for Windex while RVing that don’t involve cleaning glass

By Gail Marsh
Sure, you may use Windex to clean your rig’s windows, but keep reading to discover many other unusual (but helpful) uses for Windex while RVing.

Windex comes in a variety of formulas. There’s Windex’s Original Blue, of course. Then there’s Unscented Windex, Multi-surface Windex, Ammonia-free Windex, Outdoor Glass and Patio Concentrated Windex, Disinfectant Citrus Fresh Windex, Windex Pre-moistened Wipes, and, well, you get the idea. For the unusual uses for Windex shown below, I use the Original Blue formula.

Remember: Always test each tip on an unobtrusive place before tackling the entire project.

Continue reading for some unusual uses

Ask Dave

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

Should I add RV antifreeze to freshwater tank for our trip south through freezing temps?

Dear Dave,
We’ll be leaving Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, for Texas on November 1st. I was thinking I’d put 2 gallons of RV antifreeze in my freshwater tank and run all my outlets until I saw some pink. We’ll have a few days of potential freezing. We also have an Aqua-Hot furnace that heats the basement. Do you think this is necessary? And, if so, if we accidentally ingest some RV antifreeze, is it harmful? We will take bottled water for coffee and cooking.  —Mike, 2013 Thor Tuscany 45LT

Read Dave’s answer

RV Reviews

2024 Coachmen Catalina Legacy Edition 260FKDS – closets!

Today’s RV review is of the 2024 Coachmen Catalina Legacy Edition 260FKDS travel trailer. This is an aluminum-skinned, wood-framed travel trailer with a front kitchen and a design that is not horribly unusual, but is a good one.

What this trailer does offer is a tremendous value, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t plan to do a lot of camping.

Click here to read

In the RV Shop with Dustin

What is under my RV’s J-metal?

By Dustin Simpson
Have you ever wondered how your RV was constructed? In this video, I show you what is behind your RV’s J-metal (sometimes called J-wrap). Knowing more about how your RV is constructed can help you maintain it and perform a few extra steps to help prevent damage in the future!

Click here

Video of the day

Smart DC to DC charging for RV lithium batteries

By Cheri Sicard
While recently undergoing an RV LiFePO4 lithium battery upgrade on my older travel trailer, I found some of the information about DC to DC charging confusing. Could I even charge my new LiTime 100Ah batteries while towing my travel trailer? As a complete RV lithium battery beginner, I didn’t know.

Click here to read more and watch the video

Here’s how to better organize your RV. It’ll make a huge difference

By Gail Marsh
When we first purchased our RV, we could hardly contain our excitement! Family and friends were excited for us, too. In fact, family members helped us set up the RV before our maiden voyage. Time flies, a few years have passed, and now seems like a good time to take a second look. Is there a better way to organize the RV so that it functions more efficiently for the way we really live in it? Turns out, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Continue reading Gail’s four R’s for RV organization.

Reader poll

Have you ever stayed at a nudist resort with your RV? Would you?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

An easy way to stay warm at night

Does it sometimes get a little chilly at night in your RV? Buy a heated mattress pad. Turn it on a half-hour before bedtime, and then climb into bed on nicely warmed sheets. You can keep your RV cooler at night. You’ll save energy by only warming your bed, not the entire coach.

Here is proof that nothing is too weird to be mass-produced, in this case, mini-politicians to lure fish. See how Trump, Biden and Zelensky join together in one of the most unusual, bizarre ways you could imagine. What fun!

Website of the day

20 Best Pumpkin Patches in the U.S. to Fill Your Fall With Magic
Pumpkin patches are NOT just for kids! Your RV will look so much cozier with a few pumpkins of its own. Trust us on this!

Recipe of the Day

Fettuccine Alfredo

by Megan Olson from Amarillo, TX

Fettuccine Alfredo is comfort food to the max. This version is thick, creamy, and delicious. It’s filled with flavor from the Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Easy to make, you won’t be disappointed by this recipe. Make this any time you want a restaurant-quality meal at home. You can even add some grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp to the dish.

Click here for the recipe


The Lady in Red—Tonopah, Nevada’s resident lady of the night—lived in a luxury suite on the fifth floor of the Mizpah Hotel. Murdered by a jealous lover in the hallway just outside her door, she’s Nevada’s most famous ghost. Stay in Room 502 and see if she pays you a visit—you’ll know she did if you find a pearl on your pillow.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Patrick almost every morning. He feels the need to help me on the computer. He’s 18 years old and is going strong. While traveling, he either sleeps on ‘his’ pillow, sits on my lap, or sits on the dashboard on the passenger side.” —Donna Pheneger

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.

Doctor’s order: Coffee!
This coffee mug is hilarious! It’s perfect for yourself or the coffee-lover in your life who just cannot live without coffee. This high-quality mug is made from ceramic and painted to look like a prescription pill bottle – it’s just what the doctor ordered! You can’t order this from a barista, but you can order one here.

Leave here with a laugh

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Neal Davis (@guest_257261)
1 month ago

Today’s funny is very funny even though I only smiled. Thank you, Emily and Diane!

SherKen (@guest_257082)
1 month ago

Never will stay in any type of nudist place…I sunburn too easily – 😆 LOL!

JAMES (@guest_257067)
1 month ago

Today’s Thought needs to be taught to all Americans.

jillie (@guest_257049)
1 month ago

My RV is organized. Its my brick and mortar home that I can’t find anything. Spending the summer in the seasonal is doing a number on my brain.

Bill Byerly (@guest_257010)
1 month ago

( mystery product)

Cancelproof (@guest_257025)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

My Christmas shopping is now complete, save one more gift for my sweetie. Best mystery product, EVER!!!!

Bill Byerly (@guest_257045)
1 month ago
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Cancelproof (@guest_257001)
1 month ago

Good quote today. Timely. A few countries whose current leaders silence opposition parties and party leaders through coercion and threats of prison, include Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, N. Korea, Vietnam, a full dozen African nations. Seems like a club America shouldn’t be trying so hard to gain membership into. Free people don’t need to be protected from themselves. In the name of protecting citizens from being able to make the wrong decision….. ? How has that worked out in history? The pendulum swings. Democracy is a self correcting process that dies with a simple finger placed onto the scale.

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Bill Byerly (@guest_257008)
1 month ago
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Tommy Molnar (@guest_257022)
1 month ago
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DW/ND (@guest_257060)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Right on! Unfortunately, once the club is joined going back is extremely difficult. I.e., the countries you mentioned – and now the war on the news nets every day and nite! I once had a military base commander advise me thusly “you have to let people make mistakes, that’s how they learn.” Seems some mistakes are too big to abandon what was learned!

NonGrumpyVet (@guest_257076)
1 month ago
Reply to  DW/ND

You can vote your way into socialism, but you have to shoot your way out of it.

Cancelproof (@guest_257078)
1 month ago
Reply to  NonGrumpyVet

I’ll be borrowing that if you don’t mind. It is absolutely spot on and historically accurate. NAILED IT.
👍🇺🇸 NonGrumpyVet.

Gary W Mayberry (@guest_257083)
1 month ago
Reply to  NonGrumpyVet

You are right! But can you beat socialism without guns??

jillie (@guest_257092)
1 month ago

And that is what is being taken away from us. Gun rights. So if you can’t shoot your way out of socialism then whats the alternative?

Sandi Pearson (@guest_257143)
1 month ago
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NonGrumpyVet (@guest_257074)
1 month ago
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Ruiz (@guest_256994)
1 month ago

I liked the thought for to day. I think it’s telling, by 75% of the comments, that we have more on our mind that RV travel.
With that being said, I am still a traveling and reading RV travel everyday. Arizona bound!!

Bill Byerly (@guest_257011)
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruiz

Yes to all you said, except the Arizona part….

Ruiz (@guest_257014)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

Bill it’s just the dry winter and sun I crave

Bill Byerly (@guest_257044)
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruiz

I’m in San Diego county, plenty of sun and mostly dry here

Bill Byerly (@guest_257047)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

I apologize if that came out sounding a bit snarky, that wasn’t my intention at all..

Ruiz (@guest_257069)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

No not at all

JAMES (@guest_257068)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

We wouldn’t go to California for anything. We left there 19 years ago (after living there 50 years) and never going back there.

Cancelproof (@guest_257077)
1 month ago
Reply to  JAMES

We are opting for 2 months on the Gulf coast for February and March this winter instead of California. Warmer water. We will probably hit San Diego County next summer however for a month plus, it’s tradition. Reservations are both already made. I totally understand people who choose to stay away from cali tho. Depending on Texas this winter, our Cali trip days may be getting fewer.

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Bill Byerly (@guest_257081)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

We’ll leave the light on for you.. 🙂
safe travels

Scott (@guest_257171)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

rolling blackouts will present a problem for cancel proof to find his way…

Bill (@guest_257424)
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott

True, in Texas you can get full, days long outages that’ll only cost you a lot.

Cheryl (@guest_257071)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

Can’t beat that California sunshine. We go to CA every year and love it! Lucky you!

James Harrigan (@guest_257088)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

And 4 times more expensive

John Macatee (@guest_256984)
1 month ago

Thought for the day – 2023!

Michael A Noble (@guest_256977)
1 month ago

Harry S. Truman Was very intuitive.

Cancelproof (@guest_257028)
1 month ago

He was witness to history, 1922 Italy, 1934 Germany which informed his decision to make a little history in 1945 Japan.

Bill (@guest_257426)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

And what a wonderful decision that was for 200000+ human beings .. noncombatants at that. What goes around comes around, cancelproof, let us know what your sage comments will be in 30 years.

jillie (@guest_257430)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

I kind of agree with this comment because I believe that 200k humans could have been saved. Not US revenge intervention. IMO not yours

Pat (@guest_256974)
1 month ago

Love the “Leave Here with a Laugh”!

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