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RV Daily Tips. Friday, November 10, 2023

Issue 2250
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

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” ―Anthony Doerr

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the Marine Corps’ 248th birthday! Happy Birthday, Marines! [“Si vis pacem, para bellum.” If you desire peace, prepare for war. Oorah!]

On this day in history: 1775 – The United States Marine Corps is founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia by Samuel Nicholas. We salute our readers who served (or currently serve) in the Marines. Here’s The Marines’ Hymn (recorded in 1942).

Tip of the Day

Don’t trip the breaker. Colored sticker dots save the day

One of our longtime readers sent this in and we think it’s a great quick tip. Here’s what George has to say:

“Take small colored sticker dots and put one on each outlet that corresponds in color to a dot placed on a breaker in your electrical panel…

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Ask Dave

My RV’s roof needs replacing. The service center recommends aluminum. Your thoughts?

Dear Dave,
I had a tree fall on my trailer which will require roof and some rafter replacement. The repair company I will be using to replace the roof is a long-time repair/RV manufacturer. They offer a seamless aluminum roof for an additional $300–$400. They claim there will be minimal weight difference between the aluminum and TPO, but with a longer lifetime and higher damage resistance. Do you have any thoughts as to which product might work the best? —Norm, 2019 Grand Design Imagine 2150RB

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

Brilliant or wacky? Rooftop tent mounted to trailer!

By Cheri Sicard
Here is an interesting rooftop tent idea from New Jersey Outdoor Adventures that might seem wacky but just might be totally brilliant. As we discussed in an earlier video, there are a number of disadvantages to rooftop-mount tents for camping, and this idea eliminates nearly all of them!

The YouTube short video [20 seconds!] offers a few advantages for mounting a rooftop tent on a tow-behind trailer, and I can think of a few more.

Click here to watch

Ghost Town Trails: Greenhorn—Oregon’s smallest incorporated city

Greenhorn, Oregon, is the featured ghost town in this month’s installment of Ghost Town Trails. … Gold was first discovered in 1864 on Olive Creek, leading to the formation of a community known as Robinsonville. Greenhorn was settled shortly afterwards, a short distance to the southwest of Robinsonville. When Robinsonville burned to the ground in 1898, Greenhorn became the supply hub of mining in the area. The town was incorporated as a city in 1903. Continue reading about Oregon’s “smallest [just how small is it?] and highest incorporated city in Oregon.”

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.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you have a crock pot/slow cooker?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

A deduction regarding induction (cooking)

In response to a tip on how to keep the inside of your RV cool when needing to cook in a pan or skillet, Rob S. puts in his two-cents: ”We have been using a portable induction cooktop. It is nearly 100% efficient at heating the pan and not the surrounding air. We also use it in the cooler temperatures because, unlike propane, it releases no extra water vapor into the coach.” Thanks, Rob!

We would absolutely pay money to sit and watch a group do this at a campground. We’d cry of laughter!

Website of the day

The best glamping in the USA
We know we’re not all big “glampers,” but even just seeing these amazing tents kind of makes us want to give it a try and ditch the ol’ RV for a night or two…

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Moist and Tender Baked Pork Chops

by Jolene Kath from Seattle, WA

You’ll never think boneless pork chops are dry after trying this recipe. Simply seasoned, you only need a few ingredients to make these pork chops. Searing them gives the pork chops a little color. The steam when baking them in the oven makes the pork chops tender and super juicy. This recipe also makes a thin, flavorful gravy you can drizzle over rice or mashed potatoes when serving.

Click here for the recipe


Polar bears have black skin and, nope, they don’t have white fur. The bears have two thick layers of clear fur that appears white to the human eye.

*What’s Barbie’s full name? When is her birthday? How old is she? We tell you all about her in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Glory the Boston Terrier is a retired show dog. ‘I once was always nervous, but now I have found my forever home.'” —Kris Kallaway

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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SherKen (@guest_260338)
21 days ago

Happy Birthday to our USMC!
The Mystery Product is something that would be FUN! Except we are already doing this at Campgrounds unfortunately because not everyone cleans!!!
We always pick up wherever we are: at home, neighborhood and traveling, Campgrounds and Boondocking!!!

Mary (@guest_260334)
21 days ago

Happy birthday to the USMC! Way back in 1970 my Navy husband and I were stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. In October we attended the Navy Ball, then in November we attended the Marine Corps Ball as the guests of friends. To my then husband’s great humiliation I declared in a very loud voice that Marines had way better balls than the Navy!

Diane McGovern
21 days ago
Reply to  Mary

🤣🤣 Good one, Mary! Have a great day! 😀 –Diane at (and mom of a Marine combat veteran)

Neal Davis (@guest_260315)
22 days ago

Thank you, Emily and Diane. Today’s funny never gets old; I always smile when I see it. 🙂

Rebecca (@guest_260956)
19 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Can’t agree. As someone who lost an infant grandchild, the image of a “dead” baby is not and never will be funny.

Diane McGovern
19 days ago
Reply to  Rebecca

I’m very sorry for your loss, Rebecca. In that case I can certainly see where this would be heartbreaking and even offensive. Luckily, most of us haven’t had to go through what you did and can see the humor in detective Grandpa being in charge of a napping baby. But because of your eye-opening comment, I’ll try to make sure we don’t run this again. Our apologies. Take care. –Diane at

Bill Braniff (@guest_260307)
22 days ago

I haven’t tried. it yet, but todays recipe looks like one of the absolute best I’ve seen so far. For me. I have peculiar tastes. I don’t like to experiment with food.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_260294)
22 days ago

The trivia thing makes no sense to me. I knew about the bear’s black skin but the non-white fur only seen as white by humans needs explanation. What color do other animals see? If their fur is clear, why then don’t we see them as black?

Bob P (@guest_260318)
22 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good question! Did you ever wonder about anything the experts say about animals? I question the thing about dogs only seeing in black and white. We have a 6 lb Maltese 12.5 years old, he has 3 different colored stuffed animals bought in one package, brown, blue, and red. He loves the red one, I know his scent is on that one but DW washed it and after put it in the toy box and he picked out later and started playing with it and barely looked at the others. If he only sees black and white wouldn’t the others look black also? Experts???

Tommy Molnar (@guest_260320)
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Bob, in this day and age I wonder about everything “experts” say.

Cancelproof (@guest_260327)
21 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar


Thanks for the chuckle Tommy.

Bill Byerly (@guest_260329)
21 days ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Agreed! 🙃

Elaine Ashton (@guest_260359)
21 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

totally agree

Split Shaft (@guest_260343)
21 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Some folks wonder why the sky is blue when the air is clear.

Bill Bamber; Edmonton Alberta (@guest_260292)
22 days ago

A good thing is when the GKids babysit you!!

Mark (@guest_260272)
22 days ago

Thanks for the shout-out for the Marine Corps birthday. We are a different breed than our brothers and sisters in the other branches. Happy birthday and Semper Fi to my fellow Marines.

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