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January 1, 2022
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition
By Chuck Woodbury
PUBLISHER AND FOUNDER
elcome to 2022, also known as “Year Three of the Pandemic,” where a virus continues to show us who’s really boss. Sadly, to me, it’s potentially another year of the “Angry American.” So many of us are mad about something. We see evidence of it here at RVtravel.com in the reader comments.
With that in mind I would like to suggest a New Year’s Resolution for at least some of you: Calm down. Be understanding. Be nice!
I came upon this cartoon awhile back. Now seems like a good time to show it to you.
Do you think that maybe, in 2022, we can all take a deep breath, and consider that living with anger is a waste of time and energy, and counterproductive to our lives and others? To me, it’s far worse now than ever. Some of these angry people hate — yes “hate” — those who disagree with them, whether politics or anything else. Many of them, I believe, do so without even thinking about it. They seem to want their political party to be THE ONLY political party.
Okay, fine. Let’s set up a fund to fly them to North Korea, Afganistan or Russia, where one party runs the show. See if they like that.
Come on, everybody, calm down. Relax. Breathe deeply. Exhale slowly. Repeat! Celebrate that not everybody sees things the same as you. Yes, celebrate! The other person is not necessarily wrong.
Look at the image above
What do you see, a wine goblet or two faces? If you see two faces, you are correct. If you see a wine goblet you are correct. If you see one thing and another person sees the other, you are both correct. You can argue about it all day long. But the fact is, you are both right and, I suppose, you are both wrong. I believe we need to learn that our truth is not necessarily another’s truth, and that is okay.
I’ll tell you this, and I bet you will agree: If you sit around a campfire with a dozen other RVers and talk about “life” everyone will be cordial and friendly to each other. If they disagree, they will talk about it civilly, not with anger, with no need to belittle someone for not sharing their beliefs. If we can do it at a campfire, we can do it online and everywhere else.
So please, in 2022, try harder than ever to understand those people who see the World differently than you. And help others do the same.
May you have a safe, healthy, productive and happy 2022. And thank you for being a part of the RVtravel.com community, where our staff works hard every day to make your RVing lives better than the day before.
P.S. If you operate a cafe that’s popular with RVers (or know of such a place) that might like us to stock it with a supply of official RVtravel.com coffee mugs, let me know at email@example.com. We’ll publicize the eatery to our readers, so it will bring them some new customers. The mugs are high quality and really cool! There is no catch.
R.I.P. John Madden (April 10, 1936 – December 28, 2021): We salute you, John, for traveling the USA with a motorhome from one NFL football game to another for so many years, back when RVing wasn’t “cool.” Rest In Peace, our friend.
Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter
• RV dealers sued by state for not providing customers with timely RV repairs
• Best and Worst RV features of 2021, Part 2
• Campground Crowding: Memberships not worth it and don’t help reservation crunch!
• Will a new player in the campground franchising business change RVing?
• Shootout in Maggie Valley has RV campgrounds in the crosshairs.
• Traveling the “Hydrogen Highway.” Could it be the future of RVing?
And all the latest news that affects RVers.
PLUS: Latest fuel prices • Stolen RV Report • Latest RV recalls • AARP Scam Report • Reader survey • and much more…
Our technical expert Dave Solberg is debuting a weekly video feature about the repair and maintenance of RVs featuring reader questions. He explains in this 37-second video. Just click to play. If you have a question for Dave, post it at his RVtravel.com forum.
Last week’s Tip of the Day highlights in RV Daily Tips Newsletters
• 16 brilliant ways nail polish comes in handy while RVing (for both women and men)
• Maneuvering big RVs in tight fuel stops
• Protecting your RV roof through winter
• 10 extremely clever ways to reuse used holiday gift wrap
• My most memorable New Year’s Eve – A wonderful time with strangers
Today’s RV review…
In part one of two (two is tomorrow!), Tony looks at what he thinks are the best and worst RV features in 2021. Do you have any guesses about what his favorites and least favorites were? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s in this end-of-the-year recap.
Last week’s reviews:
• Thor Class C: Thor Quantum Sprinter
• 2022 OBI Dweller overlanding trailer
• r•pod RP-153
• nüCamp Cirrus 620 half-ton truck camper
• Taking a Fleetwood Discovery to Cousin Eddie (you have to see this!)
NEW! RVtravel.com Forums
Most RVtravel.com writers are getting their own forums, where readers can discuss their articles with them. Here are six you can visit now.
• Dave Solberg (RV Repair and Maintenance)
Do you have questions for Dave about RV maintenance? Ask them here!
• Mike Sokol (RV Electricity)
Do you have a question about RV electricity? Mike has all the answers!
• Tony Barthel (RV Reviews)
Would you like to see a certain RV reviewed? Submit your request here!
• Roger Marble (RV Tires)
Roger is a national authority on RV tires.
• Dr. Karel Carnohan (Ask the Pet Vet)
Dr. Karel is here to answer questions about your travel companions!
• Gail Marsh (RV Tricks & Tips)
Learn and share tips and tricks for RVing with Gail!
Clintoons • By Clint Norrell
Bed sheet suspenders keep your sheets in place!
We have to admit, we just recently discovered these and wondered how we didn’t know about them sooner – they’re amazing! If you have bed sheets that don’t stay in place, these easy-to-use bed sheet fasteners or “suspenders” keep them in place – no more corners that won’t stay down! Learn more or order for a great price.
Warm up your RV with a window insulation kit
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
When my feet hit the deck one morning in the old RV, I knew something was decidedly wrong. Even with a bit of neuropathy, my sensors indicated that it was one COLD Arizona morning. The recording thermometer confirmed it: 24 degrees in Quartzsite. Yes, folks, it does sometimes get a wee bit on the chilly side, even in “RV nirvana.” Part of the chill factor is that old problem of “single-glazed” RV windows. What’s can you do if you have too much cold coming through the glass? Find out here.
Dump station etiquette – How long is “too long” when others are waiting?
By Dave Helgeson
Someone recently asked, “How long is too long when others are waiting behind you at the dump station?” This caused me to ponder an appropriate answer. Read what RVers had to say plus tips on dumping and how to find dump stations.
The Frugal RVer: A shrewd way you may be eligible for “free” tires
By Randall Brink
A couple of weeks ago we began this “Frugal RVer” column with hopes of teaching you some tricks to saving money while RVing. In the first part of this series we focused on saving money on food, fuel and firewood. Today, we’ll look at a way to get “free” tires for your RV. Find out how here.
Overloaded pickup? Your taillight might tell you!
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Some might say that taillights are the least glamorous parts of a motor vehicle. No matter, they do serve some practical purposes. … Here we are, in 2022, and for some, the taillight tells if your pickup is overloaded! Find out how here.
Here’s an idea for you
Record your family history on your iPhone or video camera. If you want some inspiration, we recommend you get the book To Our Children’s Children. It will prompt many ideas of what to talk about. Your children and grandchildren will appreciate this when you are gone. Think about it – wouldn’t you love it if your parents had done this for you?
Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles
• Service attendant overfills propane tank, RV almost goes up in flames
• RV Review: My favorite RVs of 2020
• The scary truth about thousands of catalytic converter thefts
• Stinky sewer dump? Try this to seal the smell away!
What is your 2022 New Year’s resolution?
Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. CLICK HERE.
The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletters:
Which do you prefer, a daytime temperature of 90 degrees F or 40 degrees F? Can you guess what most RVers said? Find out here and cast your own vote.
Prospecting: A fun and profitable hobby for RVers
By Randall Brink
If ever there was an activity suited to the RV lifestyle, it is prospecting for valuable minerals. Whether it is strictly a hobby, an avocation to generate some extra income, or a significant mining effort to fill the motor coach treasury, the prospector is rewarded with time outdoors in a wild setting, exercise and, with perseverance and luck, valuable minerals with high monetary value. Read more about how to get started prospecting.
This wonderful place in Arizona is a bucket list destination for animal lovers
If you love animals and nature, you must visit the Salt River Wild Horse Sanctuary in the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix, Arizona. It’s a bucket list destination for all animal lovers. You can get somewhat up close and personal with these majestic creatures – more than 180 of the wild horses roam all around you. Learn more.
New Year’s resolutions for RVers. Could you stick to these?
By Gail Marsh
Someone once described a New Year’s resolution as a “To-Do List” for the first week in January. Not too far off the mark, is it? I’ll admit I’ve never seriously made a resolution at the start of a New Year, but I really enjoy hearing about some of the sillier resolutions out there. Here are a few of the more humorous New Year resolutions I’ve found. (Bonus: Many are applicable to RVers.)
Our best-selling product of 2021 was… drumroll, please…
This amazing gadget!
Fact vs. fiction: How much do you know about hangovers? We bet you can’t ace this quiz
By Kate Doherty
Like many of us, we’ve christened each new year imbibing in tasty alcoholic drinks anticipating the new horizon ahead while shedding the year’s events. With friends and family, we danced and drank in no specific order. And we paid for those joy-filled hours suffering the next-day hangovers. As the years tick by, with several parties under our belts, most of us have our own hangover cure we ply to mitigate those new year blahs. … Read about a variety of “cures” and take the hangover quiz here. (BTW, how’s your head this morning? 😉 )
This quiz guesses where you’re from depending on what you call certain items
Decades ago, Harvard University’s linguistics professor, Bert Vaux, designed a language survey for English-speaking folks. Vaux wanted to see if the words and phrases people use in their everyday language could help identify where they lived. Turns out, there are many, many regional words and phrases that are unique to specific areas of the United States. Learn more about this, and then take the fun attached quiz, here.
Is this your RV?
Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.
Popular articles from last week
• Falling on DEF ears: Exhaust fluid shortage coming to RVers?
• Ask Dave: Why don’t RV’s house batteries charge when motorhome is plugged into outlet?
• Your Verizon customer privacy is gone – unless you act now
• The Quartzsite Report: The Quartzsite show schedule and QZ statistics
How would you like to win a set of Camping Mugs with Lids?
How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (January 1, 2022) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email via RVcontests@gmail.com that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.
“RVs: Who Makes What” – This is a new free directory from RVtravel.com which lists every U.S. RV manufacturer and their makes and models. Learn more and/or download a free PDF copy.
RV Show Directory: See if a show is coming soon to your area.
Stolen RVs — Help us recover these stolen RVs. The more eyes we have searching for them, the better chance of getting them back to their rightful owners, and maybe putting the crooks who stole them in the slammer! See the stolen RVs.
Great websites. Check out our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever posted, and we update it weekly.
Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.
Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.
Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.
What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.
Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.
Sewer fitting grip help! Gadget to the rescue!
If you find the bayonet mounts for your sewer hose connections are getting a bit hard to twist off and on (hate to say it, but it sometimes comes with age), here’s a tool that might help. An adjustable oil filter wrench, made to get a grip around automotive oil filters, can also provide a handy grip and plenty of leverage on the bayonet fitting of your sewer hose, and the termination cap as well. Here’s one we recommend.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.
My rig gets blown all over the road. What can I do?
I just bought a new 2022 Winnebago Adventurer 35F. My problem is that when I drive this motorhome on the interstate, large trucks blow me all over the road. When there is a cross-wind it is very hard to keep the RV in its lane. The steering is a bit loose and I find myself constantly over-steering to keep the motorhome in its lane. My friend tells me that I just have to learn how to drive this motorhome; that it’s different than a car. But after an hour of driving, I’m a nervous wreck. …
Read the rest of the question and Dave’s advice here.
Other questions Dave answered this week:
• How can I get better AM reception in my RV?
• My slide room squeaks when retracting. Can I use WD-40?
• What can I do to extend the life of my awning?
• How do I purge the antifreeze when dewinterizing the RV?
• How can I stop my RV’s roof AC from leaking in the trailer?
NEW! Visit Dave’s new forum on RVtravel.com. Ask him a question or help answer one from another reader. Click here.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Palm Tree: A growing piece of history
By Chris Epting
I love historic trees. Something about the silent status they bring to history: their presence and, in many cases, actual historic purpose. Recently, while driving out to Joshua Tree in the Southern California desert, I stopped at one such tree that has long captured my fascination, probably because it was planted by an American figure I deeply admire and have written extensively about. Theodore Roosevelt. Continue reading this fascinating story.
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OMG Guys! Your RVing lady will look so sexy in these! (And ladies: Wear these and watch your guy go mad with desire!). We’d ask you to send a pic of your significant other wearing these … but that might be too personal!
RV Gadgets and Gizmos
with Tony Barthel
A portable stovetop oven that actually works
[A]s someone who thinks about baking in an RV more than any sane person should, I came across a video by Bob Wells from Cheap RV Living talking about a stovetop oven called the Omnia Stovetop Oven. As I mentioned, I think about this far too much so I started looking around. There are several Facebook Groups for this device and plenty of YouTube videos, including from a number of van lifers who prepared things in it that really surprised me. Learn more.
A quality water hose worth the price
Buy the best and cry only once. The first time I heard this statement I was quite taken aback by the absolute value that it held. In other words, if you get good stuff you’re likely not going to be frustrated in using it over time and it won’t end up in the landfill in short order. That applies to every human-made product, in my opinion. And today I feel that also applies to RV water hoses. … Read what Tony recommends here.
Is there a 12-volt electric blanket for use in my RV?
I’ve been reading that regular electric blankets shouldn’t be powered by an inverter in your RV. Something about the controller can overheat and catch on fire. Do you know anything about this? Is there a 12-volt DC electric blanket I can use instead of plugging one into the inverter? —Chilly Cathy Read Mike’s response.
How much energy do you need to power RV appliances? Part 1
Mike discusses the amount of energy needed to make a cup of cappuccino or coffee (hence, CEUs for Cappuccino Energy Units) or to run a portable 12-volt Danfoss refrigerator (hence, PREUs for Portable Refrigerator Energy Units). Read more.
Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill. Deep-clean virtually any surface. Perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. Learn more or order here.
RV Tire Safety
Types of tire valve stem extensions
Tire expert Roger Marble discusses different types of tire valve stem extensions, how they’re installed, a handy adapter tool to have, and what to use with a tire pressure monitoring system. Good to know.
NEW! Ask Roger anything about RV tires on his new RV Tires Forum.
Birdwatching for RVers
with Dale Wade
Keep your feathered friends safe. Here’s what NOT to feed the birds
Many foods are toxic to feeder birds. If you want to keep them coming back, do not kill them with bad foods. Birds visit your feeder more often in the winter. That is because foods like insects, berries, and seeds are not as readily available as the rest of the year. Here are some foods you should definitely avoid at your feeder.
with Karel Carnohan, DVM
Pests on your pets: The best meds to use to keep ’em off!
Ewwwww, pests on your pets like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are gross and annoying. Your cats and dogs are exposed to these every day, even if they are indoors. When your vet urges you to keep your pets on flea and heartworm preventives, they are looking out for your pet’s long-term health and not just preventing itching and irritation. … Read how to protect your pets from pests here.
NEW! Have a question about traveling with your pet? Ask Dr. Karel on her new Ask the Pet Vet Forum.
Operating an RV Park
Last-minute projects; and why we won’t sell our “baby”
Machelle James updates us on the latest developments at AJ’s Getaway RV Park, adjusting to Phoenix RVers’ temperature “comfort zone,” and Machelle and Jenna’s perfect “snow day” activity. Oh, and why they won’t sell out to a big corporation. All that and more here.
Recipe of the Day
If you’re incorporating more fish into your diet, try this Parmesan crusted tilapia. It was gobbled up in our kitchen. The mayo ranch mixture has a great creamy ranch flavor and acts as a sauce. The bread crumb and Parmesan mixture adds texture and a lovely cheesy flavor. Easy to prepare. Once baked, the tilapia is very tender.
We always want more fish in our diet. Yummy! Get the recipe.
Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
• Asiago & Gruyere Potato Gratin
• Ultimate Avocado Toast
• Lisa’s Air Fried Salmon With Dijon Dill Sauce
• Ham and Swiss Hot Bread Bowl Dip
• Deep-Fried Mushrooms
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Kylo is our new addition to the family. He joins Obi and Lando (his cat companions) for our RV adventures!” —Rob Boyer
Vintage Postcard of the Week
Postcards owned by Colleen and Ed Weum, Pacific Northwest Postcard Club. Read more about their 90,000 postcard collection here.
Stay cozy this winter in RV slippers!
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes S/M and L/XL so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.
One family wants to get through a tunnel. Dad can make it in 1 minute, mom in 2 minutes, son in 4 and daughter in 5 minutes. No more than 2 persons can go through the tunnel at one time, moving at the speed of the slower one. Can they all make it to the other side if they have a torch that lasts only 12 minutes and they are afraid of the dark?
(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter. And please don’t spoil it for other readers by posting the answer in the comments.)
The average car rental rate in December was $81, up 31 percent from a year ago, according to the travel company Kayak. Before the pandemic, the average daily rental rate in December was about $46.
Word and Phrase Origins
From the book, Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson:
in cahoots with. “Cahoots apparently derives from the French cahute, cabin, and is first recorded in about 1820. American fur trappers on the frontier probably borrowed the word from French trappers there. Trappers living together in a cahute or cahoot were often partners, giving rise to the expression in cahoots with.”
Laugh of the Week
Leave with a song from the past
Here’s a beautiful rendition of Auld Lang Syne, sung by Lisa Lambe of Celtic Woman. Happy New Year!
Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel, Mike Gast. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Solberg, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, Scott Linden, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink, Chris Epting and Karel Carnohan, DVM. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady, Mark Gorrie. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. Special Reports: Bradford Geer. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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