RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1061

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Issue 1061 • March 5, 2019

Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.

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QUICK TIPS

Save those dollars!

With veteran RVer Mike Sokol

Don’t waste your money on a high-priced induction cooktop. Here’s what my pastry chef son, Kevin, and all his chef friends use in their own kitchens. Rather than a professional grade induction cooktop that costs upwards of $1,000, they all swear by the Max Burton Induction Cooktop which costs about $100. Could be a great retrofit to your RV’s gas burner cooktop, or even as a picnic table cooktop that doesn’t need propane, just a power plug.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Get educated by RVtravel.com‘s electrical expert Mike Sokol live on NERVDA’s Facebook page this Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST (4 to 5 p.m. PST). Whether you’re a new RVer with no electrical knowledge, or a seasoned electrical engineer, you won’t want to miss this information-packed hour with Mike. Learn more.



Cooking on the grill? Throw some rosemary (or any other herb) on the charcoal while it burns. When you cook your meat or fish over the grill, the rosemary smoke will season it perfectly. Yum!


MORE QUICK TIPS

Need a new round tabletop?

Mount bracket to best accommodate your needs. rvlifestyle.com photo.

A lot of folks who travel in Class B units, and some in other RVs, have folding tables on a pedestal. Want to spiff up your rig with a new table, but can’t hack the price of new ones? Hit the hardware store and locate a 24″ round wood tabletop (less than $20 at Lowe’s). A little sanding, a little stain and finish in a single mix can, and three coats or better gives you a durable, good-looking finish. Using the hardware from your old tabletop, “dry fit” the new tabletop by setting it on the pillar and moving it to the best position. Trace the mount on the bottom of the new top, flip it over, and reinstall the mount. Thanks to rvlifestyle.com for the great idea!

RV slang for newbies

“Stinky Slinky” – Nope, it’s not a toy your grandkid drug through the mud hole out back. It’s your RV sewer hose – fondly dubbed because of the typical “plastic over coiled wire” construction. Here’s a hint: Buy the best “slinky” you can afford. The more you spend, the thicker the plastic wall construction, and the longer it lasts. There’s nothing quite as frustrating (and stinky) as getting spurted with black water (that stuff that comes out of your toilet) when little pinholes develop in the hose.

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WEBSITE OF THE DAY

The RV Show USA

You may have heard Chuck mention the RV Show USA, or maybe you’ve listened to the radio show yourself, but if you haven’t, make sure you do. Alan Warren puts on an entertaining, informative radio show for RVers. Check it out!

Check out the long list of great RVing-related websites from RVtravel.com.



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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

Photo by @wombatandfriends, Instagram

While riding my motorbike, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up. A very beautiful woman got out of the driver’s seat and asked, “Are you okay?”
“I’m okay, I think,” I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look.
She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home, so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.”
“That’s nice of you,” I answered, “but I don’t think my wife will like me doing that!”
“I’m a nurse,” she insisted, “I need to see if you have any injuries and treat them properly.”
Well, she was very pretty and very persuasive and being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, “I’m sure my wife won’t like this.”
We arrived at her place which was just a few miles away and after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, “I feel a lot better, but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I’d better go now.”
“Don’t be silly!” she said with a smile. “Stay for a while. She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?”
“Still in the ditch with the motorbike, I guess.”

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Catherine
Catherine

Honey Mustard and green pickle Relish! Dee-lish!

Mike Sokol

So I’m thinking about suggesting a hot-dog building contest at some of the rallies I’ll be doing seminars at this summer. We just need a grill to roast them and a pot to boil the dogs (yes, they do taste different), and a plethora of possible toppings including things like Jalapeno peppers, cheese whiz (yes, that’s an actual condiment), green tomato relish (if I can find someone to make it), Chicago nuclear green relish (I’m pretty sure it’s radioactive, but I just don’t care), and whatever other local flavors dominate. For example, I’m in Maryland where Old Bay is king,… Read more »

Leslie Rolsheim
Leslie Rolsheim

A hot dog building contest sounds awesome! Good way to get new recipes. And a baked bean contest too

Mike Sokol

I’ve been pitching the idea of a hot-dog building contest to each of the rallies I’m teaching at this season, but no takers yet. I was sure that Alumapalooza was going to “bite”, but they backed out at the last minute.

Nels
Nels

A few bacon bits, mustard, catsup, shredded cheese, and a little relish (home made) makes a great beef only hot dog.

Rory R
Rory R

I replied other to the poll question, because I prefer mustard and chili sauce (no beans) Onions, and I also add some shredded cheese. Oh and I only use Beef Franks

Chuck
Chuck

On our vegy dog we like mustard and sweet relish.

jillie
jillie

Tony Packos chili sauce, mustard, ragu cheese sauce and some onions. The only way to eat a hot dog with no nitrates nor nitrites. The only way to organic.

Fred
Fred

On today’s survey about hot dog condiments, you omitted one of the most common options of mustard and relish???

Mike Sokol

That’s why we want you to comment. I only got the dog rolling…

Michael Galvin
Michael Galvin

Once again the survey creator left out options: this time, mayo.

Mike Sokol

Well, I wrote the survey, and IMHO mayo should NEVER go on a hotdog. But then again, what do I know? When I was in Paris last year they put mayonnaise on french fries instead of ketchup. I tried it and discovered their mayo tasted nothing like the USA mayo I was used to. What is this world coming to when you can’t even trust mayonnaise?

BuzzElectric
BuzzElectric

Ok, now I want to know what French mayo tastes like. What do they put in it? Is it like cannamayo?

Mike Sokol

I have no idea what cannamayo is.

Oops… I just looked it up and Google says it’s actually Cannabis-mayo, so pot and mayo? I thought it was some Canadian version of mayonnaise, like Canadian bacon. I’m just too innocent, it seems.

Leslie Rolsheim
Leslie Rolsheim

😜

Mike Sokol

Sonic is offering all kinds of hot dogs for $1 tomorrow (March 6). I might have to stop by for lunch and down a few.

Tink
Tink

I like mustard on my corn dog, but I like mayo and sweet relish on my hotdog

William Bulkley
William Bulkley

Do not eat hotdogs

Lawrence Neely
Lawrence Neely

Mustard and chili

Pat
Pat

Del Monte Hot dog relish..a combination of pickle relish and mustard..My once or twice a year hotdog craving is then complete..

Cora
Cora

I’m a vegetarian ,no hotdogs

Mike Sokol

They make vegetarian hotdogs if you want to walk on the wild side a bit…

Sharon Stoops
Sharon Stoops

No dogs; no way

Mary
Mary

I agree that hot dogs are not very healthy but once or twice a year in the summer at the beach I love a grilled all beef hot dog with ketchup and dill relish on a grilled bun. Yum!

Ronald Schulz
Ronald Schulz

First dog, mustard and relish. Second, chili. Than, if there’s room, sauerkraut on the third.

Mike Sokol

Ronald, you sound like a man after my own heart (or stomach).

Jim
Jim

Induction cooktops are great, with one exception, you must use special pans or use cast iron to cook on them. Love mine, use it most of the time instead of my electric stove.

Mike Sokol

True, but even my pastry chef son has installed a new induction cooktop range in his house rather than a gas one. He gets WAY more temperature control, which he needs for making chocolate candies and such. Yes, he makes CHOCOLATE!!! You should taste his Creme Brulee which is incredible. Of course that’s an oven thing, but now I’m on a sweet kick.

Bigrig
Bigrig

You need to separate the Hot Dog from the corn dog.
What I would put on a hot dog is entirely different from a corn dog.

Mike Sokol

Chuck only gives Diane and me room for ONE crazy poll at a time.

Jim
Jim

Hot Dog, mustard and sweet relish

Mike Sokol
Mike Sokol

My wife’s best friend used to can green tomato relish for me, which was fantastic. Sadly, she stopped canning a while ago so I was hoarding my last 12 jars. One of jars got stuffed behind a bunch of other stuff and I lost it for nearly 5 years. But after finding this last jar it looked and smelled OK, so I braved a small taste and didn’t get sick. I finished off that last jar of green tomato relish in a few weeks on a LOT of hotdogs. That’s dedication!

Snayte
Snayte

I’ve put all sorts of condiments on a hot dog but never, ever Ketchup.

Mike Sokol
Mike Sokol

Ketchup is evil, except on french fries and hamburgers. OK, it’s great as a topping on meatloaf as well. Yummy!

Martine ne
Martine ne

Don’t eat hotdogs. Had a conversation with a friend who sells processed meat products.
After watching what went into making hotdogs he couldn’t eat them any more.

Loren Robinson

Mustard and relish.

Michel Mignac
Michel Mignac

Montreal style all dress steam hot dog, mustard,relish,onions raw,coleslaw not to vinegar.

Sharon B
Sharon B

Sorry..hot dogs or corn dogs are not on my list of edibles. My diet has changed through the years trying to rid of the American junk foods. When I go to the RV shows I see all this garbage being sold. I used to consume that stuff years ago, but no more. But I will definitely have a nice cold beer!

John R Crawford

American junk food is bad and beer is good? LOL

Observer
Observer

I don’t eat hot dogs. Not really sure what goes into them.

Mike Sokol

One of the guys who played in a band with me decades ago used to work for Oscar Mayer. He said their motto was “we use everything but the squeal”.

Loneoutdoorsman
Loneoutdoorsman

A little cannabutter smeared on a hot dog makes a real “HOT” dog.

BuzzElectric
BuzzElectric

Laughing my A..s off. Never heard of cannabutter. It sounded yummy. Went to look for a recipe. LMAO!

Jim
Jim

Mayo and relish

Gary Broughton
Gary Broughton

On my hotdog I like mustard, pickle relish and onions.

Geoff
Geoff

Honey mustard

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

I only eat Zweigles White Hots from Rochester NY with mustard and dill relish!

Wolfe
Wolfe

Fellow Rotfester-ite here… White Hots are the bomb (and made with actual meat not offal)….

Jeannie
Jeannie

On hot dogs, I use mustard (without sugar added) and other sugar free condiments, such as onions, sugar free ketchup and BBQ sauce (can get at Sprouts), sugar free relish and horsey sauce(Kroger sells them under it’s own brand), and no bean chili.

Rory R
Rory R

All plant based foods have natural sugars in them.

Wayne
Wayne

My wife & I both like mustard & krout, or mustard & chilly on our dogs.

Grumpy
Grumpy

Spicy mustard and sweet relish

Tommy Molnar
Tommy Molnar

Regarding the induction cooktop . . . ” Could be a great retrofit to your RV’s gas burner cooktop”. Looking at this gizmo on Amazon, and the dimensions, there’s no way this is a replacement for the trusty gas stovetop. And of course, at 1800 watts this is not a low power accessory.

Wolfe
Wolfe

Just another nod to the all-electric, never moving full-timer. The only significant electric cooking appliance I carry is a pressure cooker — SPECIFICALLY because I can run it a much shorter period of time when on genny. The idea of removing an LP stove to go all-electric is nuts in a “camper” mindset.

Mike Sokol

Not a replacement, but a retrofit. You would have to redesign how the cooktop fits in. And I’ve seen a number of Sportsmobile packages that offer an induction cooktop rather than propane. Not low power, but certainly way efficient compared to any coiled burner hotplate.

Wayne Caldwell
Wayne Caldwell

No, thanks. Several years ago I saw how they were made and what they were made with.

Sharon B
Sharon B

I agree Wayne. What we eat in this country is the pits and probably the direct cause of the highest cancer rate in the world.

Robert Olson
Robert Olson

Mustard an SALSA !

Joe Huston
Joe Huston

Onions and sweet pickle relish.

Steve flippo
Steve flippo

Mustard and sweet relish!

Caroline CATALANO Grigsby
Caroline CATALANO Grigsby

All hot dogs are gross.

Tommy Molnar
Tommy Molnar

That’s un-American, Caroline. Hahaha.

Mike Sokol
Mike Sokol

A dirty water dog with sauerkraut and mustard on a steamed bun from a push cart in NYC is hard to beat

Dave Telenko
Dave Telenko

Now your talking my kinda hot dog. Been many years ago, but we used to get them when I took the Staten island ferry back & forth from NYC. Just thinking of the heart burn makes me wanna go get one, only 4K miles a way! LOL

Mike Sokol

I’m taking my wife and adult kids to mid-town Manhattan this summer for a few days of eating and sightseeing. Dirty water dogs are high on the list. Burp!!!

RV Staff

Excuuuuuse you. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Judy G
Judy G

I grew up as a mustard & onion hot dog kid.

BuzzElectric
BuzzElectric

Honey. 🍯 Honey mustard. Just a comment, NO FACEBOOK 👎. NOW THEY ARE SELLING YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

Mike
Mike

If you keep your phone number out of your profile, they can’t sell it. Take control of your own info.

BuzzElectric
BuzzElectric

They tell you they need your phone number for security reasons and they don’t tell you what they will use it for. Once you have given it to them there is no way to opt out. Just another scam that a lot of people have fallen for.

Larry
Larry

BBQ Sauce

Ray
Ray

Mustard & Relish

Ed
Ed

Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Onions and Dill Pickles

Pete Almasi
Pete Almasi

Mustard & relish

Drew
Drew

I love corn dogs so much that I forgot plain hot dogs were also included in the question. While I only like my corn dogs with mustard, I like my hot on a bun with both mustard and sweet pickle relish. What a fun poll this is- thanks!

Drew
Drew

Reading through some of the responses- remember, there are Kosher hot dogs as well. We eat only those (Hebrew National)…no junk in those. When we’re out however, it’s different. Can’t know the ingredients to all of them. The Costco ones for a buck are great tasting- wish they still had the Polish Dogs though.

Leslie Rolsheim
Leslie Rolsheim

Costco all beef (we don’t eat pork) dogs are good. Depending what I’m serving with them..my favorite is mayo, ketsup or BBQ sauce, sweet relish spicy brown mustard and chopped onions.