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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1061

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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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‘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!


Need a new round tabletop?

Mount bracket to best accommodate your needs. 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 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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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

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If you don’t believe us when we say these compression socks really work, look at the overwhelmingly positive reviews and maybe you’ll change your mind. These socks provide instant relief to your arches and heels and work to increase blood and oxygen circulation, which helps reduce lactic acid buildup and aids muscle recovery in ankle and feet. Click here to learn more.


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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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Catherine (@guest_42451)
4 years ago

Honey Mustard and green pickle Relish! Dee-lish!

Mike Sokol
4 years ago

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, and I’ve never had an Old Bay Dog, but I’m willing to try. I think we should take pictures of what everyone comes up with and let you readers vote on the most creative, tasty, pretty or terrifying hot dogs. Come on… Release your inner dog!

Leslie Rolsheim (@guest_43680)
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

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

Mike Sokol
4 years ago

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 (@guest_41852)
4 years ago

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

Rory R (@guest_41836)
4 years ago

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 (@guest_41835)
4 years ago

On our vegy dog we like mustard and sweet relish.

jillie (@guest_41824)
4 years ago

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 (@guest_41821)
4 years ago

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

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Fred

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

Michael Galvin (@guest_41816)
4 years ago

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

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Michael Galvin

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 (@guest_41819)
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

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

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  BuzzElectric

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 (@guest_43681)
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol


Mike Sokol
4 years ago

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 (@guest_41812)
4 years ago

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

William Bulkley (@guest_41805)
4 years ago

Do not eat hotdogs

Lawrence Neely (@guest_41800)
4 years ago

Mustard and chili

Pat (@guest_41799)
4 years ago

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

Cora (@guest_41798)
4 years ago

I’m a vegetarian ,no hotdogs

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Cora

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

Sharon Stoops (@guest_41796)
4 years ago

No dogs; no way

Mary (@guest_41794)
4 years ago

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 (@guest_41793)
4 years ago

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

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronald Schulz

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

Jim (@guest_41792)
4 years ago

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
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim

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 (@guest_41791)
4 years ago

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
4 years ago
Reply to  Bigrig

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

Jim (@guest_41790)
4 years ago

Hot Dog, mustard and sweet relish

Mike Sokol (@guest_41844)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim

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!

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