RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1162


From the editors of RVtravel.com, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Welcome to another 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, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you.

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Today’s thought

“The happiest people in life are the givers, not the getters.” —Anon.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Macadamia Nut Day.

Be prepared for any emergency. Take a look at Amazon’s emergency checklist.

Tips of the Day

Burner too hot? Lift off the pot!
If your gas range burner still won’t turn “low” enough for some stuff not to burn, here’s a hint from one enterprising RVer. She takes the rack out of her convection oven, puts it over the burner, and puts her cooking pot on top of the rack. The additional “lift” is enough to effectively cool the burner.

Fire starter feedback caution
Reader Claude Denton responds to a suggestion we published on making fire starters out of paper shredder byproduct: “If you use that shredded paper for a fire starter, better make sure you are not near anything that will burn because paper embers may go up with the smoke and possibly start a fire where you don’t want it. Also, it’s wise to have a fire extinguisher handy.” Thanks, Claude, for the safety pointer.

Reader poll

Less than $10! Mini waffle (and more!) maker is a crowd-pleaser.

Helpful resources


Maintain those slide seals!
RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1162If you’ve heard a cracking or popping sound when extending your slide outs, it means your seals are sticking and/or drying out! Using a seal conditioner about every 8-12 weeks is recommended to prevent this. Once a slide begins to wear and show damage, it no longer works to its full capacity. We recommend using Thetford Premium RV Slide Out Rubber Seal Conditioner – works like a charm.

Random RV Thought

Always keep your RV ready to go in case of an emergency, which should include a full tank of gas. Residents of last year’s disastrous Camp Fire in Paradise, California, had almost no time to escape their homes. Those with RVs who could escape and then returned later to a pile of charred rubble at least had their RV to live in while they rebuilt or figured out Plan B.

Website of the day

Arther Owens GMC toy motorhome collection
This series of photos and short captions was posted nearly 20 years ago, but it’s still on the Web. It’s hard to believe that so many different GMC toy motorhomes were manufactured. You’ll be impressed.

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Keep mice out of your RV
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Until the 16th century, sharks were known to mariners as “sea dogs.” Shark teeth are constantly replaced throughout life. Multiple rows of replacement teeth grow in a groove on the inside of the jaw and steadily move forward in comparison to a conveyor belt; some sharks lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime. In most species, teeth are replaced one at a time as opposed to the simultaneous replacement of an entire row, which is observed in the cookiecutter shark.

Leave here with a laugh

POLICE REPORT from Sandusky (OH) Enterprise Newspaper:
“An attendant from a Route 6A gas station contacted police at 7:03 PM to report that a man had been at the station who had been rambling on about robbing people. He left the station without robbing it. There are no suspects.”

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Rory R

I like most dark breads + sour dough. I guess my favorite is dark rye, buttered with unsalted butter…..

R Ellis

Honey Wheat

Marty Mapson

Potato bread.

RV Staff

Mmmmm! Thanks, Marty. That reminds me of when I was a kid and baked a different type of bread every week — and potato bread was one of my favorites! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com




Keto yeast bread


Sprouted bread


Sprouted Bread.


My favorite too. Easily digested but more importantly it tastes great.

Gigi L Raygor

White but not the store kind we had PB&J on as kids. Right now my favorite is the French or Italian baked fresh daily at walmart….for $1…

Jim Collins

My favorite actually is English muffin bread, also known as English toasting bread, other than that Sourdough ,I love for blt’s grilled.


My wife makes our bread by grinding Prairie Gold Wheat Kernels (berries). She bakes it in two Dutch Ovens at high heat. (Similar to No-Knead bread.). The round loaves are quartered and frozen. It has just a handful of ingredients which she controls.

Prairie Gold Wheat isn’t bitter so there’s no need for added sugar like many store bought Whole Wheat Breads.

RV Staff

Ohhh, that sounds delicious, Irv! Thanks! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com


With all that bragging, you must bake enough for the rest of the class…and then ship to NY.


Agree with Sharon B … if we just try using our ‘little grey cells’ we can find delicious bread with lots of actual nutrients and no Monsanto death drugs added.

James Gorski

All bread!

Dennis Babcock

Marble Rye bread is my favorite!!!

Bob Weinfurt

I prefer banana, pumpkin, and other fruity breads. Homemade is the best.


If the low heat is too high, How about a heat diffuser simmer pad, reasonably inexpensive, stores flat and saves a meal (and a pot) . Check amazon…


If you are traveling why not try a local non-big box or online store. You will more than likely find the exact same item at a comparable price with the added benefit of helping the local economy. Think locally owned ACE, True Value or sometimes just ‘Joe Blow’s’ hardware or drugstore.


My doctor told me not to eat bread. He wasn’t impressed when I told him now I only eat buns and bagels. You know, we’re here for a good time not a long time. I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not yelling and screaming like his passengers.

RV Staff

Oh, you’re on a roll this morning, George. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sharon B

Watch ALL store bread. READ the ingredients. If you don’t know what the ingredients are and you need a PhD in chemistry to figure out those long chemical names don’t buy it. White bleached flour is worthless. Actually, most bread is worthless from stores. But there are some good ones sold from the store freezers. Start reading and you will be surprised. Our country consumes too many chemicals and is in the top 5 for cancer. We have facial products that are not even allowed in Dubai or other countries. Trust nothing unless you know what it is made from.… Read more »


Homemade (different types) from bread machine.

Lewis Fouts

depends on what I’m having, ex: rye if I’m having ham and Swiss, whole grain wheat with bacon and eggs the list is endless.

Thomas McLaughlin

Wheat bread

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse

favorite bread? I picked sour dough but it depends on my mood. I like variety


5 seed Italian bread from Publix…absolutely the best bread. We like it better than home made, whether by hand or machine. Actually gave my bread machine away after trying it a few times. We buy and freeze for when we’re traveling.


Have you tried their subs made with this bread? They are the best. This bread is really good.


We don’t eat bread anymore


Honey Wheat


Honey Wheat

Barbara Brooker

Not eating bread

Roger Vinsant

I don’t eat any bread.


Preferred bread: either whole wheat, or sourdough loaves from the wife’s skill with her amazing bread machine. Rarely do we buy a loaf, and when we do, it’s one of the multi-grain specialty loaves.


Bread machines are evil lying R2D2s of waistline death… even though the cycle says it will be done in 3:05, by 3:07 no one can find the bread loaf. No matter how many ingredients I put into my two machines, it’s the same result. I smell the bread, and black out in a carb-coma, only to find an empty machine again… its like those kidney scams you read about online, only when you wake up instead of a scar you have 3 extra pounds.


Ayup! Even worse is R2D2’s dough cycle and the rise and spice process which leads to a full pan of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven.


I might need that recipe…

I definitely don’t need that recipe, but I still want the recipe. I’m so weak. I’m ashamed, really.


That’s how we make them (Cinnabon copycat recipe), but only on Christmas.

Dan Kooienga

I saw an add for slider seal treatment. I was surprised to be told right from the manufacturer that the best treatment is talcum powder. Not with corn starch. Pour it in a sock, tie off the top, rub it on all the seals. Works great and no swelling, sticking or smears.


Fresh, Homemade with real butter.


Ezekiel 5:9 Sprouted Grain bread THE best healthy bread alternative.

Sharon B




RV Staff

Ezekiel 4:9? Thanks for mentioning that, Buck. I hadn’t heard of it so looked it up. It sounds very nutritious and good! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tommy Molnar

Love the Ezekiel breads too. No flour, just sprouted grains. Trader Joe’s has a great flour-free bread too. I limit myself to one slice a day, if any. Not diabetic but close . . .

RV Staff

Our overly cautious spam filter for some reason marked your comment as spam, Tommy — in case you’re wondering where it went. (I deleted the one you tried to post just before this one, which was also being held as “spam,” since it was redundant.) Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com


100% whole wheat


Wheat bread