RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Today’s thought

“You can appreciate the flowers in someone else’s garden while still watering your own.” —Jennae Cecelia


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sandwich Day!

On this day in history: 1911 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.



Tip of the Day

An easy fix to stop towed vehicle rattle

By Greg Illes
There are a lot of anti-rattle devices on the market, all aimed at limiting or removing the “clunk” from the loose-fitting tow hardware and stopping that towed vehicle rattle. Anybody who has towed anything recognizes that annoying clank-whack-thunk when you stop, start, go around a turn, back up, etc.

Unfortunately, it’s not only annoying, it can actually cause towing problems. The loose linkage can cause erratic auxiliary braking behavior, trailer wander, and toad wander, not to mention additional wear on components from all the slapping around. Continue reading.

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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the AVIA by nuCamp RV. As he reports, “Not only is this trailer really, really feature-rich, but it’s also beautifully stylish in a very European way.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Glacier Ice House A164TH? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a couple of photos for comparison), then email us at rvcontests@gmail.com by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Nov. 3, 2020. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. Include your mailing address and a phone number (in case there is a prize delivery issue).

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). So please be sure to check if it’s yours. Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


The clash of tribes: RVers vs. hardcore outdoors people

RVs have always come in all shapes and sizes, in styles from bare-bones to luxuriant, and more and more “hardcore” outdoors people are using them as mobile base camps from which to launch their adventures. As van life and overlanding surge, serving an overlapping consumer has brought the paper-thin line between outdoor and RV industries into increasingly similar territory. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Desperate RVer with lemon RV gets rescued by TV consumer reporter


Reader poll

If the speed limit is 60, how fast will you typically go when driving/towing your RV?

Step on the gas and tell us here.


Quick Tip

Another way to store spray cans
“We all have many aerosol cans we use for maintenance and cleaning, etc. I have found the best way to carry them in my motorhome basement is in a plastic ammo can. They are inexpensive and available in many big box stores. They stay in one place, are easy to access, and with the lid closed and latched nothing can leak or spray if something falls on them.” —Thanks to Mark Anderson



Website of the day

The 10 coolest Airstream hotels
We don’t even have time to write this description, we’re running out the door to check into one of these totally adorable hotels featuring Airstreams. See ya there!


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 14 percent say all their spendable income comes from current employment
• 15 percent do not own a “stick-and-brick home.” Their RV is their home!
• 29 percent bring a portable generator along with them on their RV travels

Recent poll: Will you do more holiday shopping online this year than last year?


Trivia

When it rains, it pours (well, sometimes…). Did you know that raindrops fall at about 20 mph? Good thing they’re not any heavier than they already are!

*What is a group of porcupines called? We told you yesterday and it’s pretty dang adorable.


Don’t let winter keep you in the dark!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Camping trip to one of our wonderful Alabama COE campgrounds in December of 2018. Jack and Daisy took each other for a walk while we explored the closed loops of the park. Jack, 14 at that time, is almost completely blind and deaf but still enjoys camping. Connecting their leashes works well when it is safe to do so, since Jack wants to stop and smell a lot and Daisy prefers to run ahead. They seem to compromise with one another when hooked together.” —Deanna Church

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.


Leave here with a laugh

A young boy was eating a hot dog with his father when he accidentally squirted the ketchup straight into his eye. “Dad, it burns!” he yelled as he rubbed his eyes. The father responded, “That’s Heinz sight for you….”

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dcook
4 months ago

Has a cat ever made it to pet of the day, or is this for barking dogs only?

Bob Amoroso
5 months ago

I sure wish you guys would click on the websites you link in the newsletter. Some of them have so many pop-ups ads I can’t see the content you actually wanted me to see. So I close it and move on to something else. Too bad they seemed like something I was interested in.

Laura
5 months ago

Could you also include if the travel trailers are four seasons worthy?

Dpsdebi7
5 months ago

I have a sticker on my Jeep toad—-
”Go Around … if it was supposed to be fast it wouldn’t be shaped like a brick”

John Crawford
5 months ago
Reply to  Dpsdebi7

My toad’s bumper sticker says “I’m retired. Go around me”

Les
5 months ago

Really enjoy the RV reviews. Here’s a suggestion, with more people boondocking, it would be great to know what the manufacturer has in the way of solar, battery storage, composting toilets, and any other boondocking requirements outside of plugging in to shore power or using fuel-powered generators. All of these mods can be done afterwards, but it would be great to know what manufacturers are willing and able to implement these setups in construction.

Tony Barthel (@tony)
5 months ago
Reply to  Les

A lot of RV manufacturers are finally recognizing the legitimacy of solar by installing a GoPower charge controller or offering it as an option. I’ve noticed that, for 2021, many many more companies are actually offering a full solar system installed from the factory with decently-sized rigid panels as opposed to weaker flexible units as they had been doing.

Almost no RV manufacturers include batteries as those are more installed by the selling dealer. I would say that, as a customer, I would want at least two lithium batteries nowadays. I enjoy boondocking more than park camping myself so this is definitely an area where my enthusiasm lies!

As for the toilets, I have yet to see any manufacturer offer a composting toilet at this point. The best I think we can hope for is a cartridge toilet although those have their own challenges and you have to empty them essentially every day so you would have to be camped near toilet facilities for these to be practical.

Thanks Les!

John Crawford
5 months ago
Reply to  Les

Rv Travel isn’t trying to sell these RVs that they review and don’t have the time to do your research.

Les
5 months ago
Reply to  John Crawford

You’re right, RV Travel isn’t trying to sell RVs and RV Travel isn’t reviewing these RVs, Tony Barthel is.

Walter Fuhrmann
5 months ago

We just did some trailering in Utah. We did not do the allowed 80 mph, just got blown by semi’s going 80. I prefer doing the speed limit normally to blend, but not there!

Tony Barthel (@tony)
5 months ago

Scary when you think that many travel trailer tires are rated for much lower speeds than 80. Glad you RV safely.

Bob Amoroso
5 months ago

Even though the speed limit in some cases may be up to 80 mph, I’ve found my sweet spot (with cruise control) is between 68 and 72 depending on altitude and terrain. If there’s more traffic I give more following distance and always reduce the speed. However, here in California the speed limit while towing is a sloooooowwww 55 mph.

Bob_B
5 months ago

On the article about the Downstream Casino, we’ve stayed there, and found it to be a nice place. Just as an oddity, if you use the new RV park by the traffic circle, you end up driving your dinghy over and parking on the large lot in Kansas, walking across the sidewalk and into the casino in Oklahoma, and returning to your RV to sleep in Missouri.

Ron H.
5 months ago

Regardless of the posted speed limit, I see most drivers going 5 or 10 mph over. I’m nearly always the slowest on the road. We prefer 55-60 mph. It’s better for scenery and easier on the nerves. Also, our Honda toad’s manual recommends no faster than 65.

dale
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron H.

Ron, I’m with you…whats the rush. See the forest and the trees.

Jeb
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron H.

Yes I enjoy seeing the scenery as well. So many seem to want to be a part of it. I’ve seen many 5th wheeler acting like they are driving a Porsche.

Chris N
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron H.

Totally agree. I have my speedometer marked with a little strip of tape at 55 mph. It’s a smooth comfortable ride esp with cruise control.

Joe
5 months ago

Please don’t post pictures that promote dogs but on a leash – we all know a human is supposed to be in charge of the leash.

Chuck B
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I agree 100%. We see dogs all the time dragging their leash behind them. This doesn’t mean the owners are obeying the regulations that state a dog must be on a leash. It also means the owner is attached to the other end of the leash. Don’t help or promote the rule breakers.

Lois Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Totally agree. Nothing more dangerous then a dog on the leash and one off or free to charge. I have been mauled and bitten by a Chow. “A dog who was obedient and doesn’t bite”.

KellyR
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Uhmm, maybe they just drop the leash to run ahead to take a pic of their dog. ??????

M_J
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

We often take our dog’s to off leash areas and take pictures of them. Sometimes when we’re heading back to the control area they may be dragging their leashes. How about not assuming all dogs must be on a leash all the time.

cee
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

All dogs should be leashed with a human holding the leash unless they are in an off leash dog park. I was bitten by a 14 year old Dachshund mix as I walked to my campsite. It was dragging the leash, the owner said it had never bitten anyone & he liked people. Please control your pets.

Snayte
5 months ago

Joke of the day was karma for putting ketchup on a hotdog. 🙂

Randall Johnstun
5 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

😂

Mike Albert
5 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CTK
5 months ago

We definitely fall into the 60-65 mph category, as your readers. We are always amazed with heads shaking when we are passed like we’re standing still by some 40 foot RV on Route 10, very windy at times, in AZ.

Carseg
5 months ago
Reply to  CTK

We pull a 5th wheel and prefer to stay on the red roads instead of the high speed, lots of trucks going 80mph. It’s much less stressful and much more scenic. We are still able to do 60 to 65mph.

Dr4Film
5 months ago

You do realize that your RV Photo contest expired on Nov 2 but this is the Nov 3 issue. Did you set your clocks back 24 hours versus 1 hour? LOL

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Picky, picky. Sheesh! One little number. 😆 Thanks, Dr4Film! It’s been fixed. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dave Gobel
5 months ago

Re: Pet of the Day
A human should be attached to the other end of the lease at all times.

Deanna L Church
5 months ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Did you read my description? We were in a closed portion of the campground and I was only a few steps away. Jack is twice Daisy’s size doesn’t move very fast at the best of times. Daisy couldn’t drag him if she tried.

Skip
5 months ago

I didn’t understand the issue. My two are always tied together to run around together and play or explore while being supervised. One is 11 and 33lbs the other 4 and 23lbs. If the old ain’t going she’s not going.

Chuck B
5 months ago

That doesn’t make it OK to ignore the rules.

Ran
5 months ago
Reply to  Chuck B

Totally Agree!

warmonk
5 months ago

Regarding the raindrop trivia … I would be more concerned if the velocity doubled than if the mass doubled (as postulated)

kinetic energy equals one-half the mass times the square of the velocity

Coincidentally, the same can apply to your poll question. By which would you rather be hit? A motorhome travelling at 20 mph or a half-as-heavy motorhome travelling at 40 mph.

Alan Goldberg
5 months ago
Reply to  warmonk

Wouldn’t matter the outcome would be the same.

Tom
5 months ago

We like about 5 under the posted limits. More adventures on the Blue Highways. Avoid Atlanta!

Ron T
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

The only time I took the MH through Atlanta was a Monday morning, but traffic kept moving and we made it through in an hour. Sometimes you just get lucky!

KellyR
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron T

I’ve been straight thru Atlanta a number of times on I-75. There IS no speed limit.

Jeff
5 months ago

When the speed limit is 70 I still only drive 60. Being retired is not about spending more money on fuel.

Dan
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I agree. Our motor home feels just right as long as I dont go over about 65. If someone is crowding me from behind I always give them the space to pass. At my age I have to wonder “why should I hurry?” If nature is calling and I cant wait I can pull over anywhere to answer the call. Dont even have to get out of the vehicle.