RV Daily Tips. Friday, January 15, 2021

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Issue 1515
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and 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. Please tell your friends about us.



Today’s thought

“Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.” ―Miguel de Unamuno


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

On this day in history: 1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.



Tip of the Day

Electrical problems? This tip may save you an RV service call

Steve Savage submitted this article to RVtravel.com when he was a Master Certified RV Technician with Mobility RV Service.

On close to a third of our service calls we find nothing wrong with the RV. The problem is not so much the RV as it is the owner who has either forgotten how to operate something or simply forgotten to turn something on. For electrical problems, here’s one simple check you can make that can save you a costly (and needless) service call. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Crossroads Texan 33DB Travel Trailer. Tony says, “Even though I know that this is a niche model made only for one state, the attention to detail that Crossroads spent on this was nice. I liked the red, white and blue Lone Star touches here and there throughout the interior. I think they really do add some style.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Montana High Country 280CK Fifth Wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.


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Americas Mailbox is the best. There are many plans available. Learn more.


Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Jan. 15, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

In the past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Frank H. of California, Clint G. of South Dakota, and Mark O. of Plainfield.

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). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


Why one couple quit full-time RVing

Most accounts of full-time RVing on YouTube present a romantic picture of going “where you want, when you want,” and doing so affordably. And, yes, sometimes that’s true. But for these two veteran travelers, the reality of full-time RV living was far different from what they expected when they set out in their fifth wheel trailer…. Watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: How RV manufacturers hide production shortcuts from you


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
OMG! These are brilliant – every RVer needs one! Trust us, you’ll understand why you need these once you see them. Click here


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

Do you wear slippers around your house or RV?

Put your feet up, then respond here.


Quick Tip

A safety precaution on steep mountain grades

Escape ramps have been built on many steep mountain grades, and are used to stop runaway vehicles safely without injuring drivers and passengers. Escape ramps use a long bed of loose, soft material (pea gravel or sand) to slow a runaway vehicle, sometimes in combination with an upgrade. Know where escape ramps are located on your route. Signs show drivers where ramps are located. From California DMV


Want your own cactus? Grow one!
This is so neat! This kit gives you everything you need to grow your own Saguaro cactus! All you have to do is pour in the soil, plant the seeds, place in a bowl with a little bit of water, and then once the seeds sprout, keep them in a warm, well-lit area. You’ll start to see a sprout in 3-10 days. We want one! Check it out here.


Website of the day

What should I read next?
Looking for a new book? Enter the title of a book you liked (or one you just finished reading) and this website will suggest similar books for you to read next.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Trivia

In 2011, one-third of all divorce filings contained the word “Facebook.” Yikes!

*In Florida, when is it legal to break a car window? Yesterday’s trivia answers that. 


ToastA toaster fit for an RV!
Want to keep a toaster in your RV but don’t have the space for it? This slim, compact toaster is made for RVs – it hardly takes up any space! The slots for your toast are normal width, and can even reheat and defrost foods too! It’s easy to use, and the reviews are stellar! Learn more or order one for your RV here. Happy toasting!


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“When can we go RVing again?” —Dennis Martin

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 husband brings his best friend from work home one night for dinner. When he opens the door and his wife sees his friend, she politely says hello then, “Honey, may I speak to you in the kitchen please?” The husband follows her into the kitchen where she promptly starts screaming, “My hair and makeup aren’t done, the house is a mess, there are dishes in the sink, I’m in sweatpants and I haven’t prepared anything for dinner! Why the heck did you bring someone over tonight?!” Her husband replies, “He’s thinking of proposing to his girlfriend and I wanted him to get the marriage demo.”

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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cee
4 months ago

The RVminders are great. I have already have a system to remind me of what to do when breaking camp but if I didn’t, I’d be ordering that clever set.

Chuck
4 months ago

As for your mystery item I have ben using 4 inch Hair Clips for many years all different colors. I have little white tags attached telling what they are for. I clip them to the steering wheel as you do and they work. These are the ones I am talking about.
https://www.amazon.com/Clips-Giant-Matte-Women-Strong/dp/B08DFKHB72/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=hair+clips&qid=1610755925&sr=8-6

Bob Packer
4 months ago

I bought one of those toasters for my sticks and bricks and we love it. Boss lady toasts her morning English Muffin in it. I just have to remember to set the dial back to HER setting when I finish doing MY toast.

Brian Burry
4 months ago

A reader asked: what does Amazon have to do with anything? The issue of many being upset at the Cancel-Culture, Amazon is involved, being the largest bookseller in the World. They have removed over 2 dozen best seller books by Conservatives. Many see this as outright censorship.

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

I’d like to know where you get your “facts” on removal of books. Sounds like fake news to me.

Jeff Craig
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

You should dig into those ‘best seller’ numbers before you accuse Amazon, as most of these books are not read by ‘average people’. (Yes, the link is an opinion piece, but it references facts that are verified and easy to look up.)

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/474662-the-myth-of-the-conservative-bestseller

Last edited 4 months ago by Jeff Craig
Irv
4 months ago

Escape ramps are a lot safer than the alternative (and save other lives) but two truck drivers were killed using an escape ramp near me. The cab disintegrated!

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/2-dead-in-crash-involving-tractor-trailer-in-caldwell-county-troopers-say/774046176/

Impavid
4 months ago

My checklist is on my cell phone which is always with me. 

Sink Jaxon
4 months ago

Today’s “Leave here with a Laugh” should be “Leave here with a Gut Punch”….ugh!

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Why are the “…laughs” usually at the expense of wives? Anybody know a guy who wears the rattiest t-shirt he has out in the public?

Bill Perry
4 months ago

Due to the extreme assault on our 1st Amendment by the main stream media & Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, & other tech giants to control our speech & written word, & your association with Amazon, I cannot in good conscience & love for our country support rv travel.com. I have enjoyed your site & wish you the best & would hope you could find another source to support your site.
Goodbye

wanderer
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

I agree we have let these tech giants run wild. But I’m pretty sure abandoning one of the few independent media voices we have is not the answer.

We need some real anti-trust prosecutors to get serious about concentrations of power.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  wanderer

Thank you for your perspective and support, wanderer. We appreciate it — and you! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Glenn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Bye bye.

Robin
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Appreciate the intent. We need to financially support mom and pops like RV travel so they won’t have to look to big box and tech for income.
Thanks to the folks at RV travel who allow discussion and dissent.

Jerko
4 months ago
Reply to  Robin

Absolutely correct to support RV Travel. I believe that Amazon is the least of the problem of Big Tech.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Jerko

Thank you for your kind words, Robin and Jerko. We appreciate them — and you! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dale
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Help me here…. how does amazon fit in with the other media. I agree and understand about facebook and twitter, but amazon… i always thought amazon was a mail order house. what am i missing.?

Ike
4 months ago
Reply to  Dale

They own the largest “server farm” that hosts most of our independent websites and have seen fit to not allow a number of conservative sites a host, in addition to a number of other hosting sites to follow suit. (POSSIBLY by coercion???)
So Amazon has joined the “woke”/leftist crowd to limit conservatives thought & voices. They, Wally World an a number of other large corporations will not nee my $$

Bob Packer
4 months ago
Reply to  Ike

I will not longer use Amazon because they booted Parler which I used. I will use ebay or direct from sellers, instead.

Gary
4 months ago
Reply to  Ike

They completely shut down Parler, a conservative version of twitter.

Maggieon
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Parler was not conservative. Right wing, extremist, conspiracy theorist. Just saying.

squeakytiki
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Parler is where all of the people incapable of following Twitters T.O.S ended up. It was the armpit of twitter.

Ike
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

I agree with you on every point except abandoning this site. Let them collect $ from Bezos for the ad space, I will not spend my $ with him and as Amazon income will drop (I hope) others may fill the void (I hope). Now that Wally World has jumped on the bandwagon, I have to research where to find the things I need/want. I only pray that our country is strong enough to withstand this attack on our freedoms (Plural!)

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Ike

Ike, Gary, Bob et al … Sorry your one source of happiness seems to be your perceived persecution by big tech and big government. If I were you I’d return my
SOCIAL Security check and drop out of Medicare (both
SOCIALIST programs). While you are at it get rid of police and fire departments as they exist for the SOCIAL good as well.

cee
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I’m with you Bill

mark
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Not sure when Social Security became Socialist. People paid into that for working lives with the promise that they would have income in retirement. Now that our great politicians have taken the money from it they call it socialist money. If that is the case give all Americans that paid into it for 40 50 years their money back.

Timothy
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Social security and medicare are not socialist programs, we paid into them for years the government paid nothing.

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Happy Day to you!

Joseph Phebus
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Perry

Amazon is a private business, as is Facebook and any other privately held business. As such, the 1st Amendment has nothing to do with it. One is free to stand in the public square and shout, talk to a friends or foes (who will listen) or exercise one’s right in a public forum of their choosing as long as it doesn’t endanger others or become the equivalent of shouting fire in a theatre.

Private businesses get to decide what reflects positively on their business, what does not and which content to post as a result. To paraphrase someone complaining about this the other day, “think of Amazon as a Christian bakery and one’s personal views as a gay wedding cake.”

The “fairness doctrine” which used to apply to TV and radio news operations was done away decades ago. This has resulted in more polarization, screaming matches, an erosion of citizens being exposed to both sides of complex issues and finding common ground. Instead they have retreated into their respective echo chambers. Pity

Larry
4 months ago

The ‘wrap-around’ RV reminders are fine if you want to have an Easter Egg style hunt each time you get ready to set up or strike camp. Personally, I use a clipboard with a typed list, secured in a plastic report folder, in bold large print for these old eyes. I cross off each item as I complete it with a dry-erase pen and when I’m all done, I wipe the slate clean. Since I have the list “saved” on my computer, I can research and revise it as needed.

rag_ftw
4 months ago
Reply to  Larry

We have found that wooden clothes pins with the appropriate checklist items written on them with a Sharpie attached to a lanyard hanging from a cabinet door above the steering wheel is an economical solution.

KellyR
4 months ago
Reply to  Larry

With my simple Class B, I just have 2 notes on my steering wheel. 1. don’t forget to UNPLUG and 2. don’t forget WIFE.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Not sure if you have your priorities quite in order, Kelly. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Skip
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Sounds like Kelly has got it right. Just condense it. Unplug the wife and you’re ready to roll. Ha

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Skip

😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob P
4 months ago

If you ever have to use a runaway ramp you’ll never start down a long grade in the wrong gear again, not only is it a scary experience but the cleanup later is very expensive. Starting out in the proper gear will always get you to the bottom safely, truckers do it all the time. You should be in the same gear as it would take to go up the grade. It can be done with an automatic.

Really
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

Absolutely correct! And using “STAB” braking is also the key to safely going down the hill and keeping your speed under control.

Oh, what is “STAB” braking you ask? Simply put as you start down the hill, you allow your speed to increase, then press on the brakes to slow you down, take your foot off the brake and allow your speed to build again, then “STAB” on the brakes to slow you down again and so on and so forth.

Never ride your brakes going down steep grades and that means take your foot off the brake pedal!

Ran
4 months ago

Good one on “leave here with a laugh”! ALSO, the trivia is from 10 years ago. I would bet that 99% of the divorces from 2021 will read “Facebook or Twitter” !!!!!!….

Tom M.
4 months ago
Reply to  Ran

I’ll second that !

gFab
4 months ago

Your “Leave here with a laugh” Priceless!

BrianR
4 months ago
Reply to  gFab

Lol, I thought so to 🙂

Jeb
4 months ago
Reply to  gFab

But I dare not tell it too my wife. She would not be amused.

Impavid
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

Yours too, huh!

Dan
4 months ago

At first I scoffed at the mystery product “reminders’. But I have to say honestly that I leave a note attached my steering wheel that says CLOSE THE REEFER DOORS!! When our RV is parked for a while in the driveway, or in storage, I open the doors on the refrigerator to avoid any musty smell. After driving away multiple times and hearing the doors banging around back there I finally started putting that note on the steering wheel. I use the excuse that I put it there in case one of the kids moves the RV. I guess I’ll get some of the fancy ones from Amazon.

Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

We leave notes on the steering wheel as well, so you are not alone.

Bob P
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I use a checklist enclosed in one of those plastic document sleeves that I can check off with an erasable marker.

Jesse W Crouse
4 months ago

While all us husbands laughed at the joke- it is a dose of reality.

Joe Allen
4 months ago

For what you wear in the RV, if you had socks listed, count me in!

warmonk
4 months ago

… and Naismith was a Canadian

Don
4 months ago
Reply to  warmonk

From Almonte Ontario.

Bob P
4 months ago
Reply to  warmonk

He had to, if you don’t have something to do inside you either contribute to population growth or shovel 25” of snow. Lol