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Tip of the Day
An easy, quick way to fill your RV’s toilet bowl
By Nanci Dixon
This tip seemed so simple I hesitated to write about it, but since it has saved us a lot of work and quickened the toilet fill I thought you should know about it too. RV toilets, unlike home toilets, require a manual fill with water. Holding down a lever to get sufficient water into the bowl requires some patience and time.
On our toilet, the screws would loosen on the fill mechanism and start to leak. It was such a hassle to remove the shroud, lay down on the floor and tighten the screws every few weeks. Continue reading for Nanci’s easy workaround.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Venture SportTrek Touring STT343VIB Travel Trailer. This two-bedroom, two-fireplace trailer is worth checking out… See it here.
Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
• 2021 Rockwood 2883WS Fifth Wheel
• Scamp Travel Trailer
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Don’t fight an RV fire!
A friend of mine recently had a fire in their RV trailer, and it burned down to the frame, taking down the outbuilding with it. They think the fire may have started at the 50- to 30-amp dogbone adapter, but nobody is sure just yet. While they did survive the flames, my friend suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns trying to put the fire out. Can’t they make these things more fireproof? What should I do if there’s a fire in my RV? —Mary B
Read Mike’s life-saving advice here.
• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
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All we know is we do NOT want these getting loose in the RV…
Watch a replay of Mike Sokol’s webcast about RV park pedestals
Mike Sokol explains what every RVer should know about the power pedestals they plug into at RV parks and other campgrounds. If the pedestal is wired incorrectly you could blow out all your electronics or even shock yourself (fatally, in some cases). Set aside some time and watch the video.
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Keep your rubber roof clean!
Camco’s Pro-Strength Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner is a one-step treatment that removes black streaks, oxidation and road film buildup on your rubber roof and helps protect it from further damage. The specially formulated blend of surfactants and conditioners deep cleans and conditions, helping extend the roof’s life. Learn more or order at a great price.
Long storage space
Check for storage space behind the sofa. Sometimes a short folding ladder can be stored there. This may also be a place for mops or brooms. It is a bit inconvenient, but storing long items in an RV is often difficult to do since the tallest place is often the closet. Other items to store behind the couch are the screens from the front driver and passenger window and (if a front entry coach) the door screen, too. This will make driving through scenic country much more pleasant. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Website of the day
Kate has been traveling the world alone since 2010. Her wonderful travel blog inspires women to travel solo and her guides explain how to safely do so.
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Wow! Prevent costly mistakes with these RVminders
Check out these RVminders and easily prevent costly mistakes! These bands wrap around your steering wheel and remind you to check things before you drive away. Never leave the steps or ladder down again. Antenna or satellite down? Slide locks in place? Doors, vents and windows closed? Compartment locks locked? Hookups disconnected? These are so easy to use they should be in every RV! Check ’em out.
The word “dinosaur” comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “terrible lizard.”
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is our Cockapoo, Penny, a new member of our family. At first, she was unsure that long daytime car rides, followed by nights in our camper, were a good idea. But our experienced and rather senior cat Barley took over that part of her training, explaining it to her as they snuggled up in the back seat. Barley has passed now, and for a long time Penny looked for him. But with his help, Penny came to love the camper, and paces by the door as soon as we check in.” —Bill Jeffrey
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Leave here with a laugh
I have a friend who tried to take a selfie in the shower, but the image wouldn’t come out. He has selfie steam issues.
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If you don’t care for the reviews, just skip them. I have not read one yet.
Penny is a beautiful dog. Cute as she could be!
Shortly after buying our travel trailer I made about a 6″ ‘shelf’ attached to the wall behind the sofa. This gives us more space behind the sofa for a folding chair, step stool, table, cot (for one of our grandkids), a box fan and other slender items.
Is the following actually helpful for any RV Travel reader?
“In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Venture SportTrek Touring STT343VIB Travel Trailer. This two-bedroom, two-fireplace trailer is worth checking out…”
What else would anyone expect from an “industry insider”? Isn’t this exactly the kind of self-promoting “(dis?)information” that is already available from any number of “industry” sources? I thought one of the stated goals of RV Travel was to provide information that the industry won’t, yet I see the same kind of industry-promoting conclusions repeated daily. Maybe I misunderstood. Maybe it’s just me.
I believe these articles are intended to be informative regarding new RV models in the marketplace, not critical, investigative consumer reports.
You are correct, it’s just you.😍
No, several of us have complained that these are not in any way “reviews”, just little feature articles promoting new models. The editors keep calling them reviews. We’ve stopped reading them.
Yes, I agree it’s a slow process but the goal is nearing the truth of what’s ahead..sorry to say
He’s doing the best he can with the sales brochures they send him, at least he’s putting specs with them, for awhile you didn’t even know how much one weighed. My tow vehicle is limited to 6200 lbs but I wouldn’t try to pull more than 4500 lbs so that’s important to me.