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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Issue 1563
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

“Living is not merely going to the office, or passing examinations, or having children, or the everlasting struggle for bread and butter; that is only part of it. Living also implies seeing the trees, the sunlight on the river, a bird on the wing, the moon through the clouds; it is to be aware of smiles and tears, of turmoils and anxieties; it is to know love, to be gentle, compassionate, and to perceive the extraordinary depth and width of existence.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti


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

On this day in history: 1882 – Robert Koch announces the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.



Tip of the Day

RV just out of storage? Check those tires

Spring has just arrived, even with a few lingering flurries. Wherever you’ve been hibernating during the winter, you’re probably itching to get your RV out and moving. So now’s a good time to check things out for another season on wheels. Speaking of wheels, checking your tires is a good place to start – because they are literally the foundation of your RV. 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 2021 Winnebago EKKO 22A. He writes, “The EKKO is an evolutionary rig in some ways being essentially a ‘B plus,’ which translates into a van/cutaway front and a motorhome back, but without a sleeping area over the cab. The EKKO is just a few inches wider than the Ford Transit body on which it is based, so it retains much of the drivability of a Class B – one of the strong suits of this genre.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Coachmen Cross Trek 20XG? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

Campground: Sunset Beach, CA

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Daylight time today, March 24, 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.

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.


Brats and beer? It must be Leavenworth – Washington’s “Bavarian Alps” town

Small towns and hamlets scattered throughout the West struggle to get by. Without major employers, there are few jobs for residents so many of these small towns rely on tourism for their survival. One such town in the Cascade Range of Central Washington has branded itself in a successful bid to attract tourism – and it has worked. Read about at least two of RVtravel.com’s staff’s favorite nearby place to visit.

Yesterday’s featured article: Eight tips for taking professional-grade travel photos



Reader poll

Does your RV have a built-in outdoor kitchen?

Pass us a drink, will you? Then tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Quick Tip

Don’t let liquids flow under the cabinets!

When an RV is built, the entire floor is completed, and then the cabinets are set on top of that. If a liquid is spilled on the floor it can run under the cabinet, extending your mess!

To fix this, seal the cabinet baseboard where it makes contact with hard flooring (tile or linoleum, etc.). Where the cabinet contacts the floor, run a small bead of clear or colored kitchen and bath silicone sealant along the base. This way spills will be stopped from making a mess inside the cabinet!


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Mmmmm… this sounds delicious!! NOT! This would make a great gag gift.


Is Casino camping a cure for campground crowding? It might be! Check out some of our readers’ favorite casino camping spots here (and submit your own!).


Website of the day

If you have old home movies sitting around (on whatever format), pay attention.

Instead of just one website today, we’re going to list three. These are the top websites for digitizing old family pictures, slides, etc. This would make the best gift for a family member or friend! Send in your old tapes, slides, film, etc., and get them on a digital format so you can keep them forever.

LEGACYBOX – and right now they’re 50% off!

digmypics MemoryBox – they’re also offering 50% off right now.

iMemories


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Walmart changing tune about overnight RV camping
• Will dryer sheets keep mice and rats from your RV?
• Would the rude, ignorant readers please leave and never come back (369 comments!)


Trivia

If you find yourself getting frustrated with bad cell service often, you might want to stop reading – it’s just going to make things worse. While we struggle to get a signal in some popular places across the U.S., the climbers making the trek up Mount Everest have 3G cell phone service most of the way up. Ncell (in Nepal) has installed 3G stations along the climbing route of Everest, allowing climbers to text and email friends and family, check the weather report, and even video chat. On top of having cell service, another company, Everest Link, has installed more than 200 Wi-Fi hotspots. So while you might not be able to get in touch with your family while boondocking in Arizona, you can call them from 17,000 feet in the air!

*How many times do you blink in a minute? Take a guess. You’ll have to check yesterday’s trivia to find out, but remember, it depends on your gender.


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Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Camping Dog: Lilly is a Beagle Chihuahua Mix and she is 11 years old. She has been camping for over two years. She really enjoys riding in the truck on the way to the campground, and sitting outside in the sun in her chair when camping. But in general, she just loves spending time around the camper. When it’s time to end the camping and head home, she clearly shows that she wants to stay camping.” —Mike Heritage

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


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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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cee
4 months ago

Leave Here With A Laugh: What a hoot! Writing on someones dirty windows is something my dad would do… he had an outrageous sense of humor.

Bruce
4 months ago

Outside kitchens seem like a waste of space, but I really dislike are Outside TV setups, talk about disturbing neighbors peace and quiet.

J Castle
4 months ago

If we sealed our cabinetry to the floor, the slide would not come in or out! We have a slide on the kitchen side that the entire side slides on, over the flooring, including our bed in the bedroom. Would not work for many people.

PennyPA
4 months ago

And why is “3G, a box” and some other stuff keep interposing itself on my screen?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Hi, PennyPA. We are not sure what that “3G, a box” is that’s “interposing” on your screen. If it continues to happen, can you maybe get a screenshot of what you’re seeing and send it to me at diane(at)rvtravel.com? It might be a pop-up ad on your computer, which we wouldn’t have any control over. We do have auto-inserted ads from Google in our newsletters, etc., but they stay confined to the space where they’re set, and don’t “interpose” on the screen. Have a great day. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

PennyPA
4 months ago

I feel so sorry for the one boy in that family with 8 kids. He’ll never get to use the bathrooms in the house!

Bill B
4 months ago

Today’s thought is helpful in navigating the stressful times we are experiencing. It is a suggestion of course and a choice. Thank you.

Tony Grigg
4 months ago

The Dump Buddy. $40 for a device to replace the free-to-use ‘rock’ found at nearly every dump site we visit. Or, if it is still attached, the heavy cast metal hinged cap works perfectly as well. AND we really don’t need the dumping time further extended by the guy fiddling around attaching and detaching his Dump Buddy. I vote thumbs down on this one, thanks. Seems like a solution in search of a problem.

Roger Marble
4 months ago

Loved the rear window message.

Bob P
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Yep lack of fertility is not a problem there.

Gordy B
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Sounds like they figured how it works, now they need to find the shut-off valve.

Joe & Helen
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Well God sent us 5 girls and 3 boys and they have presented us with 35 Grand-kids and as of this weekend the number of Great grands increased to 37. We love them all and Family Camping every year for 35 years has been wonderful. We laughed at the message and just forwarded it to the eight kids.

Tim
4 months ago

Decided to start a new thread here regarding blocking haters because the old thread was old and long.

Thank you Chuck! Fact? Opinion? Personal Political Belief? Everybody should be able to have their say, just be nice about it!

If you act like a child then you get time out.

Just for the record, in several years reading, I have never seen anything Chuck, Diane or any contrubuter said that sounded like an ‘agenda’ or that upset me.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but not to being a bully. Say it well the first time because there is no value in arguing any case ad nauseam!

I do wish that Mike would stop saying ‘amppers’! I do prefer to hear it said in the Queens English with a French pronunciation in an American accent! (ampere).

Jeb
4 months ago

The Everest cell phone story kind of takes the appeal out of climbing THE mountain when an electronics technician has been there before you. Come a long way since Sir Hillary.

Bob P
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

The biggest question that appeared in my mind, how did they get those utility trucks up there and install the cell towers? Lol

volnavy007
4 months ago

For today’s thought, yes but … when you are up to your neck in alligators it is difficult to remember that your initial objective was to drain the swamp!

gFab
4 months ago

Your “Tip of the day”, don’t report the DNA, state what it is, not stay tuned, lol. Leaving Friday so it didn’t help one bit.

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

Hi, gFab. I’ve responded to you by email. Have a great trip! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Rock & Tina
4 months ago

If you “seal the cabinet baseboard where it makes contact with hard flooring,” you may prevent liquids from flowing into the cabinets but you are also stopping water from flowing out of the cabinets. This outward flow may be your only indication of a leaking water line behind or beneath the cabinets.

Frank Hembree
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Very true, just this week had a bathroom sink leaking at fixture. Only indication was water seeping from under the counter.

Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

My experience with most caulking is that it is temporary. The average caulking that you get at the big box stores will usually separate after a while because of flexing from movement and heat-cold contraction however there are exceptions to this. I do agree that it’s best to not caulk this area, we also found a leak because water was seeping out at a cabinet base.

Eileen Brown
4 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Good point…I have a “leak frog” under both sinks..it starts beeping if there is any moisture. That is how I found out my Windex was leaking, lol.

Gloria Sluder
4 months ago

Loved the GAG gift😅😅

David Hoffman
4 months ago
Reply to  Gloria Sluder

Be sure to get a can of that Dehydrated Water to wash it down with!

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  David Hoffman

Funny you should mention the Dehydrated Water, David. Both my wife and I got tossed off an ‘infamous’ RV Facebook page for posting a picture of it and referring to it as a “must have”. Turns out, SO many people have been tossed off the site for innocuous comments that it has turned into a Badge of Honor to have been banned.

Bob P
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I wonder what they would think of diet water? My wife drinks Tonic Water for leg cramps and it comes in regular and diet, she gets the diet because she doesn’t want weight gain.

Robert
4 months ago
Reply to  David Hoffman

and a cup of dihydrogen monoxide, with a shot of hydroxylic acid!

Marion Runcie
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Do you remember the story of the high school student, who to prove a science point, got many people to sign a petition banning dihydrogen monoxide?

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