RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Issue 1573
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.


Be cool this summer.
Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding! It’s now possible!


Today’s thought

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” ―Helen Keller


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National No Housework Day! Woohoo! It’s also National Beer day because… well, keep reading…

On this day in history: 1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.



Tip of the Day

A trick that’ll make dumping a whole lot more sanitary

By Nanci Dixon
I have been storing our plastic disposable gloves in a bay cabinet next to the water bay for most of our RVing life. They are only a door away, but do you think I can get my husband to get them out EVERY time he touches the sewer hose? Nope, it’s always just an afterthought and often too late. I do nag a bit, “Do you have any idea how many deadly pathogens there could be on that hose??!” OK, I’ll admit I don’t either. But I know it is bad.

See Nanci’s solution. You’ll want to use it for your own RV!

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Runaway Campers V-Series Mini-Campers. As he reports, “The company offers a simple, blank canvas and that’s the appeal to everybody who has bought one of their trailers. Rather than undoing what someone else did so you can start with your own ideas, here you’re simply given the chance to do what you think is ideal.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of BOTH the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 264BHW and the Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH? If you missed it, you can read the review here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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 Daylight time today, April 7, 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.

Last week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift certificates: Eduardo W. of Weston, Florida, Roger B. of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Karl and Jennifer Z. of Belton, Missouri.

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.


When Quartzsite had a bank – in a motorhome

Thirty years ago there wasn’t much civilization in today’s Snowbird Capital, Quartzsite, Arizona – no fast food joints, no housing subdivisions, no sprawling gas stations with mini-marts. And there was no bank. About all Quartzsite was back then was a dusty outpost in the desert that was overrun with RVer snowbirds every winter, who squatted for months on end on the surrounding government lands. Then, in 1987, Desert Sun State Bank came to town. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to keep reminders by location rather than time


Quick, inexpensive way to level your trailer!
Put your jacks up and down in seconds with minimal effort with this Camco scissor jack adapter. Just insert it in your drill and you’ll be level in a snap. And for about $7? A no-brainer if you’re tired of cranking your trailer up and down by hand. Learn more or order.


Reader poll

In a cafe for breakfast, would you choose hash browns or pancakes for a side?

Mmm… we’re hungry! 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

Poor water pressure?

A reader mentioned they had horrible water pressure in the coach on certain lines, like the kitchen faucet. There didn’t appear to be any kinked lines or valve problems. It turned out the problem was silt! He had not been using water filters up to that point and had hooked up to a bad water supply at some point. Silt and sand got into the plumbing system. That plugged up the piping and faucet. So be sure to use an in-line water filter on any incoming water supply, including the hose you use to fill the fresh water tank!



Website of the day

7 Emergency preparedness apps to keep on your phone
This list of emergency preparedness apps is a good one to know about. Download these apps for your phone just in case of an emergency!


Harvest Hosts reaches another big milestone! Learn more and get a special discount here.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Our electrical near-disaster yields lessons
• More on rodent repellents: Does mint oil keep them away?
• He turned an old Air Force jet engine into an RV!


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
In honor of National Beer Day, this is by far the coolest bottle opener we’ve ever seen!


Recipe of the Day

Piña Colada French Toast & Orange Syrup
by Teresa Jacobson from New Orleans, LA
A sweet, fresh way to start your day! This french toast is amazing and super easy to make. With very little effort, the ingredients provide a punch of flavor. Coating the bread with an egg custard that includes piña colada mix is genius and delicious. The flavor is very tropical. Orange syrup drizzled on top is the perfect touch. It’s the perfect breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning but it’s also fancy enough for a special occasion.

Get the recipe here and get ready to drool!

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Frito Corn Salad


Trivia

Botts separate the two right lanes.

Those little half-sphere things that you find on streets where painted lines typically mark traffic lanes are called Botts. The non-reflective raised pavement markers provide tactile and auditory feedback to drivers when moving across designated travel lanes. They are named after Elbert Dysart Botts, a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) engineer credited with overseeing their development. Much of the necessary field research was conducted by his team on a new freeway in West Sacramento, California, in 1955.

*In Yesterday’s trivia, we told you a funny fact about Harrison Ford and George Lucas. Click here and scroll down to read.


RVing for $1,000 a month or less
Jerry Minchey wrote nine books about RVing before he wrote this one about the question he gets asked most — how to live frugally in an RV, in fact for $1,000 a month or less. “I know it’s possible and even more important I know how to do it,” he writes. “After all, I’ve been doing it for six years.” In this book, he shows you step by step exactly how to live so frugally and also how to make the $1,000 a month it takes to live the lifestyle.” Learn more or order the book.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Rosie. She spends five months along with our cat, Gibby, at our summer job. We’re park attendants at Robert W. Craig Campground in WV. It’s USACOE. Gibby loves his solitude under our Murphy bed, but Rosie loves people and being out.” —Charles Clark

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. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!


Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers – boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


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Rey L.
5 days ago

Blue Bott’s Dots denote a fire hydrant is curbside, on that side of the roadway.

Kenn
5 days ago

Just one more great day in history note. Kenn got to go to the grocery store for himself after more than a year of having our daughter shop for us.

Phil Atterbery
5 days ago

I learned to drive in SoCal in the early ’70’s. “Botts” were called “turtles” as we didn’t know the proper name. Too bad they don’t survive snowy roads.

Bill
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

I’m guessing you’re referring to the snowplow scraping them off .. Am I a winner?

jillie
5 days ago

Here are a few more today in HIstory:
1983 Cabbage Patch mania hits the market
1930 Twinkies are first introduced
1968 2001 Space Odyssey hits the bit screen

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 days ago
Reply to  jillie

Thanks, Jillie. And some of those original Twinkies might still be around, based on what I’ve heard about their shelf life. 😯 Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bill
5 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I bought a food store delivery van that had been sitting at a storage yard for 3 years at auction in Reno. There was a full package of twelve Twinkies in the back on one of the wire racks .. Still quite edible according to my 11 year old nephew. (Yes, he’s still alive)

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Ha Ha! Thanks, Bill! Interesting, and I’m glad to hear your nephew is still alive! Have a good evening/night. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tony Grigg
5 days ago

Amazon sells EVERYTHING, including a small transparent plastic box designed to hold a box of rubber gloves. You often see them in Dr’s offices. I mounted one in my wet bay as well. When the box is empty it slides out and a new one slides in. Great reminder to ‘Glove Up’ before the proctology procedure.

Eddie
5 days ago

Quick, inexpensive way to level your trailer! I guess we are all newbies at some things. We should never try to level an RV with the stabilizers. Now I agree that is a good product run the stabilizers up and down after the Rv has been leveled.

Gman
5 days ago
Reply to  Eddie

Agree, think the title needs to change to “lowering/raising stabilizing jacks in a jiffy”. Just save the $7 and just use your 3/4″ socket.

Tom B
5 days ago

Botts, a/k/a Botts Dots. You won’t find them in snow country, they’re raised and not friendly to snow plows.

Bob
5 days ago
Reply to  Tom B

Here in PA, they actually mill small rectangular shaped holes in the roadway and put some sort of reflective material in them. Gives visual indication at night and audible when you run over them trying to avoid the potholes. Not damaged by snowplows.

Bob M
5 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Never noticed the reflective material. In New Mexico One thing many tourists may not know about Route 66 is that it has a stretch in New Mexico that plays the song “America the Beautiful” when you drive over the rumble strips. This part of Route 66 is known as the Singing Road or the Musical Road, and it’s a must-see for road trip enthusiasts!

Jeffrey Eno
5 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Last week we were in Albuquerque and drove to where it was supposed to be. I am sad to report that it is no longer there. I suspect why is that the speed limit is now 55 and it would be a traffic hazard to have some people slowing to 45 to hear it play properly.

Lil John
5 days ago
Reply to  Jeffrey Eno

Do not want to be negative, but sometimes progress sucks!

Peter
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Unfortunately, it’s been paved over.