RV Daily Tips. Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Issue 1589
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

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” ―Jim Rohn


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day!

On this day in history: 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.



Tip of the Day

A quick, easy way to make sure your RV stays cool at the next campsite

By Nanci Dixon
Whew! It seems that the last several campgrounds my husband and I have stayed at have been closer to solar ovens than cool, shady campsites. It has been so blistering hot under the sun that we haven’t even bothered taking the chairs out.

If you think there’s no way to get cool in hot weather, think again. I’ll show you a quick, easy way to make sure your RV stays cool at the next campsite. Click here to see what Nanci does.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Yesterday’s tip: 11 unexpected ways sandpaper comes in handy in the RV


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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Imperial Outdoors XploreRV XR22 Bunk Model. As he reports, “For those who want a trailer that can take dirt bikes or kayaks or snowmobiles to places and not suffer in the process, perhaps this is one of the more aptly named rigs out there: Get out and ‘Xplore’!” Learn more and take a look around.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the KZ RV Connect SE C210MBKSE Travel Trailer? 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 photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, April 28, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Jan E. of Port Orchard, Washington, and Rick K. of Kendallville, Indiana.

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.



13 surprising ways to use Windex

What else can you use Windex for besides cleaning mirrors and windows? Well, it turns out that neon-blue spray is useful for many things around the house or RV. We asked you, our favorite readers, what you use it for. Here’s what you said.

Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t forget to take care of your RV’s frame


Reader poll

How often do you use a dehumidifier in your RV?

Please tell us here.


Quick Tip

Black water dump trick for boondockers

“We were full-timers for about 12 years, so I emptied many black tanks. A tip: After I drain, flush, and close the valve, I continue the flush for about 30 to 60 seconds so the tank is not dry. (That’s usually up one dot on the tank meter.) This lets me be stingy with my precious fresh water when boondocking.” —Thanks to Fred and Judy C.


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Well heck, this is cute! If you’re in need of one of these, get this one – it’ll make you smile every time you use it!


Website of the day

Where to camp along the Blue Ridge Parkway
If you’re traveling along the beautiful 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll want to look at this list from Travel + Leisure. It tells you tips about the drive as well as descriptions of the best places to camp.


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:

• 83 percent of our readers have a pickup truck. The highest percentage of them, 37 percent, own a Ford, followed by a Dodge, Chevy then GMC.
• 7 percent say it’s very hard to admit when they’re wrong
• 11 percent have dessert every night with their evening meal

Recent poll: Should the use of generators be allowed in National Park campgrounds?


For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)


Recipe of the Day

Broccoli Shrimp Casserole
by Dennis Purcell from Ann Arbor, MI
We loved this creamy, cheesy, broccoli casserole. Adding shrimp bulks it up and could be served as a main meal or a side dish. Cayenne adds a little heat to the casserole. But we really enjoyed the bacon. It adds a smoky flavor that’s nice with the savory cheese and creamy broccoli cheddar soup. Done in 30 minutes, this is an easy dinner.

This sounds delicious! Get the recipe here, then invite us for dinner, please!

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Upside Down Blueberry Pie Cheesecake


Breaking NewsThe latest news headlines for RVers. For a complete recap of the most important news affecting RVers, be sure to read our Sunday RV Travel Newsletter. 

Camping World Launches Yet Another Enterprise: Camping World continued its rapid expansion into new outdoor categories Tuesday with the announcement that it was adding a new peer-to-peer rental service platform to its offerings. The new enterprise is being called “Camping World RV Rentals” and it will do pretty much what the other peer-to-peer companies such as Outdoorsy and RVShare do – pair RV owners willing to temporarily part with their units with potential renters. They’ll let both towable and motorized RV owners rent their units on the platform. Camping World will start taking listings from owners May 14 at www.RVRentals.com. Bookings will be available via a “soft opening” in early June, with a nationwide launch this fall. And, of course, Good Sam will be there, offering insurance, roadside support, and membership savings on rental bookings. All of these moves had a positive effect on Camping World stock, which has surged in value by 65.4%. By the way, RVShare has said their April rental bookings were up 846% from April 2020.

Here Come the Digital Nomads: Yelp and Zillow just completed a study that found 11 million U.S. workers categorize themselves as “digital nomads” – those folks who can work from anywhere, and therefore travel from place to place securely connected to work and loved ones. That number is up 49% from 2019. Undoubtedly there are more than a few RVers in that group. The study asked digital nomads about the most popular places to explore in their travels, or where they decided to “settle in” for a few months or weeks. The winners were Jacksonville, FL; Austin, TX; Boise ID; Charleston, SC; and Nashville, TN.

Forest Campgrounds in Wisconsin Opening Today: Northern Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is opening all of its developed campgrounds Thursday, April 29. You can check the status of those campgrounds and find your campsite by visiting here.

Florida Didn’t Miss the Snowbirds Much: The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is reporting a 20% increase in campground usage in the state in 2020. With the Canadian border closed, that increase didn’t include many traditional Canadian snowbirds, but domestic travelers from inside Florida and from other states more than made up the difference. The group is also reporting a higher-than-normal number of summer reservations at Florida parks.

Pennsylvania Town Considering RV Parking Ban: The Latrobe, PA City Council is looking into amending its parking regulations to prohibit on-street RV parking. The Council is expected to take up the issue at its May 10 meeting. The regulation being considered would bar RVs from taking up street parking except for limited times in particular circumstances. Locals could park their RVs on the street in front of their own property for up to 72 hours only. Out-of-town visitors could park their RV on the street for up to 7 consecutive days, as long as they have the right city permit displayed.



Trivia

Don’t go messing with puffer fish! Each puffer has enough poison in it to kill 30 people. The toxin is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. Yikes!

*How many different dialects of English are there across the U.S? Take a guess, then find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Izzy is a rescue and has been one of the best dogs ever. We have been told that she is almost a pure Blue Heeler, which makes no difference to us. Travels well, full of energy. Gets along with her cat buddy well.” —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. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!


Leave here with a laugh

There’s a new sports game that everyone has been playing. It’s called “Silent Tennis.” It’s basically just like regular tennis but without the racquet.


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cee
8 days ago

Izzy is a handsome dog. As soon as I saw the picture I thought… Blue Healer.

Sink Jaxon
8 days ago

RE; CW peer to Peer rental program…Personally I’d never rent out my camper to a complete stranger!

Jeanne
8 days ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Agreed!

MrDisaster
8 days ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

There is a whole generation who has been raised on using peer-to-peer (p2p) rentals. AirBnb, VRBO, (I’m sure there are more). Boomers are not the target audience, and probably not most millennials either. They are also the “gig” workers so p2p arrangements are the norm and a way to make some money.

Dan
8 days ago

RE: The black water dump trick. I’ve always wondered why our RVs don’t all use the gray water to flush the toilet. Seems like an easy way to conserve and get more use out of what we carry for fresh water. A second pump might add a whopping $100 to the price of a new RV. I recently had to re-do the wiring to my own fresh water pump and considered adding a second pump from the gray tank to the toilet. The thing that kept me from doing that was mounting a pump to the outlet of the gray tank.

Chris
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan

I remember when I was having trouble with my water valve on the toilet, we used a gallon jug to flush until I could get it fixed. If you put a shutoff on the toilet, you could use a separate jug like that. Another idea is when we are dry camping, we always use a plastic tote in the kitchen sink to discard the dishwater outside. You could use that to flush. Could you add a T to bathroom sink drain and push a tube into the grey tank, connect a small pump to it and direct it to the toilet line?
sounds like you have a great idea. I also understand that they now have faucets that recycle the hot water in a shower back to the tank until the water is hot enough. Maybe incorporate that system?

Wolfe
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan

You could flush with grey, but i think you don’t want to. Gray water from the kitchen still has rotting food scraps, grease, etc. that you don’t want in your exposed toilet bowl. What makes more sense to me is just transferring grey to black, since i fill gray much faster and want a full black when dumping that. Or just size the tanks asymmetrically (75/25 instead of 50/50 seems fair).

Truckman
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan

There is more to it than just pipng the gray water to the toilet. Gray water can stink as bad as black. In the Plumbing code to do this you have to filter and disinfect the gray water prior to reuse, as well as properly color coding and labeling the pipes etc.

Liz W,
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan

For years and years we have done something like what Fred & Judy C mentioned. We wash dishes, take up a dedicated fine sieve and put our gray water into the black tank. This keeps the black tank wet, the swoosh of water helps erode any “poop mountain” that may be developing and keeps our gray tank open for showers. We bang the contents of the sieve into the trash, wash it off and store. It’s easy once you get into the routine.

Bob P
8 days ago

Charleston is farther south in South Carolina

Glenn
8 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

I would have thought the digital nomads would have landed in Charleston, SC.

It seems that when it comes to the Carolinas, everything (such as Myrtle Beach) is in NC.

BTW. Charleston , NC had a population of about 1200 in 2015 and didn’t report in the 2020 census.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
8 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

It’s been corrected, Glenn. Thanks! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
8 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Thanks, Bob! One little letter can certainly make a huge difference! Even though there is a Charleston, NC, this one should have been the (much) larger city in SC. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob P
8 days ago

On the website of the day I guess you have to subscribe before you can see the pics as everything goes blurry immediately after clicking on the link.

Christine
8 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

If you hit the small “x” in the top right corner of the blurry screen, that screen goes away, and you can read the rest of the article.

Dan
8 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Just what I want, more emails to sift through.

Paul Patridge
8 days ago

As I scroll through the newsletter reading the beginnings of various articles, I hesitate to click on an article because if I should read it, I know when I click back to the main newsletter I start at the beginning and have to scroll around trying to find where I left off. The only exception is the Mystery Product of the Day (or the Amazon ad). When I click back from the Amazon Ad, I know I will not have lost my place in the newsletter. Why is this the only time I don’t have to search where I left off to continue reading the newsletter. Losing my place reading the newsletter is an inconvenience that should not exist.

Joe
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

I just right click on the link and tell it to open the article on a new tab. When I finish the article I just have to close the new tab. I never lose the place where I was on the main newsletter.

Bob P
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

Not knowing what you are using for reading the newsletter it’s hard to give advice, but I use an iPad II Air and on my screen at the top left corner is the normal black back arrow, below that as I start to scroll up a blue arrow appears. Clicking on the blue arrow takes me back to the place I left off to read the present article. Hope this helps.

Gayle
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

I was experiencing the same thing, I switched to a different browser and the problem went away.

Gary Reed
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

I agree. I hesitate to open articles via the link and have to go back to the beginning of the news letter. One news letter last week did not have that problem, so I did not mention it as I thought it was fixed. But it’s not.

Ken
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

Maybe a case for a smaller (in content) Daily RV Tips. Save some of the wordy and “it can wait” news for the weekend issue, RV Travel Newsletter. Just saying.

Wolfe
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

If reading on a pc, hold CTRL when you click (which opens the link in a new tab). OR right-click and select open new tab the slow way. Close the detour article and first tab is unchanged.

George Spiers
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

when you want to click on a link press on your scroll wheel, it is also a button and will open the link in a new window leaving your original in place untouched.

Connie VH
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

And if you’re using an android device (I also use Firefox browser), long-press the blue link once you’ve read the intro paragraph. A options box will pop up…choose Open Link in New Tab here. This opens the link without taking you from the source page, the Daily Tips newsletter.

You can then continue that day’s Daily Tips newsletter to the end, switching to each new open tab to read those articles in their entiretym when you’re ready. Right now, I have two other article links open from today’s newsletter, and once I’m finished reading all the way through, right down through all the comments here, I’ll switch to those tabs one at a time and read each of those two open articles.

To switch to the open tabs, note the square box in the top right corner, touch that and all your open tabs will present. Pick the one you want first, and go on afterward.

Easy!

John Harpel
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

i read on my iphone 10rx and after reading an item i look down at the bottom of my screen and there are back and forward pointers < >, i click the back pointer and it takes me right back to where i left the main news letter.

Admin
Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Patridge

Hi Paul (and everyone else),
We are aware of the issue and have been working on a solution. We know the cause is software that we use to keep track of ads. It’s causing Safari (on Mac, iPhone & iPad) to not remember where you were when you click the back button. This is only on Safari. Chrome and Firefox work just fine. But if you’re on an iPhone or iPad then you most likely only use Safari.

Opening links in a new tab is certainly a solution. On an iPhone or iPad that is a “long tap” to get the pop up menu and then choose “Open in new tab”.
We’re working on a more permanent solution to fix this annoying problem.

Please feel free to contact me with any technical issues you run into, we always look into every email we receive. The IT email is: it @ rvtravel . com (without spaces). We will get this fixed as soon as we can!

-Kim Christiansen

Diane Mc
7 days ago

I use DuckDuckGo and have same issue as I did with Safari.

Debra Rohm
8 days ago

Good Morning! Watch the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and you’ll find EVEN MORE uses for WINDEX!!!