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.
“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day!
On this day in history: 1911 – Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
Tip of the Day
Lube your slideout?
By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.
We own a 2011 Coachmen Mirada 29DS. The DS means that it has double slides – one for the bedroom, and the other for the living area. How often do I need to lubricate the slide mechanism and what should I use to lubricate them? —Craig
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Yesterday’s tip of the day: Buying a rental RV – Good idea?
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2516S. This rear-bedroom travel trailer is similar to yesterday’s KZ Connect, so how do they differ? Read the review to find out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the KZ Connect SE C221FKKSE Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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 2 readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Patti Schneider of Milton, Florida, and Sumner Schachter of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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.
How to fix a sticking black tank valve
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. While he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor, a reader asked him about the black water handle on his 2012 Entegra getting more difficult to pull. He wondered if there was any way to ease this or prevent it from getting even more difficult. Chris explains how to fix it here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Got a motorhome? Enjoy life more with a dinghy
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Power pedestal circuit breakers off, plug in, breakers on!
With electricity expert Mike Sokol
Remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF on the campground pedestal BEFORE you plug in your shore power cordset. Then turn it ON to power up your RV. Then, remember to turn the circuit breakers OFF before you unplug your shore power cordset. This stops those sparks that happen when you plug and unplug under load. Those pretty sparks aren’t electrons flying around, they’re bits of super-heated brass that’s flying off your expensive shore power plug. Making sure you plug and unplug into shore power without an electrical load ensures the longest life of your connectors.
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Oh, wow! These things are never this nice looking…
Website of the day
U.S. States Ranked by Their Food
Where does your state stand on this list of the states with the best food? Are you surprised? Do you think it deserves a higher spot?
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Recipe of the Day
Keep those spices organized (for once!)
Everyone knows the spice shelf is always a mess, but it doesn’t have to be! Make others jealous with this cabinet spice holder. Each rack is fully adjustable and has an adhesive back, so it can stick to the inside of a cabinet, pantry, wall, you name it! Say goodbye to a disorganized spice shelf and hello to the simple life! Learn more or order here.
If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, only 28 people would live on the island. Instead, 1.632 million people reside in Manhattan.
*How can filmmakers be sure the information in their movies is scientifically accurate? Read yesterday’s trivia to find out.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“My favorite pet, Blackie, mostly lives on our roof and gets all doughy when scratched under either her second or seventh eye. She does not travel well because of her size, special food needs, and hostile reactions from camp hosts so is usually left at home. But when we get back from a trip, we can be sure that there have been no rat or feral cat infestations at our house, or anywhere else in the hood.” —McGowan Marvin
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!
Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.
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