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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Issue 1632
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.

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Today’s thought

“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones” ―Nelson Mandela

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Waffle Iron Day!

On this day in history: 1938 – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.

Tip of the Day

Defeat the slope! RV leveling tips from the experts

This week Nanci Dixon spent some time with some HWH® Corporation leveling techs and learned much more about levelers than she had known previously. Here are some helpful tips from the company she thought you’d appreciate.

Continue reading to learn what Nanci and other experts say about leveling the RV.

Yesterday’s tips of the day: Don’t forget casinos for overnight stays and RVelectricity: How do I set my meter for 120 volts?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s review, Tony writes, “So, since we looked at what is arguably one of the more premium entries in this class yesterday in the Grand Design Imagine 2800BH, I thought we’d look at an alternative to that trailer in today’s peek at the Forest River Cherokee 284DBH.” Read his review to compare the two.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Imagine 2800BH Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Pacific Shores, Newport, OR

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, June 29, 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 cards: Warren May of Tallahassee, Florida, and Scott Kosa of Sedro Woolley, Washington.

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.

eBikes for RVers. This Facebook group is a good place to learn about these very popular electric bicycles and how they can be useful to RVers. Click.

Video: Historic Airstream – Too bad most RVs aren’t built this way

From on YouTube (via Bob Difley) is this interesting vintage documentary video, filmed about 55 years ago, showing the production of an Airstream trailer. (No rushing during production back in those days.) A bikini-clad female to demonstrate the insulation in the Airstream? And a very interesting “test drive” towards the end of the video. If you are interested in Airstream or its roots, this is a must-view video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Video: How to measure your RV before buying a cover

Reader poll

How often do you play board games while RVing?

Throw the dice then tell us here.

Quick Tip

Quick tie-down for your microwave turntable

Take a Pringles chip container, cut it down about a 1/4″-1/2″ shorter than the distance from the top of the microwave (inside) to the microwave dish and tape the lid on the Pringles container. Get a 1/2″-thick piece of foam and top the Pringles can with the foam. Stand the can and foam between the dish and the top of the microwave inside. The can and the foam will keep the turntable dish (and bearing) from bouncing around while on the road.

Thanks for sharing, Frank Dajnowicz!

Remember when kids used to actually play outside? They might again if you play this with them!

Website of the day

Hilarious illustrations of bad National Park reviews
Before you start scrolling, read the description from the artist at the top of the page. She illustrates one-star reviews for National Parks and they are hilarious!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 10 percent have two bathrooms in their RV
• 18 percent are very afraid of heights
• 61 percent let the water run while they wash their hands

Idea: Listen to the podcast when doing your laundry in the RV park.

Recipe of the Day

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles With Blueberry Sauce
by Jamallah Bergman from Atlanta, GA
Homemade waffles are an easy breakfast. These lemon poppy seed ones with a simple blueberry sauce on top are amazing. The waffles themselves are slightly lemony. Just enough to give them a fresh flavor. They’re perfectly crisp on the outside, light and airy on the inside. The blueberry sauce is thick, sweet and full of berries. It’s almost like a blueberry pie filling that is spooned on top of the waffles. This breakfast recipe is simple to throw together and has a beautiful presentation.

It’s National Waffle Iron Day, so you better make some waffles! Get the recipe.

Oh, and if you don’t have a waffle maker because one won’t fit in your RV, check out this mini one!

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Strawberry Shortcake Red, White & Blue Bites

Cut up a whole watermelon in minutes!
This stainless steel watermelon slicer works like magic! If you eat watermelon, you need this! Simply push the tool into the watermelon, and pull out perfectly cubed pieces of this sweet summer treat. It couldn’t be easier. If you don’t believe us when we tell you it’s great, just read the reviews! Learn more or order here.

Matthew McConaughey joins us on the podcast

Our podcast host Scott Linden talks with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey in this week’s episode of the podcast. McConaughey is not only passionate about his acting and producing, but about RVing. In this conversation, McConaughey explains “what gets his juices going” about RVing. Listen to the program here.

Previews of upcoming podcasts


Meeting someone new? Smile and look good! People develop first impressions of you within a tenth of a second. That’s fast!

*Yesterday Chuck Woodbury told you about two hilarious business names. Read them in the trivia section here

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Aengus Sneezley is the sweetest, happiest camping Wheaten you’ll ever meet. He listens, follows directions and I think he speaks English when no one is listening. He keeps us safe as a watchdog – he alerts to suspicious noises then shows us the best place to hide.” —Joe Geraci

Pet food at Amazon. Big selection, great prices!
Dog cooling beds. Help keep your furry friend cool this hot summer!

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!

Sewer fitting grip help! Gadget to the rescue! 
If you find the bayonet mounts for your sewer hose connections are getting a bit hard to twist off and on (hate to say it, but it sometimes comes with age), here’s a tool that might help. An adjustable oil filter wrench, made to get a grip around automotive oil filters, can also provide a handy grip and plenty of leverage on the bayonet fitting of your sewer hose, and the termination cap as well. Here’s one we recommend.

Leave here with a laugh

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John Boy
2 years ago

We just take the plate out and store it in a cabinet on top of plastic storage bins that hold either plates or glasses. We have pretty good storage on the Jayco Seneca.

Larry Boswell
2 years ago

A quicker way to keep the microwave turntable stable is to cut a large swim noodle to fit the area and wedge it between the turntable and top of the microwave. We simply use a large piece of foam that was left over from another project.

2 years ago

We just wrap the microwave tray with a dish towel. With limited storage and payload in a small class A you learn to use the same items for several purposes instead of loading up more stuff.

2 years ago
Reply to  Brian

With you on that!

2 years ago

Love the old Airstream video.
They don’t make them with such love and care like the old days

2 years ago

Website of the day is great! Especially for those who camp in state and national parks.

H Goff
2 years ago

we use paper towel cardboard spools – they work, last a long time and you always have ’em. Just cut them so they jamb between the turntable and top of the unit.

Bob p
2 years ago

In the quick tip about the microwave, you must travel I 10 through LA often. Our LAST trip across LA cost an entire awning including new arms that broke away from the sides of our class A.

Dr. Mike
2 years ago

I do not want to be the “Debbie Downer” here, but today’s humor is absolutely not a joke. Spend some time around people who have a back injury or an elderly person, many who fall and fracture their hip and you will understand.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

My body might be “elderly” but my sense of humor stayed young and vigorous. Plus, if you go commando you won’t have the leg hole problem..

Sharon W.
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill


RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon W.

😆 –Diane

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Welcome to the United States if the offended. It’s humor…..

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Oh come on. Lighten up!

Lil John
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Sorry Dr. Mike . . . but you have absolutely no common sense or humor.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Amen to all of the following replies! At 85 (brain at 32!) and leaning against the counter to dress!

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Well Debbie Downer – this joke described me to a “T” – back injury, sciatic and all – AND I almost fell over LAUGHING as this was me when I got dressed this morning and I was sitting down when I read this. It is a joke therefore required to have a touch of truth in order to BE a joke.

Retired Firefighter Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

My wife had 19 surgeries in 54 months starting with a knee replacement. Lots of complicaitons. Wound up as a left above-knee amputee. Amputee support groups and Handicapped Travel Club say “G.O.A.L.” which means “Get Out And Live”. Sure, you’re disabled or have problems. Do your best to get around the problem and enjoy life. We continued to RV in spite of her physical limitations from 2005 to 2019 when she passed due to dementia that turned into Alzheimer’s. We managed to visit the last 6 of the 50 states AFTER her amputation! Even Hawaii in a wheelchair was a blast for our 50th Anniversary in 2017. Hawaiian Airlines very friendly. Just glad it was before Covid-19 hit. Enjoy what you can; don’t dwell on what you can’t do. Lighten up. Enjoy the moment.

Robert Jobson
2 years ago

we use the microwave as a bread box

Judy Wiemer
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Jobson

We do too!

2 years ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Couple of bags of chips and a loaf of bread slugs things up pretty well.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Angus not slugs .. Or, maybe??

Gene L
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Jobson

So do we. Just don’t forget to bring bread back into house when your trip is over.

Pierre Woody
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Jobson

Same here, we shoud take it out and put a matching door .

2 years ago

I cut a pool noodle into 4 pieces and cut lengthwise to fit the edges of the plate while traveling. Works great and have some left to fit the slide edges.

Connie VH
2 years ago

Call me crazy. I take the glass microwave tray OUT and store it between pillows on the couch when we travel.

Donald C Rhodes
2 years ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Call me crazy…I dont do anything with my microwave tray…

2 years ago

30 yr never had a problem

The Lazy Q
2 years ago

Call me crazy I put two throw pillows inside the microwave, perfect fit and they came with the fiver so no extra expenditure needed.

Victoria Drost
2 years ago

Me neither!

2 years ago

I’m wondering how many use pool noodles to help in the RV.

The Lazy Q
2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

Two, on the ends of the front slide, because, if I can hit my head on something I surely will.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

Many do. They have so many uses. Bump you head reducers wiper protectors, rattle reducers, refrigerator door proper opener during storage, light sabers, and even pool floats.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

cut to length of the windshield wipers,,,cut a slit down the length and slip ’em on when parked…keeps the blades from drying out

Don N
2 years ago
Reply to  SDPeg

I use pipe insulation for my wipers. Does the same job.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

We have a class B. No room for such bulky items.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

I use half of a large diameter pool noodle on the floor by each slide to keep my cat from crawling under the slide.

2 years ago

Tip on the microwave sounds good. We use a pool noodle. Slit down to the hole in the middle the cut the depth of the microwave. Cutting two pieces depth of microwave( then slide over slide of dish each side. Slide back in microwave this stops the jumping and hopping. You might have to trim sides of noodle but insure not taking too much you want snug fit. It will keep the plate from hitting the bottom as it’s lifted.

Gloria Sluder
2 years ago

Love the laugh of the day ,OH so true

2 years ago
Reply to  Gloria Sluder

I suspect this will be an Olympic event soon!!

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