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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 29, 2021

Issue 1654
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

“Life is a series of surprises and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chili Dog Day!

On this day in history: 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Tip of the Day

Use a Ford Taurus (and other things) to tenderize steaks (really!)

By Gail Marsh
Yum! Is there anything better than a juicy, tender, grilled steak? Every time I see a Ford Taurus I think about eating a steak so-tender-it-melts-in-your-mouth! (By the way, the Taurus is no longer in production. However, it was a wildly popular car in the ’80s. In fact, the Ford Taurus was named the 1986 Motor Trend Car of the Year.)

Yes, we’re still talking about steak here! The reason I connect the Taurus with tenderizing steak is because my neighbor, Karen, used her car to make the most tender, mouth-watering steaks I’ve ever eaten. No kidding! This is what she’d do

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Why does RV’s engine battery keep dying in campground?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Flagstaff Super Lite 524BBS. As he reports, “With the huge amount of cabinets in this rig I could see this actually serving a lot of people. But the overall length is such that it would be manageable in a lot of smaller RV parks and state campgrounds.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Cougar “Half-Ton” 32BHS Fifth Wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

NEW! “Why I love my RV”

Every Monday through Saturday, readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. Today, we hear from readers Sarah Miller and Lisa Adcox. Click here.

Is this your RV?

Caspar Beach RV campground

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, July 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tom Westerfield of Box Elder, South Dakota.

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.

Pipe thread tape: Use the right color, the right way

When plumbing water or gas lines, many RVers use thread seal tape, or “Teflon tape” as it’s commonly called. … Since it comes on a spool, it’s easy to wind around pipe threads, not only to seal them against leakage but also, since the stuff acts like a lubricant, it makes it easier to tighten up the connection. Russ and Tiña De Maris talk about the different kinds of thread tape and when to use them here.

Yesterday’s featured article: The importance of a good RV water filter

Reader poll

Are you a member of AARP?

Come on over, friends, and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Easy LP “leak down” test

Not sure if you may have a leak in your towable RV LP system? Here’s a simple, inexpensive way to ensure you don’t. With your LP cylinder valves open (and gas in at least one of them), shut off all appliances and pilot lights. Now shut off the valves of your LP cylinders. If you come back in an hour and the “flag” that shows your LP has run out indicates you’re out of LP, you’ve got a leak somewhere. Leave the gas valves shut and find that leak – and fix it without delay.

O.M.G. Every, and we mean EVERY, RVer needs one of these! We wish we had thought of this! Brilliant!

Website of the day

Awesome Farms and Ranches You Can Visit in Each State
Who can turn down petting a baby goat, buying some fresh cheese and veggies, or learning about sustainable farming? Not us! Check out this list from Travel Pulse with the best farms in each state. Podcast Episode 17

The RV Geeks solve your problems, and host Scott Linden has industry news on a new Airstream Class B, and total RV sales for the year to date. The podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and

Listen to the episode here.

Need a step up?
Car or truck roof too hard to reach? Designed to fit over almost any tire, the TireStep allows you to reach three important areas of your truck or SUV: the engine compartment, the roof, and the bed. For fifth wheel owners, the TireStep may be the helper you’ve been wanting for a long time and just didn’t know it. Reaching over the truck bed using the TireStep is not a problem while hitching or unhitching your rig. Learn more here.

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:

• For couples who quarantined together during the first part of the lockdown, 20 percent say they’re doing better in their relationship than they were pre-pandemic. Wow!
• 16 percent have more than four email addresses that they use on a regular basis.
• When the pandemic “ends,” 36 percent say they will continue to avoid shaking hands.

Recent poll: About how many nights in the last year have you spent in a rest area?

Recipe of the Day

Chili Dog In A Log!
by Colleen Sowa from La Crosse, WI
These reminded us of something you’d find at a county fair with all the fried food deliciousness. Imagine biting into a melted chili cheese dog fried in a crunchy egg roll wrapper and you have this tasty snack. Fry these up for the big game, sit down and watch them disappear. We suggest serving with extra chili and a bit of mustard for dipping. These are awesome!

Hot diggity dog these sound good! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Cilantro Pesto Chicken Pizza

Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $10. Learn more or order.


Not to be too intrusive here, but how many times a day do you pee? The average person pees about six times per day. Where do you fall? (Tip: If you’re not going to the bathroom that often, perhaps go pour yourself a glass of water…)

*Who gets the most searches per month?
Amazon, Google or Walmart? Yesterday’s trivia tells ya! 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Mitzie is a 3-year-old dachshund mix. She won’t tell us her other half! She enjoys RVing and likes her doggie window.” —Ivan Read

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!

Make sure your pets are safe in an emergency. This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card and keychain will inform first responders if you have a pet at home or inside during an emergency. All pet owners need this.

Leave here with a laugh

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5 months ago

My family and I said after this crazy lockdown we need a vacation away from each other. We know it took a toll on us. Daughter in NY for a month right now. As for her parents? In separate parts of the house.

Lil John
5 months ago

I know this is off the subjects, but does anyone have information on which is the best brand of Tire Pressure Monitoring System? Need to purchase . . . but not sure.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Hi, Lil John. Here’s a recent article from tire expert extraordinaire Roger Marble, which explains what to look for in a TPMS: What’s the “best” TPMS? What are important features? I hope that helps you. Maybe other RVers will chime in with what they use. Have a good evening. 🙂 –Diane

Lil John
5 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you Diane . . . much appreciated.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

You’re very welcome, Lil John. (BTW, one of my nicknames many years ago was Big D. Probably because I was 6’2″ – but age and gravity have taken their toll.) Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Herbert Zechman
5 months ago

The drain plug on my water heater is larger than 1/2″ and the white tape works fine! Just use enough and no drips!!

5 months ago

Thanks for the tip about the propane leak test.

5 months ago

What is this “flag” that says your LP has leaked in the tip of the day?
I just have a gauge on the tank and the led level indicator on the wall in the coach.

James Starling
5 months ago
Reply to  Gary

On switchover valve between two tank systems

Gary Reed
5 months ago

interesting article on pipe sealant tape. Regarding not using pipe dope on compression or taper flare fittings I find the imported fittings (China) of this type require pipe dope to seal the threads and pipe mating surfaces. This eliminates the proverbial drip which occurs with these imported fittings. This is my experience after many years of plumbing projects.

Kathy J Underwood
5 months ago

I already have the “mystery product” and use it regularly. I don’t remember the exact brand I have but it did come in a variety of sizes. I bought the size that works best for my sink. I love it!

Retired Firefighter Tom
5 months ago

My wife bought hers about five years ago from Bed Bath & Beyond. Don’t remember the brand, either. Works good, though

Pablo Flaifel
5 months ago

Very helpful article on pipe thread tape, learned something today. Thanks!

Jeff Craig
5 months ago
Reply to  Pablo Flaifel

Same here!