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.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious” —Albert Einstein
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National S’mores Day.
On this day in history: 1960 – NASA launches Discoverer 13 satellite, the first object ever recovered from orbit.
Tip of the Day
Everything you need to know about cleaning your RV awning
Cleaning your RV’s awning is essential if you want it to look good and last a long time. If you clean your awning often, pull it in during bad weather, and fix small rips or tears right away when you notice them, you’ll extend the life of your awning. Awnings are expensive to replace, but if you take care of yours, it might last as long as you own your camper.
Follow these steps to clean your RV awning, protect it from damage, get rid of stains, and more.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: The importance of tire and wheel balancing
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Off Grid Trailers Switchback series adventure trailers. As he reports, “Off Grid Trailers is a line of four trailers designed very specifically for the off-road community. … The ability to customize and configure these combined with the extreme off-roading design make this a very capable rig for those who really do live in the world of adventure.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Black Series HQ21 overlanding trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click 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, August 10, 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 $20 Amazon Gift Cards: Michael Hampton of Salt Lake City, Utah, Frank Aiello of Danvers, Massachusetts, and Wayne Kinstad of Sioux Falls, 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.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club, a one-stop go-to online resource for RV enthusiast.
Advice needed about devices that repel rodents
We have rodents in the engine compartment and wonder if you have ever heard of or used Grid Guard or RatMat. —Linda
Read Dave’s reply, including tips for keeping critters out of the RV.
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he discussed winterizing an RV’s water system?
What to do if your propane tank gets overfilled
By Heidi Bodette
Loving the RV Life
Has your RV propane tank ever been overfilled? Well, it happened to us in January. Here’s what we learned so you can help ensure it doesn’t happen to you. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: A tow vehicle that seats 18 – You haven’t seen this before!
Do you most often eat a big breakfast, light breakfast or no breakfast?
Put down your fork and tell us here.
What do RVtravel.com readers think?
“Have you ever been stuck in your RV during a storm so violent you feared for your safety?” That’s what we asked our readers recently. Of the nearly 1,900 readers who responded, how many would you guess have feared for their safety at such a time? 21 percent, 39 percent or 52 percent? Find out by clicking here.
Buy cheap wiper blades
Experts advise that windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months. If you agree with them, then when buying new blades, buy the cheaper $8 brands instead of the top-of-the-line brand at $20. In a year’s time, you’ll save $24. If you have extra large blades, the savings can be even bigger.
Website of the day
16 seriously cool art installations across the USA
These really are seriously cool, that’s for sure! Some of these don’t even look real…
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 19
This week on the RVtravel.com podcast: a good start to the never-ending list of gripes, pet peeves, and annoyances … or are you “that guy?” The RVtravel.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and TearDropShop.com.
Listen to a 40-second clip of the episode.
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:
• 11 percent chew gum all the time
• 37 percent play Solitaire every day (or almost every day)
• For those in relationships, 50 percent say they are more adventurous than their partner (and only 15 percent say their partner is the more adventurous one).
Recipe of the Day
The instructions and cooking time for this salmon are perfect. The final result is tender and juicy. We loved the flavor grilling adds to the salmon, but this could easily be baked in the oven. On top is a pesto that’s sweet and tangy. We opted to use pine nuts for the pesto but walnuts would be great too. You can use this pesto with any fish, chicken, or meat.
This sounds delicious and fresh! Get the recipe here.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Rice Pudding
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Wow, it’s not often you see something like this with SO many good reviews. If these are a problem in your RV, you surely need this.
The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothes each year. And that’s just the average!
*According to national pest control company, Orkin, which U.S. city has the most mosquitoes? Betcha can’t guess! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Marley. Never knew how much joy a pet could bring in my life. She is absolutely amazing.” —Donald Fleming
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!
Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!
A thing that does all things!
This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. Its affordable price makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
What did the judge say to the dentist? “Pull my tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.”
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