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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Issue 1672
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

“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.” ―Anne Lamott


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

On this day in history: 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States nonstop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).



Tip of the Day

Beware bungee cords!

Sharon Baron (a lonnnnnngtime RVtravel.com reader) posts this thought for your consideration: “I am a nurse. I have a patient who lost the sight of his eye…. almost lost the entire globe if it were not for the fast-reacting doctors at a specialized eye facility. This injury was not for a standard hospital ER. The injury was from a snap to the eye from a bungee cord. The injury destroyed his cornea and damaged his retina. So far he’s had five surgeries from the damage. I, too, have almost had a disaster from a snapping bungee cord to the eye. I was SO lucky. My professional recommendation is to USE ONLY STRAPS. There are many wonderful adjustable straps you can get with various lengths. Harbor Freight has a good variety of sizes and colors. DON’T USE BUNGEE CORDS. SAVE YOUR EYES!!”

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Duct Tape: The incredible universal fixer and 16 ways to use it


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2022 Cherokee 274BRB Bunkhouse Travel Trailer. Tony writes, “This is a larger bunk model travel trailer with a single road-side super slide. The trailer may seem pretty self-evident at first but, as they say in late-night television: Wait, there’s more….”

Did you read Tony’s preview yesterday of The Boulder™ from Colorado Teardrop Campers? 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, August 24, 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: Darlene Getchel of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Betty Studzinski of Georgetown, Texas.

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.


Ask Dave

Ask DaveDave 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 enthusiasts. He is also the owner of Passport Media Creations, which has developed several RV dealer and safety training programs. 

In Dave’s column Monday-Saturday he’ll address a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

Our RV’s toilet won’t hold water – Help!

Dear Dave,
“2021 Puma destination camper. Toilet doesn’t hold water. Can’t soak to clean, or have water in it so when you do #2, it flushes easier. I cleaned around the seal after we got it and it started to hold water. Now it’s not again. I can hear the water going into the black tank. We got the Puma in June this year.” —Kathy

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered a question about Plugging in your RV at home



Travel photos should include location information

If you take a photo with your smartphone, it can include the location where the photo was taken – IF you have your settings set correctly. It’s super easy! Find out how here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Funny camping photos and memes of the week


Reader poll

How often do you wear a hat?

Two for one! Gentlemen, there’s a poll for you. Ladies, there’s a poll for you too! Click here.


Quick Tip

Mystery holding tank smells?

Got a stinky RV and can’t seem to locate the responsible party? Sometimes the “air admittance valve” that prevents a vacuum from forming when you run water down the sink or shower stall quits working and allows gray water tank smells to come back into the coach. Look for these little valves under your sink. They’re a cheap replacement item from hardware stores like Home Depot or on Amazon. As you can see from the picture, they simply unscrew from the plumbing system with a standard “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” twist.


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
We are SO guilty of buying so many of these mystery products for ourselves. This one is very neat… and yes, we bought one for ourselves.


Website of the day

Camp In South Dakota
Whether you’re in South Dakota to admire the beautiful Badlands, watch some adorable prairie dogs, or experience the giant jackalope at Wall Drug, this website will help you find the best place 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:

• 20 percent say they never get headaches and can’t remember the last time they had one
• 40 percent love to dance!
• 35 percent have a current fishing license

Recent poll: About how old are the tires on your RV? 


Recipe of the Day

Drunken Grilled Peaches
by Lorna Dietz from Newfield, NY

Who knew you can make fresh peaches even better by grilling them? These grilled peaches are simple to make, yummy, and just taste of summer. The marinade smells strong because of the bourbon, but in the end, they do not have a strong alcohol flavor. In fact, once they are grilled, the flavor is hardly noticeable. The bourbon just adds that little something to the peaches. Using a grill pan helps with the caramelization of the peaches and prevents them from falling through the grill grates. In the end, the peaches are sticky and sweet. We could eat them straight off the grill.

Have you ever had grilled peaches? If not, you’ve gotta try them! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s yummy recipe: Outrageous Cuban Sandwich with Mojo Sauce


NEW! ETSY PRODUCT
Handy ladder mount drying rack

Air dry up to 250 pounds of sandy towels or washed clothes with this wooden drying rack. Just hang on the ladder and it’s good to go, no hardware necessary. This Amish-made rack fits into a 30″ x 6″ x 6″ space when folded and expands up to 16′ of space when fully opened. Wall mount option available. Learn more.


Trivia

Ready to take a trip to the beautiful Philippines? Can you set aside 21 years to do so? The Philippines is made up of so many islands that if you just spend one day on each island it would take you nearly 21 years to visit them all. Now that’s what you call island life!

*What was the first TV show to ever show a toilet? When was the first toilet flush heard on TV? Take a guess then see yesterday’s trivia to learn the answer. 


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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Hi, everyone. My name is Buddy. I just turned 9. I am a Brindle Greyhound. I love camping! I also love my new antler bone from Uncle Dale.” —Elaine Gallosky

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!

Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource


Groove gap cleaning tool keeps bugs, dirt and grime out of windows and doors 
This small, handheld groove gap cleaner cleans windows, sliding doors, shower door tracks, oven and sink gaps and more. This two-part gadget has a scraper, for scraping up debris and dirt, and a brush, for brushing it away! The elevated handle has finger grips for an easy hold. If it gets dirty, wash it with soap and water and it’s just like new. Learn more or order.


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Shon
23 days ago

I believe it’s called a Greystone griddle not Gravestone in the trailer review.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
23 days ago
Reply to  Shon

Thank you, Shon! You are correct. It’s been fixed. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Tina
24 days ago

Just shared that tent joke on Facebook and got put in Facebook jail because it’s against their “standards” !

Jeff Clark
24 days ago
Reply to  Tina

I closed my Facebook account after coming to the conclusion that Facebook didn’t meet my standards!

Brian Burry
24 days ago

Pet of the Day – Buddy – is such a beautiful Greyhound and happy doggie 🐶

Ron Lane
24 days ago

Gunnybag????

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
24 days ago
Reply to  Ron Lane

I changed it, Ron. Sometimes our writers like to use quaint old phrases that the rest of us don’t know. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Donald N Wright
24 days ago

The Floating tent has been around for many years with truck innertubes inside a frame with a hinged plywood floor. The center of the platform was open to the water, and a hole cut in center of floor of tent. Usually tied to shore, made for cooler sleeping on hot days and nights.

Drew
24 days ago

Years ago it was wet outside while I was trying to secure my boat cover to the trailer. The bungee slipped out of my hand and the hook hit me in the face near my cheek. I didn’t have any feeling in that area or the left side of my mouth for a little over a year. The doctor said the nerves were bruised and would heal themselves over time. They did but my accident could have been more serious. Be careful with these if you use them- I’m not sure safety glasses would prevent injury although a whole face shield might.

Jeb
24 days ago

Sorry about the guy losing his vision in one eye. There is a safe way to do all things, usually slowly and with safety in mind. Lawyers will sue for the slimmest of reasons thus you cannot buy a ladder these days without umpteen warnings on it.

Roger V
24 days ago

Don’t use bungee cords? Ever heard of these wonderful things called safety glasses? Between that and using them responsibly, I’ve gone 55 years without a bungee cord accident. I love using ratchet straps too, but there’s a time and place for both.

Sam Galizia
24 days ago

I had my nose broken years ago using a bungee cord when the hook bent and came slamming into my nose. I learned a lesson that it’s ok to use a bungee cord but don’t overextend it’s use. Lucky I didn’t loose or damage my eye but it was within 1-2”.

Last edited 24 days ago by Sam Galizia
Wally
24 days ago

Love Greyhounds

Larry Lee
24 days ago

For a safer bungee cord, I use the thick rubber type that only stretches a few inches. Very little if any snap back problems. It does require choosing the correct length so I keep a good assortment.

Terry
24 days ago

Don’t post the picture of the Leave with a Laugh picture on Facebook. I saw this picture some where a few months back and shared it on Facebook. I got put in Facebook jail and couldn’t post for a while, they said it promotes suicide. True story it really happened. Lol

Richard
24 days ago
Reply to  Terry

Isn’t it nice to have Facebook monitoring/controlling your life.

Larry Pyle
24 days ago
Reply to  Terry

And we the public has allowed by law for Facebook to control our speech. I am no longer on Facebook.

Bob
24 days ago

Pertaining to the review of the Cherokee 274BRB. One of the cons should be the placement of the main TV. In order to watch it from the seating areas, you have to sit sideways or keep your head turned. Only one seat in the dinette are offers a straight on view.

Scott R. Ellis
24 days ago

Oh, good grief. There are times and places where a bungee is just the ticket, and it is quite possible to use them safely. Be aware of the risk, pay attention . . . and don’t abandon a good tool because it can be used unsafely.

gFab
24 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Totally agree and straps don’t come in the various sizes as bungee cords, especially the mini ones.

Dan
24 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I can’t count the number of bungee cords and ratchet straps I have, but the article does remind people to use them wisely.There are at least three that live in our RV an used to hold specific doors open and items from rattling as we go down the road.

Crowman
24 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

There’s such a thing called “rope” that you can use to tie down items. Seems like if your under 30 you’ve never heard of such a thing.

Bill
24 days ago
Reply to  Crowman

Yah!

Richard
24 days ago
Reply to  Crowman

Then they have to use Google to find how to tie a “Knot”!

Lil John
24 days ago
Reply to  Crowman

We call that “line” sailor!

Bob p
24 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

A bologna sandwich can be dangerous, if you don’t know how to eat it, some people are hazardous to themselves. I try to stay away from those types, I have seen people in campgrounds doing stupid things, if they want help I offer, otherwise I stay clear because they are an accident waiting to happen.

Bob p
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Truckers that pull flat bed trailers would really have a difficult time if not for rubber bungee straps to tie their tarps down. Imagine tying down a tarp that big using rope. Some people are just too stupid to be walking around by themselves.

Lil John
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

You make good sense, except for the last sentence.

Irv
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I minimize the risk by removing the plastic casing before eating…

Kamwick
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

😉
Considering what is in the bologna, you may be right.

EddDe
24 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Beware bungee cords!
I saw a bungee cord slip out of a friend’s hand and snap back breaking out the rear window of his pickup truck. For me, bungee cords really don’t have much holding strength and I use cargo straps to hold down heavy items and 1″ strap with buckle (sold at Harbor Freight) to hold tub lids on.

GWM
23 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I guess we should quit eating as one can choke on anything at any time. No, but really life is a gamble no matter what you do. Be safe and keep the odds in your favor.