Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Issue 1673
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

“Live all you can: it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?” ―Henry James


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Park Service Founders Day!

On this day in history: 1916 – The United States National Park Service is created.



Tip of the Day

Road rage and RVing: Don’t be a roarin’ rager!

Mr. and Mrs. RVer happily start out on a trip they’ve planned for months. The rig is packed, fueled up, and ready to hit the highway. As the excited couple merges into traffic, it happens. A guy in a beat-up SUV honks and gestures angrily at the RVers as he passes them. Then, the SUV abruptly pulls in front of the RVer’s Class B. He stomps on his brakes and slows to a crawl right in front of the would-be vacationers.

And so, it begins…  Mr. RVer has two choices. If he decides to ignore the road rage, the trip may continue as planned. However, if Mr. RVer decides to return the SUV guy’s honks along with some hand gestures of his own, this trip could take an unplanned detour.

Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Beware bungee cords! 


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new features of the 2022 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS. Tony opens today’s review with, “I’m like the Paul Revere of RVs except without a horse or fame or our new country being potentially taken over. But instead of what Revere is credited with saying, I’m clacking away on my keyboard here with “The 2022s are coming! The 2022s are coming!” Here’s one of those 2022s.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee 274BRB Bunkhouse Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

Happy Together RV Resort, AZ

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 25, 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!

What’s the best water purification system for my RV?

Dear Dave,
“I will be traveling in a brand-new 24′ Class C Conquest RV with a 48-gallon freshwater tank. I would like a water purification system that has at least a garden hose input attachment for filling. Every time I go out, I want to rinse out then fill up the freshwater tank from home. I plan on being out for 6 months, come home, and camp locally during the summer months. … Can you recommend a system to use and what all I’ll need to implement it?” —Randall

Read the rest of the question and Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he discussed this reader’s problem: Our RV’s toilet won’t hold water – Help! 



Readers speak out: “The RV Life” – a poem by Janet Jackson

One of our readers, Janet Jackson, handwrote this poem and mailed it to us from Lincoln, Illinois. We’ve typed it up for you to read. Click here to read this delightful poem.

Yesterday’s featured article: Travel photos should include location information 


Reader poll

Where are you reading this right at this very moment?

C’mon, please tell us here.


Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.


Quick Tip

Newark Post photo by Matt Hooke

A simple reminder which just may save your RV roof (and more)

Don’t bang your [RV’s] head: Make an easy-to-read note and put it on your dashboard or sun visor showing your RV height in feet and inches – and in metric too, if you travel out of the country. It could save your TV antenna, air conditioner – even your roof. Thanks to George Bliss for the tip. [Related: Aug. 19, 2021, Newark, DE – Newark man, 80, cited after crashing RV into underpass. Source: newarkpostonline.com.]


“Why I love my RV”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. 

From Tom Edwards
2016 Coachmen Chaparral 361IBL 5th wheel

“Roominess, layout – especially the rear living area and huge kitchen – ease of setup, mid-profile is easy to tow, not too long or short, middle bunk we use as the ‘box room’ and puppy bedroom.”


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OK, this is way too gosh darn barkin’ cute. No impastas here. This is the real doggone deal!


Website of the day

Preventing ticks on your pets
This page on the CDC’s website hosts a ton of information about keeping ticks off your pets. If you have a dog or cat who spends time outside, memorize this information!


RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 21

Recalls, and should you book now for fall travel? They’re on the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and TearDropShop.com.

Listen to a 20-second clip of the episode.

Listen to the full episode here.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Goodbye letter from reader. RVtravel.com has grown too impersonal
• Neither snow, nor rain, nor progress should stop the mail truck
• 7 tips for keeping a happy marriage while RVing


Run your RV A/C with only normal household power.
It’s now possible!


Recipe of the Day

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
by Christine Hadden from Whitman, MA

Since the chicken is cooked in a slow cooker, this is basically a dump-and-go dinner. Perfect for summertime when you don’t want to heat the kitchen by turning on the stove. The chicken soaks up the flavor of the BBQ sauce and is super tender. Setting up a mini salad bar is perfect so everyone can customize their salad. A very versatile recipe that can be thrown together with what vegetables you have. This simple salad reminded us of a lazy summer day.

This sounds delicious and refreshing! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s yummy recipe: Drunken Grilled Peaches


Trivia

Ever wonder why it’s called Looney Tunes and not Looney Toons? The show was created to promote Warner Brother’s music catalog back in the 1930s. The tunes were the most important part!

*If you were to take a trip to the Philippines in hopes of visiting all their islands, how long would you be gone? Hint: You’d need an extremely large suitcase. Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our black lab, BEAR, is more our kid than our dog. He goes everywhere we go. He loves camping. He is obsessed with chasing the ball.” —Rick Bays

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


Roll-up drying rack saves precious kitchen space
It’s almost like this was designed for RVs! This roll-up stainless steel drying rack rolls out right over the top of your sink. No more taking up room on the countertop with a bulky drying rack. This is brilliant! When you’re not using it as a drying rack, it can also be used as a colander to wash fruit and veggies, or as a non-slip trivet mat for hot pots and pans. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
Make me one with everything.


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Mike Albert
26 days ago

I commented on the truck camper versus bridge about two hours ago and still do not see it.
What I said was that this happened in Newark, Delaware NOT Newark, NJ. Only 125 miles apart, but might as well be opposite sides of the country.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Thanks, Mike. I don’t see your prior comment either. I’ve corrected the state in that news item. (Would have done it sooner but just got out of a meeting.) Thank you! Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

Zephod
26 days ago

In addition to height I also know my weight.

Kathy J Underwood
26 days ago

We have measured and know our height, however, I am hesitant to trust old signs I see on bridges, underpasses, etc. How many times has the road been resurfaced since that measurement was taken. How accurate is it? When you only have inches to spare, I have a difficult time trusting the signs.

Bd2
26 days ago

We had an incident at work with overhead steam lines. Signs did not take in account multiple re-pavings over the years and we had a truck with load plow into the pipe and steam cleane the truck and load [thankfully not the driver].
Also had a very old concrete bridge over pass in Niagara Falls NY that was a full foot lower than sign [wife ended up on aft ladder with radio watching as I crept under it [cars would not let me back out] – AC cleared with about an inch to spare.

Thom R
27 days ago

I’ve measured our height. Every time we approach a questionable bridge, DW asks what our height is. I tell her, “13 feet, honey.” It’s ingrained in my head. Don’t need a sticker and it’s good that she asks in case I didn’t see the sign showing the height. I think we have a good system.

Thom R
27 days ago
Reply to  Thom R

BTW that’s an even 4 meters in case we go to Canada.

Sam McMullen
27 days ago

Maybe you should ask Maude’s coffee how much a 100 count package really sells for. This is the third day you say 14.99 for 100 count.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
26 days ago
Reply to  Sam McMullen

Thanks, Sam. That’s not one of our ads that we put in, and I don’t see it. I’m sure it’s an auto-inserted ad from Google, so we don’t have any control over that (except that we can block offensive or objectionable ads, if we have the URL for them). But thanks for your warning to other readers who may see that ad. 🙂 –Diane

Gary Broughton
27 days ago

On a trip to Canada, we were on the river bank, and came to a bridge underpass, south of Lethbridge. The height was in meters and I stopped instantly. We looked and figured out it was several feet above me but after that i measured my rig and wrote it down in feet and meters.

Brenda
26 days ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

That’s a great tip, Gary!
Did you happen to stop at the off leash dog park in Lethbridge? It is our – or at least our dog’s – favorite pit stop when we drive to and from Alaska.