Sunday, September 19, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021

RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 3, 2021

Issue 1680
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

“Try to find pleasure in the speed that you’re not used to. Changing the way you do routine things allows a new person to grow inside of you. But when all is said and done, you’re the one who must decide how you handle it.” ―Paulo Coelho


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is U.S. Bowling League Day!

On this day in history: 1944 – Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, arriving three days later.



Tip of the Day

Skip the repair shop – Do it yourself with a “how-to” notebook

By Nanci Dixon
We bought a new RV with more bells and whistles, electronics and do-dads in it than our previous landlocked home had. In the past, if I couldn’t find the info I needed in the RV manuals, I called the manufacturer’s service center (and often). They have patiently walked me through each issue, step by step. I realized that I was getting more information from the service folks than was online or written in the manuals, so I started my own “how-to” repair notebook. It’s become a lifesaver. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: A spot for a spare fuse could brighten your day


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel writes a Feature Review: Which RV has the best mobile office? Tony says the Sunlight RV “… repositions the mobile vacation home into a mobile office. The cornerstone of this is a foldable table/desk that is equipped with a computer monitor as well as charging options for smartphones and such.” If you think this sounds neat, it’s because it is! Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the CrossRoads Redwood RW3951WB Fifth Wheel? 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, September 3, 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 $25 Amazon gift card: Ruth Ann Foore of Toledo, Ohio, David Needham of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Greg Allen of Pasco, Washington.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Travel 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 addresses a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

Can we stabilize the steps so the trailer doesn’t rock?

Dear Dave,
We recently purchased a 2014 Dutchmen Denali 30-foot travel trailer. The main door in and out of the trailer is located at the back of the trailer. Whenever we exit, the trailer rocks a lot – like we don’t have stabilizers. They are the original 3 steps attached to the underside of the trailer. …

Continue reading the rest of the question and Dave’s suggestions.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why is a fan blowing air around inside the AC?



How to get rid of “the corner of death” in your RV

We saw this posted in the Facebook group RV Tips and couldn’t help but giggle. We know everyone has at least one “corner of death” in their RV. How many times have you bumped your head on yours? Read what Mandy Roberson-Slayback posted here (our article) and get ideas on how you can get rid of your own “corner of death!”

Yesterday’s featured article: Oh, the horror! Sewer tank overflows while RVer is away


Reader poll

Do you take a daily multi-vitamin?

Tell us here, you healthy people!


DON’T GIVE UP!
Get notified when a sold-out campground has availability


Quick Tip

Keep insects out of your RV

From reader Mike Palmer: “While RVing, our RV got inundated with large black ants. Upon inspecting just HOW they were getting in, I found I was the culprit! I made it easy for them by creating ‘highways’ to the RV. The water hose, TV cable, and power cable all became expressways to the RV by allowing these crawly guys a direct path to us. I got some dry chemical, Triazicide, and buried the hose and cables in it. I also got some Ortho Home Defense spray for the cables. This kills them on contact. Great for ant nests. So, FYI, do not help them get in. Be prepared! —Thanks Mike!
[Editor: Ortho Home Defense spray and Triazicide are available at Amazon.com.]


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
This, this, this… We can’t even formulate our words. This changes everything in the kitchen!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Mark Pullmann

“I have always liked the smaller RVs. I had a Winnebago Rialta. It was the perfect size but the Volkswagen drivetrain was getting unreliable, parts were hard to find and you couldn’t find anyone to work on them. I bought a Rialta that had a blown head gasket. Then we chopped off the VW cab where it was mated with the chassis at the factory. We then bought a 2019 Ford Explorer that had rear-end damage. We cut off the damage and mated it to the Winnebago Chassis.

“The resulting RV has surpassed all my expectations. It has 365 twin-turbo HP vs. the VW 140 HP. It has all the latest conveniences, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, heated and cooled seats, front and rear cameras, tire pressure monitor, and all the latest audio features. It averages 18 mpg. It is my ultimate RV.”

 CONTEST 
RV sticker-mania gone wild (and win a prize)

Here’s a challenge. Find an RV with more stickers than the one posted here — or at least a LOT of stickers — take a photo and send it to us. We’ll send a $50 Amazon gift certificate to the person who submits the photo showing the most stickers! See the super-stickered RV and learn about the contest.


Run your RV A/C with only normal household powerIt’s now possible!


Website of the day

TaskRabbit
Need someone to assemble furniture for you? Go grocery shopping for you? Stand in line for you? Clean your bathroom for you? TaskRabbit does it all! Hire a local “Tasker” to get your job done.


This is so funny!
If we saw someone with this in their car’s or RV’s cigarette lighter, we’d want to be their friend – it’s hilarious! This “FIRE MISSILES” cigarette lighter cover fits into all 12-volt vehicle accessory lighter sockets. It’s just designed for show, but it’ll give anyone in your vehicle a good laugh. Learn more or order. (This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor!)


Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.


Recipe of the Day

Lemon Butter Baked Cod
by Tammy Kendell from Portland, OR

If you’re looking to incorporate more fish into your diet, add this baked cod to your menu. The batter is light and crisps up in the oven. Paprika adds a touch of color and flavor to the fish. Once baked, the cod is perfectly flaky. Just make sure to shake the excess flour off the cod before baking so the coating does not end up soggy.

Oh my cod this sounds delicious! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup 


Trivia

If you buy a new leather purse that says “Genuine Leather,” are you getting real, high-quality leather? Nope! “Genuine Leather” isn’t reassuring you that the item is in fact genuine leather, but that it’s a distinct grade of leather (that happens to be almost the worst quality of leather!). If the bag you’ve been eyeing is marked “Genuine Leather” you might want to think about a new bag…

*How long does it take to set up the red carpet at the Oscars?
A.) 3 man-hours B.) 40 man-hours C.) 900 man-hours. The answer is in yesterday’s trivia.


Keep your rubber roof clean!
Camco’s Pro-Strength Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner is a one-step treatment that removes black streaks, oxidation and road film buildup on your rubber roof and helps protect it from further damage. The specially formulated blend of surfactants and conditioners deep cleans and conditions, helping extend the roof’s life. Learn more or order at a great price.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is my Pomeranian, Sophie. I got her right after I got my camper. She is used to camping.” —Vicky Eubanks

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


Leave here with a laugh

What did the police officer say to his belly?
You’re under a vest!!!


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DW/ND
15 days ago

To stop critters and bugs from entering thru the large round ports for the electric cord or hose – buy a couple of covers, cut a hole in the center for the cord or hose and install permanently on each of them. Then, simply remove the travel cover and insert the cord or hose with the cover. Solved my problem. (Just haven’t solved the sewer port yet because of it’s size-but I don’t leave it hooked up anyway).

Steve Stinson
15 days ago

Our gfci has been going off in one particular state park. Is there anything that we can check on to see why this is happening.

Bob M
15 days ago
Reply to  Steve Stinson

I’d start by pulling the ground fault out and check for loose connections. While you have it out. Replace it with a good quality ground fault receptacle.Than check the receptacles that are daisy chained to the ground fault for a loose wires. My 1st used travel trailer would kick the ground fault on the dealers lot. They wouldn’t replace it. Had trouble with it off and on. My new travel trailer never kicked yet hooked up at the same power pole. Had a new ground fault in house laundry room, even a electrician couldn’t figure out.

Christine
15 days ago

Today’s RV Review went straight to an error message. Tried it several times and it did it every time.

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Emily Woodbury (@emily)
15 days ago
Reply to  Christine

Sorry, Christine. Thanks for letting us know. We’ve fixed it! –Emily, RVtravel.com

mike hastings
15 days ago

the article about keeping insects away from your rv disturbs me. for someone to use enough chemical to bury their hose and cable and probably leave it there when they leave is not a responsible act. the next people who rent that site have no idea it is there. maybe they have kids or pets playing in their site. where is the common sense in this idea? these are public areas, not his back yard.

jillie
15 days ago

Sophie looks like our Lady Bug. She is a pom chi and full of mischief. I think any pom or chi mix is full of mischief.

Don
15 days ago

Come on, guys! If “genuine leather” is NOT what we want, then tell us what label we SHOULD look for…

BoinLV
15 days ago
Reply to  Don

Look for full-grain leather. synopsis here: https://joojoobs.com/leather-grades/

Greg Bryant
15 days ago

I would like to see more information about Mark Pullmann’s custom RV. I’m fascinated on how he did the transformation. I think there are a lot of readers who do creative RV builds and restorations. It would be cool to see more stuff like this.

Dan Cunningham
15 days ago
Reply to  Greg Bryant

And how much the conversion cost as well.

Dan
16 days ago

Today’s Why I Love My RV is the best one yet. I wish I could turn back the clock and create my own personalized RV. At my age I feel ambitious just washing ours.

tom
16 days ago

The conversion is pretty nice, looks great.

Snayte
15 days ago
Reply to  tom

I would almost expect a bachlorette party to emerge from that. It looks like one of those limo buses. 🙂

jillie
15 days ago
Reply to  tom

Agreed. What a way to reduce reuse and recycle. Nice.

Charlie Sullivan
15 days ago
Reply to  tom

Mr. Pullmann has some serious mechanical skills. That’s quite an extensive conversion. Would love to see the inside layout.

Bob p
16 days ago

I believe Mike Palmer’s method of insect control may be in violation of the law, if he is “ burying his hose under a pile of triazicide then other animals or even humans could be endangered. The direction say to mix with water and spray the mixture, after it dries animals and humans can safely use the area, does he thoroughly wash it away when he leaves the area or just leave for some unsuspecting camper to find? Not a responsible camper.

Stephen Malochleb
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Something I have used and is non harmful, Dawn dish detergent. Once set up and my cables and hoses are hanging, I squirt dawn on them, Bugs don’t seem to like it and don’t crawl up them. Very safe and when packing up, as you wipe them down, it cleans them as well.

Dan
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I agree. That approach is beyond over kill. I use triazicide in our yard, but I follow the instructions on the packaging. It works well without ‘burying’ things in the product.

Bobkat3080
16 days ago

The “Fire Missiles” reminded me that shortly after our Ford Focus was set up for towing a guy asked why I had two round pipes set in my grill. (The sockets for the hitch setup.) I told him they are paint ball guns to use on bad drivers.

Judy Wiemer
15 days ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

🤣😅🤣😅🤣😅🤣😅🤣😅

Gary
15 days ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Where do you folks find the emojis for these posts?

UPRIG
15 days ago
Reply to  Gary

👏 right click 😁

Gary
13 days ago
Reply to  UPRIG

Right click on what?