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

RV Daily Tips. Monday, September 6, 2021

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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

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Labor Day, of course!

On this day in history: 1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming, becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Water only coming from the RV shower, not the sink. Why?

By Gail Marsh
Ever have one of those feelings? You know … like someone is pranking you? That’s how I felt recently. We’d just bought a new-to-us fifth wheel and were eager to do a quick shakedown trip. The closest RV park was less than ten miles away, so we planned to spend most of a day cleaning and then repacking the “new” rig with supplies from our previous RV.

Everything went smoothly until I tried to fill a bucket with water from the kitchen sink. No water! The floors really needed to be mopped, but I couldn’t get any water from the bathroom sink either! So, I went outside to check the water hookup. At the same time, hubby came around the RV from the opposite direction. He filled a bucket of water using the inside shower spigot. Then he went outside to find a rag. When I walked back into the kitchen, I saw the bucket of water and did a double-take! Continue reading.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Wolf Pack 325PACK13 fifth wheel toy hauler. While this large rig could sleep a lot of people and serve many purposes, it wouldn’t be best for boondocking. Learn why in today’s review.

Reviews from this weekend:
RV Preview: SylvanSport, Zeus announce forthcoming all-electric motorhome
The $7.7 million RV, the Volkner Performance S … with Bugatti option

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

Moonshine Creek, Balsam NC

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 6, 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 card: Claire Dial of Modesto, California, and Theresa Howell of Rose City, Michigan.

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 DaveAsk Dave

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. 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!

How do I adjust the RV door deadbolt so it works?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2018 Wildcat 4 season trailer. I have an issue with the deadbolt lock. The door handle lock works, but the deadbolt will not. How do I adjust the lock? —Michael

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Why aren’t the leveling jacks working? 



RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

May the torque be with you …

Dear Mike,
I really liked the “Mike’s Gadget” in your RVelectricity™ Newsletter last week, but I can’t find a chart showing proper torque values. Please help!!! —Larry the DIY Guy

Read Mike’s answer (with charts).

Did you miss Mike’s Thursday RVelectricity Newsletter? Read it here. It’s packed with interesting, informative and exciting news.

Meet Mike in person at the Hershey RV Show, Sept. 15-19, in Hershey, PA. He will be speaking in the Champions Club room at 1 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. For a list of all seminars and schedules, click here.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Who is responsible for educating the uneducated RVers?

By Rosanne Drechsel
There are so many things to love about camping and just as many opportunities to enjoy it safely. … We have camped for fifty years, the most recent five years as full-timers. … We have watched, and sometimes helped with, setup and take down procedures – trying our best to educate and share helpful information. Unfortunately, again this morning we watched an RVer perform his take down and pack up procedures using techniques that made no common sense. Read more.


Reader poll

How many hours maximum is comfortable for you to drive in one day?

Vroom, vroom! Tell us here, please.


?????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
This is such a happy little mystery product


Quick Tip

Plugging in lights from trailer to tow vehicle

Before plugging in the umbilical cord from your trailer to the tow vehicle make sure there’s no crud in the plug. After plugging it in, if you then find one of your lights doesn’t work, try wiggling the plug to make a better connection. Also a squirt of WD-40 electrical contact cleaner might help as it’s usually a connection problem versus a burnt out bulb. Thanks to George Bliss, who does a lot of “plugging in” with his RV transport business.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Margaret Dinkel
2020 Forest River Riverstone

“We fell in love with the floor plan. It has a master bath and a half bath, walk-in closet in the bedroom, and an actual desk where we can use the laptop, tablet, have a printer, or just to sit and do ‘book work,’ i.e., keep up on the finances. I also love the fact the rear kitchen is separated from the living area. The kitchen is equipped with a large residential refrigerator and stove. And it has a washer and dryer. BTW, we are full-time and have been for just a year and loving every minute and mile of it.”


Don’t blow out your plumbing!
Sooner or later, usually “sooner,” every RVer comes upon an RV park water hookup with pressure so high it could blow out the plumbing. None of us want that because it causes a lot of damage and is expensive to fix. The simple solution is to be sure when you hook up use a water pressure regulator, like this one that features a lead-free design to prevent lead contamination. Learn more or order


Website of the day

iPhone Photography School
Now, you do have to pay for most of the classes and courses on this website, but if you want to improve your phone photography, this is the place to do it! You’ll learn so much!


RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 23

Good Sam, Camping World, Let’s Make a Deal? Find out what the owner of all three might do with them, this week on the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.comCampgroundviews.com, and RVTravel’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

Listen to a 40-second clip of the episode.

Listen to the full episode here.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• What kind of TP in your RV?
Dirty RV? Forget cleaning supplies – all you need is this kitchen item
• Half-ton trucks: What to know before you tow


It’s about time you cleaned those headlights
When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for about $11, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Recipe of the Day

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
by Anthony Nicometi Jr from Cheektowaga, NY

This is a great take on a sloppy joe. It has the onion, pepper and cheese flavor from a Philly cheesesteak but uses ground beef like a sloppy joe. We opted to use Cheez Whiz when testing and loved how it melts into the meat. Provolone cheese would be delicious too. Served on a toasted bun your family is going to gobble it up. They may not be the prettiest when served, but boy is this good.

Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Mexican Lasagna
Blackened New York Steak With Sweet Potato Butter


Trivia

Can you guess how fast an airbag inflates after a collision? Think it’s about four seconds? Two seconds? Even just one second? Nope. An airbag inflates just 30 milliseconds after a collision – now that’s what you call reliable! You can read about the fascinating science behind airbags here.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sniffer is a three-year-old mix (Beagle/Foxhound). We rescued him at one year old. He is quite the comedian and is happiest when we are all together going somewhere. He loves to go camping, shopping and visiting friends and family, but there is nothing like getting back home to him.” —Clarence Phillips

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!

RVT DOGS ON VIDEO! You’ll love this — two minutes of cute dog photos owned by RVtravel.com readers. Watch. And they stay tuned for parts two, three, etc.!

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


Add an outdoor water faucet to your RV!
This lead-free outdoor faucet is really handy. If you don’t have one, here’s a super inexpensive way to add one. No tools required and it installs in a minute (just screw it on). Brass T included with the plastic faucet, just as it’s shown in the product photo. Learn more or order here.


Leave here with a laugh

When you die, what part of the body dies last?
The pupils… they dilate.


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Skip
12 days ago

Sniffer is awesome. I’m a lover of the beagle/fox hound or Bassett.

David F.
12 days ago

I am sending the recipe for the Philly Cheesesteak to my wife. Can’t wait!!! Mmmm. Cheese Whiz!!!!

Tom B.
12 days ago

Is my vision failing me, or is the travel trailer shown in “Is This Your RV?” missing its front tongue and hitch? There’s not one on the back end either. How, pray tell, does someone travel with this travel trailer?

martin a
12 days ago
Reply to  Tom B.

I dont see it either, perhaps it has a removable one, some concession trailers use a heavy duty square tube and receiver on the front of the trailer.

Skip
12 days ago
Reply to  Tom B.

Removable tongue. Good thing to prevent theft. I had an old 16 ft Shasta that was modified. A box frame under half way back running just rear of the axles bolted in place. Then a smaller box frame with tongue that slid inside the other then four bolts holding in place. This trailer I used for hunting I could unhook and put the tongue in the bed of the truck and the travel trailer surely wasn’t going to be towed off. When camping out through the southwest miles from nothing it provides some sense of security.

Last edited 12 days ago by Skip
Brian Burry
12 days ago

SNIFFER is just sooooooo cute😀🐶

Bill
12 days ago

looks like a great pup!

Bob p
12 days ago

I’m sorry but the recipe today looks gross, it reminded me of something the dog left in the yard when it got sick, just scoop it up and put it on a bun, yuck! You can have my share.

Jeb
9 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Don’t know if it was the photographer or the recipe but it did not look appetizing at all. Keep my share as well.

Thomas D
12 days ago

People sometimes ask about keeping the 7 pin connector clean. somewhere along the line i bought (probably at an rv show) a thing that looks exactly like a 7 pin outlet. BUT no guts. It has stamped on the cover PLUG GUARD
Made in the USA patent pending
Never seen 1 since but I love it. It keeps the plug secure and clean.

Lil John
12 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

As I have said before, just take off the plug and cord, then put a female plug on the trailer. It has a cover. When you hook up, just take your cord with TWO male ends and plug it in to the truck AND the trailer. Store it in the trailer. Great anti-theft device also. No brakes or lights without the cord!

Bob p
11 days ago
Reply to  Lil John

Unless you change all your locks thieves can access your storage compartments easily.

Jim&Jerilyn Taylor
10 days ago
Reply to  Lil John

Great idea, and I just ordered parts to do mine. Male end on the trailer, and an extension with 2 female ends. Just plug into the trailer and then truck. When not in use, keep in truck.

Snayte
11 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

I just store mine under the propane tanks cover.

jillie
12 days ago

Cheese whiz and velveeta is one of the worse cheeses to use. Might want to use something better. IMO

Franklin Forrey
12 days ago
Reply to  jillie

They are chemical “cheese”

Sink Jaxon
12 days ago
Reply to  jillie

Two things that will still be around after a nuclear holocaust, cockroaches and velveeta…

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
12 days ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Don’t forget Twinkies, Sink. Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Skip
12 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Hey Diane be nice to Twinkies. My favorite comfort food especially through shield and storm. One snack that can shipped half way around the world and arrive undamaged. Oh those sweet chemicals. No worse than cool whip.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
12 days ago
Reply to  Skip

Did I say anything bad about Twinkies, Skip? I love ’em, but haven’t had any for decades. Mmmmm, Twinkies dipped in Cool Whip. BTW – If I haven’t said it before (well, even if I did) – Thank you for your service! My son, in the Marines, went into Iraq on our first day in. He was in the second tank to go in, and the first one hit an IED. While he was there, I sent a huge care package to him every week. He was a very popular guy! 😆 Take care. –Diane

Jim&Jerilyn Taylor
10 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks to your son for his service. These young servicemen and women deserve a lot of credit for their sacrifices. Our grandson is currently serving in the US Airforce, and are very proud of him.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
10 days ago

Thank you very much, Jim and Jerilyn. Thankfully my son came home safe and sound, and now owns the house next door to me (his idea, so he can take care of me in my senior years [I’m 74]). One very proud and happy mom! Thanks, as well, to your grandson in the Air Force. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about, and appreciate, the sacrifices of our service men and women. That’s even more true after “holding my breath” every day my son was serving/fighting in Iraq. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Ron T.
12 days ago

Regarding air bags, when I was a Co-op trainee at Ford in the early 70s, they were developing their air bags & 5 mph bumpers if you remember those ugly things! The inflators were tested in a concrete block room with a thick window. Once when they set it off the over-pressure from the expansion put a crack in the concrete wall, but the window survived.

Bob p
12 days ago
Reply to  Ron T.

My son had the unfortunate experience of airbag inflation when he took a curve too fast in his Camaro and flipped it. Upside down and hanging by the seat belt all the powder that is packed in it preventing it from sticking together made him think the car was on fire. He said it didn’t take long to get out, but he did have a sore neck from releasing his seatbelt and dropping on his head.

Ran
12 days ago

I would have included “today in History”, the inception of Labor day (not just that today is labor day!)
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. It is celebrated the first Monday in September every year.

tom
12 days ago

Pretty dog.