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Tip of the Day
What to do about a sticky black tank valve
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received this letter from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.
Pulling the black water handle on my 2012 Entegra is getting more difficult compared to the gray water side. Is there any way to ease this or prevent the sticky black tank valve from getting even more difficult? —Ed
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 19 unusual (but extremely handy) uses for salt
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Newell Tampa Show coach. Tony explains, “Rather than having a network of dealerships, Newell makes several show coaches every year and takes them to large public events such as NASCAR races. There they are opened up where folks can come in and dream. Enough of those dreamers become buyers so that there’s a two-year waiting list. But the fact that many, many people traipse through these show coaches shows how durable and high-quality the materials are they are built with.” Learn more and peek inside.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Keystone Cougar 30BHS Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
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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.
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. 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!
Why does the furnace keep blowing the thermostat fuse?
I have a 2015 Crossroads Zinger, RB25. The issue I’m having with it is the heater/furnace, Atwood, AFMD 25121_A, 19,000 btu output. The thermostat blows the 2.5-amp fuse when I select heat on the thermostat. When I wrap the 2.5-amp fuse with tin foil, the furnace runs as it should: all safety features, blower, gas for flame, no noise, basically a quiet, smooth operation. With very careful observation of the furnace, it has no damage. At the time of finding this issue, I had a problem with critters/mice, which I finally got rid of. But could the mice have eaten into wiring, thermostat wiring, hence, blowing the thermostat fuse, or causing not a good thermostat connection? —Christos
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: My LP leak detector is beeping. What should I do?
Motion-activated LED lights illuminate dark places
Long-time RVtravel.com reader Snoopy recommended these lights and we think they’ll come in handy for RVers. Snoopy wrote, “We got tired of finding stuff where it didn’t belong in our dark cabinets above our dinette and sofa. There are three cabinet doors on each side but it was one huge open space. So I made some dividers and painted them white and installed these battery-operated motion-activated LED lights. Works great.”
How to deal with unwanted noise in the campground
In this day and age of RV parks with tightly packed campsites, unwanted noise can be irritating or, worse, keep you awake at night. Here from RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury are a few ways to get rid of unwanted noise or at least mask it. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Do you keep a travel log?
Don’t miss today’s Full-Time RVer Newsletter! Find it here.
If your rig is 10 years old or older, have you ever been turned away from a service center or campground because of its age?
Please tell us here. Your input is needed for a future story! Thanks!
If lightning strikes
An RVer complained that his RV had been parked near a tree that was struck by lightning. Now a lot of “stuff” in his rig doesn’t work, and he found a burned hole in his rig’s shore power cord. What’s he to do? Hope he has good insurance! A surge suppressor might have helped, but many RVers report that when lightning strikes, a surge suppressor often sacrifices itself, but still some things in the rig are toasted. Often the damage is taken by control boards, as in your refrigerator. If the appliance won’t operate, shut down all power to the unit, both shore-supplied and battery. After a minute, try bringing the power back online and see if your appliance will work. Sometimes this “reboot” is all that’s required, but count yourself very fortunate if it does.
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We actually just bought this for ourselves but thought you’d find it useful too.
Website of the day
The Best Natural Hot Springs in America
The weather is getting cooler and swimming pools are much less crowded. But who says you have to stop swimming in outdoor pools when hot springs exist? Check out this list from Reserve America and plan a visit to one of these amazing, hot places!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 24
Tony Barthel shares his top picks for the coolest RVs coming on the market, on this edition of the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, Campgroundviews.com, and RVtravel.com’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
Listen to a 10-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:
• 16 percent say a sewer hose or valve has broken or malfunctioned while they were dumping. Yikes!
• Another 16 percent say they eat eggs every day or almost every day for breakfast.
• 64 percent think the condition of our interstates today is worse than it was 20 years ago.
Recent Poll: How well has life treated you so far in 2021?
Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.
Recipe of the Day
I loved the flavors in this recipe. The cumin really made this burger special. Plus, I hardly ever meet a guac that I don’t like!
Same here! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Linguini and white clam sauce
You probably do not need to know this, but we will tell you anyway. A single cow can produce about 8 gallons of urine a day.
*What happens if you put a can of Coca-Cola into your washing machine? Yesterday’s trivia tells you!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Max. Clearly the world’s best dog!” —Ridge Gardner
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!
Keep mice out of your RV
The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
Did you hear about that new band? They named themselves Books so no one can judge them by their covers.
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