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RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 17, 2021


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. At RVtravel.com, we’re not “influencers.” We’re “educators.” (There’s a big difference!) Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.” ―Omar Khayyâm

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Monte Cristo Sandwich Day!

On this day in history: 1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts, is founded.

Tip of the Day

What to do about an unleashed dog at a campground

Most dog owners carefully secure their furry friends when camping. But what if they don’t? What happens if a highly-spirited canine jumps his portable fence enclosure and heads toward you? What should you do if a large, powerful dog breaks free from its tether? Or jerks the leash out of the hands of its owner? Your quick and proper response may mean the difference between safety and injury.

Here are some strategies to consider.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: What to do about a sticky black tank valve

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Travel Light RV Rove Lite trailer. Tony writes, “I wrote about the SylvanSport GO recently and that’s certainly an option for the more adventurous. But you might think there isn’t a more traditional option that resembles a more mainstream travel trailer. Well, I’m here to tell you a different story.” Here’s that story.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Newell Tampa Show coach? 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 17, 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.

On Tuesday one reader wrote in to claim their $25 Amazon gift card but the email they submitted was not valid. Please resend your proof with a valid email address to claim your prize!

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!

Is it OK to drive with the propane refrigerator on?

Dear Dave,
Half of the RV community says it’s okay to run an absorption fridge while traveling (except through tunnels, and when refueling). The other half of the RV community says no. The manufacturer says you have to be within xx amount of degrees from level, front to back and side to side, to prevent damage.

My question is: While traveling the roadways up and down hills, with an absorption fridge running and the possibility of wind blowing the flame out, what damage can be expected or done to the fridge with it on? —John

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does the furnace keep blowing the thermostat fuse?

RV SlippersA cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so they won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.

Maintain water level in RV lead-acid battery

By Mark Polk
If you have lead-acid RV batteries, you need to check the water (electrolyte) levels in the batteries periodically. Hot weather, over-charging and high usage can deplete the electrolyte levels in the battery cells. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to deal with unwanted noise in the campground

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

• “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up with what manufacturers are producing

• It’s out there – a DEF sensor workaround

• Campground owners are thriving, and there’s little incentive to change things

• Why go small? This time we’re looking at the case for owning a small RV

Reader poll

How good of an athlete were you in your prime?

Score big and tell us here.

This is disgusting but… but… but… we’re tempted to try it and see if it works?

Quick Tip

Are you extending your awning properly?

If your RV has a power awning, chances are that to extend it you simply push a button and that’s it. But wait! According to Josh the RV Nerd you are likely not doing it right. In this short video he explains. We bet that 98 percent of those of you who watch this video have been extending your awning the wrong way, and don’t even know it!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Hubert Hurst
Thor Sequence Class B motorhome

“I am 87-years-old and have been camping from age 15. I needed a smaller
unit that doesn’t tire me out to drive. This is easy to drive and will fit into most parking spaces that a car or truck would use. It has a bath, a stove, a generator, twin beds, refrigerator, solar panel, air conditioner, closet, television, shower, kitchen, and bath sinks. Everything operates from a wall panel. The chassis is a Dodge ProMaster that gets a solid 17 miles per gallon.”

Keep your brain sharp and your knives sharper!
Tired of dull knives in the kitchen? This easy-to-use knife sharpener (used by staff members Emily, Gail and Nanci) sharpens your knives with a few quick strokes. You’ll feel like a professional! The sharpener has two settings: one for fine blades, and another for coarse. Its small size is perfect for an RV. Learn more or order here.

Website of the day

If you don’t have a tow vehicle or bring a toad along with you, Turo comes in handy. This car-rental service allows people, similar to Airbnb, to rent out their cars. You’ll find hot rods, vintage classic cars, old military vehicles, and more. Have fun and go for a drive!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• 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.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
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

Fun Pizza Dip
by Christine Reardon from Setauket, NY

Calling all pizza lovers, this dip is for you! It’s perfect for a party or small gathering. The bottom layer is creamy. Fresh veggies and pepperoni, along with the gooey cheese, make it feel like you’re eating the top of a pizza. We served this with toasted garlic bread along with the Ritz crackers. Yum!

Can you make this and invite us over, please? Thanks in advance! Here’s the recipe.

This book plans the road trip for you!
This book by Moon plans the 50 best road trips across the U.S. (organized by region) for you so you don’t have to do a thing! It’s perfect for jump-starting your 2022 travel planning. Each road trip lists must-see places and the best foods, gives you local tips and much more. Learn more about it here.


Turns out those pesky roundabouts are useful for something! Roundabouts reduce accident fatalities up to 90 percent! They also lower wait times at intersections and save a ton of gas.

*Yesterday we told you a fun fact you definitely didn’t need to know… but we told you anyway. Find it by scrolling down here

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Peggy is our 10-month-old Golden Retriever puppy. She is a sweet, silly goober. We’re looking forward to introducing her to camping this spring.” —Louise Fuller

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’s the best way to watch a fishing tournament?
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1 year ago

Dogs that get loose. Kylo Ren no matter what we did to contain him he managed to get loose and visit the neighbors. He even crashed a wedding one year. We didn’t realize it until a woman asked if this was our pesky chihuahua. She told us what happened and that has become the funny that keeps us laughing now that he has passed away last May. Then there is Stella Rose. Romper room r us age 3. No matter what we do she still gets loose. But goes to any one who will give her a good tummy rub. We have four small fur babies. Any thing bigger makes me concern.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Thank you for highlighting Turo. I’ve used it twice in the last few years, and it was easy to use and cheaper than paying to rent a vehicle for a week at a commercial location when I only needed it for one or two days. Make sure your insurance coverage will cover the rental and use a credit card to prevent any issues (vice a debit card).

1 year ago

What percentage of awnings have gas struts?

1 year ago

Heads up – We didn’t get yesterdays Daily Tips newsletter. dw

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Uh oh. Thanks, DW/ND. Did you get today’s newsletter? I just checked and yesterday’s newsletter had more than 23,000 views, so I think most people on the mailing list got it. Must be something in your computer? Maybe it went into your Spam folder for some reason. 😯 Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Duane R
1 year ago

Regarding the knife sharpener; the “coarse” side is for the initial strokes while sharpening ALL knives, and the “fine” is for final strokes. Similar to using a whetstone and a sharpening steel. Each is used during the sharpening process.

1 year ago

Hubert is my hero. Hope I’m still camping at 87.

1 year ago
Reply to  Julie

Yep! I thought the same thing.

David Telenko
1 year ago

On Josh the RV nerd, I don’t understand how he can say you have to pause when you are opening your awning as you’ll wear out your GAS strut prematurely! He states that you need to wait for the AIR in the GAS strut to catch up! How can that be. As far as I know a gas strut pushes open & it doesn’t have air getting sucked in, it’s a self contained unit to aid in opening something! As usual I must have missed something & hopefully someone will be kind enough to correct me!

Tom M
1 year ago
Reply to  David Telenko

I think they are called gas struts because they are sealed and pressurized with nitrogen gas.

Tony Grigg
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom M

I have seen this video before and have seen several other ‘experts’ specifically contradict it as totally false. So who knows? I just hit the button and let ‘er rip.

1 year ago

Peggy is great. They say you either own a golden or a beagle because they compare in personality. Previewed a video on golden vs beagle.

1 year ago

You go, Hubert! Nice to see a featured rig that’s sized right for travel.

1 year ago

Not many left {if any} but Bennigans made the best type of Monte Cristo ever!

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

. . . But nothing compares to the Monty Cristo at the Pirates of the Caribbean restaurant in Disneyland.

1 year ago

I have been running my power awning out in one shot for over 10 years with no ill effects. Maybe I am just lucky but if this were a thing you should do wouldn’t the awning manufacturers include something in the owners manual?

1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

I get the feeling that the awning ‘thing’ is a solution in search of a problem but maybe I’ve been lucky, too.

Bob M
1 year ago

I hate roundabouts. They are very expensive to build with money that would be better spent fixing potholes. Pa made some nightmare roundabouts in NEPA.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

I hated roundabouts when they put the first ones in, but when I saw how well they completely eliminated traffic jams when they replaced 4-way stops, I started to like them a lot better.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

I can’t stand them. In my 60+ years of driving, the closest to an accident has been in a roundabout. I used to pull a boat trailer and it was a nightmare with driving over the curb with the trailer tire. Worse one was a roundabout on a major highway (55 mph).

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

They were interesting to get used to but I came to love them because they really help traffic flow.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

A traffic light at an intersection costs thousands of dollars to maintain and power every year and the roundabout eliminates that expense.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

I was torn about round-a-bouts, because they can be a pain when driving the RV and towed around them. BUT, after they placed one at one intersection near my home that used to have four accidents a year (average) and two fatalities since 2000 (when the area got annexed and they started to monitor wrecks) in 2012, there have been zero accidents to this June! Now, there is a small one that drives me crazy by the local Safeway Gas station, but they’d had three wrecks there on average annually since 2000, and since 2011 there have been two (one person failed to yield and another the driver drove OVER the round-a-bout at 50MPH – in a 25 zone – and lost control of their car). I know it’s a pain, but you can’t argue with the money and lives saved at these two spots.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Ann Arbor Michigan denizens have more problems with them then any where I have seen or heard.

1 year ago

Appreciate the awning tip. Thanks, RVtravel!

1 year ago

Sadly for people that live in winter climates,the more snow,the smaller the circle,not uncommon to see buses get stuck inside circle.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

School bus drivers have no issues with them. I love them.

Royce Hershberger
1 year ago

The rv awning video was nothing but snow after about 30 seconds in.

Duane R
1 year ago

Played fine for me, all the way through.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

We have roundabouts in Dallas with tire tracks that go straight across them. Folks with weird driving habits keep moving to Dallas from everywhere else.

1 year ago

We have the same issue here. Many of ours now feature rock gardens with huge rocks to stop the ‘watch this’ crowd. Now if they just convince those few special people to slow down and yield the right of way they could be a safe and effective way to negotiate intersections.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

With the design of some circles, tractor trailer rigs must drag their trailer wheels over the inside edge of the circle to be able to make it through.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Yep I always hated to go to some towns in slohio because they didn’t plan for big trucks when they design their roundabouts, right front tractor tire would be riding the curb and left rear tandems would be riding the inside curb, you can’t fix stupid!

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Once you teach those skills, teach people how to properly use their turn signals in a roundabout. You need to indicate which exit from the circle you intend to use. That allows other drivers to enter without waiting to see what you’re going to do.

Al K
1 year ago
Reply to  Marvin

Yes Dan and entering the round-about signal whether you are turning right (right signal) going straight through or turning left (left signal). Then just before your exit signal right. This tells those waiting where you are exiting. They can’t read your mind so use your signals, Please!

Last edited 1 year ago by Al K
1 year ago
Reply to  Al K

Not sure that I’ve ever encountered a round-a-bout where you can turn left upon entering…unless I misunderstood your comment.

1 year ago
Reply to  John

If you enter the circle from say 6:00, and want to take the road that goes off at 9:00, you’re essentially trying to make a left.

1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

I don’t signal until I’m approaching my exit and signal right. I’m liable to frighten drivers coming from my left as I enter if I signal that I’m going to go left (against the flow of traffic – clockwise).

1 year ago
Reply to  John

Seems to me you are making a “left” turn all the way around a round-a-bout until you reach the exit you want and then you are maing a “right” turn to exit. At least that is what is I am doing with my steering wheel.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago
Reply to  Marsha

Maybe roundabouts are just small NASCAR racetracks. Turn left, turn left, turn left… 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Al K

round-abouts do lower traffic deaths at intersection but there is a increase in fender benders but it’s a good trade off

1 year ago

Here where I live, drivers don’t understand how to merge into the circle and treat them as stop signs further congesting traffic.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago
Reply to  John

I drive for a living. And drive for RV pleasure. Driving for either reason-DRIVING IS A JOB- treat it as such and PAY ATTENTION.

1 year ago

Takes no skills to get a driver’s license.