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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.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: What to do about a sticky black tank valve
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 reviews, click here.
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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?
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
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does the furnace keep blowing the thermostat fuse?
A 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
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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!
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
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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.
• 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
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.
See yesterday’s recipe: Monterey Jack Stuffed Mexican Hamburgers With Guacamole Topping
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
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