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RV Daily Tips. Monday, September 20, 2021

Issue 1691
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

“I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it.” ―Sue Monk Kidd


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National String Cheese Day!

On this day in history: 1870 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn.


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



Tip of the Day

It’s time to clean your RV’s roof. Here’s how to do it and what you’ll need.

It’s that time of year: RV roof cleaning time! There are several things you can do to alleviate some of the angst associated with this job. Gail Marsh says if you’re ready to clean your RV’s roof, here’s what you’ll need to get the job done and how to do it. Click here to read about a safe, easy way to clean your RV’s roof.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Northwood Arctic Fox North Fork 22G. Tony writes, “This is the smallest of the Arctic Fox family and measures just 23’ 10” but despite its size, it still features many of the paramount things that are hallmarks of the brand.” Learn more.

Reviews from this weekend:
2021 Travel Lite RV Super Lite 626XSL Truck Camper
2022 Wildwood 179DBK travel trailer

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

TableRock SC

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 20, 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 cards: Preston Tempero of Liberty, Missouri, and David Nestor of Sanford, North Carolina.

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!

Why is the sidewall on my trailer “crinkling”?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2007 18-foot Fun Finder and the sidewall on the front portion of it is crinkled. Some people say it is because it wasn’t glued correctly. I would like to find out how to repair it. Thanks. —Leonard

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Should I fill all my RV’s tanks with water during winter storage?


Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller. Learn more or order.


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

with Mike Sokol

Too much Ninja® Foodi Air Fry Oven amperage?

Mike saw this question posted on a Facebook group: “So we are wanting to buy this [Ninja Foodi Air Fry Oven] and use in our RV, but have issues when it trips the breaker while the air unit is running. What is the solution?” —Jeffrey Barber

Read Mike’s response.

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


Is moisture in tires a bad thing? What about in RV tires?

with Roger Marble
The question of nitrogen being used to inflate a tire has been covered in a few of my blog posts and on some other posts on the internet. It is often mentioned that the nitrogen used to inflate tires is “dry” and so that is considered a positive, but I don’t recall anyone getting too specific on why “dry” is better than “wet.” Roger explains here.


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Passengers, if you can find a way to hang this off your RV’s dash, you’ll thank us forever. We want this!


Three-Day Giveaway! Last day to enter!

How would you like to win a Blackstone 22″ Table Top Griddle?

This portable, cast iron top, stainless steel front, propane griddle has two adjustable heat controls and would be a great addition to any campsite!

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive between Saturday (September 18, 2021) and today (September 20, 2021) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once per day and after we notify the winner by email via RVcontests@gmail.com that they have won, they will have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter!


Reader poll

Have you ever ridden on a subway?

Next stop: Answerville. Hop on and tell us here!


Quick Tip

Wash out your water heater

A lot of people overlook washing out your water heater a minimum of once a year. It’s simple. Your Suburban water heaters usually have an anode rod. It takes a 1-1/16 socket to remove it. Your Atwood water heater only needs a plug, no anode rod. Also, after you clean your water heater, do not (do not!) turn it on right away. Make sure water is back in your heater before you turn it on or you will burn up the motherboard. Give it about a half-hour before turning it on. If your faucets are not running well after cleaning, remove the screens on each faucet and clean them.
Thanks to Steve Korsvall for the tip from the RVtravel.com RV Advice Facebook page.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Dennis Gardiner
1996 Fleetwood Flair 29V

We love our old girl because she has been faithful since my parents get her brand-new. Since we have taken over ownership, she continues to be reliable, keep our food cold, and continues to take us everywhere. We have also performed countless upgrades from a 30 to 50 amp conversion, to kitchen and bath upgrades. The suspension has been upgraded significantly, making her ride very smooth for a gasser. The Banks exhaust upgrade makes traveling up mountains a breeze. The sleeping setup takes our family of three easily, and the kitchen is very user-friendly. No slide-outs, no problems.

Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.


Doctor’s order: Coffee!
This coffee mug is hilarious! It’s perfect for yourself or the coffee-lover in your life who just cannot live without coffee. This high-quality mug is made from ceramic and painted to look like a prescription pill bottle – it’s just what the doctor ordered! You can’t order this from a barista, but you can order one here.


Website of the day

19 Fall Festivals In America That You Need To Add To Your Fall Bucket List
This list of amazing fall festivals across the U.S. from Only in Your State (a great website to explore, by the way) will have you ready to put on a sweater and go drink some apple cider!


RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 25

Industry insider shares his secrets to buying a used RV, this week on 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 the episode.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• 5 tips to increase RV kitchen storage space
• New coast-to-coast trail lets you bike or walk across the U.S.
• Are all RV ovens created equal? Do you use yours?


Pocket-sized pain and bug bite itch relief balm is good to have! 
This small anti-itch and pain balm is good to keep in your pocket or purse any time you’re around pesky mosquitoes. It’s an all-natural balm made with essential oils that helps relieve pain and reduce swelling. It also helps with spider bites and bee stings. Learn more or order. And see other bug-bite relief and prevention options in this article.


Recipe of the Day

Traci’s Famous New England Clam Chowdahhhh
by Traci Howard from Red Bluff, CA

This tasted like the real deal New England Clam Chowder to us. Super creamy and savory, it’s filled with potatoes, corn, and clams. Using pepper bacon adds a little spice and smokiness. Serving the chowder in a bread bowl makes for a pretty presentation. The bread soaks up all the flavors of the New England Clam Chowder and is tasty to eat afterward.

It’s a chilly day where we are so clam “chowdah” sure sounds good! Get the recipe.
(Oh, and P.S., Trader Joe’s sells a soup-bread bowl-sized sourdough loaf – enjoy!)

Recipes from this weekend:
Eggplant Parmesan
Confetti Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Trivia

A study in the journal of Current Biology shows that babies have accents, even before they’re born. For example, French babies’ cries will end with a rising note, while German babies have a cry ending in a dropping note. It’s because they listen in the womb. Interesting, huh? You can read more about it here if you wish.


Make those wheels sparkle!
When was the last time you actually noticed your wheels and hubcaps? Probably not recently because we’re guessing they’re covered in dust, dirt, oil and grime. This amazing Sonax Wheel Cleaner will make them sparkle again. Its acid-free, ph-balanced formula won’t damage a thing. Just spray it on, watch it clean right before your eyes, and wipe it off. It’s that easy! Learn more or order for a great (and worth-it) price.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Max. Resting, but on guard always (I think).” —John Hutchins

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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!

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


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tom wesrerfield
1 month ago

I put a hosebib valve on my first suburban water heater in place of the plug but couldn’t backwash the tank properly, so I went back to the plastic plug. I now carry extra plugs( about $1.50 for 2) and use Teflon tape to control stripping and leaking. About once a year works for me.

Brian Burry
1 month ago

Max is cool, he has lightning reflexes, just resting them up😀💪🏻

Marilyn M
1 month ago

The purchase of the day is a joke, right? My knees barely fit, forget stretching out my legs and I’m only 5’10” – guess that you must be flying in first class or it’s for someone barely 3′ tall!

Thomas D
1 month ago

Unless they changed in the last 3years, there is no sensor in the water heater to tell the motherboard there is water in the tank. The board would burn up from excess heat?
Same with the electric heating element if you have one. No water means you buy a new element.
Every heater I’ve had I’ve installed a drain valve on so you can flush tank under pressure. It’s sometimes been a bi#+h but it can be done. No more plastic plug to strip.

Larry H
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

What kind of a valve did you install? I’ve been wanting to do the same.

DW/ND
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry H

Me Too! Why isn’t the drain on the bottom?

Thomas D
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry H

A brass ball valve. Whatever fits. Each one has been different

Larry H
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

👍👍 Thank you!

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago

Caffeine Coffee Cup is great but beware if you get one, it may not be dishwasher safe. Mine was not and the label ran. I still like it, even with the purple runs all over it! Had it for probably 5 years {back when I had a W2}