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RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 24, 2021

Issue 1695
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

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.” ―Sophocles


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day!

On this day in history: 1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.



Tip of the Day

Should you cancel your RV’s insurance while storing it?

By Gail Marsh
We all agree that having RV insurance is a good idea. You never know what dangers await when traveling down the road. A tire suddenly goes flat. You hit a giant pothole. Another car attempts to cut in front of you and just like that, you’re calling your insurance company! Honestly, who could relax if they traveled without insurance? Not me!

So, you bring the rig home. You winterize it and take it to storage. Then you get out your checkbook and get ready to pay monthly fees on an RV you don’t even use. Should you keep paying for RV insurance on a rig that simply sits for months at a time? Does that make financial sense? Maybe you store your camper in your own backyard. Is it safe to drop insurance if the rig sits there, unused, for up to half the year? These are questions many RVers wonder.

Find the answers here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Your RV’s roof vent and fan are dirty! Here’s how to clean them.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new nuCamp Barefoot retro-style trailer. As he reports, “The Barefoot is a small, single-axle egg-shaped trailer that has a retro flair. Sporting baby moon wheel covers and an unusual patterned exterior section, the Barefoot is somewhat whimsical and happy in the way it looks.” Take a look at this happy little trailer here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Colorado Teardrops Mount Massive trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

Niblett’s Bluff RV Park, Vinton, LA

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 24, 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 my RV’s carpet wet?

Dear Dave,
Recently we traveled to the East Coast and back. While in Delaware, we hit a couple rainstorms. Our friend insisted we stay in their house while the RV sat in the driveway. The next morning I went into the RV to check things out. What I found was a fresh beach towel I had left on the floor in the bedroom was soaking wet. I said what…?! I checked the entire surrounding area for water including the floors, window tracks, ceiling, roof, storage bays, etc. To my surprise, I found zippo/nothing. Have you had experience with this type of moisture migrating to a towel or some other cotton? Thank you! —Tom

Read what Dave suggests to locate the leak here.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why can’t the RV industry conquer the issue of leaks?



This wacky Ford pickup travels upside down: No kidding!

This is just too much – a pickup truck that travels upside down. No kidding. This is not a fake photo. It was built about five years ago by a fellow named Rick Sullivan, who owns Kathy’s Collision Center in Clinton, Illinois. We’ll take a guess and say this is the only pickup truck in America with eight tires. Check it out.

Yesterday’s featured article: Control board not working? Replace it! 


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

How much effort do you put into recycling waste?

Your answers won’t be wasted, er, recycled… Tell us here!


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If you’re married or dating someone, check this out. We love this idea!


Quick Tip

Weather app perfect for traveling RVers

“May I suggest an app that might appeal to many RVers? It’s called MyRadar™. They have Android, iPhone, PC and Mac versions. Just the free high-definition weather radar is great (which can also show wind directions and intensities), but for a small charge, you get additional things like wildfire reports, earthquake locations, and even hurricanes, all shown on the map. It also shows ALL weather warnings/watches in the entire USA. (Like flood warnings, which just might save someone’s RV!). It can even send a notification on your phone for warnings. It’s a great app! I’ve been using it for several years on my phone, on my Windows 10 laptop as well as my Chromebook. Works great and never lets me down. You might want to give it a mention in the newsletter.” BTW – They report they’re the highest-rated Top 10 weather app.
Thanks for the tip, Gary Gilmore! We’ll certainly give it a mention in the newsletter. 😉


“Why I love my RV”

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

Thomas Greve
2007 Monaco Executive Denali DP

“Smooth driving, tons of storage, comfortable living, quality.”

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


Website of the day

65 Unbelievably Easy Fall Dinner Recipes 
Now that we’re officially two days into fall we can start making our favorite fall recipes again! We’re going to start on the second one on this list from delish, the One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi – Yum!


The funniest book for the kids (you’ll laugh too!)
If you haven’t seen the video of the grandmother reading her grandson the hilarious book “The Wonky Donky,” watch it here. You’ll laugh through the whole thing, we promise! If you want a copy for yourself, or your kids, grandkids, or your favorite campground neighbor, you can buy it here for a great price.


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

Healthy Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf
by Barb Janisse from Camarillo, CA

When trying to eat healthier, you can still enjoy comfort food. This turkey meatloaf is proof of that. We loved the salsa in this meatloaf! It adds moisture to the ground turkey, which can be dry at times. The mix of the bell peppers also adds to the flavor of the meatloaf. Healthy comfort food!

We love being healthy, we love turkey, and we love meatloaf! That means we’re making this! Get the recipe and make it too.

See yesterday’s recipe: Crock Pot Chicken Pot “Pie” & Dumplings


Trivia

In 2012 Taco Bell airlifted a truck filled with tacos to Bethel, Alaska. Why would they do that? Well, funny story… Pranksters plastered posters all over the small town (pop. 6,100) announcing that a new Taco Bell was opening. Locals were excited, as their nearest big city with new restaurants was 400 miles away. The town’s residents were disappointed when they learned it was a prank, but Taco Bell caught wind of the story and decided the town deserved a Taco Bell feast. The company airlifted a taco truck loaded with 10,000 tacos to the small town. Taco ’bout an awesome ending to the story!

*Which state has the most lightning strikes per square kilometer each year? Is it Florida, Oklahoma or New York? Take a guess then read yesterday’s trivia to see if you’re right.


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Bella and Barley are hunkered down while mama and daddy get ready for another trip!” —Traci Robertson

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!


Leave here with a laugh

Did you hear about the guy who developed a terrible disease where he can’t stop telling airport jokes? His doctor says it’s terminal.


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jillie
23 days ago

Cancelling RV insurance is like boiling water and storing it in your freezer for emergencies. Uh huh. I don’t think so.

Gary Reed
26 days ago

FORD= First On Race Day.

Bd2
29 days ago

Ford truck picture reminds me that: F-O-R-D = “Found On Road Dead”

Lil John
29 days ago
Reply to  Bd2

If you say it backwards it’s “Driver Returns On Foot”.

Last edited 29 days ago by Lil John
Liz
29 days ago
Reply to  Lil John

“Fix Or Repair Daily”

Gordy B
29 days ago
Reply to  Bd2

We call them “Fix Or Repair Daily.”

jillie
26 days ago
Reply to  Bd2

I am a chrysler girl. My husband bought a ford and we kept putting money into it until I told him we are getting a chrysler. Great jeeps they are too.

Jeff Craig
29 days ago

The App suggestion is a good one, but I’d recommend the ‘Highway Weather’ app, too. You can put in start and end points on your journey, and it will tell you the best time to leave based on weather conditions along your route.

Bob p
1 month ago

In the recipe of the day the thing you need to think about with your turkey purchases, the ground turkey does not come from the white or dark meat on the turkey. It is all the scraps such as organs, skin, these are all high in cholesterol so check the cholesterol levels when buying turkey byproducts, they may be low in fat but high in cholesterol.

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Turkey meatloaf sounds very blah and unappetizing.

Rory R
29 days ago
Reply to  Gary

Not with the right seasonings
I have been forced to give up ground beef because of medical issues. But I have learned to use just the right amount of seasonings and it is very flavorful. I thought the low salt diet was going to be the death of me, but after discovering spices I’d never used and found them to be my salvation I started researching and found more. Now low salt no salt I have found many natural substitutes and food tastes good again.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
29 days ago
Reply to  Rory R

Hey, welcome back, Rory! Great to see your name on here again! Take care. 😀 –Diane

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

That sounded gross to me so I just looked it up.
“Ground turkey, or minced turkey, is a mixture of dark and light turkey meat with remaining skin and visible fat processed together until a “ground” form emerges. The turkey meat, skin, and fat is taken off the bone and processed with additives.”
“According to National Turkey Federation (NTF), anything under the label ground turkey is ‘manufactured from whole muscle material such as drumstick, thighs, neck, etc., with all components, e.g. skin and adhering fat, in natural proportions.’ Ground turkey producers are not permitted to exceed these limits.”
Also:
“Visible fat: The average overall fat content per 100g of ground turkey is 8.5 grams compared to 5.9 grams of total fat found in extra lean ground beef.”
“Cholesterol: In retail raw ground turkey samples, the mean cholesterol content is 81 mg per 100g; similar to the mean of 78 mg per 100g of raw ground beef product.”
So, it’s not so bad after all, Bob. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Liz
29 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you, I was going to reply, “Not true” and provide the same explanation. But then I decided, Why bother? People are going to believe what they choose. I was raised in a turkey ranching family, I know turkeys, what they’re fed, how they’re raised and what they’re given medication wise. One thing I will say… I never buy anything but organic poultry, pork or bison. Beef lost it’s appeal when I left home and tasted the commercial product vs. my dad’s field raised and pen finished organic beef.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
29 days ago
Reply to  Liz

You’re welcome, Liz. It just got me curious, and when I found the answer I decided I might as well share the info to maybe put some people’s minds at ease as to what they’re eating. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Diane Mc
1 month ago

MyRadar weather app is great. Another one we use is Drive Weather, our favorite. Put in your start and finish locations and it shows you the route in “weather” for 7 days showing blue skies/overcast/inbetween, rain/snow/thunderstorm and whether it is light/moderate/heavy as well as chance/likely/definite. Also notes fog/freezing fog,hail,freezing rain,smoke, haze,dust/sand. You can move thru the 7 days….like you are traveling…to see the forecast change. You can see where there may be storms & alter your route or whether you want to stay until storm moves on or speed up trip to get past weather. Shows temperatures and winds along the route (the wind option is very handy in an RV, more than if there might be rain!). Highly recommend.

Bob p
1 month ago

I downloaded the myradar app and it gives me info in KS, I live in outhouse central TN, not so good for me.

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

South central TN

Jeff Craig
29 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Did you give the app ‘permissions’ to use your GPS on your phone? My wife leaves that stuff turned off because she’s afraid it’ll drain her battery, and has had similar issues.

Diane Mc
29 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

You can set the gps/maps to only run when using, not always. Also we are in the motorhome so can have it plugged in & charging. On the Drive Weather I don’t keep it running, just look at it everyday to see if weather is changing along our route over the next 7 days.

Brian Karsjens
1 month ago

Wacky Ford truck. “Let’s just say he built it one piece at a time” as the song goes.