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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Issue 1698
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

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ―Lao-Tzu


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coffee Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.



Tip of the Day

Is it worth it to inflate tires with nitrogen?

By RV tire expert Roger Marble
Regarding nitrogen (N2) passing through (permeating) tire rubber more slowly than oxygen (O2) due to molecular size, are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen molecules? According to the Get Nitrogen Institute in their paper on N2 effusion,”The correct answer, with respect to ‘permeation,’ is yes.”

So I imagine your question is: Why don’t I support the effort to “sell” the idea of always inflating your tires with just nitrogen? It comes down to effort and cost versus level of benefit.

Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: RVers with combo washers, try doing this for cleaner clothes.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Tiny Honda N-Van Compo camper. Tony writes, “Honda makes a vehicle called the N-Van in Japan. … Honda and a company called White House Camper vans have teamed up to take full advantage of this small space to produce a rather surprising camping vehicle..” Take a look at this cute little thing here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Bruder EXP-6 travel trailer – A deal at $200,000? 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 29, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tim Nowak of Elkhart, Indiana.

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!

How does a weight distribution hitch work?

Dear Dave,
How does a load-leveling hitch work? I can’t seem to get my head around it. —Gary

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: My RV’s decals are fading, what can I do?


ATTENTION BIG RIG OWNERS!
2022 Rand McNally Atlas lists low bridges, tunnels to avoid!

The newest edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is a must-have for RVers. It not only offers the best routes for big rig trucks and RVs but low bridges and tunnels you should avoid. This should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with RVs over about 11 feet tall. Read more.


Letter to the editor: “Perspective is an amazing gift”

From reader Randy Coleman
Hi Chuck,
Check out this interesting info. Maybe we don’t have it that bad? It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. Read this very insightful post.

Yesterday’s featured article: Showing old photo albums on TV fills your home with memories



?????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
We use this. We love this. Our dogs hate it… but it works!


Reader poll

Do you bring golf clubs with you when you travel with your RV?

Aim for a hole in one and tell us here!


Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re boondocking with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. Learn more or order at a special discount.


Quick Tip

Another low clearance caution

If you’re relying on the “low clearance” signs on some overpasses, be careful, observes Nikki H., and other readers. Nikki adds, “A paving job may have been done and the sign not changed. That could subtract another two to four inches from the total height.” Highway head-bangers! Thanks, Nikki, et al.!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From John Macatee
1998 Northwood, Nash 22H

“I love the A/C when it’s over 110 degrees out, and the heater works great when it’s freezing out. It has many windows, a 3-way fridge, a very comfortable queen bed, many solid oak cabinets, lots of storage, and the stove and oven are terrific (wife cooked a great 12 lb. turkey). The jackknife bed and fold-down kitchen-table-to-bed are great for our granddaughters. Solar panels keep my battery topped off. The awning is about 20′ long and works great. It only weighs in at 4,200 pounds and my Dodge Dakota V8 4-wheel drive pulls it so well. 7% grade? No problem! We’ll have had it two years and only purchased two tires, nothing wrong and nothing broken! We have had approximately 20 stays all over the West, over 120 nights. Longest was 8 weeks and we didn’t kill each other!! Fresh water tank holds 40 gallons. WE LOVE IT!”

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


Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.


Website of the day

The 10 Best Small Towns to Retire in the U.S. 
If you’re thinking about retiring soon, whether that be from a job or your RVing life, perhaps consider one of these 10 beautiful towns.


RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 26

Where to put that pesky sewer hose, 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 a short clip of the episode.

Listen to the full episode here.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Dump your holding tanks from inside your RV
• Stranded on the side of the road, should you trust a stranger’s help?
• Boondocking? This power system makes things easy


Recipe of the Day

BBQ Crock Pot Beans
by Gloria Bernal from Murrieta, CA

We love the meat that was added to these slow cooker beans. The ground beef along with red beans make these beans very hearty. These are sweet, without being overly sweet, and have a slight tang. Crumbled bacon on top adds the perfect amount of savoriness. Serve these at your next BBQ for a fuss-free side dish.

There’s a secret ingredient in here that we just know will make these beans taste amazing! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup


Trivia

English astronomer Edmund Halley knew more about what was overhead than underfoot. He said a certain specific light streaking across the sky was a comet; he was right. He said the earth was a hollow sphere with an active social life inside; he was wrong.

*What was so special about every single person aboard the Mayflower? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.


This is the highest-rated pet hair remover on the Internet. If you’ve got a pet that sheds, check it out here.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“These are our two rescues. Max, the orange tabby, is 11 years old, and Kadie, our fluffy one, is 5. It took about 10 trips in our RV before they got used to traveling but they are becoming seasoned travelers. They like to lay on the dashboard once we are parked and people-watch. They get a lot of attention from the kids that walk by.” —Jerri Nagy

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!

Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource

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


Leave here with a laugh

Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize?
Because he was out standing in his field!


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Roger Marble
24 days ago

A few nice things about the water filters with the short hose extender. Each year when you replace the filter you get another. The plastic knob on the female end make tightening easier. The hose end threads are brass so you are less likely to cross-thread them, so I permanently attach to some plastic hose ends (“Y” and plastic pressure regulator)

Bob P
25 days ago

I’m so glad you have the link to see yesterdays newsletter, I inadvertently deleted the newsletter prior to reading it, I had withdrawal symptoms all day. Lol

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

😆 Can’t you go into your Trash folder and retrieve it, Bob? Or you could go to our Homepage, RVtravel.com, and find the link there. No need for withdrawal symptoms. 😉 Take care. –Diane

Diane Mc
25 days ago

Paso Robles is a beautiful area but it is in California (where we live). Highest taxes in the country and will be going up. Housing prices off the charts. If you have money & want to live in CA, PR would be a good choice.

Rebecca
25 days ago

About the Amazon mystery product dog paw washer…we use a Cool Whip bowl & some dish soap. Dog still hates it, but for free!

Randy Worley
25 days ago

Great article about nitrogen Roger. I agree nitrogen is not worth the hassle. I have a Viair compressor and it only takes a few minutes to top off the tires.

Alan Trombley
21 days ago
Reply to  Randy Worley

The air we breathe is about 78% nitrogen. When you air up your tires they are already getting mostly nitrogen

John Goodell
25 days ago

I can’t believe that you are publishing a warning that marked bridges are lower than the height on the sign! I am going to have nightmares about this now. My 5th wheel is 13’2″ and I have driven under many that are close, within 2″. At reduced speed, of course. My preference is to not cut it too close, but when you are on unfamiliar roads… There is a stretch on I-95 in NC/SC that has 14′ bridges and lots of warning signs. When in doubt, I look for full-sized tractor trailers and I figure if the road (and bridges) will fit them, then I will fit.

Travis
25 days ago
Reply to  John Goodell

Been down that stretch of 95 many times. But I have a travel trailer that sets low and I have no worries. But yes with a 5th wheel I would be freaking out as well.

Dennis Burns
25 days ago
Reply to  John Goodell

I’ve been up and down the I-95 corridor a couple of times. (Maine to Florida) My 5th wheel is 13.5. No problems at all. But on other roads, mostly belonging to a county, I have encountered many bridges too low for my rig forcing a turn around. Caution is key while traveling.

Bob P
25 days ago
Reply to  John Goodell

Go through NY, their overpasses are marked for clearance with snow on the ground as far as state and cities are concerned. First time I was “running through the woods” I came to a RR underpass marked 13’2” I immediately stopped, holding up traffic a off duty truck driver came to my rescue and told me it was marked for snow accumulation and he drove 13’6” trailers through it everyday. I very slowly eased my way through it, NY is a funny state anyway, nothing seems to conform to the rest of the country. Exits on the interstate are not marked by mile marker locations but by order from the border.

David Onder
25 days ago

The perspective is much needed right now. Even though things are hard, perspective reveals things have been harder. Though, in this country, things are much better than many places in the world.

Dan
25 days ago
Reply to  David Onder

Perspective is definitely a key to getting past these strange times. But first, we need to do away with the politicians and the journalists, and just start over. Sorta like an Armageddon where good common sense versus what the ***?

Donald N Wright
25 days ago

Trivia: You are talking about the “Hollow Earth Theory” which was all the rage a few centuries ago. There was even a Tarzan book about it.

Tommy Molnar
25 days ago

Hitler was a HUGE proponent of the “hollow earth” theory.

R H
25 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

These days it seems to be the “Empty Head Theory” that is in vogue with the people who think like Hitler.

Jeff Craig
25 days ago

It’s making a bit of a comeback in pop-culture with the recent spate of Universal movies (Godzilla, King Kong, etc…) and (it appears) the new show ‘La Brea’.