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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Issue 1707
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

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer


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

On this day in history: 1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.


Breaking NewsNew wildfire closes stretch of U.S Highway 101, forces campground evacuations.

The Alisal Fire is only hours old but is spreading quickly. Learn more.



Tip of the Day

Don’t let your RV get blown over! Tips for getting ahead of the wind

By Nanci Dixon
It takes a lot of energy and attention to drive an RV safely and when it’s windy, even more so. Spring and fall seem to be the worst for prevailing winds to grab and push the RV. We look ahead to see what the predicted wind speeds and wind gusts will be like. This is something you should do too.

Continue reading to learn how.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Financing or refinancing? RV loan calculator can give you the info you’ll need 


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Winnebago Hike 100. Tony writes, “It’s not often that I see a new model trailer making the scene that’s this radically different in terms of features and floor plan. But the Winnebago Hike 100 series absolutely is. In fact, in terms of trailers under 3,000 pounds, this is quite likely the most well-conceived model on the market.” You’ve gotta check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the EarthCruiser EXP – the ultimate world traveler? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

Air Force Academy Fam Camp at Colorado Springs, CO

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, October 12, 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 three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Deborah Butler of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Jacob Southward of Runnells, Iowa, and Randal Neubauer of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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!

My gray water tank valve won’t open. Why not?

Dear Dave,
I can’t get my gray water tank to drain on my Winnebago Era 2020. The black water will drain, so I know the macerator pump is working. I took a video of the valve. It starts with the handle being in the open position. It seems like that big first black block should move but I’m not familiar with it. Thanks for the article. Hopefully, I’ll be able to winterize. I just bought the vehicle used and discovered this problem —Ron

Find out what’s going on here.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What can be done about two AC units that are behaving badly? 


At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,142 camping areas managed by the BLM in 11 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested on camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.


What works when your housey is lousy with mousies?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
It all started with a letter from Don Callahan, a long-time RVtravel.com reader, lamenting the fact that mice had eaten away at the Irish Spring soap bars he had placed in his motorhome to deter them when he stored it last fall. So, Russ and Tiña relate what works and what doesn’t work, for them and for other RVers, to stop critters from invading the RV. We’re sure you’ll have your own tips to share. Read more and give us your thoughts here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Want to RV around Canada, eh? Our readers suggest their favorite routes


Reader poll

Do you mostly read printed books or eBooks?

Turn the page then tell us here.


Quick Tip

How to tell if the black tank is almost full

Just before the black tank gets to the full stage the toilet will start to sound a little different and a small burp or bubble of air will happen. This means the waste level is above the vent pipe and it’s time to dump! Thanks to Ray Burr at RV Happy Hour.


The most patriotic RVing shirt of all time! 
If you’re going to be patriotic, why not do so with an American flag made out of motorhomes? How cool is this shirt? It comes in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, so you can match with the whole family. And it’s 100% cotton so you know it will be soft! This is so neat! Get one for yourself here.


Website of the day

The best places to visit in California
Check out this list from Lonely Planet and see if you agree – are these the best places to visit in the beautiful state of California? We think so!


RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 27

Is the ”RV shortage” pure propaganda? Save your life with electrical system precautions. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.comCampgroundviews.com, and RVtravel.com’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.

Listen to the episode.


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 52 percent have known their closest friend for 40 years or more!
• When asked how good their singing voice is, 46 percent said we do not want to hear them even try to sing!
• 32 percent have been to Europe at least once within the last 10 years.

Recent poll: Do you wish Facebook would go away and never come back? 


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
We’ve heard great things about this product, and imagine it would be perfect for an RV! Check it out.


Recipe of the Day

Homemade shrimp gumbo from scratch
by Janice Ross from Citronelle, AL

With great spice and big flavors, this gumbo does not disappoint. Worth every minute of preparation. You taste the love in every bite!

It’s National Gumbo Day, so celebrate by making this! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche


Trivia

Bakersfield, California, is the 53nd largest city by population in the USA — larger than Honolulu, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. It’s home of the “Bakersfield Sound,” the distinct genre of country music made popular by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Mize and others. And, if you must know, it’s home to the nation’s two largest carrot growers.

*How many registered RVs do you think there are in Australia? 75,000? 750,000? 7.5 million? Yesterday’s trivia gives you the answer. 


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Dusty and Nya love traveling with us. They’re great company.”

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!


By far the coolest bottle opener for RVers!
Look at this adorable vintage trailer bottle opener! You’d be the star of the campground if you opened everyone’s beer or soda with it! It’s a magnet, so you can always find it on your fridge and it comes in two colors. It would make a great gift too! Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

In Britain, we call it a “lift” but Americans call it an “elevator.” I guess we’re just raised differently.


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Lil John
12 days ago

You’re wind article was good. If you want a simple way to tell how much force the wind is putting on your rig, use this simple formula. .00256 X wind speed squared X square feet of your rigs side. A 40 mph wind will exert roughly 900 lbs. of force on your rig. Since you can rock the rig by hand, imagine what 900 lbs. can do.
60 mph wind? Forget it!!!

Last edited 12 days ago by Lil John
Robert Shaw
13 days ago

Please do not promote clothing based on the US Flag as “patriotic.” See: 4 USC Ch. 1: THE FLAG, Section 3 – Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag.

Judith Castle
13 days ago

Wish I could see the polls again. Disappeared about a month ago and have never returned.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  Judith Castle

Sorry you can’t see the polls, Judith. We have only had a couple of similar complaints recently, so it’s not something on our end. Here’s an explanation from Jessica, one of our tech people, which might explain the problem you’re having: “Sometimes script blockers and ad blockers interfere with our polls since they are from a 3rd party site. If you have one of these try and turn it off and see if that fixes the issue.” Other than that I don’t know what to tell you, except to maybe try it on a different browser. Sorry. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Tom
13 days ago
Reply to  Judith Castle

Same here.

Bob M
13 days ago

California is too screwy in their thinking so I have no interest in visiting. Spent 2 1/2 years in the Air Force in California.

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

I love California, – for being there -. Uncle Sam sent me to South Korea for 13 months and one day in ’67 – ’68. On my way home, the plane found California as a place to land. The hour I spent there was fantastic! Then on to Chicago. I have no need to go back, however. California had a purpose – at least in 1968.

Lil John
12 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Your loss, our gain. Yes it has some problems. Have you checked out Texas lately? When you’re traveling you are looking at the landscapes, historical places and special interest sights. Don’t like the state for some reason? Fine. But don’t cut off you’re hand because you’re finger hurts.

Brian Burry
13 days ago

Wow, Dusty and Nya are so precious! My brother and his wife travel with two cats one the older cat doesn’t care for that much the younger cats pretty cool with it! The younger cat escaped one time, but was it so cold he ran under the RV, but while my brother reached under to pick up the cutie, looked and saw a leak from his radiator. He took it in and was able to have that fixed by the shop, thanks to the kitty!

Tony Grigg
14 days ago

We also travel with 2 cats. They do NOT love it. One curls up in a ball on the floor in the backseat and will not move while we are driving. The other never stops pacing circling around in the back seat.

Marsha
13 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Trying put a drop of Lavender essential oil on your hands and rubbing it into the cat’s fur. It helps calm my dog.

The Lazy Q
14 days ago

Re the best places to visit in California…the sign that says now leaving California, I’m soon to see it for the last time.

John Macatee
14 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Good for you! It’s been 1 year now since we left! I feel like I escaped!

Paul
14 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

2 years and counting for me. 😁

Tony
14 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Thank you!

Tony
14 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

Thank you!

Tony
14 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

Thank you!

Tom
14 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

Bye, we won’t miss you

Gary M
13 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

7 years for us! And don’t regret it!
I relocated to California from New York in the late 1970’s. California was wonderful. By 2000, I knew we had to relocate out of California. I have to visit often for family and dislike having to go.. fight crowds, congestion,
wear a face diaper, and spend $$$$ on high fuel, etc.

Gary Reed
14 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

I don’t live there and never have, but if I did I would be out of there too.

Tony
14 days ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

I love your thinking. Please pass the word around. I live and love to camp in California, so the more who move away, the easier I will find camping spots.

Bill Coady
14 days ago
Reply to  Tony

😀

Bill
14 days ago
Reply to  Tony

Happy Camping!!

Jeff Craig
14 days ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

I always snicker when people post that they are leaving California. It’s got so much going for it, but yeah, it’s expensive, crowded and there are quakes. Then again, when they say they are ;escaping’ to Texas, Arizona, Arkansas I have to laugh – because they are trading one set of issues for another. Want arsenic in your water? Arizona is for you! (Well, as long as they HAVE water…) Want your electric grid to collapse in a winter storm? Texas , it is! Want the ‘hands off’ State Government involved in every aspect of your life, and zero competition against Walmart? Head to Arkansas….

Whatever you do when you leave California, don’t move to Washington. We don’t need any more bad drivers.

cee
13 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Totally agree with you Jeff!

Bob P
14 days ago

Two points, when was the last time you saw a bottle that didn’t have a twist off cap, or a beer can that didn’t have a pull tab? Even beer bottles have a twist off capable cap that’s pressed on. And as far as the British are concerned, they murder the English language the way they talk anyway. Lol

Tommy Molnar
14 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Many of the craft beer makers still use bottle caps that have to be removed with a bottle opener (or your teeth). Screw off tops show up on most commercial brands of beer.

Snayte
13 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

Yesterday. when I opened a quality craft beer.

Bill
14 days ago

Can’t read the poll selections

Tommy Molnar
14 days ago
Reply to  Bill

If you put your cursor over the poll you can just make out the selections. Then just vote as usual.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Sorry, Tommy. It’ll be fixed soon. The poll provider changed the typeface since I proofed it. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Gary Reed
14 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Yes Me too.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Sorry, Bill. The poll provider changed the format after I had proofed it. We’re fixing it now. Thanks for letting us know. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Jeb
14 days ago

Laugh of the day. Its too early for bad dad jokes.😃