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RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 15, 2021

Issue 1710
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

“To ugly ducklings everywhere,
Don’t worry about those fluffy yellow morons:
They’ll never get to be swans.” ―Zoë Marriott

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

On this day in history: 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

Tip of the Day

Hairball snarls in the drain? Here’s help!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Seems like it comes with age. That gradual slowing down. Those times when you don’t want to have to deploy RV stabilizers manually. Yeah, age can really be a drag. But how about in the bathroom? No, we’re not selling you some sort of intestinal nostrum. It’s when you take a shower and the water sluggishly moves, perhaps building up around your ankles. It’s that old slow draining process. Age has loosened your hair grip – and now you’ve got hairball snarls in the drain!

Here’s one way to deal with hairball snarls – quickly, safely, and relatively painlessly. Continue reading this handy tip (and find out what it has to do with Captain Kirk!).

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Don’t be stranded! This power pack starts vehicles and charges devices 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Bigfoot 1500-series pickup campers. With as many positive reviews as Bigfoot has and a more personal buying experience, are the Bigfoot pickup campers worth it? Tony thinks so! Read his review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Airstream Atlas? If you missed it, you can read it here to see if Tony thinks it’s really a “luxury” Class B.

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, October 15, 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 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 do I smell sulfur in the shower and now in my ice?

Dear Dave,
I am getting sulfur smell intermittently in my shower water and now getting it in the ice from the ice maker in my fridge. Any idea what is causing it and how to cure it??? —Paul

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What is the best multimeter?

You need this. No doubt about it. Trust us. You neeeeeed this.

How to RV with chickens

We are not kidding! This is a serious article with excellent advice. We bring it to you with great pride believing you have never read an article on this subject in any other RV periodical. One line of advice from the article, as an example of what you will learn: “It’s easier than one might think to feed chickens a balanced diet while on the road.” Okay, that’s the teaser. Read the story here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Lose the shake with a 5th wheel or goose neck tripod

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

• Why RV park owners don’t want every site occupied

• Canadian snowbirds find creative way to get RVs across the border despite it being closed

• Amazon invades RV manufacturing capital: Will RV workforce jump ship?

• Campground Crowding: Last week’s comment sparks debate: Are we campers or travelers? 

Reader poll

How do you most often pay for in-person store purchases of $10 or less?

Count yer change and tell us here.

Mini finger hot pads great for RV
Ouch, don’t burn yourself! These clever silicone pot holders are just right to grab a heated dish out of the microwave or a hot pan handle off the stove or out of the oven. And being small, they’re easy to store so they’re perfect for a small RV kitchen drawer. Grab a set of these “pinch grips” on Amazon.

Quick Tip

Watering plants at home while you’re on the road

Ruth Y. has a tip for RVers with plants back home: “One way to keep in-home plants alive while on the move is to use water beads. They can keep your plants hydrated for weeks.” One advertiser of these fancy doodads says this about them: “A crystal polymer water substitute for plants and flowers. The beads absorb over 100 times their weight in water to form glass-like pearls that slowly release water back into their environment.” Check them out on Amazon.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Stephen Willey
Coach House 2012

“It is large enough for comfort but small enough to park in most malls and on city streets. Best of all, we customized it with NO generator, 625-watts of solar and six batteries where the generator was. We also upgraded the tank monitors and battery monitor Tri-Metric unit. Changed the couch-bed to a custom cabinet-table with laundry, changed the folding chairs and table compartment, the desk and book section and added a large pan drawer in the kitchen. We also added GPS and tire monitors and a rack for our Zero brand electric motorcycle. Everything we need for comfort in travel.”

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

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall, and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home or RV. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Website of the day

20 Useful Travel Photography Tips For Improving Your Photos
There are a few, simple things you can do to improve your photos, even if they’re taken on your phone! This list will get you started.

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

“Souper” Potatoes Au Gratin
by Mikekey from Seattle, WA

If you want an extremely easy and delicious potato side dish, give these au gratin potatoes a try. The cheddar cheese soup mixture is cheesy, slightly tangy, and flavorful thanks to dried minced onions. Once baked, the sauce is creamy and coats every potato, and the cheddar cheese sprinkled on top is bubbly and enhances the cheesiness of these au gratin potatoes.

MMM… we are drooling! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting


Have you ever wondered who started the fashion of wearing neckties? It was the orators of ancient Rome. They feared the loss of their voice and fancied they needed something to protect their throats. What they wore was called a “chin cloth.”

*How can bees tell that another bee was recently on a specific flower? They have an incredible way! Learn about it in yesterday’s trivia

The neatest RV “safe” we’ve ever seen…
Fear losing your keys? There’s no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or RV that thieves can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem. The HitchSafe slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide it with an ordinary-looking dust cover. Read more about it here.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We rescued Abby four years ago when I needed a little help adjusting to retirement (she actually rescued me). She turned out to be a ‘dream dog’ for both my wife and me. Picture is of Abby in the Hill Country of Texas.” —Craig Maxson

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!

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Dr. Michael
11 months ago

If I may make a suggestion to the audience: Update your GPS at least yearly. It is usually free and may add new features. You may get upset at the unit, but if you have not updated it in six years, it is probably doing the best it can with the outdated information it has.

David Onder
11 months ago

On just our second trip with our then new 34 footer, the GPS took us on an adventure route. Had to turn it around in a neighborhood, needing to unhitch partway through to adjust my truck so we could make the turn-around. Learned my lesson. I was getting to trusting of the GPS. Now I plan the route ahead of time and use the GPS for tracking traffic and possible last minute reroute. I even upgraded to a truck/RV GPS to minimize issues.

11 months ago

We did trust our gps and almost landed ourselves in the middle of huge flooded area outside of DeSmet a long time back. Glad we heard it in the dark and turned around. We heard from the locals that a huge rain deluge came thru and flooded everything including the campsite we were looking for.

Bob Weinfurt
11 months ago

My one and only experience with a GPS was in SC. My G/Fs sister gave it to us and she had programmed it to guide us back to NY. It wanted us to go south into Georgia to hop on I 95, adding about 300 miles to the trip and besides that, I didn’t want to drive home all the way on an interstate. Paper maps work just fine for me. Want to play GPS frisbee anyone?

Last edited 11 months ago by Bob Weinfurt
Wayne Caldwell
11 months ago

I keep waiting for the GPS Girl to ask “Why don’t you listen to me? You’re making me do all of these recalculations! For What? If You think you can do better, why did you ask me how to get there??”

Brian Burry
11 months ago

“Abby rescued me”, is such a sweet looking pet of the day doggie!

11 months ago

My navigator wife will often use Google to confirm routing when our primary, the 760, inexplicably offers a route common sense would question. This issue usually ocurrs in the first or last few blocks leading into or out of a destination.

11 months ago

Loved the introduction to the hair ball story! Thanks for giving us a few chuckles on a Friday.

11 months ago

Several times over the years, we’ve had the GPS tell us to turn onto a road running underneath the bridge we were on. The map makers failed to note the two roads were at different elevations.

We plan our route on Google Maps and print out maps before taking a trip. We print close-up maps of any confusing interchanges and also the final approach to campgrounds.

We use the truck GPS to alert us to turns but we only make them if they agree with our paper maps.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
11 months ago
Reply to  Irv

We have been doing the same as you for many years. We also have used the satellite view to make sure our 40 ft long over 13 foot high DP can make it through turns and look for obstructions on narrow or certain roads.

Bob P
11 months ago

That’s the truth about GPS, several times our GPS has tried to route us the wrong way. The most recent was yesterday when we were leaving Avalon Park, FL. It had routed us into there a week before using 2 lane highways, but when we left it let us drive 5 miles back in the direction we used going there then suddenly decided we needed to go back and go through Pensacola, FL about 40 miles out of route. I ignored “the blonde” inside the GPS and went the way she took us going there. “She” kept insisting we turn around for about 40 miles until “she” finally accepted the fact I wasn’t listening, then finally rerouted us on the roads we were taking. Been working good since, you better have looked at a map before listening to “her”. Lol

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
11 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

Having used GPS for many years we have found some things that they constantly attempt to do. Most directions are planned out so that you do not have to make a left hand turn into your destination. We have also found that to be the case even on directions we are familiar with. And most of the time the route is planned with the least amount of mileage even if that means making multiple turns getting to the same place. Back in the day it was more fun using paper maps, getting lost, asking for directions and really making getting there the best fun of the trip. Stay safe, Stay well

11 months ago

Yep, agree, BUT have you asked for directions lately? No one knows where they are, no less know what you are talking about or wanting directions for. They are most likely to GPS their phones, if they really want to help, and then give you the same wrong GPS directions., Oh Well !?

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

Your GPS may have a female voice but chances are good that it was a “him” that created the software – app.

Brenda Soules
11 months ago

Never trust your GPS looks like he’s on a backroad in NC. We had to change our route once, thank God not with our RV but camping to flooding, and when we used our GPS to find route around, it took us to a dead end road. We had to turn around and go back and ended up going through flooded area. We learned “never” count on them.

11 months ago

Product of the day. You need to understand the difference between want and need.