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RV Daily Tips. Monday, October 18, 2021

Issue 1711
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

“Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.” ―Annie Dillard

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day!

On this day in history: 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.

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

Tip of the Day

Secret storage? You have tons of it in your RV – just open that cabinet door!

Think you’ve run out of storage space in your RV? You haven’t! It’s right there! Available storage space, just waiting for your modification. Where, you ask? The backside of any cabinet door! Here, take a peek

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Ember RV Overland Micro Series. Yesterday Tony looked at the larger trailers in the Ember RV Overland Series. Today, see how the Micro Series compares to the Overland Series, and who the may be the most suited for each option. Click here.

Reviews from this weekend:
2021 Cruiser RV MPG 2550RB
Ember Overland series trailers

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Lake View Park – Mexico, MO

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 18, 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.

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 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

What are the red specks in my water from the campground?

Dear Dave,
I recently got red particles in the incoming water screen and also in the hose from the campground hookup to filter. I know I need to change the filter, but what are the red specks? I showed them to the owner of the campground but he blew me off. Are they harmful? —Michael

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Can I run my roof AC on solar?

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

with Mike Sokol

Don’t burn up your water heater element

I found  this post on another RV group page and thought it was an important reminder….

“I went to winterize the trailer (sadness) and decided to get a jump on draining the hot water tank before I even hooked the power. Well, you guessed it. I didn’t follow my normal winterizing routine and simply flip the little on/off switch to off in the hot water tank. The switch was left on in the trailer, which I usually always turn off at the end of any trip. Hooked up power and realized later the switch was on in the trailer. …”

Read the rest of the post and Mike’s advice about replacing water heater elements here.

• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Avoid smacking low bridges with this new 2022 road atlas

The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is available. While it’s designed for big rig trucks, it should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with recreation vehicles more than about 11 feet tall. Learn more.

Reader poll

How old were you when you first got married?

Folks, tell us here!

Quick Tip

Easy windshield cleaning

Keep a can or bottle of good-quality window cleaner within easy reach when you stop to fuel up. Before starting to pump fuel, spray your windshield liberally with the window cleaner. Let it sit while fueling and then use the “usually” available squeegee to easily remove the bug guts. The cleaner virtually dissolves and also releases the bug guts from the glass and it saves a whole lot of scrubbing. –Our thanks to George Bliss!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From William Forbes
Newmar Dutch Star 2005

“Comfortable to drive, comfortable camping, comfortable bed, good utilities, and enough space for two of us and occasional guests – we have had up to 28 for drinks. Having had six Class B’s and this our third Class A, each has had improvements over the previous and each previous motorhome has had features we missed.”

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

Celebrate this festive day by making this! If you have kids or grandkids, they’ll love it!

Website of the day

Ghost Tours of New Mexico
If you’ve never been on a ghost (or haunted) tour, you’re missing out! They’re fun and you learn a lot of history! Here are some of the most popular tours in New Mexico.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RVSuperbag: A cozy solution for making those tricky RV beds
• 12 of the weirdest campground rules – You won’t believe these!
• “You can’t fix stupid with duct tape.” Funny sign will make you laugh

Recipe of the Day

Crunchy Smoky Pork Chops
by Lillian Russo from Long Island, NY

These are some perfectly moist breaded pork chops. The Panko crumbs and mustard mixture are a real winning combo. Once baked, the Panko crust is crispy and inside the pork chops are super tender. Blue Ribbon, indeed.

Yum, yum, yum! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
Tamale Balls

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We have bicyclists to thank for our paved roads! The “Good Roads Movement” was a political movement brought on by the availability and sales of bicycles at the end of the 19th century. In 1880, the movement became formal when advocates came together in Newport, Rhode Island, to form the League of American Wheelmen (LAW). They published a magazine, pushed for road improvements, and gave legal protection to cyclists.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is my spoiled Stella girl. She thinks she is in charge of our motorhome. Here she is at Mammoth RV Park and she is ready to take us home.” —Robin Harris

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 owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!

A road atlas for kids!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

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Tom and Lois Speirs • Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Steve Barnes • Tom Hart + others who we will add later. 

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jillie (@guest_148345)
2 years ago

I hate to say it I still click my heels three times wondering when the insanity will end. Stupid is as stupid does and on social media I wonder where the left field is coming from.

CeeCee (@guest_148125)
2 years ago

As long as we are alive, we will always “spend” time. However, it is wiser to invest the time God has given us on this earth to bless others.

Richard Hughes (@guest_148124)
2 years ago

I still have a couple of cans of Liquid Glass Auto Polish and put a couple of coats on the windshield when I wash and polish the RV. Makes the bugs come off with just a swish of the sponge. It also sheets rain away.

Tim (@guest_148115)
2 years ago

When I was a long haul trucker I used to put Dawn detergent on the winsheil sponge and clean windshield it took all bugs and residue and sparkling clean

Joseph A Phebus (@guest_148077)
2 years ago

I’ve found the best thing for removing bugs is dryer sheets. Wet and wipe. The bugs come right off.

Bob P (@guest_148045)
2 years ago

Leave here with a laugh is right on! Also the tip about cleaning bugs off the windshield might work if you weren’t driving in the hot sun, I’ve had instances where when I applied the squeegee I actually had steam rise on the windshield. In this case it would evaporate before you ever got to it. In the case of class A motorhome windshields that are vertical try letting it soak while you’re pumping gas. Lol

Joe (@guest_148041)
2 years ago

To clean the windshield on my class A I use a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar 2-1/2 cups water and a1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap. I mix it in a large bottle with a screw cap and refill my spray bottle. I am able to carry an aluminum ladder in my basement and after setting up in our new site I will wash the windshield using this mixture and newspaper. If the bugs are bad and fueling mid trip I will use the solution and scrubber at the pump. I’m just so thankful that the critters don’t have the guts to do it again. Be careful using any product that has Rain-X in it If you have Diamond shield on the front of your motorhome, as Diamond shield advises against it.

TIM MCRAE (@guest_148035)
2 years ago

I have been struggling to clean the massive one piece windshield on the Class A. I have a couple of long handled squeegees that I grab at the gas pump but wetting down (and keeping it wet) to dissolve the bugs is a problem.

I like the spray idea (and the peroxide) but most handheld spray bottles won’t get it down.

Do I need to carry a pump up sprayer with wand? Ideas?

What does everyone else do?

Gary G (@guest_148046)
2 years ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Get a bottle with a pump on it for pressure, about quart size.

Tom (@guest_148068)
2 years ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

I have a garden pump bottle like you would use for spraying weed killer, put the window cleaner in it and spray my MH. Works great.

DW/ND (@guest_148071)
2 years ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Tim: If you can find a yard spray with the premixed chemical – many now use a small hand held batt. operated pump with stream or spray settings. They Usually come in a plastic gallon bottle – so you may have to shorten the tube. Clean thoroughly.

Personally, at the campground, I just use a bowl of warm water and an extendable handle scrubber/squeegee and paper towel to clean the runoff. (We have lots of bugs in Mn-ND!)

Bob (@guest_148028)
2 years ago

Regarding the windshield cleaning. Spraying a cheap store brand hydrogen peroxide on the windshield will almost immediately start to dissolve the bug guts. Let it sit for a few minutes, then clean with the squeegee, or wipe it off the painted parts.. This is an old motorcycle trick. The peroxide will not hurt the glass or the paint.

Jeb (@guest_148037)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Thank you. That makes sense.

Jerome Friedman (@guest_148027)
2 years ago

Most RVs, especially 5th wheels, have a lot of storage but lack in cargo carrying capacity. Those little tips are very helpful.

Glenn (@guest_148049)
2 years ago

Love Boxers, wonderful pets

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