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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Issue 1712
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

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” ―Isaac Asimov

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Seafood Bisque Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.

Tip of the Day

What to do about a sticky slideout

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
Lately my larger slideout really moans and has a hard time retracting. Sometimes my wife and I are pulling on the slider’s walls the best we can or pushing to get it out perfectly straight. It’s scary to the point I panic on whether the slide will complete its retraction. Taking in the larger slide seems better than if we pull in the small slide first. Better weight distribution, I think. In case the slide doesn’t come in one of these days, what can we do? A manual ratchet somewhere? Should I have my mechanic adjust something or lube something? —Ken

Read Chris’ advice.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Secret storage? You have tons of it in your RV – just open that cabinet door! 

Today’s RV review preview…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel previews the Cercle Touring Bike. He writes, “The idea, according to its inventor, was to come up with a bicycle that could also incorporate overnight accommodations.” This thing is pretty neat – check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Ember RV Overland Micro Series? 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, October 19, 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

In Dave’s column Monday-Saturday he addresses a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!

Why did the lithium battery explode and flame up?

Dear Dave,
On a camping trip, our neighbors had a lithium battery that exploded and flamed up. I tried to put it out with my fire extinguisher. It helped, but I read later that you need to use water and special blanket, or a class D extinguisher. In your opinion, how safe are lithium batteries, and what precautions should one take with them? Thanks. —Les

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What are the red specks in my water from the campground?

Safety device helps prevent RV refrigerator fires

When an RV fire traces back to the refrigerator compartment, it tends to make RVers a little uneasy. After all, the thought of your rig going up in smoke while all you’ve done is tried to keep your chitlins chilled can be a real nightmare-producer. Enter Fridge Defend, billed as “A new pinnacle of development for an RV refrigerator safety,” with an updated refrigerator safety control. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Avoid smacking low bridges with this new 2022 road atlas

Reader poll

Do you bite your nails?

Chomp, chomp. Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Storing big cooking pots

If you occasionally need a large pot (such as a Dutch oven or stock pot), store it in one of the outside compartments, underneath. Typically, there isn’t room inside to conveniently store large pots, but you do need one on occasion. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.

Website of the day

RV hacks on YouTube
This isn’t so much a website… but have you ever searched “RV hacks” on YouTube? Well, if you do, this is the page that comes up. You’ll learn A LOT of neat stuff in these videos.

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:

• 14 percent of our readers are just getting started RVing and know very little about general RV knowledge.
• At the time of the survey, 32 percent were currently in their RV (64 percent were in a sticks and bricks home).
• 20 percent have had to walk at least one mile for help after a vehicle breakdown, and 13 percent have had to walk more than one mile! Yikes!

Recent poll: If Jeff Bezos invited you to ride on his next trip into space, would you accept?

Recipe of the Day

Game Day Fire Cracker Shrimp
by Carol White from Fort Lauderdale, FL

These fried shrimp are BIG on flavor! Frying them in coconut oil adds a hint of sweetness to these light and crispy shrimp. Tossing the shrimp in a sweet chili sauce gives them a kick of spicy and sweet flavor. An easy game day snack for your next football party.

We’re going to have to try these – they sound delicious! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Crunchy Smoky Pork Chops


Today, “freelancer” refers to a person who works on their own terms and completes contract work for one, or multiple, companies. The original freelancers weren’t writers, though. In the early 1800s, the term referred to medieval mercenaries, “free lances.” They were soldiers free of commitment to a particular country and instead worked for whoever offered the best pay.

*What kind of vehicle do we have to thank for our paved roads? Yesterday’s trivia answers that question!

We can’t stop giggling. If you own a dog, there’s no way you won’t giggle at this too.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Maggie Mae was our 17-year-old Blue Point Mitted Ragdoll who enjoyed traveling over 10K miles with us in our motorhome. She was definitely the queen of the coach. Unfortunately, on a trip to the Oregon Coast in 2019, she became ill and crossed the Rainbow Bridge when we returned home. Fast forward to 2021 and we now have a new travel companion and bundle of joy, Bella Mae, who has stolen our hearts. We picked Bella up from a private Ragdoll breeder in San Diego and are looking forward to many more happy miles with our new bundle of energy and joy!” —Gregory & Carol Brott

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

Leave here with a laugh

Last week I was approached by a wizard who needed help with some writing. He wanted me to proofread one of his scrolls. Actually, it was more of a spell check…

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11 months ago

Might be interesting to know what caused Chev. Bolts to suddenly explode into flames – last I heard, a couple weeks ago, was a news clip from GM advising not to park the car in your garage! What kind of batts. are in the Bolt?

Jeff Craig
11 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

When LG made them, they had a manufacturing defect in their Li-Ion batteries. I think it was an engineering issue, but this should give you more info. If you want more info on emerging power technology, look at ‘Undecided with Matt Ferrell’ on YouTube.


Phil Atterbery
11 months ago

“Spell check” joke gets a “groan” button.

11 months ago

We have rescued cats. Plenty of beautiful cats and kittens in shelters. Spay and neuter your forever pets.

11 months ago
Reply to  tom

What are you really trying to say?

11 months ago

Your thought of the day is backwards. Your sense of morals keep you from doing the wrong thing.

Diane Mc
11 months ago
Reply to  Travis


Bob Wood
11 months ago

Bella Mae sure is a pretty thing.