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RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 29, 2021

Issue 1720
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

“Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.” ―Roy T. Bennett

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Frankenstein Friday!

On this day in history: 1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

Tip of the Day

Reader reminds us: Don’t make RV park newbies outcasts – include them!

Reader Lisa Adcox sent this to us and we thought it deserved its own post. Thank you, Lisa, for this great reminder!

Click here to read why it can be so important to include RV park newbies in invites and activities. You were new once too!

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Here are some ways to keep RV memories alive. You’ll be so happy you did

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Passport 3401QD. Tony writes, “There are a lot of ways to use this trailer. With this much sleeping capacity for actual adults, this would be great for a very small traveling circus, for example.” Okay. But seriously, check out all this sleeping space!

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Keystone Raptor 429 fifth wheel toy hauler? 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 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Karen Bates of Smyrna, Tennessee, and Mark Cason of Palatka, Florida.

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.

Why did my Blue Ox tow bar snap?

Dear Dave,
We were leaving a VA rest stop and heard a bang. Pulled over (only doing 25 mph coming around corner to on-ramp). Toad’s Blue Ox was on the ground. Picture shows how the receiver bar broke. Any idea on why this happened? —Tom

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does my RV’s toilet leak from the flush pedal?

Road Atlas: Adventure Edition
As much as we love technology, we still appreciate a good physical road atlas. This highly rated National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is certainly one to love. The atlas has up-to-date road maps for all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico. Cities and metro areas include popular attractions and points of interest. The atlas also acts as a guidebook to National Parks and the top 100 adventure destinations. This atlas is cool! Check it out.

No hot water shows RVer his rig is in big hot water

A man who owns a new Forest River Vibe, one of the company’s “ultralight” travel trailers, had a different sort of “light” problem – as in, the water heater in his rig just wouldn’t light up. What could be the problem? You won’t believe this! Then again, you probably will. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: RV tire showing dangerous wear. What’s wrong?

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you own a boat with self-contained living facilities?

Well, water you waiting for? Tell us here!

If you say you don’t need this you’d be lying. Everyone (everyone!!) could benefit from using this.

Quick Tip

Make extra use of your generator maintenance run

“While boondocking, the wife and I look forward to our weekly generator maintenance run because that’s when we get to run our electric convection oven in our motorhome. Yes, indeed. Plenty of baked potatoes for the night’s meal and tomorrow’s hash browns. And how about a loaf of fresh homemade bread and cookies, all while doing a bit of upkeep? And if you don’t have a convection oven? We have an electric hot plate that we put to good use, as well. Sometimes, when we are at higher elevations and the weather is cool, we also run our electric space heater to save on propane or the AC if it is a little too warm for comfort. So don’t dread it, make good use of it.” Thanks to Chris Noble.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Dale Hammons
2017 Newmar Ventana 3709

“With a full slide, it is more spacious than our 2009 40′ model. Our previous motorhome needed continual steering correction, our current model is much more stable to drive. Previous motorhome had two couches, current only one but that’s all we need. We have an electric fireplace that seemed like a gimmick when we bought it but is great for cool morning or evening warmth. Televator TV behind the fireplace is great to view the TV from the sofa bed. Washer and dryer are great for extended road trips when stopping with full hookups.”

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

Big Rig RV owners! You need this!
If you aren’t carrying the 2022 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas with you in your RV, you’re inviting trouble. This is the atlas that truckers rely on to plan their routes. It helps them get “there” the fastest while avoiding roads where they could get stuck with turns too tight or bridges too low to fit through without shaving off their roofs. Even if you have a GPS, this is an important resource! Learn more or order.

Website of the day

11 Best RV Washer Dryer Combos To Do Laundry While Traveling
Please note: While we don’t endorse these specifically, if you’re looking for a washer/dryer combo for your RV, this list may be a good place to start to get a few recommendations.

Recipe of the Day

Halloween Crunch
by Elizabeth Lancaster from Naples, TX

Want a fun snack mix for Halloween? Well, this is festive and has a nice mix of flavors and textures. The salty popcorn and peanuts are a tasty contrast to the sweet candy corn and chocolate candies. We loved the candy corn. They’re slightly chewy compared to the crunchiness of the mix. Fun for a movie night or on Halloween.

This does indeed look like a fun snack mix! Get the recipe – the kids in the campground will be thrilled!

See yesterday’s recipe: Mandarin Orange Strawberry Spinach Salad

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The “tornado” in the Wizard of Oz movie was a 35-foot-long muslin stocking, spun around among miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields in a dusty atmosphere. Also: According to lead Munchkin Jerry Maren, the “little people” on the set were paid $50 per week for a six-day work week, while Toto received $125 per week.

*Where does the phrase, “He who bulls the cow must keep the calf” come from? We told you in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“This is about as close together as they will ever get. We got Nellie as a kitten while we were visiting my son and DIL in Las Vegas. Lucy came from a fellow camper several years later who also had Sugar Gliders and they couldn’t keep her AND the Sugar Gliders. Nellie makes a big production of it if Lucy gets within five feet of her, yet she’ll nicely wait her turn while Lucy finishes breakfast, and they’ll sleep together on my bed, each in their own corner like two boxers ready to fight.” —Penny Heist

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!

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If an elf were to ever need an RV… this would be it!

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  1. At least that crumy installation of the gas hose did not result in someone being injured or killed. HUGE lawsuit . . . not for greed, but to hold these folks accountable. Jerks.

  2. We cook our “baked” 🥔 ‘s with charcoal briquettes in a 1 gallon paint can with air holes at the bottom and top of the sidewalls, lid on and a small wire frame inside to hold the potatoes 🥔 above the charcoal. 2 spuds to each can. Yes I do have to occasionally cut away the burnt black spots, but yummy taste compared to the baked in the oven kind.

    • When you need baked potatoes for dinner and hash browns for breakfast. I like the bread and cookie idea too. We don’t ordinarily carry a generator but this gives me ideas – ha.

      • HAHA! I love hash browns. So now when I have a food craving I’ll fire up my on-board generator and my neighbors can just suck up the noise. Seriously, did the time frame for exercising a generator change?


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