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RV Daily Tips. Monday, November 1, 2021

Issue 1721
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

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ―Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Deep Fried Clams Day!

On this day in history: 1870 – In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast.


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



Tip of the Day

9 great uses for baby powder that will have you running out to buy some

By Gail Marsh
At our work camping job this week we’ve been installing insulation. Itchy stuff, for sure. I never would have guessed that baby powder could come to the rescue! By applying a good amount of powder to exposed skin, we do not itch nearly as much! That made me wonder… are there other uses for baby powder? I did a bit of research and, wow, was I surprised! I plan on packing baby powder along for every RV trip we take.

Here are some ways baby powder may come in handy for RVers…


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Avalanche 390DS. Tony writes, “This is a big momma fifth wheel at 43-feet in overall length. It rewards the traveler by having two actual bedrooms plus a very large loft. Not only are there two bedrooms, but two bathrooms, as well. Two full bathrooms!” Learn more and take a look around.

Reviews from this weekend:
2022 Jayco White Hawk 29BH
Vintage Airstream Funeral Coach (Don’t miss this Halloween special [and Tony’s many boo-worthy puns]!)

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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.

The rubber LP line runs near my trailer’s tires! What should I do?

Dear Dave,
My new trailer has this alarming feature… the gas line for a rear grill runs unprotected RIGHT alongside the tires, not even (safer) on the other side of the frame. It’s a soft rubber gas line, not threaded iron. I’ve had two explosive tire failures in the past, so am VERY concerned how much of a rolling bomb this is, if I had another failure. I’m thinking to replace the rubber line with iron on the other side of the frame, but how likely/urgent is this in your opinion? –Wolfe

Read Dave’s advice.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Do I need supplemental brakes for my toad?


The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. He’s taken his 50+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order


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

Can I power a pellet grill from a solar generator?

Dear Mike,
Looks like I’m getting a Z Grills pellet smoker for Christmas (at least that’s my secret Santa hint). Since I like to boondock and this seems like the ideal way to make some great eats for my family and friends while we’re off-grid, is there any way it can be powered from a solar generator? …

Read the rest of the question and Mike’s mouth-watering response here. And what the heck does this have to do with Tony Barthel and his never having lost a chili contest?


Trailer hitch fail! Check this photo, then weep!

We found this on Facebook and felt compelled to share it with you to maybe save you from a disaster. The post said the woman who owned the trailer was still on her property when the hitch failed — lucky for her. People who commented thought this was probably a utility trailer, not an RV. There’s a lesson here.


Reader poll

Has the current high price of gas caused you to alter any RV travel plans?

Fill ‘er up (or maybe not) and respond here.


Test the RV park water before you drink it!
How pure is the water at the RV park you just entered? Is it pure enough to drink or full of contaminants? This TDS meter provides an inexpensive and convenient way to instantly check your overall water quality. Don’t risk drinking bad water! Use this hand-held device to check the condition of your water filter, too. Every RVer should have one of these! Learn more or order.


Quick Tip

Don’t toss that extra tubing; it has other uses!

“I replaced the water line to the refrigerator with 1/4″ tubing. I had some tubing leftover and found several uses for it. By covering most of the end of the Dustbuster with masking tape and inserting the tubing into the end, I could vacuum under the refrigerator and behind the lint filter in the dryer. I was able to clear a blockage in the bathroom sink drain by inserting the tube down the drain, without having to remove the stopper, and blowing into the tube, thus clearing the blockage. Our built-in vacuum system wasn’t sucking so I ran the tubing back through the hose and cleared the blockage. There are probably other applications but I haven’t discovered them yet.”

Thanks for the tip(s), Jerome Friedman!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Jim Ek
2002 Fleetwood Bounder 34D

“It’s my sanctuary away from the daily buzz. It’s my home on wheels that takes me wherever I want to visit. It’s a private respite from my relatives whom I love but in small doses (and I’m sure they feel the same). It’s old enough that I don’t worry if it gets dirty and new enough that it can still get to places to GET dirty! We can go for months on end or hours. She doesn’t care and is willing to take us. Even when she’s sick she still gets us where we need to be. She’s not fast, but she’s steady. I bought her used four years ago but I would never sell her unless I become too infirm to travel with her. She doesn’t have a name, but she has lots of personality!”

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


Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


Website of the day

30 before-and-after photos of the most stunning tiny-house renovations
Funny that they consider RVs tiny houses but… that’s beside the point! Anyway, check out these INCREDIBLE RV makeovers. If your RV needs a renovation, this is where to start for inspiration!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Block window glare with movable sunshades
• The top 5 trailer towing mistakes owners make
• RV jacks won’t retract? Try this


Recipe of the Day

Tanya’s Tex-Mex Chili
by Tanya Strayhorn from Beebe, AR

One of the secrets to a good chili is cooking it on low and a long time. This chili recipe is so easy because once the beef is browned everything is dumped into the slow cooker. As it simmers the magic happens. This is a delicious, basic chili recipe. It only requires a few seasoning packets and it’s full of flavor. Great for the colder months or even while watching football. We opted to serve this with Fritos, cheese, sour cream, and olives… so good!

Our mouths are watering! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Jack-O’-Lantern Cheese Ball
Halloween Pumpkin Soup With Smoked Bacon


Trivia

Where are Venus flytraps found in the wild? If you guessed a tropical, exotic place, you’re wrong! They grow right here in the U.S. You will find them in their native environment within a 75-mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina. Interesting, huh?


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cooper was a joy to have around camp. He did a real good job chasing the embers rising up from a crackling campfire.” —Scott Hartsock

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!



Leave here with a laugh

I told my son that Facebook is changing its name to Meta. He asked, “What’s a meta?” I replied, “Nothing, what’s the meta with you?!” (Groan.)


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Mike Albert
1 month ago

Chuck, Emily, Diane and all,
I answered and wrote a brief entry (haha) for today’s poll. I want to thank RV Travel for all of the informative articles and references made over these past few years that I have been reading this newsletter as well as the other publications you put out. It made this trip we just experienced possible. Did we have issues? Yes, but we were able to overcome them due to information previously reported.
The political BS, name calling and other immature behavior that some show , while distracting, is just that, BS. It shows narrow minded individuals acting childish. I just ignore and move on.
Please keep up the terrific work.
And thanks again.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mike Albert
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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Wow! Thanks, Mike! (Blush.) You, and others like you, and comments like yours, make all of this “hard work” and rare rude comments from a very few bitter readers all worthwhile. I say “hard work” because it’s really neither “hard” nor “work.” We all love what we’re doing, so it doesn’t feel like work at all. I was talking to my neighbor, a CPA, over our back fence last year. I was expaining what I do here. His response, when he saw my enthusiasm, was, “So, you’re getting paid for your hobby?” Exactly! Thanks, again, Mike. Take care. 😀 —Diane

Rebecca
1 month ago

I was less intrigued by the uses of baby powder than by the opening lines about insulating while work camping. I’d like to hear more about RVers and work camping – volunteer? Church-related? Other groups? I know the Methodists have a group called the NOMADS (jokingly referred to as Northern Older Methodists Avoiding Deep Snow) where RVers camp & volunteer. Are there others?

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Hi, Rebecca. Here’s a recent article by Nanci Dixon with some information you might find useful: 13 tips about work camping that will point you to success https://www.rvtravel.com/tipsworkcamping970/ It not only includes tips from a longtime work camper, but also numerous links for lots more information. Good luck! 🙂 –Diane

Zeet
1 month ago

The water tester shown does not test for bio contaminates, just dissolved solids which are not contaminates; they do not affect your health if you drink the water. They affect the water’s taste and can be hard on plumbing.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

“Today’s Thought” is scarily pertinent to us seniors . . . Just sayin’.

jillie
1 month ago

After reading the bio on the recently deceased furry baby it reminded me of Kylo Ren. Yeah well he came to us as a Ren. After the Star Wars movie the name Kylo was added and boy was he a namesake. Every time we got to a campsite he disappeared. Even though we watched him like a hawk he still slipped under the radar. The most funniest was when yet again did his Houdini act and ended up crashing a wedding at the venue hall. Every one thought he belonged there until an elderly woman went from site to site asking if anyone knew of this dog. Yup. You guessed it. It was ours. She said she knew he didn’t belong and decided to see if she could find his parents. We did apology and she said no biggie it was just funny to see a dog at a wedding and no one knew who he belonged to. Probably made for some humor afterwards. But we told the woman we swore he was inside the camper. Kylo Ren aka our little Houdini passed away last May. We miss him and his antics.

John Macatee
1 month ago

“Pet of the Day”, sorry for your loss. Our Jack Russell, Bentley, does the same, chases those embers, has the best time

Jesse Crouse
1 month ago
Reply to  John Macatee

Lost our Toofoo last week- a true Jack Russell.17 years old and the most loveable dog we have ever know. Sorry for your loss to all who have gone thru it.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

I’m very sorry for your loss as well, Jesse. That’s so difficult. My dog, that “rescued me” at a shelter almost 10 years ago, sticks to me like Velcro, still. I believe it’s because he was horribly abused and beaten for the first three years of his life. He’s so protective of me, and so appreciative to have someone who loves him as much as I do, that he just wants to be (really) near me all of the time. I keep telling him to quit walking so close, while I’m thinking to myself that when he’s gone I’m going to sorely miss feeling him “herding” me down the hall, etc. Take care. 🙂 —Diane

ROBERT
1 month ago

I love your website and recently donated again. I messaging to ask where is the “is this your RV?” Thank you

Violet
1 month ago
Reply to  ROBERT

Ditto to both!

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 month ago

The NATTERING NABOBS OF NEGATIVISM who read this very informative and valuable web site need to take a chill pill. The entire staff – I have worked with some of these folks, including Chuck, provide a very good publication found nowhere else in the RV industry.

DW/ND
1 month ago

Amen – Well Said!

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Thank you, Brad! We appreciate your kind words. And we truly appreciate, and are still amazed by, the time and effort you invested in “RVs: Who Makes What.” Take care, and have a great day. 🙂 —Diane

Jeb
1 month ago

Trailer hitch fail article defies your ban on not citing f. k. Only took you 2 days.

Tom M
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

Emily and Chuck , there will always be a couple. Keep up the good work.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

That post was from June 2020. I guess when we rerun a post we need to check it for every reference to Facebook and insert (bleeped) instead? Have a good day, Jeg. 🙂 –Diane

TIM
1 month ago

Today Facebook was mentioned twice after the announcement two days ago. Your proclamation lasted almost as long as a typical new year’s resolution.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  TIM

Hi, Tim. Yep. One was from a post from June 2020, and one was a current joke about their name change. Sheesh! Have a good day. 🙂 –Diane

cee
1 month ago
Reply to  TIM

Chill Tim. Seems you have a low tolerance…

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 month ago

Get a life people! So FB was mentioned a couple of times! Get over it!

Crowman
1 month ago

That wasn’t the point Chuck said no more F.B. 2 days ago.

Engineer
1 month ago

Is there anyway we can read this publication without the dozens of pop up, ads, page reloading? I normally try and read this on an iPad…but it’s become increasing difficult….TIA

Gary Reed
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

Agree 100%.

Crowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

Install a Adblocker on your computer.

Rolling Coal
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

Donate a couple of bucks! I don’t see any ads.

Pat
1 month ago
Reply to  Rolling Coal

I always donate, and lately I’ve been getting a lot of ads. Difficult on an iPad.

Ron Sifford
1 month ago

Emily, Chuck and staff, keep up the good work and may the nay sayers go elsewhere.

Bob P
1 month ago

In the tips, all that was accomplished with a 1/4” piece of tubing and a roll of masking tape on a dust buster vacuum. That’s quite a commercial for dust buster. Lol

David Telenko
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

Actually I thought it was very inventive! I plan on adding it to my shop vacuum, I wont mention the brand name LOL!
Snoopy

Barry T
1 month ago

The chili recipe looks delicious and I have saved it for later, BUT…it’s name is incorrect. Texas chili has NO BEANS. On the other hand, I am not sure if there is such a thing as TexMex chili. If there is, beans may be acceptable.

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry T

I agree.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry T

Hi, Barry. I think if someone makes up a recipe, they can put whatever they want in and call it whatever they want, eh? I love chili but can’t eat anything spicy anymore. Drat! Have a great day. 🙂 —Diane

Dan
1 month ago

Those RV renovations are awesome!

Tom
1 month ago

Another mention of “The Devil” (FB) in the Leave Here With A Laugh. Editor, was Chuck serious when he said that there would be no mention of either it or it’s founder? You also posted an article that originated with a photo from that same company. Really?

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Sorry, Tom. The post you’re referring to was from 2020, and the joke was a new one regarding their new name. But we’re trying… Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Thomas Champagne
1 month ago

OPPS ! I guess you forgot to post “Is this RV yours ?”

Bob P
1 month ago

Must not have had one to post.

Ellen L
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

They could have used mine.

Sharon Boehmer
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen L

Or mine

Doug Turner
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

They could have used mine as well…..

Tom
1 month ago

I’m guessing since today is the 1st, and the question hasn’t been answered, that this segment is no longer a thing.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Sorry, Tom and others. Jessica, who normally puts that feature in, is off for a couple of days. The feature should be back this Wednesday. Sorry. But thank you for your patience and understanding in the meantime. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

UPDATE: Jessica has posted “Is this your RV?” in tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) RV Daily Tips newsletter. Woo hoo! 😀 —Diane

Lil John
1 month ago

I’ve been waiting almost a year to see mine. 🙁
I’ll bet Diane will fill us in soon. Right, Diane?

Last edited 1 month ago by RV Staff
cee
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

I submitted a photo of mine almost as soon as the promotion was announced.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

Hi, Lil John. Yep, I’m here. 😀 I’ve been waiting to hear back from Emily. Our gal, Jessica, that usually puts these in is off for a couple of days. The feature should be back on Wednesday, however. Take care. 🙂 —Diane