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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Issue 1722
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 Special Deals at Amazon.

Today’s thought

“Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator.” ―Lemony Snicket

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Deviled Egg Day!

On this day in history: 1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the results of the 1920 United States presidential election.

Tip of the Day

This affordable, effective device will track your RV or other items if stolen

By Karel Carnohan, DVM
There is a simple, inexpensive, effective way to track your RV after it’s been stolen. Bluetooth devices such as Tile® and Apple’s AirTag can be hidden in your RV and if it is stolen, your RV can be tracked in real time.

Designed to help you find things you misplace such as keys, wallets and purses, they are small enough to be a “hidden” asset. I have an AirTag on my keys and in a very important notebook that I use all the time. Some people put them on their dog’s collar in case he or she gets lost.

Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 9 great uses for baby powder that will have you running out to buy some

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Cherokee Alpha Wolf 28FK. This is a new floor plan and Tony is curious to hear what you think about some of the features. Read the review and leave your opinion in the comments here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Keystone Avalanche 390DS? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Diamond RV Park, Woodland Park, CO

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, November 2, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Mark Stoller of Valley Springs, South Dakota.

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 am I not getting 120-volt power to the water heater?

Dear Dave,
I am not getting AC voltage to my Suburban SW12DE water heater. I have Ohmed out the wiring from the input to the switch through the element. It seems to be OK. Element has 10.6 ohm resistance. I am stumped. —Kenneth

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: The rubber LP line runs near my trailer’s tires! What should I do? 

Use the NADA Guide when buying a used RV

By Mark Polk
There is an RV edition of the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) guide. This is the appraisal guide most RV dealers use to determine used RV prices and values. The online NADA guide offers low retail and average retail pricing on used RVs. … I always tell people you wouldn’t buy a new RV for full retail price, so you shouldn’t pay full retail price for a used RV. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Trailer hitch fail! Check this photo, then weep! 

Reader poll

Do you like to visit offbeat roadside attractions on your RV trips?

Click here for the world’s most famous poll! Kidding… but still, click here.

Quick Tip

Furnace won’t turn on? Try this!

Our buddy George Bliss has a fix for a cold morning: “I awoke one morning to find my RV furnace would not cut in. I thought I’d need a new digital thermostat but spoke to a very helpful RV tech who said to remove the thermostat’s front panel. Inside there’s a fuse which I removed and checked for continuity and it was fine. Wait five minutes, replace the fuse and voila, the furnace worked. Two years later, same issue, same fix. It takes less time than replacing the thermostat and is a lot cheaper.”

Oh, boy… you could do a lot of harm with this! It’s not harmful, but it could scare someone to death!

Website of the day

17 mysterious shipwrecks you can see on Google Earth
Have you ever seen a shipwreck? There are many places around the country (and world) where you can see what remains from shipwrecks, but this article is neat because you don’t have to leave your current location to do so! The photos from Google Earth are amazing!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 38 percent bought their first RV more than 30 years ago.
• 69 percent say they always or almost always turn the lights off when they’re leaving a room at night
• 63 percent say they prefer to be constantly moving when in their RV. They say it’s about the road trips – moving often, exploring, sightseeing, etc.

Recent poll: Do you know the exact height of your RV?

Recipe of the Day

Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
by Susie D.

If you’re tired of serving up plain deviled eggs at your football parties and want to kick them up a notch, then this will be your go-to recipe. They are creamy and have that classic Buffalo flavor, but aren’t too spicy. Adjust the amount of Buffalo sauce if you like yours to have an extra kick of spice. So good!

It’s National Deviled Egg Day, and these sound gooooood. Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Tanya’s Tex-Mex Chili


Can you guess what the top-grossing holiday film of all time is? A Christmas Story? Elf? Nope, neither of those. The 2000 remake of The Grinch is the highest-grossing holiday film of all time, bringing in $55 million in just the opening weekend alone. When it finally left theaters, The Grinch had pulled in a gross of $345 million.

*Where will you find Venus flytraps in the wild? Hint: It’s in the U.S.! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Marley is a rescue dog and really enjoys hanging out with us.” —Dennis Javens

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

Every RVer needs a good set of pliers
An RV toolbox is not complete without a good set of pliers. These fit the bill. The channel locks are ideal for any plumbing connection or nut/bolt where you need more leverage. Needle nose are great for wiring. Electricians’ pliers and wire snips are essential for electrical work. General-purpose pliers help in many other ways. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

Thanks to Tom Speirs for sending this to us.

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1 month ago

Leave it to the Chihuahua to get it done. Our one pom chi has a bark so loud you can hear it outside by the back fence. Wow. These dogs are our favorites by far. And O the personality to go with it.

Karen S.
1 month ago

Today’s Leave Here With a Laugh reminds me of a sign I saw at a veterinary hospital in FL this summer. “Your pets will love us, we shih-tzu not!”

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen S.

That’s a good one! Thanks, Karen! Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

1 month ago

What? No shipwrecks from the Graveyard of the Atlantic? For shame!

Marty Bates
1 month ago

Love the leave here with a laugh. Can add Dachsunds to the Chihuahuas.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

I’ve got a card trick, a couple of fave jokes, but poems? I learned a couple in the navy but they aren’t repeatable in ‘polite society’.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

I thought the #1 Christmas movie is Diehard…

Ian Anderson
1 month ago

Today’s Quick Tip.

Just what make of FURNACE and THERMOSTAT are we talking about?

1 month ago
Reply to  Ian Anderson


Royce Hershberger
1 month ago

In today’s article of funding ship wrecks on Google earth, I couldn’t find the SS Minnow. 😀

1 month ago

neither could anyone else!

Bob P
1 month ago

I would believe the sign at the vets, I’ve had a chihuahua and they will bark at anything. He would sit by the patio door and bark at the leaves blowing in the yard. I had to close the drapes to shut him up, they’re very good burglar alarms.

David Needham
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

We have 2
It is not a joke, though funny as Hell, very true story!!
Ha ha ha

1 month ago

Rescue dogs and cats are the best!

1 month ago
Reply to  tom

I don’t agree. Rescues are good but we have a little snoodle who can’t be beat. He’s not a rescue but he’s so smart, spunky and cute that we wouldn’t trade him for anything

Marty Bates
1 month ago
Reply to  Dennis

Reputable breeders of pure bred dogs put a lot of money in health testing, studying pedigrees and screen the buyers with an application and a contract.

Jim Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

I completely agree. My wife and her sister rescued a fox hound sweet as can be, best alarm system. If anyone steps in the yard we know right away, only problem is she is a lover, would lick them to death if they broke in.

Bill T
1 month ago

In today’s quick tip, what type of thermostat is it and who makes it?