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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, November 18, 2021

Issue 1734
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

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ―Terry Pratchett

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Princess Day!

On this day in history: 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Today is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.

Tip of the Day

Is the cat missing? You’ll be shocked at all the places your pet can hide in your RV

Pets usually adapt fairly well to new situations. That is, usually. But then, there are pets that do not. A new RVer (and cat owner) recently took her first RV trip. She brought Kitty along. Evidently, Kitty didn’t feel safe, so she hid. Kitty’s owner looked inside and outside the camper for two days! Desperate, Newbie RVer was about to give up when all at once Kitty made an appearance. Newbie still doesn’t know where Kitty was hiding all that time. She’s just happy to have her back!

As it turns out, many, many pets have gone into hiding while RVing. Who knew?! Just in case your pet decides to hide, take a look at all the places cats and dogs have used as their hidey-holes. Some are extremely innovative!

Yesterday’s tip of the day: This gadget makes draining the fresh water tank quick and easy

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Cougar 316RLS fifth wheel. In this review, Tony questions what makes different fifth wheels stand out when they all have basically the same floor plan. Read his thoughts here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Cedar Creek 291RW fifth wheel? 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, November 18, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Kathleen Verdino of Sun City, AZ.

We are discontinuing the contest at the end of November. We’ll have a brand-new contest. This contest will return again after a break.

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 can’t I get schematics for my rig?

Dear Dave,
Why don’t most RV manufacturers supply hydraulic, electrical, plumbing, or framing schematics, or build plans, to an owner. I have a 2021 Bighorn Traveler 39RK. When I ask for those items all I get is, “We don’t have that.” —James

Read Dave’s explanation.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does furnace function irregularly but works fine outside of its housing?

Oh, this is just way too cute… Imagine your friend sitting in this??

Reader from South Africa shows off cute VW motorhome readers span the globe. Here’s an email and photo we received from reader Danie Fourie from South Africa. Read Danie’s note and see this cute RV here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Stay safe on your RV roof

Reader poll

Do you like to visit small-town museums?

Come in, we’re open! Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Don’t forget your pet’s grooming needs

Taking Buddy or Fluffy with you on your RV adventure? Don’t forget – just like you need to groom, so do they. A portable pet grooming kit is essential. Pack whatever supplies you need to groom the fur and trim the nails, as well as a “dry cloth” cleaning system, since bathing a pet on the road can be a bit of a challenge.

Keep insects and bird nests out of your RV furnace
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with air flow and cause serious damage. Camco 42141 (Model FUR 200) Flying Insect RV Furnace Screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check which one will fit your vent. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

80 Best Thanksgiving Decorations to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays
There are some gosh darn adorable ideas on here to spruce up your Thanksgiving table and home or RV.

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:

• 37 percent say they enjoy photography very much and find themselves taking photos often.
• If they could make one room in their RV bigger, most would choose to make the bathroom bigger, followed by the bedroom (or bed area), the “living room,” and lastly the kitchen.
• 81 percent always carry binoculars with them in their RV.

Recent poll: Have you ever read John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley”?

Recipe of the Day

Baked Brie With Cranberry Sauce
by Tess Geer from Westerville, OH

This is a simple, but elegant, appetizer that will please just about anyone on Thanksgiving (or at any point in the holiday season). The buttery Brie is creamy when it melts and its savory flavor is a nice contrast to the tart cranberries. Walnuts add a nice crunch. We loved eating this with sliced apples. The sweetness from the apples is a lovely combination with the baked Brie. When you’re limited on time, this quick and easy appetizer can be put together in no time.

Oh, boy. We’re drooling! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Broccoli Shrimp Casserole


More than 60 percent of the American public does not have enough money in the bank for a $500 emergency. —Consumer Reports

*What dune or desert area inspired Frank Herbert to write his iconic Sci-Fi novel “Dune”? Yesterday’s trivia tells you! 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Addie loves to lay on the dash and knows how to get behind the curtains if they are closed.” —Addie

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!

Leave here with a laugh

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Jim Lane
20 days ago

Dave, Thank you so much. After I purchased a Winnebago Intent 3 years ago I found some schematics online and got a couple from their help desk. After reading your article I went to the Winnebago web site and was able to see detailed schematics and part numbers for nearly everything in my RV. That is awesome! Kudos for Winnebago!

Diane Mc
20 days ago

We got a large portfolio case & binder when we bought our 2002 Newmar Dutchstar. Has all the info on everything in the motorhome, the house part, engine/chassis info and wiring schematics. We’ve used most all of it at one time or another over the past 20 yrs. Not always everything we need to know, but a start.

Emily Woodbury(@emily)
20 days ago

Sorry, all! We fixed the link to Dave’s story. Thank you for alerting us! –Emily,

Josh Winters
20 days ago

Not going to lie — I visit daily to see the reader’s pet of the day lol
Today’s “leave here with a laugh” was pretty solid as well

20 days ago

Leave here with a laugh- awesome. The vision of yoga pants and why most should only wear in the confines of their homes.

Tommy Molnar
20 days ago
Reply to  Skip

One of our friends said you should have to get a “Lycra license” before you can wear that stuff.

Gary Reed
20 days ago

The Trivia for today is frightening to read.

20 days ago

I got my schematics, back before the industry downturn in service and quality. But now I can’t find them, just like Dave’s response.

20 days ago

Enjoyed laugh of day. Yoga pants in particular are revealing, unfortunately, many don’t care if they assault my eyeballs.

20 days ago

Well, this is embarrassing…
The link that you wanted returned a 404 error. 

That means our web server could not find the page or image you wanted to see. 

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for please contact us.

Bradley Anderson
20 days ago
Reply to  Engineer

I went back to RV Travel home page and clicked on Dave’s link and the article came up.
Interesting read, kinda what I suspected from the manufacturers.

Last edited 20 days ago by Bradley Anderson
20 days ago

Thanks! Followed your advice and it worked for me. Was looking for Damon Avanti wiring and did try to google it as suggested – found Damon but not the Avanti 🙁

Michael Roach
20 days ago

We don’t need no stinkin’ blueprints or schematics, we are men !

John Macatee
20 days ago
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Kelley Miller
20 days ago

Link for Ask Dave segment does not work.

20 days ago

Dave’s answer link does not open!

Alain T.
20 days ago

Jayco will provide most blueprint pages and wiring diagrams, but only once out of warranty. I once needed wall blueprints to add a fairly heavy tv, while still under warranty and Jayco agreed to send them to my dealer. Was great service then, don’t know now.

Jesse Crouse
20 days ago

That would imply some sort of quality for what they build and what they pay the people to put a mobile erector set together.

Donald N Wright
20 days ago

Schematics ? Aliner does not have blueprints or shop drawings at the assembly plant. Everything is supposedly hand built, Often put in different places and sometimes not connected to anything, like the fuse box or a drain pipe. It’s an adventure every day.