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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Issue 1742
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

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ―Robert Louis Stevenson


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mason Jar Day! It’s also National Day of Giving… so perhaps you make jam in a mason jar and give it to someone?

On this day in history: 1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman (Ann Hodges) taking an afternoon nap. This is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space. She survived, with just a large bruise on the side of her body.



Tip of the Day

Give your RV’s medicine cabinet a makeover with these easy tips

By Gail Marsh
I never think to do it. I’m talking about organizing our RV medicine cabinet. In my defense, I’m usually tired when I open that cabinet door. It’s either very early in the morning and I’m still trying to shake off my sleep stupor, or it’s late at night and I don’t feel like tackling a medicine cabinet cleaning project when my bed is beckoning. Reasons, er, excuses aside, I finally decided to tackle the job.

Here’s what I did to clean my RV’s medicine cabinet…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Getting creative: How to cook like normal in small RV kitchens


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Jayco Redhawk 24B. How does this almost identical Class C compare to yesterday’s Entegra Coach Odyssey? You’ll just have to read the review to find out!

Speaking of which, did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Entegra Coach Odyssey 26M Class C? 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 30, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Norm Burgess of Frisco, Texas, and Marty Gauthier of Crossville, Tennessee.

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.

My RV’s entrance steps only work intermittently. What’s the problem?

Hi Dave,
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My problem is that my electric entry steps do not work all of the time. I have had the step motor out and it runs fine on the bench, but it will not work when hooked up. The fuse is good and the grounds have been freshened up. Help! —Paul

Read Dave’s reply.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Gross! Why did the black water flush valve erupt?



Will Irish Spring soap repel rodents from your RV?

RVers employ a variety of methods to keep mice and other rodents away from their RVs. … [One] popular method of keeping rodents away is by placing Irish Spring soap in areas where the creatures might inhabit. Some RVers swear this works. Alas, others say it does no good at all. Finally, someone has conducted a scientific test to see if Irish Spring soap really does keep rodents away, in this case rats. Read more and watch a short video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Birds build nest on RV. RVers must stay put or face $15,000 fine or jail! 


 

Reader poll

Is your RV out of action right now because it needs an essential repair?

Please, oh please, tell us here.


Quick Tip

Don’t forget to check your tire valve stems

Dick G. advises: “Check your tire pressure but also move the valve stems around to check their integrity. While cleaning the wheels on my year-old camper I found a leak at the valve stem. I thought it might be a crack in the rubber of the valve stem, but on a one-year-old camper that is rare. By pushing the valve stem sideways it leaked air – and a lot of it. So off to the shop I went to replace the faulty valve stem. After removing the tire, I found the valve stem was not cracked, but when it was initially mounted the bead of the tire had deformed the base of the stem and allowed it to leak. A new valve stem was installed and potential flat was averted.” Thanks, Dick!



Website of the day

The 60 Most Scenic Drives in America
As you start to plan your 2022 travel, take a look at this list from Town&Country and see if you can squeeze in one (or more) of these incredibly beautiful drives!


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:

• 15 percent own five or more licensed motor vehicles.
• 36 percent say that having an electrical hookup is critical when choosing where to stay for two days.
• 57 percent never stay in a casino parking lot or casino RV park.

Recent poll: How likely would you stay more than one night at a location with no internet access of any kind?


Recipe of the Day

Colorado Cowboy Casserole
by Lisa Foote from Castle Pines, CO

This is a great family meal with just enough flavor to not be a boring tater tot casserole. The meat layer is creamy and the Southwestern flavor isn’t too strong – just perfect. The cheese and the tater tots tie it all together nicely. It’s quick, easy, and really good for a family on a budget. Even a picky eater will love this!!

This sounds like a winner! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Cheesy Parmesan Potato Pancakes


Trivia

Back in December of 2010, the United States Post Office printed 10.5 billion of their newly issued stamps, that of the Statue of Liberty “forever” stamp. It wasn’t until after a few months that people started to notice this wasn’t the real Statue of Liberty. In what was the largest stamp misprint in the history of the post office, the post office printed the wrong Lady Liberty. Instead of printing the real deal (the Lady Liberty in New York), they printed an image of a replica outside the New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sculptor Robert S. Davidson’s Las Vegas Liberty has a fuller chin, a rounded jawline, a softer and wider mouth in relation to the nose, and also a friendlier expression. The use of the photograph on the stamp sparked a lawsuit between Davidson and the USPS that is still going on today. Wow!

*When Sears and Kmart merged in 2005 there were 3,500 full-line Sears stores. How many are left today? Yesterday’s trivia gives you the number. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our sweet 16-year-old Bailey loved traveling with us! She passed to the rainbow bridge on 2-24-20, so her traveling days on earth are over. We live in South Texas and have been retired and traveling in our 21FBRS Flagstaff Microlite for three years (not full-time!). She loved exploring new places, sights, smells, and meeting new dogs! We are assured she is finding much more adventure in Heaven! RIP Sweet Bailey!” —Marsha & Richard Mackerer

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


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Cozy, cute AND comfy! These will keep Goldilocks’ furry friends warm all winter long!


Leave here with a laugh

A B-flat, an E-flat, and a G-flat walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve minors.”


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jillie
1 month ago

In Michigan there are no K Marts and Sears. They all shuttered their doors permanently here. I did hear there might be a sears in Ohio. I have yet to see a sears or K Mart in PA. Good luck.

Bob M
1 month ago

Today while test driving a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid I found out another mandate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They now require Hybrids and I assume electric vehicles have a back up alarm. I previously test drove a F150 hybrid and don’t remember hearing a backup alarm. Researching the internet it says the F150 has one. Can you imagine someone arriving at their campsite late at night. Than having their backup alarm waking you up while maneuvering their camper into the campsite. Or your neighbor leaving at 6:00 am and backing out of the driveway and the back up alarm beeping.

Bill Coady
1 month ago

🙂 …..The joke might read a bit smoother if you listed the notes in the conventional order to make a minor chord…..Eb, Gb, Bb, with the root (Eb) being shown first.

Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

Reader Poll – 11-20-2021 – Enjoyed the question. I purchased mine long before COVID and the “quitter’s workers” so the quality of mine was above average. It should be noted, before warranty was out, took to mothership for 38 items which needed correction. Manufacturers would save MILLIONS, if they would have 5 different customers walk through finished units, writing down every defect they SEE, and then take finished units to A Powered site, and run every system for 24 hours. Once those two things are completed, then the unit could be shipped. I believe they test while assembly goes on, and defects which happen when one crew finishes and another crew starts a new process is reason quality sucks.

Drew
1 month ago

I hope you all get new pups…heart breaking to hear all this.

Brian Burry
1 month ago

Thank God you were Sweet Bailey’s lov family. Your lives were better for it. We just lost our sweet Sadie of 13 years of love, she was a Brittany- Cocker mix and was the most perfect little friend and doggie we have ever had. We know your loss, and know how precious that time together was.

Skip
1 month ago

Bailey absolutely beautiful. I am sorry for your loss and know what you went through as this spring our oldest beagle had passed to the rainbow bridge. Beagles rule.

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

Bailey and my Tigger-Saraus are having a good time together. Tigger left us just a few days after Bailey. She was my fur-baby. Like Bailey, Tigger is waiting and watching for us.

jcav55
1 month ago

As guitar player, I loved the the laugh of the day. Thanks.