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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Issue 1747
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

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” ―Gayle Forman


Need an excuse to pause to remember? Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

On this day in history: 1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Tip of the Day

7+ ways to use a delivery service on the road

By Sandi Sturm
Innovation provides solutions to the multitude of issues that follow any worldwide event, such as our current pandemic. Home delivery is not a totally new idea, but it has made a tremendous comeback from the days of the milkman.

Over the past 18 months, I have been finding new ways to use these services. At first, it was for safety because I did not want to venture into a grocery store. Then I found it convenient. But now I see that I can use delivery services to feel a little less isolated from family and friends who are miles across the country.

Continue reading for these great (and convenient) ideas.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Where to refill those propane tanks on the road 


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Rockwood A213HW hard-side pop-up camper. Tony recently looked at the Aliner “Family” A-frame trailer, but here’s an alternative. Which one does Tony like better? You’ll have to read the review to find out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 256BHS? If you missed it, you can read it here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

We are continuing this feature by popular demand!

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.


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.

What filtration system do you recommend to fill freshwater tank when boondocking?

Dear Dave,
I will be traveling in a brand-new 24′ Class C Conquest RV with a 48-gallon freshwater tank. I would like a water purification system that has at least a garden hose input attachment for filling. My thought is to rinse out then fill up the fresh water tank from home every time I start out. I plan on being out for 6 months, come home, and camp locally during the summer months. I’ll be camping in the brush and be dependent on river or lake water to refill the freshwater tank most of the time. …

Read the rest of the question and Dave’s recommendations here.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does my water pump cycle every few seconds?


RVelectricity

Live Ask the Expert webcast with Mike Sokol and Mike Zimmerman this Thursday at 7 p.m. EST. Read more about it and sign up for a reminder at the bottom of Monday’s J.A.M. Session, here.


Marriage advice from a hand-signalin’, RV backer-upper

By Nanci Dixon
I will admit it, watching folks back RVs into campsites, particularly tight ones, has become a rather guilty source of entertainment. I am not alone. Every head seems to turn to the new camper as they begin their backing up journey. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s featured article: Watch the horror of a motorhome crash test



Words of wisdom from this book:

Money is not meant to be served.



Reader poll

What size T-shirt do you wear?

Check the tag and tell us here.


Quick Tip

Extra “drawers” for your RV

Use lids from copy paper boxes to organize and store canned goods in cabinets. The lids are available at any print or copy shop and usually free. Slide the lids into a cabinet shelf. Put canned goods in the lids to buffer them as you are driving. Grasp the lid and pull it toward you like a drawer. This makes it easy to check 
your inventory. Use the lids to carry your canned goods when packing and unpacking. If you don’t like the looks of the box, put some decorative contact paper on it. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.


‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Goldbelly
We mention Goldbelly in today’s Tip of the Day, but it’s worth checking out. Goldbelly ships popular meals and treats from around the country straight to your door. Maine lobster roll, anyone? New York pizza? Philly cheesesteak? They’ve got it!


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:

• 47 percent bathe every day. Yes, that means 53 percent do not bathe every day.
• Only 9 percent say their RV has a built-in outdoor kitchen.
• 46 percent say they would probably or definitely eat roadkill if it were put in front of them (cooked, we hope!).

Recent poll: If you accidentally dropped your wallet into an outhouse toilet, would you try to retrieve it? How do you think most RVers voted? Find out here.


Recipe of the Day

Workday Breakfast Burritos
by Roni Rawlins from Carnegie, OK

Using fresh spinach, turkey sausage, and egg whites make a delicious protein-packed, lower-calorie breakfast. The flavor is so fantastic you wouldn’t guess it’s egg white and turkey sausage. The tiny bit of American cheese adds that melty cheese factor you want in a breakfast burrito. Since these are prepped ahead of time, it’s an easy way to avoid the temptation of a not-so-healthy breakfast. It’s also economical. We used flour tortillas, but spinach or tomato would be delicious too. If you’re low carb, sub a lower carb tortilla.

We think these should be called “Everyday Breakfast Burritos!” They sound good! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Tasty Keto Lasagna


Trivia

Between 1946 and 1958 the United States tested 23 nuclear devices on Bikini Atoll, a ring-shaped coral reef island located in the Pacific Ocean within the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The nuclear testing made world news, and French automotive engineer Louis Réard made note of the explosive tests. It was then that he invented the modern two-piece swimsuit, the bikini. He was so sure it would explode in popularity just like an atomic bomb, that he named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll island.

*When someone has a “butt load” of something, how much do they really mean? Yesterday’s trivia tells you the history behind this silly, or not so silly, measurement. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our little Buddy loves to travel anywhere we go. He’s almost 13 years old and is the sweetest old man. His favorite pastime now is sleeping in my husband’s lap.” —Maxine Hagood

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


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
We recently watched someone use one of these and it was SO neat! You’d be the fanciest person in the campground, that’s for sure! Cheers!


Leave here with a laugh

Howdy, RVtravel.com readers! Many of you feel the need to tell us daily that our jokes are not funny! Well, finding seven jokes a week to make every single person (there are thousands of you!) laugh would be a big task. If we could make you all laugh, we’d be billionaires! If you have a better joke, feel free to send it to us. That would be more productive than complaining, and you’d be helping us out. Thanks, and happy laughing (or not!). 


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Steve Barnes, Kamloops, Canada
1 month ago

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Do rvtravel.com a favour. Quit complaining about the odd spelling mistake. Americans misspell all the time. They go to the theatre and only want to sit in the centre row. Then if they can’t talk their neighbour into trading seats, they harbour a grudge. They are not satisfied with black and white cheques. They expect their bank to provide a selection of coloured ones from a catalogue.
At least they know how to spell tongue in cheek, eh?

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago

😆 Thanks, Steve! Have a great day, and stay healthy, eh? 🙂 –Diane

Gary
1 month ago

I guess “Is this your RV” has now become click bait.

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary

Probably a data point. If not enuff people click it they can do away with it.

I don’t care if it goes or stays, but it is less annoying this way.

KellyR
1 month ago

Ha! Ha! Ha! …. some people don’t find your jokes funny? Now THAT IS FUNNY. They must not have a humerus bone in their body .. or have never bumped their elbow.

Terry Anderson
1 month ago

I was taken back when I read todays excuse to celebrate. Remembering Pearl Harbor and the “Day of Infamy” is more important and deserves our utmost respect.Those who served where members of the greatest generation. Placing cotton candy before hand and recognizing this date as almost an after thought, I felt, shows a lack of support and honor for our veterans and those who served. Over 400,000 Americans gave their lives and tens of thousands suffered life long injuries do to WW2. Are we forgeting the importance of our history?I know no harm was intended but some things are in a different category than the frivolous.

Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Terry Anderson

It doesn’t say to celebrate it says pause to remember

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

I updated it, Larry, due to our error in judgment when inserting that feature for today. We sincerely apologize. –Diane

Terry
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry

They edited after my comment. They had it was national cotton candy day before.

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

Thank you, Terry. We apologize for our error in judgment. It’s been updated to more accurately reflect, albeit in a very minor way, the importance of this date in history. –Diane

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you, Diane. We appreciate a real person showing their mistakes and caring about what happens in the newsletter. Keep up the good work!

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding, Lil John. Sometimes things just slip by me when I’m proofing. Like I mentioned, I have to remember to pay attention when I get even a tiny feeling in my gut that something’s not right. Sometimes it just doesn’t sink in, unfortunately, when someone else inserts items into the newsletters. (Maybe my 75-year-old brain is getting a little tired. 🙄 ) But I feel especially terrible when I mess up on something as important as this. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Terry
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Most appreciated.

Last edited 1 month ago by RV Staff
DW/ND
1 month ago

REF: Joke of the Day – well said! Probably won’t change that minority – but worth a try anyway! Thanks for digging, dreaming up or whatever you do to find em’. I love em’ all! Humor is within the beholder!

Bill
1 month ago

I always look forward to your daily laugh. I confess I don’t always laugh but I also confess I often repeat them. I also confess I scroll very quickly past the daily pet to find it.

Marty
1 month ago

I love the silly jokes, don’t mind the occasional typo. I believe the majority of readers do as well. It’s just the vocal minority have to have something to complain about.

Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Marty

👍👍

John Macatee
1 month ago

FYI: the laugh of the day is the 1st stop for me. I very much enjoy them. Thank you.

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago

I may be a little weird, but I enjoy the “groaners” as much (maybe more) as the funny puns.

Tom H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Same here. Keep up the good work!

Drew
1 month ago

Almost half would eat road kill? I wonder why so many complain about restaurant food?

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Drew

Maybe they complain because restaurants don’t serve road kill? After all…there is more than one way to skin a squashed opossum.

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

Hi, KellyR. Is it merely a coincidence that you refer to a possum, the main character in the comic strip Pogo, by cartoonist Walt Kelly? Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I guess merely a coincidence, as I evidently am not that well read.

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

Hmmm. Well, I had to look it up to make sure when the connection popped into my head as I read your comment. From Wikipedia: “Pogo was a daily comic strip that was created by cartoonist Walt Kelly and syndicated to American newspapers from 1948 until 1975. Set in the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeastern United States, Pogo followed the adventures of its anthropomorphic animal characters, including the title character, an opossum.” Take care. 🙂 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I guess I should know that as I am not that far from the Okefenokee. However, I could not read yet in 1948. lol All I know is that those little critters tear up my lawn each winter. I love creatures, but I don’t know what God had in mind when he invented the opossum other than to tear up the yard looking for grubs. OH!, maybe to get rid of the grubs? I guess he does know what he is doing after all.

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

😆 Have a good night, Kelly. 🙂 –Diane

Julzrvtravels
1 month ago

I love every joke! I would say 95% give me a chuckle! Maybe the naysayers don’t have a sense of humor. I like to say, “some people would complain if they were being hung by a new rope”!

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
1 month ago

Today is “Pearl Harbor Day’ and that may be more sacred to veterans like myself who have served their country. I invite everyone to visit their War Memorial’s not only in their own communities but especially in Washington, DC and Arlington Cemetery. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Stay well, Stay safe

KBowden
1 month ago

Thank you, and all other vets out there, for your service.

KellyR
1 month ago

Our previous 911, December 7th, has always been in my mind. Many around the world owe their lives to the USA being drug into WWII. Some of us literally owe our lives to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many a girl fell in love with those WWII, handsome, brave soldiers, and not knowing the outcome, became wives anyway …. and here I am. And for me, “now you know the rest of the story”.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Smoked cocktails? Gee, wonder why I never thought of that . . . . NOT. Next, maybe someone will show us how to mix drinks while snorkeling.

Robert Nelson
1 month ago

To all of you who complain and nitpick PLEASE , PLEASE, PLEASE unsubscribe. Not just from this newsletter but from life. I make it a point to compliment whenever possible and it has always been appreciated. It not only lets them know they are appreciated but it makes my day a little brighter.

Tom M
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Nelson

I’m with you.

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

Thank you, Robert. We do appreciate your kind words, and we also appreciate YOU, very much! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 –Diane

John M
1 month ago

I enjoy reading RV Daily Tips and the weekend newsletters. I still believe if you don’t like something hit the delete button or just pass over it and don’t read it.

Patricia Neuzil
1 month ago

I really like your jokes!

Chris
1 month ago

I’m a huge fan of the “Laugh” section. It may make me groan, but always puts a smile on my face. Thanks!

David Stansbury
1 month ago

Of course there’s going to be people that don’t like the daily jokes. After all, they’re getting this newsletter for free. They are entitled and deserve better jokes. What’s the matter with you people?!?

Please- keep up the good work!

Chuck
1 month ago

I too look forward to the “Leave Here with a Laugh” every day. (I usually scroll right to it and start there) 🙂 There’s always going to be haters out there. I find most people that complain A LOT don’t do anything really well…except that! And for those that feel the need to leave a comment when there’s ONE spelling error in one of your publications, I say “let those without sin cast the first stone”. (quotes because I didn’t coin that phrase) Come on people, you’re NOT doing the editor a favor by pointing out a spelling error. (you may think you are) I wonder if “those people” ever leave a positive comment, thanking you all for the DAILY news you bring us?? Hmmm…..

Grouchmore
1 month ago
Reply to  Chuck

2XX Ride on I tink – me can n’t speil dat allso

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

Thanks for your supportive words, Chuck. Much appreciated! I’m the official proofreader and correct literally hundreds of typos every week. Occasionally one will slip by, and I hate that! (I’m harder on myself than anyone else could be.) So I actually appreciate being told there’s a typo so I can go in and correct it, before too many others see it. 😯 But thank you for your concern. Have a great day, and stay healthy. 🙂 –Diane

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

The story about the Bikini womens swimsuit was interesting. I wonder who comes up with all these other designs for swimsuits. I dislike these heavy baggy men’s swimsuits.

Mike Albert
1 month ago

Donald,
I prefer those over Speedos. Both wearing (which I haven’t done since before 1960) and seeing them. Living in S/W Florida and loving the beach on both coasts, I see tooooooo many of them.
We will never forget Pearl Harbor and it’s our responsibility to make sure our children and our children’s ahold remain don’t forget either.
Stay safe!

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago

I found the bikini story very interesting. I hazard that 90% of people didn’t know Bikini is a place (steeped in infamy no less).

I always assumed it was because it was a play on ‘bi’ for two piece but if the story is true the man was a genius!