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RV Daily Tips. Monday, December 20, 2021

Issue 1756
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

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ―Vincent Van Gogh


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Go Caroling Day!

On this day in history: 1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.


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



Tip of the Day

Traveling a long distance in your RV for Christmas or another time soon? You need these tips!

By Gail Marsh
Long gone are the days when our entire family lived within 30 miles of one another. Back then it was easy to travel to Grandma’s house for Christmas. Now? Our family is scattered all over the country and it’s been several Christmases since we all gathered together in one place at the same time. This year, however, we have some family coming to us via their motorhome. Their time off is limited, but a 1400+ mile trip is not to be taken lightly – nor perhaps all in one day. They are younger, and both adults will trade off driving, but still…  I have some tips for them (and for YOU, if you’ll be driving a long distance for the holidays).

Here are my RV tips for the “long haul” – at Christmastime, or any time…


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Wildwood FSX 167RBK. Tony asks if this trailer is a lump of coal or a holiday treat. You’ll just have to read his review to find out which one he thinks it is. (Hint: It’s not a holiday treat.)

Reviews from this weekend:
2022 Jayco Jay Flight 34RSBS
Yanko Design Raptor XC German off-road trailer

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.

Why do my RV’s batteries drain during storage?

Dear Dave,
I have a ’21 Forest River Geo Pro. When parked, the batteries go dead unless hooked up to my vehicle or dedicated power source. Both batteries are good. It has roof solar panels, which I assume would charge the batteries. Anything drawing power is off. The mobile RV mechanic has found nothing either, including fuses, etc. Any thoughts on this? —David

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Why don’t RV’s house batteries charge when motorhome is plugged into outlet?


RVelectricity

Since there is no RV Travel newsletter on Christmas Day, Mike wanted to be sure and get this into today’s newsletter for you. It’s a very heartwarming story by the great storyteller Paul Harvey. So, back by popular demand, here is The inspiring “This Little Light” story by Paul Harvey – the rest of the story.



One RVer’s wacky way to get rid of toilet odors

This takes the cake. Nobody on our staff has ever seen anyone go to this extreme to dispatch their RV’s toilet’s holding tank odors out of the RV and into the atmosphere. This is the all-time craziest method we’ve ever seen. See it to believe it!


Words of wisdom from this book:

Love carries great expectations.


Reader poll

How many holiday presents will you give this holiday season?

Tell us here, Santa!


Quick Tip

What does your liability insurance cover?

Got campground liability insurance on your RV? That’s the kind that “covers you” if somebody gets hurt in your campsite. But what if you’re away from the campsite while on a trip and conk somebody on the noggin with a golf ball? Homeowner’s liability insurance will probably cover you there – provided you have a home. If you’re a full-timer, check with your insurance agent to see where you stand on weird situations.



“Why I love my RV”

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

From Darla VanAlphen
2000 Tropical by National

“Our Moho is nothing but quality … no particle board or paper-thin walls. It has a very livable floor plan and we have full-timed in it for six years. Whenever we go to a show and see how cheap the construction is in all the new units, no matter what price you pay, we love ours more and more.”

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


Website of the day

17 Top Beach Camping Spots in the U.S.
Some of the prices have probably increased on these campgrounds since this was published last year, but they’d still be worth a stay, in our opinion. Just look at those beach views!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV Tire Safety: Are ST-type tires better because they have a higher “speed rating”?
• Just how bad is it? Are boondocking locations getting crowded?
• Portable washing machine saves weight for RV. YUP.


Recipe of the Day

Tuna Steak Salad
by Lynnie Denton from Dublin, OH

This salad is better than anything you’ll find at a restaurant. It’s ridiculously good. We grilled the tuna steak for about 5 minutes per side. We loved the flavor and texture the bell pepper gives the salad. The avocado blended with the tuna is a fantastic combination. Fresh parmesan sprinkled on top adds saltiness and is the perfect last touch. This salad is hearty enough for a delicious meal and comes together in under 20 minutes.

Eating a salad before all the heavy holiday eating we’re about to do isn’t such a bad idea… Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Roasted Pistachio Salmon With Maple Whiskey Sauce
Peppermint Eggnog Punch


Trivia

Who invented Dorito chips? The origin of one of America’s best-selling chips can be traced back to the Frontierland restaurant, Casa de Fritos, in Disneyland in the early 1960s. There, the chef came up with the idea to take the extra tortillas, slice them into small wedges, fry them, and season them like chilaquiles, only dry and not wet. The chips were such a hit that the VP of marketing for Frito-Lay struck a deal and began selling them in 1964. They were named Doritos in 1966.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Zeta travels well and enjoys joining us in our adventures. And she makes sure that we pack all the important things.” —Becky McCreary

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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
What a catch! This is definitely something that would be laughed at… but used often (you can’t deny you’d give it a try).


Leave here with a laugh

On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered a department store and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?”  She showed him a bottle costing $75. “Too expensive,” muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $50. “Oh, dear,” Nathan groused. “Still far too much.” Growing rather annoyed at Nathan’s meanness, the salesgirl brought out a tiny $10 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated. “What I mean,” he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.” So the sales girl handed him a mirror.


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John M
26 days ago

My one son likes to fish so I told my wife we should get him the Potty toilet fishing game for Christmas. She didn’t think it was quite as funny as I did. (He only 54)

Tommy Molnar
28 days ago

Off I went to check out the “mystery product of the day”. The very first comment almost made ME ‘poop in my pants’!

Gary Stone
29 days ago

Mystery product? Not so much. Many years ago, and maybe still today, there was a product called Potty Pot Shots. They were a selection of paper targets/bullseyes that could be placed in a urinal or float in a toilet bowl to help little guys perfect their aim.

jillie
29 days ago

The sales clerk probably does not have a job after that one. As for Doritos? Leave it to Disney to come up with a multi million dollar idea. We have Progressive. I might want to check into that RV insurance. As for home owners we have Nationwide since Progressive doubled our homeowners. What a racket.

Jeb
29 days ago

You are to be commended in your write ups on the product of the day. It seems you always manage to pique my interest, but, alas the product is always below the expectations.

Lil John
29 days ago

Mike Sokol has hit a soft spot. I always listened to Paul Harvey for his inspirational and even, at times, incredibly funny stories. This one was especially good. May it bring sunshine and a smile to all that read it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Betty Danet
29 days ago

Zeta is such a beauty!

Impavid
29 days ago

I prefer the word “frugal”.

Robert Nelson
29 days ago

Sorry naysayers but I liked the joke !!!

Mike
25 days ago
Reply to  Robert Nelson

Me too

David Stansbury
29 days ago

Getting desperate in the “leave here with a laugh” department, huh? Just kidding. Love the bad ones as much as the good ones,,,

Joseph
29 days ago

Nathan – Bless his heart 😂

Stay safe, Joe

Jesse Crouse
29 days ago

My wife says the same about me at times.

Janet blaes
29 days ago

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you !
May all your travels be filled with good times !