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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Issue 1757
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

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ―Albert Einstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the Winter Solstice! It’s also National Flashlight Day, and you’re probably going to need one considering it gets dark so early…

On this day in history: 1913 – Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first published crossword puzzle, appears in the newspaper the New York World.

Tip of the Day

Hats and caps out of control and thrown all over your RV? Try this simple tip to keep them organized

By Nanci Dixon
Are hats and caps out of control and all over the place in your RV? Perhaps you have some in your closet, some in a cupboard, and some thrown about on your favorite recliner… Ours were. I’d open a cabinet and they would all fall out.

So what did I do to organize them? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Traveling a long distance in your RV for Christmas or another time soon? You need these tips! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29TE. As he reports, “Given the choice of a Cherokee or a lot of the other stick-and-tin trailers out there, I have to hand it to Cherokee. They’ve done such a good job with adding meaningful content and features…” Read Tony’s review, and see one of the best outdoor kitchens on the market.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Wildwood FSX 167RBK? 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.

New battery, fuses are good, but why don’t lights and switches work?

Dear Dave,
Something is going on with my 12-volt system. I put in a new battery and power on both sides of the manual circuit breaker and the fuse there is good. All the fuses are good, but the light above the dinette, one overhead, the refrigerator and exterior light along with the two switches by the door are not working. The 110 plug that provides power to the reefer is hot. The two glass fuses in the reefer control box are good. I have the Magnetek 6300A system, which I can hear charging, and the bathroom GFCI is not tripped. What am I missing? Is there a reset on the converter? —Dawn

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why do my RV’s batteries drain during storage?

Downsizing: An emotional roller coaster

By Terri Nighswonger
My husband and I have been living full-time in our RV for the last 20 months. We’ve been stationary, we’ve traveled, been stationary, and traveled again. Our lives always look chaotic on the outside but, really, we are pretty stable people even though some may say otherwise. I was reflecting today on our journey thus far and was thinking to myself, what’s been the hardest part? I think I’d say the hardest part was downsizing to move into our travel trailer. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s featured article: One RVer’s wacky way to get rid of toilet odors

Words of wisdom from this book:

Be afraid only of standing still.

Reader poll

Did you send out Christmas cards this year?

Well, why didn’t we get one from you?! Tell us here if you sent out cards.

Quick Tip

“Downsize” bulky bedding for storage

After we wrote some time ago about using specialized clothing storage bags that you suck the air out of to reduce storage space, Wolfe Rose wrote in: “You don’t need name-brand vacuum bags to get the same debulking effect with spare bedding. Cheap kitchen trash bags and any small vac (even your own lungs) reduce a bulky sleeping bag or blanket down to the size of a coffee can. Fold closed and it packs into a cabinet without any struggling. For longer and ultra-tight storage, tape the open edge airtight. To use, give it a couple minutes and a couple shakes and it will be as fluffy and warm as before.” Thanks, Wolfe!

Website of the day

Strangest Town Names in Florida
We know many of you are in Florida right now, so we thought you’d get a kick out of this. Some of these are so funny! This website, Florida Travel + Life, has some other great articles, too, if you’re in Florida now or will be soon.

Use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!

The SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.

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:

• 3 percent make an online purchase every single day. Another 38 percent make an online purchase at least once a week if not more.
• 10 percent say their slideout(s) have gotten stuck in the out position more than once and they have needed help getting it fixed.
• 35 percent always bring bicycles with them on their RV travels.

Recent poll: How would you rate your 2021 year?

Recipe of the Day

To Die For Beef Tacos
by Jeanne Gliddon from Los Banos, CA

These tacos bring Taco Tuesday to a whole new level. Chorizo mixed with the ground beef is what makes these so special. It gives the filling tons of flavor without adding additional seasoning. Frying the tortillas makes the tacos nice and warm. Dress them however you like, but we followed Jeanne’s recommendation. They were perfect!

Oh, these look goooood. Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Tuna Steak Salad

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Space Invaders was the first arcade game to ever record high scores. In fact, the 1978 game broke a lot of ground when it was first invented. It was the first game that ever featured “enemies” that fired back, the first game to ever give a player multiple lives, and the first game to ever feature a background soundtrack.

*Who invented Doritos and where? It’s a magical story that you can find in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“These two girls, Sadie and Lizzie, have traveled with us for years as we trek around this beautiful country. Content in their pet taxies while traveling or up on the motor home dashboard at our destination.” —Gary Johnson

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

If you can still get this to arrive before Christmas, you’re going to want to try. We bet you know a lot of people who would get a good laugh from this!

Leave here with a laugh

The Santa Claus at the shopping mall was very surprised when a young lady walked up and sat on his lap. Now, we all know that Santa doesn’t usually take requests from adults, but she smiled very nicely at him, so he asked her, “What do you want for Christmas?” “Something for my mother, please,” replied the woman sweetly. “Something for your mother? Well, that’s very loving and thoughtful of you,” smiled Santa. “What would you like me to bring her?” Without turning a hair she answered quickly, “A son-in-law.”

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  1. Tip of day regarding downsizing bulky items. I have not found a bag that holds the vacuum for long. Anybody have success stories with a particular brand?

  2. Ah, Santa. I have a couple of photographs of me as an adult with Santa. One of them is Santa sitting on my lap going over his list. fe fi fo fum.

  3. Todays RV Review
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    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.


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