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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Issue 1762
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

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ―Frank Zappa

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Card Playing Day!

On this day in history: 1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as X-rays. The achievement earned Röntgen the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

Tip of the Day

Maneuvering big RVs in tight fuel stops

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
While having a larger motorhome or towing a bigger trailer has its share of “pluses,” along with the increased length comes what for some is a “problem set.” When it’s time to fuel up your rig, getting in and out of the fuel station can become anything between a challenge and a nightmare. Swinging your rig around in a confined, tight area with plenty of “targets” you can hit can make even some experienced RVers break out in a sweat. What can you do to make fueling up easier? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: 16 brilliant ways nail polish comes in handy while RVing (for men too!)

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 OBI Dweller overlanding trailer. Tony writes, “While I like this trailer design, there are a few things I don’t like.” What are those things he doesn’t like? Find out in today’s review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the top Thor Class C: Thor Quantum Sprinter? 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.

My slide room squeaks when retracting. Can I use WD-40?

Dear Dave,
There is a loud noise (squeaking) coming from the slide out when retracting, but not so much going out. I’ve “heard” that WD-40 is not the best lubricant for slides. Is there a better option? —Carol

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How can I get better AM reception in my RV?

How would you answer, “Do you have any regrets?”

By Nanci Dixon
I come across the question, “What do you regret?”, many times on the Facebook groups I belong to, but it’s such an open-ended question that it’s hard to answer. Many times the question is from people considering taking the leap to full-timing. … Each time I see that question it causes a few moments of reflection. What do I regret? What good are regrets anyway? Can regrets cause change? Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Okay to let passengers ride in a moving travel trailer?

Video of the Day

How to handle propane tanks and propane usage

In this three-minute video from Outdoorsy, Mike Jackson explains how to get the propane flowing in your RV and ensure that the tanks are working properly. He starts by explaining the two propane tanks on the front of a travel trailer and how they should be used safely. He then explains the propane regulator, and, importantly, what to do if you detect a smell coming from the tanks (not good!). He then heads inside the RV. Watch.

Reader poll

How often do you use swear words?

Come #@!?% tell us here! Just kidding, tell us here, kind sirs and madams…

Quick Tip

Secure the water heater door

“While taking a walk with our dog recently, I found a metal water heater door which fell off some RV driving along. I thought about a tip: Take a small, metal key ring loop and thread it though the plastic closure which secures that door in place. This will prevent it from coming off if you hit a bump.” Thanks to Dennis N.!

These might seem silly at first, but we can actually think of quite a few ways these may come in handy

Website of the day

Travel Wyoming: Things to Do
The official Wyoming tourism website is great for finding things to do, trip itineraries, food and drink options, and much more.

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:

• 15 percent never ask for permission when they “camp” in Walmart parking lots.
• 31 percent currently have an extended warranty on their RV.
• 22 percent have stayed overnight in a Cabela’s parking lot at least once.

Recipe of the Day

Ultimate Avocado Toast
by Patrick Meyer from Greenville, SC

We’ve heard the hype about avocado toast, but it wasn’t regularly on our menu. After trying Patrick’s version, we’re now going to be thinking about this toast all the time. Balsamic vinegar adds tangy flavor to the sliced cherry tomatoes. Crispy pancetta sprinkled on top adds texture and saltiness. We love the kick of spice from Siracha honey drizzle. Once you break into the egg, it creates a sauce. There are tons of flavors in this avocado toast and they are fantastic together.

Sounds like a yummy, refreshing breakfast! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Asiago & Gruyere Potato Gratin

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The Titanic could be completely gone by the year 2030. Metal-eating bacteria was discovered on the ship’s remains by researchers in 2010 and prove that this bacteria is actively eating the ship. Yikes!

*What was the very first U.S. National Monument? Yesterday’s trivia tells you the answer. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Handsome guy, Chunk! The friendliest dog I know! Loves to chase rabbits and squirrels, but simply can’t catch them!” —Jeff Clark

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!

Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from electrical specialist Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

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Editor: Emily Woodbury.

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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cee (@guest_158111)
1 year ago

Loved “leave here with a laugh”!!! Have wanted to jump the fence a few times.

Sue (@guest_158106)
1 year ago

Leave here with a laugh was BEST – nothing worse than a barking dog….and we have one right now at our campsite.

Bill (@guest_158183)
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

Rather remove the dog’s owner as they don’t seem to care about their pet or their neighbors

Charles Potter (@guest_158104)
1 year ago

Re: Water Heater Door
I didn’t lose the door but the latch. I inserted ! 1″ 1/4 20 bolt; which I double nutted. Then I shut the door securing it with another nut. Problem solved.

Renee Mazurek (@guest_158092)
1 year ago

Loved the sweet, beautiful boxer baby!! Adorable!

Skip (@guest_158075)
1 year ago

Leave here with a laugh was great.

The Lazy Q (@guest_158073)
1 year ago

If you can’t remember to secure the tab for the water heater door, how are you going to add another layer of security? I cannot see that tab failing all on it’s own, a human was involved.

Tony Grigg (@guest_158113)
1 year ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

I agree. This was an operator error.

Larry Lee (@guest_158131)
1 year ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Lost our water heater door just recently and not due to operator error. The spring rusted and collapsed allowing the tab to fly away in the wind. An extra ring would not have helped.

Glenn (@guest_158064)
1 year ago

Love Boxers, I’ve had two, make wonderful pets. Broke my heart when we lost them.

Jeb (@guest_158060)
1 year ago

Handsome is a good boy. Yes he is.

Tom (@guest_158040)
1 year ago

You might want to ensure that your contributors are aware of your “No-F…book” policy. Nanci Dixon’s column today makes reference to that “F…book”.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Thanks, Tom. But you’ll notice that Nanci wrote that in August 2020, long before our no or limited FB policy at Also, she mentions it’s FB groups she belongs to, so that’s totally her choice. Have a healthy and terrific 2022! 🙂 –Diane

Ron T. (@guest_158039)
1 year ago

I noticed I’d lost the water heater door at my 1st gas stop on a trip from WI to TN. I knew it had to be my mistake and figured it had to have happened shortly after we started out. On my 1st bike ride after we returned I found it on the shoulder of the road about a mile from home. It had been run over and the grill piece was separated but I put it back together. The bumps and scratches on it remind me to secure the tab every time I check it now.

Bob p (@guest_158034)
1 year ago

The tip about the water heater door would be a simpler way to secure it to lay the tab flat against the door. It can’t be broken off that way, in 43 years of RVing I’ve never lost one yet, I try not to be careless. My wife loves Avocado but she says that recipe looks and sounds gross. Lol

Tommy Molnar (@guest_158055)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

The avocado toast looks yummy, but the procedure to GET to it looks to be way too involved. We just slather avocado on a slice of toast, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and we’re good to go.

Larry Copeland (@guest_158026)
1 year ago

In the reader poll, one of the choices should be “as needed”. LOL

Rick (@guest_158037)
1 year ago
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John Macatee (@guest_158054)
1 year ago
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Jeb (@guest_158059)
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

Upon hammer misses.

Pat (@guest_158088)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

So true!

KellyR (@guest_158093)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

The hammer didn’t miss, you did. AND it probably did still hit the nail, not on the head but the nail on your thumb. All the hammer knew was that it was supposed to hit A nail.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_158102)
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

I’m sure that one would’ve garnered the most votes

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