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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Issue 1767
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

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.” ―Shel Silverstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Spaghetti Day!

On this day in history: 1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

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

Tip of the Day

Record-breaking winter storms sweep across U.S. What RVers need to know to keep their pets safe

As many areas across the western region of the country are impacted by record-breaking winter storms, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is reminding pet owners that cold temperatures can be particularly dangerous for pets, especially for those who are out in RVs. The ASPCA urges pet owners to take measures to keep their pets safe as temperatures drop and heavy snow and ice accumulates, leaving many homes and RVs without adequate power and heat.

Continue reading for these important tips.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: It’s time to plan 2022 RV group trips now! Don’t wait! 

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Cherokee Grey Wolf 24JS. This small, no-slide couples’ trailer has some big features Tony thinks are worth checking out. Learn more and look around here.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Tiffin Wayfarer 25 RW? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

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.

How do I eliminate “poop pyramids”?

Dear Dave,
We are going to be snowbirds in Florida for the next three months and I am concerned about getting a poop pyramid in the black tank. I usually take my walk to the bathhouse, but this fancy park doesn’t have them. Are there any preventive measures I can take? Thank you. —Joe

Read Dave’s not-so-gross response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Will my engine battery provide a boost to run my slide room?

A reader needs your advice: “Should I buy this used RV?”

Can you help this person with a question she has about buying a used RV she is considering? Let’s just say it’s not in A+ condition. Read the question.

Knowing this hidden key trick could save you a road service call

By Barry Zander
I just read a blog about someone who locked her key in the motorhome. What to do?  When she reached in to unlock the door it set off the alarm that she didn’t know she had, and she still doesn’t know how to turn it off. Read Barry’s “secret sauce” here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Letter from 10-year-old RVer will touch your heart

Healthy cooking for two: The perfect cookbook for 2022
This healthy-eating cookbook has 175 simple and delicious recipes to prepare for two. It’s the perfect way to get healthy for the new year without sacrificing any flavor. It also guides you on how to shop for and plan out meals, and even offers tips on how to budget at the grocery store. Teriyaki salmon, anyone? Or how about jerk pork with mango salsa? Yuuuumy! Learn more or order.

Reader poll

How is your credit rating?

Tell us here. Don’t worry, your answer is top-secret!

Quick Tip

Safer parking in parking lots

If you park your tow rig and trailer in a “normal” parking lot, you’re likely hanging out into the driving lane. When making a short stop in a lot, put “safety cones” out in the drive lane to make sure oncoming drivers really see the rig.

Website of the day

Act Your Wage. Can You Guess the Minimum Wage the Year You Were Born?
This article from Cheapism is fascinating. It will tell you the minimum wage each year and what that’s equal to in 2021.

This sounds like it could be very interesting, and perhaps very helpful for the 2022 camping year! Check it out and see if you agree.

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:

• 53 percent say the bed in their RV is very comfortable.
• 58 percent say their RV or tow vehicle engine is powered by diesel. That means 42 percent are powered by gas.
• The majority of voters, 72 percent, say their RV’s kitchen stove has three burners.

Recent poll: What is your 2022 New Year’s resolution?

Recipe of the Day

Turkey Tortilla Soup
by Sherry Blizzard from Piney Flats, TN

Quick and easy, this turkey tortilla soup recipe is a tasty way to use turkey leftovers. It seems like a lot of chilies, but trust us… it works and adds so much flavor. Depending on the taco seasoning you use, you may have to add a bit more salt. This simple soup is warm and comforting. Topping with tortilla chips and cheese is yummy.

Perfect for a chilly day! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Easy Healthy Banana Bread

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Many bats eat nearly their own body weight in moths, beetles and other insects every night. That’s a lot of bugs!

*Where in the world does lightning strike almost continually all night? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ivy is a 1 1/2-year-old who loves to travel with us in our RV. We found her, or she found us, outside when she was only a few weeks old. Ivy has made our lives so much better and enjoyable.” —Dot Guerrera

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!

The wildest multi-tool gadget…
This wild, elusive, totally unique multi-tool carabiner is perfect to keep on your key ring or backpack. When someone asks you for a screwdriver, wrench, can opener, bottle opener, cord-cutter, or ruler, tell them Sasquatch can help! Every camper and outdoor enthusiast needs one of these! It’s cool, but it will also come in handy at the campsite! Learn more or order. (Hurry, before he disappears again!)

Leave here with a laugh

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
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1 year ago

That looks like our dogs. Hey wait it was green grass and warm. What happened here. Then we find accidents all over the house. We cook with nothing but turkey and chicken. Then we discovered a really good veggie burger called Beyond Burger. We did a Xmas lite walk thru our local zoo and with it a free meal. They had veggie burgers and hot dogs. I am not a hot dog fan but tried the veggie burger. Before you nay it gotta try it. We were hooked. Even the husband who loves his beef burger said he would eat this. So it looks like we might be switching out and I found out thru their website they make the veggie nuggets for KFC. So we might be checking that one out as well. Really trying to eat healthy this year.

Tim Slack
1 year ago

The longest journey in the world starts with the first step. So, apparently, does the shortest….

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim Slack

😆 Good one, Tim! Have a good night, and a terrific 2022! 🙂 -Diane

Jack K. Schmotzer
1 year ago

I don’t see any claws — so must be a cat. Cats can retract their claws, dogs cannot.

1 year ago

IVY what a cute friend ,any kittens??

Thomas D
1 year ago

I liked the minimum wage thing. My wife’s mother and aunt both worked at a canning company. Interesting in the pictures 40 cents an hour and people bought houses and cars and paid their bills. I’ll bet these women pictured were not paying a mortgage payment worth of wages for child care. No problem today. Uncle Sam is going to do that for you. Your tax dollars at work!

1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Must you .. really?

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Maybe raise the top marginal tax rate on millionaires and billionaires back to where it was under Eisenhower, raise the Minimum Wage to the average cost of living per state and stop shutting out Unions. Certain crowds would have less to complain about regarding Federal spending.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Craig
Brian Burry
1 year ago

Your “Today’s Thought” is very good! It is one of the first two things we look for in your amazing newsletter; the second is the Pet of the Day!😀👍🏻 Thank you!

1 year ago

My cat won’t put a paw in the snow; he looks out the door and if a path hasn’t been shoveled… he’ll wait. He was more adventurous when he was younger because the thought of tracking mice and voles would override most obstacles. Now that he’s almost 18, he’s slowed down a bit. Picture was a hoot!

1 year ago

That could have been my footprint. That is why I migrated South. Some of my kin are in 3 feet of snow and -20 deg. Not me!

1 year ago

Defintely a cat track. Dogs would not back up. They would go out and turn around.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Our dog will only ‘back up’ down 1/2 of the hall and out of the kitchen. Even if he’s facing the correct position to begin with…..LOL

Jim B
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Our late Dachshund would do exactly that, one step and nope, back inside.

Mike Albert
1 year ago

Two possible explanations. First, you need to be or have been a pet owner in an area that receives some frozen precipitation at some period of time. Secondly, and most likely, you need to remember this is for people with common sense (don’t walk barefooted in snow!!!!)
Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

1 year ago

The Leave Here With a Laugh took me a few minutes because at first I thought it was an RV shower.

1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

Me too! Then worked on wet cement…😞

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

My first thought was also concrete

Dave Solberg
1 year ago

It’s a Fed Ex joke…you’ll get it overnight!

1 year ago
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Larry Copeland
1 year ago

I think the point is, do I have to pee bad enough to walk thru cold snow. Maybe not.

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

That’s ‘cuz you probably aren’t 70 yet😵

1 year ago

Today’s “leave here with a laugh” missed the mark. To be funny, it has to have a clear message or point. What the heck is the picture about?

1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

maybe you and I just aren’t smart enough to figure it out

1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

I laughed out loud. It is a dog (or cat) taking one step outside into the snow and saying no thank you

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

Thanks for explaining it to Fred.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

Fred, AWH, if you’ve never had a cat (I’ve never seen a dog that would let a little snow stop them), then I can see how this might seem esoteric. 🙂

Dr. Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

It looks like the dog put one foot out the door (in the snow) and thought “are you nuts?”