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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Issue 1768
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

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.” —Betty White (1/17/1922 – 12/31/2021. RIP, Betty White. You left more footprints than can be counted.)

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

On this day in history: 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.

Tip of the Day

Don’t waste any wall space in closets or cabinets – maximize it with canvas cubbies

RV closet and storage space – there never seems to be enough of it! When downsizing and downsizing again, it’s easy to talk yourself into keeping excessive items that accumulate. Like shoes you haven’t worn in over a year, or a collection of ballcaps, or more socks than will fit in a drawer. So, instead of downsizing, how do you maximize closet space? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Record-breaking winter storms sweep across U.S. What RVers need to know to keep their pets safe

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 274RKS. As he reports, “I think the huge amount of storage space in this rig along with the very usable kitchen (except for that oven) and open feeling are huge pluses here.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee Grey Wolf 24JS? 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.

Attend Dave’s free seminars at this week’s Greensboro, N.C. RV Show, Jan. 7-9 at Greensboro Coliseum.

The wood in my RV’s roof is separating. What can I do?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2009 Mobile Suites 5th wheel. There are two areas on the roof where the wood under the rubber roof are separating from the cross studs. They have not pierced the rubber but they move up and down when walked on. I previously repaired a cut in the rubber from a tree branch with Eternabond applied over the existing damaged rubber and it worked incredibly well. My question is this: Is it advisable to cut away some of the rubber roof above the loosened wood, refasten the wood to the studs, then repair the area with Eternabond or some equivalent? Or, do you have a better suggestion short of replacing the entire roof?  —Ron

Read Dave’s advice.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How do I eliminate “poop pyramids” in the black tank?

Deer fly bites driving you nuts? Try this easy trick!

By Nanci Dixon
Deer flies … an RVer’s enemy! Deer flies can be unbelievably irritating at times. So bad you just really, really want to stay inside your RV and never get out. They bite! Hard! The “Bucket of Death” can help. Read how.

Yesterday’s featured article: Knowing this hidden key trick could save you a road service call

Reader poll

Do you carry tire chains in your RV or tow vehicle?

Please tell us here.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Don’t allow antenna “wings” to contact RV roof

Add this to your inspection list: Are your roof-top antenna “wings” coming in contact with the roof when in travel position? If so, they may rub against the roof with road vibration and can actually chew a hole in your rubber roof. If it looks as if they are, GENTLY bend and flex them upward enough that they lose contact with the roof.

Men, you need these! Or ladies, If you need a gift for your hubby, this would be it! Actually, all the options here are pretty nice…

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Dennis Reiner
1999 Forest River 303F Class A

“Absolute beast for up-north Michigan boondocking. 6x Goodyear G-622 RSD tires, heated basement (-22f with running water), Mindy board sides (gel coat would scratch where I go), no slides (couldn’t expand them or retract them where I go) and stone-cold reliable. This coach would make it to BCS (Baja California Sur) in a heartbeat. Extremely proud of how I maintain this unit.”

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

Website of the day

15 Cool Abandoned Places in the USA You Need to Visit
If you’re like us, you enjoy visiting ghost towns and other long-forgotten historical sites. Well, this website is for you! We’re adding these places to our travel bucket list.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Beat the campground reservation crunch: Camp with the animals
• Finally! A phone mount for car or RV that works and keeps us safe
• How much money can you really make work camping?

Recipe of the Day

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
by Beth Pierce from Old Monroe, MO

Beth is right, cauliflower has never tasted so good as it does in this casserole. Crunchy, creamy, cheesy, with bits of smoky bacon in every delicious bite. You’ll be going back for seconds… maybe thirds. If you need a vegetarian dish, just leave out the bacon. So good!

This sounds like the most delicious way to get in your serving of veggies! We’ll be making it! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Turkey Tortilla Soup

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8-track music players were originally invented for use in jets. Bill Lear, the founder of the Learjet Corporation, wanted to improve the experience for passengers in his jets. One of those things he wanted to improve was the ability to listen to music, and a record player wasn’t going to do the trick. One of his designers, Richard Kraus, built the first 8-track player and in 1964 the Learjet Corporation built 100 models and distributed them to others in the industry. The rest, as they say, is history!

*How many insects do bats eat in a day? The number will surprise you. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Luigi, Arnie, and Checkers. Three rescue dogs that are totally part of the family. They love to travel in the RV and help keep things warm on chilly PACNW nights.” —Chris Nintzel

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!

Leave here with a laugh

Last night I ordered a glass of wine with my dinner. I was a little surprised when the waiter asked to see my I.D. “Do I look that young?” I asked. “No,” he responded. “I was checking to see if you qualified for the senior discount.”

Thanks to our staff member and writer Russ De Maris for this laugh!

Words of wisdom from this book:

Don’t take life or death too seriously.

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1 year ago

The senior discount. And that is why the waiter was fired. Ouch. I love the fur baby photo. How adorable.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

Or maybe just no tip from that customer. 😆 Take care, jillie. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

Great leave here with a laugh. Thanks

1 year ago

I know it is a different web site, but add to the list of Ghost Towns, Rhyolite NV. It is just outside of Death Valley NP and is well worth the stop.

The musuem is usually open and is operated by quite the eccentric. You have to be there to appreciate him & the other ghosts.

1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

The ultimate’living’ ghost town is uptown Butte, MT. Hundreds of 19th century buildings of every type from homes to Anaconda Copper Co. abandoned and restored mines.

David Stansbury
1 year ago

Bill Lear’s people may have built the first 8 track, but they certainly didn’t invent it. Before the 8 track there was the 4 track.

Ron Lane
1 year ago

I actually had 4-track in my 66 Chevy II SS. Had it stolen when my car was right outside the front door of a friend’s apartment with the front door wide open.

1 year ago

From what I remember living in Van Nuys in the mid 60s mn27 it was Earl “Madman” Kuntz who Bill Lear got together with on the 1st 8 tracks.
Muntz was already selling them by the thousands for car use.
Google “muntz 8 track” for more info or buy one on eBay.

1 year ago

Don’t take life or death too seriously. Seriously?
Your product of day seems to be obsessing on underwear lately.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

Those aren’t “underwear”. Those are Sunday go to meetin’ shorts . . . Ha.

Doug Harrison
1 year ago

JUst an observation, we left Ontario Canada December 26th and drove south to New Mexico. On that drive we passed several large and small RV retailers and each one had full lots of inventory. I read an article weekly about low dealer inventories, Huge factory backorders this is not what I witnessed leaving me to believe it’s all about marketing 101, create demand, create urgency. I’ve read stories of unfinished inventory on dealer lots and I could believe that’s a small part of it, but I was shocked at the huge inventories.

1 year ago
Reply to  Doug Harrison

I’m wintering in Yuma, AZ and the RV dealers have lots of inventory.

1 year ago
Reply to  Doug Harrison

We just traveled from Oregon to Tucson and I agree with Doug .. Absolutely no shortage of new or used RVs anywhere we went through.
Sacramento, Reno, Las Vegas, the Colorado River ‘Strip’ and here in Tucson.

Lisa Adcox
1 year ago

The flytrap story is interesting. I have used the clear fly sheets made with Tanglewood sticky goo on it. Works great. I want to try the blue bucket or ball method.