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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Issue 1773
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

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” ―Bertrand Russell


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Curried Chicken Day! (How about making a recipe by our own Nanci Dixon, Spicy Chicken Curry Soup?)

On this day in history: 1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning. (Whew!)



Tip of the Day

Why communication is so important while RVing, and how to improve it

By Gail Marsh
If you’re ever locked out of your RV, start talking to your lock, calmly and clearly. After all, good communication is the key! Yes, this old joke qualifies as a “groaner,” but communicating clearly and calmly are very important while RVing. Everything you consider—from where to travel, when to go, and what activities to do—all are important details to discuss with your travel buddy. As we all know, discussions can go two very different ways. They can end in arguments and hurt feelings. Or discussions can include different points of view that eventually lead to one agreed-upon result where everyone is satisfied.

For effective communication, it’s important to have the right tools. Personally, I love my sledgehammer. It shortens annoying conversations quickly. Another groaner. Sorry! The truth is that there are specific communication tools that can help you and your travel partner have productive discussions. Good communication can mean a more satisfying RV life together. Really!

Here are a few communication tips that I’ve found to be helpful…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: How can you fix an out-of-kilter RV slideout?


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new East To West Tandara 375BH-OK fifth wheel. As he reports, “This rig has a bedroom at the back that features a 50” X 74” mattress in a corner. Better still, this also features a half-bath at the back. So if you are traveling with another couple or an in-law (or outlaw!), this would be a great solution.” Learn more and take a look around.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the East To West Ahara 325RL fifth wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



CONTEST! 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.

Should the battery disconnect switch be off during storage?

Dear Dave,
My 2021 Entegra Odyssey 30Z has a spring-loaded master power switch on the wall just inside the door. This switch effectively kills all 12v power in the coach. When in storage, and plugged into 20-amp maintainer shore power, should this master switch be on or off to allow the batteries to be charged through the onboard converter? —Timothy

Read Dave’s advice.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Owner’s manual says I can run roof AC on 110-volt power. Shouldn’t it be 30 amp?



The campers who did this should be thrown in jail!

A reader sent publisher Chuck Woodbury a photo showing intentional damage by a camper to a campsite in a National Park, and it made his blood boil. What kind of person would do such a thing? The more he looked at the photo, the angrier he became. What do you think?

Yesterday’s featured article: What if disaster strikes and you can’t get back to your RV?


Reader poll

Does your RV have a permanent ladder to the roof?

Climb on up and tell us here.


For Lovers Only…

Listen up, romantics. If you have a special someone you’d like to surprise with a secret message right here on this website (could be your wife, husband, partner, child, neighbor, friend, etc.) submit it to us here. Don’t use their real names, use a special name that only they’ll recognize. Oh, how fun it will be when they read it! You’ll make their day! We’ll feature these in our upcoming newsletters, so keep your eyes open.

Example:
From: Putz
To: Honeybee
“My love for you is as big as my belly! Love you forever, my honeybee.”


Book is a must-have for state park campers!
This book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The book is a beautiful visual journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history, or an enjoyable hike, the state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS

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


Quick Tip

Tilted dump station? Level up the playing field

You’d think you’ve seen everything until you get to the dump station where the pavement is tilted off and away from the dump port. How will you ever get all the stuff out of your holding tanks if it’s cowering on the opposite side of the tank? If your rig is equipped with leveling jacks, it’s time for manual deployment. Gently set down the appropriate pad(s) and lift your rig up to overcome the effects of gravity.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Craig Phillips
KZ Connect SE 211 MKSE

“We love our RV because we love the floorplan/design, appliances, and the weight. There have been some minor glitches, but our dealer, Bourbon RV of Bourbon, Missouri, has done a great job with technical support, even when we had a problem on a trip.”

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


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
Forget all the ones with fancy bells and whistles, this is all you need – and it’s RVer-sized!


Website of the day

American Heart Association “Find a Course” map
We featured a link to this website in yesterday’s poll, but wanted to make sure everyone saw it. If you haven’t been trained in CPR, the American Heart Association has created a “Find a Course” map where you can find a CPR course near you. Sign up—you might save a life!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Campground Crowding: Millions of new RVers – Is social media ruining it all?
• Gadget Review: Air Lift helper springs for Ram 1500
• Spontaneous RV road trip in the days of campground crowding


Recipe of the Day

Connie’s Pork Chops Over Rice
by Connie Ottman from Orlando, FL

A simple and delicious weeknight meal. The pork chops are tender, and the rice is perfectly cooked. Using beef consommé adds a wonderful richness to the rice. Add a simple vegetable, and you have a complete meal in no time. It’s an easy, cost-effective meal that deserves a spot on your weekly menu.

We’ll be adding this to our weekly menu! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Happy Tummy Chicken & Noodles


Trivia

Common gray squirrels play the most significant role in the seeding of North American Forests. It’s true! The cute little gray squirrels we know and love spend almost half of their adult lives hunting for and burying their food. Unlike other squirrel species, they don’t just hoard their collection in one place, but instead, bury their food in hundreds of locations. Later, they forget where they hid all those nuts and seeds which results in millions of new saplings each year. They contribute to more forest growth than any other animal, including Mother Nature herself!

*You can thank hats for the creation of the Audobon Society. Why? Read yesterday’s trivia to find out. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gunnarr is a wonderful traveler. He just chills in his carrier while we travel. He is instantly at home when we get our trailer set up in camp and loves watching ‘kitty cat’ TV, watching everything outside through the screen door. He and his sister, Peekaboo, also enjoy riding around the campground in their pet stroller.” —Susan F.

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!


You’re no dummy… but this book is still helpful!
The recently published RVs & Campers For Dummies gives you all the just-starting-out info you need. Should you rent first or buy? What RV is best? What supplies will you need? What does the RVing life really look like? How do I fix this thing? All those questions and many, many more are answered in this book. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

This is too funny – we’re cracking up! Watch until the end.


Words of wisdom from this book:

One who cannot tolerate small ills can never accomplish great things.


Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.


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jillie
3 days ago

We had to stop feeding our birds because this squirrel would not leave the birds alone nor the feeder. He would hang from it trying to get to the food. It made for one big mess. I miss feeding the birds but not the squirrels. Our dogs do go after them but it seems they are propagating too fast around here.

tom
8 days ago

The Yankee Flipper was the only bird feeder that could reliably keep the squirrels at bay. It was fun to watch each new crop of young squirrels attempt to defeat the Yankee Flipper. I’m using a different one now, but it is not as much fun.

John M
8 days ago

Watched the laugh part a number of times and couldn’t stop laughing.

Dana D
8 days ago

I was shocked to read the article on Tilted Dump Station. Everything I’ve ever read says NOT to use a trailer’s leveling pads to lift up the trailer. Maybe it’s OK for a Class A or other rigs. If so, then the article should be clear.

Bill
8 days ago
Reply to  Dana D

Agreed, and to clarify – most trailer have “stabilizing” jacks at each corner, if anything. These are not to be confused with leveling jacks, which are not usually used on trailers because of the risk of frame twisting which can lead to a host of other problems.. Read the manual for your rig if you disagree.

Lisa Adcox
8 days ago

Laugh if the day was the best. My father in law would of loved that feeder. He was always trying to outsmart the squirrels. We laughed big time.

steve
8 days ago

Why can’t I make the pork chops and rice on the weekend?

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 days ago
Reply to  steve

Ah, go ahead, Steve. We won’t tell anyone. 😆 Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

CeeCee
8 days ago

Sorry to be so negative about the thought for the day, but not all “eccentric” ideas are equal. The ideas of the Bolsheviks and Nazis started out as “eccentric”, or unusual to the masses.

Bill
8 days ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Except the “Nazis” we’re a freely elected party that soon morphed into the WW2 version. Sound familiar?

Brenda S
8 days ago

Best bird feeder I have ever seen🤣

Gregory Brott
8 days ago

LOVED the Leave here with a laugh today!!!

Donald N Wright
8 days ago

RVs & Campers for Dummies. I think I will give a copy to the folks at Consumer Reports.

TIM MCRAE
8 days ago

Love the “laugh” video. I am interested in how you got it to play without needing a facebook account? It plays great as an embedded video but to share or link it reverts to facebook. Just curious – from a facebook hater.

Is it because RV Travel has a facebook presence? Thanks

Michael Roach
8 days ago

Leave here with a laugh is GREAT today !

Bob
8 days ago

The article about gray squirrels is great. We have them in our back yard and every fall and spring the lawn looks like a minefield, automatic aeration. But, we love to watch them bury acorns and then try to find them later.
Then the bird feeder video. We have two “squirrel proof” feeders. NOT!! It took them less than a day learn to hold onto the top of the feeder and not touch the lever that closes the opening.

Richard Hughes
8 days ago

Watched the laugh several times and laughed harder each time.

Jim
8 days ago

Unable to watch the squirrel with the bird feeder due to the block of Facebook demanding to use a tracker on your account.. why is this even allowed on The rv website.?

Richard Hughes
8 days ago
Reply to  Jim

It must be your ISP.

Tom
8 days ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

It’s not my ISP, and I’m seeing the same thing. F…Book wants to use trackers or you can’t see the video. Just another case of the evil basis that is F…Book

T G
8 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Ditto

littleleftie
8 days ago

I have only a wide open space where the laugh is supposed to be….

Judith Castle
8 days ago
Reply to  littleleftie

Me too…

DW/ND
8 days ago
Reply to  littleleftie

I also have a blank space.. No pics, no links……..11:35 CST.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 days ago
Reply to  DW/ND

You all must have FB blocked, or haven’t signed up for it? Here is the link, but I doubt it will work here either: https://www.facebook.com/stacylrider/videos/463430271834618/?t=2
If it doesn’t work, you can just Google squirrels on bird feeders, or something like that. There are lots of similar videos. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Ha ha! My comment was held for moderation because I dared to put a link to FB in it. 😆 –Diane

Brad G. Hancock NH
8 days ago

The bird feeder depicted in LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH. are made by DROLL YANKEE BIRD FEEDERS. They offer a wide range of high quality feeders.

Snayte
8 days ago

Thanks I was going to ask.