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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?
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 reviews, click here.
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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.
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?
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
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?
Does your RV have a permanent ladder to the roof?
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“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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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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!
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Recipe of the Day
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
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.
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