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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 13, 2022

Issue 1774
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

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Dr. Seuss


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rubber Ducky Day!

On this day in history: 1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place: a live performance of the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.



Tip of the Day

RV Mods: Power visors—Inside shade easily at hand

By Jim Twamley
In my travels, I often wandered around various-size swap meets/flea markets in favorite snowbird hangouts. You can find plenty of vendors specializing in RV-related items. On one excursion while I was ambling down the aisles of tables festooned with tools, tube socks and Tupperware, I happened upon a vendor who specialized in RV awnings. They were having a sale on motorized visors/shades manufactured by Carefree of Colorado.

I’d been wanting some of these as I was frustrated with the lousy visors that came with my motorhome. We’re not usually traveling when the sun is in our eyes, but sometimes it happens and when it does, a nice set of visors comes in handy. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Why communication is so important while RVing, and how to improve it 


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19TWD. Tony writes, “As someone who has had a lot of vintage cars, I appreciate the vintage style, even though these are modern trailers in their build methodology. They definitely stand out in style.” Check it out and see what you think.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the East To West Tandara 375BH-OK fifth wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
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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.

Can I run both roof AC units on 5200 Onan?

Dear Dave,
I have a 30-amp control box with a 30-amp transfer switch. I installed a soft starter on the existing AC unit and plan on installing another AC; and I installed a 5200 Onan to handle the power. I had planned on upgrading my control panel and transfer switch to 50 amp, but the new control panel is 3″ higher and won’t fit. I read your article about running the generator to power one AC unit. Are you depending on the 30-amp breaker on the generator? Do you see any other options here? I plan on installing another soft starter on the second AC too. —Roger

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Should the battery disconnect switch be off during storage?



How to find that boondocking spot again: Just take a photo

By Chris Guld
In several articles here at RV Travel, I have praised the ability of our phones to record location along with the photos we take. Here is another example of that, using a new feature of Google Photos called “Explore Map”. Remember that great boondocking site you had near Quartzsite? Could you find it again? Did you take a photo of it? If so, then Google Photos can help you find it, and give you exact directions to drive there again. Learn how easy this is here.

Yesterday’s featured article: The campers who did this should be thrown in jail!


Reader poll

What time is it for you right now?

Look at the time then answer 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: Smoochers
To: Birdy
“My Birdy, how about dinner on me tonight? You pick the place. Love you!”


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
You know those “Guess how many jellybeans are in the jar” contests? Well… take your guess with this


Quick Tip

Be gentle when cleaning plumbing fixtures

Got a sink, shower, or toilet to clean? Whatever you use will end up in the holding tank. Some stuff will create problems if it gets down there, so be choosy with your cleansers. Non-abrasive, non-bleach cleansers are best. Many RVers swear by Bar Keepers Friend. Others simply use a microfiber cloth with plain water, or at the strongest, vinegar water. Wet-wipes can do a quick job of shining up chrome fixtures (then throw them in the trash). What do you use? Please tell us in the comments.


Website of the day

Where old cruise ships, airplanes, trains and cars go to die
This is a fascinating look at vehicle graveyards. Where do old planes, trains and automobiles go to “die”? Scroll through the slideshow to find out.


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 18 percent say their RV has been in a repair shop for a month or longer more than once! Yikes!
• 55 percent will always or almost always choose to buy a generic (usually cheaper) brand at the grocery store than name brand (usually most expensive).
• 10 percent met their current spouse or partner online.

Recent poll: How likely are you to buy an RV in 2022?


Recipe of the Day

Crock Pot Mexicali Chicken
by Barbara Perkins from Springfield, MO

A good chicken Crock Pot recipe is essential in a recipe box and this is one of the easiest. Six ingredients and you have a delicious shredded chicken that can be used for tacos, served over rice, or just eat it alone (it’s that hearty). The chicken just falls apart after being slow-cooked. It reminds us of chicken tortilla soup. So good!

Mmm, we want to try this! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Connie’s Pork Chops Over Rice


Trivia

Which popular electronics company originally sold noodles? If you guessed Samsung, you’re correct. The original Samsung Trading Company, founded in the 1930s, specialized in the distribution of groceries and specialty noodles. It wasn’t until the 1960s that they ventured into the world of electronics.

*What popular animal plays the most significant role in the seeding of North American forests? Take a guess then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Chica (black long hair) and Pocco, our traveling Chihuahuas. Whose bed is it, anyway?” —Jennifer Willner

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!


Camping activity and puzzle book perfect for winter fun
Even though this activity and puzzle book is meant for children, we bet you’ll have fun with it too. All the puzzles are camping-themed. It’s perfect to bring along in the RV to have fun around the campfire or at the picnic table. Inside you’ll find word searches, mazes, scavenger hunts, animal tracks, hidden pictures, word scrambles, hiking logs and much more! Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

What happens if you eat aluminum foil?
You sheet metal!


Words of wisdom from this book:

Be patient; patience can wait for anything.


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Roger Worley
7 days ago

“Quick Tip”, why would you bother to buff and shine your chrome just to (throw them in the trash) ???

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
7 days ago
Reply to  Roger Worley

😆 Yep, I thought about that, Roger. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Jill B Jacques
7 days ago

I use wet dryer sheets to clean my shower, usually as I shower. They are mildly abrasive and when rinsed water does not leave water spots. Works great on glass shower door.

Marc Stauffer
7 days ago

Murphy’s Oil soap for woodwork, Bar Keepers Friend for stainless and bath, Dawn and a little bleach for floors and the rest.

Donald N Wright
7 days ago

Website of the day: Where is the wrecking yard in the USA where all the old RV’s go to be dismantled and recycled? It may be easier for us to use old parts to repair our rigs rather than wait twelve weeks for a new part.

Phil Atterbery
7 days ago

Don, there are several across the US. Look up RVERSCORNER.COM, they have a section on salvage yards by state.

Last edited 7 days ago by Phil Atterbery
Dr. Mike
7 days ago

Good morning Donald

You can begin your quest here: Used RV Parts And Used RV Accessories | Visone RV Monaco Parts Dealer | rvparts.visonerv.com

Be safe

Dr. Mike

Mark Waters
7 days ago

VisoneRV.comLLC in Kentucky has a very large selection 606-843-9889

Ellie
7 days ago

Hello Donald, I’ve been thinking the same thing. I have a 1997 Allegro star and still need to find parts. If you find out where they are please email the information to me.
Thanks, Ellie

David Stansbury
7 days ago

Sheet metal. Don’t know what to say. It made me chuckle out loud.

Mike
6 days ago

Me too

Larry
6 days ago

Ya! Now that’s funny!

Scott R. Ellis
7 days ago

A holding tank is not a septic tank. If you dump/rinse regularly (and treat with conventional chemicals), you can pour anything you want in there.

Ron T.
7 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Agreed. Bleach is what most of us use to sanitize our RV water systems and at home bleach from the washing machine goes into the septic system and causes no problems.

Ron Lane
7 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

You don’t even need “conventional chemicals”!! Simple washing while traveling with a cup full of liquid laundry soap will keep your tanks free of odor, blockages and operating sensors.

Gloria Sluder
7 days ago

I use Scrubbing Bubbles to clean shower, sink and toilet seat. Toilet brush to scrub toilet bowl with Scrubbing Bubbles. Soft scrub on stainless steel kitchen sink. No bleach down to black water tank.