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RV Daily Tips. Friday, January 21, 2022

Issue 1780
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

“There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.” ―Shel Silverstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – The first American novel, “The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature. Founded in Truth,” by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

Tip of the Day

RVer attractions: Low advertising budget equals low cost to visit

By Bob Difley
Many RVers focus on the destination and forget the trip. Think of all the great attractions you pass when you have the blinders on barreling down the interstate.

Many of these attractions, whether scenic, historic, or of unique interest, are free, and since they would therefore not have big advertising budgets, like large commercial attractions, you can easily miss them. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Can RVers buy in bulk? While in an RV? Really?

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the newly announced 2022 Fleetwood Bounder 35GL. Tony writes, “For those looking for a gas-powered motorhome, Fleetwood introduced a new 2022 Bounder 35GL at the Florida RV SuperShow. The Bounder 35GL is built on the Ford Power Platform, which means motivation comes from the Ford ‘Godzilla’ 7.3L gasoline V8.” Continue reading and take a look around.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Jayco Jay Flight Octane 277? If you missed it, you can read it here.

Tony would love to read your comments, questions, and suggestions over on our new forums, where you can weigh in and start or join a discussion about all things RV. Here’s a link to his RV Reviews Forum.

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.

Renovating 2006 Holiday Rambler—Does it need a moisture barrier?

Dear Dave,
I’m in the process of doing a complete makeover on a 2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral before hitting the road for an extended period. The interior walls and ceiling were a bit dated. While it is opened up, I plan on improving the insulation. The exterior is fiberglass end caps with aluminum walls and a fiberglass roof. The present insulation consists of fiberglass and styrofoam. Do I require a vapor barrier when reinsulating? I do not see one now unless that is the function of the styrofoam, as well as insulating. —Gary Vernon
P.S. I’m very disappointed in how difficult/impossible it is to get any information from manufacturers!

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How can I improve the ride of my 2016 Thor A.C.E.?

Would you eat roadkill?

In many states you can… Most counties in Washington state allow elk and deer that have been killed by motor vehicles to be salvaged and consumed. Many other states also allow this practice. Read more and then please participate in the included poll and let us know if you would eat roadkill.

Yesterday’s featured article: My new favorite tool: I’ve solved so many RV issues with this gadget!

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

• The winter of their discontent: Many proposed RV parks facing stiff public opposition

• Self-powered trailers speak to the future of EV towing

• Campground Crowding: “I resent snowbirds for taking over everything”

Heading for Tampa or another winter RV show? Here are a few warnings to consider

Reader poll

Have you ever flown in a glider?

Fly on over here to tell us.

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.

Here are a couple of responses.

To: Jillybean
From: Kilted Ken
“Yesterday I loved you…but today I love you more. Tomorrow, I can’t wait to feel the heat.”

To: Tishthedish
From: Joetheman
“Love traveling with you and Moey in SKOWT. Have an amazing Valentine’s Day!”

Quick Tip

Water pump wacky?

If your water pump runs a few strokes and then stops, only to repeat the sequence a few minutes later, you probably have a dripping faucet or a leak. In addition to all faucets, check the pressure fitting for a drip and the water heater drain plug for leaks. If no leaks are found, you probably have a malfunctioning pump pressure cutoff switch.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Bryan Barlow
2016 Host Mammoth truck camper

“Just look at it! It’s not one of those ‘cookie-cutter’ RVs. Three slides, four-season gem. It sits high on a RAM 5500 4X4 with 22.5-inch tires and a custom bed with tons of storage. There is a solar package that allows us to easily boondock. We constantly get people giving us an enthusiastic two thumbs up saying they have never seen such a great setup.”

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

We want this on a banana, on an apple, in our oatmeal… we just want this (and all the other kinds as well)!!! You will too.

Website of the day

This one is for the wine drinkers out there… This is so neat! Get your friends or family together, even if they’re scattered around the country or globe, and enjoy a sommelier-led wine tasting class (all virtual). We’ll join you—Cheers!

Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Orzo and Spinach Salad
by Grace Pulley from Gillette, WY

The dressing is what makes this orzo salad recipe special. If you taste it on its own, it seems strong and tangy. But once it’s combined with the orzo and other ingredients, magic happens. From the spicy taste of cumin to the minty taste of thyme, you can taste each spice. This salad is cool and full of Mediterranean flavors. Feta cheese and roasted pine nuts are the perfect topping and add a wonderful nuttiness to the salad. This is a great salad to transport if you’re heading to a cookout. And, it tastes even better the next day.

We love orzo salads and this one sounds especially yummy! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Cindy’s Turkey Bacon Feta Wraps

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The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history was a… forest fire? Volcanic eruption? Earthquake? Hurricane? If you guessed hurricane, you’re correct. Called the Great Galveston Hurricane, the category 4 storm ripped through Galveston, Texas in 1900. When it made landfall, it had a peak wind speed of 145 mph. The storm destroyed more than 3,600 homes and killed about 8,000 people. That makes it the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

*What mammal has fingerprints almost identical to humans? You think you know, but you probably don’t! Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Simtra is our white German Shepard rescue. She loves RVing with us and especially when it snows. We are so blessed to have her.” —Grace Chaney

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!

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall, and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home or RV. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Leave here with a laugh

Haha! Thanks for sending, Evan! 

Words of wisdom from this book:

Understand the difference between being at work and working.

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1 year ago

When I started bus driving I heard from the long time drivers that back in the day you hit a deer you put it on the back end of the bus and bring it back to base. A police officer would confirm the kill and let you take it to a processor. I was like dudes? Seriously? You cannot do that anymore. As for squirrels? I let my dogs out into the backyard to chase em down. Most now trapse the high wire to keep from being chased. Some forget and then remember there are 3 dogs on the snype hunt for squirrel.

1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

O by the way another word for squirrel? Tree Rat.

1 year ago

I feel bad that someone has to live in that ‘laugh of the day’.

1 year ago

Today’s thought…life is what you make of it…I’m enjoying every phase…the end will be the best when I see my family in heaven…so your end is what I consider just the beginning….

Bob the Squirrel Getter
1 year ago

I have NO appreciation for squirrels! So, Squirrel Appreciation Day is defiantly NOT on
my calendar! The little varmints have cost me thousands of dollars, eating vehicle wiring harnesses, electrical building wiring and other damage.
My motto is “A good squirrel is a dead squirrel!”

1 year ago

If your water pump burps every few seconds – you may also have air in a line somewhere – i.e., the outside shower, or toilet line are common hiding places for a compressible air bubble. Be sure to bleed all the lines and fixtures – including an under-sink filter assy.

Gary Machholz
1 year ago

Simtra is a beautiful GSD! We have two, our old boy is ten and white like Simtra, but long-haired. The youngster is sable and plush coat. They both love to travel with us. Both are rescues and like you, Grace, we are lucky to have them in our lives!!!!

David Crymes
1 year ago

If you are interested in todays trivia then go to the library or a book store and pick up Eric Larson’s book “Isaacs Storm”. It is in my top ten and you won’t be able to put it down. Larson’s books are history but all read like novels.

1 year ago

re: Leave here with a Laugh

I saw one at the local Walmart for several days that wasn’t much better. Soon after, they put up signs for “No Overnight Parking”

1 year ago

If prices on food continue to rise, that roadkill cookbook will be on the best sellers list !!

David Stansbury
1 year ago

Leave Here With A Laugh- what’s so funny about that?!? That RV is for rent in California. Just call 1-800-WELCOMETOLA.

The Lazy Q
1 year ago

I think I have seen this, or it’s sister just off highway 14, Lancaster CA between Ave G and H.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

right, just east of the freeway..

David Stansbury
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

So that’s where! I knew I had seen it somewhere.

The Lazy Q
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill


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