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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 27, 2022

Issue 1784
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 comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!

On this day in history: 1880 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his incandescent lamp.



Tip of the Day

RV Mods: A place to carry your “grass carpet”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Plenty of RVers carry a “grass carpet” with them to stick out under the awning. It’s great to simulate a little green when parked at some high-class RV park where your parking area is solid concrete and the nearest green is at the shuffleboard court. Problem is, how do you store your grass carpet?

For years we had to fold ours up, regardless of whether it was wet, dry, muddy or clean. We’d then stick the folded-up mess into a rectangular storage container and shove it away in the bowels of the rig someplace. Here’s another idea that might work a wee bit better.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: You MUST have a set of microfiber cloths in your RV. You can do SO much with them! 


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel RV takes us on a tour of the gorgeous Keystone Montana 3791RD totally redone by Cortni Armstrong, The Flipping Nomad. Check out her beautiful fifth wheel here!

Did you read Tony’s column yesterday about Why one reader prefers Coachmen’s Apex Ultra-Lite 300BHS? 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.

Does extreme heat make my RV’s wallpaper wrinkle?

Dear Dave,
Does extreme heat from the sun make my RV’s wallpaper wrinkle? —Jana

Read Dave’s answer.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he wrote a follow-up to the previous day’s question on tire pressure in duallies: More about dually tire pressure



RV travels the highway with slideout extended. Dangerous?

When we saw this photo, we cringed. How can this be safe? How can this be legal? We wondered why anyone would travel this way. Isn’t this dangerous? The slide is only about halfway out. Will it continue to extend with each passing bump and turn? Read more, then feel free to comment (politely, please).


Reader poll

Have you ever come upon a rattlesnake in the wild?

Slither over here and tell us.


Quick Tip

How to help avoid mold and mildew in your RV

When winter camping in a humid area, mold and mildew can creep in. Electric dehumidifiers are noisy and eat lots of power. Keeping the air moving in your rig can often chase off the mildew creatures, so try running a fan to keep the air circulating. And don’t let your furniture come up against an outside wall if you can help it.


Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.


Website of the day

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship: Connected Communities
As the site explains, “The Connected Communities Project is a visionary effort led in partnership with the US Forest Service, SBTS, and community partners to connect 15 mountain towns for economic prosperity through outdoor recreation.”


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: NSTB
From: Your Sweetie
“Thank you for taking care of me during all my surgeries! You are my heart and I Love You.”

To: Pookie Pie
From: Nugget
“37 years ain’t nothing. Let’s do another 30. Love you most!!”


AirhornHaving this might save your life
Reader Bill Jeffrey writes, “Add a marine air horn to your emergency pack. Small, light, cheap, easy to use, and can be heard for miles. They are way louder than you can yell. They double as a deterrent to scare away coyotes, bears, and so forth, and can also be used to reunite parties that have gotten separated. You can get them on Amazon for a good price. They weigh only a few ounces and easily drop into your day bag.”


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:

• 78 percent are Amazon Prime members.
• 9 percent only use disposable plates in their RV.
• 74 percent always make sure to bring an electric toaster with them in their RV.

Recent poll: How long have you been RVing?


Recipe of the Day

Double Chocolate Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake
by Robin Lieneke from Chamois, MO

Ooey, gooey, and oh so creamy, this gooey butter cake is such a treat. It is like a chocolate-covered strawberry, in cake form. Decadent and rich, we loved every bite. Our chocolate chips didn’t swirl as lovely as we would have liked so we ended up spreading them a little bit. Still delicious!

It’s National Chocolate Day, and we think this is a perfect way to celebrate! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce


Trivia

Standardized timekeeping was brought about by the advent of railroads. Before the advent of the railroad system, keeping time wasn’t too rigid—clocks across different towns would vary from each other and nobody was too concerned about the correct time. Time didn’t so much matter… unless you were railroad operators. In Britain in 1847, all clocks were synced to the Greenwich Mean Time. By 1855, almost all clocks were synced to this time too. However, it wasn’t until 1918 that the standardization of time was finally written into law in the U.S. with the passing of the 1918 Standard Time Act. Now you know!

*Who was the very first author to become a billionaire? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“She is a chocolate Lab. Loves to keep an eye on what’s happening outside. Stormy goes on every RV trip. She even gets her own dog toys to bring.” —Bruce Rives

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!


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
This is one of the world’s most popular items, but this one is waterproof, which means it’s perfect for RVers!


Leave here with a laugh

Thanks for sending, Doug and Joan! Too funny! 


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Mike
3 months ago

A great leave here with a laugh. Thanks

Donald N Wright
3 months ago

Ohh, that cake mix !

Royce Hershberger
3 months ago

Contest is this your RV still not working for me.

Royce Hershberger
3 months ago

Oops! Working now. Had to get completely out of news letter and come back in.

Admin
Emily Woodbury(@emily)
3 months ago

Sorry, all! We fixed the link to today’s “Is this your RV.” Try again now! –Emily, RVtravel.com

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Emily Woodbury

Still not working 1015 CST

Admin
Emily Woodbury(@emily)
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Sorry, we had a glitch in the code that took a minute to update. It should be working now. –Emily

Robert Nelson
3 months ago

On the wallpaper article just remember, everything in your RV has been specifically designed to fail !!!

Gary M
3 months ago

Nothing to post in the Is This Your RV? You could have posted mine! I have yet to see my RV picture posted. I want to win!

Ran
3 months ago

I guess if you have no RV anymore-you win!?LOL!

Lisa Adcox
3 months ago
Reply to  Ran

Same here. Says no photo to display

Snayte
3 months ago
Reply to  Ran

Or it is a model 404.

John R. Wilkins
3 months ago

CONTEST! Is this your RV?
somethings wrong with the contest page this morning. No photo and page mostly blank, at least on my iPad.

Bad link? https://www.rvtravel.com/isthisyourrv1784/

D.T. Smith
3 months ago

Same here, it’s not your laptop.

Linda
3 months ago

Contest Is this your RV? has no post