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RV Daily Tips. Monday, January 31, 2022

Issue 1786
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

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ―Henry James


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

On this day in history: 1865: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery, and submits it to the states for ratification.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Banish RV slideout squeaks

Many RVers have been driven to distraction by a squeaky slideout. There’s just something jarring to the nerves about this noise; perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits us when fingernails are drawn across a chalkboard. What’s to be done to exorcise those squeaks?

First, with your slideout extended, take a close look at the slideout support arms. If you spot any “wear marks”, it’s a good indication of a primary source of nasty noise.

Continue reading.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Escape 21C travel trailer. As he reports, “If I were a trailer manufacturer, I would run my business probably just like they do at Escape Trailer Industries in British Columbia. … In fact, I would say these are very, very well-made trailers from a company that operates very differently from the majority, and one I would have no hesitancy to recommend to a friend.” Learn more and see why Tony thinks this company is “refreshing.”

Reviews from this weekend:
Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BSDS
VANaholic Class B conversion kits

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.

Can a half-ton truck tow a “lite” fifth wheel?

Dear Dave,
Greetings from Iowa. My question has to do with “lite” fifth wheel campers. How can you determine if a 150/1500 class pickup is actually capable of towing a “lite”-designated camper? —Greg

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: My carpeted ceiling fabric is drooping. What can I do?



RVelectricity– Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.) Session

The Mike and Tony Quartzsite Show preview

Dear Mike,
Did I see you at the Quartzsite show last week? I saw you online with Tony Barthel, but I couldn’t find you anywhere on-site. And what were you two geeks talking about? —Sam the Sham

Dear Sam,
Well, through the miracle of cellular data and the very efficient codec in Zoom, I was able to enjoy a crab cake sandwich at my FunkWorks Lab in Maryland at 11 a.m. on Friday. And within the hour I sat down in my office/studio, turned on the lights and cameras, hit the Zoom button, and was instantly transported to the Quartzsite show on a stream of electrons (literally). I love this technology!!! Continue reading.

Mike’s Saturday column: 50-amp plug meltdown warning


Boondocking gone badly wrong!

The title of this video is “Super Duty, Super Stuck,” as in “Super Duty truck stuck in sand in the Arizona desert.” The moral of this story is to not only know the normal condition of a road you’re about to travel on to a perfect boondocking site, but to know its CURRENT condition. In this video, a tow truck (a Jeep!) responds to a fifth wheel and its Ford Super Duty truck that is hopelessly bogged down in sand … Read more and watch the interesting rescue.


Reader poll

Do you use your RV in the winter or store it?

Come on over and tell us here.



Quick Tip

Only put tire valve extenders on when necessary

Does your rig’s tires need valve extenders? You may find that with time, the extenders leak. So keep the extenders with your tire gauge and put them on the tire only when you need to check and/or adjust tire pressure.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Cary Graus
2021 Tiffin Open Road 34PA

“Only had it for one season; it’s my first RV. We love the floor plan, the quality of the build and most important how Tiffin has backed up its product with great customer service on all items needing repair. There are always a few. It drives great and is very comfortable.”

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


Be sure to have this First Alert Fire Extinguishing Spray in your RV
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Scribble Maps
The easiest way to “draw on” and share maps. Draw out your upcoming trip route and share it with your family, so they always know where you’ll be. Circle campgrounds you’re interested in, restaurants you hope to visit, and more.


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: Lovebug
From: BUGS
“THIS WOMAN HAS BEEN THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. WE MARRIED IN 1982 AND THIS YEAR WILL MARK 40 YEARS FOR US. I OWNED A VAN WHEN WE MARRIED AND TRAVELED IN IT. WE ARE NOW ON OUR SIXTH VAN WHICH IS A CAMPER VAN CLASS B. THIS IS A BIG YEAR BECAUSE SHE IS A RETIRING SCHOOL TEACHER. HOW BLESSED I AM TO HAVE HER AND HAVE TRAVELED WITH HER. BUGS YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING. MR. FLAT TOP”
[From the editor: We apologize if the nicknames are mixed up. This is how we received them.]

To: Billy
From: Mrs. Billy
“Love you more than you will ever know. Like the man at that campground said once, upon seeing our tiny camper…you two must REALLY love each other!! Sure do!”


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• The future of RVing as many know it is doomed
• Tips to clean a gunky gray water tank. Yes, yours is gunky too
• A bright gadget review: Luci Core lights come in handy all around the RV


Recipe of the Day

Norwegian Meatballs and Rice
by Kat Ryan from Clayton, NC

We love old family recipes and these Norwegian meatballs are no different. The mix of ground beef and pork is quite tasty. They soak up all the delicious flavor of the creamy gravy. Serve this over rice or noodles for a comforting meal.

Move over, IKEA. Norwegian meatballs coming through! Get the recipe.

Recipes from this weekend:
Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Crock Pot Apple Butter


Trivia

When Gmail first launched it was thought to be a joke. Why? Well, they launched Gmail as a beta product on April 1, 2004. April Fools’ Day! The entire world thought Google getting into the email business was an April Fools’ prank! Not quite…


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Hershey has been camping with us for the last six years. He has been to the Upper Peninsula and all through the states to Georgia. His favorite hobby while camping is kayaking, but he will also hike and bike ride in his doggie backpack.” —Michelle Hansen

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!

Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
Imagine sitting in the desert drinking wine… well… This might have something to do with that…


Leave here with a laugh

Three ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich.” The second lady chimed in with, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.” The third one responded, “Well, ladies, I’m glad I don’t have that problem. Knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table and then said, “Oh! That must be the door. I’ll get it!”


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jillie
8 months ago

I love todays funny because that has been my whole last 2 weeks. Am I coming? Or going? O wait I missed my exit. Or did I?

rich
8 months ago

regarding “Only put tire valve extenders on when necessary” the advice is not practical given how often tire pressure should be checked. the real solution is to use good, not cheap, extenders. ours have been on our tires for nearly 7-years. no leaks.

Jim G.
8 months ago

The Escape 21C travel trailer review was superb. Fiberglass travel trailers are tops in build quality especially compared to the “stick and staples” variety. Escape travel trailers are among the top two fiberglass travel trailer brands with Oliver being the other. They may be too small for some people but are durable and can last a long time. My FGRV was built in 1985 and should outlast me.

Bobkat3080
8 months ago

I hope today’s pet owner is not driving while the dog is on their lap. That is illegal and stupid. In an emergency the driver will be distracted from handling the emergency by trying to save the dog, thereby adding to the injuries and damages.

jillie
8 months ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Its not illegal it is just not safe. Some states may make it illegal? But try to catch the dude who is doing it. I’d rather have a dog in my lap then someone texting any day of the week.

Gary
8 months ago

Fire extinguisher link goes to an empty Amazon page.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Sorry, Gary. Thanks for letting us know. (It worked yesterday when I proofed it. Must be those danged gremlins again!) It’s been fixed. Take care. 😀 –Diane

Jim
8 months ago

The Boxkat ad should have been under Leave here with a laugh.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Don’t knock it till you try it, Jim. Lots of happy customers, from what I hear. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Maybe or maybe not, but I don’t even get paid for the laughs. I don’t laugh but I also never worry about mice in my vehicles. You may need to expand your thinking on this one. It works in your garage in about 30-45 minutes out of the box. Outside takes a little more time. I worry that your dismissal will end up with house mice showing you how they became the second most effective species of mammals. 60 Day Guarantee prove me wrong or not

Cheers Tom….inventor /patent pending
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Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Hi, Tom. I think you were actually replying to Jim, rather than me. But I wanted to mention that I enjoyed the video of the mice trying to get over your BoxKat product. They look soooo frustrated! Here’s a link to it if anyone wants to watch this test: https://www.miceout.com/why-boxkat Just go down the page a bit to the “Mice Experiment.” I like where it says after about 1 1/2 hours, the majority of the mice just “piled into a corner and took a nap.” Too funny! Have a good night, Tom. 😀 –Diane

John M
8 months ago

In most cases if you use a TPMS you will need extenders to put the sensors on and to adjust air pressure, unless you want to pull your hub cabs every time you check you air pressure. If you are checking on a single axle, then most cases you won.t need them. I have had to install extenders on all my motorhomes.

Scott R. Ellis
8 months ago

What? If you can reach the valve stems to install/remove extenders, why do you need them in the first place? Get a “trucker” style air chuck with an extended/bidirectional end (and a similar pressure gauge) and leave it at that.

Bob p
8 months ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

My thoughts exactly!

DW/ND
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Do trucker models come in digital?

Paul
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Totally agree! I have had extensions on since 2003 and had an extension related problem only once … and my TPMS alerted me in plenty of time to deal with it.

rich
8 months ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

and how do you get the valve caps off and on? or do you leave them off 24/7?

Lisa Adcox
8 months ago

Leave here with a Laugh is pretty funny.

Tommy Molnar
8 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

And dangerously spot on . . .

David Stansbury
8 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

Made me chuckle out loud.

DW/ND
8 months ago

I am not a lady – but I can relate!

Wayne Caldwell
8 months ago

Reminded me of Rose Nylund of Golden Girls

KellyR
8 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

I read “LEAVE HERE With a Laugh”, so I got up and left. Then when I got back to my computer, I couldn’t remember why I left. ??

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
8 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Thanks, Kelly! Next time just email me and I’ll at least remind you why you came back, i.e., to read more on Rtravel.com. Have a good afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane

Joe & Helen
8 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Once I took Ice Cream out of the freezer, put in the microwave for 15 seconds to loosen it up. Then after scooping some out I put the Ice Cream back in the microwave where Helen found it in the morning, all melted of course.

Lil John
8 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

Yes; and at 75 pretty scary!

GWM
8 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Yea, and at 74 I can surely relate!